The Homestead Waits for No Mama

Yesterday at church, my husband and I noticed something- we were 2 of about 10 choir members who showed up. Yikes! Our director, our pianist, and numerous members were all sick with the flu! Fast forward from yesterday to 8:00AM this morning... I woke with chills, aches, and a fever. When we went to wake … Continue reading The Homestead Waits for No Mama

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First Post-second-baby Workout!

Today was a milestone for me. It marks the first day I've had both the time and energy for a decent workout. My daughter is 4 months old and I'm feeling really good- better than I did at this stage after my son was born. So, since both Bambinos decided to take a long late … Continue reading First Post-second-baby Workout!

Coop, Sowing, and Trees

We started work on the chicken coop . Actually, we re-started it. For some reason, our corners weren't coming out square so we unscrewed the entire base frame and checked that the cuts were straight. The 2nd try was better. The lesson in this is that a tiny mistake can cause big problems that compound … Continue reading Coop, Sowing, and Trees

Freshening Up

A few of the YouTubers I subscribe to have collaborated for a "Homestead Homemaking" series. The goal is getting focused on Christ, house cleaning, and making houses feel homey. Since I started watching their videos, I've been inspired by these women to take responsibility and joy in my own home and faith walk.  The first … Continue reading Freshening Up

Chicken Coop Building Materials List

Ugh. Lumber is expensive. I know there are ways to get it cheap or scavenged. But I didn't do that. In fact, we've spent a stupid amount of money on this daggone chicken coop and run. But ya know what? I would rather it be done the right way with quality materials and only have … Continue reading Chicken Coop Building Materials List

Resourcefulness

Part of efficiency on the homestead is learning to work with what you've got.  Today, I had a fridge full of left over mashed potatoes, some sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten, and a need for some apple cider vinegar So, for dinner tonight, I combined the potatoes to make some homemade gnocchi (NYAH-kee), and … Continue reading Resourcefulness

The Not-so-perfect Storm

We're in the Smokey Mountain region of this great nation and we were promised some brutal storms. Well, we ended up just getting a ton of rain. Which on one hand is great, because of the drought conditions this past summer/fall. On the other hand, we had quite a bit of water damage to our … Continue reading The Not-so-perfect Storm

Chicken Update: Feed, First aid

All our girls are doing well. Before we got the chicks, I made a point of putting together a "chicken first aid kit" because I wanted to be prepared should we encounter pasty butt, coccidiosis, parasites, fungal infection, bacterial infection, respiratory infection, our cuts from bigger chicks bullying the smaller ones, etc. Fortunately, we haven't … Continue reading Chicken Update: Feed, First aid