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[Readers Update] At least there's editing - while training calves is daily work...

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Farm News

Training calves continues:

I work with the calves daily to get them up to the point where I can get within a walking staff's length - about 6 feet. In the above, Conner is coming up for face scratching while Blanche is checking things out. Conner is our oldest, a bull-calf and part Jersey, which leads him to be a big forward. But working with him enables other calves to come up and see what he's up to. 

Bull calves are more forward, but the heifers are generally easier to deal with and not as flighty. But in all cases, each calf has their own personality, so take individual time regularly (daily if I can) to gain their trust. Smaller herds like mine make this more possible - 18 calves this year still means I prioritize on the heifers and bull-calves I'll be keeping next Spring. 

Connor is a good candidate, because he's already so gentle and curious. Plus, his momma is a smaller frame, and he's an offspring of Gene, so will be a good first-year heifer sire. (Smaller calves that gain weight fast are easier to birthe.)

Tiny Home Progress

Wall and ceiling painting is done! Turned out nice. (Pix soon.) I do have some touch-ups, and paint the main loft floor.

This means electrical is next, then outfitting. This gets very exciting now as it starts coming together.

When you personally plan and and build one of these, it starts putting a real working knowledge base together.

I persuaded my romance research partner to visit and see what opinion she has of pre-built tiny homes and a manufactured home. She really wants a real home with a full-sized kitchen. And a spare bedroom so I can have an office. At best, this cottage I'm building for her/us is a tiny studio/efficiency scene. So while a cozy cottage is good for two people to have their occasional much-needed privacy, it isn't big enough for her to live comfortably.  (Sigh.) 

Yes, but it's good enough for me to experiment with. Again, I have two tiny home projects currently on the boards - the second one is for my own writing workspace. 

Editing fills my "idle" moments

Yes, I have that writing text in process, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. But I also have found that I need to have some regular input of self-improvement materials to keep my edge going. The "How to Change Your Life Compleat" is a monster of some 250 articles (or so) by Earl Nightingale. And it's been published, but the version I have has so many formatting errors that I've taken up working through one or several essays every day so I can bring it up to the standard I prefer. 

This is also being ported (the rest of the way) to videos and courses, which publishing should start next January. So that keeps me going and on the rails. 

Yes, once I have the cottage and mini-office outfitted and moved into position, then I'll be down there and my time will be freed up (somewhat) to get onto more regular editing and publishing again. And realistically, that will be in the late fall. (But then, there are the three holidays starting around a month after Halloween...)

Editing has its rewards. It's a bit like the sanding and sealing and polishing of fine woodworking after that cabinet or table or chair has been assembled for the final time.

Meaning that you can look forward to a Christmas present, if I can push through on that as well as the other work.


I went back to pick up this book again, as I have been referencing (and building) a "Thoreau-esque" life for myself. And I had to revisit his own "tiny home" that he hand-built. Unlike that author, I am now choosing a bit more convenience into these two buildings I'm creating (with a third standing as a future evolution). I'm also having it be suitable for two - it's own unique opportunity, if only on temporary occasions.

And while this format you're reading forbids me waxing poetic or philosophic as he did, there is still resonance in reading his work. I suggest everyone read this book, however stodgy they may find the prose in it. Because it contains rare jewels. One of these I've kept in my possession as a wall decoration since my youth: 

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate
enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is
because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.

All I do now is to complete the rest of this experiment in life. I've long given up my earlier "lives of quiet desperation", finding instead that I can have anything and everything I want. The trick is to understand what I want, and not what I've been told to want. As Thoreau, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach."

After all, "Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in."

And I have more lessons ahead. So I'll keep you updated - as always.

What's Ahead?

Summer fruit

We're still harvesting wild plums. 

And I got a couple of early paw-paws this last week. Tasted yummy, I'm told (as I gave them away already). My sister told me (via my Mother) that the fruits by her house are ripe and fall to her touch, so those two are going to pick paw-paws in my sister's time off this week. (Although the other trees are not ready, but this fruit will ripen off the tree - like bananas - if you let it.

The experiment of making vinegar drinks that don't need refrigeration turned out pretty good - although there is more tasting to do. Any fruit can be treated this way, according to the notes of this recipe.

Soon these wild fruits will be followed persimmons. But those will be in the fall. 

Our wild plums are still ripening, but I hope to get a small bucket of their ripest ones picked this week.

Oh - wait, there's more: Recent life-test results continue to confirm all I've been telling (some of) you for years - you can actually have and be anything and everything you want out of life. Really. Whether it's finding a dear companion or a million-dollar salary. And it's all in that "Strangest Secret Collection" (my characters named it the "decoder ring"). You only have to take the leap of faith and put it into use...

(Again, to get your updated copy, just reply to this and ask - I'll send you the most recent edition if you don't have yours or misplaced it.) As well, I do need to get some courses up, so I'll start working these in once I get all the major non-fiction books republished.

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First readers have now become collaborators. And get the first inklings of a story before anyone else except me. (They also get immediate notification and pictures of new calves.) Our interactions are what result in the Notes editions for each book. It's simple to become one - just raise your hand.

How to Raise Your Hand: Join the no-cost Insider's Club and then send me an email that you have. Tell me what you bring to the table. If you make a good case, I'll include you on my First Reader Emails.

Expect great things over the next year - and continuing...

Yes, a huge number of books are available in that Insiders Club. I don't think that most of you have most of these books - and so I keep this in every week to remind you that some of these stories would really appreciate your reading them.

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I hope your life is not too interesting to be overwhelming, but sufficiently engaging to keep you amused. (Like some of us here...)



PS. Again, you can always email me about anything.

PPS. Conner is from Mary Contrary, who is half Jersey, half white-face. So Conner is quarter Jersey and half Belted Galloway.

What you're here for is to enjoy life. If you're not enjoying every single moment, then you're working too hard at living. Relax. Let go. Follow your bliss.

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