Homestead Life

But did you LEARN anything?

But did you LEARN anything?

Last year was a doozy wasn't it?  But what did you learn from it?  When things go wrong,  always try to prepare yourself against having to go through that again. What can you do differently to make things better next time? Many years ago, after my first baby, I moved...

When Cows Go Crazy

When Cows Go Crazy

When I fed the cows that morning, I knew Scarlett would have her baby by nightfall. It would be her first baby so I kept checking on her throughout the day.  At one point, I saw her and the baby laying down together in the shade along a fence line and assumed that all...

Praying for Texas!

Praying for Texas!

  I feel like I've met a lot of wonderful people from Texas.  Some have become customers....many have become friends.  My heart goes out to Texas right now.  From a massive 100 car pile-up to incredible winter weather...Texas needs our prayers! Please join me in...

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...