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Smokin’ Good times…

Smoked beef burgers for dinner last night.

Yesterday was our first smoke of the year. I ended last year spending a week out on the smoker with two homegrown hams, bacon and summer sausage for Christmas dinner.

It’s felt like summer all week with no one being rushed out the door for school so we’re wishing tomorrow would stay tomorrow until September at least.

We spent yesterday walking around the local Ag Fest tempting ourselves not to bring home anything living.

Good thing I only have a small car at the moment or we would’ve had another dairy goat, pig and a couple more rabbits. We even saw a miniature horse we all fell in love with.

However hard we tried we couldn’t get back to the car without bringing home something breathing.

Some new trees for our small forest. Hey they were free!

Yesterday morning working with the horses I finally got them both comfortable following me up the wooden ramp to the front porch. Without grain, halter or lead rope.

I got the older of the two to follow me up the stairs as well with grain as a treat at the top.

This morning they both followed me up with only a little hesitation.

When they get confident with these simple tasks I’ll start working on it getting them used to a harness and light pack.

The end goal is to be able to drive them and pack with them.

Why am I asking them to go up the stairs and on the ramp? When we’re out hiking I want them to be confident in new/weird situations so they won’t panic and get hurt.

Why am I not using a halter/lead? I want them to gain the confidence at their own pace and trust themselves to follow me through anything calmly.

I’m running behind this weekend. I haven’t needed an alarm all week, waking up 15-30 minutes before it would go off. This weekend, I’m not sure if all the extra exercise is getting to me or if my body is rebelling but I slept 15 minutes past the usual time I would get up.

I have my alarm set for 45 minutes before sunrise. Why get up early when you don’t have to? I was asked recently. I can’t waste a beautiful peaceful morning sleeping!

Hope you have been enjoying your weekend!

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Back in the saddle again…

I started this blog with the intention of treating it like a farm diary. Since then my 17yo begged for a way to make extra money so I let her take up the feeding/watering chores. It literally takes only about 30 minutes if you do the chores with a purpose.

The teen is away this week she’s volunteering as a camp counselor for the 6th graders Outdoor School. Sunday the tween and I drove her an hour into the mountains for camp.

Monday morning I let my insomnia do it’s thing. I rarely sleep past 3:30 or for more than 5hrs. Not by choice.

Last night I actually got 7hrs of sleep but I was ready to do chores 15 minutes before sunrise.

I’ve always been one to get chores done at daybreak. It’s such a peaceful time of the morning being awake before the chickens are off their rafters.

Oh and the tween is an awesome teammate. She mostly just walks along but she does it enthusiastically without complaint. Pretty cool for an 11yo.

Now we’re talking about keeping the farm chores and find a new way for the teen to make money. 😁

On the downside the newly installed bees disappeared. That was sad and $160 tossed into the wind but maybe it was a mistake getting bees that weren’t in an established 5 frame nuc. I thought I would save money just getting 3lbs of bees. I knew better. It’s never worked for me in the past.

I made the tween biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Of course I forgot to take a picture. I’ll probably make her more tomorrow so I’ll give you a recipe and picture then. Promise! I had some V8. I’ve never been much of a breakfast person.

It’s almost 7:30. I better get back to it. I need to build a couple of rabbit yards. The 5 baby buns are almost as big as the adults.

I need to work on the meat shed too. My garden is depending on it.

Have a great day!