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
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
I love when my in-laws visit-- my productivity quadruples! We had a lovely Christmas together, delayed shipping notwithstanding. We even were blessed with a gorgeous Christmas Eve snow!! It's only the 2nd white Christmas I cam recall since we've lived in Tennessee. We also celebrated our Baby Bear's first bear-thday 🐻 And delayed our Christmas … Continue reading Holidays and Project Updates!
I'm in the process of moving my sewing paraphernalia to our basement and setting up my workspace downstairs. This gets complicated in several respects: 1) I have 4 children to work around and very little time where my eyeballs can be otherwise engaged away from them. 2) Our basement is semi-leaky because we can't figure … Continue reading Cabbage-Busting Sewing Projects