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January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 Let’s do the awwwww first. All together now – awwwwwwww! If  you’re new to my blog or are a little behind, this is a motherless whitetail fawn, a beautiful little doe. She’s been without a mother since November. Eggs! We’ve had chickens for 2o years but I still get excited about the first eggs. First pullet egg, first duck egg, first egg after molt – first eggs make me smile. I wasn’t expecting the pullets to start…

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January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

Sappy New Year! So…It’s not really a secret that I can be a big sap but I don’t show that very often. It’s usually about kids or animals that my sap starts showing. I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute. January 1 2018 – a fresh start. I’ve thought a lot in the past six months about the people, things, opportunities and such that I’m grateful to have in my life. You’re all included in the list….

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December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29 2017 I’m ready for 2017 to end. It’s been a rough, dull, productive, fun, rewarding year. We’ve crossed some long-time to-do list projects off the list and not added more. I’m thinking about resolutions for 2018. I haven’t made them in years. And my word for year, haven’t thought about that until just now. It’s only December 29…I have time. 😉 Yesterday’s high was -1°F but it’s warmed up to a balmy 7°F today. The door to the…

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Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead Vermont. October. Gorgeous. Foliage. Some of the most wonderful people I’ve met. Reconnecting with a friend. Sometimes I have to get away from something to better appreciate it, and other times I need to be away from it to see how detrimental it is to my quality of life. Coming home-stead after the weekend away was an experience in regrounding, importance and some thoughts on society today. If you follow me there and want to be sure you…

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Is It Really Almost October?

Is It Really Almost October?

Ava and Zoey hadn’t been out much yesterday so I took them for a sunset walk. It’s too bad those apples have already fallen, I thought, and then I remembered that it is almost October. Ash leaves are orange and gold and falling and the elm leaves black and crunchy. The stream up the road is still from lack of rain and our pond is lower than ever. It was 73° when I mistook a flash of lightening for a…

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Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks These are two of the chicks we got two weeks ago and am still not positive of their breeds. I need a bit of help in the chicken identification department. What do you think? I’m guessing the darker bird is a Rhode Island Red and the lighter (younger) one is a Red Star. We have two of the darker chicks, four of the lighter, and two Barred Rocks to expand our flock.

When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight My day started at 1:40 am with growling, hissing, snarling and a noise so eerie it creeped me out. We’re having a problem with a bobcat hanging around. That’s unusual, they’re not normally close to the house until February of bad winters. Bobcat came to mind first as I leaped out of bed and went to the window to listen. “I think the cat got a fawn…” I yelled a couple of times, “Hey!” and temporarily silenced…

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Laying Chicks – Unexpected Additions

Laying Chicks – Unexpected Additions

Laying Chicks Oops. We went to Tractor Supply for a part and came out with laying chicks. Peeping surprised me. I didn’t know they sold chicks in late summer/early autumn. Three bins worth of chicks peeped “take us home, take us home.” One bin contained Cornish Cross that looked great. Had I known this was an option I’d have purchased them at Tractor Supply instead of online. Now I know. A second bin had a mix of yellow/orange-ish and two…

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Apple Pie Oatmeal – Simple Hearty Breakfast

Apple Pie Oatmeal – Simple Hearty Breakfast

 Apple Pie Oatmeal Today on the homestead! I am home all day for the second day in a row. Let’s start with breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. I’ve been filling up on apple pie oatmeal before I go out to work (unless Steve is home, and then he cooks breakfast). It’s delicious, hearty, filling, and it keeps me satisfied until lunch. The desire to snack is gone when I’m full of oatmeal. This works well in a crock…

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Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient Take note – this is not about becoming self-sufficient. This is a list of tips to help you become more self-sufficient. There aren’t many of us in this world who are truly self-sufficient. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Do what you can as you can and make the best of it. Enjoy the process and usually the work, and be proud of what you can do for yourself. Did you know most grocery stores carry less…

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