July 2015

14 posts

In an age where there never seems to be enough money to make ends meet, I am always looking for things that I can get for free, or very little money. Some things I’ve found have a hidden catch, but there are others that are relatively easy to obtain. Here is a list of a …
Self-sufficiency isn’t for sissies. Unless you are independently wealthy or have an off-farm job that pays extremely well and you can hire hands, the work is on your shoulders. If you have children, you may have a few ‘foot soldiers’ to help, but as for our farm, we are an Army of Two, with Randy …
I know this is the last thing you want to think about, and I am fully prepared to catch flack from it, but…. Christmas is only five months and three days from now. Yikes! Have any of you begun preparation yet? Have you even thought about it? I have. Which, unusually, is about all I’ve …
I recently posted a photo on my timeline that featured Dr. Temple Grandin. Her quote spoke directly to my heart, as well as one of the purposes of us learning to be more self-reliant. In her words, “We’re focusing so much on academics that we’ve take out things like art, sewing, cooking, woodworking, music, and …
No matter how well you plan, how many notes you make and how you figure the situation, Mother Nature always has a way of overruling. In the past, we have tried to ‘schedule’ our breeding program so that calves will begin arriving in January and February. The thought behind this is that the calves will …
Our main garden didn’t do so well this year. Due to the excessive rain we were late getting the plants in the ground. Although there were a few days I could actually get out there and hoe, primarily even that chore wasn’t done as it was either raining, or the garden was so muddy, one …
‘Enough is as good as a Feast’ I am guilty of using the phrase, “It’s not enough”, all too often in my life. There’s not enough money. There is not enough time. There’s not enough to _______________ (you fill in the blank). We seem to have the mentality that we need an over-abundance of something …
If the cats can do it, so can we. We, the Cattle Brigade on Paradise Plantation have finally figured out how to use this weird contraption that the long-haired human uses to tell stories about us, and are issuing a list of Formal Complaints against the humans of Paradise Plantation. The complaints are as follows: …
  There is one in every crowd – or rather, herd. As for the cows on Paradise, that One is Annabelle. It was time for Black Bart to go home. Or, at least, to his other home. Bart is a ‘shared’ bull. He actually belongs to Danny, or neighbor, but when he was born, it …
As a Farm Wife, I am always saving money for one thing or another. Sometimes it is a new tractor, building an outdoor kitchen or even a new cow or the supplies for a pig pen and the pigs. Quite often, the money we set aside for these items ends up going for something else …
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