The Facts of Life

We may be new to homesteading, but we aren’t new to having to say goodbye to critters we love. The past week has been one of those times when my sweet youngest boy has had to learn how to say goodbye to something he loves even when he wasn’t ready to. For me it’s easy…

Eggcitement!

Hooray! We have at least two chickens laying eggs! We found our first egg yesterday afternoon. What an eggciting day for us! This rainy morning we found a second egg. It was actually still warm, so we must have just missed the girl. The two larger eggs are the ceramic eggs we placed in there…

Hornworm Karma

Hawk moths. Sphinx moths. Hornworm moths. Whatever you want to call them. They are absolutely beautiful. But their larva form, the hornworm caterpillar, is pretty destructive. I will admit, they are beautiful and fascinating to look at. If you’ve never seen one, here ya go. As you can see, they get pretty big. A caterpillar…

Fun At The Fair

It’s been a busy week for us. Thank goodness it’s…oh, wait, it’s not Friday yet. Oy. We had to make a trip up to Philadelphia this week. If you’re interested in that, you can read about it on my other blog. This week is also the local agricultural fair. We made plans to attend on…

Punks on the ‘Stead

As if my three growing boys who demand to eat multiple meals a day every single day wasn’t bad enough, I’ve got other punks around here demanding to be fed, too! And I’m not just talking about the dog and cats and chickens. Check out these little punks we’ve discovered recently. All guilty of mooching…

Coop Diaries

Day 68 of our captivity. The tall two-legged noisy ones caused quite a raucous in our coop today. First, they attempted to shoo us all into the roost. We outsmarted them by running underneath the roost just out of their reach. Sadly, they possess something called bamboo sticks that are long enough to reach us…

Oh, The Browns…

Brown is one of my least favorite colors. Once upon a time, I think let’s go back to the late ’90s…brown was the new black. Everything was in shades of brown. I loved my brown shoes, brown purse, and everything from beige to the deepest shades of brown. Now, I find the color brown to…

Turtles on 122

My youngest son loves rainy days at 122. Rainy days mean the turtles come out. We have enjoyed watching and learning about the Eastern box turtles. We tend to only see them on drizzly days or just after the rain. So far we have identified four individuals. Two males and two females. They tend to…

Chicken Run

We knew when we bought our house that we were going to get chickens. We didn’t really have a time frame on when we would get them, we just knew we wanted them as soon as possible. We went to the feed store to look for work boots for my oldest son and we accidentally…

Itchy Itchy Ya Ya

  Some days I feel like a CSI detective, a Sherlock Holmes and Watson…nah, more like Monk or Matlock. A few nights ago my youngest son presented a mysterious rash right before bed. Aw nuts. If you Google rashes before going to bed, you will itch all night. I’ll spare you all the details, but…

Bird Nests and Pellets

Back in March, we started watching birds build their nests in our front landscaping. We loved watching a cardinal family building their little home in one of our Arborvitae trees. There were a total of three nests between two Arborvitae trees, one in a maple next to the house, and two more on gutter elbows…

This Is Plumb Crazy

The plumber was supposed to arrive during a 4-hour window in the afternoon. He was late and arrived after 6 pm for what was supposed to be an assessment with potential work beginning tomorrow. Except the situation was desperate enough for the plumber to start on it tonight. Backtrack a little Last week we had…