Sitting waiting for my homestead to sell has given me far too much time to think. I think about the animals we have had and the animals we would like to have. I consider types of fencing we have used and what we may use in a new location. I look at dozens of houses online and wonder if any of them will be where … Continue reading the story "Goldilock farm"
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Moving has so many complications and selling a home more so. For my family, as I suspect for most, keeping the house pristine and ready to be shown to perspective buyers is one of the greatest challenges. When a family also has pets in the house the work of perfection is amplified by the dirt and hair that are associated with animals. What you many not … Continue reading the story "Choosing to Advocate for Skunks"
To start I need to apologize for my absence. For a lot of involved reasons I have not shared our progress in over two years. It's not that I haven't sat down to write, but anxiety has gotten the better of me. That means I have a lot of catching up to do. Firstly, our family will be moving out of Texas. My husband is an … Continue reading the story "Let’s Get Moving"
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 weather-my goal is about 200 tomatoes (which is far more than … Continue reading the story "Enter the Volunteers"
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in line at the local Tractor Supply, surfing the web, reading some of my favorite blogs, or even watching slightly outdated shows on Netflix, I'm finding more and more information being marketed to people like myself, who like to do for ourselves, as "the New American Pioneer."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 irks me. How does this concept respect those individuals who set … Continue reading the story "I’m not a Pioneer"
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 number of seeds I buy, instead using what I have in … Continue reading the story "February Planting Goals"
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 hatch some of my eggs myself. Sadly, I have not … Continue reading the story "The mysteries of incubation"
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 I had unfortunate losses in my garden. These were pretty … Continue reading the story "Jumping into 2016"
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 freezer still contains many, many pounds of pork. We have eggs … Continue reading the story "Now it’s for real"
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 of experience with them. Compared to my knowledge of dogs, … Continue reading the story "A Sad Happening"