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February 24th, 2011

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More blather.... 08:53 am
Let's see...

1. Microscope: I think we're going with a Compound Biological one. I found some sites that tell you what to look for; this is the type that I think will work best. SG gave me a budget of $80 - $140....but I want to go cheaper. Supposedly, the schools prefer Swift microscopes - I need to hit eBay and see what's there (I found a Biological 'scope on eBay for $69....I'm just trying to go a little cheaper.) Why buy a 'scope? Because I have this overwhelming URGE to get one - I've learned over the years that means something. Dunno what....but I've done the research. Now I wait for the right one to pop up - it might not, but I've done my part. (Hard to explain.....but I'm *supposed* to do this. :shrug:)

2. Himself: Excited about next week. Last night, he made "Double Iced Brownies" - which is a sugar attack waiting to happen. They're good, but WAY too sugar-y. He wants to do more cooking, so I told him that 1 day a week (at least) he'll be in charge of dinner. He's ALL over that!

3. Work: I am.....ALL caught up. Seriously - ALL. That's....never happened before. The *only* thing I have to do is file up stuff.....which is minor. ALL the work is DONE. It's...odd. And it's not because I'm going part-time - it just....that's just how it is. :pondering:

4. I'm all antsy...not sure why. It's dark and dreary today - yesterday it was 35* in the AM; today it was 67*. Normal for Texas! :lol:
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Goat stuff... 12:46 pm
If you are in the market for a milking machine, or parts for one, I HIGHLY recommend Parts Dept . For some reason, I can't get the link to work - their phone # is 1-800-245-8222. VERY nice people - they don't mind answering questions! - and the customer sevice is bar none.

I've been waffling on ording the silicone goat clusters (new inflations/shells) for a while. SG and I discussed it, and I went ahead and ordered today. Bear in mind, I have NO IDEA what I ordered - I knew I wanted the clear shells and silicone inflations, because they are lighter-weight than the stainless shells and black rubber inflations I'm currently using (NOTE: There is NOTHING wrong with my current set-up. However...I have a young FF about to pop, and I want to take care of her udders. Not that I think the SS shells will hurt her...but they're kinda heavy for a goat. And....Zorra. We had a HECK of a time with her on the machine - her teats are....offset; 1 points North, the other NE, and they're not at the bottom of the udder - 1 is about 45* from the bottom, the other is off to the side. Her udder looks twisted - and the shells pulled on her. No damage, but...I'd rather ensure there won't be any long-term, y'know?)

Anyway, I called to order 2 clusters today. I asked the guy "These 2 are all I need to milk 2 goats at a time with my Surge bucket, right?" and he said "You have a Surge? OK..you're gonna need a "Y"...what about hoses? Do you have (and he went into something that I honestly don't have a clue about) on your pulsator?" "Ummm. I have a 4-port Interpuls I got from Y'all...and I have the metal shells?" "AH. Right, then...let me add the correct hoses." "OK....will I be able to milk 2 goats at a time?" "Yes. I've got it correctly set up for your Surge bucket and pulsator - do you need anything else?" I did - I bought a spare gasket, for just in case. The hoses and "Y" only added about $11 to the total cost - not bad, considering I have no idea what I needed. I should get them next week - and Inara is due 3/15, so that's good.

I also placed an order with Caprine Supply for stuff to go in our kidding kit. They have a kit - for $67.50. Well...I don't need gloves, or the tote, or the iodine, so I pieced it together myself...for $27.30. Not too bad.....and we'll be set for any (G-D forbid!) problems that might occur. (I'm working on the Murphy's Law Principle - if you're prepared, you didn't need to be. Hope it works this time, too! ATM, I don't have *anything* specifically for kidding, just general medical stuff. Last year nothing went wrong - I really can't count on that happening again!)

Still need to get a microscope - I've narrowed it down to a binocular compound biological one from Amscope. On eBay this $600 instrument goes for $119....but I need to doublecheck with SG to make sure it's OK. More $$$ than I wanted to spend.....I'm trying to find it cheaper. :nods:

Gotta call ADGA - I sent in our papers 2/7 and the check still hasn't cleared.
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