I was so happy to get to meet so many of my extended BHM family at this show! Thank you, all of you, for stopping by and saying hi, giving me a hug and telling me how much you enjoy what I do. It really means a lot to me. I spoke two days on gardening and canning, to a “full house” although I did have competition from a nearby group demonstrating their noisy attack dogs with BIG voices! (I much prefer our “attack” dogs, Spencer and Hondo, who, I’m sure would attack a “bad guy” if necessary but are gentle and saps for petting from “good guys”… and are MUCH quieter!)



While I was gone, I kept in touch with Will at home, who said we had a quarter-inch of snow on the ground and temps in the high 20s-30s. Luckily, he took in my tender plants and Mother’s Day hanging baskets!


Now, it’s back to homesteading. This afternoon I’m going to set out my onion sets and plant the peas; I’d meant to get that done earlier but somehow it always got shoved back to a lower priority. That happens on the homestead! Now I’ve got to play catch-up. Sort of like disbudding our goat kids. They’re way overdue so this afternoon we’ll get that done. (God willing and the crick don’t rise!)

Speaking of the creek, our pair of Canada geese came off the nest this morning with five (we think) babies. So cool. They nest on our small beaver pond every spring. But, unfortunately, they move the babies on to the large pond as soon as they hatch so we don’t get to see much of them after hatching. — Jackie


  1. Rick,

    Our wild turkey hen went “wild” with her babies. We haven’t yet seen them but feel certain she’s out in the woods somewhere with them. I’m sure one of our toms was the daddy. We’ve got another turkey hen, a Slate this time, sitting on a nest just over the edge of the hill beyond the orchard. Will saw 10 eggs when she got off for a minute the other day. So we’re again waiting but we know she’ll stick around! Meanwhile we’re keeping an eye out for the wild hen and her family.

  2. Miss Jackie, How I wish I could have gone to the Expo in Texas to meet you…..We lived in Houston and Galveston for several years 35 years ago…. hated city life and vowed never to leave the country life again!!! I was happy to read about the Canada goose family….Today I saw 3 families of C. Geese with babies How much they grow in a week!!!! How about the wild turkey hen? My friend told me he found a turkey nest with 15 eggs in it today. and I saw a big lone tom on the edge of the woods this morning. I expect Mama turkey will hatch her brood at your place soon…Let us know when you see her and if your farm tom obviously is the father. Rick

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