The Peculiar Goat Sound

“I think someone around us got a goat as well.” “Why do you say that?” Doug asked. “I keep hearing a goat’s cry.  I thought yesterday that maybe there was one in the fairgrounds, but I heard it again this morning.” “It’s a rooster,” he matter-of-factly said. “What do you think I am stupid?  I…

Jammin’ (or attempting rather)

My first year of making jelly was lovely.  I made dandelion jelly with a bit of orange essence and it turned out amazingly delicious.  It also gave me a false sense of “Oh, this is easy!”  The next years of jam making have been an utter fail.  We drizzle syrup on our toast rather than…

Goats on the Couch

Doors continue to open.  We were offered a pair of adorable goats in exchange for classes!  How could we resist?  Sitting in the back yard last night watching the goats play with Bumble the Greyhound was hilarious.  The chickens milling about.  The weather perfect.  Inside the goats jumped on the couch, jumped on the cats,…

The Apothecary Garden

An Apothecary Garden is an important addition to any farm whether your plot is an apartment balcony or large acreage.  Herbs easily grow in pots on the porch or a south window in the house or in their own space in the garden.  (Rosemary increases focus and memory) Apothecary gardens have been a staple in every culture around…

Fast Food

We awake before the sun and make the long drives to the farmers market of the day.  After many hours and hot pavement, we make the trek home.  Then we repeat it the next morning.  We are tired, dirty, and hungry!  I put off making dinner last night to spend time with Doug in the…

Chicken Cliques

 (Peep wants in, Ethel the white girl, Daffodil, Laverne the black girl, and Mahalia in back) My mother said that her chickens hung out together based on which breed they were.  I found that really interesting.  I couldn’t tell if mine did that because there are three Golden Buffs that hang together and Ethel, the…

Self Fulfilled Prophesies

Do you believe in self fulfilled prophesies?  “Careful what you wish for, it just may come true.”  “Guard your mind and thoughts.”  “Put it out in the universe and watch it come to life.”  I have mentioned before that by writing out or saying what you desire is like a prayer waiting to be answered.  It…

Out Hoeing Around

Ever the comedian, in Blazing Saddles form, Doug walked around the local farm store asking salespeople, “Where da hoes at?”  He was met with eyes lighting up and laughter.  I cut down a different aisle.  Alas, we live in a small town and everyone knows who I belong to.  One salesman turned a corner, saw…

Homesteading School

“I am not able to can, I live in the city.”  The young lady stood in front of me shifting from one foot to the other in front of my booth.  She looked at our array of canned sweet apples, pickles, beets, zucchini, apricot syrup, just a bit of this and that from our root cellars.  They…

Simple Pleasures and Tragic Fires

The fires rage on.  The town seven miles south of us is evacuated.  So many of our friends have evacuated.  My friend pulled up to the shop to get a bottle of Furry Friends Anxiety from us, her car filled with two exchange students and nine cats on their way to a hotel.  Hundreds of animals;…