After not having no sickness in the past few months, I finally caught some creeping crud/flu/cold/bronchitis/something unknown to man. I have felt like crap all week. I did get to spend a couple of days in bed with soup, tea and all the reruns one cares to watch on TV. I think I was a very nice person for sharing my woes with Papa Bear as he now has it.
Things do not stop on the homestead even when you feel like crap and you think you can't make it another step to go feed and make sure everyone has water and hay. Of course this is the week for the does to start kidding.
Our doe Tassie had triplets. All 3 of them males. Our Nubian buck sired all of the kids being born this month. These 3 are the "Crane" boys. Frasier, Niles and Marty.
Two days later Lacie gave birth to Reba and Daphne. Yea! two girls. They are 3/4 Nubian!
Later that same day Sugar gave birth to Hulk and Spiderman. Full blooded Nubian and both of them male. I was sure hoping for girls.
Several months ago I hired my niece for the Marines assistant so Papa Bear and I could get some much needed work done. Niece home schools her two children here at the same time. A win-win for all of us. This week great nephew has been taking his school work into the barn to be with the other "kids".
This gives a whole new meaning to the "dog" ate my homework!
Due to our unseasonably warm winter, everything has bloomed earlier than usual.
Almost everyone of the blooms on this Camila bush has a little bee butt sticking out of it.
They fly back to the hive loaded with pollen.
The week before I got sick I did manage to get another hive almost finished along with a few honey supers and two nucs. I painted everything with a pretty blue paint I found at Lowes on the goof shelf. You can pick up $40.00 exterior paint for only $10.00 on the goof shelf. I bought some pale green and pink as well. My hives are going to look like rainbow sherbert! What bees would not want to live in these?
Our winter garden has done great. Just look at these beautiful cabbages we are harvesting. I have almost 2 gallons of sauerkraut in the making.
Most of the turnips weigh over 6 pounds.
We also had a great carrot harvest. Mom and niece help scrape and slice and I canned 14 quart jars of carrots to use in soups, stews and casseroles.
Papa Bear bought grandson his first rifle. A little 22 Crickett. He got to hold it for a few minutes but he has to bring his discipline grade up in school before he gets to learn to shoot. He makes very good grades but tends to be the class clown or so his teacher says.
Here is a pic of my "cowboy" Papa Bear. I need to find him a sheriff badge to pin on that vest!
That's all the news for now. I am waiting on 2 more does to kid. One is acting a little strange today so today may be the day.
Have a great week everyone!