Monday, March 27, 2017

Farm Fest at Angel Mounds

**I'm late posting this but I'd still like to share.

 A couple weeks ago we visited Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville to attend an event they were hosting. It was an unusually cold day and I was still recovering from my procedure so we didn't stay as long as we originally planned but it was a lot of fun. We learned a little about several things. I watched some spinning and quilting. There was a neat exhibit on trapping and furs. It was neat to watch the city kids learn how to braid ropes, grind corn, and make butter for the first time. And DH was excited to tour the original smoke house and meet a local bee keeper. He even got to order bees for the upcoming season! It was a very enjoyable day!











Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday #10

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for black gold...aka coffee! It might not be everyone's cup of tea but I don't like to think about what my day would be like without it! 



P.S. I'm pretty sure Mr. Right is happier when I've had my coffee also.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Long Pause

I didn't drop off the face of the earth this last week, but there was a few times I wanted to. Instead I spent the days getting smashed, squished, poked, prodded, drilled, and put into every miserable position the technicians at the Breast Care Center could think of. It was an unexpected, rush job that ended with me recovering from a biopsy and holding my breath until the all-clear was given. Unfortunately, it wasn't my first rodeo there. I've suffered through this procedure before. But I'm happy to report that I'm not harboring any cancer cells. I did however spend a lovely couple of days hosting an ice pack in my bra. The bruising and swelling are on their way out now, though, and I'm getting back into the swing of things.

While I was recovering, Spring arrived! We had a couple of gorgeous days and while DH was taking care of me, he found time to get tons of much needed work done around the homestead. He did a really good job of keeping the journal updated- you can check it out on the Weekly Journal page. He also stocked up the hay storage and feed barrels before he left to go back to the paying job. So I'm all set to start in on the warm weather stuff! Milking began yesterday, garden seeds are started, birds are singing, a hen is setting...all the things that make the long winter more tolerable and a non-malignant diagnosis more sweet.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Barter Page

It's snowing so DH is working in his garage/workshop and I'm working on inside projects today. First thing on my list was this blog. I've added a barter page for local followers. You can find it right up there ↑ in the grey bar, beside The HoosierHubby tab. Be sure to check it regularly, I'll be updating every time I want to try something new or come up with a surplus of something. Hopefully winter will leave (for good!) soon and we will all be busy trying to find ways to be sustainable, wearing ourselves out with honest work that has soul satisfying rewards.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday #9

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for goat babies- 3 gorgeous healthy doelings!




Monday, March 6, 2017

In the Works

Busy, busy, busy! I think I've bitten off more than I can chew. Even though I don't have a deadline for most of my projects, I don't like having unfinished things cluttering up my mind. This week I'm determined to finish them all!

On the crochet hook- a soft little blanket for my first grandchild. He will be here in July and I want to have the blanket ready for a baby shower.

On the crafting table- a Thanksgiving themed wreath for a charity auction coming up. I've got yards of tulle to cut and wrap and knot around it still.

On the bookshelf- I'm still trying to finish reading "The Joy of Spinning." The first chapter reeled me in good so I think I can get through it in a couple of evening sessions, if I leave it within easy reach on the night stand.

In the kitchen- I have an unopened box of green coffee beans that includes some new varieties I've never sampled before. It's like Christmas! But I haven't had time to get any roasting done. The actual process takes less than 10 minutes per batch. That doesn't include set-up or clean-up though.

In the basement- All of the seed starting stuff has been organized and is waiting for me to actually start the seeds.

In the goat pen- I'm still waiting on goat babies. My kidding supplies are all set to go but I haven't hauled out and sanitized the milking supplies yet.

And finally,
In the chicken coop- I'd like to set up a separate Silkie chicken pen this week so I can get some pure bred eggs.

That doesn't seem like too much for a person to handle in a week does it? I'm sure I can get it all done! Goals, people. They make a homesteader's world go round.
Just. Don't. Get. Dizzy.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday #8

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Every week I hope to share something I am thankful for.

This week I'm thankful for mercy.

We had some severe storms come through overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday. We once lived in a mobile home in Tornado Alley so I know how dangerous these storms can be. This one woke me from a dead sleep at 5:am. I had my flashlight, cell phone, and pets halfway to the basement as the power went out. No warnings were issued, it wasn't a tornado. We spent most of yesterday cleaning up, resetting the rabbit hutch, and retrieving roofing from the neighbor's fields. Thankfully though, no critters were hurt, the power came back on, and the cost of repairs will be mostly sweat and elbow grease. It could have been so much worse!
Roofing from the hay shed impaled on the mower rake

Tiles missing from the old feed shed

My poor bunnies- shook up but unhurt. The mess behind them is the portable carport we used for shade over them.
Ornamental Bamboo showing the kitties which way the wind blew.