Last month a recruitment firm advised I was the perfect candidate for a job, in another State, so I'd have to commute. At the same time, a friend of mine was working through the possibility of having to move States (her family are here) to be with her husband who had lost his job here in Michigan but found work in another State. They have a young son, so I advised her that it was important for her to keep her family together, her son and husband.
Ended up the hiring client didn't think I was the perfect candidate. Didn't relish the thought of only seeing my husband for a few hours once a week, that's not why we were married. I spoke to God, I've been out of work for over 2 years now, we need money, but no outside job was working out. We need the farm to pay more if I'm to stay here and in the past week, I've had 4 new potential herd-share owners contact me. Had to have another talk to Him, Buttercup is imminently due to drop her calf so is not being milked and Dolly picked up a bit a mastitis in her one back quarter, so I can only milk 3 quarters for human consumption, the fourth I give to the cats and dogs - doesn't seem to bother them at all. Many owners, not enough milk, although that will all change 2 weeks after the first calf is born and we are expecting at least 5 between now and October.
Went to my first Estate Sales today with Jackie. Sort of made me sad, peoples belongings being picked over by strangers. I'd never thought about it before, but when you die, something has to be done with all your stuff. Herbie said I wasn't to buy anything that couldn't fit into Jackies' van. One old wooden ladder for the chicken house and 2 glass dishes is all I bought, one old Pyrex for lasagne and one rectangular Anchor with lid for feta cheese under $ 30 in total.
Made some good yoghurt this last week, strawberry, cherry / almond, blueberry, honey / vanilla and plain. With no excess milk I suppose I won't be making much more in the short term.
The tractor needs a new clutch. Herbie is really disappointed that we weren't even able to do one job with it. He says he had hoped that we'd get at least a years' work out of it before having to replace anything. My thumb was shocked when I tried to switch it off the only time I drove it. Herbie didn't believe that I'd been shocked, asked me 3 times if I was sure I hadn't just twisted it ???
Great news ! My brother and his wife are expecting their 2nd child. Congratulations, Aimee and Craig. My dad is excited, but also disappointed as they were supposed to come to the States later this year or early next year, but are having a baby instead ! He cannot go visit them as Trudi is rather bad with alzheimers and he is her only care-giver. Their daughter Keira is nearly 18 months old already and none of us in America have met her or Craigs' wife, Aimee or her daughter from her first marriage, Alyssa. My dad said he didn't understand why Tanya or I didn't have kids, or adopt or something.
Had co-op this past Wednesday, Jackie and I went to the Farm Country Cheese house in Lakeview to pick up the cheese order on Monday, brought it to the farm, cut it, weighed it and labeled it here so that it was all ready for the members at the co-op. I duffed it on Michelles' order. Gave her 5 lbs of Colby instead of the 5 lbs Mozzarella she wanted. Fortunately Lance down at the Saranac Deli bought it, as we don't eat Colby here on the farm.
Well, off to bed with me. Goodnight all.