Author Archives: Sandy

Enter the Volunteers

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by
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So I have to admit that I always get drawn into the spring planting season to the point where my computer time (posting for all my readers) falls to the wayside.  Sorry for that…. Happily, this garden season is off to an incredible start!  I have 11 tomato varieties growing out for planting in warmer [Read the full story …]

I’m not a Pioneer

Posted on: February 6th, 2016 by
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Standing in line at the local Tractor Supply, surfing the web, reading some of my favorite blogs, or even watching slightly outdated shows on Netflix, I’m finding more and more information being marketed to people like myself, who like to do for ourselves, as “the New American Pioneer.”  Unfortunately (especially for those diligent marketers) it [Read the full story …]

February Planting Goals

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by
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Real quick, I have set a new goal for this month: I want to plant something everyday! Every February I practice frugal grocery planning, eating up things in the pantry and freezer and only buying a small amount of groceries.  As part of that this year, I am also trying to cut back on the [Read the full story …]

The mysteries of incubation

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by
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I have been attempting to get to the point where my chickens would produce their own offspring so I might stop buying fryers for the last three years.  To that end, I have both encouraged the few hens I have that have gone broody and chose to sit eggs and I purchased an incubator to [Read the full story …]

Jumping into 2016

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by
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So 2015 ended up being a trying year; my husband was out of work for a couple of months and the job he is currently working is a limited contract out of state, we had unexpected losses wit our rabbit kits, two of our companion animals (a cat and our oldest dog) died tragically, and [Read the full story …]

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 …]