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SustainableAg

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It seems like whenever there are a bunch of things going on, something pops up that requires your undivided attention. On Sunday, our dishwasher in our walk out basement caused our basement to flood. We have a septic pump in the basement that pumps up and out to the tank. There was a blockage in the pump, which caused the water to overflow into our basement. It also caused the water to back up into the basement bathroom, and overflow the sink and toilet. According to the shop vac that DH used to clean up the water, we had at least 30 gallons of water on the floor. I was lucky to catch the backup when I did, and turn the dishwasher and washing machine off in mid-cycle. It could have been so much worse. We spent several days this week cleaning up, and making a pile of things that are damaged and need to be thrown away in a dumpster. We bought two large dehumidifiers that have been running all week, and have so far needed to be emptied every other day. Just keeping us on our toes! 😆

Fortunately for us, my FIL is a general contractor, so he helped DH diagnose the problem over the phone. Once all of that was settled, we had our septic tank pumped just as a precaution. The septic tank and the rest of the house is fine, but the basement pump is dead. We will be replacing that, and all should be well.

Everything is ready for the goats to arrive. I spent two days this week moving corral panels to make a temporary play yard for the goats until the barn arrives. Then I have electric netting that I will be using to rotate the does in the pasture, and goat corral panels for the buck and his friend. I picked up hay on Friday, and got it all stacked just before the rain moved in.

4 of the goats are being delivered on Monday the 18th, the buckling is being delivered some day next week, and another we are picking up the first week of May.

Did you notice my goat math? Initially there were 3 goats coming....now there are 6! 😂 My friend and her teenage daughter are coming next week to meet the goats. They also volunteered to help me put down all of the stall mats in the barn once it arrives. Yay!
 

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I spent most of the day yesterday baking for Easter. We are just having a small get together with DH's Mom and Stepdad. Baking is a great stress reliever for me, and I went a little overboard with the baking. I planned to bring cookies to my friends at the barn where I used to board my horse, and it quickly spiraled into two different types of cookies, mini lemon pound cakes, and a big lemon pound cake. I don't know who I thought I was feeding! I am so used to having a bunch of people over for the holidays, I guess it was just muscle memory! 😂

I drove to the barn yesterday at 6pm when everyone was there bringing horses inside for the night, and gave everyone their plate of cookies and a mini lemon pound cake. It was great to see everyone again.

And since there is never a dull moment on a farm, two of the horses had come in with a shoe missing. And one of them had also blown a toe. I helped my friend's teenage daughter hose the mud off of their legs and pack/bandage their hooves until the farrier can get there and replace the shoes.
 

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Horses have an uncanny talent for doing things to themselves. Then they act all innocent like they don’t know what happened, but fix it please! LOL

So sorry about the flooded basement. No basements in east Texas, water table is too high. What a mess to clean up. Good thing you caught it when you did!
 

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