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01 February 2005 @ 03:57 pm
I'm on the job hunt again, as I'm going bananas here due to stagnation. I still don't know what our future plans are, but what the fuck, at least sending out resumes makes me feel better. I applied for a job at Evergreen University in Olympia, Washington today. Interesting. :) Pay's not so hot, but I found a farmhouse on 8 acres of land for $220,000, so I could survive on it. I'm told I'd like Olympia. What the hell, I might get a trip out of it. And I think the job gets summers off, so way cool. :) I wonder if I could actually make a functioning mini-farm? Maybe if Rob just worked the farm, and I worked at the University. :) I could have a cow. Although if it's hard to go on vacation when you have a dog, it must be impossible when you have a cow. At least you can board dogs. I don't think you can board cows anyplace, and they need to be milked twice a day. So that might not work so well.

I just love the idea of making my own butter and cheese. It's kind of pointless to go to the grocery store to buy cream to make your own butter, when there's butter right next to the cream. But if you have a cow, you get to make your own butter because you don't go to the store anyway. At least, not for dairy products. We'd still have to buy meat someplace, because I am far too squeamish to kill my own chickens. Oh, but that reminds me, we'd have some hens for eggs. Maybe a couple of apple trees (one male, one female), and a big garden. We'd be set for the collapse of civilization. :)
Mearimeari on February 1st, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
My mother grew up on a diary farm.

Forget vacations, they coulnd't go anywhere for the day, becuase three times a day 40 cows needed to be milked.

It's a hard life
Elletheletterelle on February 1st, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, but that's 40 cows. This would just be one. :)

Ah, I'm sure I wouldn't understand the down side unless I did it. I'm not so naive as to think there wouldn't be a down side.

*ponders visiting a dairy in virginia and buying cream to churn*
Mearimeari on February 1st, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
this is true....

I jsut remember my aunt and uncle never being able to go anywhere, becuase of the milking.

Hence why they are retired
can't think of a namectoan on February 1st, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
If you want to raise chickens to eat, you can usually send them out to be killed. So you can raise them, but you don't need to do the actual neck wringing. And now that I've made it sound so appealing, I'm sure you'll be jumping right on that!
Elle: Adam Brody EEEEEEEE!theletterelle on February 1st, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee!!!

Yeah. It's hypocritical of me, but if I don't have the distance of never having seen the meat, I don't think I could eat it. :)

This farm thing might not be the best plan for me.
Doe-eyed Bunny: buddhadoeeyedbunny on February 1st, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
What happened to the job in Florida?
(Or am I really out of the loop?)
Elle: Here behind my walltheletterelle on February 1st, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
The job in Florida is a possible job, once something opens up. I'm shortlisted for the next opening. :) But I am going so crazy at this place, I can't just wait on it and hope something happens this year. I have to do something to feel like I'm not turning to mush.
Tyellastyellas on February 1st, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
If you have a cow, you do get your own milk - part of the year. If the cow's not sick. And the calf isn't nursing too much. (I see people who praise their horses and llamas and alpacas as enjoyable farm animals, but nobody has much good to say about cows and sheep, mostly due to their vet expenses.)

Myself, when I go to the grocery store to buy ice cream ingredients, of course I always go past containers of ice cream and think, "I could just..." Then I go home, make the ice cream, and taste the difference. It's astounding. I recommend going ahead and trying your own butter and cheese-making at home.
Elle: Changestheletterelle on February 1st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
Huh. That's a good perspective I didn't have. :) I may give this a try. Butter churns are expensive, but I think it's possible to churn butter just by shaking it in a mason jar. Yes, I think trying that would be good. Thank you!
Tyellastyellas on February 1st, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Go for it! You can use a blender - it seems like that's how they do it on the farm now, even.
eaceac on February 1st, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
I spent a couple of days in Olympia last fall, seeing family. You would like it. :)
LLL's Heartfelt Wish: Sizzlinmuse_neko on February 1st, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
NOOO!! You can't leave! T_____T

If you're feeling that way, then it's probably time to move on. Good luck with the search!


Dana: alex 2thirdsouthobbi on February 1st, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
You should try Chicago *halo*
R Reid Myersmalawry on February 1st, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
See, when most people say "I could have a cow," they don't mean it literally. :)