Thursday, December 10, 2020

Life With Interstitial Cystitis

           This is such a personal and for me, intimate topic. It speaks of a very private battle of chronic pain and physical limitation that I abhor admitting to. I have spent years planning my life around it's predictable nature, trying to outsmart the effects it had on my life. I have been silent in the presence of others and participated in activities I knew would exacerbate my symptoms because I simply didn't want to discuss my symptoms or complicate other's meal or activity plans. Eating at restaurants always seems to come with a painful price tag and physical exertion often left me sweating from the sheer pain it caused.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Maid-N-Meadows: Fall 2020 Update

             Fall is on the slippery slope toward winter and we are just barely hanging on! There is so much to do and yet so little time before the cold creeps in. Plus, this year, we are going to function a little different than normal and milk through the winter. That means chores on top of preparations! But lots of fun stuff to be excited about and excited we are!

Notice the corn in the background drying in "shocks". Local Amish farmers will feed their animals with this corn, over the winter.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Managing CL In Goats

       


 Talking about CL in your own goat herd is a subject that fills many a goat farmer with shame. No one likes to talk about it or admit they have it on the farm. It is a disease that is incurable, gets in your soil, in your barn, and spreads through tools as well. Quite simply, it is gross and hard to get rid of without hard culling and testing. It was a sad day when I realized what we were facing.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Dairy Sheep Diary Part 3

       


          We have had our dairy sheep for four years now. If you are just catching up, check out "Dairy Sheep Diary" and "Dairy Sheep Diary Part 2". A lot has happened with the sheep in the last 6 months. We are still really enjoying our girls and milking them more and more. This year we are using some of their products to sell at our farmer's market booth, along with selling the rams for meat.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

10 Things I Hate About Farming


         Some days, I HATE FARMING. Some days I can't help it! I get hot, tired, and frustrated to the max. So before anybody gets any unrealistic, romantic ideas about what farming looks like....let me just burst that bubble really fast! Here are the top 10 things I hate about farming.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Maid-N-Meadows 2020 Summer Update

            I know! It is actually almost fall....just a few weeks from now. I wrote a spring update and then summer just HAPPENED! And doing anything beyond the bare minimum was just about impossible. But the heat has died back and the garden is dying down....we are almost caught up on the goat and sheep chores. This week we are cutting hay and working on getting the bees ready for winter.


        The babies have grown so much over the summer. Beulah will be 2 in October and Elora will be 1. I am both excited and dreading this year of toddler delight and mayhem. Little people keep things so stirred up! They investigate and move things constantly. The little girls keep each other in stitches or tears, depending on the moment. They are just a lot of life, all the time. :-) Very fun but lots to manage, as well.

    Jaden has become like a second mother. We often work together to get through cleaning, schooling, bed time and you name it. But she is also exploring new adventures when she isn't curled up with a good book. She makes the cheese with Daniel, most days, and today was practicing driving the tractor, raking hay. We are prepping the goats and sheep for breeding season and she is prepping her calendar for all those little babies she is going to midwife into this world.


 Jacob has kind of outgrown everyday life here. He works for a neighbor farmer and is gone most of the time as older teenagers often do. Karson has taken over the main labors of the farm. But he likes to work with his friends too, so this summer we arranged for him to work with a friend once a week. All the older children hang out with their friends on Sunday for fun, too. 


    But everyone gets involved somehow, somewhere. We had a ball this morning eating sticky honey while we worked to clean out the comb. Between finding old costumes and taking turns on the extractor...all were engaged. 



Friday, May 22, 2020

Family Homesteading = Togethering

         What is the number one reason we love farming and homesteading? Two words. "Family Togetherness" If the most important and valuable thing we do in our lives is family bonds and relationships, then I want more of that! When I ask myself what will really matter in 100 years, my answer is the time I spent with my children and the impact that will have in their lives and the next generations'.