Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gearing Up For Spring

Good Spring my friends. It was warming up the snow was melting and it was really looking like spring has sprung. Then it started to snow, and snow it has for the past several days. Temps have been pretty warm in the 20's and 30's even getting up into the 40's but it's still snowing. I'm ready for spring and was teased by some beautiful sunshine I know the extra moisture will be good in the long run but I am ready for spring.

February had a rough start. My poor baby girl had to have her lip stitched. The kids were playing outside Wyatt threw an empty #10 can that we use as a feed scoop. It hit her in the mouth. She came in with blood going every were and all she was worried about was her brother. She kept saying "please don't be mad at him it was an accident". I got it cleaned up and but a butterfly bandage on it. Then we all jumped in the car and drove to the clinic in Minto were they put stitches in it. Wyatt felt bad but has had a bad habit of throwing things so we made him watch her get stitched up and kept telling him that is why you don't throw things. I had to sit down as they stitched her because I almost passed out. Blood doesn't usually bother me but watching my baby go through that was awful. 

It amazed me how fast it healed though and now there is just a small scar. 

Then we sold two of our baby goats from last year Abby and Zeva. It was really hard to give them up but they went to a good home. 

The kids had good birthdays.

Wyatt and Oak had roast turkey and fried turkey strips for the birthday dinner. They got boxing equipment so now when they start fighting they can take it to the mat. We're working on technique and safety. I really wish I could post



Lisa had Moose burgers and french fries for her Birthday.

Ken made new bee hive parts and we all helped paint them. We now have enough for 5 hives. This year we ordered 2 hives of Carniolins and 1 hive of Buckfast. Having enough gear for extra hives is good just in case we have one the splits and swarms. 

We had 14 out of 15 chicks hatch healthy and happy. So cute and so much fun!

We went to the Carry the Cure assembly at the school and got to hear Broken Walls perform. It was really awesome!

The babies are growing fast.

Oak lost his second tooth.

We got in our chick order of meat cockerels with a few specialty chicks thrown in.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Seed Starting has begun

So far I have started Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Herbs, Onions (from seed), Celery and Leeks


Garlic Chives


Greek Oregano

Parsley 3curled

Parsley It.Flat

Basil Lrg Leaf It.

Sage Broadleaf


Dill Bouquet


Lemon Balm

Eggplant Suraj F1
Onion Bianca De Maggio
Celery Utah

Yum Yum Gold

Mini Bell Choc

Mini Bell Yellow

Mini Bell Red

Early Jalapeno

Purple Star

Alma Paprika

Long Cayenne




Indigo Cherry

Gold Nugget

Yellow Pear

White Cherry
Leeks King Richard

Hatched Chicks growing like weeds

Meat Bird Cockerels Growing Fast as well

Starts are all doing great!

Happy Easter!
Kids had a good time hunting eggs in the snow. We had a great time after at the hall eating chili dogs. Huge thank you to the Manley Hot Springs Crafter's Guild.

The kids cutting down dead trees to make roosts in the brooders. Rover supervised.

More Starts

My first attempt to overwinter a pepper plant. It already has blossoms.

We call this guy feisty. He's smaller than all the others and feathering out more slowly. He loves to be held and comes charging over to be picked up when we open the door.

Our two story Chick Brooders

So even though Spring may not be in full swing we are in full spring mode. Over 90 fluffy chicks lining one side of the front entry and plant starts lining the other side. As soon as the turkeys start laying we will start incubating turkey eggs. I'll be starting more veggies next week. The barn and coop are ready for a full deep spring cleaning. Bees will be coming in mid April, Pigs end of April beginning of May.  Baby goats are do in May. Ken is getting ready to start back on the road crew. Donna is coming home. My cousin Cole from Arizona is going to come stay with us for the next 7 months and help me out while Ken is working. He will get to learn all about small scale farming and I'll have someone with muscle to help out when Ken is gone. I think it's going to be a lot of fun having him hear and I am so thankful that he was willing to come. 

And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

Saturday, February 6, 2016

And....we're back

Hello all,

After my post in November my daughter dropped my computer off the table and broke it. We had ordered a new one from Sam's Club online during black Friday deals. I got the confirmation that the computer had shipped but it never came. Come to find out they never handed it over to FedEx and they didn't have those computers in stock anymore. Soooo.... I finally got them to give me a refund and I ordered a new HP directly from HP. So now I have a nice new computer. I just have to get used to Windows 10 which I'm not real thrilled with. Well any who enough of my computer sob story and on to once again getting you caught up with our goings on.


Progress on the fodder house was coming along nicely.

Butchering the Pigs


The pigs came to a fast and humane end. One well placed shot to the head while enjoying a nice long drink of warm milk water. I was so thankful that it went so smoothly.

Our set up for de-hairing and gutting. 
We had a couple of warming fires because it was a very cold day.

Our amazing neighbors came over and helped with the de-hairing and gutting.

A pan of mixed organ meats and fat. This was Soooooo Yummy!
I never knew how delicious pig heart is. It was by far my favorite.

Now Back to work.

Our New Buck Goliath Came Home

A little sledding fun in the front yard.


I got my fist Kombucha Scoby and started an addiction. 
We all are enjoying drinking Kombucha and making it in fun different flavors.

Snow Machine Fun

Each of the kids got to take mom for a ride.


More Snow Machine Fun

Target Practice

Baby Sitting Cespidas the Gold Fish


Making A Rocket Car

My Dormant Herbs start coming back to life

Newly designed fodder rack holds more trays. Made out of scrap.

Putting down lanolium in the fodder house.

Rover sitting on his little snow hill were he likes to sit and bark at the world.

That about gets us to were we are now.

Spring is starting to come to mind in a big way and we're starting to prepare.  We've ordered seeds, bees, and meat chickens (100 this year) and we have eggs in the incubator due to hatch on the 20th. Baby goats are due in May. Even a planter of lettuce starting to grow in the windowsill. It's going to be another busy busy summer.

We are still looking for a wwoofer to come and work the farmstead with us this summer. If you are interested check us out on the wwoofusa web site. 

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in what soever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which stengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:11-13