Saturday, February 22, 2020

Quote of the Day

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument. - Unknown

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quote of the Day

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue that education without natural ability. - Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cress' Pen

Cress' pen was actually the third goat pen that was made. It buts up to Huckleberry's pen and the back fence which are two of it's walls. We didn't have a lot of chain link so hubby put a section of wrought iron pool fencing that we had and attached it to the back fence. From there he put the gate up on the side of  Huckleberry's pen and ran the section of chain link that we did have from the pool fencing to the gate.

This pen was originally made to be a birthing pen for the girls last year. However, they surprised us by delivering a month earlier than we were told they would as they were pregnant when we got them. So both delivered in the main pen. Thankfully they were only two in the pen at the time.

The point is, that we use what we have on hand at the time the pen is needed to make the new pens. Hubby just makes sure that they are fairly strong to withstand the goat's torture. The roof on this pen was some metal sheeting that we had here on the homestead.

Most of our pen are adjoining so that we don't need as much material to make them. We have found that in doing the pens this way, they need to be repaired a little more often because lets face it, goats are hard on their pens. But they work and they hold them as they are supposed to.

Have a great day!


Quote of the Day

You gotta run more than your mouth to escape the treadmill of mediocrity. A true hustler jogs during the day and sleepwalks at night. - Jarod Kintz

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Quote of the Day

If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. - Unknown

Monday, February 17, 2020

Cookie's Pen

So, you've decided to start your homestead and you get your first animals, but you have no money to buy things to make a pen. What do you do?  Well you use what you already have naturally. Or at least that's what we did. When I was given my goats, we didn't have the money to go get materials to make pens so my hubby used what we had available. In this case, it was a couple gates, t posts, and pallets. This is what he came up with:


It's a fairly good size pen that adds on to what we already have on the property. Of course this is not the first pen we built. This is the last one we have built for the time being. He put the T posts into the ground and then lined up the pallets along the way. He tied the pallets to the T posts so that they won't be easily pushed over.

Now this pen went up were the vehicle gate to back yard was at. It looks like this:

So he had to make sure that we could get the vehicles through the other side too. To make this happen he used a couple gates that we had laying around doing nothing and put them on the other side.

The RV back there makes up the final wall. He attached the pallets to the RV so they won't fall down and the goats can't get under the RV to get out of the pen.  We don't keep the goats in their pens during the day usually. They have a half acre that they get to run in the day time. We only use the pens at night for a little extra predator protection.

So it is possible to make pens on little to no budget. We do this all the time. We repurpose just about everything we can. Once it no longer works for it's purpose it becomes something else or a part of something else. This also helps us to reduce our garbage that we send to the dump because we reuse most everything we can.

Have a great day!


Quote of the Day

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion: even a prudent enemy is preferable. - Jean de la Fontaine

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Quote of the Day

A woman is full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. - Diane Mariechild

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Quote of the Day

You can discover more about a persona in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. - Plato

Friday, February 14, 2020

4 gal. Trash Bags

I received these 4 Gal. Trash Bags 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.

We have a trash can right next to my dad's chair so that he does not have to try to get up to the trash in the kitchen. We got him a small trash can, some thing like would go in your bathroom. I have such a hard time finding trash bags to fit it so when this review came up I jumped at it.

In our journey to self-sufficiency, we are always looking for products that are better for the environment than what is readily available right now. So, the great thing about these trash bags is that they are biodegradable.  This is definitely a plus when looking for trash bags of this size.

They are fairly strong. I mean, my dad doesn't throw anything heavy duty in this trash can, but they hold up to the paper and plastic waste that he does put in there. When I take them out to change them, they are all still in one piece with out any holes in them. So I would recommend these bags to anyone looking for the smaller sized trash bags.

You can get these bags on Amazon here:

Have a great day!


Quote of the Day

There are a lot of reason people don't pursue their dreams of a successful future, but none of them are great. - Unknown

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Quote of the Day

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lawn Mower Tractor

So what do you do when you have a homestead and you need a tractor? Well you use what you have. My husband is so good at making something out of what is available to us. That is what he did when we decided we needed a tractor but didn't have the funds to purchase one. He made one out of a lawn mower that he traded for. The first thing he did was make it a scraper so that he could fix all the holes in our driveway. He did this by adding a blade on the front deck of the mower to move dirt around the yard as needed.

We have a tractor but it needs a motor and we haven't been able to come up with the one it needs at a price we can afford so again he started making what we needed. He put the bucket on the back of the mower so that he could use the hydraulics from the mower to run the bucket from the tractor.

He welded some brackets on the back of the mower so that the bucket would fit the mower. Now we have the tractor that we have so desperately needed. I'm not sure how he comes up with these ideas of his, but he is so good at it.

So now, we have a grader for the front yard when it is needed, and a tractor for the back yard when it is needed. I love that my hubby is so good at fabricating whatever it is that we may need. He did the same thing with all of our pens in the back yard. I will be going over those in the next few weeks I believe so stay tuned for that.

I will be showing you how you can still run a homestead even if you have little to no money right now. All you need is a little space and someone that knows how to makes things that he or she may need.

Have a great day!


Quote of the Day

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. - Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Quote of the Day

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. - George Kneller