The faster I go, the “behinder” I get.

It’s that time of year.

For every to-do marked off, five more get added.

I’m not complaining.

I’ll try to catch you up a little.

Last Saturday we made our first sale of goats.  Actually, our pastor made the sale.  🙂  He is Connected, after all.  Travis and his darling daughter visited all the animals and we wrangled the two young males into a large dog kennel.  Off they went to their new home.

Gabby remains as a future producer.


There has been a lot of switching of lots/paddocks to get everyone where we needed them to be.  Eventually, we loaded Abigail, the cow, up and took her to the breeder’s.

Then, Pumpkin Pie got turned out on pasture.DSC_0196


She and the goats tried to ignore each other, while surreptitiously glancing at each other.


They decided they would not be friends, yet.

DSC_0257Flower beds are getting planted and weeded.

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The pumpkin patch is ready for planting.  This patch is east of our house.  It is a new patch for pumpkins.  Rotating pumpkin patches is supposed to help with squash bug control.

Pre-Pumpkin Patch

Pre-Pumpkin Patch

It appears that Tom Kitty is doing his part by adding fertilizer.


Pig-farmer can’t remember his name is Tom Kitty.  He calls him Tommy Cat.

How can he remember that, but not Tom Kitty??

Pumpkins will be planted anytime from now through the first couple of weeks of June.

I planted a few things yesterday, even though it’s late.

Green beans, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots.

Plus, a long row of annual flowers and a short row of sunflowers.

Pig-farmer and I started planting Indian Ornamental Corn yesterday.  It is at my Mom’s place, where the pumpkin patch was last year.

Weeders will be welcome.  🙂

I am going to try placing empty, paper feed sacks as weed control, too.  Late this winter, I placed some where I wanted to add new flower beds.  I covered them with rocks, soil, & manure to weight them down.  So far, so good.  I’ll snap a picture of them next time I have my camera out there with me.


The boys and I have made significant progress with organizing their college-apartment-accumulations into the house.  Our house will still not be accepting any offers from “House Beautiful” but I can now walk through the family room and dining room.  I take joy in the small things.

My oldest left for a college study-abroad trip to the Bahamas.  He will acquire 4 science credit hours in exchange for the research he did prior to the trip and the teaching in a Bahamian school while there.  He had a 40-lb packing limit and was also taking supplies for lessons.  He was told the students will be without or down to nubs for pencils this time of year.  They are not on a resort….

So excited to hear about his experience when he returns home next weekend.

Prayers for their safe return will be appreciated.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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12 Responses to The faster I go, the “behinder” I get.

  1. dayphoto says:

    Your Tommy Kitty is a tuxedo cat matching my Sammy-Sam!!


  2. debweeks says:

    Lots happening on your farm!! Lot’s of weeding here too! More tomato plants to be planted this week and then the planting will be done for a little while.

  3. says:

    Your iris are beautiful! Would like to be kept up to date on the pumpkin patch because I’ve never attempted to grow them.

  4. pattisj says:

    Pumpkin Pie looks pretty happy about being out there. Cats love nice, fresh garden soil! That’s a great experience for your son, and credit hours, too. Praying for safe travels. Glad you can walk through your house once again. 🙂

  5. Such a busy time! I always feel like I am spinning my wheels this time of year. Everything is looking good on your farm, though. I also take small accomplishments as a big deal. I’m a list maker so I like to mark things off the list. Hope your son has a great experience! My son did a short study in Washington, D.C. He was thankful for the school credit but didn’t care for the big city so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about him moving too far away!

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