Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Revealing.

I got to thinking the other day.  As much as everyone on here feels like family, we really don't know each other.  We may comment on each others blogs or even on Facebook, but we really don't know each other.  Some of us have even talked to each other on the phone, but still, we don't REALLY know each other. I don't think you can really know a person unless you have been around them physically for some time.  A lot of things can be hidden without seeing the person's face.  A lot of people have surprised me on how they REALLY are once I got to know them in person.

For many years now, I have been "faceless" here on my blog. I feel like a lot of us have become friends.  (Well, as close to a friend as the Internet can let us be.)  So, I decided that I was going to have a revealing.  I'm tired of being behind a curtain and trying to be anonymous.  I mean seriously, you can't hardly be anonymous on the net anymore anyways.  Plus I figured once my articles get out there with my picture attached to them, I would be revealed anyway.  So well, here goes.

This is me.  Well, what use to be me.  I'm 20 pounds lighter now.  Yay me!!!!  And now to let you know more, my name is Sherri.  HI!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, just me. (Well, and Hubby too.)

P.s.  I didn't realize how big my boobs looked in this picture until I posted it.  Well, enjoy.  LOL!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

As Of Late

I promise I am still here!!!  This time of year is very busy for us.  The garden is winding down, but now we are getting ready for winter.  I was hoping to have our house close to being done already.  With Hubby being sick and me working, it has been near impossible to do anything with it.  We really want to get some done on it though before it gets too cold.  We shall see.  I learned not to count  too much on my plans as of late. Something always seems to change them. lol

The chickens are doing great.  They are really laying their butts off. hehehe.  I'm sure they will be molting soon so I should enjoy all the eggs while I've got them.  They usually molt right when it starts to get cold.  I think they do this so that they can line their coop with feathers for the winter.  Just an idea.  Hehe

The rabbits are doing good.  The three young bucks are still alive.  We haven't found time to butcher them.  Maybe this weekend.  It's suppose to be cool.  I don't like to butcher them when it's hot.  The flies are usually really bad then.  It's suppose to be in the lower 60's this weekend so it would be a good time.  I'm also going to be breeding the other three New Zealand does to The Big Guy soon.  And yes, I checked.  They are all does. I'm sure!

The cattle and horses are starting to grow their winter coats.  I like when they start to get all fuzzy.  Makes them look so cute.  I think it's about time we butcher our young bull too.  I think my freezer is calling his name.  He is a pretty good sized bull.  Angus and Limousine mix, he should be really good eating. Hershey, the young heifer born this past summer is growing like a weed.  She'll be a nice cow when she gets older. We've been trying to tame them down as best as we can. The older cows are a lost cause.

Before the weather gets real bad, I want to check all of our fence and make sure there are no trees down and on the fence.  If there is, maybe we can cut some for fire wood.  We haven't done any of that either this year.  We are soooo far behind on things.  Including writing on this blog.  :-)

I know I have said this before, but I'm hoping things will slow down a bit and I will be able to do some writing on here.  I've been writing for the magazine, but I have felt that this is my first love.  You guys are like family!!! Well on that note, I'm going to have to stop.  I will be trying to stay in touch with you all.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, busy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wooo Hoooo!!!

I don't remember if I told you, but this year, I though the garden was a bust.  At first the crows came and pulled up some of the small seedlings so they could eat the corn or beans they were coming out of.  Smart buggers.  Next, we had our rabbit problems.  They were eating the tops off of our beans as soon as they got their normal leaves on them.  After we put up a rabbit fence, the deer decided it was their turn to torture me.  They jumped my garden fence and ate almost all of my green tomatoes plus, they ate my beans down to the ground.  I just about gave up on the garden all together.  That was, until last night.

I went out to see if we had one, just one tomato for a sandwich.  Not only did I find one tomato, I found a whole bucket full!  Plus a gazillion large green tomatoes coming on!!! The weeds were horrible, but I had tomatoes!  I think the weeds were actually hiding the tomatoes from the deer.  There were no deer tracts in the garden at all.  Well, not any I could see.  There were a LOT of weeds.

Not only did I have tomatoes, but I had beans!  The beans that I thought were being taken over by weeds had decided to fight back.  They had climbed the weeds as if that was what they were there for.  There were bean plants taller than my head and they had a very heavy load of beans on them.  Woooo  Hooooo!!!!  Maybe I won't go hungry this year after all!

Now if I can only find time to pick and can them before the first frost.  Looks like it's time for me to take some time off work again.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, actual gardener.  kind of.....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oh My!

See these little cuties?  There are actually three of them.  I have waited 5 extra months for them to grow up so that I could breed them. These pictures of when they were one month old.  They are a lot bigger now.

I was going to breed them to this fine looking feller.  You can't tell it in this picture, but he is a solid black New Zealand.  He's a nice big boy.

Well,  today was going to be breeding day.  I put one of the young ones in with the Big Boy.  They went around and around and around.  Then......fur started to fly.  I mean, big tufts of fur.  The young one was tearing fur from the Big Boy.  It went on and on and on.

I had to get them apart!  So I grabbed the young one and got it out of the cage.  As I was holding it, I had a thought.  Maybe I didn't get the sex right with the young ones.  So I looked.  I turned it over and right there in between it's legs were..... Oh My Goodness!!!!  That's not a girl!

I checked another one.  SAME THING!!!  I checked the last one......  I am officially revoking my rabbit sexing license. It was a buck also!  I have waited 5 month and fed these suckers lots of food for nothing!!!!

I guess I'll be having rabbit stew pretty soon.  Back to the drawing board.  Looks like I have to wait another 2 months for my other three young'ens to be old enough to breed.  Don't worry, I checked them again.  Yep, they are does.  Hopefully.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, license revoked

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bad Things And Good Things

Many things have happened since my last post. As you have probably already heard, we here in Blog Land, have lost a real icon of homesteading.  Sci-Fi Chick died.  I'm not going to go into any details.  I'm sure she would hate all of  the attention her death is getting, but I also don't think she realized how much she touched the lives of so many people.  We use to talk a lot in Wolfe's chat room, sometimes way up into the night.  I will miss those chats.  I talked a lot with her and I think we had become friends, at least as close as the Internet would let you.  You will be missed Sci.

Since it has been so long since I have posted on here I thought I would try and catch you up on what has been going on.  We have been really busy around here.  We were given a bunch of corn so we froze a few bags for later.  I just love frozen corn.  It tastes just like fresh picked corn. No canned corn can compare.  If the electric is out for a long while we will keep the freezer going with a generater.  If we can no longer run the gererator, we will be canning some corn really fast. lol. I think the taste of frozen corn is worth the gamble. We froze some of the corn that we grew, wasn't as good as the corn that we were given, but it will work in the middle of the winter.  I think we waited a little too long to pick it.  It wasn't as milky as I like it.  I'm picky.

I have officially signed the contract to be a writer for Molly Green Magazine!!!  I actually have something published on their website!!  I'm soooo excited!!!  I'm talking about Hubby and I trying to eat more organic foods because of his health scare. It's a short article but it's still an article that I wrote, publish by the magazine.  You can read it here.Our Journey To Wellness Begins  Did I tell you that I'm EXCITED!!!!!! LOL!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, saddened, yet excited at the same time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting Scary

The garden, this year, is a bust.  Not that things didn't grow.  Ohhhhh noooooo!  Things grew great!  The deer were very happy that my tomatoes grew great!  They thought they were tasty too!  We haven't had one red tomato out of our garden. (not counting the cherry tomatoes) The deer eat them when they are green.  We haven't been able to keep them out of the garden.  The deer also ate the beans.  It's a bad time for us to fail in the garden area.

It's getting scary out there folks.  The world is one big powder keg getting ready to blow.  I feel it could happen at any time.  The things going on over seas are one thing, but the things happening on our own soil is something else.  The "feel" is just not right.  No respect for anyone or anything.  People are not respecting authority and authority is not respecting the people.  It could get ugly.

In fact, I was told by Country Girl, that there are rumors going around about something called a "Purge" here in my own local city.  If you have never heard of this, it's where people will do anything that they want for 12 hours. Looting, stealing, burning, raping, and possibly murder.   It could get bad.  This "Purge" is suppose to happen on the 30th of this month.  We shall see if anything actually happens.

It's times like these, when I hear all of the stuff going on in the world, that I look at how I could improve on being prepared.  I have a job now, so I have to think about what I would do if something happened while I was at work.  I'm sure most people have thought about the same thing.  It's just coming more to the front of our thoughts when we see what's going on in the world.

This makes one wonder, will this ever stop?  Will the powder keg blow?  Or, will things just pass over and go back to where the people can trust one another?  Will it ever get to where the people can trust the government again?  Only time will tell.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, watching

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Busy Time Of Year

It's that time of year.  The time of year when we don't even have time to breathe.  Work has been taking up so much more time than I was wanting it to.  I've been working full time but I'm considering going down to part time.  That way I can have extra time to work on the garden, house, and just farm "stuff" in general.

I'm also still working on writing.  I'm just getting the "beginning" of things going on that front.  I'm soooo excited about this opportunity!  It also has put a torch under me to try writing for other magazines.  Why stop with just one???  hehehe.

On another good note, we've been really taking care of our health.  I've had soooo much more energy since I've started eating right and exercising more.  My knees have felt better than they have for years.  Now the challenge is to keep it up. This extra energy is pretty addicting, hopefully I can.

Hubby will be cutting hay this weekend.  Hopefully we will get a few days together that are rain free.  It's not that we've gotten much rain, we need more.  We've been getting just enough to not cut hay.  The weather forecast is for a few dry, sunny days together, so as of right now, hay will be put up this weekend.  We already have it sold so that will be extra cash in the pocket.  And I don't know about you, but I can ALWAYS use more cash. :0)

Hershey, the calf, is growing very nicely.  She's getting bigger and bigger everyday.  That little one is going to be a massive cow.  She has shoulders on her like a bull!  Maybe I should post a picture of her on here again.  I can get much closer to her now.  She's not as scared of us as her mom.  That's a good thing!

I'm also considering getting rid of the rabbits, again.  I keep missing the dates that they need to be butchered and then I end up with gigantic rabbits that are too big and tough to taste real good.  They are costing us more money than they are worth.  Sure, I could raise and sell them, but then I have to have time to put them on the Internet and wait for the buyers to come.  My time, right now, is something that I have to be really picky about.  If it's not something that I REALLY enjoy, I'm not going to mess with it.

I'm actually going to try and cut back on all the stuff we have in the house.  We live in the basement, but we still have a lot of useless stuff that we have brought in.  I mean seriously!!!!  We don't NEED all this stuff!!!!  It's just cluttering up space.  And right now, I enjoy the space more than I enjoy the stuff.   Maybe I should have had this mindset when I was bring all this stuff into the house to begin with.  Oh well, time to start pitching.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, busy

P.s.  I just told my boss that I will be going down to a part time position.