Thursday, April 25, 2013

Homestead happenings

We have had a pretty good day today.  It has been a busy one, but a good one.  I received lots of encouragement from a dear sweet friend this morning.  It is always nice to know that you are not alone  and that there other ladies out there that struggle with the same issues that you do.  I believe that the Good Lord has sent her to me for blessings and encouragement.
 Jeff and the boys did a little cow work this afternoon and wormed a few momma's and moved them to the big pasture. They also had several little jobs at the house that needed some attention.  Dear hubby will be off work next week and I have a list a mile long for him HA< HA:  Everything here is so pretty and green right now.  We have been blessed with a lot of rain.  This time last year we were already about to blow away.  We are even still having nights in the 30's and 40's sometimes.  The garden is slowly coming along.  We got some tomatoes and peppers out, but not all of them.  JC enjoyed his afternoon of riding little Checkers around.  
Little checkers!

 In baby news I am still struggling with my sugar levels, but i am determined to keep it at bay.  I am living off of salads these days.  In fact for supper tonight I had some fresh butter crunch lettuce and green onions from the garden.  I got to finish the bumper pads and the skirt for the cradle today and next I am going to make a couple of new sheets and a blanket for it this week.  I happen to find some cute material in my stash and am going to use it.  It is not baby material, but it will work and plus I didn't have to buy it!!!!  Then I will work on the crib stuff. Maybe I can post some good everyday pics soon.  I still have not gotten a new camera yet.

God bless,

Friday, April 19, 2013

We have been pretty busy around here this last week.  The circus came to town last week and the kidos and I got to go.  We had a pretty good time.  We had a pretty good turn out considering out little town.  

In farm news, the baby chickens have finally been moved out of the house and down to the brooder box.  Now to get the chicken tractor fixed so they can go in there when they get a little bigger.  All of our cool season things are growing and doing well.  Our potatoes are finally popping out of the ground.  Dear hubby buried them so deep I am surprised that any of them have come up.  He got a new plow that had hiller disks on it and was trying to learn how to use it.  The corn is up and looks like we won't have to drop much.  Most of all of it came up.  I told dear hubby someone else was going to have to help him reseed the spots that didn't come up, I was on strike!  We had to plant the beans twice, but I noticed this morning they are trying to finally come up.  We have been fighting the crows and the weather with them.  We are expecting a frost Saturday morning, so  I am glad that I have not gotten my tomatoes and peppers out yet.  This should be the last frost of the year and we can get them out next week before the next round of rain.

In baby news, everything seems to be going well enough.  I am fighting my sugar right now, and that has been very tiring.  It is sapping the strength out of me, but I keep telling myself that this is only for a season and the new little one will be here before I know it.  I have got to get on the ball and get started sewing her bedding, I finally got the material the other day and now to find the energy and time to do it.  I also have kitchen curtains waiting to be sewn.   If any one wants to come on over and help one day you are more than welcome too.  

The kidos broke my camera this week and now I will have to get one pretty quick.  Here are a few pics of last week at the circus.  
Until next time
God Bless ya,

An elephant ride is always a must and the circus!

Best part of the show.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

 I encourage you to go over and visit this blog  and see what this challenge is all about.  We have been trying to do this with our garden for several years, but the weather has not cooperated very well with us the last couple of years.  Last year was really hard for  us money wise and our food and household supplies were lets just say a challenge.  I want to encourage you to join me in this challenge, I am determined that this is going to be a better year for us.  I would love to be able to just go to the store once a month for the bare essentials.  Besides not going very often, there will be health benefits to a more whole foods diet.  I don't think the Good Lord intended for us to eat a lot of what is being put in our food.  All we have to do is look around us and see all the sickness we have.  I will try to post my progress along the way and maybe we can all benefit from this challenge.

God Bless ya,

Monday, April 8, 2013

Well we are now back on line Yaa--hoooo!  It is beginning to get a little busy around here.  The new baby will be here in about 8 weeks and I am no where ready for her yet.  In farm news, we have all the cool stuff planted and just waiting another week or so to get out the tomatoes and peppers.  The baby is going to be here right in the middle of canning season.  I need everyone's prayers to see me through it.  JC got his 4-H baby chickens in last week and currently they are residing in the house with us.  I don't here them during the day, but boy at night you can.  Most women would kill over having a big tub of chickens in her home, but not I it just goes with having farm kids.

JC scrubbing the tub getting it ready for his chicks.

The new chicks!
These are some carrots we found in the garden when we turned the cows out into it.

This is our 4-H coffee that was held to recognize journal winners.  Josh won district also.  
The journals are so much work, but they are worth it. 
4-H robotics class.  JC came home and tried to take everything
apart to get motors to try and make his own robots.
A trip to the science museum on a cold wet day!
 The gang!

 God bless ya,