January 2016

9 posts

In general, we tend to be frugal people. Before we allow our money to leave our hands, we think long and hard about the need of the item we want to purchase, as well as the value to us. Let’s face it, we have to work hard for our money, and we want to make …
Randy and I headed out Monday to Cindy’s house for a bartering session (more on that tomorrow). Since he knows the backroads a little better than I do, I handed the phone to him to get directions. When he finished, I asked him if it was easy to find, and he said ‘yes’. Just so …
  Pay close attention. You’re gonna have homework with this one! I’ve noticed while watching television lately that all the commercials are touting these newfangled phones, tennis shoes, trips and other items as ‘absolutely must haves’. The way I view it, the only must have about them is I would have to a) have a …
  Our first goal here on the farm is and has always been to be as self-reliant as possible. I often stop a moment to check to see if I am within the guidelines I’ve set regarding this. Some days I do pretty well, others, not so much. It’s a challenge, even on the best …
    “Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. You have no sheep, no goats, no trees, no oil, no vines, no wine, not even chickens. He asks, ‘What kind of life is that?’ He says, ‘No wonder you don’t sing or dance or recite poetry very …
  So you have decided to raise chickens, and have poured over the catalogs determining which breed you want. After hours, and very possibly days, you’ve agonized over each one, and finally narrowed it down to something manageable – in other words, you didn’t give in and order two dozen of every variety. The chicks …
  Spring is just around the corner, and this Farm Wife’s fancy has turned to chickens. Every year around this time we start working toward rebuilding our flock, and are usually trying to order way more than we can handle. It’s like being in a candy store, and wanting a fist-full of everything! It’s hard …
How To Repair an Electric Fence: Think it through. 2. Unplug the electric charger. 3. Wear rubber boots. It amazes me sometimes how, when we start a project, we neglect to consider even the basic rules. This morning, while feeding, I heard the sound of the electric fence charger sizzling intermittently. I finished my chores, …
“I cannot follow a page of someone that is proud to call herself a “farmer’s wife”. People need to hear from the actual farmer.” Apparently, this is a comment that Krista Stauffer received on her blog or Facebook page. For those of you who don’t know who Krista is, she is a farm woman who …
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