Well, it’s May! The time has suddenly gone from a slow crawl to the speed of the start of a race. I can only imagine that it will get much more intense in the coming weeks and months. Once again, I’ve tried writing many times, only to end up with nothing published. I start a post, but then need to update it, only to be interrupted partway through. So, I’ll do my best to keep this brief. First, we’re getting rid of the internet. We unplugged over the weekend, and I’m only going to be using it maybe once a week when I head into town and have access to…
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…
Since this is our first venture into pigs, I’m going to be keeping extra notes. Things to know or remember for future use. The piggies are doing well! It took awhile for us to really see it, but they are definitely bigger. They actually lost a little bit of weight in their first week here, because we had such a drop in temperature that we were not prepared for. Thankfully, they appeared healthy otherwise, and since they have not only gained weight, but definitely grown bigger. The weight loss, I suspect was solely from being cold. They didn’t eat a lot the first few days after we brought them home.…
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…
Pigs on the Homestead
Well, it’s official…We have pigs on the homestead! This is an incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking venture for us (particularly me). It’s a big step in a forward direction! This has been a long-time coming, but it still feels like a snap decision in some ways. We wanted to get some kind of larger livestock by 2018, but then we had the fire, and then I got pregnant, so that plan flew out the window. We had to nix 2019 right off the bat because we knew we’d have a new baby, and I wouldn’t be able to handle that kind of extra workload. 2020, that was the new plan. But…
The Produce Stand
The produce stand is officially open and stocked!