Craig Coffey Was Here

Craig, the Fox TV guy, and Mike, the camera guy, showed up right on time. 

15 minutes early.

Just in time for me to have no makeup on, not have my hair done, and not have my prescreened-by-various-family-members TV outfit on.  (I did have clothes on.  Just not the right clothes.) 

Aaaaaaaahhhhhh, weeellllllllllll…such is life.

No problem asking them to wait while I quick wiped off the table, quick did 14 other things and quick put on my makeup, braided my hair and put on the outfit.

And, whirled into the room to “get miked.”  Not to be confused with to “get milked.”  Just needed to clear that up.

Have I ever mentioned that I don’t watch TV?  We don’t have cable.  We don’t have a converter box.  We have a really old TV.  And, although I used to be an ardent fan of Good Morning America, I actually haven’t watched a morning show in approximately 7 years.

Which might be why I had no idea what this filming would be like. 

Well, it was like this:

1.  Smile.  Talk loud.

2.  Don’t look at the camera.

3.  Try to remember to sit up or stand up straight (which I think I forgot the whole time).

4.  Do the behind the scenes “segment” planning, where Craig tells me what he wants to do in the segment, then we do the segment. 

5.  We pretend like it’s Live TV.  Mike films him milking, and laughing and talking and me attempting to say something coherent.  The moment of which I’m most proud was when, during the milking segment, he said, “Well, Lindsey, do you have anything else you want to say?”  And I promptly….couldn’t think of anything.  It was that period of dead silence I don’t think you’re supposed to have on TV.   

6.  Get the whole thing done in 3 minutes. 

Thank goodness the little boy goat didn’t get his horns stuck in the feeder DURING the filming…watching me let go of Lucy’s legs, grab the milk pot out from under Lucy and throw it into Craig’s lap, “HERE.  HOLD THIS!!” and sprint up to the goat pen to find Dinner stuck in the feeder and screaming his lights out, would have been a little too much reality TV.

Segment 2 and 3 were in the house.  Strain the milk, start the chevre and mozzarella.  Then, finish and taste the chevre.

It’s too hard to squeeze a 30 minute mozzarella process into 3 minutes, so we didn’t do it for TV.  But, I’ll work on that.  I may need to do it for Good Morning America.  Did I mention they haven’t called yet?  The Today show may just beat them to it.  I’m expecting Matt Lauer’s call any time in the next 5 years.  We’ll see.

After 1 hour and 45 minutes of actual time and 9ish minutes of filmed time, they left.  I forced them to take chevre, mozzarella and bread with them to share with everyone at work. 

And then I went in the house to collapse.  That was the fasted cheese making I’ve ever done.

But I couldn’t.  Had to go get the preschooler and then go to the park to cheer on my Mom, Art and Steve, who were 41 miles into their 100 mile bike ride.

Starting their ride at 7:30am

I won’t reveal their true ages.  But, let it be known that I am 36 and wouldn’t dare ride my bike for 100 miles.  THEY are all under 70.  And, are riding their bikes around Colorado Springs for about 10 hours and 100 miles today.  It was on Mom’s Dream List.  Now that’s a good role model.

For now, I’ll let her stick with the 100 mile ride.  I’ll stick with “Craig Coffey In The Morning” on the Fox Morning News. 

And, on to Good Morning America.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  It’s on Channel 3 and 21 from 5-9 tomorrow morning.  A 3 minute segment every 45 minutes to an hour.  That’s when you’ll see me.  (Oh, dear.  That’s when I’ll see me.) 

P.P.S.  And, remember, check out my skin.  I’ll need to know what you think of the food on my face treatment.

P.P.P.S.  If you don’t see it tomorrow, Craig said it’ll be on his website starting Wednesday or Thursday.

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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