Thursday, January 31, 2013

The weather delivered to southern Wisconsin this week has ranged from warm and wet with thunderstorms on Monday to trees bent over, tired of the weight from the snow which fell after the bark was painted with freezing rain just yesterday. Today, the last day of January, we prepare for even worse. Temperatures will drop to the double digits below zero. The wind chill could near -30 degrees. What is going on?

Mother nature is clearly pissed off at us. Humans. Terrible tenants who probably expect their entire security deposit returned when she kicks us the hell out of here. George Carlin said it best, "we are a bad case of fleas and mother earth is just going to shake us off." So true. And she should. Humans clearly are desensitized. We tend to respond to nothing less than a disaster.

Time to drive less, bike more. Time to waste less and compost more. Time to show some f'in respect!

As always, I must mention our website,, where you can request info on our soaps and now lip balm too!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

It is so freaking cold lately. I cannot get warm, stay warm, feel warm, etc. I have space heaters, a fire, a wood-burner, and, at times, the oven/stove producing heat in this not-so-big house. I even brought Molly, my barn cat, in the house because I am convinced she must be cold and lonely.

I feel bad for Angel too. She was the last goat I had inside the barn. I recently dried her after milking for nearly two years. Anyhow, she was spoiled with a heat lamp and now I'm afraid she is too delicate to be outside. She seems to be waiting for me at all times which makes me anxious.

The fact is, there is always something to worry about, rather, I always find something to worry about as I constantly project my feelings onto my critters. I ask out loud, "Are you cold? Are you hungry? Do you miss kitten-cat Molly?"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wowser! It is a cold one out today! I have been outside much of the day picking up branches and pine cones that covered the grounds after last night's wind storm. My cheeks can't seem to warm up but it feels pretty good to be active in such chilly weather.

The goats don't seem to mind though - the sun is out and they invite the rays to take the iciness out of the air. I oftentimes see them laying out, like hairy sunbathers, napping with their eyes closed, chewing cud. As their caretaker, I have to keep in mind that when the temperature is under 37 degrees, livestock need more food and more water just to maintain their normal body temperatures.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Janesville Gazette

We recently had a journalist and a photographer visit us at the farm to discuss Opie's Goats, the product and the herd. Here is the resulting article from Monday, December 27, 2010.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Capital Times Interview and Article

Janesville woman cleaning up with goat milk soap business

Last Tuesday I took little Louise to Madison to host a press conference with the Department of Agriculture and Alice in Dairyland at Community Pharmacy on State Street. Though the press attendance was thin, the press release for the even resulted in a lot of interviews with journalists who could not attend. This was the second, held immediately after the press conference at the Capital Times.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Getting Busier and Busier

Hand milking Symphony
I never intend to neglect this blog. It just happens. Don't feel bad. I neglect the website, my yard, get the picture. I just keep getting busier and busier and some days I spend prioritizing my priorities.

The goats got to get away from the farm with a little vacation at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Megan and Adam Vincent were the youth exhibitors and earned blue and red ribbons in breed and showmanship classes. I was beyond proud!

We added a new goat to our microherd. Maggie joined us right after the 4-H Fair a couple of weeks ago. She is an Oberhasli, a Swiss Alpine breed just slightly smaller than the French Alpines she now rooms with out at Gehrig Game Farm.

The girls also have a new pasture that they share with Tia Maria, a gorgeous Welsh cross pony, and a few stray chickens that wander over, possibly thinking the grass is greener, but who knows! I keep finding their eggs on the straw and hay beds. Clearly they are confused.

That's all the time I have for now as I have soap to produce, package and promote!