Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing
Enter the Incubator Giveaway! Sponsored by Incubator Warehouse The Hova Bator 1602N is a great incubator for the hobbyist, homesteader, or small farmer. Read a Review and How to Hatch Chicken Eggs in an Incubator on The Self Sufficient HomeAcre. Be sure to check out the Review and Incubating Duck eggs post on Joybilee Farm! ... Read more →
"Mimi's" Brag Book: The Boys & Their Shadows
Today in Mimi's Brag Book we have: Phillip our lion and Little "H" as we call Harrison play with their shadows.
H is serious about this shadow ... Read more →
Through the Corral Gate
Cherokee is a Bashkir Curly/Quarter Horse cross. His disposition is sweet, gentle, but with a little spunk. He can be stubborn, but is always available for a hug, ride and conversation. With his Bashkir Curly heritage, he is a good fit for our Midwestern US cold winters and hot summers. In the wintertime his coat is fuzzy and warm; in the summertime his coat is sleek and cool.
Recently I was in the hospital and unable to go to the barn for several weeks. It was towards the end of my recuperation period that I learned the true meaning of determination and love ... Read more →
How to make DIY glass spray bottles for your homemade cleaners. (This is pure genius).
Do you make homemade cleaning solutions that contain essential oils?
Did you know that if you put solutions with essential oils in plastic bottles, you can end up contaminating your environment with harmful compounds (like what you're trying to eliminate by going green in the first place)?
That's right. As wonderful as essential oils are, they can also cause those plastic bottles to leach stuff you don't want right back into your cleaning solution--then into the air and onto the surfaces inside your home.
That's the bad news. The good news is there's a simple answer. Glass ... Read more →
Is YOUR Canine CHICKEN Friendly?
Dazed, confused & its still winter
Good morning everyone!
Once again I will be off line for quite awhile as this notebook is leaving the house either by give away or trashed. But before I do that I wanted to do a blog to catch you up on things.
The 7 hens I brought home that made it through raccoon attacks & a very cold trailer, are doing well. I have Lauria, the crooked neck hen & Pipper the twisted leg hen both in the house, Lacey is in today with them as she gets so cold even with the ceramic heat lamps she shakes really bad form the cold. She has never gotten a good set of feathers & just can't stay warm so I have no problem bringing her in on the really nasty days to visit with Lauria. She picks on Pipper so I keep Pipper up in the living room with me on those days ... Read more →
Dig for Victory #7: A Wildlife-friendly Fruit and Veg Garden
As most gardeners know, attracting wildlife to your vegetable and fruit plot is hardly a struggle. "Woodpigeons will eat your thoughtfully provided pea shoots," says John Lewis-Stempel in The Wildlife Garden, "every slug and snail for a three kilometre radius will munch your strawberries, and all the cabbage white caterpillars on earth will nibble your brassicas." John's humour and experience is evident throughout his book, particularly in the helpful section guiding gardeners in striking the balance "between feeding yourself and feeding garden creatures."
The following extract from The Wildlife Garden, which was published earlier this month, is reproduced by kind permission of the publishers, How To Books and details how to make your garden fruitful without neglecting or damaging the wildlife that live there ... Read more →
The Wee Little Kits
The first babies of the Spring have arrived on the Farmlette, and boy are they cute! Ophelia is taking wonderful care of her six fat little wrigglers ... Read more →
Trumpeter and Tundra Swans that winter in western Washington spend the summer in Alaska, northern British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory in Canada. They begin to migrate south in mid to late October.
The largest concentrations of wintering Trumpeter Swans in the lower 48 states are found in the Skagit Valley near Mount Vernon. Both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans occur here. The winter swan population is approximately 8,400 in Skagit County.
The swans in much of western Washington are heavily dependent on agricultural lands, especially dairy farms. They feed on after-harvest crops of potatoes, corn grown for dairy cattle feed, winter wheat/rye, and pasture grass ... Read more →
115 // because sometimes you need home to recharge
In the past I have spoken how to me spiritual fitness is as important as physical fitness. No only is it something I crave but something I require for my well being. And last Monday I decided I need a weekend home in North Carolina to recharge because I am in a nebulous place right now when it comes to my spiritual life. Have you ever felt something so strong that you just did not question it and went with it? That was me last Monday. So I booked my trip and off I went! There is something about North Carolina that I have always loved and the minute I saw the welcome sign at the airport I felt automatically better. It is not only where my family lives but also my best fried Heidi. She definitely my BFF. :-) It was great to spend time with her and catch up ... Read more →
Maximizing your quilting dollars
I’m blessed in that I have access to not one, but THREE library systems where I live. There’s a city library, county library system and a state wide consortium with branches in two neighboring counties. I paid to join the city library, but cards for the other two systems were free. On my first visit to the city library, I borrowed enough books to cover the membership fee.
Interlibrary loan can be your new BFF ... Read more →
Managing your sewing & quilting library collection
Much discussion went back and forth on the CREATE2014 ICAP board about managing our personal magazine collections. I think a lot of it has to do with how one utilizes magazines in his/her creative arts endeavors. I use magazines for inspiration and ideas. I keep them for about 3-6 months and either (1) pass the magazine along to a quilty friend or (2) tear out the pages that inspire me. These pages are either filed away or encased in a plastic holder and put in a 3 ring binder. I take the remaining parts to school for use in various student projects.
As much as I love print products, I have personally moved the bulk of my magazine subscriptions to a digital format where available ... Read more →
Build-A-Sign Product Review & Giveaway
Image from buildasign.comThe internet marketing team at BuildASign gave me an opportunity to create, review, and give away a series of wonderful custom magnets that I have designed just for you. Here's what I came up with in less than an hour on my first attempt...
These helpful kitchen measurement conversion magnets are easy to read at the size of a postcard, and I use mine nearly every day. The magnets are strong, well made, with evenly cut images. Mine holds up a few important appointment cards at present ... Read more →
Bob Books Review
Disclaimer: I received a free Bob Book for Kindle in exchange for a review. The free book did not influence my opinion in any way.
We reviewed Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten [Kindle Edition]. This particular group of books introduces 30 of the easiest and most common sight words. The Kindle version does not include the flash cards, but it indicates at the beginning of the book which sight words will be reviewed in each story. There are only three new sight words per book. I have loved using Bob Books since my older child first started reading at age 3.
Now my younger child is starting to read. He was a little less eager to start reading than his brother was--until I introduced Bob Books for Kindle! ... Read more →
Saponification Sunday, Making an Ash of Myself
Well into my 4th year of soap making I am at the point of saying Ques Sera Sera, oh come on you know..".whatever will be will be", how young are you people anyway? What I mean by that is I am no longer working so hard for the perfect looking handmade soap but instead have focused on its inner quality.
Rationalization at its best, I suppose ... Read more →