We had New Years Eve baby goats

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I have been watching our Nubian doe, Bella, for many days as she was getting close to kidding and the weather's been cold. Since we're off grid, there's no way to provide heat for...

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

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We're working toward that too. After all, following the exciting and peaceful holidays, visiting family (social distanced, of course), and eating lots of goodies, we're getting back to work. Seed orders are flowing in,...

We had our “second Christmas”

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Sunday, my oldest son, Bill, and his family came for a masked-up, COVID-19 Christmas. We put our presents to them in the back of our car and grandson, Mason, carried their presents to put...

Yep, we’re getting a very white Christmas

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But, holy cow, does it have to snow this hard? It's not a blizzard because the wind isn't strong enough, technically. However, snow is driving down thick and hard; about an inch every half...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Last night we had six inches of fluffy new snow, covering the evergreens around our house, making it look like a Christmas card. Only we live in this Christmas card all year long. How...

Today was “one of those days”

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It started out pretty nice with a partly cloudy sky and no new snow. Besides, the temperature was 20 degrees above zero and was forecast to go nearly to 30. So I made a...

We woke up to -7 yesterday morning

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So I was kind of surprised when it had warmed up to 5 above, Will asked if I wanted to go down and split a truckload of firewood. What the heck — I put...

On our last “good” day, we hurried to get another load of wood in

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According to the weather forecast, our above normal temperatures and clear days are about to come to an end. Snow and colder temperatures are on the way. So while I hurried to can up...

We can’t stop COVID-19 but we can bring in firewood and save seeds

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With all the unrest and worry around the country, it's no wonder doctors are seeing a spike in depression, countrywide. But I feel lucky; as homesteaders, Will and I have real world things to...

For me, canning season goes on all year long

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While some folks only can during — or shortly after — harvest season, I can year around. I still have some frozen venison from the buck our son Bill shot, so two days ago...