BeanBoozled Challenge…Activities for Busy Families

The Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Challenge...Activities for Busy Families {at Walking in High Cotton} plus Coupon Codes!

As I mentioned before Christmas, we’re always busy (like everyone else in the world!) but we’re also always on the hunt for family time activities to break out of the chores, work, school, chores, work school routine. When looking for fun activities, we’re usually on the hunt for something for all ages, with simple set up and clean up–or simple set up and no cleanup, like our puzzle activities! So while Christmas shopping with Mr. Fix-It, he grabbed a couple boxes of Jelly Belly BeanBoozled for the crew’s stockings. When my sister came to visit after Christmas with my niece … Continue Reading…

A Winter Calf…the Daily Farm Adventures {118}

The Ladybug came in hollering from her chores a few weeks ago–which always sets my nerves to tingling a little bit, because who knows what’s happened now? {smile} But she was excited because she had good news–she thought Molly had a calf! So we threw our boots on and trooped out to check. Sure enough, she was off in the back field all by herself–and our cows always stay in their family group! She’s a pretty laid back cow, but I still took my time approaching her. She had a still-wet little one in the grass with her. After snapping … Continue Reading…

Fixing Fence and Family Time…the Daily Farm Adventures {117}

Fixing Fences and Family Time at The Lowe Farm {via Walking in High Cotton}

The weather around here is so wonky in the Fall/Winter. When school starts, it’s really still summer. About October, Fall hits and we’re all in sweatshirts for the morning, and long-sleeve tees in the afternoon. Then suddenly between Thanksgiving and Christmas we get a beautiful Indian Summer, and everyone’s back in tee-shirts for a few weeks. Our real “winter” doesn’t hit until January–and even then it’s usually broken up with some weeks of 50s and 60s. We normally have lamb harvest in September, then we hit the winter prep work hard while the weather is decent. So we recently spent one whole … Continue Reading…

Visiting the Mariners’ Museum in Hampton, Virginia

Visiting the Mariners' Museum in Hampton Virginia (via Walking in High Cotton}

Most of our Christmas/New Year’s holiday this year was kinda drizzly and mucky, so Mr. Fix-It and I decided to take the crew to the Mariners’ Museum one of those last dreary, stir-crazy days. It’s a museum and park with trails and outdoor displays as well, but we stayed inside. The first thing I’ll say (since the majority of my readers are frugally-minded) is that I thought it was a little pricey, and I really think the 3D movie tickets should have been included, or at least discounted with the ticket price. Especially since a few of the exhibits were … Continue Reading…

Red’s First Snow…Life with Coal the Cattle Dog

“Life with Coal the Cattle Dog“…Hmmm…might have to update that somehow now that Red’s with us too. And she certainly doesn’t tolerate being ignored! Maybe “Life with Cattle Dog Chaos!” {smile} Since she’s been with us, we’ve had a false-alarm hurricane, and a for-real Nor’eastern with 3 days of downpours, but this past week was her first really cold snap. The snow started on Saturday and I was the first one up and moving around. Not the normal turn of events around here, but the kiddos have been staying up pretty late since their holiday break. And I’m not a … Continue Reading…

First Snow of the Year…the Daily Farm Adventures {116}

winter chores in the first snow of the year at The Lowe Farm {Walking in High Cotton}

Well, our first snow was quite an event this year–10 to 12 inches! Something we only get every couple years around here. Last year we hardly got any snow at all. Snow means fun for the kids, time off from school, and more chores. {smile} We spend more time checking on everyone and making sure everyone has the calories they need to stay warm. We also throw down extra straw in the barns to keep everyone off the cold ground and out of the eventual mud that always follows the snow here. Water buckets and hoses freeze up and we … Continue Reading…

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}

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…