Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yay for Saturday

Today has been sunny, breezy, and perfect so far.  The animals are grazing and soaking up the sun.  
Laundry is hanging on the line, I am wearing my favorite overalls, flannel, and baseball cap.  
Birds are singing, tractors are driving by with discs, plows, and harrows to finish up field prep before planting... All I want is a hammock and a good book-- but there is always something else to do here.  
And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Hooray for Saturday! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Spr-ummer?"

Our weather this month has had my closet in an unroar-- one day wool sweaters and long skirts, the next short sleeves and capris. It's just proof that we live in Northern Illinois.  
The animals are enjoying the daily grazing on the new grasses and our little ducklings, goslings, and chicks are getting a taste of the fresh air.  
My extended family help repair an unused chicken coop and Travis has been helping till the garden in preparation for the seedlings.  
We are grateful for a life on the farm and look forward to more sunshine and the blessings that come from country living. 
Enjoy the pictures.  
Sending love and sun-warmed kisses from the farm.
oxoxox







Monday, April 14, 2014

Adventures continue

Farm life is seldom boring.  This spring continues to prove this is true.  We have experienced golf ball sized hail and near-80 degrees only to have the temperatures drop to the mid-30s with snow in the forecast, all in a matter of 48 hours.  
The goats will explore any place available to them, including our kitchen, my husband learned when he didn't close the outer door completely.  
The ducks are getting sneaky when it comes to laying their eggs.  I have found them in the yard like an Easter egg hunt and behind straw bales used to block the wind at their coop.  
The geese are checking out the greener grass in the cow pasture, going through the fence like Harry Potter in search of the platform to Hogwarts.  
Such fun we seem to have here!! 

I hope your spring isn't too eventful, in the meantime, sending love and weather-whipped kisses from the farm.
oxoxxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring is springing

The animals are starting to play outside and investigate the farm after our long, brutal winter.  The goats have been exploring the grass and greenery farther and farther from the safety of the barn.  
Our first cow and calf have arrived.  The momma is the same red one as last year- Curly Sue.  Her calf has a beautiful face too. 
Hubby has enjoyed playing with our little goat and her momma has grown to trust us more and more over the last couple weeks.  
I'm looking forward to more proof of the seasonal change as the weeks go by.  In the mean time, enjoy the pictures. 
Sending love from the farm,
oxoxox








Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring break

It's our first day of spring break and yet, I find myself waking up well before the sun. I decided to get out of bed and start the morning chores. 
 
Dogs-- out & fed and out again (check)
Goats-- fed, watered, and let out to graze (check)
Ducks and geese-- fed, watered, eggs collected, and let out to forage (check)

Not a bad start and it isn't even 7:30 a.m. :) 
Sending love and kisses from the farm.
oxoxoxo 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The long winter

The last few months have been full of struggle and hunkering down.
 Winter here has been very long, cold, and snowy; which means spring is slow in arriving and it will be quite wet.  Record-breaking cold and wind chills have cancelled school multiple times and kept us all close to the house.  Unfortunately, the cold cost us our Muscovy duck. 

Now that the weather is getting warmer--hopefully--we have added to our animal collection.  A couple weeks ago my husband brought home a year-old laMancha goat and her two-week-old kid.  Travis has decided we should call them Milk and Cheese since you need Milk to make Cheese.
  Arliss has been busy playing basketball in the barn. Earlier this year Arliss celebrated his birthday and he had his basketball team over to have fun on the farm.  We are still waiting for the snow to melt further so we can find a lost cell phone from that day, part of living on a farm I guess.  
We have plans for more chickens in the next few weeks and the incubator is on now that the ducks and geese are laying eggs again.  
I am looking forward to seeing asparagus shoots and tulip buds, sure signs of spring here.  
Wishing you and yours love, joy, and wonder this spring.
With love and kisses from the farm.
oxoxox

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving

At school this week, the faculty read a prayer of thanksgiving.  It seemed to fit my world on the farm.  I hope you enjoy.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

 
Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.
For our children who are our second planting
And though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away;.
May they forgive us our cultivation and remember where their roots are.
 
For generous friends, with hearts and smiles as bright as their blossom.
For feisty friends, as tart as apples,
For contentious friends, who like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we have them.
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible.
 
For handsome friends, who are gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn,
For the others, plain as potatoes and as good for you.
For serious friends, complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions.
 
And for funny friends, silly as brussel sprouts and amusing as Jerusalem artichokes.
For friends unpretentious as cabbages, subtle as summer squash,
Delightful as dill, persistent as parsley, and who like parsnips,
can be counted on to see us through the winter.
 
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening time,
For young friends who come on as fast as radishes,
For loving friends who wind around us like tendrils and hold us up despite our blights,
And finally, for those now gone, who like gardens past long-since harvested, who fed us in their time, that we might have a fuller life, for all these, we GIVE THANKS!