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hello september | and what's been going on around the homestead...


I'm finally back from a very temporary hiatus for the month of August. August felt like it came and went....from the 1st to the 31st....with nothing in between! I didn't even get to enjoy it. 

We have had so much going on here, and still a lot that's happening now and for the remainder of the year.

...here are some updates...



Rabbits, Chickens & Ducks


Winifred (blue otter rex) was bred but didn't take the first time. She is now bred and I'm about 95% sure she's pregnant this time. She is due with blue otter babies in about a week and a half or so.

Several of these kits will be previously spoken for once they are sexed. We have a lot of people waiting for this litter, and rightfully so. They will all be pedigreed and range from $50 to $85 each.

I hope to breed our Flemish Giant (Missy) to our Rex buck soon, but we'll see. They made amazing meat mutts that dressed out to about 3.5 to 4 lbs. I was very pleased with them.

We are considering a new chicken breed on our homestead next year. As most remember, I didn't have the best of luck with Icelandic Chickens. However, the new breed we are considering aren't much different, except their personality is much different in some ways. They will be easier to handle and prosper more than the Icies did here.



One of our Khaki Campbell ducks, Gracie, has decided she wants to hatch a clutch of eggs this month. And we figured we might as well go ahead and let her. She started with 13 eggs, but yesterday evening 2 were lost to a snake. She mourned a bit, but we dealt with the snake quickly and she went right back to her nest. She is going strong, and we should have some duckie and chickie babies in about 2 weeks!

Weight Loss

Yes, I am STILL losing weight, slowly but surely. The left photo is from week one, the right photo is now. I would say that I have been trying, consistently, for a total of 12 weeks. There were some weeks, even recently, that were just a complete bust. The best part, however, is that I have not gained back any weight that I've lost. Which I am extremely happy about on the bad weeks! I still have a long way to go, but I'm getting there!


GARDEN & HOME LIFE


Our garden produced a little this year. We didn't have a big garden. Unfortunately the rabbits and some other veggie eating animals enjoyed most of our squash. We did, however, frequent our local farm stand this year -- non-gmo organic veggies....yes please! They were delish!

Samson hasn't had anymore seizures -- thank the Lord!

Jr and his Sourdough!

Mountain man and Jr moved this large dirt pile to a hole in the backyard.
We enjoyed meeting "Elvis" at our local State Theatre for a night of music and history!


Home life has been grand. We have been busy preparing for homeschool next week. We don't start school until after Labor Day, which will be here soon! Jr is excited and bored already just thinking about it. It's amazing how he can be both at the same time. 

We decided to go with Saxon again this year, however, we are doing mostly Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.). Mark and I both did A.C.E. in school, and I think Jr. will like it much better than Saxon. We will remain with Saxon Phonics and Math unless I find that he bores easily with it again this year. In which case, we'll switch completely over to A.C.E.

The homeschool room is complete, however, we are still working on the rest of the basement. If all goes according to plan, the family room, sitting/sewing room, and the main living area in the basement will be completely finished by next week as well (or, mostly finished). I'm really excited to spend the Winter months down there with the woodstove! 



WORK & PHOTOGRAPHY
Venison with Mushroom Sauce


From Chic to Shabby's duckies

Apple Cider (local)


 I have diligently been working on photographs for my magazine (The Piedmont Virginian). We have a lot of fun things coming up in the Fall issue, and we are also making the announcement that we will now be bi-monthly instead of quarterly!

SUMMER ACTIVITIES & A BIRTHDAY


We have been looking for more activities to do with Jr. Now that he's older, he will enjoy more things that aren't TV and toy related. We decided to "splurge" (not really) on a one-year pass to Shenandoah National Park, since it's only a few miles away from us. For $40, you can get a one-year pass -- not bad at all! He can't wait to go hiking on the trails and see the waterfalls.


"Just because" flowers are the best kinds of flowers. I would venture to say that I am one of the happiest girls in the world when it comes to this man I get to call "all mine". It wasn't always that way, but as we've grown together, fought through our differences, and come out swinging as a team, life has gotten sweeter and sweeter. I always get into a place where I think our marriage is the best it will ever be (and couldn't get much better!), and then he just keeps on surprising me...over and over again.

Oh, and see that table it is sitting on? Yeah, that's a REAL table. For the first time in almost 10 years of marriage, we have a real kitchen table...not a small one that we all scrunch up to fit in. I'm so excited about it -- and an antique, at that! Free stuff is the best stuff. 


Oh yes....I'm in love. It needs some new material on the seats, but I'll take care of that this Winter.




 Most importantly out of this entire month, homestead kid celebrated a birthday on the 31st. He is now, officially, six years old....going on 16. This kid...my goodness. I'm not sure about him, other than he's a mess...a beautiful mess....who loves my kisses and hugs when Daddy isn't around, and who could fight his way out of anything. He's a leader, a worshiper, and prayer, and he's defiant. He can make you mad as heck, and then 5 minutes later make you feel loved more than anything. He is so handsome, and I want him to stop growing up so fast. But, it is inevitable. So I hold him tight, smother him in those kisses and snuggles when Daddy is at work, and make sure he knows that no matter what he does in life, I love him more than anything. 

We spent his birthday day at the Air and Space Museum in Dulles, VA. He's been before but was too young to remember most of it. We had a blast!

...and everything else....


We got a bushel of peaches from a local orchard -- some I canned and the rest we made into cobblers and crisps. I wanted to make some preserves or jam, but we ended up eating them all first. 

Apple season is now upon us, and I'm excited to can applesauce, pie filling, and more this year. Grandma has been begging me for 3 years now to do it at her house, so I guess the first bushel will be done there -- and we're all pretty excited!

During my social media hiatus, I discovered a lot more about myself and others. Every time I take a break from social media, it is mind blowing. The things that angered me and seemed so important before I left, aren't as important anymore. In fact, they seem pretty silly and like a waste of breath. 

I have discovered now, more than ever, that I just want to do my own thing...and everyone else can do theirs....without me knowing. I don't want to know every detail of everyone's life. I don't want to worry about politics or the end of the world or whether you believe in this or that. It's not important enough anymore. Because if there's one thing I've discovered, it's that half the stuff you read online is useless and full of self-righteousness and opinionated lies. 

So, I'm just going to sit over here and do my thing. And hey, if the world ends, or even if it doesn't, I'm going to be ok....because the simple life is where it's at. Right here. Right now. This moment. These people in my life. I couldn't ask for anything more. 

I'm happy to be back to blogging -- so much to blog about this month! See ya around....