Saturday, May 23, 2009
Just been so busy I haven't taken time to post. William STILL waiting on his truck so is doing odd jobs to bring in a little money. He works all day building fences, tilling gardens, cutting trees down, etc so comes home tired with a sore back. I am trying to get all the animal pens and shelters cleaned out to keep the fly problem down. Also trying to keep too many hens from sitting on eggs. This year we are over run with baby chicks and now all the hens are wanting to set. A friend gave me some green beans, plums, corn and a ton of oranges so am trying to cook, preserve, etc before they all go bad. Mandy (dwarf goat) is very happy at her new home though she is giving Pickles a hard time. Baby and Tiny Tina will be going to their new home tomorrow. Rowdy will only have 5 baby goats to guard so am sure he will be upset for a little bit. Wild Thing is doing fantastic. He is so much smaller than the other bunnies but is running around, eating and drinking. Momma seems to want a break from them but its not time to wean them yet. I am way behind in making soaps but waiting for a few supplies to come in so I can finish them. I am also going to be setting up at a craft fair next Saturday. Its at the same little wonderful church I went to last fall so am excited about that. I just need to get things ready for that. The gardens have really taken off growing and keeping me busy. William gave up his annual camping trip with grandson and boy scouts this year and I am going to miss the family reunion. Watching every penny till his truck is back up and running. Some people can write beautiful fairy tales about homesteading but its hard, long hours, no days off, poor pay, broken equipment, back breaking work. Lots of things go wrong but working to fix them and enjoying milking the goats, gathering fresh eggs, watching the animal babies run and play is worth every minute. Some friends have a dream homestead in their mind. How they want their home and land to look. How many and how well behaved their animals are going to be. How big and beautiful their gardens are going to be. Those are wonderful dreams but they don't realize the hard work involved to make those dreams come true. Believe me there is no fairy tale life here but there is a blessed one! Happy Memorial Day everyone.