Homestead Update: Goatzz Page!

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!

Grafting a Baby Goat

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

Homestead Update

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

Fencing Prep

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

Homestead Update

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

Homestead Update

It has been a while, friends! The last 2 weekends in a row, we've had company. Which was nice. But that means that in focusing our efforts on the inside of the house to make it a haven for hospitality, we've been doing the bare minimum outside. My husband spend the day Monday running errands. … Continue reading Homestead Update

Goat Hoof Trimming Day

Idk about the rest of you, but trimming hooves wears. Me. Out. Something about the physical resistance coupled with the mental focus required is exhausting. I had a podcast playing on my phone to help me focus- I know... Makes no sense... - and still it took over an hour. Granted, I'm much more confident … Continue reading Goat Hoof Trimming Day

More Harvesting

We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting

Homestead Update

We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update