Queen Regina

Meet the queen. THE queen. The Queen. Queen Regina. And, just so you know, that would be the Latin pronunciation of Regina, using a hard-g sound in Latin, not the soft-g sound in English.   This was the absolute largest mantis I’ve ever seen before. Hence the reason the boy named her Regina, which means…

Home Sweet Home

Here are a handful of my favorite things from the past two weeks. Last week, I travelled to Salt Lake City for the global doTERRA conference. It’s always such a fabulous week. I love to hear about the success of the company, new products, the science behind it all, the charitable giving the company does,…

Oils To Go

My family uses essential oils every day, in every aspect of our lives. I would be hard-pressed to tell you an area where we do not rely on oils to help us in one way or another. So when I have to start packing a suitcase for a week long trip where I cannot carry…

Homeschool on the ‘Stead

We don’t officially homeschool year ’round, though that idea appeals to me. We never really stop homeschooling, but we also kinda do take a lengthy break. However, that lengthy break is still filled with research, learning opportunities, field trips, and lots o’ reading. We may not sit at the table and do math work, but we still exercise…

Eggs and More Eggs!

We are consistently getting four to five eggs a day now. Our blue egg layers still haven’t started laying any eggs yet. Neither the black Australorp hen (Strider) and one Bantam (Benipe) have started showing signs of being ready to lay yet. One Bantam, Hope, laid her first egg today. Check out these eggs we’ve…

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…