Small Home Updates and some weekend fun…

Here’s a little update from the past two weekends- we have been trying to knock some projects out, now that the weather is changing and there isn’t much to do but animal husbandry.

I broke down and bought a new salt and pepper shaker set- I have a thing for old fashioned milk bottles y’all.

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We did buy some indoor/outdoor porch lights and got them installed. They have Bluetooth speakers- and I will have to show you them at night. They are pretty bright- but since we like to listen to music and grill- it was a nice little homestead addition. Bonus- we discovered last year when we did the Christmas lights that the little metal screw in cup lights work great for hanging lights- since you can take them down ten times easier- so there’s a little tip y’all!

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Not the best picture- but we love them!

Tooty celebrated Birthday Number 7 that weekend, and man I didn’t get any pictures- but we did have fun!

The next Friday- we did make an addition to the house- a cat tree in the hopes that the cats- well one in particular will stop clawing furniture and jumping on my counters and my kitchen table.

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They are still a little unsure of it- and only one of them sits on it at a time. I have some weird cats! But love them just the same!

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We went with my father in law to the range this past Sunday and popped off a few rounds. I discovered what pistol I want to carry for personal protections- and we have been taking Sheldon so she learns gun safety and how to properly use them. We had so much fun- I find it so relaxing- and we do get to spend some quality time with each other.

We have had some fun the past few weekends- so now it is time to crack down on some projects and work! We have had a few warm days- and the bugs still come out- but we are trying to wait for a good freeze to work on 2 particular projects. We are going to be ripping up carpet on the back porch- who puts indoor carpet on a porch y’all? Especially one that is not screened in and gets water all over it. We are also going to be ripping the ceiling out on the back porch- and finishing it off so it is open and looks good. The trim started to come off- and a bunch of wasps were building nests- so that has got to go bye-bye. If I can swing it- we will be replacing the 3 outer doors and door trim as well, because there is some spacing and because of the water situation we do have some rotting on the bottom of the trim.

But all is well- and we keep adding to the project list. What big or small projects do you have for the winter season? Have you had some time to have a little fun lately?

 

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More canning and homemade foods…

A friend of mine tried the first batch of pickled okra. It was SALTY- so I adjusted the recipe a little and used the last of the okra and banana peppers from the garden. I am so in love with the blue jars! I can not wait to plan some more canning for next year- and I am working on stocking up on my jars. I still have some nectarines- some strawberries and some oranges that I need to make some jam/jelly with! But the good thing about it- it is slow season- so I have more time to make these. AND they make great Christmas gifts- so I hope my family is prepared to get some homemade gifts this year!

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I have been cooking more from scratch, and the more I cook, the more of a habit it becomes! So this past weekend I made pork chops for one day last week- and I made some chicken for us to eat. One night we had it with mashed taters- and the night I cooked it I made homemade fries. I am getting my cooking groove back! And I am so excited for that!

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Smashing Pumpkins

The girls had some fun- we use our pumpkins to feed the animals as a natural dewormer. The newer hens were not so sure about it- but once they figured it out- then yes- it was a wonderful treat. Tooty and Sheldon got to half and smash the pumpkins with a sledgehammer- they had such a good time. It was warm enough that Tooty even wanted to run the sprinkler- so while we were putting up the sprinklers from the garden- she got to have a little fun.

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Preparing for Winter…

So we partially prepared the animals for winter. It is getting cold- and that means prepping for winter. It means scrubbing feeders and waterers and laying new hay down. It means cleaning out the pens and preparing for a deep litter system. It means the ducks got a bunch of hay to take up some mud! They hay bale that the pumpkins sat on- gets reused for on the ground- cause it really isn’t good for eating. The pumpkins got given to the animals as a wormer. Winter prep is still not done- but by the end of November will be completed!

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October Seed Shipment-

Planning the garden is going to be so hard now!

I absolutely love the new shipment and can’t wait to plan and grow all these amazing heirloom seeds.

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We are not planning a fall veggie garden this year, but these will be on the list for next year!

Thanks Mike the Gardener! Check out the Seeds of the Month club if you would like to enjoy it as well!

Sunshine-

Sunshine is still alive! No eggs for awhile- I am trying to figure out if she is done or not. I really need to get some more friends for her- but I am afraid she has been alone for too long. I think the ducks disturb her- their pen is right next to hers. I have to clean her pen a little- and she doesn’t take much food or water- so right now- she is a pet!

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Chickens like what?

The girls have been laying a steady 4 eggs a day- although it is molt season so I can’t tell who is and isn’t laying. There is 7 in this coop- and poor Spaz hit her first real molt- she looked horrible and there are feathers everywhere!

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We feed them a little sunflower seeds in the shell every day!

Did you know you can be frugal and feed your chickens your mums? I bought 3 from my daughter’s fundraiser for music for school- and boy did those girls enjoy them!

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The littles are not laying yet- but I keep my eyes peeled every day for eggs! The coops got cleaned out last month. I should show you an after picture if I can- they ate everything down to the stems.

I also found out something was digging- may have been my pooch- near the coops- so I filled in the holes so I don’t step in them. And in the meantime- also got covered in ants from an ant bed! Gracious- we are a hot mess!

Enjoy some pictures below!

Goat Update-

So I finally found something the goats will eat…. you do realize I have some picky goats.

We had some pears about to go bad- and MJ enjoyed nibbling!

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In the meantime- I had to chase Kevin around because of this…

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We have to winterize and work on the goat hut some for this winter- but I did put a fresh batch of hay in there so it wasn’t so muddy! Enjoy!

Fall is here..

Fall is definitely here- and by the weather we can tell. Mornings and evenings get chilly but it is still warm during the day. So much to do with so little time- we are cracking down on Winter and need to prepare.  We have had so much going on that it has been hard to get work done. And I believe I have seasonal affective disorder, when the sun starts going away- depression starts to hit in. It has been harder to get things done- I think I am in a funk.

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The kids had fun trick or treating for Halloween. We went with friends and had a late start but both of them talked about how much fun they had.

Both my husband and I celebrated birthdays this month. Starting in October we really get hit with the holidays. Tooty had a camp out weekend with Girl Scouts in the middle of the month. She had a great time, so while I was helping Sheldon went to the shooting range with her daddy. They had a great time as well. That was one weekend down. Hubby worked one weekend, and was gone the whole weekend from volunteering at the racetrack for the Talladega Super Speedway race on Sunday, so there went another weekend. It sure has been busy.

I like being busy- but we still have so many projects to be done!