• Animals,  Homestead

    Welcome, Little Cow

    Well friends, our little sanctuary farm has welcomed home a miniature Jersey steer.  He is the sweetest little thing ever!!  I found him advertised on craigslist and something in that ad really pulled on my heartstrings. Rehoming a 2 year old small Jersey Steer. We were going to butcher him for meat, but don’t have the time or right tools now. If you’re interested in him for meat or a pet, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to contact us. He’s up to date on his vaccines and worming. He has an even temperament. Unfortunately, he’s hard to lead though. You have to pick up.   Poor thing was only 3…

  • Animals,  Homestead

    Five Things You Need to Know Before Getting Goats

    Goats are trouble!  We’ve had them for 6 months and I can tell you that we weren’t ready for them when we thought we were! 1. Goats don’t control where they poop.  Seriously, this is an important fact because they just let it go whenever and wherever, unlike horses or dogs that tend to go to a specific area.  So, that being said, here are some things you might not have thought about. Goats will poop in their water bucket if it’s too low, OR their mineral bin.   I tried the small over the fence feeder for their minerals and no matter where I place it, it doesn’t work out.…

  • Animals,  Homestead

    How did we end up with goats?

    Goats?  I never would have thought it.  But, life doesn’t always take you down the roads you expect!  My high school daughter was working at our local vet’s office and her colleague rescues baby goats that are headed to slaughter.  One day she brought two babies into the office to spend the day with her when they were teeny tiny, and if you haven’t seen baby goats before, well, there isn’t much chance you can walk away without a soft spot in your heart for them.  I would have to say that was the beginning. We visited her rescue farm and got to meet her goats and pigs, and the…

  • Animals,  Homestead

    The Easter Snake

    If you asked me before we rescued Snakey, I would have told you I do not like snakes.  But, we can surprise ourselves! This Easter, my thoughts go back to what happened last year.  I had hidden lots of eggs outside for the traditional egg hunt that our family does.  They are not little kids anymore, but the fun and the tradition still holds.   I just have to be more tricky and sneaky about where and how I hide the eggs!  Anyway, my youngest daughter was the one to spot the real treasure that day.  Since we were making every effort to look under everything and peer into all corners…

  • Animals

    Safety (Alien) Pup!

    Safety is most important. When it comes to family, and that includes our beloved pets, we want everyone to be safe.  Since we let our dog out on the homestead to use the bathroom when it is dark (especially in the winter when it gets dark at noon!! haha), I bought this reflective safety vest for her to wear.  I absolutely LOVE it!  It stays on and doesn’t hinder her running movement at all.  And it has a lot of reflective strips on it.  We got a medium and our dog is about 30 pounds and it fits well. The only problem is, when she is out back in the…

  • Animals

    The Pee Master

    Yes, we do have a pee master in our midst.  You might think I am referring to a mischievous young toddler who isn’t that precise in the bathroom, but no, our pee master is a cat.  She used to be such a sweet, affectionate kitty, but has now transformed into the dreaded pee master.  Let me tell you how it all began.  I didn’t like the litter we were using.  It was a clumping style litter but it smelled, and was a bit dusty when scooping.  My sister-in-law highly recommended using pine pellets.  She said her litter box never smelled bad and her cats loved it, AND it was easy to…

  • Animals,  Hiking

    Muddy Me, Clean Dog

    Another beautiful morning hike, but boy was it MUDDY outside today.  Some portions of the trail were like a new and improved slip-n-slide!  But, the one thing I just don’t understand — HOW DOES SHE STAY SO CLEAN??  I mean, take a closer look at that sloppy trail… My pants and shoes have collected more mud than her little legs! Not that I’m complaining or anything, I’m super lucky.

  • Animals,  Hiking

    Morning Walks

    I love my morning walk.  Every day, without fail, I HAVE to walk my high energy Collie dog, Pippi.  When I’m still in my pajamas and sipping my hot tea, it can be hard to get out the door….but as soon as I’m on the trails, I am so so happy to be out.  There is nothing like starting the day by walking for an hour through the woods, by the river, over the creek.  Some days it’s a silent walk, turning thoughts over in my head.  Other days, I’m running and throwing sticks for Pip, or chatting with fellow morning dog walkers.  No matter what kind of walk it…

  • Animals,  Homestead

    Every Farm Needs a Farm Dog

    We adopted Pippi when she was 4 months old – a cute little border collie mix.  Since long hikes and lazy afternoons at the farm were part of our routine, we knew we could give her the opportunity for lots of exercise.  Border Colies require a lot of stimulation – both physical and mental, and Pippi is no exception!  Here she is at 4 months old: On her first trip out to the barn, she made friends with some very sweet Jersey cows!  Funny, that she barked like crazy at every horse she saw, but absolutely loved these cows.  It took about two more visits before she got comfortable on the…