Eating Real Food, Frugal Living/ Budgeting, Homesteading, Ways to be More Content

Spring Around the Homestead

  Spring is here! This is a busy time around the homestead, getting ready for gardens and harvesting, new baby animals and weather too darn pretty to be indoors!

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  We’ve been bottle feeding a few calves, breaking up the garden, planting a few things, burning out the fence rows, and just generally being outdoors enjoying the weather.

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I painted these cute rocks for my potted herb plants. I also made some for my garden, for when all the plants go in. I just painted the rocks, used a fat Sharpie to write on them, then added a coat of spray on clear sealer. I loved quick simple projects that turn out cute!

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Here are my two bottle babies! These guys are cute, and I do love caring for them, but I know that come fall, one of them will be feeding my family. Growing your own food can be hard, but knowing what goes into what you eat is an awesome feeling too.

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Here’s my son, burning off sections of the fence row. We do this to keep the fences cleaned up, and to reduce ticks and fleas. The fields get burned off too. It just gets rid of the old/dead stuff and makes the grass come back fresh and green. When this gets done we are careful to watch the weather (no wind!) and usually burn off after a good rain, when things are dried out, but not too dry. And of coarse, always having some water nearby.

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I hope all are having a fabulous Saturday! The weather is beautiful here, and I’m fixing to head out and work on my chicken coop!

What are ways you get ready for spring? I’d love to hear back from you! I’ll be in the jam making mode in a few weeks, as strawberries are starting to come off. Stay tuned for a jam-session!

 

 

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Time Well Spent- Reminiscing with my Kids!

So this past weekend our family spent time on the farm (none of us live there anymore) just hanging out. We all went for a walk to the “back side” of the place when on the way back my kids (now 16 and almost 20) wanted to “go exploring, like when we were kids”.

See when they were little we lived on the farm and they roamed those woods all the time. They would be bored on a beautiful day, so I would tell them, “Put on your hiking boots” and we would go “exploring”. The farm is an old place that has been in my husbands’ mothers’ family for many generations. They would find “treasures”, such as old glass soda bottles, a canning jar, neat rocks, cool shaped sticks, etc. Then when their daddy got home from work, they had the “treasures” lined up on the porch for him to marvel over.

barn collage  This is the old barn, holds a lot of memories.

When my kids were little they kept their baby bottle calves in this barn. They climbed in the old hay loft and “explored” it too. It was built by their great-great grandfather.

So Sunday afternoon we went off into the woods, “exploring”, or maybe I should say reminiscing. I would see the large flat rocks and it would tale me back to when they were little walking this very place. And then we got to the old spring, where their great-great grandmother used to carry her wash to, because they had no running water.

It was a very good day! My daughter found some pretty pieces of wood that she may use for decoration at her wedding this fall. My son found a very old cow skull. So we found some “treasures” this time too!

DSC_0167 An old cream can, just sitting by the old car shed.

I love spending time with my family, that time is priceless.

I hope all are having a wonderful week thus far! Mine has been busy, but great! Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!