Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Life on the farm

I recognize that it's been over six weeks since I posted last, and it's stressing me out to try and do a catch-up blog, so we're just going to skip over the past month and a half and start fresh.  Okay?  Whew...

Here's a video of Kai feeding the sheep--I love how his ingenuity comes through as he problem-solves a way to reach the feeding trough despite his short stature. :) My little helper.

As far as an update on the farm goes, we're a bit depleted at the moment.  Our beloved donkey, Leroy, disappeared a couple of months ago and despite all of our efforts, we never found him.  Our suspicion is that he escaped our pasture one too many times and was taken by some irritated neighbors that were fed up with his shenanigans.  But, of course, we have no proof, so who knows?

We still have four turkeys.  We're hoping the hens will lay some eggs this spring that we'll hatch and then raise the poults.  So the turkeys survived Thanksgiving this year.  :)

The same can not be said for the chickens, who, after not having laid a single egg during the past 2 months, are now in our freezer and ready for the stew pot.  They were old and when they did lay an egg, ended up eating it anyway.  So we'll plan on getting a flock of new chicks in February as soon as the weather is more consistently warm for longer stretches of time, and eggs will follow a few months later.  For now, though, it sucks, as we're having to buy eggs at the grocery story (cage free, of course!) for the first time in the past 7 years!

Life on the farm was pretty rough last week when the ice storm hit.  While we had purchased a half cord of firewood the week before the storm, we failed to check our propane tank, and realized a day into the 4 day ice-in that we had less than 10 gallons in the tank (virtually nothing).  We spent 4 days camped out in our living room with our wood-burning stove, and felt like real homesteaders when we heated up pots of water on the stove for baths.  That is, until the water pipe in the well-house froze, and we were without water for 36 hours.  One of my favorite shows to watch on tv is Alaska:  The Last Frontier, which is about a family of amazing homesteaders living in the extreme climate of Alaska, so I just kept reminding myself that if they could do this year round, we could probably manage for a few days.  The kids actually had a great time and saw it all as an adventure.  By the end of four days cooped up together in one room of our house, I was thrilled when the ice finally melted and the adventure came to a happy end.

And that's life on One World Farm!