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"
Post Archives from the ‘From the land’ Category
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"
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"
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"
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 of posting, I thought a short update was in order. Too much … Continue reading the story "Back in the Groove"
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 now expecting. Finally, the kids are out of school and … Continue reading the story "a Moral consideration"
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 enjoyable experience, all on its own, but I found myself seeing … Continue reading the story "Riding"
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. For special dinners I would go to a bakery, drink in … Continue reading the story "The Joy of Bread"
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 day, bringing the total of people who ate here to 32, … Continue reading the story "New Year, Fresh Ideas"