Dominance on the Farm

Dominance on the Farm

    Every group has an order. Humans have a hierarchy. Chickens have a pecking order. Dogs have a pack head. And cows have dominance. In our herd, Scratcher is the unspoken head of the herd, but she allows Bottle Rocket to think that she…

The Chickens ate my Unmentionables!

The Chickens ate my Unmentionables!

  The chickens ate my unmentionables!  Well, okay.  Not literally.  But it does feel that way sometimes… Around here, we live on a budget.  Some days it is strict.  Some days it is rough.  Some days it is either suggestive or a dream.  But we do…

Never Underestimate a Cow with Horns

Never Underestimate a Cow with Horns

If I love the simple life so much, why did I think it was such a smart idea to throw cows into the equation? One of the most dreaded days on a farm is the day you wean the babies from their mothers.  It is…

A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Although I am still in the early stages, I am truly enjoying our decision to raise bees.  As with most subjects, I am finding out that the more I do, the more I have to learn.  And some lessons hurt.  We started out with two…

Gardening with Bees

Gardening with Bees

    Gardening with bees is, well, just the bees’ knees! As I am sure you can tell by now, I love having bees. The research is fascinating. I love working them, observing them, and I love their honey! In part, I also love the…

The Joys and Panics of Beekeeping

The Joys and Panics of Beekeeping

  There are days when I don’t know whether to be overjoyed or scared stiff about raising bees. On one hand, that first taste of honey from my own hives sent me over the moon with joy. Then I read about Varroa mites and Colony…

Adoptive Parenting

Adoptive Parenting

  I have always thought it would be wonderful to adopt children. It hurts my heart to think of all the precious babies (and young children) who are out there, in need of a loving home. I once suggested it to The Country Boy, and…

Propolis

Propolis

  As a grand idea, it is becoming more and more obvious that keeping bees is a great concept. I love how they are self-sufficient. I love that they don’t take up much space. I love the fact that they need very little attention. There…

A Grand Idea…

A Grand Idea…

I often have some grand ideas for the farm. They range from grandiose to simple, but to me, each and every one are ‘great’! That is, until I really sit down and think about the cost, the work involved, the space they will take up…

A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

  Mornings have a habit of starting way too early for my comfort. Like around 1:30 in the morning. Around this time, our old German Shepherd started barking. Now, you have to understand – she is just about blind and is as deaf as a…

Bomb Bees

Bomb Bees

As a diligent beekeeper, I check my hives at least once a day. Granted, some of those checks are just a quick drive-by. As much as I would love to just sit down there at the hives and study the activity, I do have other…

The Joy of Progress

The Joy of Progress

  In this instantaneous world, we want what we want when we want it and how we want it. Period. Using a microwave, we can have a meal in minutes. With cell phones, we can get all our calls now. And if we have a…