Satisfaction

I Made All Of This.  I.  Made all of this.  I made.  All of this.  I made all.  Of this. 

 I Made All Of This.

No, I didn’t grow the wheat or the sugar cane.  But I made all the rest.

I ground the wheat.  Or, I grinded the wheat?  Will consult spell check on that one.  I’m pretty sure it’s:  I ground the wheat.

I made the bread.

I picked the apricots in my First Annual Apricot Finding and Picking competition with my friend, Mike.  I never knew I could be so competitive about who could find the best apricot tree loaded with the most apricots.  One learns things about one’s self as one gets older.  And one learns things about one’s friend Mike too.

Mike Won.

These apricots in this jam are from the mother load of all apricot trees that Mike found.  We didn’t actually trespass either.  We had permission from the owner to climb her tree and pick 5 five gallon buckets of apricots.  No, that’s not a typo.  We did pick 5 five gallon buckets.  That’s 25 gallons of apricots.  That’s 25 milk jugs full of apricots.  That’s a lot of apricots.  Especially when you clean them. 

That’s a lot of fruit flies too, especially when you forget to finish cleaning them.

Anyway, I made the apricot jam.

And that white stuff is…you guessed it…Goat Cheese. 

Made by Your’s Truly.  Me.  The Goat Cheese Lady. 

I’ve got Mike beat on that one.

So, I’ve learned in my 1 1/2 years on our “farm” that one of the most satisfying things is eating something you did all yourself:  You ground it, you milked it, you picked it, you cooked it, you canned it, you kneaded it.

You ate it.

No.  I seven a skunk.  YOU eight a skunk.  (oops, I slipped back to my childhood)

And then I decided it would be better with wine.

It was. 

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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4 Responses to Satisfaction

  1. Rachel says:

    you are AWESOME!!

  2. Nicole says:

    Next year, make the wine, too! Very easy to do, especially with all the fruit you can find for free.

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