Choosing Livestock (Part 1)…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Choosing Livestock (Part 1) ...the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm (from Walking in High Cotton)

So, now we get to the fun part of a small farm–The critters. It’s the part we tend to get over-zealous and the most impulsive about–and probably the most important that we take our time and think through! {smile} On a more serious note, it really is the part people most often get in over their head with. We’ve ended up with a lot of cast off livestock over the years. From “adopting” chickens at the animal shelter, to a goat tied to our porch rail with a note, to a horse it took us almost 3 years to re-home … Continue Reading…

Another Four Paws…the Daily Farm Adventures {115}

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So, THIS happened over the weekend… Let’s just skip the hows and whys and get right to the puppy breath, because this face… We named her Red. (Creative, I know.) The kiddos love the name and hated everything else I suggested. She’s a purebred cattle dog, just like Coal. But she’s the red color, where he is considered “blue.” She’s actually a color mix, being mostly red, but some blue that makes her mask and spots darker than a true red would be. He’s not quite sure what to make of her yet. They’re getting the hang of each other, … Continue Reading…

Building Puzzles…Activities for Busy Families

Building Puzzles...Activities for Busy Families {via Walking in High Cotton}

We stay pretty busy around here. Especially during the school year. Between school, work, the farm, church, and just trying to bathe, eat, and sleep, we don’t find much relax and hang out time. So we work pretty hard to make sure that we set aside some special “family time” activities to do together at home. This usually involves a lot of compromise–like the house is a mess but we ignore, or we let everyone eat dinner in the living room but at least we’re still eating together at a family every night. I’ve shared before that every Friday is … Continue Reading…

Blogging, Privacy, and Life in a Small Town

Blogging, Privacy, and Life in a Small Town (via Walking in High Cotton)

I’ve read several articles recently about whether “mommy bloggers” (I really hate that term, but that’s a post for another day!) are invading the privacy of their children and family by writing and sharing about them on the internet, Facebook, and other social media. It’s an interesting question. Especially for an introvert like me, who found a voice and far-reaching friendships through blogging. And I don’t think there’s an answer, yes/no, this is ok/that is not. I think every writer faces murky ethics at some point if you’re writing non-fiction. But here’s a few points I’ve really been pondering. Not … Continue Reading…

Washing the Dogs…the Daily Farm Adventures {114}

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Our dogs live in the house with us. That means they both have to be reasonably clean and neat and not smell like they rolled in dead animal or cow patties on a regular basis. It’s been known to present it’s own set of challenges. {smile} Both the four-feets were pretty wiffy after a walk the other day, and I traced it back to some very stiff, suspiciously smelly sections of their neck and chest. If you’ve ever seen a dog roll intentionally in a pile of mess, you know they usually lead with their shoulder, just under their collar … Continue Reading…

Pasture Walking…the Daily Farm Adventures {113}

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While walking the dogs is part of the crews chore routine, I also walk them every day. Usually early in the morning (when I need to be alone to wake up nicely) and the evening right after work (to relax into our home life after the busy day). Coal also insists that I take him for a walk every evening after dinner. By insists, I mean that every evening after I clean up from dinner and sit down, he sits down in front of me, puts his paw on my leg, and barks at me until I get back up … Continue Reading…

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…