What to Do When Chores are Hard

How to handle it when chores are HARD. Be calm, be consistent, be available. {from Walking in High Cotton}

From the time our crew were old enough to be in a backpack carrier, there have been chores around here. By the time they could walk, they were helping drag empty buckets back to the feed shed, putting up fencing, and scrubbing water buckets. So we talk about doing chores a lot here, and you’ll find a lot of pictures of chores and chore time (or choring as we call it when we’re making up our own verbs) on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. And folks are often impressed by how much “real work” our kiddos do. Well, we’re super proud of … Continue Reading…

The Cow Shelter…Life with Coal the Cattle Dog

Farm adventures with Coal the Cattle Dog...fixing the cow shelter (at Walking in High Cotton)

It’s been hot, sticky, and on and off rain for several days now around here. The grass is tall and the animals are fat and it’s time for us to start looking ahead for the fall and winter weather. (I’m also looking forward to not breaking into a sweat just standing on the back porch…) Our cows have a run in barn available all the time, but they don’t mind the heat. As long as it’s dry, you’ll see them sunbathing in the middle of the field most of the summer. The sheep prefer more shade and we’ve had to move … Continue Reading…

Lunch Gear When You Pack Every Day! {School Days Series}

Lunch Gear when you pack every day...from Walking in High Cotton

We’re getting ready to head into yet another school year in just a few weeks, and I know a lot of folks are already in school, or full-on back-to-school mode. I’m still sorting and organizing to get us ready right now, and I thought this little {School Days} series might help any busy mommas new to the school scene–or frustrated because what they’re doing just isn’t working. In addition to managing clothes, chores, homework, and school supplies, there’s this whole time slot of our daily life that revolves around lunches. Yep, lunches. We’re not even home for lunch 80% of the week, … Continue Reading…

A Day Together on the Eastern Shore

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Our family and home life has been pretty stressful lately. Just a lot of responsibilities…and a lot of duct tape and wire nuts. Turns out when you buy a brand new house–with all brand new appliances–eventually they’re all not brand new anymore. It also turns out that the lifespan of most major appliances is about the same. Which means all our brand new appliances from when we moved in are now all on their last leg. All. Of. Them. Bless he’s heart, poor Mr. Fix-It is resuscitating our HVAC on a monthly basis it seems like. The kiddos and I had … Continue Reading…

Easy Pallet Garden Fence

Building an easy, one-day garden fence out of pallets and wire. (at www.walkinginhighcotton.net)

Well, we are busy back in the garden again this year. We had great plans the last few years but haven’t brought much of them to fruition. And I’ll admit that a lot of that was my poor attitude about gardening without a fence. I just couldn’t find a good spirit about all that work knowing that I would drive myself crazy trying to police the dogs out of it every minute and that if the sheep got out even one time–even for just 10 minutes!–they could destroy an entire season of work before I could stop them. (Ask me … Continue Reading…

On the Trail of the Beaver, Part 2…the Daily Farm Adventures {112}

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So on Monday I started to share how we spent all of last weekend scrounging through the woods on the tree farm looking for beavers. They’re damaging and flooding out young pine trees–which is the main product on the tree farm. {smile} But our adventure stopped just short of finding the new beaver hut… Well, here’s what we found–not just a den, but an entire new ecosystem! There are three different dams built to create a two-tier pond system.   Of course, Coal the Cattle Dog had to immediately jump in and start swimming around to investigate! In the water … Continue Reading…

On the Trail of the Beaver, Part 1…the Daily Farm Adventures {111}

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You might think that tree farming is about the easiest farming there is. I did at first. I mean, you’re growing pine trees, and surely they don’t need much supervising…right? Wrong. For crying out loud, sometimes it feels like growing those trees takes more work than raising our human children! {smile} You have to cut, mow, burn, plant, pray for rain…mow, cut, thin, spray…and then the predators…rabbits, mice, rats, voles, disease…apparently everything that doesn’t eat meat loves to eat trees! And now beavers. I wrote before that we’ve found some beaver damage that we’ve been investigating. Beavers love to eat the stuff … Continue Reading…

Spring Break, Stitches, and Sunshine…the Daily Farm Adventures {110}

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We kicked off Spring Break with a trip to the ER. Speedracer had a playground accident at school and needed six stitches.   I was pretty traumatized by the whole thing. He was fine. {smile} Mr. Fix-It ended up picking him up from school and taking him to the doctor because I was in training for work when the call came through. I think everyone probably preferred it that way (except me) because my husband tends to be cool as a cucumber about these things while I tend to spend the whole time talking myself out of a panic attack. … Continue Reading…

Building, Rebuilding, and Getting Dirty…the Daily Farm Adventures {109}

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Thank goodness after a long round of antibiotics and other meds Mr. Fix-It and I are feeling better. Not great. Not quite back to normal. But definitely better. Because Spring is in full swing around here and there’s just no time to be laying around in bed! The Dodge has been in pieces in the garage for weeks now and that situation had to be corrected. First we had to take it apart to figure out what was broken. Then we had to find and order the parts–from Montana of all places!–then we had to get them put in and … Continue Reading…

Being Sick in Spring…the Daily Farm Adventures {108}

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Mr. Fix-It and I had colds. Which we ignored. Because that’s what farmers and busy parents do when they’re sick–they ignore it. Turns out that was probably not the best course of action. After nearly 3 weeks of being “under the weather” we were both diagnosed with low-bar pneumonia. Ha! Serves us right, I guess. After a week of medicine, I think we’re both improving (and back to work) but still a little low in the energy category. That’s hard in Spring, on a farm, but we’re keeping things afloat. There’s been a lot of this… And this… And this… LOL … Continue Reading…