"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label farm life update. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farm life update. Show all posts

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday on the Farm

I have not updated the projects on the farm in a while. Sometimes it seems like we have undertaken such a gigantic project, that we may never finish. To maintain an upbeat attitude I have to forgo thinking about any other farm I know of and focus on ours.

So here are a few things that we have been working on:
~Now what is this you ask? It is a kitchen sink turned upside down so that the guys can sand it and prep it to paint. This is what it kind of looked like when we got it(actually we found two on Craigslist)
With the second sink the guys took the top off and refinished it, and made a counter top. So far the cupboard and sink are lovely! Our goal is to systematically remove the cabinets in the house because they are made out of a cardboard particle board, and are well unable to meet the durability needs. I do plan on posting photos of the completed project...

~The guys are also building a back porch the length of the house. It is pretty amazing, and I love it, but we originally decided to build this to reduce the direct sunlight in the home. The crazy thing is that it really is farm southwest. I do plan on posting photos of the completed project...

~We have about 1/3 of the garden in. It seems like the below freezing nights stretched all the way to mid April. Finally we see bright vibrant green!

~ We picked up some more goats last night. Three female goats and one is pregnant.
~Kittens can escape every containment that we have created!
~ Chicks are growing like crazy...
~Teens are still mom's delight. They actually went to the movies with a group of their friends today.

I am taking today easy, as I have not listed most of the ongoings, just a few to give you a window.

We made a commitment to ourselves when we moved to the farm to be very frugal with our money. We decided that we would not buy new except for water heater...and paint etc, and everything else would be refinished. For this the teens have had their eyes open, and they have learned that refashion refurbish remake to its original state...or bEtTer!!!

Several times on this journey, I have had people comment that they would never live this way. Goodness just go to Home Depot etc. Well until 2005 I didn't live this way. But circumstance has put us on a path- we have decided to roll up our sleeves and make the best farm we can have.

Now it is second nature to evaluate everything for a secondary purpose. It is relaxing to see a home convert into a farmhouse by elbow grease and vision. So that is my update on the farm.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday on the Farm

1) As four of the five of us have been sick the entire week, I will admit right now that the house looks like it needs a bit of an overhaul.

2) Sadly the fifth is dropping while the four of us are close to feeling only really really cruddy!

3) I cannot begin to get my thoughts out on the times we are in, and feel an urgency to share with others. The problem? Denial, or perhaps contentment. Just because all feels like it is cozy, does not make everything cozy.

4) Dirt arrived for the gardens. Yes we ordered dirt as to get to a volume of dirt we have to combat the Mesquite. The Mesquite is a wonderful barrier and even provided the space for many pumpkins to grow, but makes it hard to dig around. So we ordered dirt. I mean, come on it was dirt cheap!

5) Farm cat is pregnant. Perhaps in the world of Peta and the Humane society this may be a bad thing, but here she will be providing little warriors to live outside and combat all the vermin that LOVE to reside on the Double Nickel.

6) Pepsi disappeared. We called the pound and checked the streets nearby, in case she was hit by a car. Our neighbor told us that once he saw a van stopping and Pepsi was getting in, until he hollered and told her that the dog was ours. Pepsi loves everyone and wanted to go with everyone anywhere. So we are dog short once again. I am sure that is why the coyotes felt so emboldened.

7) The geese are doing very well setting on the eggs. Once again I pray that all seven eggs hatch.

8) Mary and the kids are still being brought in at night. I think that we are near the last night bringing them in, but we see them, as of course our livelihood, and therefore do not want them to die early.

9) I am going to find my clean home once again and feel better as I am not the best sick person.

10) We have met half of our February goal of bible giveaways. I am pleased to share that five people requested a bible! Feel free to share this giveaway on your blogs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Farm Update

Time for a bit of an update on the happenings on the farm. We are now in winter where it freezes every night. Our days are still lovely filled with bright sunny days. I am not sure of the temperature but let me just say we do not wear coats or jackets, and my sons sometimes wear shorts.

For the animals we have made sure each pen has abundant hay for bedding, and that as much as we can weather proof the housing we have. It is quite silly to see the hens in the morn, as they poof up their feathers and the squish their necks down to preserve warmth.

The goats and sheep have their winter coats filling in nicely(sheep have coats right?). I do not think that the ducks even believe that the weather is different. They do not even sleep inside, and actually seem to stay up all night!

Our home takes on a bit of chill each morn, as the fire wains overnight, until around 4 am when Bill adds some wood, but this morn at 7:40 as I am typing I am in a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, bundled! Once I open the curtains to the east the house will warm quickly.

On the freecycle news, I made a challenge to give 31 things away this month. So far the items seem to be a big hit and I am having many requests. It is a simple easy way to clear clutter from your home. Yes, you can sell things via Craigslist, yard sales, or even eBay...but this is a way for our family to reciprocate the materials to build with, the rooster we got, and even odds and ends offered that have made our transition easier.

In the kitchen- here is my simple soup recipe:

1 can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups pre-cooked ground beef
1 carrot scrubbed(don't peel) and grated with cheese grater
2 stalks of celery finely cut
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup corn
1/4 cup of onion
1 garlic clove minced

*use a large pot- put all the ingredients in and then fill nearly to top with water. Cook on medium high for about 3o minutes.

*salt and pepper to taste- serve with rolls

In the classroom-all is going well as of today no complaints against the teacher:) no spitballs...and a new course is being offered in the new year. I actually am compiling the work for the course I am calling Agrarian Lifestyle...we still have twice weekly PE with the local group, and extracurricular activities that include movies, skating, and the likes.

In the army update--!!! 18 days until oldest comes home!!!!
Here is a portion of his most recent letter
I have been doing my best to stay reading my bible. Whenever I get the chance I talk about Jesus to anyone who wants to know about Him. I talk to people about the bible-I didn't think I was getting to anyone but I started talking to this guy named Jones* and I was able to help him re-ignite his faith.(*I changed the name)
The Lord tells us He will never leave us nor forsake us, and it is clear that He is with my son. Now my oldest stated before the part I shared that the time for free conversation is almost non existent, so understand that he is not witnessing 24-7, just when he feels led to.

Well that's the scoop for this week!
Except I forgot that today I am going to try and get some laundry done...hope it works better than last time.


Sunday, September 28, 2008


Today we *butchered* some hens. We all had assigned tasks and we worked efficiently and well-respectfully. It was not what I expected...but my daughter and I- in the task of plucking feathers, and mine(of removing the inside gunkies...) did surprisingly well. So I think that in this first year of farming, we are no longer novices. We began this journey to be the most responsible with the finances we have been given, and we knew that our knowledge of farm life was based totally on books.

We have learned so much in just ten months!

When I say that we are busy, I mean that we are in the stages of prepping for next year, and the upcoming winter. The weather is colder at night and we are getting the wood cut and stacked for the woodstove.

We also are getting the greenhouse up again. We have worked out the bugs that we discovered that we had last year, and pray that we can predict through experience the problems and prevent them.

And remember the pumpkins that I shared that are growing in impossible places? We discovered another blessing!!! We have a zucchini plant growing too. Yes, a zucchini. I feed the scraps to the chicks, and I can only guess that the flooding in July and August, picked up the seed scraps and so we have one zucchini plant and many pumpkin plants! How about that!

oh and one bit of bad news- the digital camera we have has reached the end of its life. Photos will not be updated for a while... so you missed out on the freezer filling(I am pretty content not to share this anyhow. It took several mental months for me to get to this point...I wouldn't want to shock anyone:~)* I am not sure if the word for killing hens is butchering, I just realized that along with our learning curve we are acquiring an entirely new vernacular!

I close with this,

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pumpkins in the Mesquite

This is my third post today between two of my blogs. I realized that although I have visited very few blogs over the past few days, I have come to get a break and blog. We have been quite busy, and although we went to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival...we also went to an apple orchard up in the mountains and bought nearly 70 lbs of apples at a tremendous price! The orchard foreman also gave us about 50lbs of apples that were ground apples to give to the animals. What a blessing!!

He also offered a job to Second and Third to help with the harvest next season...for cherries, apples, peaches, plums, and apricots. What an incredible find, one for the boys to each make 3600.00 in 6 weeks, and two the orchard will provide local food that I then can put up for the pantry.(and we reduce preservatives in the foods)

{Click on the photo to see the pumpkin}
The pumpkin is over five feet high in the Mesquite bush! The Mesquite is a tough desert tree and the varmints cannot get through the thorns and barbs. Guess what we are doing next year? We are going to plant around the Mesquite-pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, zucchini, cucumbers, and perhaps some other items. I would have NEVER believed that in the desert this could happen!

See the pumpkin?

An actual ground pumpkin!

This one was tucked way in the Mesquite and I had to have Second clear a trail.

This is the pumpkin over the goose's shelter.

What else have we accomplished this weekend?
~The kids and I harvested about a bushel of Mesquite beans to dry for feed. This is a tedious time consuming task as the Mesquite are POKEY...and we all have pokes, scratches, cuts, and stickers all over us. The thorns get through denim, and so we have figured out ways to lessen the ouchies!!
~The Dominique's are finally laying eggs!! Yahooooooo
~Bill had the boys take out the furnace and are building a pantry in it's place, as propane delivered here was too pricey, so we invested in a wood stove and use wood heat.
~tremendous amounts of family bible study, it is nice that the kids are old enough to lead
~we cleared another truckload of debris from property(2 water heaters for example)...we bought a place that was in need of cleanup and love
~was given a wonderful large trough for the sheep!!!(fantastic find)
~salvaged a load of wood to cut and put in wood pile(another great find)
~made one quick batch of applesauce!

I am sure that we have done more...but I am getting tired:)