Welcome to Volume 3 of the Homestead Happenings, a sort-of-monthly peek into what's happening behind the scenes.
Have you heard the saying that we should be preparing for winter all year long?
When planting the garden, we should be thinking of how much food we need to preserve for the winter. We put enough hay in the hayshed to last us through the winter. Enough meat in the freezer and enough firewood for the stove. Everything we do should be with winter in the back of our mind.
As soon as our weather cooled down enough to be bearable (less than 80° in my opinion) we started working on our to-do list. I was afraid that we'd run out of good weather before we ran out of projects on our list, but fortunately we've had a long autumn. Our first freeze was several weeks late and the horses' pasture is still barely hanging on; I just started feeding them hay this week.
We've replaced the horses' water trough because it began leaking and have moved it to its winter location next to the electric outlet so I can plug in the tank heater when needed. Not only does the tank heater keep the horses' water ice-free, I also dip water from it for the cats, dog and poultry. I only have to haul water and break ice for the goats.
We've moved the ducks to a larger coop and checked the chicken coop to make sure it's draft-free and secure. The fall duckling babies have been sold.
I've been posting daily "thankful posts" on Facebook and Instagram all month. From significant, larger-than-life things like hubby's cancer being in remission and the birth of a new baby in our family to small everyday things like yesterday's rain and my warm barn coat, I strive to be thankful for all that the Lord provides for us. What are you thankful for today?
What's new on your homestead? How are you preparing for winter?
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