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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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Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day Gratitude – it’s a rainy day. It’s been so long since we’ve had a rainy day that the ground is arid. I spent a short time on the tractor Monday morning, tilling the new perennial garden site, and had to shower right after to wash away the dust. The outlet of East Musquash lake isn’t running because the water is so low. Friends had to take their boats off the water last  year because of the lack of…

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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds We’ve been building raised beds for the high tunnel. They’re simple to put together, rather plain looking but efficient. Gardening is a marathon this year, not a sprint. I’m not sprinting from season to season to grow enough food, not this year and maybe not ever again. There are ten beds in the high tunnel, about 320 square feet of growing space, and only two of us to feed. I think once we’re done building raised beds,…

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