Discovery… we have a pear tree!

We discovered something neat a few weeks ago, we have a pear tree on our homestead. One that is already producing and has been here for awhile.  We are still in the planning stages of where I want to put everything and getting ready to add to our homestead.  I have started researching how to prune fruit trees. We are planning on getting some fruit and maybe some nut trees, but I want to do my research before we add some.

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Want to hear a funny story about how I discovered I had a pear tree? We were standing outside talking about placement of the kids trampoline and swingset, when I told my husband- We should just cut down that tree and get rid of it. He looks at me and says that’s a fruit tree- I looked at him like he was crazy. So I walked over to it and we discovered it was a pear tree. So needless to say I tried one- it was so sweet and delicious. I am still trying to figure out if it is a canning tree or not. It was sweet, but the pears were harder and didn’t get soft like the ones you buy in the grocery store. But tasted just as good, well better.

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And now I want to cry since I had the kids pick a bunch and fill a five gallon bucket up- well this momma had a brain fart and the bucket got left in the rain, so they all rotted. I do share it right now with the squirrels, whom seem to only want to eat one bite, and knock them onto the ground. Next year I will be more prepared to get them and actually can some or make some preserves. My wishlist of supplies is growing.

By the way, if you have some information about what kind of pears and some pruning help- go ahead and contact me. I am always up for learning!

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First steps…

First step to homesteading was our own house. I’ve wanted chickens and a garden for over a year but we lived with my in laws…so i had to wait. After a year of me working a 9 to 5..my first step dream came true. Through that year we worked on becoming partially debt free and working on our credit. We searched for over a year and finally got it. It was a long grueling 4 months and i did cry several times, but prayer helped. It is not the dream homestead with bunches of land but it is mine..and i can start the dream of homesteading. We live on a little over half an acre and most of it is flat. We moved in April. I am just now getting started to where we can put everything where we want to..but I’m a woman with a plan.

Here is our beautiful home…i can’t wait to see it grow!!

Welcome to the homestead!

Welcome to our homestead. Some background on us..

I am Momma- the 30 year old creative, impatient, dreamer, and glue that holds us together. I formed my dream of owning my own homestead about 2 years ago and it took us awhile- and a lot, I mean a lot of planning to get there. I currently work, so this has definitely been a journey, and we are ever so hard working on trying to reach the goal. Wait, you reach goals? Hrm, I just keep having more to do- more lists- it never ends- but the fun part of crossing items off.  I am a list person by the way- I carry 2 notebooks and a calendar with me, in my purse. You will eventually see all of my quirks and more about me as we journey together.

Daddy- is the full-time money maker in the family. He is the rock to our storm. Like the title says, we are a hot mess, but I don’t think anyone is normal. He is our grease monkey- he works as a diesel mechanic. We have been married for 8 years now- and have been through plenty of ups and downs- but I wouldn’t have it any other way. He definitely is the ying to my yang. We compliment each other so nicely.

We have 2 daughters- complete polar opposites. One is 10 and the other is 5. Our oldest is the outdoor, camping, reading, creative, gifted child. Her nickname is Sheldon- by the way- so therefore she will be called that when I post. The youngest is the girly girl- she can still throw down but wants to do it in a skirt or dress. She loves dance, and all things pink- I will refer to her as Tootie- that’s what I call her, she doesn’t like it too much. It is very refreshing at times to have two different children.

So that is all for now- pictures of our homestead and a little background of our journey as I go. Thanks and come along for the ride- enjoy some of the hot mess of my life.