I got myself a journal for my birthday, and because I'm now more conservative in my use of resources than I was in my 20s, I invested in a leather refillable one. Oh my goodness, the smell of leather, unbleached paper, and fresh ink is unequaled. Nerdiness aside, I had done some deep thinking- something … Continue reading Prayer Journaling
We have been BUSY on the homestead the last few weeks. This is of course a good thing for a lot of reasons. First, we successfully grafted a buckling to our 3/4 Guernsey doe, Honey. She was a skeptical adoptive mama at first, but we were correct in guaging her maternal drive to protect and … Continue reading Homestead Update: Goatzz Page!
Today was the day. My thirtieth birthday. Wow. Three decades. A drop in the proverbial bucket in view of eternity, but a spanse of seemingly endless years to my children. And admittedly, it feels simultaneously like an eternity and an instant. Today was full of my favorite things. Mostly good food, good smells, good books, … Continue reading The Big 3-0.
We brought home a bottle baby goat this past weekend. We intend to raise him to be our breeding buck. However, as I've read from multiple sources and heard from many people I've asked about it, bottle-fed breeding males can be dangerous. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine your cute little 8lb baby … Continue reading Grafting a Baby Goat
Meet our Guernsey buckling, Fonso! He comes to us from Worth it Farms as a bottle baby. This handsome gentleman comes from great lines and will hopefully be an excellent herdsire for us. He's been spending the morning getting aquainted with our does and playing. I have to say- there are not many things cuter … Continue reading Meet Our Newest Addition
Talk about weird days...I struggle periodically with RA-like symptoms. My rheumatologist insists it isn't truly RA.... Kind of like my mom's doctor told her back in 2015 that she didn't ACTUALLY have diabetes...but that the only thing standing between her and a diagnosis was 5 years time. Now she has type 2 diabetes. I don't … Continue reading Homestead Update
We've accumulated all the matetials for our fencing! Now we wait for the property survey so we can solidify the property boundaries. We chose to hire a local survey company for several reasons. First, the plat map survey on file is over 50 years old, and the digitized copy we have is a little difficult … Continue reading Fencing Prep
I am a connoisseur of fine writing instruments. I collect quills, nibs, inks... My hobby in middle school and high school was dissassembling the various pens my dad would bring home from conferences and study the mechanisms. What made this one write so smoothly? What made this one so satisfying to hold? What made this … Continue reading How My Spiritual Life is Like a Fountain Pen
Today has been a fairly standard day in the life of a homestead family. We (and by we, I mostly mean myself) have gotten into the discipline of purchasing more produce than we need in the gardening off season. What do I mean by that? Just that before we really got into homesteading and knew … Continue reading Homestead Update
I thought I'd share a list of all the stuff I've been able to do with the time I used To spend handwashing my dishes. Some of you may get a kick out of this, others may not. All I'm saying is, give a homesteader 2 extra hours a day, and WATCH OUT! Finish knitting … Continue reading In My Spare Time