Thirty three years young, wife of one man, mama of six children, homeschooler, homesteader, homebirther, self-taught amateur herbalist (15+ years pharmaceutical free!) hobbyist photographer (yes, all the photos are mine), former c.n.a. turned wannabe midwife, prepper, survivalist, avid gamer, incessant reader, nourishing traditional whole foods eatin', metalcore lovin', unapologetic christian foundation cannot be moved, poetical, slightly eccentric "think outside the box" opinionated woman living in the backwoods mountains of southeastern West Virginia
Building. . . an addition onto the chicken coop, for the past two days. Just me and my 9 year old and 7 year old sons (Elijah and Solomon) using “re-purposed” wood salvaged from The Land. Once completed, the chicken coop will be three times the size it is now. We plan to greatly expand our flock come Spring.
Birth. . . My “Herd Queen” Darlene gave birth on September 30th. One little girl, we didn’t even know she was pregnant! 😆 Goats are very good at hiding their pregnancies, especially if it’s only one kid. Being half Nubian, she’s also very long in the torso which makes it even easier for her to keep a pregnancy hidden. The last time she kidded I didn’t even know for sure that she was pregnant till about 10 days beforehand. So that makes 3 DOES in milk which equals out to about 1 1/2 – 2 gallons of milk a day! I see lotsa homemade goat cheese in my future!
Preparation. . . for winter. We have a good system going. Nathan chops down the tree and then chops the trunk into manageable sized logs, he did this last Fall and Spring, and the wood sat and seasoned on spot all year. The kids and I then carry these logs to the house from the woods and put them into a pile by the chopping block. Nathan then splits the logs into firewood and stacks it to further season it and for use in our woodstove throughout winter. It’s a team effort, and our heating costs will be very LOW this winter! 😀
Planted LOTS of Garlic a few days ago.
Been back into the school swing of things as summer has ended here. Daily schooling Sunday-Friday, 6 days a week, that’s how we roll 😎 Just finished up a lesson on the planets and outer space, reading through The Hobbit together as we are so excited to see the new movie in December. Charity, my 2 year old, is loving school the most and she’s not even being “officially” schooled at this point…but she knows more of her alphabet that her older brother Matthew (who is 4) but Matthew can count really high and she has no interest in numbers yet. Taught the two oldest boys how to make a loaf of whole wheat bread, from grinding the flour themselves down through the kneading and even the shaping of the loaves. Making and baking your own bread is a valuable life skill that every child should learn!
And it’s always the same this time of year, I always end up hating my blog and desire to delete it, but I won’t. I’ve had so many blogs before, and deleting them, that this time I have decided that I will not delete no matter what. I could go a very long time without posting right now, but force myself to do this post, to do a post once a week at the least. I just don’t care….and it gets to be this way every year at this time *shrugs shoulders* So, if there is something you’d like to know about from me, now would be the best time to ask…at least it’ll give me an idea for a blog post! 😉