Looking Back and Moving Forward

It’s January 1, so Happy New Year! I’ve got the Rose Parade on the TV and a cup of tea on the table next to me so I’m ready to write. Every January 1 I find myself thinking about my Mom — today would have been her 96th birthday. As a New Year’s baby, she…

Mini Post: A New Look for an Old House

Our old farmhouse was looking a bit ragged when we bought it. It hadn’t been painted for several years and the folks that painted it didn’t prepare the surface correctly so the paint was coming off is big chunks. Just look at the siding near the corners! After looking into our options, we decided to…

Adventures with animals

We have animals.  I suppose that you could have a farm without animals, but why would you?  We knew when we decided that the farm life was our goal that we wanted to have animals be a part of that.  We were fortunate to find a property that had barns and fenced pastures ready and…

Fences

One of the best things about our farm is that it already had a lot of fenced pastures. Most of the pastures were designed for goats and are fairly small but very secure. That’s great for our pastured pigs. The huge main pasture was used for horses and is fenced with 3 strands of high-tensile…

Be careful what you wish for…

My mother used to warn me when I was a child that I should be careful what I wished for because it might not turn out the way I wanted. I’ve recently had one of those moments. When we bought the farmhouse we specifically requested that the sellers leave the 6-burner commercial range in the…