Moving on…

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new. We have had a lot of curveballs since I last published anything and I must admit, it had all kind of dragged me down, both of us honestly. I just hadn’t felt at all like my usual self. Well, I AM BACK! What is, just is. What will be, will be! So carrying on!

What’s been happening and what’s new around our little slice of Heaven….

We have been busy! We have had some days, actually filled with hot weather….and sunshine!!! 🌞 What?! YES, sunshine! It has still rained a good bit, it’s raining now, but we’ll take what we can get!

A beautiful sunset

The chickens are growing. We move the coop to fresh grass each day and will continue this until they are full grown and ready to free range! The time is getting closer quickly.

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The gardens have taken off! The tomatoes are growing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up getting them tied up! The plants are strong and beautiful, loaded with blooms and green tomatoes slowly beginning to ripen. Very exciting! 🍅🍅🍅

Not from our garden just yet, but an amazing dinner nonetheless! Simple Summer goodness ❤️

The cows are doing well. The calves are growing quickly, strong and healthy. These were our first calves and the fact they are strong, healthy and doing wonderful since day one is absolutely beautiful to us. Many local, very experienced farmers in our area were losing calves like crazy this year. Not the normal for them. So we were quite anxious and couldn’t be happier. There’s just a special aspect that having cows brings to a farm, I think. Yes, they can be a pain and a lot of work but those big old eyes speak to my heart and I have fallen in love.

They were all ready for pictures ❤️🐄

We have several kittens currently. They are absolutely adorable and so entertaining to watch. The little fluff balls have stolen our shoes and wreak havoc to anything left on the porch. For example, my basket filled with clothespins, it had a kitten in this morning and my clothespins were scattered all over the porch! There are two that I think we will be bringing in the house to keep. They are so cute and very sweet.

1 of the possible keepers! Those curled ears 😍

Let’s talk about snakes…ughhh! We have had 8 so far this year! Two being copperheads!!! Neither of us are fans of the slithering type whatsoever! However, last week and of course after dark, we find an already dead snake in the driveway! It was blue! I have never seen a blue snake and not many others around here have either apparently. We believe it was an Eastern blue racer?! It was quite thin but very long. If anyone thinks different, please share! It was pretty, in a creepy way!

There’s been a lot more, menial work, nothing notable. We have been helping others, others have been helping us. It’s such a blessing to have people you can truly rely upon. ❤️

It has been a long few weeks, a long day and it’s bedtime so….

that’s your chicken poo daily 🐔💩

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…it finally arrived

Finally, freedom came! Not by choice!

Curious but just not going down that scary ramp!

I picked up four and put them down the hole. Waited, waited, nothing! Finally put each of the other eight down one by one!

The first 4 out
and finally, all 12.

They enjoyed themselves. Picking at grass, a little sunshine. The cats enjoyed watching! Who would have guessed that….

Then we waited and not a one went back up for the night! So I crawled underneath the coop and put each back up through the hole for the night! They will catch on! Everything is new!

Babe fixed some fence up on the hill. I fixed some down at the barn. Hopefully we will be working on completely moving a section of fencing tomorrow. Just a small start in our bigger plan.

Picked some wild flowers for the house! Wild flowers are my favorites!

I spent the morning taking my Mom to the Dr. Afterwards she wanted Shoney’s and by luck, my brother, wife & son were also there, so we had a nice surprise breakfast with them. ❤️

We got a new book, Mud Season, and have gotten a start on it. Now we both want to go to Vermont to visit! Just beginning it, will update how it is.

That’s your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩

Minimalism and….worms!

Ok, right off you may be thinking, minimalism and worms, what?! I will get to what one has to do with the other, I promise!

We started on a new journey a while back, trying to live more minimalist! To us, this includes but is not limited to, letting go of STUFF!!! I don’t mean truly useful items but the stuff we accumulate as consumers that we truly do not need! Excess clutter, that not only takes up space in the home, but also clutters the mind! More minimalistic in the way we spend money is the top priority (we are a work in progress I assure you lol)!!! Is there a better way to get what we want and need without falling headfirst into consumerism?! Is there a cheaper way? The answer is yes, especially when it came to mealworms!!!

Mealworms! Squirmin chicken “gold”! 😂

Chickens love mealworms! Well at the local farm stores you can purchase a 5 lb bag of dried up, dead mealworms for $33….no thank you! So before we even got our chicks, I ordered everything we’d need online, that I didn’t already have on hand, and we became MEALWORM FARMERS!!! The best part???? For less than $20!!!!!! Guess what? Now we have an endless supply of mealworms for our flock! You do the math. So by doing the dirty work, we save a ton of money! What chicken wouldn’t rather chase a live, squirming mealworm versus a nasty, dried up one?! 🐔🐓

I will say this, we find it challenging to be more minimalistic on a farm! You know, where everything is kept for those “just in case” moments! Even if it’s broken and there’s the thought that just maybe, with enough bailing twine, duct tape or zip ties and a prayer that “it” may be useable yet again! 😂 (We have greatly improved in this area, still funny though)!

However, we have made substantial progress. Purging knick knacks, excess clothing, useless kitchen gadgets, you know, the typical household clutter! The house feels better! More inviting! Looks cleaner! For us, it’s been a good thing. (I will say, sentimental items DO NOT leave, I refuse!)

We have purged some items from the workshop but most will stay. Tools, fencing and excess farm supplies…well you just don’t downsize and go minimal there! That is simply counterproductive!

So if you have been considering going more minimalist, I will tell you, I am very happy! It makes me feel good, almost lighter! I donate everything! I do not simply throw stuff away! Someone may need it, that someone just is no longer me!

When I used to walk into a store, it was overwhelming! Stuff everywhere that I’ve been programmed by our culture to think that I need to be happy! Sadly we are often measured by what we have and not what we are! We don’t care! Today, I walk into stores and I still browse but I have realized that I already have everything I truly need! Yes, I am human, there will be an occasional purchase but you can almost bet the item is on clearance and something useful! I believe it is part of my job as a “housewife”, a “farmwife” to try to make things easier, to stretch our money out, to make sacrifices. We have not had satellite TV in years. We survive on DVD’s and 4 channels from an antenna when we do watch TV. We do not have internet service. I have a $35 per month, no contract phone and use it as a computer as well. Not convenient but cost effective!

Minimalistic, frugal, whatever you wish to call it, I am striving to do better, to be better, to want less and simply be happy….and I am! We are! ❤

Todays happenings….

I painted above the kitchen sink and shelf! Went from blah white to gravity gray! I like it. 🎨 (the large vodka bottle is for homemade things, like disinfectant spray to be clear lol)! 😂

Today was an absolutely beautiful day! Clear blue skies, a cool morning and warm day, with no rain! It was supposed to be the first day in the hay fields, but the weather is iffy starting tomorrow evening so holding off.

SOOOO BABE LOWERED THE MOWER DECK AND MOWED THE YARD THIS EVENING INSTEAD! 😂 If you read yesterday’s blog post, you’ll understand why that is capitalized and bold with a laughing face! 😂😏

Gathered some fresh homegrown produce for babes breakfast and lunch tomorrow! Except the lavender. I will be drying it to make lavender oil.

Lavender. Drying for oil.

Bentley is still pulling the not coming back in the house stunt with me! 😏 So this evening instead of his ball (which he is absolutely obsessed with), he was forced to play with bark I’d tossed into the creek, that he immediately retrieved! 😂 He hopped, jumped and ran around all proud of himself! It was cute!

This evening we have decided that tomorrow evening we will allow the chicks to access the area under their coop! They are growing so quickly, we think they are big enough to safely be under the coop and not be able to escape! So tomorrow is the day! Their first taste of some freedom! 🐔🐓

….and that’s your chicken poo daily. 🐔💩

It’s One of those days where you realize your underwear are on inside out

You know, you wake up in a rush to unexpected events! You quickly clean up and dress yourself and realize at a later time, YOUR UNDERWEAR ARE ON INSIDE OUT! 😂 Yes, this is me today!

It is headed for noon and I’d like to say that things have calmed into a relaxing Sunday but instead, I literally just got the text, “mowing hay Tuesday”! Which means we are now moving stuff that requires the big John Deere 🚜 here at the house before taking it down to the hay fields later today. The trip one way is about 45 minutes!!! We have the pleasure of mowing hay with 1 of my nephews on the farm that was once my Great Aunt & Uncle’s large, beautiful dairy farm, long ago. I spent a lot of time there as a child and love the opportunity going back though it is no longer in the family. Wonderful memories! ❤

We also ran today to pick up the beautiful painting I won in a raffle yesterday at the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash at Stonewall! I was so thrilled to get the call that I’d won! It is absolutely beautiful work and couldn’t be more perfect! I love it! I am so grateful! 🐮

I am also filling up a big inflatable pool as I am typing this ! It will be nice after a long hot day! Well, once the water heats up that is! Well water is super cold, so we’ll wait to enjoy it once the sun works its magic! 🌞 (we tried a large 22 foot above ground pool last year! It didn’t stay the entire season lol! This is just perfect and quite manageable!)

We got the John Deere to its destination! An hour and 10 minutes! Top speed of 15 MPH, average of 13 MPH! He drove the tractor and I hung back in our vehicle with the flashers going. People are so impatient! That’s all I’ll say about that subject!

Grabbed some Taco Bell on the way home and relaxing for a bit now! I think as of today, we have decided that Sunday will be used as it is intended! A day of rest! Unless some emergency comes up! A big home cooked meal, instead of on the fly fast food and a day to visit family. ❤ Which we do a lot of both, but to have Sunday set aside will be something to look forward to.

Babe got some of the garden tilled. I watered plants and blogged a bit here and there. I kept a few heirloom tomato plants for my raised garden by the house and they are doing fantastic! I love my little bed! Going to expand it! 🌻🌱

…..and that’s your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩