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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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Email To Our Farm-Keeper

January 17, 2020

Another gray day, Em, but at least it isn’t cold!
I am going to leave the chicken coop open so you don’t need to rush over tomorrow.
I cleaned the roost this morning, my least favorite job on the farm. Ugh! Stinky! Core work for me! Good fertilizer for the coming Spring.
Beware – I opened the door into the coop and thought all the hens were dead…with all the rain they had decided to dirt-bathe inside. Holes under the straw!
There are 2 bags of feed in the 1st can. There are scratch and meal worms – yum! in the 2nd can. Just a few meal worms if you want or forget the worms and just toss the scratch, which they love and need if the temps are really going to drop. I dug up some of the spent feed in the run near the feed can. Stinky mess but interesting watching them attack the fermented grain residue.
Please be sure the water founts and outside bucket are full. They are eating high protein , which seems to have finally solved the molt problem, and crave the water. (Take care turning the toggle at the faucet – one toggle broke off and left raw metal.)
The rubber hammer is just inside the little barn on the floor in case the hen fence goes down. “Fence off. Hammer at the base of the fence post. Fence on.”
Goatses are fat and sassy! You may have issues getting into and out of the pasture in the pick-up due to the rain. I slip/slid into and out yesterday. They don’t have to be fed. I left 2 bales of fresh hay with them on Monday.
The red bucket is inside one of the cans. It kept blowing off and getting wet.
I will put a box of raisins inside the truck for you. They haven’t had any lately…BEWARE! They LOVE their raisins, especially Joy, and Jolly, and Dot, and Sweetie, and … you get the picture. (If you don’t drive in, the goats will come up to you at the swing – raisin them there… No getting the pick-up stuck, which is good. They won’t starve.)
Big guys celebrated their 4th birthday yesterday. They are covered with cockleburs. . I am filling their heated water bowls and outside food pans when I finish this email. The coming cold will prevent the garage door from being propped open for them, but they know where to go to stay warm and dry.
Moxie is a sweet kitty as always. She has a new bag of dry food atop the egg frig. With the garage doors closed, she will be able to eat without the dogs stealing her food! Whoopie! If you will, give her 2 or 3 scoops of dry and half a can of wet food. That should keep her satisfied.
That’s about it!
Thanks so much!

A Quiet Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2019

The boys have not come home. We did not invite guests. Just the two of us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
But that’s OK.

Our Hollis Family Christmas Weekend will be a week early this year, so it seemed a waste for the kids to fly on the busiest flying day of the year!

The cross-stitch Thanksgiving bread napkin Mama Jane made for us many, many years ago!

DH suggested we have Dinner a our favorite restaurant, Mere Bulles, which is in Brentwood. We have done that before & the food is delicious, the atmosphere warm & inviting. Lots of hugs from staff. But that meant getting up early for farm chores, showering, dressing, driving for 45 minutes, eating, then driving for 45 minutes back to the farm. Not the quiet morning I was craving.

I continue to grow dwarf citrus trees. These are oranges – itty bitty oranges that refuse to get ripe!

I suggested that I prepare a turkey breast & just a few trimmings, since DH & I challenged each other for wellness & weightloss when he surprised me with a trip to Miami, FL just a few days before the kids arrive.

The basil did not survive, but the parsley is growing!

Of course he agreed!

Six-pound Turkey Breast, which I put in my Citrus Brine yesterday, in which I used my own herbs which are still growing in the garage under the “grow” light!

Lemon Thyme. Variegated & German Thyme. (My farvorite herb!)

The last of the Sweet Potatoes that I grew a year ago. I had cooked them kept them in the freezer for such a time as this! Sweet Potatoes Praline!

Beautiful bacon lattice. I was inspired by Carole’s turkey a few months ago! Note the gorgeous Sage which has grown outside near the original garden.

Keto Creamed Spinach – which, if I keep ‘tasting’ it, there will be none to serve at Dinner!

I set the table for Autumn a couple of weeks ago…had a friend over for lunch & needed a suitable table setting. Just brought out the Lenox Autumn China (I LOVE my china) & Francis 1 sterling which my mother gave to me before she passed away last year. This is the 1st time I have used it.

Oh good! A pop-out little thingy! Hurrah! I know. I messed up the lattice when I put it on the turkey.

The house is a wreck with boxes & bags of Christmas decorations everywhere. Mason & Dixon & Moxie came inside this morning for petting, conversation & warmth while I was prepping our meal.

All wrapped up until time to free the bacon for crisping!

The hens are enjoying the sunshine. The goats, mainly Sweetie Pie, calls from the front pasture when they hear us talking out back. DH shared a bottle of sparkling wine with me under the portable heaters on the deck at sunrise this morning…

We do have some time issues with when Dinner will be served. The Dallas Cowboys (Dak Prescott, Ms State quarterback grad) play football at 3PM. Mississippi State University plays at 6:30PM!

Priorities! Football!

Meyer Lemon! DH is hoping it will be ripe for his Saturday margarita.

The turkey is in the oven. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on the TV. DH is upstairs in his office. The dogs & Moxie are outside, finally not underfoot.

I am going to sit down in my favorite chair in the Keeping Room to read, with a lovely Chablis in my glass…ahead of the oven timer sounding!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, if anyone wants a recipe, let me know!

Cystomer Egg Letter 11.15.19

November 16, 2019

Hasn’t it been a beautiful day? Oh my goodness, I have been outside more than I have been inside today & I love it!

I have farm fresh eggs for sale! Who needs eggs?

Only 1 more thing to do and Arrow’s Keep Farm will be ready for Winter – put the heater in the water trough near the bird feeders. That way, not only to the birds have access to water, but so do the big dogs when they come up from the back side of the property.

The goats are secured in the central pasture again because I filled that new shelter with a fresh bale of straw. The goats are hungry with the very cold weather and attack when I try to feed them. It ain’t easy to fill a bucket with feed when goats have their heads in the feed cans, the bucket I am trying to fill & standing on me trying to reach feed! DH went with me this afternoon & distracted them with raisins…which means they took turns jumping on him, but I was able to close the gate & access the feed cans all alone! Whew! What a relief!

I gave the hens a special treat this morning – a very large cake of sunflower seeds & mealworms. They were very pleased.
Egg production is slowing. Not unexpected. Hoping extra protein will keep them laying a bit longer.
I still need to butcher the oldest hens but that hasn’t hit the top of my To-Do List yet.

Moxie Kitty snuggling with me on the very cold morning!

Bitter cold earlier in the week has stopped anything & everything from growing.
Our bird-feeders are set.
All plants are warm & under plant lights.
Moxie Kitty enjoyed the dogs sleeping in the garage that very cold night because she likes to snuggle with Dixon.

Now to sit out on the back deck & enjoy the last of today’s sunshine.
Let me know if you want eggs!

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive 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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