The Sun Shine makes my heart sing…..

The Sun Shine makes my heart sing…..

HANG the laundry and let it whip in the wind!!!!!!! YES, I’m that girl! The one who goes out before dawn to feed , the one who loves to dance in the rain, the one who loves to laugh when no one is looking and the one who can smile when she sees you and cry when she turns away!!!!!! A girl who has hope for our future, tired of all the negative and just wants to hang laundry, go for walks and clean as beans are cooking in the crock pot. That’s me for the day!

With the sun, came the melting snow of the winter vortex. Now we have mud in the chicken house and dirty chicken feet next to my eggs. I’ve been putting in extra shavings by the door to help and deeper in the nesting boxes. Today I let them out early to play in the sun ,as I like to let them graze in the afternoon until dark. We have a young eagle that is learning to hunt, so I’m glad I kept my 3 roosters. The girls like the sun and love to find hiding places in the barn. When I heard them doing their egg delivery in the barn I decided to go see where they were going to lay. If I let them out after 2 most of them have laid their egg in the hen house. Today was special…..the Sun was shining .

(3-5). Today was a great day, sun was still shining and chores were fun. Started it doing housework as always then got to hay. To some that might be like ,what? How could that be fun? Well i learned something new. The bucket was on the big tractor, and i needed the bale spear. I had never changed things on the big tractor, but i have watched hubby do it. It took me a little longer to do, but i did it and yes i was proud!!!!

The next thing was to load the bales and put them into the feeder.

It took me twice as long as what it would by my hubby. Now that’s one thing he doesn’t have to do tonight, and something I learned to do if I had too. I also get to go egg hunting if i let the girls out too soon to range. Lol have a wonderful day

Warm blanket and a cozy place to read!

Warm blanket and a cozy place to read!

Do you have a favorite place to cozy up to read? Man as soon as the leaves are falling I get my space ready. All I need now is a warm blanket! I went out yesterday for an appointment and nosed around a few stores for that special one . I came back empty handed and stressed over the appointment. I guess I’ll use an old faithful from years gone by.

On my way home I couldn’t help but think of things I needed to do when I got back. I had made along list and ready to get there. Guess what! I got home and had a book in the mail! Yep right there waiting! Out went the list and tea was seeping.

Remember, life is short. Take time to relax and just enjoy! God has your plan laid out, we just have to listen. He knew I was needing some quiet time. God bless!

How are we and the farm doing?

I’ve been staying in place since I help care for two wonderful people, that are health compromised. One is 92 and keeps telling me that she has lived through many days without all this fuss. I don’t even have words for that, lol. As long as I can keep her on her legs and not on her butt, it’s a good day. Dons’ brother is doing great after his stemcell replacement but still needs to take more precautions and get out into the air more. These two are used to going to church and seeing friends. They miss it

The farm is growing every day. We got new chicks in April. You can see below in the picture they should be laying pretty soon. I have two extra roos, not sure yet which one will win my heart.

Don used the long weekend to start his fall cutting of hay. We are so excited, so far it is doing pretty good. We thank the Lord, the weather hasn’t been very good to a lot of farmers around here. Now many are getting blessed.

So far 155 bales, still cutting. Praise the Lord !!
A few babies

Everyone have a wonderful night, and God bless you.

First flood of 2020 !

First flood of 2020 !

Well, the rains have passed for now. With the 5.3 inches of rain we received, it will also bring flooding on the farm. We had light flooding last night before we went to bed. When I got up at 2:30 the fog had settled and I couldn’t see how much we have raised.

Starting to flood, Jan 2020
At a stand still

They have changed the process of how or who reads the levels a few years back. Their readings don’t match what was in place before. Living on this farm for so many years, we have learned the markers on our property. They tell us where the water here should be and at what hight the reading at the dam is. They changed! Our markers have been used for over 60 yrs. They were the ones shown by their parents who passed them down to us. So we are making notes. For the next time maybe, lol

Road is blocked and at 11.9 the fencing is under.

I’ll be keeping a watch on the floodwaters behind the house. The water will be raised above our regular fences and electric fence. Our main goal is to keep all 12 calves on this side of the water. That’s the most important thing so they don’t get closed off from the feeders and us.

The pond bank! This was the 5.3 inches that we got. Left side pond and right side where we drive around it.
So thankful it didn’t go over.

Yesterday the floodwaters crested, ending us with an 11.9 flood stage. It did close the road south of us, but we could still get out the other way. We’re going into a cold snap which would of made it harder if we had to boat across. So thankful we didn’t get higher.

When the water is at the top of the black tape, it is on the road.

The water is going down and so far the fencing is ok toward the pond now just has to clear the woven fence. It didn’t take in a lot of trash, or large limbs so we are hoping the water takes it all back out to the river.

The temps in the low 20s. glad it’s going down. Ice weighs on the fence as it goes back out and can pull it down.

Sunday Jan 19th. The water today is going out pretty fast. It has stayed around 16 F all day. Looks like the calves done fine and fences are in tack. Have a wonderful week and God Bless!

First Snow

1 St snow of winter, Nov. 11th

Hubby was behind the wheel of a snow plow, Veterans Day, night. Our first snow was pretty but is melting pretty fast. I haven’t figured out how it can be below 25 and melt. I’m not a great fan of ice cold. But I also know that I need to get out with it early so I can get use to it. So I brought out my trusty hat. Not many can rock this look, but you do what you need to do. Warmth is all I need, lol.

Having our first wood burn pile, and yes never allowed a fire without hotdogs !
Girls learning to ring the big bell.

Everyone have a great night, this was short but sweet. God Bless!

With winter comes changes

On our farm winter means the chores are changing. Gone are checking the garden , picking the flowers, and sitting on the hill except on a sunny day while checking fences. The focus now goes to making sure the water is busted through for the cattle and the calves are doing well. The weaned calves will need extra care, while their moms still sometimes raise their voice to say “where are you”. The field fences will be taken up and the cattle brought down closer to the house. The pond has a shallow end and the bigger cattle can bust it fine. The little ones, I will be in charge of ,busting the waters daily, feed and my best eye on the watch for their health.

When my hubby's dad was running the farm he used this same set up to pull up and put down the electric fence.
Hubby, using his dads old tractor along with the fencing tool, his father and brother made years ago.
Cattle in the fields ,before winter took away the color of the leaves. The view is one of my favorite spots.
So very pretty year round.

The winter will bring ice, snow and cold. I will be using the cab tractor , to feed out hay and any fences that I can drive it along. I will be warmer, I’m glad of that. Last year I slowly learned and hubby has made things even easier for me to handle this winter. I love helping him, so thankful for him. I praise God everyday for our almost 46 years together and a few months 45 years married. I’ll talk more on that come Feb.

So much easier this year and warmer.

I love our family homestead farm. Thank you so much for your time, God bless.

Bring on the cool! But where’s the rain? We got it!!

We need rain, along with many other counties. I went to dig up my sweet taters. I can’t get them out even with a fork and shovel. The dirt won’t give. I was hoping a little rain would loosen them up. Come the weekend I will be out there with a bucket of water, lol.

Our daughter and her hubby are having a work day here over the weekend. They helped move hay out from the field to get ready for fence. We started feeding hay last week, due to the grass being so dry.

Brennan and Kaydy helped dad move hay bales out of the field. They hope to start a homestead here on part of the farm soon.

Because we hadn’t gotten any rain hubby had to feed the cows hay early.

Oct. 8th 2019 early feeding

We also had to put up electric fence to let the cows go into the hay field, to help feed so they wouldn’t need so much hay. Hubbys dad made this to make it easier to put up the wire.

By the end of the day we had the fence done, and the cows moved. It was a long day but we had fun.

It did rain on us a few days ago , and yesterday I got to did taters. I got a bushel and was very excited, first time I grew them. They look kind of funky but they taste good. I still have to go through these, but I’m proud of them, lol.

The last of the row, got a bushel in all.

The weather has turned off cool, with it being in the low 30’s the past few days, We turned on Big Jake ( outdoor furnace) so we will be warm and toasty. Hope everyone has a wonderful day, God Bless.

Summer changes W/Hopes and dreams

This summer has been a whirl wind of change. Our youngest daughter and last child married, started her new journey as wife this past August. Her and her new hubbies wedding was gorgeous . It was done outside and her dad got to drive her to the small field where she would change from our little girl to a woman with hope and dreams.

I really do miss my children, every one could come here and be welcome. Dad and I know we have to let them grow, we raised them to be strong, and trusting in the Lord. Now we have to be strong and trust the Lord because this momma doesn’t like empty nest at all.

I have been trying to keep busy, and the Lord made sure I was. Canning season brought change and a new challenge to me. I have been a mom with kids in my house for 45 yrs. I am now very busy putting up the harvest and even learning to make new dishes for two. That’s another page on my blog, but for now back to my canning.

The starting of my canning adventure. Notice the truck full of green bean plants! Yelp the Lord put me to work on another project. I am a canning fool!!!!

Greenbean day!
Sitting under a shade tree, fan blowing, crate to help me up onto the truck . Loving it!

Hubby set me up with a fan, under the shade tree. Got me some ice tea, a crate to get in and out of the truck bed. I have an old plastic table cloth to throw the plants on when I am finished pulling the beans. I worked from 7:30 that morning until after midnight with those beans. I went to the farmers market to get sweetcorn , then to my moms to get the beans. My brother had started pulling plants by the time I got there and by 9am I was headed home and in my spot.

The jars started that day and by the time I’m writing this, I have canned 82 qts of green beans.

Then the maters started,

I’m at 56 qts and still canning, lol

I have done ,peaches, apple pie filling, brown beans. I dehydrated tomato slices, mushrooms, lemons, zucchini, okra, peppers to name a few. Frozen 9 dz. ears of corn and My pantry is the fullest that it has ever been with mostly homegrown food.

apple for pies

Like I said it was a change for us and I’m so thankful, to be busy. I love my farm life, garden, tending cattle and just growing with the Lord, knowing He has my back, through all my changes. Bless you and thank you for your visit.

Learning to use the loader

Well the week went pretty good. I learned to do some new things. Besides growing our food, and raising our animals, we have other things we have to do. Having cattle, comes fencing. The floods not only took out fence, the wind and rain also brought down dead trees.

Sherry learning how to use the bucket of the small tractor.

You can’t see the fence, because it is down. Hubby was at work, and when he gets home, his plate is full. I decided to help him by cleaning up all I can. I went and got the tractor and started. I picked up my first load, and was taking it over to the fence to dump it over. This was the first time I used the loader, I was a little on the scared side.

This was the field when I was finished. The ones left behind are to big for me to lift. I was afraid with the fence around them, I would make a worse mess pushing them.

Within My Fence

This morning I started this blog. I’ll talk here about our life on the family farming homestead. We have 89 acres, with Black Angus Cattle in the pastures, and a home garden for food. We take up around 3 of those acres with our home and gardens. I hope to really get someone interested in living on a small farming homestead.