Homestead Update

With my Grandpa here, and his hands refusing idleness, we managed to get the hoop coop finished! It was really neat watching the guys outside working on everything together, teaching my son as they went. And the Chickies love their new, more spacious home. I've been having a BLAST taking advantage of our off week … Continue reading Homestead Update

Wednesday Weekend

So I may have mentioned that our family has had some chaotic shifts in schedule and routine the last few months. Actually, from about the end of April, all summer long, we've been in a survival mode. I'm whipping things back into shape as we've begun our homeschooling year and summer is coming to a … Continue reading Wednesday Weekend

Safely Tethering Dairy Goats

When you're looking for a way to restrain your goats but don't have sturdy perimeter fencing, goat tethering may be the way to go. There are a few things to consider before you tether your goats so that you do it in such a way as to ensure the animal's health and safety. MaterialsThe following … Continue reading Safely Tethering Dairy Goats

Preparing for Goat Births

This is a very exciting year for me on the homestead, as it is one I have literally dreamed about for about 5 years. We are awaiting the arrival of our first Guernsey goat kids. This will be the first animal birth on our little homestead, which is very exciting. I've confirmed Luna's pregnancy, and … Continue reading Preparing for Goat Births

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

Meet our newest additions!

We officially have a pair of barn cats. Lets just go ahead and set the record straight- I'm not a cat person. I don't dislike them, I just feel toward cats the way I assume they feel toward me, which is to say, I may nod in acknowledgement of their existence, and then carry on … Continue reading Meet our newest additions!

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

I’m Farm Fit

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

Canning Day and Other Stuff

I woke up this morning at 5:30 to go milk the goats... Of course, the baby was hungry, so it wasn't actually until 6:00 that I made it out to sweet Honey and Luna. I had decided last night that after I milked the goats this morning, I was going to begin preparing everything I … Continue reading Canning Day and Other Stuff

Busy in the Kitchen

It's that time of year again! This is what it looks like when you can and/or dry your late summer harvest. And this is what it looks like doing all that while wearing a 7 month old in a backpack carrier I don't blame her, I'm sure she gets bored back there. I've been in … Continue reading Busy in the Kitchen