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Life on the Ridge

It's the first of Feb. and time for a note.  We start lambing in 4 weeks, which in farm time is about half an hour or so.  We expect about 120 to 150 lambs.  Preparation started already as the time flies by and the next thing you know is they are hitting the ground faster that you can get set up.  Yes if that sounds like the voice of experience you are correct.  The odd thing is every year we vow "this time we will be ready early.  Hmmm we'll see". 
Had a visit from the state inspector and that went well.  Just a few admin things to attend to and all should be ready to go. 
This week will be getting the lambing area ready.  We are going to try an enclosed heated area for moms and lambs.  This will be a new level of management skills.
The four cheese lines from last year are doing well in the market.  We expect to add a Tomme style cheese this year.  That would bring the line to 5 cheeses.  Please send any ideas for undeserved markets.  We are always looking for ideas. 
Jadie, the 4 year old grand daughter is patiently waiting for one of the barn cats to have her kittens.  The cat could not be bigger and Jadie is about crazy waiting to see kittens.  Currently she is working on names for all of them.  She is abit concerned about having enough names on hand.....
Jay the guy that works for us got the snow blower back together.  We have waited on parts for weeks and now it all works again.  Most winters we don't need a blower. 
The weather turned cold again.  Was getting use to balmy 20's.  I know that we live in Northwest Wisconsin and this is what we do here is tolerate just about anything!!!!  Still the macho in me is willing to "tolerate" warm weather in winter. 
Going to start getting out the flats for  starting the tomatoes etc.  We will be doing raised beds this year for the tomatos, peppers, herbs etc.  We plan on starting some fruit trees as well. 
Hope all is well with you out there. Drop a note if you can and let us hear what is up in your neck of the woods.
Jeff and Vicky 

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