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Revolving Doors

Dan and I are in the midst of tons of life changes right now--job hunting and house searching being the two largest.  We have been pretty set on moving to Kentucky for a while now; however, the doors just haven't seemed to be open there.  I've been looking for PA jobs for a while with little response, none positive as of yet.  We decided to start looking in Ohio near where I grew up as a second option...thus far, it's been an equal rollercoaster ride.

A friend of mine and I were talking about how God works in our lives--open doors vs. closed doors.  The past few days have seemed like God's giving us a revolving door.  First the bank says no problem on a mortgage, but the house wasn't seeming to be what we wanted.  Then the house all works out and seems ideal and the bank backs out and changes their mind.  Kentucky seems like all closed doors and Ohio is falling all over me to have me here.  Then Ohio's being really slow to call me back and Kentucky seems a bit…

Christmas Loots

A cute movie to watch with the girls (man, that food looks amazing!)

A useful book for when I have my garden. :)

Flights to see my "sweetie" during this next long rotation, compliments of the padres.

Working on building a tradition of an ornament commemorating something to do with either this year's holiday celebration or something big from the past year.  Last year, we did a Swarovski snowflake--good for Maine.  This year, we went to the Columbus zoo for the WildLights and we have a trip to Kalahari planned for our little get away.  Maybe a house or the state we move to for next year!

Sunday Thoughts

Some pictures from the most recent Vineyard Medical Clinic and Food Pantry...

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" Matthew 25:40

Paige's Highlights

Ah, a bit of a break and dreaming aroung this holiday season, now that all the craziness of rotation has died down a bit. It's nice to be back.

1. Making the most of your cow. With graduation looming and our jump to the country not too far off, I've been thinking more about our home dairy cow plans. Even the small Dexters make up to 3 or 4 gallons of milk a day--over the course of a week, that's nearly 20 gallons! I KNOW that even a larger family wouldn't be able to drink all that, let alone just Dan and I. Therefore, I need ways to make the most of our dairying production. An article from Mother Earth News has some guidance for being frugal with your use and making sure that all the extra isn't just fed to the pigs and chickens! This book (below) is one that I keep drooling over every time I wander by the book aisle of Tractor Supply.

2. Dairy Recipes. Although I will likely settle on my favorite dairy-ing book and it will become my dairy Bible, Mother Earth News …

Columbus Zoo Wildlights

This past week, we went to the Columbus Zoo's Wild Lights with the family. AEP (I think) had donated 3 million LED lights for the event, and the ones around the pond were synched in to flash for different Christmas music, such as Transiberian Orchestra! Very cool!


"God opens doors that no man can close and closes doors no man can open."

Paige's Highlights

So, I skipped a week. And this week has been busy....not exactly the most interesting of topics, but both important for building our own home.

1. Fireplaces. Well, as with most things, I'm first interested in something by an article by Mother Earth News about improving the efficiency of wood-burning stoves. Dan and I are planning on having a very nice, large masonry fireplace in our home one day, but we both know that they're not very efficient. The ceramic, stand alone fireplaces are VERY efficient, and although they're pretty, there is a certain degree of heft and pomp that you lose with them. To be honest, since we're placing it as a focal piece of our living room, let alone our entire downstairs, we need something with some presence.

2. Fireplace inserts. Enter the inserts. They have the functionality of the stand-alone wood-burning stoves and can be slid into the impressive masonry hearth. Unfortunately, few of these have the efficiency of the Hearthstone sto…

The Search Begins

So, I've finally gotten around to writing CVs and cover letters and have been sending them out all over the Lexington area. 24 hours later, no one has responded just yet, but I've had some really positive phone calls with a few people. (Patience is not a virtue of mine.) One place that I'd REALLY like to work for is an ER/Hospitalist service. Both are areas that I would like to do, as they're both very broad-spectrum in the things I would see--which is what I'd be wanting to do!

So far, 5 e-mailed applications
2 snail-mailed
and about 7 more to go to physician recruiters.

In a worst-case scenario, I could nearly definitely get a job near my parents. I've had several job offers there--the only problem would be that Dan would likely have difficulties finding a job in the struggling economy in the area.


Graduation is still about 5 months away, so I have time!

Sunday Thoughts

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
~ Psalm 1:1-3 ~

Stregthening the Resolve

So, Dan and I have decided that we're going to live in a travel trailer upon moving to Kentucky. We're both just not comfortable with buying a home from so far away without having a chance to get to know the area. Also, the LAST thing we want to do is get stuck into a renting game again. And finally, a travel trailer would greatly cut our living expenses and allow us to pay off all these school loans much faster.

Although I am 100% committed to it and would emphatically profess my support of the idea, I think I was somewhat in denial about the fact that I was having some reservations. Honestly, I had never BEEN in a travel trailer of the size we were planning on getting and I wasn't sure that I would be able to LIVE/CAMP for months in one. We had one camping experience as kids that lasted a month and that got really old when it rained--and it was in the middle of the summer with no particularly cold days.

This weekend, visiting family in Buffalo, Dan and I stopped in at …

The Bookshelf

I've compiled a master-list of books I love, or would love to get!

Just type these in Google to search for them.

Cooking and Food Preservation
The Home Creamery by Kathy Farrell-KingsleyHome Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses by Ricki CarrollJam it, Pickle it, Cure it by Karen SolomonOutstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook by Jim DenevanBall Blue BookBall Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judy KingryRoot Celaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mark BubelArtisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Animal Husbandry
Small Cattle for Small Farms by Margo HayesSmall Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability and Profit by Carol EkariusBarnyard in Your Backyard by Gail DamerowRaising Poultry on Pasture: Ten Years of Success by Jody L Padgham (ed.)Salad Bar Beef by Joel SalatinBarnyard in your Backyard by Gail DamerowSmall-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach... by Carol Ekarius
General Information
The Encycloped…

Raw Milk

As promised, here is the long-awaited entry on raw milk articles. To be honest, I have about a thousand things to get done between now and Christmas between rotations, job hunting, logging, papers, end-of-rotation exams, and studying for, this isn't nearly as elaborate as I was originally envisioning.

A few weeks ago, I was reading on TheModenHomestead's blog about cow share programs. They were born out of a desire to have access to raw, non-pasteurized, homogenized milk. The problems is that the FDA has some very stringent food-production laws regarding for-sale farm products. There are no restrictions, however, for personal rearing and utilization. The idea of the cow share program is to actually make your customers the "owners" of the cow. The farmer then becomes a paid service of "boarder and caretaker" rather than dairy farmer. Since you own the cow you receive milk from, you are able to by-pass the rules that guide large-scale, dir…