Read Me: if you are interested in purchasing a rabbit

As of January 1, 2014, I will no longer be keeping a “waiting list/email notification list” for my rabbits for sale. All sales will be on a first come, first served basis. No promises, no exceptions.

I am making this change because it is simply too much effort on my part to send out emails 3-4 times per litter to update the people interested in purchasing one of my rabbits. Most of you read my blog anyway and all the information is here. The “waiting list” was only started to keep interested parties updated via email… not to keep track of who has priority over another.

Believe it or not, but I spend about an hour on each email update. That is roughly 4 hours of work per rabbit litter just to let you know I have rabbits. That– is crazy pants.

One person had their feelings hurt because a rabbit color they were waiting for was sold to someone else who put a deposit on it first. Their complaint put a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak. I just don’t have the brain capacity to remember who was waiting for this specific color, or that, nearly 6 months ago. And if these prospective buyers don’t check their email often, they miss out on the opportunity to get what they want and I am blamed. Look at it from my point of view: 99% of people who contact me about rabbits are never heard from again. If you emailed me months and months ago about something and never responded to anything I have emailed you since, chances are I crossed you off my list.

If you are interested in a rabbit, now or in the future, keep checking my website and blog for when new babies will be for sale. It is all first come, first served from here on out.

Thank you for understanding! My poor little brain thanks you too.

New Year On The Way

In about four hours is the beginning of the new year. I usually take New Years Eve to reflect on what I have accomplished and my goals for the new year, but I don’t really feel like doing that. Anyone else with me? I’ve never been one for “resolutions”, because let’s face it– no one holds to those silly diets, and this year is no different. I also won’t bore you by rehashing the whole of 2013. If you’ve been following along, you already know about the fun things we have done and the losses we have faced. Instead of going through old blog posts tonight, let’s move forward and onward!

Tonight I am going to make some proclamations. Some will become truths by this time next year and some may not meet that timeline, but I am going to move through the year with the spirit that each one will manifest. Sometimes you just need faith and perseverance to get what you want.

Two-Thousand Fourteen will be full of:
• love
• family
• good company; friends new and old
• goats
• cheese
• our farmhouse with land
• a lovely garden
• new experiences and skills
• more happy rabbits
• art
• good food
• success with my crazy endeavors

What is on your list? Feel free to be as vague or specific as you’d like.

Gone to Market

Ah, the holidays are over! Well, there’s New Years, but I just can’t see myself devoting a whole day of celebration to changing out my wall calendar. Besides, I can’t stay up past 10:00pm while on this goat milking schedule. My eyes literally will not stay open.

This week I am devoting myself to a new goal: have a big box of farmy stuff to sell at the local indoor farmer’s market. The local food co-op has grown tremendously this year and has gone from a handful of people in a rented clubhouse room to over 300 members in an converted Armory airplane hanger. It’s crazy. I normally shy away from selling markets like this just because I don’t think my things will sell, but I’ve decided to open the smallest size booth possible and try this out. If I can at least break even, I will be happy with simply getting our farm name ‘out there.’

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And what a name it is! For the record, Frühlingskabine is pronounced: FRUU-LINGS-CABIN. It is the funniest thing in the world to see a group of people trying their best to sound out your farm name while you are hanging up a giant sign for your market booth…
“Frooh? No. Frou? No. Fuu? Oh, that crazy ‘ u’ with the dots!”
I can’t help but smile and giggle a little to myself.

I grew up in a family that spoke just enough German to pass around whipped cream or order beer (or name a house), so I am not completely immune to those “crazy u’s with the dots” myself.

The owner/operator/coordinator of the market let me know that I will be right next to the booth dedicated to the demonstration garden and the gentleman running it will be answering questions. What a great booth to be next to! My items should go along nicely. Especially since I will have a banner and information for New World Wool in my booth. I have made up a small list of things I am going to sell at the market. My booth is only 8×8 feet, which sounds large until you put furniture in it, so I will be stacking upwards. After seeing my space with my sign up high and two bookshelves in it, I realized that I could make it a much cuter and functional space with three walls. I picked up two picket fences for the side walls and then I will attach them to an 4′ tall by 8′ long plywood piece for a back wall. That should mark my space and give me some spots to hang things.

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Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm market booth

  • Photo Prints —farm, animals, garden (custom orders available)
  • Original Paintings
  • Small Gifts —bread sacks, card sets, market bags
  • Mushroom Log
  • Wool —raw, felted, and hand spun yarn (free felting demos)
  • German Gingerbread
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings (in the spring)
  • Homestead Planners
  • Hand-drawn Farm Coloring Books
  • I open Saturday, January 4th! If you are in or around Columbia, California this month, come by and see me! I’ll sneak ya a gingerbread cookie. Other market booths have locally grown produce, local honey, organic treats, handmade candies, cloth diapers, community garden info, and more.

    Mountain People Organics
    Farmers Market
    10800 Airport Road, Columbia, California 95310
    (209) 770-3088
    Wednesdays & Saturdays 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Check out their Facebook page for more information.

    Have a Very Merry *Fill-in-the-Blank* !

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    Drive, fly, and bicycle safe! Have a wonderful holiday, no matter what you celebrate, and spread your cheer. Give smiles, hug friends, and share schlagsahne smothered pie with family.

    Everyone here at the Frühlingskabine wishes you the very best this season and much prosperity into the new year!

    p.s. You totally looked up “schlagsahne” didn’t you?!

    Milking the Yule Goat

    I realize that may have sounded weird, but let me assure you that it is perfectly normal. Well, normal enough. Thank you Scandinavian lore for giving me such a fantastically awkward intro… But it is the first day of winter and I did spend my morning milking a goat named Bridgit. Just sayin’.

    One of my dear friends went on a holiday vacation and asked me and my other friend to handle the milking duties while she is gone. Honestly, she asked the universe for help after her first plan for a goat-sitter fell through and I rudely butted my head in and offered my “milking expertise”. So long story short, I am now driving across town every morning for 3 1/2 weeks to milk two goats. I’m sure in many people’s existence this would be considered burdensome, but I see it as a chance to fulfill my daydreams of becoming a dairymaid. I don’t dare tell Trevor that however. I tell him that my ‘poor friend had no one else to turn to‘ and that ‘I need the practice if we are going to own dairy goats of our own soon’. See how I play that ladies? I know you all have some tricks up your sleeves too.

    Back to the goats.

    So it turns out that I really, truly love milking goats. These beauties are Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat does: Luna (black and white); Bridgit (tan and white); and Bridgit’s female baby, Thistle (also tan and white).

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    They aren’t terribly fussy goats, which is nice considering that I am touching rather personal goat parts. Bridgit can be a little bratty when I try to wipe off her udder. She likes to lay on her belly while on the stanchion if the cloth wipe is the slightest bit cold. Hey, I get it, but it is still a pain to get her to stop once she has started. Luna is a bit of a pig, but I won’t hold that against her. We all like to have our cake and eat it too.

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    Cami has been interested in milking, so I try and let her have a few minutes to give it a go. Cami gets a chance to milk about half way through because it is the time when the doe is not too full, but Cami also isn’t frustrated by a lack of milk towards the end. Let me tell you, this kid has kung-fu grip! I don’t know if all children are this good at milking or if these Nigerian Dwarfs are just a compatible size, but she is a natural.

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    I, on the other hand, am so much better at milking than when I first started… but I am a far cry from being a “natural”. What an interesting journey this whole year has been. Here I was –thinking that we had made such leaps and bounds in learning homestead skills, and then something completely new comes along and surprises us all.

    Let’s do a little eggnog toast to a year full of goats in 2014!

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    Still On The Hunt

    Well crap, guys. The house deal fell through today. The seller wanted to play games and stick us with the bill for every last little thing and wouldn’t budge. I am pretty sore about it all, but Trevor is trying to get me to see the bright side. Perhaps by the spring we can find a better fit. I guess I didn’t really want to move in the snow anyway. 😉

    So the great farm hunt continues!