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Thedonald

How are you all?  We are well into the month of January and it's been a few months since I've posted.  We stayed home this winter instead of going to Texas, Jim was hit very hard with pneumonia this past October and it actually had taken a few months to finally get his strength back and is finally almost 100%.

We got 15 chicks this past September and they are doing awesome and are 17 weeks.  When we got the 15 chicks Jim was hoping that one of them would be a rooster.  Well sure enough, I informed him after feeding them one morning that I think he got his wish, one was indeed a rooster, one of the Delaware's was a roo and he seems like a very nice fellow and should work out just fine.

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We have gotten down to 0° during the night a few times and they did just fine.  I actually think raising chicks in the fall/winter months is much nicer.  We do not heat our chicken coop and don't believe in doing so, it's just how we feel about it.  If you do that's fine you have to do what works for you and your chickens. 

Feedingtime

We plan to integrate both the "bigs" and "littles" as we call them.  Right now they are separate, but they have been able to see each other on a daily basis looking at each other through the fence.

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Last spring when we got our batch of chickens we got 6 roosters but one of the hens ended up being a rooster.  Our plan was to pick a rooster to keep so that we can hatch our own chicks and the others we would butcher and put in our freezer.  After seeing how the roosters did one-on-one with the hens we ended up with the rooster we have now and we named him Rudy.  Long story short, we cut up two of the roosters (they weren't that big) and I made chicken stock with what was left of the carcass.  There is nothing more tasty or nutritious than stock you make yourself.

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Chickenstock

Let's see what else has been happening since I've posted last.  Our cook stove isn't looking so new anymore and I will say it makes an awesome woodfired pizza.

Cook stove

I wanted to grow pumpkins so that I could either can or freeze the pumpkin to use later in the year.  I ended up with only 2 pumpkins and probably got 6-7 cups of puree, but I was able to make a couple of pies with it over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and still have some in the freezer to make something else with it.

Pumpkinpie

Back in August we drove to Iowa to pick up this beauty.  The top of the cabinet needed some work on it, and Jim with a little bit of help from me got it looking pretty nice.  We cleaned and oiled it and she runs like a top.  I couldn't believe how nice she sews and I can't wait to start sewing on her.

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Life is treating us pretty good here.  We have totally embraced winter and even read a Little House on the Prairie book called The Long Winter, out loud to each other.  That was quite nice and I couldn't imagine going through a winter like they went through.  I recently bought a t-shirt from The Prairie Homestead which is a place I love to visit, but the shirt reads Old Fashioned on Purpose, and that is how I live my life now, I'm Old Fashioned on Purpose.

You all have a wonderful day.


planting garlic

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Planting

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Garlicbed

Since Jim was starting to feel better we planted about 100 garlic cloves.  He stood there and made the hole for me and I crawled on the ground planting the garlic.  The weather finally warmed up enough for us to get out there.  I could have done it myself but I think the nice warmer weather actually did Jim some good.   I have a hard time believing Thanksgiving is next week already, well our October is nothing but a blur so it's totally understandable why Thanksgiving crept up so fast.  

I've not really done anything around the house for so long that when the warm weather came I opened up some of the windows and aired out the house and did some long overdue cleaning.  I also did some cleaning of all the photos on my phone, I knew my photos were adding up and I believe I deleted 7,368 to be exact.  I didn't totally delete them, I uploaded them to my laptop and now they are safe on an external hard drive.  It took me about 3 long days to do it all, but I did it...whew! 

Tell, me I'm not the only one who has that many photos on their phone ;)  


so thankful

Jeepers, I did not expect to be gone from the blog for so long.  Hubby actually had viral pneumonia so I've been taking care of him.  He's finally to the point of not coughing a lung up and can do a few things (light things) before he tires out.  One of our sons came to do some farm chores for us that needed to be done before winter came.  It's good that we had our wood cut and stacked for the year, but we had rain barrels to empty out so they won't freeze this winter and various odds and ends that Jim just couldn't do and I couldn't do by myself.  A huge weight went off Jim's shoulders to have all those chores done and marked off his list.  I am so ever thankful for our son coming to help.

I was looking for a needle to do some embroidery work on a quilt block and came upon this pack of needles in my sewing room.  I have no idea where I might have gotten them from, but I was happy to have found them.  I was getting the Sew Sampler Box from the Fat Quarter Shop and it may have  been in one of the boxes.  I don't do a lot of hand work but I do have to say that these needles are wonderful to use.  I thought needles were all the same, but I now believe otherwise.  When I get the top done I will show what I did, but not yet :)

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I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  So much to be thankful for here that is for sure.


the ridge

To me there is so much going on in this photo and I had to make it a black & white photo.  The M peeking out from behind the shed, Sadie's grave, the bench were we sit on the ridge to watch a moonrise or sunset.  And the brush and trees along the lane.  We put Sadie's grave in a spot where when I'm washing dishes I can look at the flowers growing.

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Coming home from the grocery store I went a different way home.  Going to the grocery store is a 3 hour event or more if I have to stop at another place before coming home, so changing up my route to and from is a nice change of pace for me.  I took the ridge way home and stopped to take a photo of our farm.  This photo is actually zoomed in.

Home

We had some really high winds a few days ago and most of the leaves had been blown off the trees, not all but most.  It was so windy even the chickens didn't want to stay outside too long.  Some folks around here don't like living on the ridge because it's so windy, I actually don't mind the wind.

To me living life on the ridge is just fine.