Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I love the time between Christmas and New Years. For me it has always been a kind of quiet, contemplative time. A time to sit in front of the fire with a much anticipated new book. A time to reflect on the past year and reevaluate goals for the new one.
I will try to be more realistic with my goals, flexible with my plans, more disciplined in my work.
I will worry less and pray more.
I will smile until I feel like smiling.
I will try a little harder to see and serve Jesus, especially in those I don't like.
I will sacrifice some of my excess and even, sometimes, some of my necessities, so that someone else may have basic comforts of food, shelter,clothing or education.
I will play music, and read books, and walk in the woods.
I will share all these things with my children.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
And another new baby! Here is Grazie the lamb, born on Thanksgiving Day to mama Valentine, the black South Down/Navajo Churro ewe, born on - yup - Valentine's Day. Well, I refused to name her Thanksgiving, because that would sound too much like her fate would be the freezer, and since she is a she, that fate will be postponed indefinitely for now. Hence the Italian version.
I walked out to feed the animals and heard the familiar lamb cry. After verifying that, yes, we did have a new baby, and it was from the sheep, I ran in to tell everyone and we all came out to gawk. I have to say, I am very thankful that she is a sheep, because I am culling my entire unproductive herd of goats and starting over. Which would not have been a problem, except that the goats are already promised away.
Maybe we should rename the Homestead, from Mrs. D's to Holiday Homestead. Our animals seem to have a preference to those days these last couple years. Wonder what's in store for Christmas?
For more on baby Grazie, see my Grit Reader Blog: http://www.grit.com/Homesteading-With-Mrs-D/A-Lamb-to-Be-Thankful-For.aspx
Monday, November 16, 2009
We're experiencing a cold snap here in Northern Arizona. Last week it was in the 70's during the day, dipping into the high 30's overnight. This week, though the rain and snow seems to have passed us by on the homestead, the temps are more like 50's daytime and 20's overnight. So the woodstove is working hard, we are getting in the last of our firewood on our wood permit, and lots of baking and canning can be done any time of day because heating up the house is now a good thing!
The winter garden is in process. The greens and broccoli we planted last month are doing nothing. Either too much straw over the top or too little. The indoor plantings of mint, garlic, onions and leeks are really taking off. The lentil sprouts are a little slow, with the cooler weather, but still supplying us with fresh green additions to our meals. Wheat grass is growing like crazy. Thinking about transferring some of it outside to see if it will "take". This week's plan is to put in some peas and celery in the greenhouse.
We are working on our gray water project right now. The bucket system has already cut down on water hauling tremendously. Using bath water to flush and water the gardens. Next is connecting up the hoses to divert the laundry and bath water for irrigation (not to mention cutting down on the labor of carrying the buckets outside!). We'll see the best results from this effort once the weather warms again and we start with the spring and summer gardens, which really soak up the water.
At any rate, the holidays are upon us again, today's task is to get the pies going for Thanksgiving, which will be at the Homestead this year. Pumpkin and double crust lemon are on the menu. So time to put on my apron and get back in the kitchen.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Our new homestead calf, Ezra, was born on March 10th. Here he is at 1 day old with mama Linda, our half jersey, half dexter dairy cow. Ain't he sweet?
See more pics at my reader blog on Grit.com here: http://tinyurl.com/dl63c7.
Ezzy and Linda are actually up at Maryruth's place. He's got a collar on now and is being "socialized". That's right - he's cute as a button now, but when he gets to be 900 pounds and ready for the butcher (dexters are a miniature cattle breed), we wanna be able to get him into the trailer without us losing essential body parts. So now while he's cute, we start handling him and petting and walking him and hand feeding him so he's not wild later.
Grass raised dexter meat is so tender that even if they don't put on much fat, their sirloin steaks will melt in your mouth...mmm!
Friday, March 13, 2009
(home sweet home, just over the mountains)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Betty is amazing. She responds to the slightest touch of the training lead, is not a barker or a howler, and is extremely loving. We only kept her tied for two days, because we discovered she stays inside her fenced yard area, and is quite content to be running around in there.
She also likes a good roll in the snow.
Friday, January 16, 2009
(fat, happy chickens)