18 posts categorized "Country Life"

what's been happening here on the homestead

I don't think I will be able to update you on all that's been happening here without having photo overload, so I'll just do the best I can.  Since sugaring we have been so busy here on our homestead.  We got pigs this spring and friends came out to help us put up the fence before they arrived which was a HUGE help and we appreciated it so much.  The pigs are definitely getting big since the day we got them.

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J&J

Had to get a photo by Jim's old ford tractor which has been such a work horse here for him.

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Pigs

I've been growing herbs and trying to dry them out but it's been so hot and humid lately it may take a bit longer than I would like.  I'm also making some infused herb oils that I will be making into salves when they are ready.

Herbs

Infused oils

I started incubating eggs from our hens on July 1st and we candled them last night and it looks like all 22 eggs may have something happening.  I'm crossing my fingers that we will have chicks by the 21st or 22nd of July.  Our rooster Rudy is such a good boy and really takes care of this girls.  He has 23 hens to look after and does a tremendous job.

I know some may think that is too many hens for one rooster and we did try out another rooster to see how it would work and maybe have two flocks going but Rudy would  have none of it, so this guy had to go, and he was such a beautiful guy too.

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So Rudy in the man around the coop.

Rudy

This is the first time we have hatched eggs on our own, we have always gotten chicks from the feed store in town.  We'll see how many hens vs roosters we hatch out.  I'm hoping to get some roo's so I can process them in the pressure canner instead of freezing them. 

Eggs

The gardens are doing great now that we finally have gotten rain.

Weeding

Coop and vines

Grapes

What's a homestead without barn cats or kittens :)  Meet Smoky and Noki.  Noki is a Finnish word for soot.  Jim started calling the top one Smoky and I thought the black one looked like soot so I looked up the Finnish word for soot and it was Noki (pronounced No-Kee).  They are both girls and just so cute.

Smoky

Noki

There is nothing like taking a break with some coffee, haymakers punch also known as switchel and wild berries that are growing in the back yard.  I add lemon juice and maple syrup in place of the molasses and brown sugar.  I use either Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar or my homemade ACV, just depends on my mood at the time.   Believe it or not the haymakers punch really does refresh you on a hot day, especially when you have been working outside in the hot weather.

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My flower garden is blooming so nicely.  I look at this lily and always think of my blogging friend Ann who sent it to me after my dad passed away.  When it blooms I think of them both.

Flower

I think I have covered most of the stuff I wanted to share with you, like I said there is just so much that has been happening here I'm not sure I could cover it all in a blog post so I just gave you some highlights.

I hope your days are going good where you live, take care.


canning season

Our canning season is still going strong.  We went to the apple orchard this fall and bought some honey crisp apples.  We usually get the seconds as they are cheaper in price.  I received an email from the orchard we usually go to that they had a BOGO sale going on, which is buy one box, get one box free.  Since it was busy here this fall, but who am I kidding, it's a ALWAYS busy here, but since I was busy I didn't get to the apples right away so we lost a few to rotting.  BUT, I was able to make applesauce out of the remaining good apples.  We really didn't lose that many but it sure seemed like it at the time I was going through them.

Applebowl

This time before I cooked the apples I peeled them.  Oh my goodness, I will always and forever do that when I make applesauce again.  

Potofapples

It was so much easier when I was putting the apples through the sieve, I was not fighting the peelings.

Sauce

Twenty-four pints of delicious applesauce ready to be put down with all the other canning we did this fall.

Applesauce

I not only canned the applesauce, Jim and I canned more venison stew from the deer he got and the potatoes, onions, and carrots we grew in our garden this year.

Earlier in the fall we canned our peppers and potatoes and made tomato sauce with the tomatoes we picked.  When I say we, I do mean both of us.  I am very fortunate to have a husband who enjoys canning as much as I do.

Peppers

Tomatoes
Potatoes

Onions
It really feels good when you do a garden, and come harvest time it's very exciting to preserve the food we've grown.  It's a lot of work but so worth it in the end.


eagle watching

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We can say that almost everyday on our property we'll see an eagle sitting high in a tree, flying overhead, or on the ground eating something. In fact the day after we buried our Sadie girl there was an eagle circling just over her grave about 4 times, seeing that gave me goosebumps. These photos were taken from inside the house, I was afraid if I opened the front door the eagle would fly away.


comfort food

Thanksgiving has passed and we are now heading into the Christmas season. The rain we had Saturday evening has officially turned into snow...YAY! And in years past I have been known to cook some kind of comfort food to feed my family, mostly homemade pizza. Today I made Italian style meatballs from the ground deer meat we processed. 

Meatballs

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It's just that kind of day to stay indoors and enjoy the home fires that are burning in the wood stove.

Homefires

Also from the previous post I seem to be getting into the Christmas spirit and with that I gave my blog a new facelift for December month.


walking the land

It’s been warm here in Wisconsin but the evenings are a bit cooler, still warm but tolerable. Our potato patch is doing well and we’ve been keeping on top of the Colorado Potato Beetle that will infest our potato patch here.

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I do love walking our land checking everything out and seeing the beauty that surrounds us here. 


elderberries

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Elderberrysyrup

I will confess that I had no idea what an elderberry looked like.  I have heard of elderberries however, but having grown up in the "city" I've not seen elderberries, blueberries and thimbleberries yes, but not elderberries.  Well we found some and have made elderberry syrup and elderberry tincture, both have wonderful health benefits.  We also dried some of the berries for later use.

I get so excited when we find things like this and it appears that not many folks around here use the berries for anything, because now that we are aware of the elderberries, we see the bushes all over along the side of the roads here.


time passing by

The summer is flying by, some of our grandchildren have gone back to school this week.  It's been a very busy summer here in the Ocooch Mountains.

The wild coneflowers I planted last fall took and are doing great.  We had the Amish butcher our meat birds last week and we spent the day canning and freezing them and then over the weekend Mr. smoked some in the smokehouse he made.

Wildflowers

Boots

Canned chicken 2017

Smokehouse

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Just incase you forgot what I looked like here I am :)  (Playing around with Snapchat)

Moi

I mentioned to Mr. yesterday that I didn't even know what day it was, as a matter of fact I was actually a week behind in my mind and totally forgot that I had to volunteer at the hospital yesterday morning and that's not like me to forget, though I have been known to forget something now and again.

I don't know about any of you but I'm so looking forward to fall coming.


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I had hoped that we would be drying out sometime soon, but it appears that we'll be getting more rain in the next day or so, hopefully it won't amount to much.  We have dealt with 3 separate bouts of flooding in our area.

Smoky hills

There's one good thing if you want too look on the bright side of all the rain we've been having is that everything is green, and the fire danger is very low...just saying :)

Green

Kar over at simply-kar has opened an on-line shoppe called The Wiggles & Squeaks Shoppe.  I bought her dishcloth pattern and made them.  They turned out great and so easy to make, her directions are perfect.  Head on over and check out what else she has for sale.

Crocheted dishcloths

Yay, I finally finished my Baktus Scarf that I made.  I had run out of yarn and only needed just a bit more to finish...grrr...But it's done and I can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it.

Baktus scarf

We had our dog at the kennels over the weekend as we went to an APPPA class on raising poultry and driving in and out from picking her up we passed a few cows laying in the driveway and had to drive around them.

Cows

I just love living in the country.


the ditches

I've been trying for awhile to get flowers to grow along our ditches.  It's very hard to mow and I thought wild flowers would look good growing there and they have finally started growing.

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Wildflower2

Even the Queen Anne's Lace growing along the roadside looks so pretty.

Queen annes lace

Wildflowers

Looking past the wild flowers I could see the neighbors fields looking so lush and green from the steady rain we've had this summer.

Neighbors fields

Even after such a busy July we've had it's still hard to believe the month is over.


spring or winter?

We have been having a really weird spring so far.  We are supposed to be getting our second snowfall and being outside it sure doesn't seem possible.  Last night Mr went out to the barn to get the tractor and snowplow ready on the off chance it does snow.  I had grabbed my camera just to walk around and take photos when I could hear loud motor sounds.  I spied Mr up on the ridge watching the "wings" motoring through the air or rather Power Paragliding.   There were 5 of them and by the time I got out there I could really only get a couple of good shots.  We know the people who were flying them, they had helped us with the cement work when we built our barn.

Wings

Sadie on the other hand seemed to not notice the loud noises coming from the sky.

Sadie girl

Heading back to the house after the para-gliders had moved on, I noticed my sad looking garden with no flowers growing yet other than weeds.  This grandma's garden plaque we given to me in 2001 for Mothers Day from our oldest granddaughter who was just born. 

Grandmas garden

We shall see today if winter has decided to come back.