Kiddie pools, wagons, and electric fences…

Well as usual we are getting things done in the midst of chaos.  Having a toddle to help on the farm is not always super helpful believe it or not!  Our yard is littered with dog toys, kid toys (sometimes I can’t tell which is which), kiddie pools (which of course the border collie uses also) and various other items to trip over.  We are trying to get as much fence put up as possible before winter which means Henley and I are putting fence insulators on while her daddy pounds in posts.  My barn is set up so that I can enclose Henley behind the gate to the feed room keeping her put of the way of horses being shuffled from outside to their stalls.  This works well until she found out how to get the lid off the grain and taste tested most of the animal grain (sheep apparently is her favorite).  Adjusting to farming with kids is much different but the joy my kiddo experiences on this farm is worth the extra time it take me to do everything!

Busy Bees

We have been busy here getting ready for all the animals to come home. The barn is mostly done and is ready for the horses to come home along with a batch of baby chickens. My incubator eggs are two weeks from hatching. We candled the eggs and about 9 of them out of 14 that shipped are developing well. Fence is being put up and Jeff is going to pick up hay today. On Friday night we will be having the farm edition of date night by picking up the llama together. I am so happy that soon everyone will be home!


Well we finally made it we are home at the new farm and mostly moved in. All the sheep are home and we are just waiting to bring Purdy and the horses home. We have some fence to put up for the horses still and a few minor changes in the barn for them before they can come home. In the meantime Henley and I are befriending the new lambs and the new rams in our flock. Stay tuned for more updates!

The Dirt at the end of the tunnel!

You might be thinking that doesn’t sound good at all but you would be oh so wrong. For a year now Jeff and I have been on a roller coaster journey of changing jobs and moving. We had our farm for sale for about 6 months before it finally sold. The new buyers then sold there house adding an additional few months of waiting. It was at this point in February we had a mad scramble to finish packing and moving all the farm (while still covered in snow).

We have been living with my mother in-law since the beginning of March with our two dogs and two cats. The farm animals are all staying with friends. About two weeks into our stay we found the perfect little farm in the perfect location!

Then it’s been a waiting game to close… and waiting… and waiting! I am not a patient person nor have I ever been but having the end of the be over has seemed like it is taking forever. Jeff and I look at pictures of our new house and barn and already have so many plans and dreams! Most of all I cannot wait to get my animals home I miss them terribly and I know my daughter Henley has missed our midway farm checks of all the animals!

This coming year has so many exciting things in our future. We have added a ram to our flock and will be having lambs in the spring. We have a new rabbit to add to the farm so we will once again be raising meat rabbits. I am also excited to say that this year I think I will finally get a garden planted!

Never A Dull Moment

The baby had gone down for bed, I had settled in to watch tv for the night with Jeff just as the transformer across the street blew up which plunged our home into darkness. Well of course Henley slept through the ensuing chaos like the champ that she is! Jeff calmly got up and proceeded to start setting up the generator since it was below freezing and we had a sleeping baby in the house. I settled in to watch tv on the iPad by candlelight while Jeff (being wonderful as he is) took care of making sure we wouldn’t freeze to death! Well he ended up having a friend of the family come over to help him.

I’m going to back up a bit… I asked for a rabbit for my birthday which my wonderful husband arranged. I found Calamity Jane (the rabbit) on a local farm group I am a part of. This rabbit is a Flemish Giant who is destined to be Pistol Pete’s (our giant chinchilla) new wife, and they will make beautiful babies! Well, we are still about a week and a half away from moving into our new farm so we are still living with my mother in-law. Now I’m sure any of you who know me can imagine the conversation about where are we going to put Jane at my mom’s house that I had with Jeff. In the end I convinced Jeff Jane would just have to live in the basement for two weeks until we get to the farm.

Back to the power outage… I’m all settled on the couch when I hear from the basement a very calm cool and collected “Well that’s not good…” this was followed by lots of crashing and banging. Turns out Gus was bored waiting for the lights to come back on and He wanted to go and stare at the bunny for awhile. Well as Gus was staring at Jane he must have got his collar stuck on the grate that was keeping Jane from jumping out. Upon realizing that he was now attached to the rabbit cage Gus proceeded to not so calmly freak out. The ensuing chaos resulted in the cage being knocked over and Jane escaping. Gus was torn between chasing Jane or dying of stress by being chased himself by her enclosure.

I made my way downstairs and made sure Gus was freed and told him to lie down so he wouldn’t make JAne panic. I have spent some considerable time bonding with JAne so when she saw me she hopped right up to me and let me pick her up. Much to Gus’s disappointment I calmly put Jane away in her cage with out his help and ushered the completely unhelpful border collie upstairs. In all this chaos I remembered that we are just a few days away from moving into our new farm (which will bring its own chaos) and that Hen and I would once again be farmers.

Peep peep

This time next month I will be setting up the incubator for baby chicks!! I plan to have it all ready so that when we get back from Florida I can pick up my eggs. A friend is giving me some of her hen’s fertilized eggs to hatch. They are going to be a mixed batch of wyandottes and ameracaunas which will give us both brown and green/blue eggs!

New Starts

We have reached spring and with it comes so many new and exciting things for my family.  We will close on our new farm within the months or shortly after and we cannot wait.  My husband and I have already started dreaming about how we want to set everything up for everyone!

Clown Cars

We are all surviving living in town for the time being although at times I feel we live in a clown car with so many people and dogs crammed into one house.  The dogs are mostly getting along great (Gus takes it upon himself to discipline the other two) even if they are barking all day.  My houseplants I think got the best end of this deal as they get much better sunlight here in this house.  My daughter Henley is loving living with her Nani and will probably be wondering where everyone is once we move out to our new house.

We have in fact found the custest most adorably little farm to buy that’s both close to my husbands job and his mom.  It has plenty of space in the house for the dogs and cats to spread out … as well as the humans.  My mom even has her own guest room to stay in instead of sleeping on the couch with the cats.  There is a small horse barn in the back that will look even better with painted barn squares on it!  Jeff and I have already decided where my garden and chicken coop will go as well.  We are planning to be moved in by mid- may and hopefully pick up everyone around the first part of June.

I am excited to get back to my farm and looking forward to hatching chicks this year, lambs in the fall and then again in spring.  There is great things coming up for us and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the people that helped us get here!

Down the hatch …

My cats are pretty good mousers which I normally think is excellent, today not so much. I knew he had one cornered and he normally eats them. What made today different is he had in fact just eaten breakfast so wasn’t super hungry. I heard quite a bit of ruckus coming from the kitchen followed by the patter of feet’s running towards the living room. Now if I was more awake I would have realized what was coming I however just sat here like a statue. Snugs (the cat) in an effort not to loose his prize was making a b-line for the living room. Our living room is fenced off for the baby so the dogs don’t run her over. Snuggle pants saw this as an ideal place to play with his very much undead mouse. The cat made it over the fence and I was able to wake up enough before olive our Aussie came flying over the fence after him. Well I thought phew crisis averted until I turned around and to my horror my kid was headed straight for the rodent. I made a dive for the mouse at the same time as my kid. The cat seeing his life flash before his eyes disappeared behind the couch. I am sure that as I snatched that mouse off the floor just moments before my dear sweet child it was relieved thinking it might just be saved. Not so poor creature. This mouse must have had a opossum as a distant cousin because he was quite clearly not as bad off as he made out to be. As soon as I had him he came quite alive which scared the living daylights out of me resulting in me flinging the creature into the dining room. As I saw the mouse flying through the air I realized the it was headed straight for olive. Like a champ this is the one time she catches something that I throw instead of it so gracefully and ladylike having it bounce off her face. Well no amount of me saying leave it or drop it would have saved that critter. As olive puts it possession is 9/10 of the law so she caught it’s hers making her only 10% naughty. Down the hatch that mouse was gone and I’m sure Snugglepants is still behind the couch planning his revenge.

Another Row

As our closing date looms ever closer I try to focus on the dreams in my life and not as much on what is currently happening.  Pete our rabbit gets shipped out on Sunday and going to stay with a wonderful family until we find our new farm.  He will temporarily have a very cushy life living indoors with a few kids to sneak him treats.    I had a little chat with him not to take his vacation to far as he will be expected to get right to work when he returns so he shouldn’t indulge in too many cookies!  Next Sunday Purdy and Ewestace will be taken to their temporary home where Purdy will get to watch over quite a large flock of sheep with sooo many lambs.  Ewestace will get to get into all sorts of trouble pretending she is a pregnant ewe when in reality she is just really really fat.  On Sunday the horses are also being picked up by their temporary home (which is the same as Purdy and Ewestace). Badger is going to have the good life being the most handsome horse on the premisises (I tell Ace the same thing…) and Ace is going to spend some quality time with a trainer.  After moving, being pregnant and getting past the infant stage Ace and I are both out of shape and a little rusty.  I figured If I was paying to board the fuzzy guy he might as well get smarter!  We just have to schedule to drop off the wooly sheep and move the last of the boxes out and we will be off to new adverntures.  In the meantime I will be doing so much knitting to combat my stress of all of my farm animals living with someone else.  Just one more row…