Sunday, April 5, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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It's not whether you you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. - Vince Lombardi



Friday, April 3, 2020

Pig Pen

This was another pen that we actually did spend money on the first time we put it up. The first time, we got the hog panels and fence posts from Tractor Supply which ran us about $100. Now we continue to reuse them every time we get pigs.


The first time we put it up, it was square. Hubby put the fence posts in each corner and had a gate on one side. It worked really well and they had a good size pen for the one pig we had that time. Now, after raising the one pig, we realized that we didn't want the pig pen in the same place every time because the pigs dig into the dirt and make holes.


Now, hubby uses the frame from a pool with the hog panels attached to it. He stakes the pen to the ground because the pigs will lift the frame up and come out if you don't. There is some shade cloth on one side of the pen to help provide shade for the pigs. There is also a truck bed in the pen for their shelter. To make this hubby put two fence posts in front of it and tied it up to it. The pigs like to climb on the shelter, so every few days hubby has to go in and reraise the shelter.


Now, when we get the next set of pigs, hubby will unstake the pen from the ground and move it to where it will be the next time. In this way, we can use the dirt to start another compost pile while making sure the holes don't get to the point of being unmanageable. Eventually, we will be putting up two more pens so that we can breed pigs. This way we won't have to spend the money to buy them every year.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul. - Unknown



Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Garden

So since we have all been at home for the most part, we decided we would start an actual garden, in addition to the greenhouse. This garden will serve two purposes: first, it will help to feed the animals, and second it help to feed us.



While I know that right now it doesn't look like much (Hubby just finished planting it when this was taken), in a few short weeks, hopefully it will start to look like we know what we are doing. Hubby tilled the ground and then leveled it. Then using the tractor/mower he plowed the rows. Today he actually got to plant it and water it. So hopefully in a few weeks we will be able to see some growth.



It's a pretty good plot of the yard that gets full sun. I can't remember what all was planted there but there is some ground cover and some climbing plants that will need something to climb on. I know that some sunflowers went in it. Buckwheat and flax seed too. So here's to a good growing season this year.


This plus what we have in the greenhouse, I shouldn't have to buy veggies at all this year. I hope anyways. Did you start a garden this year? I would love to hear what you are planting or what you would like to plant if your growing season hasn't started yet.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quote of the Day



Don't rush the process. Allow yourself to grow at your own pace. Stop comparing your life to what other people are doing. - Unknown



Monday, March 30, 2020

What Do You Need For Pigs

You want to raise pigs but what do you need? Of course part of the answer depends on what you want them for, but the easy answer is food, water, and shelter.



Pigs have different uses on a homestead and this will determine what you need for them before you bring your pig home. The most basic needs are a safe pen with shelter to get out of the elements, clean water, and food. These are the main items that will help your pig to grow and thrive. Of course there are other things you can get for them as well, but I have found that as far as toys are concerned, don't spend a lot of money. They will take what you have available.


We had one pig that enjoyed playing with a bowling ball that we had here in the yard. We've also had luck with different sized balls that were again from around the yard. They will also climb on things that are not too high for them to get on. Ours like to get up on their shelter, so hubby has to go in and lift it back up every couple of days.  They will also need a mud hole. This is just a hole in the ground that you fill with water so they can play in it. Especially in the summer time, as this is how they will cool off as well.



For food, you will want to make sure that you get a good food. We have always used MannaPro grower food. It contains the protein they will need to grow and to thrive. Finally, just make sure they have clean water. This can be a big challenge. We have to change the water twice a day to keep it cleanish. They will climb in their water bowl if it's big enough. They will dump it over if it's not big enough.



Plus, they can eat anything out of the kitchen. Our pigs get all the leftovers from the kitchen so we have no food waste. I love having the pigs around for that reason alone, but I have to say, they can make really good pets too.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. - Nicholas Sparks



Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. - Willie Nelson



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Quote of the Day



It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times. Never give up. Good things are coming your way. - Unknown



Friday, March 27, 2020

Baking Soda for Goats

I hear all the time the same question: Do I need to give my goats baking soda and why? Well the only answer for that is yes! The baking soda adds to their diet in ways that nothing else can. It helps to keep the acid down in the stomachs of the goat, so it's sort of like an antacid in that respect. It can also help treat bloat if you have a goat that gets into the feed or something else that it shouldn't.



So how do you give the baking soda to your goats? Well that part is easy. I put in a feeder attached to their fence so that they can get it when they need it. This is called free choice feeding. My understanding is that they will only ingest what they need of it. For this reason, I put in a feeder on the fence right next to their free choice minerals.


This allows the goats to get it when they need it. There should never be a reason to force feed baking soda. Your goats will know when they need it and when they don't. Because of this, I do not recommend mixing it with their hay or their grain. If they don't need it, they won't eat it so it would just be wasting their food anyway.


This is just one more way to keep your goats happy and healthy. 

Have a great day!

Renee





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Sometimes you need to burn bridges in order to stop yourself from crossing them again. - Unknown



Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. - Nido Qubein



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Leather Journal

I received this leather journal for free or at a discount for my honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here.

I love the looks of this leather journal. It's classy yet a little bit rugged too.


I think this one is going to go to hubby so that he can keep track of all his projects and check them off when he's finished them. It's small enough that it's easy to carry around with you in a pocket or in a purse. The pages in the notebook are unlined so it's perfect for any type of journaling you could possibly want to do.


Plus it looks good too! This journal is very nice and appears like it's going to work really well for hubby. He can't wait to get his hands on it from the moment I showed it to him. It comes with a pen and snaps closed. The pen has a little slot on the side as well so you won't lose it right away either. The front cover has a large pocket and two small pockets so it can also double as your wallet with a place to carry cash and cards both. I really think this journal will hold up really well for a while.


You can get yours on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083LX3Q22.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Nobody is worth stressing over. People come and go. Move on and go find yourself, the world is yours. Life goes on. - Unknown



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

What do you Need for Goat Kids?

So, you have or soon will have goat kids. What do you need? Is there special equipment for them? The easy answer is no, at least not if you have momma on the premises too. For the most part momma will take care of everything for the kids. Of course there are things that you may want to have on hand just in case you run into an issue as I did with these two sweethearts.


If you buy them at this age you will have to bottle feed them. I know that a lot of goat owners will tell you this is the only way to buy a kid. One that is or has been bottle fed. I've been told that it makes them more docile and friendly, but I have to tell you that this isn't always the case.

While bottle fed babies are more friendly and docile, dam fed, or momma fed, kids can be too. I have one right now that was totally cared for by the dam and she is probably one of the sweetest goats that I have. I usually let momma do the work. I work with the babies from day one to ensure that they are nice and friendly too.


As long as you work with the dam fed kids from the start, they can just a sweet as a bottle baby, with less work. However, this year momma came down with mastitis so we had no choice but to bottle feed these two kids. So back to the question at hand, what do you need for kids? Well my first suggestion is to have bottles on hand just in case you need them.



This will ensure you are ready to take over if the need arises. I try to keep goat milk around at all times too, for the very same reason. They do have milk replacers, but goat milk will always be best for them. However, this year, with these two I didn't have enough from last year to make it the full time they were on bottles so we did have to end up with a milk replacer for them.


They are growing fast. In the picture above they are just 6 weeks old. I usually will keep them on the bottle until around 10 weeks so we still have a few more weeks to go. I will always recommend dam feeding the kids, but there are times when that is not an option. In that case it is best to be prepared with bottles and some sort of milk replacer for the kids should anything happen.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Moving on doesn't mean you forget about things, it just means you have accepted what happened and continue living. - Erza Scarlet



Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quote of the Day



Give yourself some credit for the day you made it when you thought you couldn't. - Unknown