…and it finally fell

Shortly after 5 a.m. I get this, “wake up THE tree fell”!!!! Me, in a half asleep voice, ” THE sycamore “?! Babe, ” YES “! I am up now!!! THE sycamore is one by our driveway, actually 1 of 2 that sat at the end of the driveway, on either side. The one had rotted all around the base and several feet up many years ago! There was nothing safe to cut into! This tree was hollow and had nothing but a bark wall almost around the entire base! Year after year we have wondered how she remained standing! Severe storms and even a derecho, it remained! This year though, we had gotten cable which would be put through the top forks and pulling the tree down in the most controlled way possible. There is a road within a few feet, our home, our power pole and transformer plus all the newest fence line we’d added!!!! A lot could go wrong. Very wrong! Well mother nature, rain, has kept the pulling of the tree from occurring. Far too wet for traction. However in the end, mother nature, high winds last night, took care of it anyways!

Our fence is in there & the guide wire!
We got very lucky! Thank you God!
Wow!

The guide wire for the pole is in that mess and our fence! It didn’t hit any fence posts or break the fence but it definitely required some mending which we done this evening along with tree clean up. My brother in law got wood for his outdoor burner, my sister brought dinner over, our neighbor & two sons showed up and a friend from the down the road stopped by. We are blessed, truly! ❤️

This is all that’s left! Will finish clean up soon. It has been a long day all around and otherwise. We are both exhausted and ready for bed!

Bird nest from tree
It was just pretty!

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! 🐔💩