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Summer School

Summer School

We’d planned on schooling through the summer.  Well, that hasn’t gone quite according to plan!  In truth, we have certainly done school this summer, but we just as certainly haven’t done as much as I’d wanted. Part of the reason is that we’ve been re-evaluating our homeschooling philosophy a bit.  I even went through a brief phase where I had considered just sending them to school.  (This may or may not have been during a fit of self indulgent tears…

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Fox!

Fox!

All it takes is a moment for an illusion to be shattered. Since our homesteading adventures take place in suburbia, predator control has never been a concern of ours. Wolves, bears, bobcats… none of them live around here. Sure, we know smaller predators like skunks and raccoons are everywhere, but we’ve got a fence, right? Well, it’s all been an illusion that we’ve allowed ourselves to fall into. Today there was a fox in the pen with the animals. He…

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Nothing Happening

Nothing Happening

I had the audacity to think this week that (in terms of farm/animals) “Huh. There’s really nothing happening this week!”  Well, the universe heard that and laughed.   This story actually starts a few weeks ago when we noticed a black cat running around our property. She (you’ll see how we know it’s a ‘she’ in a minute) was always busy, running here and there, never still. Sometime last week, we noticed she wasn’t hanging around any more.  A few…

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Trimmed Bonnets & Greased Shoes

Trimmed Bonnets & Greased Shoes

The question was recently posed to me: If Friday [payday] came and money was no object, what would you get for yourself? The only thing that I could think of was a cream separator*. That made me realize 2 things; firstly, I must be a farmer’s wife, and secondly, how blessed am I? A few months ago I did have a long list of all the things I wanted.  But I had let the “Things I Want” list masquerade as…

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Wrapping Up Whole30

Wrapping Up Whole30

We finished our Whole30 this past Friday – 30 days of ‘clean eating’ with no grains, sweeteners, dairy, legumes, soy, or anything artificial. Truthfully, we’re going all the way until Easter Sunday before we go off plan, but we decided to bring back dairy in after our 30 days. Not just any dairy, though: dairy from our own backyard!  Raw goat milk that is unpasteurized and non-homogenized and unbelievably creamy and delicious. We did Whole30 about 2 years ago, and it was a disaster. This…

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