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A 13- year homeschooling mom (youngest graduated in May 2015!) who is also a cattle and sheep farmer married to a cattle farmer. My three children and I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. While this blog will chronicle our journey of Faith, Family, and Farm, opinionated articles on frugal living, traveling, recipes, and homeschooling experiences may be found sprinkled throughout!

Calving Season Underway!

For the past 15 years or so, we’ve had our calving season start about 18 May through first week of July.  This worked pretty well, but since i have had scour problems the past two seasons, i was adamant about making changes, so i put the bulls in earlier.  Thankfully, despite the earlier and shorter breeding season, most cows got pregnant again.

Official calving season this year for me started 25 April, but already have 16 calves on the ground and up and running!  Weather has been pretty nice until today with temps only reaching 46F and it’s misty rain and mild wind.

Cheers!

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Bud Williams on Science

Reprinted from Bud Williams’ Musings.  Sign up for access to reflections on life and livestock (marketing and stockmanship) at stockmanship.com.

Science?

Posted December 8th, 2012 — Written by: — Filed in Bud’s Musings, Marketing

This is a direct quote from an article I read awhile back.

“The name of an article in a non-farm magazine was “Gulf hypoxia thought to be caused by agricultural run off.” Yet this year it was 33% the predicted size and no one knows why science failed to be right.”

No, it was not that science failed to be right, it was that they guessed wrong, and that is not science. Guessing is what people who have an agenda “call” science. Science is when something is studied until they know that it is right and it can be proved.  There is so much guessing about things in the future that to try and make the guessing legitimate they call it science, and then try to have it accepted as proven.

This is much like the livestock markets.  Most people want to guess what the prices will be in the future. These guesses often fail to be right then it is blamed on something else. Always deal with real things not guesses or hopes.  The things that are real are today’s prices not what they may be in the future. There is one thing about today’s prices, they are easy to prove.  That must be very scientific. It will be very hard to prove that prices in the future are right until we get there, that must not be very scientific.

 

Bud Williams died a few years ago, but his thoughts, videos,  and stockmanship teachings are kept available by his wife and daughter at stockmanship.com.  There is a massive amount of information necessary for becoming competent and improving at developing relationships with animals and people.

 

Cheers!

tauna

Pesach Sameach!

I don’t speak Hebrew, but ‘Happy Passover’ simply hasn’t the same ring to it.  We are commanded this week of Feast of Unleavened Bread to eliminate leaven (not necessarily yeast) from our lives.   I’m not a fan of Matzoh or other flat wheat breads, so here’s what i’ve made.  For those of you who are experts on this, PLEASE let me know if this does not meet biblical standards of unleavened bread.

Focaccia Bread

1 cup almonds (ground)

1 cup shredded mozzarella (or whatever cheese you prefer, i used provolone this time)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (ground)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (ground)

1/2 cup sesame seeds (ground)

1/4 cup flax seeds (ground)

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons onion flakes (ground)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup black olives (finely chopped)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup olive oil

Using my Magic Bullet, i ground all the seeds and nuts separately for best results into a coarse grind, feel free to grind them finely, it’s up to you.  Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl with a fork, holding out about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Press mixture onto a buttered 9 x 15 stone pan (use whatever you have), then bake in a 375ºF oven for 12 minutes. 17757155_10208645975569212_7534789530260493445_n.jpg

Take out of the oven and cut into squares (i use a pizza cutter), brush with remaining olive oil, and sprinkle with salt flakes (optional, but not too much).  Bake for another 8 minutes.  Take out of the oven immediately and let cool a bit before trying to remove the squares.  Use a spatula to remove them.

Focaccia Bread

Absolutely delicious in my opinion!

Praise Yah!

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Keeping Yah’s Feasts (and other Mo’edim) is not just a Jewish celebration; it is for ALL His set apart people!  What an honour we are given to give glory to Him in His way.

Sabbath Day Devotion – Kit Pharo

Sabbath Day Devotion

April 8, 2017

Was Jesus a Vegetarian?

I had someone ask me if Jesus was a vegetarian.   That is a question I have never thought much about.   Apparently there are some in the vegan world promoting this concept.
Answer: Jesus was not a vegetarian.   The Bible records Jesus eating fish in Luke 24:42-43.   In Luke 22:7-15, we are told that Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples.   This meal included the Passover lamb.

I would like to say that Jesus was a big beef eater, but I cannot find any scriptures to support that way of thinking.   However, when Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, he said the “father killed the fattened calf” to celebrate the return of his son.

After the flood, God gave mankind permission to eat meat (Genesis 9:1-3).   God has never rescinded this permission.

With that said… there is nothing wrong with a Christian being a vegetarian.   The Bible does not command us to eat meat.   The Bible does say, though, that we should not force our convictions about this issue on other people or judge them by what they eat or do not eat (Romans 14:1-3).

Don’t just GO to church; BE the Church

Kit Pharo

Pharo Cattle Company

Cheyenne Wells, CO

Phone: 1-800-311-0995

Email: Kit@PharoCattle.com

Website: www.PharoCattle.com

 

Barcelona

A quick 1 1/2 hour flight via TAP airlines from Lisbon to Barcelona, then 45 minute Metro ride (2 changes) to Jaume I station, then about 10 minute walk to our AirBNB place near Carrer del Cecs de Sant Cugat .  The apartment is small, but two bedrooms.  We are certainly part of the community yet near many attractions.  With the window open, one can hear all the sounds of people getting ready in the mornings and sharing their evenings together.  A little too close for me – any moment, one expects to hear ‘garde à l’eau!’  Thankfully, that practice has long been outlawed.  Yet, there is an abundance of urine and poo from dogs in the city.

Nevertheless, Barcelona is a lovely city, with a plethora of attractions. The city purchased the limelight with the 1888 World Expo and then more recently, the 1992 Olympics.  Tourism exploded from 1 million to 10 milion in the ensuring 25 years!  Wow!  that’s really tough on infrastructure and for the people who live here to maintain their lovely and peaceful way of life.  We all must be careful about financial success based on tourism.  Suddenly, the very aspect of quaintness and relaxed lifestyle that drew in tourism is destroyed.

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Arc de Triomf – gateway to the 1888 World Fair – Barcelona
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Inside Sagrada Familia – Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026
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Typical neighbourhood street of Barcelona
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Nativity facade of La Sagrada Familia
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi  (Basilica Saint Mary of the Pine)
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Cloister at Barcelona Cathedral

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Stunning stained glass from the fourteenth century at Royal Monastery of Pedralbes

 

Rodeo Way.

I never thought about this, but it’s true!!!

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Stands filling up, quickly. The ‘pump up’ music playing. A bronc starts dancing in the chute. Fresh arena dirt and fresh livestock. 

The excitement is felt, seen and heard. An electricity that is circulating throughout the stock, contestants, and spectators. And then, the announcer begins to speak…

He doesn’t begin by giving the statistics of the riders, or rant about the stock contractors, no. The announcer begins with “This is the home of the free and the land of the brave and because of that we want to honor those who give up their freedom so we can enjoy ours. Every Marine, Sailor, Airman, First responder, please stand up.” Some slower than others, stand. Stand in remembrance of their fellow men and women, stand in remembrance of the commitment they made to this country. Stand to be honored. And as each one stands up, the electricity of the building, changes, ever so slightly, as…

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Lisbon, (Lisboa) Portugal

For Americans, Vasco de Gama (1460-1524), Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), and perhaps to a lesser extint, Bartolomeu Dias  (1451-1500), all come to mind as famous Portuguese exploeres, all sailing the world during the Portuguese Golden Age of Exploration.  (Although Christopher Columbus married a Portuguese lady and had a son with her, and even lived and traveled out of Lisbon for a while, he was Italian.)  And indeed these men accomplished a great deal for the world and their country!

However, what struck me as a defining point of history was far more recent; the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.  This natural disaster occurred on 1 November, so you can imagine all the religious leaders and believers thinking indeed it was the end of the world.  Although, as massive as the quake was, anyone caught up in it would believe that.

With a population of about 200,000, estimates of death loss in Lisboa alone are up to 100,000.  However, this seems to be a lot of debate.  Who was killed by the earthquake?  or the fires that consumed a good portion of the city? or was it those who rushed to areas near the water and were swept away by tsunami 40 minutes later?  Whatever the numbers, the loss of life and destruction of almost the entire city is one of the greatest natural disasters in recorded history (barring Noah’s flood, of course).

The effects of this earthquake were felt in Scandinavia and maybe in Iceland.  Recently (2015), documentation was found that indicates high waves were experienced as far away as Brazil!  The time after the Great Earthquake was the birth of modern seismology.

We think that disasters are worse now, but i suspect that may not be the case, however, they do occur and are ‘rumoured’ (reported) more frequently and immediately due to modern communications.  And these will continue until the end.

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Old fashioned trolley followed closely behind by a modern one.  These are essential to moving the 2.8 million people of the metropoliton Lisbon plus the 7 million tourists visiting the area each year!
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Tiles abound in Lisbon, both inside and outside buildings.  These particular tiles are found on walls of the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem.

 

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Jeronimos Monastery – With Papal permission in 1496, building began in 1501 and completed in 1601.
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Carmo Convent – The Convent of our Lady of Mount Carmel – founded in 1389 and completed in 1423 and was used as a convent until the 1755 Great Lisbon earthquake destroyed most of the building including the library and some 5000 volumes.  There were some repairs and used for various groups, but after another earthquake in 1969 damaged it again, it was given as a museum.
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Interesting artwork at Lisbon on the Rio Tejo
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Monument to Discoveries – Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.  Built as a permanent structure in 1960 honoring a glorious past of Portugal’s overseas expansion and discovery.  In the background, the 25 de Abril Bridge, a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon with Almada and inaugurated in 1966.  Due to its coloring and style, it reminds one of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
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Pena Palace

 

 

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Igreja de Sao Domingos – dedicated in 1241 and the site of the execution of Jesuit missionary in 1761 for treason.  Damaged in the 1531 earthquake and then nearly destroyed in the 1755 Great Earthquake, and barely survived a fire in 1959.  Restoration efforts still show significant fire damage.
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‘Road’ in the Al Fama  district of Lisbon.

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Commerce Square – Praca do Comercio – Lisbon
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Quinta de Regaleira of Sintra – Lisbon – house and eclectic and quirky park.