I wasn't exactly raised on a farm, but growing up I loved visiting all the farms in my family. Something just clicked and now here we are, my husband "Pig Pen" and I, making the most of our 2 acres. So in a sense, it's a return to the farm. Our journey on the homestead began 5 years ago and has evolved from one small garden to digging up, planting up and raising up as many things as our hearts desire. We have 3 dogs, lots of chickens and who knows what will be next! We are not afraid of hard work and love the satisfaction of tending to our home and land. This blog is our journal of life and learning. Much credit is given to all of you who also share your dreams and knowledge! You make life fun and blogging with all of you has taught us that friendships really can span the miles!
Over the summer, Pig Pen's buddy, Lloyd, from work went on a vacation and we kept an eye on his pooch. Now, Pig Pen tells me this the day the dogger is supposed to show up. Was it a planned sneak attack? I think so.
Yet Boomer came! And ya know what? He was such a good dogger that we were sad to see Missy's best friend go.
For those of you who have never seen the difference between a Chocolate Lab and a Silver Lab, maybe this will help:
Our silver is on the left, Lloyd's chocolate on the right. They look guilty as sin! The nose prints on the door are never ending...
Last night, Lloyd brought one of his two-legged critters over for a visit too. She's much cuter and drools much less...
Here she is after Dad tucked her in his truck with a 1 oz honey bear:
It's that time of year again when the hunters hope to fill their freezer for the year. I have been in touch with Jody and I know he is hoping for the same! Best of luck, Jody!! Above all, be safe! I know you will be.
Around here, the season is pretty narrow for shotgun. No rifle allowed. However, if you bow hunt, the season is pretty long. Luckily, Pig Pen bow hunts too, so we have our first of the year. Neither of us "caught" a deer as my MIL says during first shotgun season down in Southern IL.
Well, I did shoot...but those dang eyes shut on me! I could have kicked myself! That's how we learn though, right?
Here's the part where some of you may want to close your eyes...ooook...I warned you!
As you will see, several others had a great season!
My nephew won the "Big Buck, Big Doe" for his 101 lbs doe. He was pretty excited about that! Great Job Kid!
My brother came in second with his buck. I am pretty darn sure he wont go hungry this year!
We were joined again by a friend who couldn't make it to last years Rib Rackers Deer Camp because he was deployed in Afghanistan with the Army Reserves for a year. He got a nice buck his first trip back!
Great job, Joe! Most importantly, thank you for your service! Glad you made it home safely!
It was a great season and even though 'the girls' are still waiting for their first deer, it's alright! We sure do enjoy just being out there!
Thanksgiving quickly followed and since we do things a bit different around here, some of you might enjoy this little clip:
She may not have gotten her first deer, but she sure hit that target!
After we got done horsing around, my little brother (ya...the big guy) exclaims "Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!". Soon thereafter, AL the-neighbor-dude texted Pig Pen asking what the heck we were up to now!?
Ya just never know!
I hope all your Thanksgiving and family visits were wonderful and that Christmas is off to a good season as well!
Been seeing some pretty darn nice aprons coming from that challenge Susan put out there! You guys are awesome! And seeing as how Erin did a post on her sewing area deluxe, I am going to have to do a little sharing on my new area as well!