Author Archives: Sandy

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 …]

Is it time to expand?

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by
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Frugal February went off without a hitch.  We ate up a bunch of stored stuff, finished some projects that were in a state of near completion, and began plans to meet more of the goals on our way to sustainable homesteading. Some things were not as great.  I had a massive failure of the garden [Read the full story …]

Planning for Chicks

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by
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We have 15 chickens right now in our flock.  I have a variety of breeds, most bought at my local feed store.  I have 2 Australorpes, a Buff Orpington, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Americanas, 2 Barred Rocks, and 5 Freedom Rangers including my 2 roosters.  The Rhodies, Rocks and Rangers were bought because they [Read the full story …]

Frugal February

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by
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A little more than a week ago my family and I began our (second) annual Frugal February practices. If you have not heard of Frugal February I will give my explanation, which maybe different than others.  I was introduced to this concept in December of 2012 via an online article.  Essentially the author purported the [Read the full story …]

Spring Planting

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by
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It is the middle of January and I am in full gardening mode! I have been cleaning out my existing garden beds to get ready for the new season.  Usually, I do this in November and December, when things are dying back, but we had an extremely busy holiday season and I let this chore [Read the full story …]

New Year, Fresh Ideas

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by
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The holidays are past and it is time for me to get back to work. We had a very busy holiday season.  Our home was invaded by loved ones.  For Thanksgiving six of our family members came for ten days and another four for just the weekend.  We also had several friends over for the [Read the full story …]