Plans for 2022
I’ve been thinking a lot about our plans for 2022. It’s been a little bit difficult to come up with something I feel is fairly solid, because we have a couple of variables that are, to some extent, unknown. But I’m doing my best to try to map out a plan for the year so we know what steps to take and when. Every year, there are several factors we take into consideration when coming up with a list of goals for the year. Finances and time commitments, as well as our desire to reach a goal are all things we need to think about when making our plans. If…
2021: A Year in Review
2021 was a truly amazing year, filled with so many unexpected blessings!
Harvest and canning season wrapped up just in time for butchering season. I’m really happy with the way we timed everything this year, as it kept us from getting too overwhelmed, and allowed me to focus on things other than butchering or canning. We’re finally getting back to where I want with the house, we’re on task for school, and things are progressing in the yard as they should before the snow arrives. *Warning: This post contains some graphic images.* Two weeks ago, we butchered the chickens and turkeys we raised for meat. We had help from my mom, my sister-in-law, and a good friend, which really helped keep things…
Eighty-five. I think that’s the number of animals we have on the homestead right now. That might sound like a lot, but we’ve had more than that in chickens alone in past years. Yet it’s the most diverse group of animals we’ve ever had. Since June is done and gone, I’m about due for an animal update. On June 23rd, the last of the animals we intend to add to the homestead for the year arrived. Our Cornish cross. Thirty birds that eat through feed like no chicks’ business. These little cuties will get big and ugly in no time flat. They outpace the rate of feather growth around the…
I love this time of year, and how productive we are. Before the heat sets in and the bugs become unbearable, we spend as many good weather days as possible working on our to-do list. Any cleanup we want done for the year needs to be done before the grass gets too high, and there is always a rush to get things in order for planting time. Springtime productivity is so different than summer, fall, and winter productivity. There has been a lot of bustle around here this past week, but for the last month, we’ve seen a lot of great changes! Scott has been able to spend a lot…
Summer on the Homestead
Summer on the homestead... it's bound to be busy!