So Much Milk… – Thankful Thursday

So, about two weeks ago, our car died.

We were in another valley, about an hour’s drive away from the farm, picking fruit from some nice people, when it just died. Middle of turning down a residential road and the stick made this funny clunking noise and then went into free fall. Luckily, we weren’t on a hill (anymore) and so the stick just swirled in place (even after we turned the car off.) Another driver pulled over and helped my sister push it over to the side of the road while I steered and then we called the insurance people and a tow truck.

All of the rental car places (that were still open, it was almost six o’clock in the evening) were sold out. They even called around to their other places and they were sold out too.

There was a dealership about a mile away from the transmission shop (which was closed by the time the tow truck (which actually came almost a full thirty minutes earlier than he initially thought he’d be able to do, so he was fine) was able to get our little car there, but the shop was fine with that and already had a thing set up for us to drop the keys and stuff, they did that all the time.) One of the guys at the dealership even came and picked us up from the transmission shop and drove us to the dealership.

(We’d called to make sure they were still open because we weren’t sure if they had moved from winter hours to summer hours yet as some of the other dealers in the area hadn’t and were closed. They had, though and were open.)

In short order (for us) we were able to get a truck (used, but big enough for what we needed it for and with enough room in the cab for the kids to fit). We were home at 11 o’clock at night.

We could have called for help. Several siblings and friends asked why we didn’t.

  1. We’d’ve still needed a car on Monday and no one would have been able to let us use their car on Monday.
  2. Our ride wouldn’t have been able to get home until 1 am because of travel times.
  3. We’ve been needing a truck for the last year and a half and figured that this was the Lord telling us that we might as well bite the bullet and get the truck we’d been saving up for any way.

Now, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with the title of the post, right? What does a truck and a broken down car (that’s still at the transmission shop, by the way) have to do with milk?

Our Mini Nubian doe has been giving us a lot of milk each day.

Almost a full gallon each and every day. On really good days, an actual gallon.

Our budget is a little (a lot) tight at the moment because we have a new truck payment (even used, it’s still another thing to pay on each month) and we still have to get the little car fixed because it’s more fuel efficient and my sister needs that car for work while we need the truck for the farm. Because we get so much milk from our goat, we don’t have to buy milk at the store every week anymore. We can make the milk into cheese and butter as well and I’m able to use it for baking and cooking.

There’s just one slight problem.

We’re not drinking it fast enough with how much we’ve been getting it.

Enter ice cube trays that our mom kept (for some reason) and we inherited (for other reasons). You can freeze the goat milk and while you can’t really defrost it and then drink it again, you can still bake and cook with defrosted goats milk.

So today, after a very long explanation, I am grateful for ice cube trays and all of the myriad ways I can use them.

(As well as everything else working out with the car and truck and the milk and such. You can be grateful for more than one thing at a time, can’t you?)

Check out the original Thankful Thursday. (I will update the link when she’s able to put up this week’s post, although maybe not right away, because I have to do a lot of things today.)

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Lost But Not Forgotten Dreams – One-Liner Wednesday

Oh! It’s so painfully beautiful. –Mom


I’m listening to Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with my mom who trained as an opera singer, but then had to decide which dream was more important to her: being a top class opera singer (because she was that good) or having more than two children (because most top class opera singers only have the two at the most and Mom’s wanted as many as possible since she was a little girl with a seven year age difference between her and her closest sibling.)

I am the sixth of eight children by the way.

Check out the original One-Liner Wednesday.

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It All Hinged

I’ve heard off and on throughout my life that “when God closes a door, He often opens a window,” but what if He doesn’t?

What if, instead, He gives you just enough leverage to remove the door’s hinges instead?

Just, hear me out.

Sometimes there’s no window. You can’t see what you’re doing because it’s so dark, you only have the light from the crack in the bottom of the door and you know that it’s not good on the other side or you wouldn’t have shut yourself in that room in the first place.

But you got yourself into that room and with some hep, you know you can get yourself back out the way you came in, you just have to get back through the door.

But what happens when you’ve locked the door behind you and dropped the key in the darkness?

You reach around trying to find the key and you find something else instead?

There are different ways to get out of the room, different tools that the Lord can give you to help you find Him once again.

Sometimes He gives you that window first mentioned.

Sometimes it’s the key you just dropped.

Or a lock pick.

Or a conveniently placed trapdoor.

Sometimes it’s tools to get the hinges off the door.

Either way, there is always a way out, because there was a way in.

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Quiet After Summer Noise

The house was quiet
Not a sound to be heard
No one was around
No stampeding small herd

No children arguing
Fighting for the remote
Complaining about breakfast
Or denying the vote

No laughs or cries
No one throwing a rock
Sticks waving in the air
Demanding the door be unlocked

For to school they had gone
Left over an hour ago
To be taught what they’d need
Or at least what their told

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Summer’s Sunset – Silent Sunday

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image: from martha0stout’s phone

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It’s About To Get Real

As most of you who have been following me for a while know, I’ve been scheduling posts anywhere from a week to a whole month in advance to when they were actually posted for somewhere to about a year and a half now. There were lots of reasons for that, mostly because we didn’t have internet at home for most of that time and then when we did I didn’t have a lot of time on the computer to post things every day because others needed it more than I did and such.

But that’s all about to change.

School for my niece and nephews starts on Monday and I am also mostly out of pre-written work that I had stock-piled during the year and a half that we had no internet access. I still have a few, but they are all specific day posts and I don’t know if or when I’ll be using them.

So…

We’re going to be back to me posting things that are actually new most if not all of the time now!

This also means that there will likely be more typos as I’ll have less time to polish what I’m working on. Just a word of warning!

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Stand Up Ship – He Made This

My nephew likes to upgrade his various lego models. It drives his younger brother mad (which is only amusing when you don’t have a headache…)

Here is an upgrade to one that I’ve already featured before in Fly to the Moon.

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