Plant the Seeds and Watch Them Grow

Yesterday was a busy day of planting! What’s the point of living in the country if you aren’t going to have lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies? A few months ago I’d ordered some Patriot Blueberry bushes and grape vines (two Somersets and two Concords) and they FINALLY came this week. They’re small, bare-rooted plants right now but they should take off quickly. I planted the blueberry bushes along the west side of the potting shed, they’ll get good sunlight there. I was planning on putting in a flowerbed along that wall so I’ll add some ornamental plants around the blueberries. Continue reading

It’s Calf Selling Time!

Today was calf selling day! Well, technically the sale is tomorrow but we took them to the sale barn today. It was a busy and exhausting day! For the last month or so we’ve been feeding the weaned calves in the corral to get them used to going in there. Today was the day we closed the gate on them! It was the big day for the heifers, two loads of them! We had to sort off the bull calves because they aren’t ready to ship yet, they won’t be bulls when they go to the sale barn. 😉  Continue reading

If April Showers Bring May Flowers, What do May Showers Bring?

Hello all! We did indeed get more rain this week, it is soggy ’round here! On Wednesday we got over 3 inches (not quite 3 1/4 inches) bringing our grand total to nearly 10 inches of rain in 6 days. And, still, we’re lucky. A little further south of us they got over 15 inches of rain in that same time period.

But now we’ve had two sunny days in a row! The rivers are receding, the highways are reopening, and those that had flood damage are cleaning up and repairing. Continue reading

We’re Building an Ark and Loading the Animals Two by Two…

It’s been a rainy weekend in mid-Missouri, boy oh boy has it ever. We have a rain gauge on the farm and we’ve recorded approximately 6 1/2 inches from Friday to this morning. That’s a lot of rain but we’re actually lucky because areas to the south of us had more than 10 inches of rain dumped on them, 10 inches of rain in less than 2 days! We’ve had a very wet few weeks and the ground is already saturated so all of this rain has resulted in major flooding. Seriously guys, it’s legitimately historic flooding (which actually seems to happen every year or two but the numbers don’t lie!).  Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 3

It’s another Flashback Friday and we’re gonna raise the roof! That’s what you do after you put the walls up. 🙂

Before I bought the roofing materials for the shed I did a lot of research on different types of roofs. There are a lot of options but I went with a metal roof to keep with the farmhouse aesthetic I want for the homestead. I priced a few different stores and ended up going with the Pro-Rib from Menards, you can order it in lengths cut to the exact size you need and it’s very reasonably priced. Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 2

It’s Friday! Gracias a Dios es Viernes (Thank God it’s Friday)! I had a Colombian coworker once and he was determined to teach me Spanish, that’s one of the few things I remember lol. 🙂 It is a glorious 60 degrees on this beautiful Spring morning (60 degrees at 8 in the morning! This is what I live for.) and there’s a chance of some thunderstorms this afternoon. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, as long as they aren’t damaging.

I thought I’d post another Flashback Friday on the shed construction. This week I’m going to share all the fun of framing! Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. 🙂 Continue reading

Brrrr, Baby It’s Cold Outside

Winter is back! Hopefully for its final “hurrah!”, I’ve lost my cold weather tolerance. The last couple days have been cold and drizzly with occasional flurries, perfect weather for staying in. Which is what I’ve done and it’s been wonderful! Of course we have to do all of the chores (feeding and watering everyone, milking the goats, collecting eggs, and watering all the plants in the greenhouse) but once all of that is done we’ve been taking it easy. Continue reading