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Merry Christmas 2014!

Published December 23, 2014 by glaumland

christmas2014Merry Christmas from the Glaums in 2014!  This year has been an adventure with lots of new experiences and new friends.  Tony is still working for Burns & McDonnell as a substation engineer.  This year he was promoted to Associate—what an honor.  He’s traveled for work to New England, Illinois and St. Louis.  Tony’s gotten a little hunting and fishing in this year, and he enjoys it when the kids join him.  He had a big garden again, but the temperatures were so cool this summer that the big crops just didn’t do well.  However, we did have some wonderful fruit.  Tony found a motorcycle that he just couldn’t live without—he’s once again an easy rider, complete with a cool new black leather jacket!  The practice where I work was sold to a new owner/veterinarian; I am really enjoying working with her.  jenn_hogJennifer is a sophomore at Basehor-Linwood HS.  She is active in choir and plays the cello.  Last spring she was on the track team and ran 100m and did long jump.  She and Tony went to east Texas last June and they shot a wild hog—yummy!  Jenn enjoys being in youth group at our church and they went to the Ozarks for a summer trip.  Jacob is in the 6th grade at Basehor-Linwood MS.  It has been a big jump but he really enjoys the changes in classes and activities.  Jake still like computers, Lego’s and trains.  He is taking on more responsibilities around the house.  He’s grown A LOT this year (which is reflected in the grocery bill!).  jake skiWe took a fun vacation over spring break to Winter Park for the kids’ first ski trip.  They’re ready to go back again next year.  I traveled with our church group in July to Germany as part of a Luther Tour.  It was enlightening and entertaining; I can’t wait to go back and take some time to visit those places again.  In November, we spent the some time in Washington County visiting our new hunting friends from Texas—we had so much fun for a short trip.  Our families are doing great.  Tony’s parents enjoyed having Terry and family home this fall.  His mom had her knee replaced and is recovering very well.  My parents continue to stay busy.  They’ve joined the Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution and traveled a little to visit family and do genealogy.  We still have critters.  We lost our kitty Captain Lewis this year (15 yrs old) and sold quite a few goats.  Jenn’s pony Smokey Joe will be 33 next spring.  We added many baby chicks and finally Jake is getting to sell some eggs.  We think of you all often and the kids really like it when we tell stories.  You can still reach us at dkglaum@juno.com or see my facebook page www.facebook.com/deb.glaum/photos_albums for more photos.

The Glaums—Tony, Deb, Jennifer & Jacob

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Look Who Is Crying Over Spilt Milk — Or The Danger Dairy Fairy Tale

Published September 24, 2011 by glaumland

Well, here’s an OMG post for today.

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/05/epa-to-regulate-dairy-milk-spills-as-per-oil-spills/

http://www.thecompletepatient.com/storage/WIorder-clarification9-11.pdf

 

Once upon a time, in the land of the free and the home of the brave (and the rest of the world for that matter), there was this amazing substance called ‘milk.’ So magical was this liquid, that it was fed to the babies of many & varied creatures in the animal kingdom known as ‘mammals.’ More wonderful than water, milk was composed of proteins, fats and sugars, vitamins, minerals & water, the basic nutrients needed to keep the infants alive. So important were these nutrients, that female mammals actually had a way to produce and store milk until it was needed by their young. After the babies grew up and were able to find their own food supply, the mothers quit producing this ‘milk’ until it was needed by the next round of offspring. Some mothers produced extra milk, much more than their young ones needed, and these became known as ‘dairy’ animals.

How blessed the mammals felt to have this ‘liquid nutrition.’ Humans, too, recognized the importance of milk. The starry path in the night sky was called The Milky Way. The Promised Land was referred to as the Land of Milk & Honey. Even acts of generosity were recognized as ‘the milk of human kindness.’

The wise people of the kingdom realized how precious this milk was and they looked for different ways to share with others and keep it for future use. They discovered contamination, fermentation, & coagulation, and they called their products ‘cheese,’ ‘buttermilk,’ & ‘cottage cheese.’ Other learned people developed the processes of pasteurization & homogenization to keep the milk safe & creamy. Best of all, a method called ‘refrigeration’ was invented and people learned just how good milk was when chilled or frozen! Some humans would stand in lines at a store to buy this milk, others would pay to have it delivered fresh to their homes.

The people in the kingdom rejoiced. “Happy Cows” (California Milk Advisory Board) were celebrated and Dairy Princesses were appointed. Many dairy lovers would greet each other in the street by saying, “Got Milk?” Meanwhile word spread quickly in the kingdom: “Milk – It Does a Body Good,” (National Dairy Council); “It Builds Bonnie Babies,” (Glaxo Dried Milk); and “Drinka Pinta Milka Day,” (Milk Marketing Board).

But the glory of the dairy days could not last forever. Soon, nannies (those all-knowing dears who only want to do what is in your best interest) complained that this ‘milk’ could be dangerous, so the lords and justices of the kingdom passed legislations and regulations to make the glorious liquid safer for storage and comsumption. And the people of the kingdom rejoiced, although these new rules made the kingdom’s milk more costly and less tasty.

After much study and contemplation, the wisest of the people in the kingdom discovered that these new dairy processes destroyed some of the nutrients in this glorious milk, and the nannies said, “The children need these nutrients that the milk used to have!” So the lords and justices of the kingdom passed more legislations and regulations to add ingredients back into the milk, calling their new product ‘fortified.’ And the people of the kingdom once again rejoiced, even though it required more coins to buy this milk and it tasted even worse than before.

Years passed, and the people of the kingdom still felt blessed by this ‘fortified’ milk (even though it was so bland and costly), and many infants grew into adulthood and then raised their children with this milk. But there were rabble-rousers that began to rumble in the kingdom that they did not want this ‘fortified’ milk from these dairy creatures. So the rousers went to the wise people and instructed them to find a nutritious liquid from other sources. And the wise people, being of course very ingenious, found this liquid and the called it ‘soy milk.’ However, only some of the people in the kingdom rejoiced, as the ‘soy milk’ tasted strange and required them to exchange even more coins.

However, in parts of the kingdom were people who remembered the old ways and honored the dairy mammals. They grumbled at all of the changes that had been made to milk and wanted their glorious milk to come straight from the magical mothers; this milk they called ‘raw.’ And these grumblers went out into the kingdom and gathered these divine dairy creatures to themselves, drinking the ‘raw’ milk without pasteurization and homogenization and fortification. And these people rejoiced and no longer grumbled, for they felt renewed and invigorated by all of the nutrients in their special milk that was so tasty and cost very few coins.

But the nannies, DOING good because only THEY know what IS good, saw these happy people drinking their milk from their dairy animals and exclaimed: “They can’t do that!” The lords stood idly by, worrying about their own lands, jingling the kingdom’s purses and thinking about ways to spend the peoples’ tax monies. The justices agreed with the nannies; ‘raw’ milk was dangerous and the common people must be protected from themselves. So the justices passed new laws stating that people could not drink ‘raw’ milk from their own dairy creatures, nor could they sell their milk to others without complying with the legislations and regulations of the kingdom. And the nannies rejoiced but the grumblers began to grumble once again.

How does this dairy-tale end? If you listen closely, you can hear the grumbling growing louder. But we’ll have to wait and see…

Until next time…

Softball & Hotdogs

Published June 1, 2011 by glaumland

I’m trying to post while waiting for Little Girl to start her game. Goofy Maggie, the crazy hound, decided to hop in the car as we were leaving to come. She’s pretending to be a farm dog, out running around and enjoying freedom, because the baby goats have been imprisoned in the dog pen until the get too big to escape from their pen.
So Maggie is sitting here with me at the game, and being a really good dog considering what a clown she is. I’m going to try to get a pic of her with her new cool summer hard.

Blessed Are The Antihistamines, For They Shall Relieve Us From Our Allergies

Published June 1, 2011 by glaumland

Ouch!

I’ve added a new pest/allergy to my list. I was sitting by the open window in the fancy music room when ZAP! I noticed I was being attacked by bugs. Little, tiny brown bugs, about 1/3 the size of a flea, crawling around the window sill. Ewww!

I did some web crawling (very appropriately) and discovered they are probably clover mites. Makes sense, with all of the clover we have in our yard. And they are so tiny, I think the attic fan is just sucking them in through the window screens.

Country living strikes, so time to strike back. Grabbed my bottle of fly spray (for the ponies, with a lovely citrus-y scent) and went to work. Those little bugs aren’t crawling any more! Yea chemicals!

I hate that creepy, crawly feeling you get after you see fleas or ticks, or in this case clover mites. I’ve been itching and scratching all afternoon. After I spotted the lovely rash on my face and arms caused by the micro-bites, I took a quick shower and some antihistamines. That should put an end to the itch.

June bugs and moths I can handle. You just scoop them up and toss them outside. Guess I’ll have Dear Hubby get his giant spray gun out and attack the house with insect spray again. I ain’t gonna let no pests keep me from having my house open to the fresh air.

Until next time..

Silence Of The Goats

Published April 10, 2011 by glaumland

Today was one of those tough days in the baby-hood of kid goats. Time for dehorning, castrating and tattooing…ouchies come at them from every side. Luckily they are pretty forgetful and pretty forgiving.

Dehorning is one of those tasks where you learn as you go. There’s no practicing beforehand. Using a hot iron with a goat attachment lets you burn just the area around the horn bud, but it is hard to know exactly how long to leave the iron on. All of the advice I can find say ‘until there is a copper circle around the bud’, but that is like the old cookbooks telling people to leave the food in the oven until almost ready. How long exactly is that?

This dehorning was actually round two for the older kids. We didn’t burn deep enough last time (don’t want to fry their little brains!). The three we worked on today got to have a little chemical-induced nap before their procedures. Better for them and much easier for us.

Life can be tough when you are a goat…good thing they are getting lots of loving and petting while they are here!

Until next time…

It’s Raining Goats

Published March 21, 2011 by glaumland

Well, we added to our goat population again today. CocoaBean had a set of twins this afternoon. And the funny thing is, they look very much like set number two. Since they are boys, we’ve continued the banjo theme.

This is Fleck, named for Bela Fleck

 

Seegar, named after Pete Seegar

 

Fleck & Seeger getting some dinner

 

CocoaBean is being a great mom, so I bet these little boys will be growing fast.

Here’s an update on the other kids…Mango, Pepper, Earl & Lester. We’ve got quite a family.

Playtime in the pasture

 

You’ve heard of reindeer games? Well the kids’  favorite game is ‘King of the Mountain.’ It’s fun to see how many kids can climb on at once.

Mango & Earl pretending to be mountain goats

 

Until next time…

Invasion Of The Ants 2011

Published March 20, 2011 by glaumland

I love Spring. The sights, the smells, the baby animals…it is a joy.

But..here come the ants. First just one or two, checking out anything tasty in the kitchen. I chase them down, wiping and disinfecting all the way. Surely I’ll get the upper hand this time.

But no! Today they were back again by the hundreds. Yuk! Yuk! Yuk!

I looked around outside for their regular trails but couldn’t find them. Dearest Hubby was kind enough to mix up a batch of ant killer and spray around outside. He found the source and drowned them in the stuff. Probably won’t be any other bugs around our house this year. Goodie.

Better living through chemistry…and pesticides.

Until next time…