Archive for August, 2009


Garden Update…

Tomatoes-nada….zip, zero, zilch!  We have green tomatoes on and tons of blossoms, but as far as ripe, red, ready-to-eat tomatoes we don’t have a single one to speak of.

We have notices our pole beans are on and should be ready to pick by today or tomorrow.  We have okra on and soon ready, peppers of all kinds, and sweet potatoes to dig.

I planted a patch of spinach and lettuce for fall and hope to stick winter onions and garlic in the ground soon.  I am also going to try to plant a patch of turnips for the chickens to dine on this winter.  Dad bought bulk turnip seed to plant along with the wheat so the sheep have extra grazing when they are out on wheat pasture.  So I may use some of the excess to plant little patches here and there to see if the chickens will root around and feast on them.

Our blueberries are doing fabulous considering they were just planted this past spring.  We get enough each week for a batch of blueberry pancakes or a little snack. 

I am taking full advantage of the farmer’s market.  Last week I picked up cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, and peaches.  This week I will be headed back to see what they have to add to our dinners.


An End of July Homestead Update…

We have had a rough few days on our homestead. Randy hurt his back last Tuesday and was out of commission and off work Wednesday thru Sunday. I was on my own for chores. We got in 52 broilers Friday morning and ran to town to pick them up. I had already set up their temporary pen inside our garage/shop, so all I had to do was dip their beaks in water one at a time and they were on their own. We lost two in the first two days, but everyone seems to be doing well otherwise.

One of my little ewe lambs (my smallest weed-eater) got sick on Sunday evening and died Monday morning. There had to have been something wrong with her I missed for her to go down so quick. She was just a pet lamb not fit for breeding. She was very sick as a baby, and I nursed her back to “health” only to have her stunted and weighing 18 lbs at 5 months old (her twin brother probably weighs between 60-70 lbs for a comparison on how stunted she was. Fit for breeding or not, it was a really sad day at our house Monday evening.

Randy’s job is a little worrisome as he is in aviation, and aviation has been hit really hard by all the layoffs. We are preparing for the worst without getting carried away in the gloom-and-doom state of our country. We have faith together we will make it through whatever comes our way. We have also detached ourselves from materialism as much as possible which makes the idea of “hard times” a little easier to swallow. As long as we have each other and can still care for our animals we will be just fine. We had planned and started a health regime, before Randy hurt his back, to start preparing for our trip to Nepal.

We have eliminated alcohol, limited caffeine (no daily coffee), and have begun eliminating refined sugar (not by using sugar substitutes, they are poison). We are already feeling better and have noticed some slimming down. We don’t use a scale, so this is just a personal observation.

As soon as Randy’s back is better we plan to begin some serious walking and eventually even packing weight (since we will be wearing a baby/toddler while we are there). I have also started yoga which Randy will hopefully join me once his back feels capable. I hope to visit an ashram or two while in Nepal for some real life yoga experiences. In the meantime here in the US I have a lot of work to do before I take my Americanized-can-hardly-touch-my-toes-because-I-sit-at-a-desk-all-day behind into an ashram in Nepal to embarrass myself. Baby steps….

Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

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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