URGENT NAIS ALERT

If you are a small farmer in America, please copy and past this article from nonais.org and post it on your blog. Urge everyone you know to call and write to express their opposition to NAIS.

To My Faithful Readers….this legislation is so important to me that I will not be posting again until March 12….oh, how hard will that be, especially if my Jersey Girls come home….but it is more important to me that the word about NAIS get out.   Please tell everyone you know.  Next, they will come to chip us.  1984.  Wake up America!

Congressional Hearing on NAIS

****ACTION ALERT*****
WHAT: *Congressiona*l *Hearing on NAIS
*WHEN: *Wednesday, March 11
*WHERE: *Washington, DC

The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.

*ACTION: Please call and fax all members of the subcommittee (below). *

*1. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide for agriculture. Form a positive relationship with the aide. Become his or her source of knowledge for NAIS. Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE. Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?*

*2. **Please send this to everyone you know, ESPECIALLY to people in the states with members on the subcommittee. Members need to hear from their constituents–the people who vote them into office.*

*If you are in one of these states, please arrange a meeting with the district representative of the Congressman. That makes a big difference. We need to be real people to the legislators, so that when they think “farm” or “food” they think of us, not Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc…*

*State***
*Party/Dist***
*Representative***
*Phone***
*Fax***
*Website email form*

AL
R-13
Mike Rogers
202.225.3261
202.226.8485
web site

CA
D-18
Dennis Cardoza
202.225.6131
800-356-6424
(202) 225-0819
web site

CA
D-20
Jim Costa
202-225-3341
(202) 225-9308
web site

CA
D-43
Joe Baca
(202)225-6161
(202)225-8671
web site

CO
D-4
Betsy Markey,
(202) 225-4676
(202) 225-5870
https://forms.house.gov/betsymarkey/contact-form.shtml”>web site

GA
D-13
David Scott (Chair)
(202) 225-2939
(202) 225-4628
web site

IA
D-3
Leonard Boswell
(202) 225-3806
(202) 225-5608
web site

IA
R-5
Steve King
202.225.4426
202.225.3193
web site

ID
D-1
Walt Minnick
(202) 225-6611
(202) 225-3029
web site

MD
D-1
Frank Kratovil, Jr.
(202) 225-5311
(202) 225-0254
web site

NE
R-3
Adrian Smith
(202) 225-6435
(202) 225-0207
web site

TN
R-1
David P. Roe
(202) 225-6356
(202) 225-5714
web site

TX
R-11
K. Michael Conaway
(202) 225-3605
(202) 225-1783
web site

TX
R-19
Randy Neugebauer,
Ranking Minority Member
(202) 225-4005
(888) 763-1611
(202) 225-9615
web site

VA
R-6
Bob Goodlatte,
(202) 225-5431
(202) 225-9681
web site

WI
D-8
Steve Kagen,
(202) 225-5665
(202) 225-5729
web site

For more information, or if you need help in this process, please contact:

Doreen Hannes
animalwaitress@yahoo.com
(417) 962-0030

Sharon Sabo
muttipie@htc.net
(618) 458-7745

Sue Dederich
suediederich@comcast.net
(847) 873-0251

Sharon Zecchinelli
henwhisperer@gmail.com

Chicken Mania

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As soon as I let the chickies out in the AM, they come running to see what snacks I’ve brought for them.

I think I’ve created a chicken monster! Anxious Annie is always the first to jump in. I’ve been bringing them Kefir and they just love it.

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Milk Mustaches for all. Doesn’t Rockie look mad? How dare I snap his picture with food all over his face!

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Help me, help me! I’ve gone and gotten my head stuck in this hear thing.

Rockie and Annie taking a bath together!

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Ah. That’s much better.

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Time to dry off.

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Please excuse the poop. This is where they’ve chosen to lay. Not in the box I so willingly gave them. Time for some clean straw.

Little Abigail Adams is doing fine. Her head is healed and she’s growing new feathers. I didn’t know how it would go if I put her in the chicken yard with the others. So, I gave it a go. It didn’t work. Her “sister” Henrietta really doesn’t like her and wants to beat her up every chance she gets. So, it’s solitary confinement for Abigail. I gave her a box, yes a regular box to see if she’d lay an egg. To my utter surprise look what she gave me! What a sweet girl. Yes, she’s a little crooked but she’s a sweet little hen.

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A rare sight. 5 hens 5 egg. Honey and I had them for dinner.

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One days worth of work. The egg on the far right is from Annie. She gives me jumbo eggs. Then from Annie down we have, Henrietta’s, Abigail’s, Jenny’s and the little egg which is almost white is from Wacky Waldo (Waldeen).

I love having a variety of hens because they give me a variety of eggs. And I know who’s laying and who isn’t. And these girls deserve nothing but the best. I can’t believe how hard they work all day long just to give me an egg.

Counting Down

23 DAYS

That’s the number of days before spring arrives on March 20th! I count down every year, since March 20th is also my wedding anniversary!  OH, and don’t forget March 17th!!!!  That’s the date I plant potatoes.  Only 20 days till then!!!

What a gorgeous day we had in Maryland today. The wind finally stopped blowing frigid air and I think it got up to 50*F. I put on my light weight barn jacket that I got in the thrift store some 15 years ago (man was that a steal-Eddie Bauer $1.00 all because of one little hole) and headed for the shed. With shovel and rack in hand I picked up the wheel barrow and moved several loads of wonderful black gold—compost to the garden! I noticed my blueberry bush was bursting with buds.

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The picture doesn’t do it justice. It really is a lovely black.

Since I didn’t get my garden beds cleaned up in the fall due to an episode of Hemolytic Anemia, today was the day. My energy levels have been excellent and I’m so grateful to the Lord for each and every day.

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Before

After a couple trips to the new compost pile in the chicken yard, I was finished. In 3 hrs I raked and cleaned up the pea gravel, moved 3 wheel barrow loads of rubbish, turned 4 beds, added composted dirt to 2 beds and took down the split rail fence I was using for a trellis.

Not bad.

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After

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I even sat in my pink chair and enjoyed the view.

I’ve got to get out my book, Carrots love Tomatoes so I can figure out where to plant this year. I do know that the corn is going where the potatoes were and visa versa. The tomatoes are going where i grew carrots this winter. I’m not sure about the rest. Oh and I think that I’ll plant some more sweet potato slips in the compost pile! The ones I threw away did great in there last year. Doesn’t that just figure.

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Amazing how these fragile paper shells made it through a harsh winter of snow and ice.

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And I kept hearing a faint cry in the distance, “are ya done yet? huh, huh???”

The Survivors Club

Ok, I know it comes as no surprise that I watch Glenn Beck. Recently, he was exploring the possibility of the worst case scenario with our economy, politics and whatever else that can go wrong. I’m not a dooms dayer, but I am a planner. You should be prepared for different circumstances. What if you lost your job….and that doesn’t take too much imagination these days. We lost power for 10 days during Hurricane Florence. We were prepared with a generator. If we hadn’t been our entire freezer full of food would have been destroyed. Anyway, you get my point. It’s not bad to be prepared for the worst case scenario. In fact the gov’t even has a suggested prep list for your emergency exit pack. Ours is in need of some attention, however I do have some. I also found a really great post at Hen and Harvest called The Bucket List!

And don’t think a disaster somewhere else doesn’t affect you. It does. Just try buying a generator when a hurricane has hit in Florida or the Gulf Coast. It’s impossible. They ship them where they are needed.

Proverbs 21:20

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,
but a foolish man devours all he has.

Glenn had a guest on the other night, Ben Sherwood who wrote, The Survivors Club. I was looking at this site and took his quiz. What kind of a survivor are you?

It didn’t surprise me that I am a FIGHTER! For better or for worse. I am a little feisty! Ok a lot!

But, in being a fighter I’ve battle an incurable disease and won!!!! I just don’t give up!

So, what kind of a survivor are you? Take the quiz here.

MY RESULTS:

Your Survivor Type:
Fighter

You attack adversity with determination and grit. Tough, resilient, and never a quitter, you keep going when others give up.

It’s Here!!!

Grab a cuppa and have a look at our new arrival! Tears of joy filled my eyes as we get one step closer to bringing our girls home!

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Mr Myers of Myers Mini Barns called this morning at 8:30 and said he’d be here within the hour.

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He pulled over the curb and across the side yard.

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10 X 28

It’s divided in half.

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Honey is an engineer and he planned for the barn pad perfectly.

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The trailer was backed onto the pad and lined up just right.

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The girls were watching with excitement, just hoping that they might be able to live in the barn.

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Of course the turn out area is for the cows. The next area is for hay and straw storage with a 5 foot wall so that I can throw bales over. The last area is 8 feet and is my milking parlor. The storage section is the only one with a floor. We off centered the double doors so that the left door is plum with the wall for the cows to walk into the stanchion. It looks perfect!

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The really cool thing on this trailer ($30K trailer) was the hydrolics. It went up and down, and even sideways. See the wheel in the center. By remote, Mr Myers could adjust this barn to sit perfectly to Honey’s liking!

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Then he started to lower the back end.

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A little bit more.

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Ok, some more.

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There we go. Just right!

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Now the front comes down.

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A little more.

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Bravo!

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Then they had to jack it up and remove the supports.

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A view from the back. I’ll re-paint the shed this spring.

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Jacking it up to remove the skids.

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Pull that skid out.

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Finally, my view from the kitchen. I wanted to be able to see them from the house so that when my Jersey girls calve then I can hear them and be there to help.

Now we have to dig some fence post holes and put up some gates for a corral. Then string the electric fence that I purchased from Premier Fence.

Herbal Infusions For Woman

Using herbs in the form of nourishing infusions is one way to get the most from your herbs. I usually fix one half gallon every other day and drink 1-2 Cups a day. Not only is my menopausal body getting the nutrients that are so important at this time in my life, but my symptoms are also greatly reduced. When I drink this infusion, I rarely have hot flashes and my sleep is improved, mainly because I’m not being disturbed with flashes! I highly recommend Susun S Weed’s book “New Menopausal Years”. It has more information in it than you can chew in one sitting. I’ve read it and re-read it. The most important piece of information that I gleaned from Susun, is that as women, we exchange our breast and uterus for a youthful appearance and a slimmer body! Taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) steals the lives of woman every single day to cancer! Our bodies were made to go through this change. It’s natural and it’s healthy.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Here are some good suggestions by Susun S. Weed; The Wise Woman of herbs. Her website Menopause Metamorphosis is very encouraging and has a lot of wonderful information if you are going through this passage of life. She talks about many of the issues facing woman in this passage. I took note of some basic herbs and nutrition guides that will be of help to anyone.  Of course her book is packed full of many herbs that I have not given credit to.  Please consult Susun’s book for more details on your specific needs.

1. Good Protein: raw yogurt (I do all raw), lentils, grassfed meat, soy free eggs, lots of raw dairy including cheeses.

2. Phytoestrogens: Nourishing herbal infusions, lentils, roots and seeds.

3. High Quality Fats: Help the thyroid and immune system. Herbal infusions. full fat raw yogurt, organic chocolate (as if I need an excuse!!!), EVOO, raw butter, nuts and seeds (soaked is best).

Basic instructions for making herbal infusions. Choose your herbs. Measure 1 Cup herb to 1 Quart of water. Pour boiling water over the herbs and steep for 4 hrs or overnight. I prefer mine cold so I make mine in the afternoon and stick in the frig till morning (after it’s cooled). Then strain the herbs out and feed them to your chickens! I personally use the three listed below because I like the taste of them mixed but not necessarily individually. When making 1/2 gallon I use 1 C of each herb below and fill the mason jar with boiling water. Stir and allow to sit. If you’re worried about your jar cracking you can hold a table knife in the jar to prevent cracking.

Some of the herbs she lists are: Stinging Nettle, Oatstraw, Red Clover.

A. Stinging Nettle: (Urtica dioica) builds energy and strengthens the adrenals, makes bones flexible, gives you healthy hair, and beautiful skin. 1 Cup of Nettle Infusion=500 mg Calcium, generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron and zinc. Excellent source of Vit A, D, E and K. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

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B. Oatstraw: (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. It has a generous 300 mg of Calcium, and plenty of minerals. Steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improve the digestion and stabilize moods. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

C. Red Clover: (Trifolium pratense) is better than its cousin Soy. Red Clover contains 4 phytoestrogens compared to soy which has 1 (isoflavone). It in fact has 10x more phytoestrogens than soy “milk”, fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars! It is the world leading anti-cancer herb. It also improves memory. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

Delivery Time!!!!!!!!!

After all my excitement yesterday, I received a call from Myers Mini Barns last evening! It’s arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my golly! I told you I could just feel it. I nearly squealed in Mr Myers ear! In fact I probably did! He said it’s one of the nicest looking barns he’s seen. We designed it ourselves and Mr Myers had it built. I’m not sure if I want to wait until Monday when we’re scheduled for delivery or drive 7 miles to take a look.

I think I’m going to wait and watch with excitement as Mr Myers drives our barn down the street….me and the neighbors! I guess the cows out of the bag now!

MOOOOOO