Monday, Fun Day

Okay, so weed-eating and mulching isn't exactly fun... But guys!! Guys!!!! It's practically spring! Look!! The daffodils are blooming! Finally! What feels like a forever-long winter is finally breaking into beauty and new life as Spring makes her long-awaited appearance. Me and the Hubster had a conversation in the car last night. He got me … Continue reading Monday, Fun Day

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The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

This is what our weather forecast is like for the next week (and beyond) Rain, rain, rain, and more rain. To be clear, in East Tennessee, anything higher than 15% chance means, it's gon' rain. So what does that mean? It means every homestead task just got a little (lot) suckier. Chickens still need to … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

Budgeting My Time

Oh boy... Has anyone ever had the experience of sitting down to do your financial budget only to look up crying and ask yourself, "How did this happen!? Where does it all go!?!?" I did that, but not with money. I had this experience with my time. To make a long story slightly less long, … Continue reading Budgeting My Time

What Do I Do All Day?

I read an editorial last year about the author's late wife. He was honoring her memory by going over all the many things his lovely bride could accomplish in a single day. It set a goal for me then; to read more, plant more, care more, serve more, give more. what I really wanted was … Continue reading What Do I Do All Day?

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

I finished up the tire section of the playground while the babies napped. Then we had a nice snack and watched Shawn the Sheep (I admit, I really love that show.) Then I got started on phase 2, which is the balance beam... Which is a fancy term for "2x4 and some cinder blocks" I … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

Seed Inventory 2019

I'm getting antsy, y'all. I wanna be out in the garden playing in the dirt! And since that's not happening for a couple more weeks, I decided it's time for planning and inventory. I got out my little green notebook. To my pleasant surprise, I found that just about half of my seed Inventory is … Continue reading Seed Inventory 2019

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So as compensation for helping me re-mulch the back porch and pathway, I started building the kids' playground area. Initially I had thought about putting it out front, but after thinking things through, I decided building over where our water line comes into the house … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

Late Winter Pruning

We gave the orchard some love yesterday afternoon and pruned up the apple and chestnuts. The chestnuts I left for their first year in the ground untouched because I had been told they were rather finicky. But this year, I went ahead and cleaned them up some. I was going to get creative with their … Continue reading Late Winter Pruning

Shaggy Maple Update

So upon a lot of contemplation, I both created and deleted a SMH Facebook account. I can't bring myself to go through with it; I hate what social media has become. I hate spending time that should be spent studying God's Word, or working on the property, or telling stories of rich family history or … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update