Romanticizing the Rooster

He is a symbol.  The voice is symbolic to me. He is the ambassador to the farm. Growing  up in the city, as children our own only knowledge of him was in pre-school songs and storybooks. In movies set on a farm.  In fine art depicting rural and culinary arts.  He is inextricably linked to farm…

Homesteading Lessons (a museum field trip)

We took a drive down to Colorado Springs with Rodney and Pat to see a museum that before now had escaped our attention.  The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.  It is housed in an old courthouse (the building itself a beauty) and held rooms of homesteading lessons. First, it is always good to have friends with…

Farmacy-St. John’s Wort

Feeling depressed?  Anxious?  Worrisome?  Sad?  I, myself, have been a bit of a bitc…ahem…not as nice as I can be lately.  My husband would agree, but probably wouldn’t dare.  This is the all consuming time called Seasonal Affective Disorder that saddens the likes of thousands of people due to the lack of daylight.  Gardeners are…

Year Round Greens

You know you are a homesteader when things like poop that doesn’t have to be composted excites you.  Alpaca poo isn’t “hot” like other types of manure so it doesn’t have to be composted for six months.  We filled a wheel barrel full of alpaca droppings and took it over to one of the raised beds to…

How to Keep Poinsettias Thriving all Year

We always thought they were plants reserved for December.  The Christmas ornament that decorated our tables.  We started with a fake one from the dollar store.  It was pretty shabby but it didn’t die.  Once we started getting a real one every year, a gorgeous free one from the large nursery that we had dance…

For the Love of Ducks!

Wouldn’t that be a fabulous exclamatory sentence?  “For the love of ducks, get in here!!”  I might start using that. I have been talking about getting ducks for years.  I have researched them and coveted them.  Nancy had some ducks this year that she inherited.  They were called Chocolate Runners.  They looked like Walt Disney…

Vintage Handkerchiefs (a crochet project)

I love many things from bygone eras, especially vintage wear.  I particularly like the look of handkerchiefs worn about the hair.  I do not wear common head bands as they give me a headache.  I do like my hair out of my face though when I am working around my farm. I used to make the girls…

Barnyard Snapshot (and goat mid-wives)

If you were driving down the Kiowa-Bennett Road you might be distracted by the thoroughfare as it zips across the country, the rising speed limit sign ahead.  But, if you were to look quickly to your left before leaving the town you might startle yourself wondering if you just saw what you think you saw.  A puppet? …

A Visit To An Amish Home

I have read a fair amount of Amish books, fiction and non-fiction, and have my own romanticized version of Amish life.  A life I think would be wonderful.  Off-grid, simple, community orientated, living for what matters, God and family.  I had never met anyone that was Amish though.  I had only actually seen an Amish…

Journey To Our First Farm-A Love Story (Arrived)

First things first, chickens.  A few short weeks after moving in Andy came to spend the weekend.  He went with me to the feed store a few blocks away and helped me pick out the cutest, fluffiest egg layers we could find.  We chose ten one day old chicks.  We had never held chicks before. …