Friday, December 9, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Staying warm in the blind

Sometimes it gets cold sitting in the deer blind, and these white tail are fast. So this year we came up with a solution.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Meat locker at The Compound

The past two nights our garage has been turned into a meat locker. With a family the size of ours, each one has a job when it comes time to cut and wrap our deer harvest. We form an assembly line of sorts and get the job done. We've really become quite efficient at it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Buckin' Hay and Construction

The Grand-goats and Tex should be set for the winter. Here are some pictures of us working hard, yet having fun hauling hay.

Lest you think I was ACTUALLY lifting these hay bales at 39.4 weeks pregnant. Before I get lots of nasty comments about the picture, I was just the official driver. Notice the open truck door behind me that I forgot to close on my way to pose....

Here's who the credit shall go to:

Steve and Greeley found potential fire hazards in our garage addition as they were removing the tin from the ceiling and the old fluorescent lights. They found large bird nests inside of the lights!
We were glad we decided to take them out.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Where did July go?

We kicked off the month of July at the last First Friday for the year at Swan Lake NWR. The very next day we headed to Kansas City for a Homeschool Vocations Retreat. We had to give our personal Tom Tom a call to help us find our way (Thanks Tom) because our Tom Tom got us lost. We made it just in time to celebrate Mass with the Bishop Finn, and afterwards Steve gave me a blessing from the bishop for our 17th wedding Anniversary, which also happened to be that day. Katie and Caeli were brave enough to try on veils at the Retreat, and Caeli wore hers all day long. We spent the 4th at the Miller's home, had some good food and fun, with fireworks going off all around, even on our drive home. On July 5th we picked up two more goats, which is good cause some how during this hot month we lost two of our little ones. One we lost to bloat, the other to a severe case of the scours we think. Steve and Aspen have just healed our first goat from Pink eye and hopefully we won't have any more bouts of that, we are thankful it did not spread to the kids. All the sick goats, and we are starting to feel like Vets around here. Steve and the kids got the fence finished around Tex's pasture so they could turn the goats loose on all the weeds there. Tex freaked out at the thought of sharing his pasture though and ended up with a real doozy of a cut on his leg. Since then, we have seem him out communing with the goats a few times, not sure what he will do if they try to overtake his bar stall though.Tom and "cousin" Hector came to visit us for a week, they brought Rosa for a couple of hours before she was whisked away by Grandma to head back to NE for work. Tom helped remove garage doors, put one back up in the red shed, did some wiring and playing with all, including a trip to the river and lots of treats in Chillicothe The garage no longer looks like a garage, we now have a wall where once two garage doors were, and the siding is on the house. I think it looks pretty good, and it will be good to have the additional space. Aunt Deb and Nana B also made a misson trip to the Compound. Her hair was done in the traditional celebratory fashion (see picture below) by the inhabitants while here. Unfortunately, after playing games with the wild ones, and grading papers, they didn't have much time to cut and hang insulation in the garage. Michon, Sam, Evan and Caden brought us lunch one day and stayed for awhile to visit, it was good to catch up. We also finally got the pool pump up and working again, we have attached the salt water chlorine generator and now the task seems to be getting the water clean. It's very green from growing pond scum most of the summer, however the frog numbers are beginning to decrease since we started pumping the chlorine in. Caeli celebrated her birthday on the 26th, she took mom and dad out to Golden Corral. She is anxiously awaiting her roller skates to arrive in the mail, of course they can not come fast enough. We also had the annual Swan Lake crawfish boil, minus the crawdads this year, the dryer then normal weather made it difficult to find any . We have approximately 2-3 weeks until #9 makes her appearance. We have yet to make a list of names. Baby Baptism is scheduled for Sept 4, come if you can, and if you happen to come across the Bausch family multi-generational Baptismal gown under a bed or pile of clothes, or hung in a closet somewhere, it would be much appreciated. Maybe it will miraculously appear at the Bausch Reunion this weekend. Have a great August everyone!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Of course the month of June flew by, before I know it the summer will come to an end before it seems like it barely just began. Looking back at the month of June we were pretty busy. The monthly Parish Potluck and Vocations Prayer kicked off our month. Aspen and Denver have been working away from home this summer. While they are gone, Greeley helps out with the mowing, weedeating and keeping up with the girls. I think he much prefers the mowing. We had Grandma Beth and Aunt Deb come to visit and babysit the young guns while Steve, Aspen, Denver and I loaded up a bunch of books and headed to the Kansas City Catholic Homeschool Conference. While there we represented the school we go through, Our Lady of Victory out of Idaho. As always, we had a nice time and are already looking forward to next years. For Fathers Day we took a road trip to central MO and picked up a load of Boer goats. The boys in the family enjoyed a float trip to the Nyungau River with their Columbian Squires group. Upon their return the parish said their farewell to Fr. Tom at a hotdog roast. To end the month Kateri turned 4 years old, she wanted a Happy Meal from McDonalds for her annual lunch out alone with Dad and Mom. In between all the coming and goings, we have been working on ferociously building fence for our newest addition-the goats. We have also been working on enclosing the breezway between the house and the garage. We hope to have this first major fencing project done soon, and will begin working on making the garage a livable space of the house. I've also been fighting the pool, had it all the way filled once, started the pump up to start filtering the pond water, only to find we had a hole, drained it a couple inches, fixed the hole, filled it again and discovered we had more holes and then the pump started giving me troubles. At this point I am not sure we will have the pool running this summer. 9 is still incubating for about another 5 weeks, though I'm shooting for 6, August 26 to be exact, however I know there are many family members praying for different dates (August 19th, 29, and Sept 1) so the odds may be against me!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Goats, Goats and more goats

After much thinking and fencing we decided to take the leap into the goat business. Yesterday we brought home 11 Boer goats. All in the family wanted to take part in the trip. We did a trial release last night and they went right through the electric fence. Steve did some thinking and came up with a great remedy though and now the goats are grazing on our weeds. A few "tested" the new electric fence and bounced right back into the pasture instead of out the other side. It was a funny sight to see.