Friday, April 25, 2014


Busy, busy day today. We tilled up 3 new garden areas. This is a big thing since two of them have been covered with a stick burn pile taller than me since...well the whole time we've lived here and likely at least 5 years before that!

The gardens are expanded this year because we have our new CSA starting the first week of June. We had the main garden tilled for awhile with early season things, but this spring has been so wet that we couldn't get out into it. All the planting should be in before the forecasted rain on Tuesday, God willing. 

We also worked on fencing around the new gardens. We love our truly free ranging chickens except in the garden!! They love tomatoes almost as much as we do. There is still more fencing to do and then we can plant those gardens. No sense planting while the chickens can still come in and "unplant" everything.

I took a turn at tilling even though my big strong teenager is usually the one doing all the "muscley" things around here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Is it really spring??!?

It has been a LONG winter, eh?

Could spring finally be here?  I sure do hope so.  I haven't been on more as I've been having a Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up that is kicking my behind.  I can't even find words to describe it.  So I've had many days of getting up, milking the cow, take a nap, milk the cow, eat dinner and go to bed.

But in the meantime, I've also bought baby chicks to keep me happy.  Everytime things are really bad, I head to the feed store and get a few more fluffies to cheer me now the current count is

Trip #1
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Americaunas

2 Silver Laced Wyandottes
2 Gold Laced Wyandottes
4 Cuckoo Marans
2 Buckeyes

6 Guineas (3 have died)

4 Turkeys (3 have died)
2 Welsummers
2 Easter Eggers

10 Meat Birds (1 has died)

2 Buckeyes

2 Dixie Rainbows
2 Brahmas
2 Partridge Rocks

So.....I have 3 troughs of babies in my pump house, and the first 6 are now big enough to live in the small moveable coop in the barn.  And just today, I had a chick hatched out by a broodie mama.  Only one (so it's likely a rooster) and it looks like a Barred Rock.  And one of the duck mamas wen't broody yesterday, so we may have ducklings in 40 days.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Fools Day

April Fools is not my favorite "holiday".  I don't really appreciate pranks and find that they don't build up relationships.  However, I don't mind a bit of harmless silliness once and guys woke up to...

Then later for breakfast....

"OH, The Humanity!"