Archive for June, 2008


Water test…

Our water test came back a-ok, so we are leaning toward Salmonella.  Randy and I still haven’t made a full recovery.  We are supposed to start a second round of antibiotics, but I’m holding out until I see my kinesiologist Tuesday to see if he has an alternative route to take.  Right now I am taking Oil of Oregano to help with my upset stomache and will start Echinacea/Goldenseal this evening to battle the repercussions of the antibiotics.  I’m also going to start a Vitamin C regimen of about 6,000-8,000 mg/day to give my body a swift kick.  I’ve read up to 18,000 mg/day is okay, but I’m going to start at 6-8,000.  I’m also trying to eat lots of plain yogurt to add good bacterial back into my system.

I haven’t been to the dairy yet and won’t make it over there until Friday or Saturday, so we have no yogurt, no kefir, no nothing until then.  We pitched everything after our doctor uttered the word salmonella.  So, we will have to start over. 

I also hope to make another batch of kombucha over the weekend if I can get my hands on some organic black tea.

I’ve been eating homemade/fermented sauerkraut daily in hopes of getting my body back in shape to fight for itself.  We really hated to do the antibiotics, but at the time we had no choice.

I’ll keep you posted on how my “self medicating” is going.  I get an eye roll from my husband sometimes, but I still forge ahead.  He’s always amazed when it works.

Have a great weekend!



Over the weekend my Grandma picked boysenberries and was nice enough to share.  I had pulled weeds in them earlier in the season and will be going there to pick berries tonight.  Incase you aren’t familiar, boysenberries are very similar to blackberries in flavor and appearance.

I also picked mulberries over the weekend out of this tree.

See all those weeds and shrubs growing underneath it?  That makes it fun : )     To pick mulberries you don’t actually “pick” them.  You take a sheet, lay it under neath a branch, and shake the branch until all the ripe berries have fallen off.  Then you pour the berries in a bowl and move on to another branch.  I soak my berries in salt water when I get home to drive out any bugs that may be hiding inside them.

With the boysenberries I made my first ever pie from scratch.  I took a pre-oven picture which was a good thing because the after-oven picture wasn’t as pretty.

I asked my grandma how to make this pie and got a “Grandma” recipe.  You use a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Needless to say it boiled over in the oven and the crumbles on top melted into a puddle,  but it tasted delicious even if it didn’t look the prettiest.

I also pulled some onions yesterday and cut some chives and have them dehydrating in the dehydrator.  I have ham hocks in the crockpot so I can freeze the broth to use for mustard and collard greens in the future. 

Hope everyone has a great day!


Could we have anymore dogs???

My parents have two dogs.

My brother just got a puppy to bring his dog count to two.

And now we have a third dog at our house.

Here are my brother’s two hound dogs.  They are too cute and so happy-go-lucky!



And here is our new addition in the midst of a game of ball.


He loves to play ball, however, he is faster than our blue heeler, Ash, and she gets kind of testy about it.  So, my mom, “Grandma,” bought Thai a new ball of his very own.  He loves it.  Koal just hangs out behind us where it’s safe from flying objects. 

We have our hands full, as if we didn’t before the third dog came along, but I just can’t imagine him being locked in a shelter hoping for a good home.  He still favors his foot from time-to-time, but it’s healing well and doesn’t slow him down.

Randy sprayed the stickers in our pasture last night, so hopefully we can get Thai out there soon working with the sheep.  I really didn’t want to use chemical on the pasture, but we didn’t know what else to do.  We will be planting Bermuda seed this weekend (hopefully), so that should help choke out a lot of the weeds we are having problems with.  We’ve started rotational grazing and hope to burn in the fall, so that should help also.





We are so sick…

Five days of sickness.  We aren’t 100% sure which ailment we have/had, but it is a slow recovery either way.  Randy and I have both been sick at the same time.  No fun when chore time rolls around.

Salmonella-milk, eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables

Giardia-water (specifically un-chlorinated well water)

Monday we saw a PA (are they not just better than doctors 9 times out of 10) who put us on meds for both.  Blood work showed bacteria, but no specifics.  We are having our water tested tomorrow, however, they cannot test for giardia.  They test for E. Coli and if it comes back positive they assume giardia exists also.  Basically if you have E. Coli in your water you have issues no matter what.

When going through the questions in the doctor’s office I obviously had to bring up the raw milk, farm eggs, home processed meats, etc and she never really batted an eye.  No lecture on buying pasturized milk.  Nothing.  It was so nice.  I guess even the doctors are starting to think outside the modern medicine box.

I tried what I could think of before resorting to prescriptions, but we were getting weak, dehydrated, and not getting any better.  Just for fun, here is what didn’t cure us:

Large doses of Vitamin C (4,000-8,000 mg per day)

Oil of Oregano (high antioxidant, cure mild stomach problems)  We surpassed “mild” almost immediately.

Yogurt (good bacteria)

Lots of water (unfortunately it was unfiltered well water)

It will be a long recovery from the information I have read (2-3 weeks), but we are starting to feel human again.


Herbs & Greens…

We have an abundance of herbs and salad supplies in our garden.

I picked herbs the other morning, tied them with twine, and hung them to dry in my kitchen area.



Lemon Balm

All tied up and ready to hang.

This is my first attempt.  I think they are supposed to have brown paper bags over them, but I’m trying without first.



To freeze my spinach I quickly steam it (3 minutes I believe) and place it in ziplock baggies or use my Foodsaver.

While I was preserving the harvest our blue heeler was taking it easy.

We also milked out our mama ewes after a few days of weening to make sure their bags didn’t get over loaded with milk.  Here is the frozen milk on it’s way out to the big freezer.  It will be used next year as needed for bottle lambs.


And here are the boys (Thai and Randy) hard at work fixing our fence after a tree trimming “oops” and a few storms (hence all the limbs and wood).

Last but not least is a picture from our front porch.  There used to be a row of Australian Pines to block the road and wind.  However, they became diseased and had to be cut down.  The view is amazing, but the openess to the road is not very enjoyable.  It was a little hazy the morning I took the picture, but it’s still pretty.

Have a Wonderful Day!



I was tagged!
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Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

I was a freshman in college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life! 

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

           1.  Check and possibly pick mulberries. 

           2.  Spend time playing with our three dogs

           3.  Dinner:  Sloppy Joes on Homemade Bread with cream corn and salad fresh out of the garden.

           4.  Spend time with my husband.

           5.  Reading time before bed.

3. Snacks I enjoy:

chips and salsa (as unhealthy as that may be)

anything with cheese

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

We would not work the meaningless jobs we currently work, but would hopefully spend our time giving to others.  Especially helping adandoned and abused animals as we are both compassionate about it.

5. Places I have lived:


South Carolina


and now Kansas again

I am tagging:

No one.  I like doing these, but I’m at work and must get back to it.  Thank you so much for including me. 


Our new addition…

I won’t hop up on a soapbox here, but all I can say is how could someone take an domesticated animal of any kind and dump him along the side of the road (if that is in fact what happened) and never look back?

Koal, Ash, and Thai

When we found him he was not fixed, had an infection in his foot, was malnourished, and had cheat (weeds) in his eyes.  He is on the road to recovery and ready to heard some sheep. 

The bookend dogs, Koal and Thai, were both found along the side of the road.  They adore us and won’t leave our sides.  Rescue a dog and they will be the most loyal friend you will ever know.



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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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