Archive for May, 2007

30
May
07

New Addition and Menu…

 

We have a solo baby chick right now on our farm.  We hope to have more hatch in the future, but this little guy/girl will be on it’s own for awhile.  Is it not the cutest thing you have ever seen?  It’s 2 days old here: 

Here are some of our not-so-baby-anymore lambs:

 

They were under the impression I was coming to let them out.  Too cute!

Our menu for the week is an easy one.  Too tired to do a lot of cooking, and I have a very large Avon order coming in this week to check in, invoice, and deliver.  Here it is just for fun:

Tueday:  Sloppy Joes w/ Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Wednesday:  Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Thursday:  Taco Soup (leftovers from the freezer) and Cornbread (my Avon order comes in this night, so I don’t have time for a lot of cooking)

Friday:  Roasted Chicken and Rosemary Breadsticks  **Hopefully I get home in time to get the chicken in the oven.  This is Avon delivery day!

We have a wedding this weekend.  It’s about 60 miles (one-way) from our home, so it will consume most of our Saturday.  Other than that we will be home working and enjoying being home.

Have a great Wednesday!

 

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30
May
07

Grain Mill…

I am getting ready to purchase a grain mill so I can begin to grind my own wheat/flour.  I’m leaning toward a manual/handcrank mill.  It’s just my husband and I, and we may decide to live off grid someday.  So I would like to cease purchasing a lot of electrical gadgets just incase.  Let me know if you have a suggestion on a brand, style, options, etc.  I am 100% open to suggestions.  Thank you so much!

 

29
May
07

Memorial Day Weekend…

Randy’s Dad and stepmom, Brenda, arrived Thursday afternoon right on time.  We spent the evening relaxing, chatting, and making plans for the weekend.  When the two of them come to visit their plan is to work around our homestead and help out as much as they possibly can. 

We rose early Friday morning I started a batch of bread and then began our day in the garden.  We trimmed back our yucca plants, pulled weeds, planted okra, and mulched with old leftover sudan stubble the sheep didn’t eat over the winter.  It is a nice mulch/fertilizer combination and holds moisture great.  In the afternoon we went fishing (not the best time to fish, but it was fun).  That evening we met my parents for dinner at a fun little restaurant in a fun little town near where we live. 

Saturday morning we got up bright and early again and headed to the pond to fish.  It started raining on us after we had been there awhile, so we decided to call it quits.  By the time we got home it had stopped raining, so the girls worked in the garden some more while the guys organized our garage/shop.  At noon my dh ran to the dairy for milk.  Then we headed to town to get some groceries and tools and to have lunch.  When we got home we began working in the flower beds around the house.  

Sunday they guys trimmed trees, I planted leftover plants from Mom’s store, and Randy’s step mom, Brenda, pulled more weeds in and around the garden.  You probably see a weed pulling pattern and that is because our garden was entirely out of control with weeds.  ~Smile  That evening our neighbor brought over his wood chipper for us to use, so the guys ran the branches through the chipper and covered our driveway with woodchips so we won’t have to trudge through the mud.  Two friends/neighbors stopped in to say hi and visit, my mom, aunt, and three cousins all stopped in also which is always nice, and two co-workers of Randy’s stopped by on their Harley’s on their way back from New Mexico.  Very cool!  So we had a bustling little day with visitors.  Unusual when you live in the country.  No one is ever, “just in the neighborhood.”  ~Smile

Monday was the last day they would be there to help, so it was crunch time.  The guys stretched fence in our lot and made it so the chickens now have free range of a part of the sheep lot.  They were in heaven!  Brenda finished all the flower beds (3 total) and they look absolutely wonderful.  The guys finished chipping the wood and cutting up the larger pieces for firewood.  Dh and I are making plans to buy an outdoor wood furnace, so we will have to get some firewood put back.  In the afternoon we started to unwind and relax.  My mom offered to make us dinner that evening, so we got cleaned up early and headed to their house.  Everyone got to love on “Crooked Neck” our special little lamb who was born with a crooked neck (hence the name).  She’s precious and you can’t help but love her.  We had tacos that were excellent and everyone ate entirely too much.  Chores had to be done when we got home.  Randy and his Dad shut up the sheep, his Brenda finished packing, and I tended to the chickens.  Surprise, we have a baby chick!  Woo hoo!  Just one and who know if it will live to see daylight, but mama is guarding the precious little thing like a hawk.  I put water and food in her nesting box so she can stay with her baby as long as she needs to.  The marker worked.  We used a permanent marker and drew a line all the way around the egg, so we would know not to collect those eggs.  Out of eight eggs we only had two left (not sure what got them), but so far one of them has hatched.  We will dispose of the other egg Wednesday evening if it hasn’t hatched by then.  I was so excited when I saw the broken egg and then a little baby chick.  How amazing and what a feeling to see new life on the farm.  By then it was bedtime, and we were all exhausted.

At 3:00 we all drug ourselves out of bed, so dh could take them to the airport and head off to work.  We had so much fun with them here and got so much accomplished.  They are so wonderful to help us out every time they come to visit.  Hopefully they make it back soon!

Luckily it’s a short work week.  Dh and I are both exhausted and ready for the weekend again.  Back to a normal schedule and sleeping in our own bed again.  We will be thankful for both!

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.

24
May
07

Family…

 

Randy’s Dad and Stepmom should be here in less than one hour.  They are flying in from Ohio, so hopefully the weather didn’t slow them down.

I’m so excited for them to get here.  They are so much fun!  His Stepmom is wild and so much fun to be around.  She is a fabulous SHW and takes such good care of her husband and home, has a beautiful yard and flowers, and manages their finances and meal planning great.  I could learn a lot fom her.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

23
May
07

We vacuumed our dog…

Not normal, I know.  However, we have a Australian Cattledog (Blue Heeler) who blows her fur twice a year.  Meaning, her furs falls out in clumps for about 2-4 weeks 2 times a year.  Love it!  So, my dh held her while me and my Kenmore went to work on her.  She wasn’t happy about the situation, but she eventually processed it in her pea brain as quality time with her dad and gave in.  I really think it helped.  Koal (our rescued mutt) doesn’t get this aggressive treatment.  He is a timid dog and vacuuming him would only cause him to shed more fur due to stress (he’s our special child).  I vacuumed the room the event took place, closed the door, and hung an imaginary “No Dogs Allowed” sign on the door.  Every room in the house needs vacuumed and given a sign, so eventually the dogs will have nowhere to go.~Smile

PETA will probably be knocking down our door this evening!  ~Eye roll

Question, does anyone use Watkins products or have any opinions on them?  I want Pure Vanilla and a few other things, and they came up in my search.  Also, is Mountain Rose Herbs a good place to buy coconut oil?  We love, love, love it in our kefir smoothies!

Our Kefir Smoothie Recipe:

2 cups Kefir

1 Banana

1-2 c. frozen fruit (we have used mulberries, currants, strawberries, and soon will be trying boysenberries)

Approximately 6 ice cubes

1/4 t. Stevia

1 T. Virgin Coconut Oil

Blend and enjoy!

Have a great Wednesday!

22
May
07

Chamomile…

 

I harvested my Chamomile Friday while my dh worked on our pool.

It is drying as we speak!

 

 

21
May
07

Nice Weekend…

We had a really nice weekend!  Friday I spent the day cleaning our entire house.  I dusted, I vacuumed, I did laundry, I mopped, etc, etc.  Randy came home early and finished getting the pool ready.  All that’s left now is for the water to warm up, go solar cover, go!  I harvested my chamomile and have it drying.  I just have the flowers in a cake pan with a flour sack towel over it.  If anyone knows of a better way to dry chamomile please let me know.  I have a dehydrator, but wasn’t sure if I should use it on herbs.  Thanks!

Saturday, we spent the entire day in the garden.  Randy rotortilled in between all the stuff already coming up.  The weeds had gotten out of control, so pulling them wasn’t too appealing.  We used old sudan stubble the sheep didn’t eat to mulch our nearly 30 tomato plants.  It was a mixture of fertilizer and mulch and looks like it’s going to do a great job of both.  We laid soaker hoses along the tomatoes and hope to do the same once we get our okra planted and coming up.  Saturday night we actually curled up to watch a movie which we haven’t done in so long.  It was really nice!

Sunday, we finally made it back to church.  The minute Dad broke his ankle, even our Sundays were sun-up to sun-down, nonstop work.  We are early risers and our church doesn’t start until 9:15.  So, we use the extra time to do the things we enjoy.  I read, Dh plays Playstation!  Just for the record I would like to launch ALL Playstations off the face of the globe, however, he enjoys it so I deal with it.  It happened to be my cousin’s Baptism at church, so it was nice to be a part of it.  We really enjoy our minister and his wife.  Our church is a little, bitty church in a little bitty (unincorporated) place.  Half of it is filled with my family (cousins, aunts, and uncles).  We both really like going and hope to make our Sundays a little more sacred and a time to relax and spend time with each other.  When we got home from church dh mowed the lawn and knocked down the high grass in our rams pen.  I think if our ram could have done a cartwheel to show his appreciation he would have.  He was visibly happier to not be up to his eyeballs in weeds.  He also mowed around our struggling windblock of cedar trees.  They are fighting with the weeds for water and may need more mulch to ensure their survivial.  Sunday afternoon we met my dad and brother at dad’s pond to fish.  Dad caught a nice catfish, but they both threw in the towels early.  We stayed and ended up catching three more fish to add to the collection.  When we got home dh cleaned all four of them (yuck!) while I did chores and got dinner ready. 

At the end of the weekend we could look back, see all we had accomplished, and still feel like we had a break from working. 




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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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