My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Moved this blog to our Rosemary Ridge Farm blog

I hadn't realized it's been so long since I posted here. Could be because I post on our farm's blog,

There, we talk about farm product for sale, struggles with raising turkeys, chickens and goats, what we are planting, and much more.

SOMETIMES, we even talk about our family life, and our stuggles with our son's epilepsy and autism.

Please join us over there.

Thank you.


Got another shipment of chicks this week. However, it's only been 2 days (almost) and already 3 are dead but another 2-3 look kinda bad.

Hope will refund or replace.

Vikki at Rosemary Ridge

UPDATE: Dec 26 2012: A total of 10 died out of the 20 easter egger chicks. Fortunately we put in a bantam egger/silkie cross and she's taken to mothering them. We'll definitely keep her in mind any time we need a foster mom for some chicks.  She's only a couple months old herself! did refund for 6 chicks since those died within 48 hours of receipt.


It's just me, Hubby of 5 years, and 16 year old Kid.  Three weeks or so ago, my son's epilepsy got worse. Grand mal/tonic clonic seizures increased to about 7-8 a week. He started regressing in maturity. Had to be pulled out of school after a big seizure there scared the teachers silly so no school for the rest of the year.

Finally have our diagnosis tho. PET/CAT/EEG on Mon Dec 3 showed the neurons in the right frontal lobe didn't form correctly in utero, plus he has lesions and a small tumor. Can't do much until seizures are under control so meds were upped, which did help (as shown on yesterday's EEG) but furthered his regression and also probably caused an odd-pattern swelling on his scalp. Decreased 1 med last night and will again tonight then will stop unless seizures come back. Am to keep a close eye on swelling.

SUDEP (sudden death in epilepsy) is a real possibility.

Meanwhile, we're trying to find ways to make more money because his medical bills are mounting. Inpatient hospital stays and surgery are expected next year.

Finally starting to have interest in my cheese but that's about done until July (we sell goat milk cheese shares: We have more chicks in the garage to meet the egg requests we're getting (of course, not gonna lay until Spring). We're listening to our customers and will be planting in the Spring those things most requested. Meanwhile I have several plants going in the dining room, and we've set up a "store-front" in our foyer where I'm also starting pots of lettuces and other things to eat and to sell.

Please keep us in your thoughts.

DAY1: Starting fresh with dinner

ARGH! I typed the below posting and even mentioned it on facebook before I realized that I typed this in the wrong blog!  Okay, if you want to read it, I won't delete but I'd prefer if you'd go over to my diet, er, gettin' healthy, blog and follow me.  I need all the support I can get!

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Okay, here it starts. Hopefully regularly blogging about getting healthy will become a habit, because if you read my last entry, you know that it's absolutely imperative that we get healthy. We 3 are all kinds of messed up. Kid gaining weight because of his epilepsy and med side effects. Hubby with the prostate thing. Me, just absolutely huge, unable to walk without a cane, and nearing a heart attack.

Unfortunately we all have different food tastes and nutrition requirements. I almost always fix 3 different dinners, so don't blast me. I'm used to it, and it works.

WE 3:
I just gave all 3 of us 1 portion of V8 Splash (strawberry banana).  It has veggies in it too.

Honestly, I don't feel like eating dinner. I'm still full from lunch: salad, burger with avocado, strawberries.  I'll drink a protein drink in a minute (need to go back to kitchen to check on progress of milk that I have heating to make cheese).  Might have a little normal tomatoey low-sodium V8 too.

Gluten-free pizza with spinach and feta cheese, with some of my homemade roasted garlic and bell pepper goat milk cheese on it. He also got a normal tomatoey low-sodium V8, and is drinking some Traditional Medicinal prostate tea mixed with spearmint.

Made him a snack meal (something I've done since he was a baby). Pre-cooked bacon, almonds, dried peas, baby carrots, sesame rice crackers.

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Time to go make the cheese. Hubby has requested some cinnamon/agave nectar cheese for breakfast snacking so time to round up the ingredients. Milk is almost to boiling point. Enjoy your day!