Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos November 27th - December 3rd

I will admit, this week I have been a slight emotional mess. This time of year, the shorter days.... It seems to make everyone a little cranky. And it would seem my entire family wanted to be cranky with me this week. *sigh*

For relief I spent time with my critters. Bless them for never being mega jerks. A few treats and they will make you feel like your are the most special person in the world!

I have also kept busy (aka away from cranky family) by working on some new crafting projects. Nothing makes me prouder then being able to make things from nothing. I am not an artist by any means, but I am just talented enough to impress myself!

So what made me smile this week

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop December 3


Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Log Candlesticks

This summer, one of our neighbors cut down a beautiful Black Walnut tree. They sold the tree to a wood company, because they hated the nuts and black walnut is worth some cash. The tree company that dropped it and took it left behind a big old pile of branches that have just been sitting there since. I looked at that pile often..... and then one day it hit me! Instead of letting that wonderful wood waste away, I was going to make something out of at least one of those beautiful branches!

So after looking over the now weed infested jumble of branches, I picked out a nice sized one (easy to carry and work with) and marched it home. My kids thought I had lost my mind when they spotted it, but I couldn’t wait to get out my miter saw and break the branch down into usable pieces. My first thought was making those wooden disks that are all the rage these days. You know, the over priced ones you can buy at the craft stores or on Etsy.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos November 20th - 26th

We saw snowflakes this week, thankfully they didn't stick. While I enjoy a white Christmas, my hubby really hates driving in it all day at work. The cold temperatures did decide to stick around though. *pout* I have lived in Michigan almost all my life and I still don't like the cold.

The country kids have been highly unruly this week, having extra days with no school. While the oldest could care less about school, the littlest can't wait to get back to preschool. These kiddos are crazy and getting on each other's and my nerves. I am just sitting here wondering how we are going to survive the Christmas break!?!?!

We had a nice Thanksgiving this year, just us. We watched the parade on tv and stuffed ourselves to the point of exhaustion. And we still have a ton of turkey left! We even boiled down the turkey carcass to make soup stock as we don't like to waste anything.

So what made me smile this week

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 26


Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Old Fashion" Oven Baked Chex Mix

For me, the holidays just aren't the holidays without Chex Mix. I grew up in a family that every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mother would bless us with the yummy goodness of handful after handful of this stuff. When I became an adult, she would gift me a big zip-lock bag full of Chex Mix for our snack table.

This year however, my mother broke her ankle and was unable to join us and bring the Chex Mix. It was tragedy upon tragedy! I'm kidding, I was more worried about my mother staying home and recovering then showing up with the Chex Mix. I mean I could totally make it myself, right? Right?!?!?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser (Because Homesteading Can Get Dirty)

Let's face it, if you homestead, you deal with a lot of dirty things. The term "crap happens" is like a homesteader mantra and we mean it literally! What goes in, comes out of critters. And then there is the garden. Every gardener know that dirt don't hurt, but it can get all over your face as your digging and then brushing the hair out of your face! Let's face it..... Homesteading can get downright dirty.

Now I am not a girly girl, never really have been. I am all about comfort. When it comes to my "beauty" routine, I shower. Seriously, I am wash and go. Every once in a blue moon I might slap some makeup on for a special occasion, but most days I am all natural. But I have noticed as I get older, my skin is oilier then it used to be, not to mention the many impurities of life that set up shop in my pores between scrubbings.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos November 13th - 19th

So glad this week is in the history books! LOL The attitudes from the country kids has been EPIC. Like, who the H E double toothpicks are these kids!?!?! Luckily by the weekend they were both managing to pull it together.

We had an oops in the animal department. Here is hoping we DON'T have any new babies around here next month. Just look at the photos, the whole sorted episode is there. Feel free to laugh. I should have doubled checked. I am slipping in my old age!

We have gone from lovely fall days to creepy fog around our neck of the woods. And yesterday, we had SNOW. Thankfully it didn't stick to bad. I love snow, just hate the cold!

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mexican Tater Tot Casserole

Do you ever get in a dinner rut? You know, the same things keep showing up every week. I am so tired of having the same old, same old, so we have been on a mission to come up with new ideas for dinner time.

This week's recipe is Mexican Tater Tot Casserole. Now there are many recipes out there for Mexican Tater Tot Casserole, many of which have things in it the country kids would turn their noses up at before even taking a bite. So after much consideration, I came up with a basic recipe that you can totally add other ingredients to, but you don't need to, because it tastes that good! Sometimes simple IS better!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos November 6th - 12th

It has been another LOOOONG week here on our little homestead. The littlest country kid was sent home with a fever on Monday and never did make it back to preschool this week due to a terrible cough. Of course homeschooling is a lot harder when you'er being constantly interrupted because someone doesn't feel good and wants a hug every 10 minutes. Poor little guy.....

The temps have taken a turn for the worst, dropping into the 20's at night. I feel the pressure to get everything done before the snow flies. We are knocking of the to-do list, but I feel so behind after my surgery.

So what made me smile this week?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos October 30th - November 5th

What a long week. I mean looooong. The country kids have been sneaking downstairs at night and were a hot mess from lack of sleep. I was a hot mess because I am battling a sinus cold and am exhausted from being woke by them sneaking. Guess they don't sneak very well.

Luckily by Thursday we managed to get sleep and attitudes turned around. Mine included. Maybe it was because the stars aligned and the Cubs won the World Series!?!?!

The oldest country kid spent the weekend helping around his grandparent's property since my mom broke her ankle and they had a lot of outside jobs that had to be done before the snow flies. I will be picking him up in few and I hope the positive behavior he has been displaying before leaving and while there continues.

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, November 4, 2016

How to store Garlic, Onions and Tators (long term)

Weather you grow your own or buy in bulk, you will be faced with how to properly store garlic, onions and potatoes long term. There is nothing worse then spending quality time growing or hard earned money purchasing food and then having it go bad. There are two things I hate in life, one is lying, the other is wasting. So what do you do!?!?!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos October 23rd - 29th

Winter is coming! Winter is coming! It is.... It's been in the 40's all week and hubby (who drives  truck) saw snow north of us. It is only a matter of time before it creeps further south.

We finally have gotten the garden ready to sleep for the winter. We harvested some late broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and tators. We managed to get the critter shed cleaned this week and ready for the snow to fly. We also started working on our 80 lbs of black walnuts we have been drying. I can't wait to use those in my holiday baking!

Pink eye made the round in preschool this week and the littlest country kid got it. Thankfully none of the rest of us did! But the cold and cough he has been battling did find its way to me. Ugh, sinus pressure.

The critters are all doing well, except poor Buffy who is the last of the girls to molt. Her feathers are starting to come in, but with these cold temps (down in the 30's at night) she better hurry up and finish up!

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Molting Season - More than leaves are falling around the coop!

Chickens are adorable as chicks, but then they quickly grow up into roos or egg laying machines. Then one day *POOF* they start dropping feathers everywhere! Usually around 18 month of age a chicken (and you) will experience their first molt.

This is a natural process that will occur annually from this point on. Your poor chickens may look down right horrible during a molt, with feathers falling out in some spots and new ones coming in in others. Some chickens molt slowly, almost unnoticeable, others go hard and heavy and your coop may look like a pillow exploded! Just like humans, chickens are individuals, and each molts in their own way.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

You might remember that earlier this month we were in the Purina First Egg Happy Dance contest, which we won (thanks to all who voted.) Besides winning chicken feed, we had the chance to get to know one of the other entrants in the contest and her amazing chicken loving son, Blake.

Just like the oldest country kid, Blake isn't your "typical" kids. And while our oldest country kid was born on the spectrum and Blake is rocking an extra chromosome, they both LOVE their chickens. Just because children may seem different to others, they are just like any other kid, really. And their love of life (and chickens) make them amazing to know.

Since October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, I wanted you to have the chance to learn a little more about Down Syndrome and have the chance to "meet" Blake. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs in 1 in every 792 live births. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. Down Syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. When I asked Blake's mom about what she wanted folks to know about Down Syndrome she said "The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different." Like their love of chickens!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos October 16th - 22nd

It has been a long, full of activities, not a lot of blogging kind of week. Sometimes you just have to walk away from the computer and embrace life! That was this week for me.

The littlest country kid went on his first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Both boys and I went to an orchard that had a play area. The marching bad played a Beetles tribute concert. Heidi the homestead hound and I had some girls time out. Just lots of busy stuff.

And while I didn't write any new blogs this week, I had the time of my life. I think disconnecting has refueled me and I am ready to jump back in to life and blogging with both feet.

So what made me smile this week?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos October 9th - 15th

We survived another year of Halloween camping. The country kids always look forward to this trip. I on the other hand get so worn out in just one weekend! But it is tradition, so you know we will do it again next year.

The littlest country kid is FINALLY getting over his cold, but preschool is still wearing him out. He has developed such an attitude lately, ugh! But he is learning to behave better at school, so I guess he just needs to finally let go when he gets home.

Fall is in full force, the trees are changing, the birds are migrating, and I am starting to panic! I am still not back up to 100% after my hysterectomy and there is so much that still needs to be done in preparation for the first snow fall. *sigh*

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Super Easy One Pot Lasagna

This is the easiest 30 minute lasagna you will ever make! And you can make it in a single pot! There is no boiling of the pasta, no layering of ingredients, none of those labor intensive activities. I kid you not, the pasta gets cooked right in the pan! And the taste? It is lasagna, baby, how could you go wrong!

With homeschooling and my hands full of country kids, it is sometimes hard to cook a decent meal, or even get dinner going some days. With this recipe I have no excuses as it only takes 30 minutes to whip up and I can put the country kids on tasks like shredding cheese or grabbing me spices to help me keep them busy and get the meal done.

And the fact this whole meal is made in one pot.... clean up is a breeze!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Camping

Every year, for what seems like forever now, our family has an October tradition that some years seems to even overshadow actual Halloween...... Going camping for the Harvestfest weekend at our local state park! Each year more then 200 campsites fill up and it becomes one of the friendliest family events ever. You can only book your site six months in advance and they fill up F-A-S-T. The country kids were so excited to find out that next year, reservations for the event start on my birthday. Gee, I wonder what I will be doing that day!?!?!?

And as much as the boys love to go each year, I tell ya, it wears this mama out! There is all the prep work, getting the camper stocked, costumes, procuring enough candy to give the world diabetes.... And then it is hurry, rush, must get to all the events. I fell over exhausted the day after we got home and I am just now recovering from it all.... a week later!

So what is Halloween camping? Well it starts with some decorating while my hubby levels the camper and the kids bug us to head out to the playground to hook up with the other roving bands of children.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos October 2nd - 8th

So the big news of the week is, we won the Purina First Egg contest and got a YEAR of free feed!!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for us. This means the world to us.

Of course with any high, there comes lows. My mother fell down some stairs and broke her ankle in multiple places. Luckily the surgery went well and she is home recovering.

Homeschooling has been a struggle this week for the oldest country kid. It's never easy when your mom is your teacher. And on top of that the littlest country kid has a bad cold and a horrible cough, so he missed some preschool and was home with us, causing distraction.

But the weekend came and so did our annual Halloween camping trip at our local state park. So I guess the world is right again! LOL At least we ended the week on an upswing!

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

30 Minute Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

In my quest to cook more, I have found I just don't have the tie to make elaborate meals. I mean who am I kidding, I have a lot to do and I'm sure you do too. That is why this 30 Minute Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs recipe is so great. It is easy peasy to whip up, taste great, and really fills your belly.

I was a little worried that the country kids were going to turn their noses up at having just meatballs for dinner, but that was far from the case. In fact, the oldest country kid turned his meal, which included some bread into a meatball sandwich! He even asked for more meatballs. You could also boil up some spaghetti to go with it if you fell so inclined.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Easy DIY Vultures!

A few Christmases back my uncle gave me four pink flamingos. I'm still not sure why he decided I needed four pink birds for my lawn. I don't particularly care for flamingos or the color pink and frankly, living in Michigan, you don't see them too often in people's yards as decoration.

So the odd gift got put away, taking up space, because, well they were a gift and I didn't want to just get rid of them. I mean that would just be rude. I'm sure there is a rule on how many years you have to wait to re-gift something too. So they were just tucked away.

They sat, collecting dust for a few years till I saw a photo where someone had turned their flamingos into vultures for Halloween. I love Halloween!!!! This was perfect!!! But the photo didn't say who had done it or how they did it. Bummer. But I figured it couldn't be that hard and I really wanted to give those stupid flamingos a purpose in life, so I dug them out, hit the home improvement store and got to work.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos September 25 th - October 1st

Homeschool, preschool..... lots of school. I feel like fall is on fast forward for the country kids. They are staying busy and getting totally exhausted using their brains. Which means by the time I ask them to do something around the homestead.... well, no more brain power. I feel like I am constantly repeating myself and correcting bad behavior. *sigh*

The temps are dipping and mornings are clocked in fog lately. The critters are not enjoying the earlier bad time because of the shorter days. Sorry guys, but predators lurk in the dark.

All of our hens are laying now! Nothing like having a stock pile of precious eggs. Time to start whipping us some great recipes, like Dutch Babies, that call for extraordinary amounts of eggs. It really does take quite a few eggs to make everyone in the family their very own Dutch Baby, and while ordinarily I hord my precious eggs, when we have this many, we celebrate with an amazing breakfast on the weekends.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Meet Cinder!!

This week, the spotlight falls on one of the newer members of our flock, Cinder. She is a Black Jersey Giant that we picked up this spring at just a couple days old from a local feed store.

Cinder may not have been around here very long, but she has certainly made an impact on us all in one way or another. There is just something about a shiny black chicken who's feathers reflect beautiful colors in the sun light. It's kind of hard not to appreciate what a good looking chicken she is. The oldest country kid regularly comments on how stunning she is.

To bad she is a pain in the rear sometimes.... Kind of like another chicken, Buffy, was in her younger days. But let's start this tale from the very beginning..... a feed store, a cheeping box, and a cute little fluffy butt!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mixed Berry Steak Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

I am a baker, so why am I making dinner?!?! Because I don't want to be "just" the baker in the family. To be honest though, meat has always intimidated me, as I don't eat very much of it. But I have a family and it is about high time I become more than "just" a baker.

So I decided to let my hubby off the hook of making dinner almost every night, and according to the family, this was a home run! Hubby even said I cooked the steak perfect medium!! Yeah me! And get this.... my lettuce hating offspring.... NO COMPLAINTS. I kid you not, they were sucking down lettuce at an alarming rate. And the oldest country kid said he would eat anything I put the vinaigrette on, anything. Not bad for my first steak and first vinaigrette I have EVER made in my life!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos September 18th - 24th

Fall has fallen!!! Leaves are turning a little, some are dropping and the temps at night are chilly. I broke out the sweatpants! The Sandhill Cranes have begun to trickle in. We are a stop on their migration south. While I love hearing them call, it does make me panic that winter is coming.

Don't get me wrong, I love winter, but being only three week out on my hysterectomy, there is so much that needs to be done before the snow flies and well I am still useless. The mind is willing but the body say, try it fat girl and die.

This week was the first week of preschool for the littlest country kid. He seems to enjoy it, but it is taking a toll on him. He is so overtired I don't know if his little body will ever catch up.

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Meet Baby Girl

It's time to get to know another of the characters that call this place home, Baby Girl. She is another one of our "home grown" critters, meaning she was born right here!

You see, a couple springs ago, Betty, our female duck, got this crazy idea to go broody. The desire to be a mama was strong and our drake, Mr. Bill was totally on board with his mate's crazy scheme to fill our yard full of the pitter patter of little webbed feet. Baby Girl was one of those many little fluff balls they hatched out that year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

7 Tips for a Tidy Nest Box

When it comes to backyard chickens and collecting eggs, no one wants to get an egg with dirt or worse, poo, on it. But how do you keep your eggs from getting soiled? It's really simple and easier then you might think! It is all about keeping your nest box in tip top, laying condition and these seven tips will show you how.

First you need to think like a chicken, then you need to act like a keeper. What I mean is, look at laying time through your chickens eyes. If you can't imagine, let me paint you a picture....

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos September 11th - 17th

It has been a busy week around here with homeschooling the oldest country kid and getting the littlest country kid ready to head of to public preschool. We had his teacher home visit and open house at the school this week and he is super excited to start first thing Monday morning.

I had a check up with my doctor and she said I am healing great. Too bad I then went out and over did it! LOL I am a little soar but it was so nice to get out of the house.

Fall is defiantly knock on Summer's door. Our evening temps have been dropping and the trees are starting to turn a little and drop a few leaves. Before long it will be a blaze of color and time to rake.

So what made me smile this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Meet Buffy

This week's Critter Spotlight falls on a hen with an amazing story, Buffy. If you hang out with us on Facebook, you have seen Buffy a lot over the last four years. In fact you would have seen her grow up!

For the longest time, I honestly hated her. She was the worst pain in the butt chicken I had ever owned. She flapped to the beat of her own drum, this one. But life takes many twists and turns, building us, breaking us, sculpting us into the people or hens we are to become. Buffy has gone through a lot in her little life, but she has emerged an amazing bird.

When my alpha hen, Goldie, passed away this year, unassuming Buffy rose from third position in the flock to queen of the yard! But I am getting ahead of myself.......

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos September 4th - 10th

Well I guess if you're reading this, you will know I made it through my hysterectomy surgery. Yup, totally lived, though it took a few hours longer then was planned. Still not sure what went on, but I am home and a week later, feeling fantastic. Okay, maybe not fantastic, but I am getting by.

My greatest laugh this week was when I posted on Facebook that I had finally had a bowl movement and close to 240 people liked/loved my post! I guess as you get older, you start cheering for other folks who are getting older, because at some point in our lives, we have all needed to go! LOL

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Time for Fall Vegetable Gardening!

I know, I know.... But it is still summer! But now is the time to get your fall vegetable garden growing before Mother Nature sends the first frost. Of course frost dates vary depending on where you live, but here in Michigan, with our shorter growing season, we are already looking down the barrel of Old Man Winter's gun. We have a 50% chance of our first frost hitting the first week of October, so it's do or die time for us. You on the other hand may still have plenty of time to think and plan.

Don't know when your frost dates are? No problem! There are many websites that offer up both spring and fall frost dates. You can also look yours up by your zip code in the good old Farmer's Almanac.

So the big question is, what do you put in a fall garden? Easy answer, colder temp loving veggies and plants that are hardy. But which veggies fall into that category? Well here are a few for you to think about......

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Meet Lily

Today's Critter Spotlight falls on another "home grown" critter, Lily! She is a sibling to a former spotlight critter, Blaze.

Back when the oldest country kid wasn't that old, he let two of our bunnies (yup, one male and one female) out to play together. I'm pretty sure you can figure out that when he told me they were giving each other "piggy back rides," what was really going on. *smacks forehead* So just 28 days after that fateful day of piggy back rides, Lily came to be part of our homestead.

She is a one of a kind kind of girl. From the moment she was born she has stood out. While all of her siblings either took after mom (big and grey) or dad (small and tan), Lily decided to combine all the genetics available and popped out an odd little mix up of color.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos August 28th - September 3rd

This week has been super busy with me trying to get all my ducks in a row before my surgery, which happened on Thursday, thus cutting my week of photos short. Don't worry, I will make up for it next week, maybe, if the pain killers have worn off by then. LOL

We said goodbye to all the baby ducklings this week and hello to a new member of our family, a pheasant. The oldest country kid thinks he is going to tame her and they are going to be best friends like he was with his pet quail. We shall see. For now she just hisses at us! I never knew pheasants hissed!!!!

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

We interrupt this broadcast....

So, today is the day. I am having a hysterectomy. I tried to prepare this blog, my facebook page and everything behind the scenes, aka my family and home, for this event. I have posts scheduled, but I still don't feel ready. So just a heads up my friends....

You will see our hop on Saturday. There will be an abbreviated version of our Week of Homestead Photos. Heck, I even have a Critter Spotlight scheduled for next Tuesday. But, I have no idea how I am going to feel once I get home. I have no idea how looped up on pain meds I will be. Heck, in the event of something going really wrong, I have no way to tell you all I dropped dead. *sigh*

So if after Tuesday you never see another post on this blog, well I guess you will figure it out. You're smart people.

Wish me luck and a speedy recovery. I will miss the friendship you all have given me while I am sitting in that majorly uncomfortable hospital bed, but I hope to be back with you all very soon.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meet Anna

So who is this week's Critter Spotlight? None other than the polydactyl puddy tat, Anna! We have a soft spot for rescue critters, and Anna is just one of the rescue critters we have taken in over the years. She came from a local shelter and was only about 6 months old when we got her. How anyone could not want this long haired beauty, I have no clue. But I am glad she needed a home, because we lover her, and all her oddities.

As I mentioned, Anna is polydactyl. That means she has more toes on her paws then a normal cat. A "normal" Cat has 18 toes. Anna has a total of 24. The world record for number of toes on a cat is 28. Even though she is 4 toes short of the world record, she has MORE than enough toe nails to prick the heck out of you when she jumps on you or to get herself stuck to blankets and furniture!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos August 21st - 27th

Hubby was on vacation this week. Since money is tight and we have critters to take care of, we didn't go any where as usual. But we did have fun being adults when the country kids went to their grandparents for a few days!

Adult? Oh yeah, we are wild and crazy. We made a run to Sam's club, hit a casino with $5 each and came out 3 cents ahead, and even when and had an adult beverage!

We found new homes for half of our duckling this week. They went to a family with five children who will love on them. I am so happy they went to a great home.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pokemon Go Tips for Homestead Kids (or folks who just like to play)

Unless you live under a rock, you have at least heard of the phone app game gripping the nation called Pokemon Go. Heck, I live under a rock and not only have I heard of it, I got roped into playing it with the oldest country kid who is NUTS about the game.

Now before you go saying how stupid it is, what do you really know about the game? Seriously? Because you see, while some idiots may have walked off a cliff chasing a Pokemon, for the most part, this game, at least to me, has some positive benefits for today's youth, my country kids included.

The oldest country kid has Aspberger's which is on the autism spectrum. He used to like to sit in front of a computer all day and had a hard time socializing with others. Let me tell you, because of this game he now BEGS to go for walks! Not only that, he talks to the other kids and adults he runs into who are play. Since they have something in common, it makes conversation much easier for him. Not only that, he has roped me in, and it is now something he and I do together for fun!

So for those not in the know on the whole Pokemon Go crazy, I'll give you the basics, and some of our own tips on how to play!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet Blaze

This week's spotlight is on a critter that was made right here, Blaze the bunny. What do I mean he was made right here? Well when the oldest country kid wasn't that old, he let two of our bunnies (yup, one male and one female) out to play together. I'm pretty sure you can figure out that when he told me they were giving each other "piggy back rides," what was really going on. *smacks forehead* So Blaze was born here just 28 days after that fateful day of piggy back rides.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos August 14th - 20th

Time to take a deep breath and relax! The 4-H projects made it to the fair, my health is rebounding, the temperature is dropping, and we have nothing on the schedule! It feels so strange to not be going in fifty different directions, but I'll take it.

The ducklings are growing well and will be heading to their new homes soon. The chicks we got this spring are now starting to lay! And for once they finally got their eggs IN the nest box. Hey, it is the simple things that thrill me.

The oldest country kid is already planning for the fair next year (and it isn't even over yet for this year.) I am planning for the coming school year. The littlest country kid is heading off to public preschool and the oldest country kid will be homeschooled again.

So what made me smile this week?