When you first think of everyday, useful and (at times) critical tools on a farm or homestead, things like a multi-tool, axe, or tractor may come to mind. I never would have thought that a utility cart would fall into this category, but this is something I've come to use and depend upon just about every day of the week.Continue reading "I never thought this tool would be so useful on a homestead"
Yes, it's been a terribly long time since I've posted here. But I thought I'd better give an update as to all that has been going on, here at the homestead, over the past several months. The most important of that being, yes, we are still here and doing well!Continue reading "A long overdue update"
Sad news at the homestead today. Today we had to put down our kitty, Boo. We got him back in 2004, when he was six months old. Next week would have been his thirteenth birthday.
We will miss Boo very much, but we know that our Lord, Jesus Christ, will be caring for his spirit until we can be reunited with him on Judgement Day.
Continue reading "Goodbye for now, Boo"
At first, it appeared as though autumn came to a screeching halt, when we hit October, and was faced with a prolonged winter. But, suddenly and out of no-where, when we made it to November, the sun came back and has been keeping us in the mid-teens all week. And, as the forecast looks today, we have another wonderful week ahead of us! Thank you Lord!Continue reading "Thank you Lord for the bountiful harvest"
In the past few weeks, the number of young hens, which we hatched out earlier this spring, have been on the rise. It's really fun, at least for me, to go into the chicken coop in the morning to see a tiny egg sitting in the nesting box.Continue reading "Egg production is on the rise"
The weather forecast said that the area was in for some heavy rains and a chance of snow. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to emphasize how well of a chance of snow that was, nor how much was actually on it's way. Although we're not without means of getting off the homestead if we really needed to, as far as we're concerned, we're snowed in for a few days.Continue reading "The importance of being prepared"
It's certainly been a while since my last blog entry, but yes, we're still here and doing well. It's certainly been a busy summer and it's turing out to be a busy fall, as well. I haven't had much time or energy to spend on the computer. But, we've gotten a few days of rain, so now I've got some time on my hands to update our (few) blog readers on what's been happening, out here on the homestead.Continue reading "Yup, we're still here!"
We've had an interesting, if not challenging, start to the gardening season this year. At first, we thought that it would be a very dry growing season, as there was very little snow on the ground when the melting began and March really wasn't brining much moisture with it. However, as the first week of summer approached, things changed.Continue reading "Wind and rain, with a chance of more wind and rain"
Last week we had a very abrupt change in the weather. From a week or two of cool rainy weather, we got surprised by a week of very warm, humid weather. Although it made for some very uncomfortable days, working out in the garden, it really did the plants a lot of good.Continue reading "The garden springs forth"
With our success, and enjoyment, of our first two attempts at chick hatching, we decided to take it up a notch. Thanks to my folks, who decided to give me an early birthday present, we bought ourselves a larger incubator and have another twenty eggs “cooking”.Continue reading "Another batch of eggs incubating"
Happy Victoria Day to our readers/visitors from Canada. This is an important holiday to Canadian gardeners, as it's the holiday that signals to us that the days of below freezing temperatures are generally behind us until autumn. Although, last night, we did see the temperatures go down to six degrees.Continue reading "Time for planting"
We've gotten quite the bag of weather in the last two weeks. Last week, we had record highs, pushing over 30 degrees for a few days there with lots of sun. Then, this past Tuesday, the temperature dropped and we were drenched with two and a half days of heavy rains. Then, yesterday morning, we woke to sleet and little patches of snow on the ground.Continue reading "Topsy-turvy weather and general happenings"
Been keeping busy, out here on the homestead. Our three little incubator hatchlings are doing very well; growing big and fast. So much so, that yesterday we had to move them into their own section of the chicken coop, as they were crowding themselves in the tote we had them in.Continue reading "Garden preparations and new skills"
I'm happy to report that the three fertilized eggs we had incubating in our incubator have successfully hatched, right on schedule! The pipping began just before midnight on April 13th, and the third chick hatched just after 2:00pm yesterday, April 15th.Continue reading "They've hatched!"
A few developments have transpired since the last blog post. The “big” news is that the place from where we were going to be getting our new chicks left us hangin'. Looks like we won't be able expanding our flock quite as fast as we first thought.Continue reading "Incubating some eggs and building a shed"