Life goes on here…

new rooster

A couple of weeks ago my white chickens and all but these 2 others went to join Jai and Skylar’s due to the fact that they did not want to stay in their yard here. They could be found perching on the hay elevator in the hay mow and you can imagine what that was looking like….they do not get down to do a bathroom trip during the night!!!

So anyway, I ended up with a rooster in trade, kind of. Perhaps these two ladies will get friendly with ‘Walter” and hatch out some babies and we will start all over again!!!

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With this Virus self-quarantine or self-preservation as I call it and all that is going on with closings of businesses I can pretty much agree with most of the precautions … However, as you can probably guess, simply by knowing me, I am totally flabbergasted at the # of milk processors that are refusing to pick up milk  at farms all over the place.

Granted it probably is being blown out of proportion but it should be a wake-up call for everyone. I have heard of some stores that have empty whole milk spaces in their coolers and when asked about it they say they are sold out of it.

Over the last year I have been tickled pink that whole milk is finally getting the credit it deserves. My Farmer would be dancing a happy dance because of it. As you know, he touted the advantages of drinking whole milk for just about our entire marriage and also on the Blog for a few years. We even had some converts tell us how they had switched because of Ed’s information. Go Whole or Go Home!!!

Well, with these hard working farmers having to dump their milk because they have no one who will take it, I feel especially sad for them. Why can’t these big wigs in government see what is going on right here in our own country. A few weeks ago we didn’t have enough…yeah, I know schools and restaurants have closed and that is a big part of the problem. But those school kids still need  milk to drink and I would pray it is still a part of at least maybe 2 out of three meals a day for others as well.

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Farmers have to plan way ahead from season to season…order corn seed in the fall to save money, but they have to know how many acres they are planning to plant in the spring and order accordingly.

Order any new seeding material for spring planting/seeding…again, planning ahead saves $.

Also, ordering fertilizer to apply when planting the corn/grass seed is important and can be ordered and paid for in the fall or early winter to save $ rather than doing it all in the spring.

If they don’t cultivate their corn fields to keep the weeds from growing faster than the plants themselves, they probably have a commercial spraying outfit come in and spray with weed killer that will let the corn grow tall enough to form a canopy; and the canopy prevents the sun from reaching the weeds under it, thus curtailing the growth of them.

Then most farms move on to baling or chopping hay. Some do both but Mother Nature has a big say as to when it can be done and which method is used… 3 or 4 cuttings usually come to fruition if they are blessed with good weather.

Eventually the corn gets chopped and/or picked and  put in bunks or silos to feed the animals through the long winter until this entire process of planting and seeding  can be started all over again.


I didn’t even mention the equipment costs….fuel, oil…routine maintenance isn’t free.

New plow parts are a given if any amount of plowing is done. We are fortunate to be on gravel which can be easy to plow but rocky.

As you who followed this blog over the years have seen through our videos and photos breakdowns can be costly in more ways than one. Money , time, labor don’t come cheap.


Getting back to the farmers who are having to dump their milk…this is a tremendous loss for them. For the most part they are preparing for spring planting…they may not have been fortunate enough to have purchased the seed and fertilizer ahead of time.

Praying for some diversification is what a lot of them will be doing…but with what is going on now very few people will be making unnecessary  purchases.

Please keep this in mind when you go grocery shopping and see the whole milk in the coolers or lack of it. Having to pour your heart and soul down the drain is the only option for some. The cows have to be milked at least twice a day to stay healthy I would say.

Don’t get me wrong…I know what is happening around the world…people are dying because of the Virus. We all need to stay home and be safe. But there are people out there who are carrying more stress and pressure than is acceptable.

I won’t get started on the meat, eggs, milk by-products that are commonly produced by these farmers also. And those veggie farmers? We are going backward…my Farmer used to say that people will get hungry when these hard times come to pass…well I think some will get thirsty, too. Way too much is taken for granted is my opinion.


So I will get off my ‘high horse’ so to speak; Bejosh is dealing with all of this tough situation as every one else is…keep close to home and be safe…

I plan to post more either tonite or tomorrow on more lighter topics along with more photos…for some reason I have had trouble down loading some other photos I took today besides the new Walter Rooster one. It tells me an error occurred but I didn’t think I did anything different.


Until next time, stay safe and healthy all……Love you Farmer!!!

PS..Perhaps you could let me know what is keeping you occupied these days.

14 Comments

  1. So good to catch up on your blog and know that for the most part, things are well with you. Prayers will be said for Grissom and for your grandson; and I can see the Farmer in your lovely granddaughter, Logan (and I see him in both her and your daughter, Maggie!). Keep your spirits up; you serve as shining example to all your blog followers. It won’t be long before warmer weather will be here and the pandemic will lessen. The Lord watch over all of you!

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  2. I wrote my Senator Bernie Sanders that I was crying, at this time of food insecurity, that farmers are dumping their milk and the system needs to be fixed. Asked for a reply, let’s see what he says. He and the other VT head politicos had a town hall meeting via telephone with the citizens of Vermont regarding the coronavirus crisis. Good questions from people. Hope they do it again. (and yes I am crying)

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    1. It is indeed sad. My heart goes out to all of those farmers having to dump their milk and also to those who are working so hard to keep going day to day. I pray for all of them. Thank you for your comment and take care.

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  3. Hi Carol,nice to hear from you again. Hope everyone In your family including you are doing alright in this isolation. Stay safe and hope everyone is staying healthy.

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  4. We just back to Cambridge from Georgia we are good working on flower beds when nice weather.Arlene is heading to work in Saratoga Hospital .Stay safe stay healthy Farmer hope to see you soon when this flu passes.Say hello all your Family.

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  5. So good to see your post! But the situation with the milk is crazy! Exactly why are the processors not picking up the milk? What a waste! And I have not been to our local Stewart’s store but that is where I get the whole milk that I use. I hope they aren’t the ones who are not picking up milk! And I hope I find the whole milk there. I thought I heard something on TV about $ for farmers….but I did not hear what exactly it was for. I will be praying for not only the end of this virus but for Lovey and Grissom and this milk situation! My husband wants to write to his congressman and check into this. We are not farmers but we certainly do care! As to what I do….I have increased my walks around the end of the street where we live. The turn around is perfect for walking around and around with our outdoor feral kitty. She loves to rub my legs and walk with me. I have to tell her to “Let Mommy walk” so she sits alongside the road and waits ’til I come around again. And maybe once a week I go to a store all masked and gloved up. Need to make sure we have enough hay for our house rabbits! And to get greens for their salads. I love seeing the different spring flowers and plants coming up. We’re only on 1 acre but it’s amazing how many plants there are! Also get to hear church services because we can see and hear through the computer. I help with the missions team and get to communicate with missionaries around the world. Really interesting and helps to know that we are all in this together! We don’t know when this will end but God does and that is reassuring. Spending more time calling relatives and friends. A little extra cleaning and de-cluttering. Need to send out some overdue cards. And…I’m more thankful for our life here and so many things God has allowed into our lives. Lots of time for thinking and thanking these days!
    Hope things improve for all farmers! You are the backbone of this country!

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  6. Hi, Carol, I’m so glad to hear from you on your blog! We are retired, but we’re keeping busy working on the house, projects like painting and repairs which were put on hold while we both worked. And now it’s warm enough in Kentucky that we are readying our gardens for planting vegetables (of course, we may get another cold spell, but it won’t last). Being able to get outside and walking the dogs and watching the chickens is what is keeping our spirits up! We both drink our milk—please don’t apologize for writing about the challenges farmers face—I come from farming families and so appreciate them!

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  7. Your rooster is a beauty! Ours got scooped up by a hawk and I miss him. His name was Romeo and was very friendly!! We have 6 peeps I. Our dining room under heat lamp and my Golden keeps watch over them-LOL. Stay well and I am glad you are back to blogging ❤️

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  8. Hi Carol, Nice to hear from you as always. I try to keep a bit of a schedule and think of something to accomplish daily. I really miss people, the animal shelter where i volunteer my granddaughter and all my friends but we are taking it a day at a time. My husband is a pharmacist and must work and my son is a firefighter and must work so i worry about them. i walk the dog twice daily and have been reading more and doing a jigsaw puzzle. I also enjoy series on Netflix and Amazon. This is a challenge for sure. I pray for everyone and hope we can all get through this safe. All the best always. Susie

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  9. Carol-First of all thank you for being one of my FB friends to answer my request to wish my husband Rob a Happy Birthday. He turned 75 today and we’d normally celebrate a birthday like this with friends and family but not today. I’m 76 so he enjoys being a “younger man.”
    I live in Addison County VT and heard today that many of the VT farmers are throwing out milk and cheese probably for the same reason as NYS. Before retiring I used to drink 2% milk but I finally decided to switch to whole milk a few years back after reading one of Ed’s posts on the subject. I drink a glass of whole milk every night before going to bed and give you and Ed a silent salute. Since we have 4 sugar houses on our road, I sometimes put a tablespoon of maple syrup in my milk, which is quite delicious.
    I follow the Bedlam Farm Journal and smile whenever Jon or Maria posts a photo of their farm and Ed’s Tin Man shows up, standing tall in all kinds of weather.
    Be well and continue to write.

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  10. Dear Carol,

    I drink whole milk! 😊 And I do get it from a farm in NY that delivers to the feed store in NB. I don’t know if that is still the case now, because I still have some, but hopefully I can get it.

    I am working from home – part time. I’m glad my job could be transitioned. I walk my dog, read, talk to people online or via text. The hardest thing for me is no visits with my almost 4 year old granddaughter. I have seen her every four to six weeks since she was born!

    The second hardest is the loss of organized singing. Music plays a big part in my life as I am part of two community chorales and my church choir. Our performances are, of course, cancelled and church does not meet.

    I understand and agree that we must shelter in place. But it is hard on all of us! It will be good once the weather warms enough for gardening … That keeps me very busy!

    Be well, be safe, and keep sharing your stories!

    ♥️ Candy

    On Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 7:11 PM Bejosh Farm Journal wrote:

    > bejoshfarm posted: ” A couple of weeks ago my white chickens and all but > these 2 others went to join Jai and Skylar’s due to the fact that they did > not want to stay in their yard here. They could be found perching on the > hay elevator in the hay mow and you can imagine what ” >

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  11. I remember years ago when I was a kid and there was a surplus of milk. I also remember the govt. taking it and making 5 lb blocks of cheese and giving it away free to low income families. I was raising a 2 yr old at the time as his dad passed away. I wasn’t too proud to go stand on the line at the Town Hall and get that 5 lb block of cheese for us. I can’t understand why the govt does’t do the same. With all the babies and kids on WIC you would think they would. And the Seniors…myself included. I would get some. That was some pretty good tasting cheese. Take care…glad to see a post from you today.

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  12. Well said, as usual, my friend…I drink my milk and use it on my cereal faithfully, but I cannot think why , if the shelves are bare, the processes are not buy more milk..I never figured out why supply and demand can’t just go on simply without outside interference . ..money, that’s why…if it is plentiful, the price goes down…processors don’t want to lose their profits…oops, I ranted!…lol!…what am I doing with myself?…well, it seems I am cleaning kitchen cupboards…repairs to some shelves required they be emptied . ..amazing the things I found I didn’t want or need..boy it is hard for me to part with my coffee cups…especially the ones with moose on..lol!….hope we get a break and I can see you soon…love💟💟💞💞💞💞💞💞

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  13. So nice to hear from you, Carol.
    Just this morning I bought my weekly 1/2 gallon of whole milk.
    I’m a lifelong (77 years) milk drinker and am appalled to see nature’s best drink being poured out on the ground.
    Wishing you better than that!

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