Homestead Life

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Today the roof went on the pole barn. My sons worked on it all day. Here is the first piece of tin going up early this morning... quickly followed by more... And done! It's a beautiful sight! I have kids and grandkids that live here on the farm with me....there is...

Barn Going Up!

Barn Going Up!

We've made some great progress on the new pole barn as my sons have had time to work on things. Side walls went up quickly Then the trusses finally arrived.  The cost of wood has gone up 300% locally since March.  Steel trusses were much less expensive than going with...

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

At first glance this may look like a mowed patch in this field but look closer! See the stakes? To me - this is about to become a new barn.  I've seen the plans my son drew up, his idea of feeding cows in the dry without having to muck a barn, a sheltered milking...

Keko – My warrior!

Keko – My warrior!

We have a multitude of dogs on this farm.  Some protect our critters, some protect my family and myself and some do both.  However we have a few *ahem* older dogs who really need to retire...even if they don't think so! Adding a new working dog is a bit more...

How to Make a Jewelweed Tincture!

How to Make a Jewelweed Tincture!

Recently I talked about gathering Jewelweed....hopefully some of you were able to find this wonderful plant. Now...what do we do with it? Come with me as I work up the Jewelweed that we gathered! In this post I will cover making a tincture and soon we will talk about...

Fighting for His Life!

Fighting for His Life!

If you've read previous posts, you know we are in a battle against Lyme Disease and it's co-infections.  One of my hubby's co-infections is Babesiosis which  is a rare and life-threatening infection of the red blood cells that's usually spread by ticks. It's caused by...

Need some gardening help?

Need some gardening help?

When we moved to the farm I knew nothing about gardening. I mean nothing! I didn't know that there were cool season crops and warm season crops. I thought you went out one day, put all the seeds in the ground and waited for the bounty to begin! I bought some books and...

Miss me? In the last 10 days….

Miss me? In the last 10 days….

There has been a lot of ditch digging happening in the garden area.  Full garden post coming soon!  We're trying something new after 20 years of gardening in raised beds and I'm excited to share it with you. This happened in the greenhouse - natural pest control at...