Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

6 months old!

6 months old!

Our little girl is 6 months old already.  Where does the time go?                   Yesterday we did a photo session.  I gave her a flower to hold and of course all she wanted to do was suck on the flower.

5 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Honey Bees

Honey Bees

In May Nick and I attended our first meeting at the local bee club.  We had waited too late in the year to get bees.  All the orders had gone in.  We were so bummed about waiting until next year.  But one Wednesday night we got a call that somebody had ordered two sets and no longer wanted both.  They were ours if we wanted them.  So we hustled to purchase our equipment because the bees were coming in that Saturday.  Nick is our beekeeper and undertook the project with dedication and enthusiasm.  He spent many hours researching bees and…

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Winter Wood Stove Project

Winter Wood Stove Project

This posting is long overdue.  We were not crazy about the woodstove in our new house.   There also was a giant hole in the wall that went straight outside.  So this winter Brian fixed the hole and put in a new stove.  Look better?

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A sight I never thought I would see

A sight I never thought I would see

When we were in the process of purchasing our home, the previous owner offered to sell us her donkey and llama.   She used them as guard animals to protect her goats.  We planned on having goats and figured guard animals would be good.  The llama was very aloof.  She would not let us near her.  She turned out to be a great guard animal though.  Drew decided he wanted her as his animal and started working with her.  After a while she would quickly snatch a little grain from him but really didn’t want to be touched.  Recently he…

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Water Woes

Water Woes

The day Talia was born we filled up a 150 gallon stock tank for me to labor in.  We noticed that day that the water kept running out.  Going forward we would run out from time to time and have to wait for the well to catch up.  About a two weeks ago it got dramatically worse.  Finally this week we didn’t have enough to flush toilets and shower.  We had to bring in big containers of water to flush toilets and take 30 second showers.  Last weekend we had one repair guy out and he found one issue but…

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Eggs

Eggs

The past couple days have felt like Spring around here.  Spring on the farm is an exciting time.  Does kid so there is a fresh supply of milk.  Chickens start laying.  Two days ago we found a bunch of eggs in the nesting boxes.  The chicks we purchased in the fall are laying!   Here is a link to a fun post Drew put on his blog.  It is a funny video of our rooster.                          

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Bath time

Bath time

I thought I would get a picture of her while she can still fit in the sink.

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