Summer is officially here. The weatherman is predicting that we will be over 100 degrees by Sunday. Actually that's not too bad unless the humidity is high along with the temps. Unfortunately we haven't gotten much rain in the last several weeks, so the humidity is staying pretty low. We could sure use some rain around here. The ponds are getting low and the pastures are drying out. Not good for this early in the season. Cross your fingers and hope for some nice rains this summer!
The garden is growing like crazy. I absolutely love the raised beds. They are very easy to plant and keep clean, there's hardly any weeds in them and the way they are set up makes it easy to pick the vegetables. Everything we planted is doing great! We have all the yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, onions, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, etc. that you would ever want. More than enough for us! The herbs are doing great as well. We are enjoying all the freshness of the garden daily and sharing the bounty with friends.
The cows are looking good. We only had the two calves this spring as we sold off almost all our old herd and went with the Murray Greys. We hope to add three more heifers this summer. The MGs are looking slick and fat, although we are starting to feed hay already... hadn't expected that as we usually don't start to feed until about August. If we're lucky enough to get some rain the pasture will come back and we can save some hay for later.
The goats are doing well. Most of the ladies have gotten their figures back after their babies were weaned. They have started to put back on the weight the youngsters pulled off them from nursing and seem to be enjoying their rest. We are currently milking Blondie and Laverne. They are giving us plenty of good, fresh, and healthy goat milk... over a gallon a day! We've enjoyed the fresh cheese and ice cream as well.
Ann and Phil came out this weekend to pick up the four little Lamancha doelings and take them to their new home. We will really miss the little girls, especially Daisy Mae, but we know they have a really good home with some great folks that will take good care of them and give them lots of loving. Roy will miss the girls more than anyone as he has been with them since they were weaned. We moved him down into his own pen next to the big boys this afternoon so he would have some company and get to hang out with "the guys." :)
If you've been following along with us, you know it's been a bit of a rough spring around here. First my bout with the flu, then surgery and being down with the hip replacement for six weeks. My mom came out to visit us for a bit and while she was here visiting, my step-dad Tom, passed away - totally unexpected. I flew back to Arizona to help my mom and stayed with her for a couple of weeks to try and help with things. Then back home to catch up with everything around the place, although DH did a great job of holding down the fort and taking care of everything for the entire time I was down and then gone. We are glad that things seem to be settling down now and are looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable visit from the son and daughter in law next week. Here's hoping that the rest of the summer is calm, restful and relaxing! Hope yours is as well... :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.