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Last Week’s Egg Letter 10/10/19

October 16, 2019

It is Thursday afternoon. I have finished my farm work and “Work” work…oh how I love my “Work” work!
Anyway, I thought I would holler at y’all now because I have a number of appointments and interviews tomorrow… I love my life! I love my farm! I love my not-farm business!

Eggs are for Sale! Who needs eggs to be delivered on Sunday at church?

Walter & Sweetie sneaked some feed from inside the pasture.

Walter and Sweetie trying to get feed from the wrong side of the fence.

The rain last weekend, the overcast days of late, the lower temperatures – praise the Lord God Almighty! He has given us relief! He alone made all things and He alone has rained His mercy upon us! (We almost didn’t come to church last Sunday, so enthralled with the falling rain, the smell, the sound…)

The sort-of tarp covering DH and I hung for the goats on Saturday was full of water and half-fallen-down when I went to the pasture this morning. The goats looked no worse for wear. Fat, sassy, some wanting to be petted… They all love feed, though they no longer receive it regularly.
DH is researching the best shelters (smallish) that we can put into the central pasture when we – take a deep breath – move the younger nannies to the front pasture again. Time for my cardio again! Pam? Pam? Where are you, my goat-herding friend?

Does & their kids.

Heidi, Dot, GG, Jumper, Barb and Joy – too cool for school.

The hens are great! They are being fed Scratch again now that the temp has dropped. While filling my Scratch bucket, one of the young pullets flew up to stand on my wrist. Silly bird. She stayed there while I walked out of the coop until I dropped my arm and scattered Scratch for everyone!

The big dogs were bathed last weekend ahead of the cold front. They immediately rolled in the grass and Dixon, bad dog, scratched up mulch to roll in! Not longer White Great Pyrenees. They are filthy, cocklebur-encrusted, spoiled rotten farm dogs!

Walter has the most beautiful coat! Looking forward to seeing his offspring!

Let me know if you want farm fresh eggs!

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Independent Consultant
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Pore Cleansing MD System by Rodan + Fields

November 8, 2019

Rodan + Fields’s newest Skincare Tool was introduced in September.
It is the Pore Cleansing MD System!

I have never thought that I have prominent pores, no blackheads to speak of, so why would I want this tool? However, I do like to understand how & why our products are of value to all my customers, so I gave it a try.


On October 18th, I sat down at my bathroom vanity after my shower, having used REVERSE Lightening #1 Deep Exfoliating Wash on my face, neck & décolletage.

    My face was clean!

I applied the Pore Prep Solution, selected the proper tip for cleansing & began.

Oh my word! I thought the tool, on ‘low,’ was going to suck my face off! I was overwhelmed at the force of this tiny tool! Moving the tool as instructed, I cleansed the T-Zone of my face. OK. No big deal, I thought. Then I looked inside the tip… WHAT IS THAT? There was gunk in the tip that had been in my pores, on my face. ICK!

I could see that the pores on my chin & near my eyebrows were gone – invisible, sort of. Obviously smaller, especially after I thought there were no enlarged pores on my face at all!

Today I took time to use the Pore Cleansing MD System for the 2nd time. I could see enlarged pores this time, versus the pores that had been cleansed last month which were tiny. I focused on those areas when I applied the Pore Prep Solution, then began. Again surprised at the force of the vacuum when it touched my face.

Unbelievable! The amount of gunk that is in the tip when I finished was shocking!


R+F recommends using the Pore Cleansing MD System, no more than once a week. I understand that! I also use it at least 24 hours before I have to see anyone – there is a touch of irritation on my sensitive skin afterwards, which clears by the next morning.

I will not wait 3 weeks this time! I will use this incredible Skincare Tool once a week & have cleaner, healthier skin to show for it!

Walk Like A Turtle part 2

November 7, 2019

Where was I …
The shelters secured in the pick-up bed, DH & I head for home. The sun sets so early we were concerned the light would be too low to get the shelters placed.

Our first stop was at the house: bathroom, water, gloves, straw bale, big dogs. To the front pasture. Immediately joined by the curious goats. I had to lead them to the bowls & feed them so they wouldn’t be underfoot.
We unloaded the first shelter, me up on top of the cab pushing with my feet to separate the corugated metal, while DH pulled from the ground when they finally slipped apart. 7.5 feet long. 4.5 feet wide. 3.5 feet tall. Weight: 150 lbs. Now to set it exctly where we want it.

Like my view out the back of the truck?

There was no way to slide the shelter in place, too many rocks & tree ‘staubs’ sticking up, so I, always ready to sacrifice my body for my critters, entered the shelter, stood up lifting the shelter on my upper back & shoulders then started walking. With DH lifting the back using the attached metal bar, we moved it to the perfect location near the original shelter, but not too close under the tree. (We lost the top half of the tree during a storm the previous weekend. Yikes!) Secured it in place with three 24-inch pieces of rebar hammered into the ground with a 3lb hammer.

Opening faced toward the originl shelter, the downed half a gum tree is between the two.

Secured the 2nd shelter in the truck again then drove to the central pasture, disturbing the goats as they ate, enough so that Sweetie, Sissie & Jolly followed the truck to help us. Oh good.
Unloaded, placed with me as the turtle again. Back to the front pasture to introduce the metal monstrosity to the goats & give them some raisins & worming treats.

The bottle babies ate almost half a pound of raisins before the other goats realized what was happening! All the goats got their treats, except GG who was being contrary. DH refused to listen to me & lean against the shelter for support, so he was being knocked around by Joy & Dot who have raisin addictions. I walked to GG with raisins & treats as DH retreated to the pick-up.

Both shelters at once.

GG came toward me, so I knelt down – that’s when they struck! Joy, Heidi, Dot & my 3 babies ran through me to get the rainsins. I was down! Laughing, clutching GG’s treat & the box of raisins, the goats were trampling me! Then Heidi & Dot decided to butt heads over me! I yelled for DH to help – he refused. Thanks, dear. I managed to roll up to my knees & stand. Idiot goats! Idiot me! I fed GG her treat, admonished the other goats & walked quickly to the truck. Out of the pasture. Into the shower. Collapse!

Of course, neither DH nor I remembered to bring our phones, so no close-up pics. Sorry.
My friend Pam says it’s time I talked to the goats like a normal farmer & train them the way I did the dogs, to not jump on me. Joy & Dot are well over 100 lbs now & bruise me whenever they jump on me to say “Hello!” & get petted. Yep, it’s time.

PS The temperature was 26 degrees on the top of our hill the next morning. The little goats would have suffered in that cold. Instead they were toasty warm snuggled together down in the straw inside the new shelter & out of the wind.

Walk Like A Turtle! part 1

November 6, 2019

The rainy season in middle Tennessee has arrived but there is a problem, the older pasture goats will not allow my 3 bottle babies to come into the shelter out of the rain.
That is a serious problem because goast do not like rain. Goats, like people, store most of their body fat around their internal organs, unlike cows who wear theirs like a coat on the outside. What that means is that when they get wet, goats get cold & can get sick.

DH & I discussed for a number of weeks what to do. Should we build another shelter like the original…just more plumb. Should we buy a wooden shelter to erect ourselves. Should we hire someone to build a beautiful shelter for us, since we don’t have the skills needed & the results look like “There was a crooked man who built a crooked house…”

The only vendor of the Port-A-Hut galvanized shelters we decided to buy is in Fayetteville, TN, about 70 miles away. When I initially contacted them, no small shelters were in stock, however, their driver was driving to Iowa, to the company who makes them & bringing back a load. He leaves Monday, October 28th & returns Wednesday, October 30th. We should call to make sure they have arrived before driving over.

OK. Got it! Cold rain for days, serious rain, like inches falling while DH & I were at a reunion in Dallas, TX, with Sweetie, Sissie & Jolly standing under the overhanging plastic roofing, not allowed inside where they could huddle together to stay warm. Sniff. Sniff. Mean big goats!

On Wednesday near noon I called Patrick Trailer Sales. “Have the goat shelters arrived?” “No, ma’am. Our driver called just a minute ago. His truck has broken down in Jackson, TN. He’s trying to get it fixed, but we don’t know if he can or when he will get back.” PANIC! October 31st is supposed to be really cold with a strong NW wind. This is not good.

After choir practice, prayers requests are taken. I asked for prayer that the shelters would arrive on time so the baby goats could be warm. My request was met with, “Why don’t you just bring them back into the house.” They weren’t being mean, they just don’t understand how things work on a farm, not to mention that I do not have diapers big enough for 30 – 40 lb goats! I wonder if I could put a Depends on them?

Prayers! I awakened in the night praying for the man, his truck & the shelters. More than once, the Lord told me that they goats were fine & I didn’t need to make alternative shelter arrangements. He assured me the shelters would arrive. I accepted that & continued on until early Thrusday morning, talking with DH about the shelters, we began working on a plan for alternative shelter just in case.

I made the phone call at 9:30am. “Have the shelters arrived?” “Yes, ma’am, they have!” “Great! I am on my way! I will see you in about 2 hours!” Off we went! (The Lord is always Faithful, & He was right, no alternative plan needed. Just a waste of time & energy & fear. “Behold, God is my Salvatoin. I will trust & not be afraid, for the Lord is my Strength & my Song. He has become my Salvation.” Isaiah 12:2)

Fairly easy drive, though the cold wind was whipping at the pick-up. The truck was still being unloaded when we arrived at noon. Come to find out that two flat tires happened near Lawrenceburg early that morning & guys from Patrick Trailer Sales drove down to help replace the tires & get the truck back! (What would have happened had I not prayed for this man?!)

I paid for the shelters then sat on the tailgate of my pick-up since DH was condutcing a meeting on the phone in the cab. COLD! COLD WIND! A delivery truck from Redneck Trailer Supplies arrived & I spoke to the driver, bald-headed & not wearing a hat! He admonished me for sitting in the cold without a proper coat on. When he finished his errand inside he gave me a new ball cap to wear! Better! DH finished his call so I retrieved my insulated coat & gloves from inside the truck – much better!

Finally the crew finished unloading & drove up with 2 shelters hanging from the …lift machine thingy…I don’t know what it’s called. Lowered them into the pick-up bed. Secured them with the tie-downs I had brought & we were off!

This story is too long. I will finish it tomorrow.

Last Week’s Egg Customer Letter 11/1/2019

November 5, 2019

I stopped my car to speak to my goats near Mingo Branch Rd.

Friday afternoon on a cooler than normal November 1st – Happy All Saints Day!

Eggs are for sale! You may want to take advantage because as we head into Winter, the laying will decrease… Just sayin’.

Dear Husband and I drove to Fayetteville, TN yesterday to purchase two galvanized metal shelters for the goats. I hope to write the story on my blog and publish it tomorrow.
Anyway, all the goats had shelter last night from the extreme cold. It was 26 degrees on the top of our hill when we awakened this morning! Brr!

The hens are eating me out of house and home right now. I guess it’s the colder weather. Going through two 50lb bags of feed a week right now!

Mason and Dixon are loving the temperatures! They range at night keeping the coyotes at bay and show up for breakfast dancing and ready to play. They have wanted inside the house this week – very unusual. They stay for about a minute then head outside to nap.

Jolly & Sissie rarely feel the need to be with the rest of the herd!

Tomorrow morning will be a cold one so I laid a fire. All I must do in the morning is strike a match. We burn wood, not gas out here. Using a 1,000 gallon gas tank as opposed to being on a continuous flow gas line like city folks, I protect the Liquified Natural Gas supply. So there is old oak, rotten oak and some farm tree wood ready to warm the Keeping Room in the morning. Ahh! Quiet time with my feet warmed by a fire! Must be Autumn!

Let me know if you need eggs!

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Mute Monday: Angel Trumpets July 3rd vs November 1st, 2019

November 4, 2019

Just Goats

October 15, 2019

Hi. It’s Tuesday & I am traveling this week with Dear Husband to Jacksonville, FL. Sweet Emily is caring for farm critters, so I’m off the farm for the first time in over a month.

I don’t really have anything to say, just thought you might like to see some new goat photos.

Shy Walter is getting a bit friendlier.

Walter & Sweetie sneaked some feed from inside the pasture.

Does & their kids.

The backside of GG & the front of her kid, 6 month-old Barb.

Heidi with harlequin, 6 month-old Jumper.

Dot & Walter were sparring over a feed bowl.

You feel happier now, don’t you! Have a wonderful day!