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I am Tricia. Momma of nine, homeschooler, artist, foodie and maker of all kinds of things. It's a pleasure to share here our family homesteading adventures, the things we make, and what inspires our days. Read more about my family and work here. Thanks for visiting!

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summer to fall

Three days ago the calendar changed to fall.  However,  the weather never got the notice.   If I am honest, I have been living for fall and cooler weather all summer.  Sweating outside is not my thing which sounds so funny coming from someone who lived most of her life in Florida and will again in the future.  Fall is one of those things that I never knew I needed so much until I had it in my life.  Fall weather means the seed ticks will vacate our woods so that I can take more than an occasional walk.  I long for the color of leaves ablaze on the trees.  The feeling of cool crisp air that lets us bring out our handknits once again.

In the meantime, the boys have been busy putting the tomatoes, peppers and other lovelies in the garden to good use.  Homemade hot sauce made from our garden tomatoes and peppers (which I do not like even though I have heard that it is very delicious) has been at every meal lately.   They got to use Charlie’s squeezo and boy is it a good tool to have around.  The tomatoes go in and the juice comes out of one side with the seeds and peels on the other side.  Easy peasy and then of course the chickens and water fowl get all the peels and seeds.  They may even plant a few for us which we would find next spring.

Knitting has become a nightly activity again as well as dominoes and Settlers of Catan.  I came upon a beautiful vintage wood card table during my thrifting excursions in a small antique shop, which has become a permanent part of our livingroom now and though I had planned on recovering the top part, it has quite grown on me and I couldn’t imagine this sweet folding table with a different fabric on top.

Decorating for fall has also been in my brain at all times and I think some new door wreaths are in order.  I did notice that the girls dragged out all of our fall pennants and fabrics so they must be feeling this way too and a few changes always do our hearts good.  I long for soups every night (Poppa really dislikes soup during hot weather though I still sneak one in each week) but pumpkin soup, pho, stews, its all calling to me and I can’t wait.

So what are you doing to bring about fall?  I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you happen to be and don’t forget to send some fallish thoughts our way… every little bit helps right?


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Farm update

Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

I just got home from spending most of July at the Florida house welcoming our newest grandson into our family (in the exact same spot that Mateo was born) more on that tomorrow.

It’s been a while since I have done a farm update.  We have added 2 members of the human kind to our farm family (more on that later also 🙂  and life is good.  Busy and different but good.

This summer we added a big new field of row crops and I feel like converting everything to long rows now.  They are so pleasing to walk through and easy to maintain.  We have easily 3 dozen different veggies growing in the garden and 3 huge beds of potatoes.  An official herb garden instead of having my herbs scattered around our homestead and I painted a barn quilt to go on the side of the henhouse.  We have once again added more rabbits, a breeding pair of meat rabbits and are planning pigs and bees in the spring.

The Tolouse goslings almost have their honk.  I am expecting it any day and they seem to have taken on the role of duck security guards.  They puff up their little chests and create a circle around the ducks which is so funny.  The ducklings are feathering out and spending most of their time in their little kiddie pool.   The new chicks have learned their place in the pecking order and stay clear of the older hens.  If the older hens are inside the henhouse, they are out in the yard.  Everyone seems to be settling in perfectly fine save for a hen that gets a little annoyed once in a while with all the new additions to her henhouse.  We added portable and very lightweight electric fencing which everyone has learned to use and avoid including Mateo.  I find my kids sitting nearby watching to see if any of the new chicks run into the fence which is actually a pretty funny sight to see.   It is so good to know that predators cannot get to our animals anymore.  Good for this mamas mind.

We will be starting some fall seedlings sometime in the next few days and so continues the cycle.  It’s so good to not need to buy all of these things at a store and so good for farm kids to keep busy with.  They love it.

Christopher received a recurve bow for his birthday with a homemade wooden target.  I plan on making him a leather quiver for Christmas and I love to see these boys out in the woods practicing.

The weather is getting so nice and cool in the morning and evenings here and its a nice reminder that we are almost out of the heat of summer which is not my favorite.  Soon enough fall will be here and we will get to spend more time in the woods which right now are a crazy jungle of trees, vines, brambles and weeds.  Soon, very soon.

For now, I will enjoy morning breakfasts of eggs and greens (though they got a little bug eaten but still yummy) and tea on the rocking chair on the shady porch but I know that pumpkins and squash are coming and perhaps hot chocolate sometimes instead of tea.

How is life in your neck of the woods?



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