Author Archives: Sandy

Now it’s for real

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by
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Unexpectedly, my husband lost his job last week.  This causes all the usual panic and monetary considerations, and we certainly are no different.  Fortunately, we started looking around and realized that we were not too badly off. In January we chose to slaughter all of our pigs due to the nuisance they had become; the [Read the full story …]

A Sad Happening

Posted on: April 5th, 2015 by
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As often happens with folks who were not raised on farms, we find ourselves learning new things on a daily basis.  This lesson revolves around our rabbits.  While I had a number of different pets as a child, rabbits were not welcome in our household, so I have little knowledge and now just a year [Read the full story …]

Spring Expectations

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by
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Some may remember that I was very interested, last spring, in incubating eggs and having my chicks arrive not through the mail but from our own hens.  I bought an incubator (after failing to build one) and made several attempts to hatch my own.  My success rate was never more than 30%. Thankfully, one of [Read the full story …]

Back in the Groove

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by
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So, its been far too long since I sat down to write.  A lot has happened since last summer… Sadly, not all of it was good and 2014 was a very personally challenging year for my family, my husband, and myself.  Happily, we are moving forward. While I try to get back in the habit [Read the full story …]

a Moral consideration

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by
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May was a very busy month for me and June is proving to be equally so.  My garden is doing very well and keeping me plenty busy, so no complaints there.  Also, the animals keep us hopping, with the pigs needing new pasture, the rabbits having babies, continuing to incubate eggs, and even our cat [Read the full story …]

Riding

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by
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The other day at a child’s birthday party a friend offered rides on his motorcycle to some of us moms.  Many of us realized that it had been a long while since we had been the cute young girls that the bad boy was taking on his bike, so we were all in! A really [Read the full story …]

Spring critters

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by
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Things are greening, I’ve been planting, the windows are open, and there are more animal calls to be heard-it is definitively Spring. My hatchling and the new additions I could not let my one surviving chick from my first attempt at incubation grow up alone, so my youngest and I drove over to … Continue reading [Read the full story …]

Preparing for Rabbits

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by
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I am not the only one with Spring Fever. Living in a small town has some unexpected features, one of which is the importance of the 4H fair.  The kids were actually released early from school recently, so everyone could attend the county fair judging the kids crafts and livestock.  Of course my school age [Read the full story …]

The Joy of Bread

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by
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I love fresh-from-the-oven bread!  I think my brain is hard-wired to respond to that rich yeasty smell.  The problem is I have never been good at baking bread for myself or my family. Like many people I simply bought bagged bread from the grocery store, often regretting the lack of flavor and the terrible texture.  [Read the full story …]

Incubation

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by
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I feel an update is necessary on this issue; my first attempt at incubation did not go well. We started the incubator with 21 eggs arbitrarily chosen (mostly by my almost 4 year old) from all of my hens.  I had purchased a Styrofoam incubator from my local Tractor Supply, because the “plans” for the [Read the full story …]