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Facebook and cows

today I deleted Facebook

Today I deleted my Facebook account and my homestead page. I will be solely using this blog now to tell of the adventures if our homestead. It takes 14 days to actually delete Facebook. Which is kind of crazy. Anyways I’m looking forward to becoming “unplugged “from social media. I had been on since 2007. It was addicting and distracting and sometimes I wondered how freely people put things on there. Likes, places they are at…etc. You sometimes really see the true character of people on social media.Not many will agree with me and that’s fine. I just have had my eyes opened to how naive and open our society is and they don’t care. Not everything is secure as fool proof! Anyways I will now get to do my blog for the day, check my email and do some research sometimes but I am excited to get back to the basics! If I could I’d stop texting but we will see how things progress this way.

Our jersey milk cow….

Our jersey milk cow has become bloated and has had loose bowels. Yes sick I know. We made a trip to the vet to get two meds that are not antibiotics to help her. She is a vital source of food for us providing milk to make butter and cheese and drinking milk. Annabelle I hope will now start feeling better. The vet thought our alfalfa hay was rich for her to have in front of her a lot. Just enough at milking times and the other she is on grass.
My eldest is returning today from a 5 day trip to Minnesota to visit a friend. We’ve missed him and glad he is coming back. He also has to get back to his job.
Did you know today was national cheeseburger day? I plan on making some juicy burgers with provolone and cheddar cheese. 🙂 lettuce, pickles and thin sliced garden tomatoes!
The pulled pork last night turned out great! The family loved it with rice and the slaw. My dessert was a pumpkin cream cheese cake. It was so good with a spoonful of whipped cream! Super easy to make but I can’t say light on the calories. 🙂
The weather has shaped up and I’ve been washing clothes today. It’s been muggy now that we had an inch of rain. Temps will be back into the upper 80’s and 90’s. the wind is blowing so clothes are drying nicely! My laundry room was a sorry mess with laundry scattered.



Full weekend

Friday was field trip day….

Yesterday the kids did some school in the morning and since it was payday for everyone we headed to town to get propane, cash checks, do a small Walmart run, get fuel and get a bite to eat.
We then went to the Power of the Past tractor show. I love seeing all the old tractors on display and walking around in all the stuff people are selling. Anything from crafts to toy tractors, parts, rugs, homemade jams and jellies, scentsy, old signs and just “junk”. Treasures sometimes too. We came across a 30lb propane tank that was in good shape which made our day. We fill them to run our hot water heater and our outdoor cook stoves. My daughter and I spied a frontier dress and hat that was in good shape but used for a costume. We ended up getting it for $6 which is an awesome deal. Her and I both like those outfits. We both love the 1800’s clothing. I was also on a hunt for a Coleman collapsable oven to use outside but didn’t have success. There was a lot of cool stuff we could have invested in like cast iron cooking pans and tools for cooking, hangers etc. But you have to have a lot of money sometimes. We are on the hunt for affordable to our budget items. Most things we take away ideas to make. One lady I will go buy from makes aprons, pot holders, embroiders tea towels and makes the cute bonnets that turn into a small apron with pockets. Her stuff is simple and very inexpensive. I found 4 potholders which I only paid $1.75 for all 4. I also picked up two of those bonnets one for me and one for a friend for $5 each. I would rather help a fellow crafter who lives off those funds than most I see.

Today is a full day

We woke up to temperatures in the 50’s and my house was a cool 60. we opened the windows and enjoyed the cool night air. i cant wait till we can enjoy it during the day too. we still need to use the air conditioner most days. Im working towards a cheap electric bill! We are headed back in to the show today to give a guy we have restore toy tractors, payment. He restored a tractor for my son that looks exactly like his grandpas 4010 tractor and we had a farmall restored. My hubby’s bosses had toy tractors restored too. This guy does a phenomenal job! We have to get him paid. 🙂 also there is a parade of tractors during the day and threshing demos, horse drawn demos, rock crushing, log sawing demos, etc… Those are so fun to watch and it makes me wish we could do horse drawn farming and driving..
We have a birthday party for a sweet little boy today also. Our friends little boy turns 3 today. He is smart and just so durn cute! 🙂 he loves cows, tractors, and Thomas the train characters. It’ll be a nice day!






Hoping for reprieve

It’s been a very warm couple if weeks with very little rain. The grass and ground need a drink of rain. I am hoping that this cool front coming is a welcome reprieve from the heat. With heat indexes in the 100’s I am looking forward to 80’s. I hope it stays!

Fall is my favorite season!

Cool temps, apple picking, burning yummy scented candles, deer season and colorful leaves, pumpkins, hot coffee…The list goes on.
My tomatoes are still producing and I have been freezing what we don’t eat or give away to family and church. My okra is a small row and isn’t giving what I thought it might but we will enjoy what we can. I didn’t get to put in a fall garden. I was hoping to but so far I haven’t accomplished it. I hope to plant some lettuce and cool weather short term crops to eat this fall. But time passes so fast!
My two youngest have started school and are able to stay home in the mornings to get school work going. We haven’t had a normal school year in 3 years. But then I wonder does any homeschool family have a normal school year? Lol it’s going to be a great year and much learning. Well time to start dinner outside on my outdoor 2 burner stove. It’s better than a stuffy 90 degree kitchen! 😉