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
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
I used to wonder how pioneer women had the bodily strength and stamina to live that lifestyle. That wondering was based on a misconception- they were strong and had stamina because of that lifestyle. My "ancient" vitamix blender finally bit the dust (yes I ordered a replacement one on eBay on the cheap.) So I'm … Continue reading I’m Farm Fit
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
Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update
July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update
They're here! They're finally here! And if there's one thing I've learned over the last 2 days, it's that no one is quite as jazzed about my goats as I am. But that's okay. I'm gonna tell you about them anyway. There is something miraculous in adding life to the homestead. When we first got … Continue reading Ask me about my goats!
Oh my... It's been all I can think about lately. Goats. We're finally getting goats. It's really happening. Even after they're paid in full, and we've made all the necessary preparations, a part of me is still hesitant to accept that in 2 more days, there will be two beautiful milking does browsing around the … Continue reading Countdown to Dairy Goats!
I had a funny conversation with my oldest. He likes for me to pray with him before bed, asking God to prepare our hearts for the coming day. I mentioned something about mother's day in the prayer and afterward, he asked, "Wait- is it really mother's day tomorrow?" "Yeah," I said. "How can that be … Continue reading Homestead Update: Happy Mother’s Day!
I mentioned how excited I am about getting things prepared for our dairy goats this year. So, I decided it's a great time to do a shout out for the farm we've decided to get our goats from. April, at Higher Ground Herbs and Homestead is fast becoming one of my role models. What first … Continue reading Shout Out: Higher Ground