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We Have Triplets!!!

Exactly one week after our goat Rosie gave birth to Posie, we witnessed another more dramatic birth.  Jody, our four-year-old Nubian milk goat, had triplets!  She was in labor and heading for the woods.  The new-born pen/milking parlor still had Rosie’s and Posie’s bedding in it, so we quickly cleaned it out and put down [...]

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Priorities for Sustainability on the Homestead

This week I got a little reality check about what to expect in the near future on our new little homestead.  I’ve been looking forward to the completed deck and getting my little “nest” all in order.  But when Silver Oak and I sat down for another planning meeting (which was put off too long) [...]

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Rosie’s Kid: It’s a Girl!

It’s such fun when baby animals are born on the homestead, especially when everything goes smoothly.  Monday our young Nubian goat Rosebud (Rosie) had her first kid.  I’m so happy she chose to go into labor early in the afternoon when the sun was warm, rather than late at night in freezing temps as we’ve [...]

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Gratefulness on Our Off-Grid Homestead

One blessing about starting with nothing and building our little homestead from the ground up is the excitement felt with every step forward.  How energy-giving to hear the children’s grateful comments about their new cozy beds, or about a repaired outside light on a dark night, or warm water in cold weather.  In the land [...]

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Cold Weather, Bunk Beds, and China Dishes

This week central Florida got COLD!!  Being inland we had temps in the mid 20’s (F) several times.  We soon discovered outdoor cold causes condensation on the floor beneath warm bodies.  Since the kiddos were still bedding down on the floor, the foam mattresses beneath their sleeping bags were getting damp.  Not good. Building bunk [...]

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A New Year on the Off-Grid Homestead

Happy New Year!  I wrote this as we drove home from NC after spending four days at my parents’ cabin with my extended family.  This annual event is the highlight of the year for the kiddos.  All 27 of us enjoyed time together eating, playing indoor and outdoor games, talking, laughing, and having a good [...]

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