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November 23, 2016

Homestead Happenings #3


Welcome to Volume 3 of the Homestead Happenings, a sort-of-monthly peek into what's happening behind the scenes.

Homestead Happenings #3

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.

Garlic has been planted and mulched with leaves

The garden has been put to bed and my garlic is planted and mulched with leaves, and covered with a scrap of wire fencing to hold the leaves down. The container herbs are indoors now, along with a tomato plant I found growing in the yard. Why not pot it up and bring it indoors?

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.

Our recycled shed

This week I found my horse Ella inside the shed where we store the feed. I was horrified, but thankfully she hadn't consumed much and didn't suffer any ill effects. I immediately moved the feed to our cargo trailer where I could keep it secure. We always checked the shed door to make sure it was closed securely but it had popped open anyway, or else Ella learned how to hit it in just the right way so it would open. Hubby has installed a hasp on the shed door now so it won't happen again.

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.

How to make pumpkin puree

This week we're preparing for our Thanksgiving holiday. We've roasted a pumpkin and I'll make pie crusts and pies today as well as give the house a good cleaning. Hubby will smoke the turkey and I'll just have to make the side dishes.

Be Thankful

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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18 comments:

  1. I'm just happy to have the yard cleaned up before the snow flies! The only animals here are our 5 dogs, and they're all in the house.

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    1. Cleaning up the yard is still on my to-do list, Deborah! Don't know if we'll get the lawn mowed one last time or not at this point.

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  2. Great Post! I feel like we still had a lot to do this Autumn, but it didn't happen. Still, I am Thankful. God is good!!

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  3. What a great post. You've been busy. It's fun to read about your adventures.
    I miss that kind life. So glad the horse didn't eat too much. That is scary!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, yes, it was scary! I'm glad you enjoy reading about our little adventures and that it brings back some memories for you.

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  4. Kathi, we never did get the lawn mowed a last time...the mower wasn't working!

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    1. So we'll get it done in the spring, right? Besides, slightly long grass keeps the snow from blowing around. ;-)

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  5. Sounds like you're ready for the snow to fly! :) I love the detail in the preparedness.

    I'm thankful for everything in my life! I've been doing daily gratitudes in social media all month long <3

    Stopping by from Saturday Sharefest!

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    1. Hi Mary! I'm glad to hear that you are sharing your daily gratitudes too!

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  6. This is our first year having chickens and we are working to get a system to heat their water.

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    1. I hope you are able to find something that works for your situation. My chickens are too far away from the house to have electricity in their coop, so I have to break ice for them and carry warm water. I use a black rubber feed pan for their water in the winter. I've found that it holds the heat longer and it's easier to get the ice out because I can twist it and thump it on the ground without it breaking.

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  7. Getting the chicken coop cleaned up and winterized today. The goats are all ready. 4 round bales of hay in the north hoop house for them. I let them in the front hoop house last week and it is ready to be turned into raised beds. I finally have the 2 camera's in the goats stalls and I am now just waiting on Cassie's babies to come in the next couple of weeks. ) I think)

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    1. Sounds like you're ready, Robin. Wow, cameras in the kidding stalls would be awesome. Hope Cassie kids on scheduled.

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  8. We don't get much of a winter around here (Florida), so there isn't much to prepare for. I bet you were surprised finding the horse in the shed! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Hop!

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    1. Surprise is an understatement, Katy!

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  9. Great post, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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    1. Thank you for hosting the hop, Swathi.

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