Got the usual fall worming and hoof trimming done on the goats. Picked a nice selection of produce from the garden for supper. Why is it that fall produce tastes so much better?
Around here, most days start out with the usual morning chores and end with the usual evening chores. What goes on between those times varies greatly from day to day. Here’s a little glimpse into what one day here was like.
Got up early to get garden work done, and help Miley break the goats to lead for the fair, so we could get it all done before it turned hot. Later in the afternoon I watered the corn and had sprinkler problems which resulted in a couple of flooded rows of corn. I wasn’t thinking and as I went to get the hose off the sprinkler, I waded through deep mud and lost my flop flops. Well… that turned into a big mess. It was just one of those days… never a dull moment.
We got our first cutting of alfalfa for the year. It ended up being a whole lot better quality than last year’s, which we’re happy about. Best of all, its goat approved, so I’d have to say it’s a huge success compared to last year… Continue reading
Wow, it seems like for ever since I posted anything here. And you know, I’ve missed it. I didn’t intend to quit posting here, it just happened. As I’ve mentioned before, I started a YouTube channel. The reason I decided to start it is because I’ve found it hard to keep up with all that’s going on around here through blog posts. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. With videos, it makes it just a little bit easier because I can capture the content while we’re out working, then edit it and have it ready to post. Where posts seem to take more time because we go out and work, take pictures, edit the pictures, then I have to come in and write, then edit. If I focus on writing, I tend to fall behind on the work that needs to be done around here and if I focus on the work, I fall behind writing. Since I’m not much of a multitasker, I decided to focus on making videos for a while to see if it’d be something I’d like. It’s been great because I’m learning all sorts of new things and have met a lot of fun like-minded people.
The weather has been like a rollercoaster lately. Just week before last we had beautiful weather and even ventured out for a walk, then last week it got really cold and we had a dreary day or two, then this week its back to being even more beautiful than it was a couple weeks ago. I guess that’s just Kansas weather for ya.
Every day is a little different for us on our homestead. Some days are pretty easy going, not much going on and others are busy, busy, busy. During the winter we usually have a lot more down time than any other time of the year.
Is today over yet? This is one day that has gone on forever and even though there’s just a little over an hour left of it as I’m typing this, it will be an hour or two into tomorrow before today’s work is done. That’s the kind of day it’s been.
I woke up early with plans of getting all the tomatoes, which we picked over the weekend, canned. First I rounded up jars and got them put in the dishwasher before I headed out to do chores. Both the kids were still sleeping so I decided I’d just sneak out really fast and get them done. Miley always loves to come with me to help with chores, but since I was needing to get canning done and she was still asleep, I thought it’s be a little quicker just to run out and do them real fast. Once I got about half way through them, Miley came running out and helped me finish up.
I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but things have just been busy… there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Normally at this time of the year, things start to wind down around here. The garden slows down, the goat dries up and milking comes to an end for the year, and we start planning when to butcher our turkeys and meat chickens. But this year has been so different and I’m beginning to wonder if we will get everything done by the time winter hits. I really hope so because I really don’t want to be out butchering birds when the snow is flying.
So far the only thing close to being on schedule is our milking season has come to an end. We milked the last time for this year last week and are using up our last quart…
Chores, chores, chores… every morning and evening we always have chores!! I admit, doing chores every single day… morning and night… day in and day out… can leave us feeling burned out at times. There’s no break… the animals have to be fed and watered… let out during the day and penned up at night… no matter what, whether it’s poop needing scooped, water pans needing scrubbed, food dishes needing filled… there’s always something needing to be done.