Cold Snap

Zoowiemomma it got cold in a hurry here. We dropped down to the low 40s last night. And we were most unprepared for the temps to drop that quickly. During the day, we were enjoying the cool, crisp autumn breeze. One of our cats managed to get out of the house. He was having so…

The Chicken Farmer

Once there was a little boy who loved his chickens. He would pamper his chickens. And care for their home. He took a lot of pride in how well he cared for his chickens. He can be seen outside near his chickens every day, tending to their every care and need. He carefully gathers their…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…