Saturday, May 31, 2014

Someone's B-day Today!!!

She's a very hard worker, a compassionate, caring mother, a wonderful cook...I am so blessed to have her in my life!!!  Not only did I get an amazing husband 2 years ago...but I also got his adorable, sweet mom too :-)  She really holds the farm together.  Don't know WHAT we would do without her! 

 She is definitely the woman described in Proverbs 31:
 "Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates."

 We love you, happy birthday!!!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Praise the Lord for He is Good!

"Ahhh...This is the life!"
3 of my favorite things...sheep to the left, garden to the right, and Hank my mischievous little friend center stage. :-)

We had a wonderful visit with family on Memorial Day.  Rich and Janet worked hard to get the "gathering place" tent set up and ready for company.  
Richie enjoyed showing Uncle Darrell all of his latest purchases including his new-old tractor.  
I guess I haven't taken that many photos of late, so this is all that I have for now! :-)
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What's Going On Around Here

 The bunnies are growing!  These are EllenxOllie babies born 5/4/13  I know for sure that one of the broken (patchy) babies is a doe...I'll be keeping her!  It's hard to tell with the others, but it's looking like most of the litter is boys. 

 So much cuteness!

This is Ida's litter born 5/18/14...I am pretty sure there are 5 broken and 2 solid black kits.  
Time will tell!

 Happy little basil plants!
 Still working on getting all of our tubs filled with delicious veggies...

 Richie testing his new-old tractor!

He tried to lightly push out a stump without tearing up the lawn, but it wasn't going to work.  Ah well.  It was probably fun to run the thing anyway LOL

 The chicks are growing too...they get to go outside on nice days.
 I tried a corndog experiment last night.  You can get the recipe here.  :-)
It was actually a pretty fun evening...corn dogs and potato joes, followed by popcorn and a movie. (Note 3 out of 4 are food LOL)

Like my hand-made skewers?  Took me back to playing down in the woods with my favorite foursome and whittling at sticks with our pocket knives.  We'd then sell our "spoons" or "pencils" to each other in exchange for snail-shell money.  What fun!
 Don't laugh.  It still tastes the same.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Busy Week

 The greenhouse has been so much fun...I'm loving how nice it is to work in when it is rainy outside!
Things are really growing exciting!

 My little Sweet Pea :-)
 Baby bunnies!

 Aren't they cute?!

 At a baby shower for some friends!
 And a bridal shower for my cousin-in-law!

 On mother's day we were treated with a special visit from Susie...she grew up in the "big house" and sat on these very steps many times I am sure!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Is it just me, or does the world seem to spin just a bit faster here on the farm?
Days go by so quickly!  God continues to bless us exceedingly more than we deserve...the "sanctuary" that we get to call home is growing and blossoming and continuing to look more and more like a real working farm! 

 Along with that growth there is an abundance of various chores...morning chores, afternoon chores, and evening chores.  And all the ones that pop up in between.  I recently dried up two of my 3 milking ewes, and switched from machine back to hand-milking.  The freezers are stocked full of milk, and Petunia is giving us quite enough for daily cheese, yogurt, and milk to drink and cook with! 

We moved down the road to take care of the neighbor's place.  Another lawn to mow, a washer, dryer and bathroom all in the same house.  These are novelties, not necessarily needs.  What we had on the farm for 1 1/2 years was still more than what many people have had and do have today!  But it is convenient, and something I am thankful for in this busy season of life!    

 Our first Finnsheep were born on the farm last week...Eva proudly presents her two little girls  "Emmaline" (Emmy) and "Elsa!"

 The bees are doing wonderfully and have taken the opportunity to sting a few of us already.  I still have not convinced myself to like honey bees...I see them as simply a necessary evil that one must allow if one wishes to harvest fresh honey and pollinate one's orchard and garden.  :-) 

Richie constructed a mobile "Tractor" for the CornishX meat birds.  I move it every day to give the chickens new ground and bugs.

 It's a work of art!  He did such an excellent job...I am so blessed to have such a handy husband!

 Our Black Copper Marans stand out from the crowd of (ugly) meat chickens.

 Eat, poop. Lay in it.   Eat, poop. Lay in it.  Eat, poop.  Lay in it. 
Very appetizing.  I hope by the time they are in the freezer I will have forgotten how yucky they are!
If we think our chickens are sort of gross, (and they're out on pasture getting moved every day) it's hard to even imagine what the commercial meat chickens' living conditions must be like.  As Richie says, it makes a person not want to eat chicken at all!

There are a lot of things growing in the greenhouse and gardens right now, and there are some cute little baby rabbits in the hutches...hopefully I'll get some pictures and post them soon!
Blessings to you all friends and family!