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June Giveaway!

I’d like you to please read the following in a sing-song voice: “It’s giveaway tiiiime!”  Why a giveaway?  Because I want to celebrate with all of you out there who have taken the time to read our blog.  I know that a lot of you are family or old friends, but then there are those of you whom I’ve never met in person, and apparently you enjoy following our journey.  To all of you, please let me offer you a deep, heartfelt “THANK YOU!”  Knowing that you are reading helps make this more enjoyable for me 🙂  June is coming to a close and once again, I find myself wondering where the time has gone.  Before I get to the fun part, I need to journal what we’ve been doing the past two weeks, because after all, that’s why I write this blog in the first place!

The Garden

It seemed as though it took forever, but the gardens are all finally planted!  Yippee!   The final seeds went into the ground about 2 weeks later than I had wanted, but everything has sprouted, and I think we’ll be just fine.  I could list all of the things we planted, but maybe that should be a post unto itself.  (It’s a long list, and I think the question to ask is “what didn’t you plant?”)  I did do a pumpkin patch this year, though we planted it in the Pie Field this year instead of the field we used last year.  That’s going to be beautiful in the morning as the sun shines on the pumpkins and the fog is rolling through the field.  It hasn’t even happen yet, but I know it will be G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!

I think the one food that I am most excited about growing this year is popcorn.  I know, it’s a silly thing to get excited about, but I am!  And we were able to get gardens planted for the three older kids this year.  I did not fail them 🙂  They were just checking on the garden beds on Saturday and were pleased to see their plants beginning to sprout.  Can I just say “Thank you” to all of the sweet people who gave us plants this year?  You are so sweet, and we are very grateful for your kindness.

Chickens

What can I say about the chickens…It’s been a tumultuous season.  If you weren’t aware, I am not in the least bit fond of raccoons.  They are nasty and vicious.  I don’t care how cute they appear, they are little fluffy monsters.  We’ve lost quite a few of our egg layers this year, and we’ve even lost both of our roosters this year.  I’m fairly certain that a couple of our chickens were taken by hawks, but the rest I know to have been attacked by raccoons.  After last year’s debacle, we’ve been on guard, but they’ve become even more daring this year.  Grrrr!

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Chickens in the new chicken tractor at about 5 weeks old.  They have gotten significantly bigger in the past week since I took this!

So yes, we are down multiple egg layers.  Of the original 50 Cornish Cross we ordered, we lost 16 to those darn raccoons.  We’ve been fine as of late, and I think the issue we now have to watch for is health issues with that batch.  As of right now, we still have all 50 of the second batch of Cornish Cross.  They are just 1 1/2 weeks old, but boy do they grow fast!

But there’s more.  Pumpkin and Peanut decided that they would like to raise chickens as well because they would like to sell the eggs.  Scott and I were on board with this plan, so we talked to the boys about what kind of chickens they would like to have.  Pumpkin just wanted chickens that lay brown eggs, and Peanut wanted ones that lay blue eggs.  (Blue is his favorite color, after all.)  Pumpkin’s were going to have to be ordered, and we found a possible connection for Peanut’s that would get us his chicks for free.  Well, Pumpkin got into a bit of trouble with us, and we had to decide that he’s going to have to wait until next year to be a chicken owner.  This year he will help me…all of the work, none of the reward (money from egg sales).

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The first batch of egg laying chicks that we ordered. Sadly , they met an untimely end.

All was going well…I had already ordered Pumpkin’s chicks when that “incident” happened, so I was going to keep those chicks instead, unless the free chicks for Peanut ended up falling through.  We ran into a few hiccups.  We still haven’t heard word on those free chicks, so that may not happen.  No big deal, right?  He can just raise the ones that Pumpkin was going to raise and he’ll get brown eggs instead of blue/green ones.  Well, it is a big deal, because the kids didn’t close up the brooder properly and a raccoon got into the room where we keep them and ATE THEM ALL!  Thankfully I was the one who figured that one out not them.  So I cleaned up the brooder, fixed the lid, banned the kids from the coop without adult accompaniment, and we took off for The Country Store where we got another batch of slightly older chicks.  The silver lining to this whole situation is that we were able to buy 5 Ameracauna chicks, so he’s still going to get his blue/green eggs!

Now we just have to do some work to secure everything even more than before, and stay on high alert.

Clean Up

I feel quite certain that we cannot be the only homesteaders who feel as though they are battling a constant battle with stuff.  Even if you live very simply, this time of year leads to lots of extra work and projects.  More work and projects equates to more things to clean.  We moved into a place that came with a decent deal of “stuff” that is practical and useful.  We moved here BRINGING a lot of things that are practical and useful.  And then through a friend, we acquired more stuff that is practical and useful.  But getting it all cleaned up and organized has been a slow, slow process.

Last summer, I began to clean and purge the garden shed.  The chicken coop is actually divided into two parts.  One half houses chickens and the other half is a garden shed.  The garden shed is now almost completely clean!  I have two things left to do in there.  1) Clean up the fencing.  And 2) get rid of the “extra” tools we don’t need.  After all, we don’t really need 5 hoes.

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And there is outside stuff to clean.  I have a couple of projects that need to be wrapped up, but I worked on things that have been sitting even longer.  There was the apple wood from pruning trees that needed to be cut and stacked (hopefully for smoking/cooking meat), and there was a fire pit that we put up last fall on the back of the property that was a one-time use thing.  I had to clean out the pit and remove the boarder from it.  I also went to gather rocks from the old fence line to use as a boarder for the new fire pit that we are putting in in the center of the Pie Field.  (I really need to write a post just about that…)  There is just always something to be cleaned up outdoors…maybe it’s mowing the lawn or pruning trees, pulling weeds in the garden or picking up after the kids, but once it gets warm outside, we stay pretty busy outdoors.

Ducks

We now have ducks!  Two to be exact.  A relative shared an ad for a homestead that is shutting down/moving, and they had a pair of breeding ducks for sale.  One is a Pekin (also called a Peking) and the other a Rouen (Mallard).  The woman  I bought them from said they just hatched out 14 ducklings recently, so everything works with them 🙂  I’m not entirely sure what we’ll do with them, but I’ve always wanted to try duck eggs, and now we can, plus, if we should so choose, we can probably raise a flock for meat, and that might be interesting.  (A cookbook like this might be something we have to invest in.)   We purchased a little kiddie pool for them to swim in if their little hearts desire, though I haven’t seen them use it yet.  And since they are mature, we already have our first eggs!

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Zac and Lily on their first day at the homestead.

From what I’ve been reading, they can produce between 200-250 eggs per year and will continue to do so for anywhere from 5-9 years.  Chickens may produce more eggs in their first year of life, but ducks will outproduce by far over time.  I’m mostly just excited to try using duck eggs for my baking!  And I may put them on bug duty in our veggie garden once we have the fencing up.  Since they don’t scratch, they won’t cause mayhem in the same way a chicken will.

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Lily and Zac needed a place to swim, so we got them a small kiddie pool at Walmart for about $8.

Sewing

My nights have been a bit restless as of late, so I have been getting up out of bed to work on fixing the blog, but also to sew!  I’m finally getting ready to quilt a quilt that I began over 4 years ago.  FOUR YEARS.  I think that’s a record for being slow to complete a project for me!  I’ve also been working on odd sewing projects…fun things for me, fun things for you…

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I made this quilt top about 4 years ago (maybe 3), and I first got to basting the layers together the other night. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 4 years before I can complete it.

For those of you unfamiliar with my story, I have been sewing since I was about 4 years old, but very actively since I was about 8 or 10 years old.  In the past two years, I have done far less sewing than I ever have before.  It seems as though there just hasn’t been much time.  I spent several years working for a seamstress in town, and eventually only doing alterations for others out of our home.  But that got to be too much, what with the little kids and all of the other obligations, and to be truthful, alterations are just not very fun to me anymore.  So over the past few months when I find a little spare time, I’ve been focusing on sewing just for fun.  Because I want to, not because I need to.  Man, I have really missed that!  I am contemplating doing odd crafts here and there to put in the roadside stand or to have up for sale on Etsy or the blog.  No taking orders, only selling things that have already been made.  That would be really nice if I can do that!

Blogging

But the reason that all of you are here in the first place is because I decided we should journal our journey and share all that we work on around here.  I started this blog after some friends and family told me that I should really be writing about all of the stuff that I do.  I think the first person to mention it to me was my cousin after she saw the built-in bookshelf that I built at our old house.  After that, I started getting more and more people telling me the same thing, “You should write about that!”  So I did, and here we are!

When Scott and I first discussed me starting a blog, the agreement was that I would start a blog that cost next to nothing to run.  If it went well, we would switch things up and move to a set up that cost a bit more to run, but could potentially bring in enough money to at least cover the costs of running it.  Maybe it could provide enough to provide a little extra to pay for some of the many projects that we’ve got going on around here, which would in turn, give us more to write about 🙂

So I’ve been spending time here and there over the past few months to make changes on our site…improving it for you!  I still have a lot to work on.  I’ve got a lot of pictures to add back in yet, but I think I’ve got my pictures back into about half of my posts.  As frustrating as it is that I have to put them back into the blog, it is sort of a blessing in disguise, because now I can make a few changes to it all to get them to work better for you.

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I recently ordered a camera strap so that I can walk around with my camera without being so concerned about dropping it.

I also purchased a neck strap for the camera, because it can be kind of a pain to carry it around.  I was looking for just about the cheapest ones I could find, and I’m happy with what I chose.  I found this strap on Amazon, and the company that was selling it had a bunch of different pretty straps…for about $8!  They were 49% off, so if you go looking at them, I can’t guarantee they’ll still be $8.

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The sunsets have been so beautiful the past two weeks. I was outside testing the neck strap 🙂

Giveaway!!!

Writing and editing and updating the blog is not all I have been working on for the site.  I’ve also been working on prizes for the giveaway!  I thought it would be fun to celebrate a full year+ of writing, hard work on our homestead, summer, and our readers.  I thought about what I could do to celebrate, and I decided on a giveaway with prizes that I made.  After all, a huge portion of what I do and write about on here is making things, so why not let you be a part of it?  And as I said before, I’ve been toying with the idea of having some homemade items to put for sale in the roadside stand once that is set up, and this would give me a good practice run…see if I enjoyed making the items, figure out what kind of time commitment it would take to do make this stuff, and to see what kinds of things appeal to you.

We have 4 prizes to give away!  A pair of beautiful pillowcases (at least, I think they are beautiful!), two different but similar potholders, and a purse.  To any guys out there reading this, I’m sorry I don’t have manly things to give away.  We’ll do something that might be more exciting for you another time 🙂  In order to choose the winners of this giveaway, there is something you’ve got to do.  We need you to leave your comments below!  It’s the only requirement to enter the giveaway.  You can earn more entries by completing the other tasks listed.  A winner will be chosen on July 4th (Happy Birthday America!), and I will send out prizes after the contest has closed.

But the comments really need to be more than just “hi” or sad things like that 🙂  I want real responses from you!  Leave a comment on here answering ALL of the following questions:

1.  What is your favorite thing about our blog?

2.  What is something you think I could improve on the blog?

3.  What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do?

4.  And which prize is your favorite, and why?

It’s okay if you are new to the blog and just checking it out for the giveaway.  Just say “I’m new here,” if you don’t have an answer.  If you’ve been reading along, I expect real answers 🙂  

The reason I am requiring comments from you in order for you to enter, is because your feedback is really important to keeping this blog running.  I know that not everything I write about will interest you.  I do not aim to please everybody, but I would like to make sure that I continue to share or teach and write about the things that we do that interest you the most.  Make sure you fill out the entry form AND comment!  If you don’t do both you won’t be entered!  After you enter your name and email into the form, you need to click “begin” to submit your entry.

Thank you so much for being a part of our journey, for the positive feedback that you have given us, and for helping us to share our story with even more folks out there.  You are a great bunch of people!

Love~Danielle

 

 

50 thoughts on “June Giveaway!

  1. You are such a talented seamstress! I would love to win any of those items. If a man were to win, they would make lovely gifts for a woman in his life, so they should enter, too. Is there anything you can’t do?!

  2. Your blog is such a delight! The only thing I can think of to improve it is to include more pictures of the family. Your writing takes us city-dwellers on a journey of imagination, picturing what life is life on a farm.

    1. Thank you so much Lynn 🙂 That’s sweet. Pictures of the family is something I go back and forth on. We want to respect the privacy of the kids until they are older to really have an opinion on the subject, and yet they are key to a lot of what we do around here!

  3. I am a man, but I have learned so much from your blog. By the way, my wife would love one of your beautiful purses.

    1. Thanks. Some of the old stuff just needs pictures put back in, but I’ll try with the newer stuff. As for the manly subject matter…I guess I need to spend more time following my husband around on the weekends 😉

  4. 1. What is your favorite thing about our blog?
    I’ve only just found your site, but I’ve lost an entire morning reading it. One of the things I love is that your writing style is very natural and engaging. You are very talented at bringing your reader into your experiences.

    2. What is something you think I could improve on the blog?
    I haven’t been reading you long enough to give a very good answer. I can say that I like that you share all your varied experiences. I like reading about the critters and sewing, and….

    3. What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do?
    We are very drawn to a more natural lifestyle and six months ago moved “from the big city to a small town”. I grew up in a suburb of 35,000 and we now live in a town of 350. I wish we had done this 20 years ago. We are what’s considered “in town” as we thought that was a big enough first step. I’m loving it so much, we are wishing we had moved to a spot farther out of town so we would have more space to have a bigger garden and critters (chickens, sheep, etc.). I’m living that dream through reading your blog.

    4. And which prize is your favorite, and why?
    I think they are all amazing, but I am really drawn to the bag. It’s BEAUTIFUL!

    1. Thank you for entering, Valerie! And for your feedback. I’m glad people like my writing style, because analytics keep telling me I’m doing something wrong 🙂 Good luck on your new endeavors! Make sure you look into square foot gardening and vertical gardening if you haven’t already. I learned at our old place that you can plant a lot in a small space.
      Good to know you like the purse! Before I made it, I thought everybody would like the pillow cases best, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

  5. I’ve really been enjoying your bee posts because we are both first-year beeks!

    I don’t have any suggestions about what you can improve. 🙂

    You’ve inspired me to keep posting about my quilts, even though I have a homestead blog.

    I like both the pillowcases and the purse. You did a great job!

    1. Thanks for reading, Kathi! I’m glad I inspired you 🙂 To me, homesteading is such a broad topic…quilting can certainly be something that you talk about! I’m so in love with the pillow cases that I may have to make more for myself!

  6. I only did a quick review but found a refreshing and delightful blog. Brings back memories. I look forward to reading more. I did recognized the picture of your grandparents. Your Great Aunt Jan from Florida

  7. What is your favorite thing about our blog?
    Variety of subjects

    What is something you think I could improve on the blog?
    Variety of perspectives : how about posts from your hubbie’s perspective
    You need to find how to get WP login for those leaving comments.

    What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do?
    Learn more from others

    And which prize is your favorite, and why?
    Pot holder, because we handle lots of hot pots (preserve-making for sale, dyeing, as well as home cooking), and because it is inexpensive to post.

    1. Thank you Jonathan! Yes I really do need to get Scott to write for the blog! He stays so busy and isn’t great at answering my questions, so we’ll see. I’m working on him though 😉 I’ll look into the WP login…somebody else said something about that awhile ago. Thanks for all of your input! You are a great reader to have!

  8. I was sent your blog by my friend Lynn Wallen.
    We were best friends in high school and have kept in touch. I enjoyed your blog for several reasons mainly because the highlight of our trip to Alaska was a visit to a homestead. Also your life in Alaska couldn’t be more different than mine in Florida. I would say the climate has a lot to do with that. There was a time when I sewed also and my daughter enjoys it too. We thought your purse was really pretty.

    1. Thanks Lynn, although we are in Wisconsin 🙂 But even so, yes life in Wisconsin is oh so very different from life in Florida! The climates are very, very different. I really want to be able to sew more often, so it has been nice to get back to it recently. Thanks for reading and for the input!

  9. Hi there! Just stumbled onto your blog through a link on the Homestead Front Porch on FB! I had to take a peek, because I too am a homesteader and I love chickens!!! 🙂 I am sorry about your loss of your flock to raccoons, I feel the exact same way about foxes. Grrrrr. A fox took one of my easter eggers last week, so I have been keeping a close eye on the rest of the flock. Foxes are so sneaky!!! I really love the purse in your giveaway, very cute! I will be checking back into your blog again! 🙂 Feel free to pay me a visit at my blog, embracingthehomesteadlife.com. Blessings!!! Jill

    1. Thank you for stopping by Jill! I will be checking out your’s as well. I am starting to worry there may be another critter in addition to the raccoons getting at our chickens. I lost another today, with absolutely no evidence of a predator 🙁

  10. I am new to your blog and love it. I did not know that raccoons would harm chicks. That made me so sad. I am glad that you cleaned up the mess before the boys saw it, good momma! I have several friends who have chickens which have been harmed by dogs, and seems like always, the children find the mess, and it is devastating. I don’t know what a pie field is. But, I can honestly say that I love pie more than anyone I know, so if it has anything to do with pie that is eaten, then that’s my favorite part of your blog. In the future, I would like to see all of your sewing finishes. You have inspired me to find some rooster fabric to make my own purse… I love yours so much, but seriously, I never win anything LOL…not being negative, it’s just the truth! I found your blog via a homeschool group, so I am hoping that you homeschool, so that I can see what you have to say about that. Best wishes for all your projects. May Gid bless all your hard effort.

  11. I am new to your blog and love it. I did not know that raccoons would harm chicks. That made me so sad. I am glad that you cleaned up the mess before the boys saw it, good momma! I have several friends who have chickens which have been harmed by dogs, and seems like always, the children find the mess, and it is devastating. I don’t know what a pie field is. But, I can honestly say that I love pie more than anyone I know, so if it has anything to do with pie that is eaten, then that’s my favorite part of your blog. In the future, I would like to see all of your sewing finishes. You have inspired me to find some rooster fabric to make my own purse… I love yours so much, but seriously, I never win anything LOL…not being negative, it’s just the truth! I found your blog via a homeschool group, so I am hoping that you homeschool, so that I can see what you have to say about that. Best wishes for all your projects. May God bless all your hard work.

    1. Hi Tammy! Thanks for checking out our blog! I love all of your answers…you sound like fun 🙂 Yes, I am so glad I found the mess before the kids. We do homeschool, and from time to time I write about that, but so far there hasn’t been a ton of that. And actually, I think my kids would find finding the carnage interesting…”oooo…those must be the intestines. Is that the heart?” I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but that’s probably what would happen! We want to get a dog, maybe next year, but my biggest concern is that it gets trained properly that our chickens and any future animals are not chew toys.
      The “Pie field” is a field we have that is divided into sections like a pie, and eventually we will be planting each slice individually with something. Half will be permanent (apple trees, nut trees…) and half will be annual crops, such as pumpkins. A lot of what we plant there will be great for making pies once we actually get it all established 🙂 I really do need to work on getting more about my sewing up, so thanks for the encouragement there!
      I wish I could tell you where the rooster fabric came from, but my mom gave it to me a few years ago, and I believe she had it in her fabric stash for a few years before that.
      Nice “meeting” you!

  12. 1. What is your favorite thing about our blog?
    I love the DIY posts, and learn new things from them. I also enjoy the homesteading, and reading about it.
    2. What is something you think I could improve on the blog?
    Nothing! I love what you have going on here, and look forward to your posts.
    3. What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do?
    Garden. Brought our first house, and looking to start our own garden.
    4. And which prize is your favorite, and why?
    My favorite is the purse. Needing one, after not using one the last 5 years. Looking to get away from diaper bags. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the input Sarah! Congratulations on owning your first house, how exciting! And a garden is a must 🙂 Wow, 5 years of no purse! I have always done a purse and a diaper bag, and it is a hassle for sure! Good luck!

  13. I am new!
    I came over by way of Oak Hill after I saw her mention of you on face book.
    I loved your photos!
    That is one of the things I honestly enjoy.
    I will be coming back!
    We saw three of the cutest little raccoons last week on the side of the back road.
    I hadn’t thought of the danger of them. I feel for you.
    One thing I can tell you. They love chicken bones, with some meat attached after you’ve fried it.
    We are town folk, but when they got to be a problem here. We caught them in the catch alive traps.
    Then took them way out and released them into the wilds.
    You might possibly rid yourself of some that way, if you are inclined to try.
    The other thing. I have been seeing for fun some too, off and on for years.
    To me, that beats it over having to any day,
    Many blessings!

    1. Thanks for checking us out and for the feedback! Yes, the raccoons are truly a pain. We are going to have to get even more vigilant. We had a few more raccoon issues yesterday, and I’m feeling oh so very frustrated by it!

  14. This is my first time to your blog. How have I missed seeing any like to it on “Common Sense” FB page I don’t know. I think you’ve done a wonderful job on your blog, put together well, easy to read and follow along, very humorous and chock full of great information! How you find the to
    I’ve to write and work your homestead is inspiring. Not only that, but you make the time to create crafts! You’ve made many tasks seem not so daunting through your writing and explanations. Thank you for that. We will be moving at the end of the year to a bit of land that will afford me a little garden once again. You have inspired me to take it on again, I’ve missed that in my life. I can’t say I have a favorite giveaway piece because they all are so very useful! Anyone would be proud to win them, but the pillowcases are beautiful. Yes, your post titled ‘Giveaway’ caught my eye, but the content of the blog snagged me. Can’t wait to dive into the older posts and anticipate the new! Wishes of continued success on the homestead Danielle!

    1. Thank you so much Irene! What kind feedback 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed it and are looking forward to returning. I hope you enjoy your new land and are able to get that garden put in. Even though I have put a garden in the past two years, with so much going on around here, I haven’t had the time to just relax and enjoy it all the way I did before we moved here. Next year is looking to be more relaxing, and I’m looking forward to that. I love the pillowcases too!

  15. Today is the first day I visited your blog. There are an abundance of “homestead” web pages for many kinds of homesteaders. 🙂 I very much like what I have read so far. I appreciate and feel comfortable with your writing style and expression. I feel comfortable, for lack of a better word…like visiting an old friend. I honestly cannot say what improvements I would like to see. I think that is best left to you because obviously, you know what you do best.

    What inspired me most so far, is your sewing. I have never been able to get the hang of it and to read that you began at 4 years old and were proficient by 10 amazes me. I do have a sewing machine, but struggle with understanding patterns. Most things I’ve tried seem to turn out odd. Seeing the beautiful results of sewing always inspires me to try again. Maybe I’ll try to find one of those “1 hour” patterns…that will take me several days! lol

    I also enjoyed reading about your ducks and your shed/chicken coop combo. I have not really given thought to keeping ducks, but it seems like they are good producers. The chicken coop/garden shed inspires me to attempt a project similar to that. Chickens are in our future, so I have time to plan. I think that would be a sensible idea to be honest. It appeals to me.

    I have to say, of all the lovely give away prizes, I love the bag the most. It’s just darling. I love the fabric and would want to strut it all over the farmer’s market. LOL I’d feel like the belle of the ball!

    Thank you so much for allowing me to comment on your blog. I look forward to reading more and visiting often. God bless you and yours and have a great holiday weekend!

    1. Janet, thank you so much for the sweet comments 🙂 I appreciate the feedback very much. I agree, I think the bag would draw a lot of attention at the farmers’ market! I am thinking seriously about doing some informational posts on sewing, because you are not the first person to tell me of you woes with sewing. It’s not easy for everybody, that is for certain! I’m glad you visited. God bless you and yours as well, and I hope you also enjoy your holiday weekend…I know we will!

  16. I love everything you write; such fun to follow your family’s adventures. I’m especially interested in your bees. And the eggs are AWESOME!! Anything you create is lovely. You’ve inspired me to purge my home of unnecessary items; most of all, you’ve inspired me to try to “keep it simple”. Bless you!

    1. Thank you Ramona <3 Hopefully the eggs keep coming...it was hard to find 2 dozen this week between predators, adding the ducks (the chickens got stressed), and the kids mixing up eggs with ones a hen was sitting on! But it should be better this next week 🙂 Thank you so much for following along on our journey!

  17. 1. What is your favorite thing about our blog? That I just found it…due to seeing a post about the giveaway on my fb newsfeed.

    2. What is something you think I could improve on the blog? Not sure since this is the first one I have seen and it looks good to me . : )

    3. What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do? Not sure right now.

    4. And which prize is your favorite, and why? I love the purse…it caught my eye with the chickens ,etc….on the fabric. I think it’s great that you made all of these and are giving them away. <3

  18. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to get the ducks. The eggs are AMAZING. Richer than chicken eggs and bigger, I just love them. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks Kari! We still haven’t tried them…I’m waiting until we have a couple more before cooking them up. Scott keeps saying to me “I still don’t know why we have ducks…” He’s not against them, just doesn’t understand why we have them 🙂

  19. 1. What is your favorite thing about our blog? The simplicity, knowledge and passion for your homestead, animals and way of life…

    2. What is something you think I could improve on the blog? First time to find your blog and enjoyed all of the posts and information. Will continue to follow and share ideas and information, and gain insight into your homestead too.

    3. What, if anything, has our blog inspired you to do? It seems we are doing the same thing. Difference in age as I just retired and getting involved in our homestead full time. But it appears we think along the same lines. Continue doing what you are doing.

    4. And which prize is your favorite, and why? Any are nice and inspire me to get back on the sewing machine. Enjoyed, and smiled about the quilting. I have mine on the sewing machine being finished (binding) for my grandson in the marines. I started it when he was 8… LOL. Best of luck to you and I look forward to following your blog.

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