Category: Urban Homesteading

Banties! 5

Banties!

Rosie, Ada, and I raced to Tractor Supply this morning to pick our bantam chicks. They sell out so fast!  We didn’t even have time to eat breakfast. We managed to get eleven chicks.  Four are Silkies, two are Golden Sebrights, and the rest are mysteries.  I guess I’ll figure out what they are when they feather out and it becomes more obvious. They’re not sexed, so some will be roosters I’ll have to give away. They are super adorable, especially the Silkies!...

This Morning… 2

This Morning…

This morning we soaked up the last of the warm sun before a huge cold front moved through. Now it’s blustery and the low is 30 degrees.  The entire 10 day forecast is cold and wet and blustery.  How depressing. But this morning, it was nice and warm. There were dark rain clouds filling the horizon with warm yellow sun filtering through and highlighting the bright green grass.  Rosie was afraid to step in the wet grass with her bare feet. ...

Be Patient. 7

Be Patient.

My life is a repeated lesson in patience. If I believed in reincarnation, I would surmise that after this lifetime I should be reborn as a very patient being. You know, I had to wait 20 months for Ada.  Three months of an unsuccessful pregnancy, eight months of trying to conceive again, and then nine months of pregnancy.  Finally I got to meet her!  It was only twenty months, but it seemed like eternity of waiting to meet my baby.  It’s hard to accept that you...

Seeds. 3

Seeds.

I just ordered the bulk of my garden seeds for this year.  How exciting!  Soon it’s going to be time to start some of them indoors.  (I always order my seeds from Diane’s Seeds.  Non-hybrid, non GMO, mostly heirloom seeds for super cheap prices, and she sometimes throws in extras for free!  I have gotten a beautiful garden from her seeds with more produce than we could eat.) Spring is really coming!!  Birds are chirping outside during the day, though it spit snow today. ...

Thinking Spring. 2

Thinking Spring.

Ok, so it’s almost the end of January. That means it’s almost February. Almost February means that I need to start planning my garden because a few things (peas, spinach) need to be outside as soon as the ground can be worked in March. This makes me happy! I’m doing something new for my garden this year.  In previous years we had a triangle-ish shape of garden space at the back corner of the yard.  This didn’t work out well because it...

1/18/2011 0

1/18/2011

18/365 Can your pets make breakfast? I’ve been trying to pay extra attention to Rosie lately.  I love the way she absolutely lights up when I teach her something new.  She’s big on learning how to do things all by herself lately. Sleep in her own bed?  Check.  Open her own granola bars and string cheese wrappers?  Mhm, and open everyone elses’ for them as well.  Wipe her own bum?  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Dress herself in clothes she selects?  Oh,...

Whoa, Big Buddy. 4

Whoa, Big Buddy.

My new lens came today!  So exciting.  I can’t wait until I can test it on the girls outside.  It’s so large, but fast and sharp.  Love it. I tested it on the chickens outside in the sun. Isn’t my rooster hilarious looking?  He crows like a dying sheep. It works pretty good in low light indoors as well. HAHAHAHHA. New lens aside, the real story of the day is today’s 365 photo. Buddy. 3/365…a quick snapshot. (Note: Ada and Spongebob are making the...

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins. 0

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins.

I made some kind of unholy goodness for supper tonight. Pork chops covered in cream sauce with veggies. Even Tyler ate it, which is saying something.  I didn’t use a recipe, I just mixed together some stuff we had.  I took about two tablespoons of butter, plus a tiny bit extra, and melted it in my cast iron pot until it was bubbling.  Then I threw in chopped carrots, celery, and onion.  (You could also add garlic, but Tyler doesn’t like it.)  I simmered the vegetables until...

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens. 0

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens.

I get questions from people all the time about keeping chickens in my back yard. My favorite statement comes from my in-laws. “Our eggs come from Kroger’s. Why would we want to waste time and money by growing a garden and taking care of chickens when we could get eggs for $1 a dozen from the grocery?” The answer to that question can be long and in depth, but for simplicities sake I’ll just say I enjoy gardening and tending to...