The Shotgun Rider…the Daily Farm Adventures {83}

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This past weekend I found myself alone. Mr. Fix-It and the crew were away for the weekend and it was just me and the dogs. This is not the first time recently that I’ve found myself with time to myself on my hands–without me having to force the seconds apart by sheer willpower and squeeze in. These moments are part of the reason I convinced (begged, cajoled, harassed, debated, forced…name your adjective) Mr. Fix-It that we should bring Coal into the family. Penny is a farm dog and family dog (and she’s great at that!) but she’s not a best friend dog. … Continue Reading…

Our Kids Favorite Chores…the Daily Farm Adventures {82}

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Our kiddos do chores. Every day. Every morning and every evening, actually. And every weekend. Around here, everyone does–right down to the babysitters and the dogs. So when Speedracer came up to me last weekend and said, “can we do chores like last weekend? that was so fun!” which chores did he mean? Cleaning out the barn. But he really meant any of them What he meant was can we all go out and do the chores together?  Because that’s their favorite chores. When the kids and the parents are all working together on something. When Momma is scrubbing and Daddy … Continue Reading…

Yard Birds…the Daily Farm Adventures {81}

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We built a new chicken house (I’ll be sure to get pictures to share soon!). The hens seemed to love it. Then they all shared a dust bath–which cause a hole–which they all decided to wiggle out of. And here we are with free range chickens again. {smile} I’m sure I know who the ring-leader of the escape was. See that black hen there. Her. Definitely her. There’s two small problems with this. 1. They leave piles of chicken…um…waste everywhere. I mean everywhere! And especially underneath of wherever they decide to roost for the night. 15 roosting chickens can create … Continue Reading…

Farm Dogs, Turkeys, and Snakes…the Daily Farm Adventures {80}

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Friends, this blog occasionally suffers from a thing called LIFE, and I’m sorry for that. But I’m back to share some of that LIFE with you, because ya just can’t make this stuff up and I hate for you to miss it if you don’t follow us on Facebook! {smile} Because sometimes we need DIY help. And sometimes we need recipe help. And sometimes we need organizing help. And sometimes we just need a dose of CRAZY to make our own life look normal again. {grin} The munchkins had a rough day at school on Tuesday, so I decided that … Continue Reading…

On Spring Break…

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We had company for spring break that we weren’t expecting until just a few days before. Family visits are always a good thing! I just didn’t have anything prepped for the blog before I had to go into “clean EVERYTHING” mode. {smile} I’ve been working through my hard-core spring cleaning, but as I mentioned before, sometimes you make a bigger mess to begin with, and I had to put a few things back together before we could welcome guests. Then I went into ENOY EVERYTHING mode. {smile} The crew spend a lot of time visiting with their cousins. We renewed … Continue Reading…

A Little Encouragement on the Homestead…the Daily Farm Adventures {80}

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Our series the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm has been going well, but it’s been awfully serious. Livestock farming is an expensive proposition and it can feel discouraging to list out all the ways farming gets complicated and costly. But like I said in the very first post, this series isn’t meant to discourage, it’s meant to be a tool to help prepare you for success! After coming off a hard lambing season, the post on Health and Wellness was particularly hard to write on a positive note. The fact is, no matter how hard it is, we’re … Continue Reading…

Understanding Health and Wellness (with Printable!)…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Understanding Health and Wellness on the Small Farm {part 4 of the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm series) via Walking in High Cotton

I think this topic gets to the core of the “hard part” of a small farm. The opposite side of “health and wellness” is “sickness and death.” They are two sides of the same coin and they are both found on the small farm. And it can be hard! And expensive. Expensive in dollars and cents and in heartache and misery. The good news is that as a small farmer you have a lot of control over this. Not total control–that’s up to the good Lord!–but you do have a lot of influence over outcomes. I find the #1 factor in our … Continue Reading…

A Peek At Our Winter…the Daily Farm Adventures {79}

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Yes, I know winter is over. Believe me, I’m glad! But I didn’t share much over the winter and I thought I’d take a minute to share some pictures with you. We don’t see the farm blanketed in snow very often, so I just couldn’t stand not to share these before next year! If you look real close at that one, you’ll see Chester (our bull) with his head sticking out of the gray chicken coop. The chickens ran wild for most of the winter while we finished up their new house and the cows moved right in. {snort} They … Continue Reading…

Figuring Out Food and Water…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Figuring Out Food and Water...the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm {via Walking in High Cotton}

By far the biggest line item (other than a mortgage) that you’re going to run into with a small farm is the food bill. Poor Mr. Fix-It goes to sleep at night muttering about “more mouths to feed.” Food and water are the bottom line in your small farm enterprise. If you don’t have them, everything else needs to go! Sometimes I feel like we’ve tried everything at one time or another! {smile} Here’s some of our experiences, which might help you evaluate your own options moving forward. Here’s a few feeding basics we always keep in mind… Junk in, junk out. You … Continue Reading…

Spring Cleaning is Overwhelming (Here’s a Few Helps)…the Daily Farm Adventures {78}

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I’ve written before about all the Spring Cleaning we do around the farmyard. Well, this weekend I was busy with the traditional kind of spring cleaning. The house. Ugh! I’m not much of a cleaner, more of a straighten-upper–which I realize every time I start doing any deep cleaning. {sigh}So I made sure to take a lot of breaks to walk the dogs. And feed the dogs. And just watch the dogs. Did I mention taking a lot of breaks? Oh yes, and if you don’t follow us on Facebook, you might have missed the fact that we  got a … Continue Reading…