Sunday, August 9, 2020

Quote of the Day



Sometimes you must go to war with yourself to fix yourself. - David Goggins



Saturday, August 8, 2020

Quote of the Day



Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what. - Unknown



Friday, August 7, 2020

Ginseng

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I've always had a hard time concentrating on things but I am hoping this will help with that.


I love that this can help to boost the immune system as well as the memory. Korean red ginseng is also supposed to help lower blood pressure. This supplement has been FDA approved for overall health support. It's good for the memory, for energy, for blood pressure, and for overall brain health.


I have been taking this for about a week so far and I can't say that I don't feel better, but I also can't say that it is effective. I do seem to have better concentration and I haven't been sick. So I would think that seems to say it does work, but only time will tell I guess. I will have to update this later to determine if it is actually effective.


So there is a month supply in this one bottle and then I will have to determine if it works or not. If you would like to try this supplement you can get it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L1B16ZE  I would love to hear if you do try it and what it has done for you. Just leave me a comment below and let me know your experience with this product.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Keep faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you're about to give up hope. - Unknown



Thursday, August 6, 2020

Quote of the Day



Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you. - Eric Thomas



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Soil

One of the most important aspects of gardening is the soil. If you don't have good soil, your plants won't be healthy. Every plant needs nutrients that it will get from the soil so you have to make sure that each nutrient is in your soil to have healthy plants.


There are so many ways that one can make sure the soil has what you need, but my understanding is that sending your soil in for testing is the best way to know what amendments you are going to need. Your country health department should be able to tell you where to go to have this done. Most cities appear to have at least one place that can do these tests.



Once you get your results back, then you would add your amendments that are needed for you soil. If you are wanting to go without chemicals, there are many different things you can use in your garden to amend the soil and make sure your plants have everything they need. In our garden, we have used Epsom salts, eggs shells, lime, and DE for both amending the soil and for pest management. So far we have not used any chemicals in our garden.

This is best done before you plant anything. Otherwise, you will be like us and trying to figure out why certain plants are doing great and others are dying. The use of our compost has seemed to help a lot in this regard. However, the more you know before you start planting will help you in the long run to have healthy plants that provide much for your family.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Switch your mentality from "I'm broken and helpless" to "I'm growing and healing" and watch how your life changes, for the better. - Unknown



Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Quote of the Day



How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. - Wayne Dyer



Monday, August 3, 2020

Cleaning Goat Pens

To keep your goats healthy you will need to make sure that the goat pens are kept clean. This is really an easy thing to do with just a few good tools to make the job easy.


A good hay rake will help to make the job easier. The hay rake is just a plastic rake that slides along the ground and picks up the hay. A hard rake will come in handy at times too to get all the harder stuff out of the pen.



To keep the pens clean we generally rake them out once a week. However, sometimes they will need to be done a couple times during the week. We use the hay rake first to get all the loose hay off the ground. If it needs more to come out we grab the hard rake and go to it. Shovel everything into the wheelbarrow and it's done.


We move everything out of the pens to our compost pile that will later be used in the garden. We keep it piled in the back with the chickens so that they will go through it every day and we just keep raking it into a pile and spraying it down with water to keep the chickens coming back to it to keep it turning. This will make the compost usable for the garden in about a month.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings...- Malcolm X



Sunday, August 2, 2020

Quote of the Day



I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou



Saturday, August 1, 2020

Quote of the Day



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt



Friday, July 31, 2020

Greenhouse Progress

The Green house is growing so well right now. I've gotten a cucumber, basil, parsely, and several bell peppers so far this year. I have a few tomato plants growing but so far no fruit from it. I think it's because I don't have the bees going in there yet, but I'm not sure.


My bell pepper plant has a couple bell peppers on it right now that aren't quite ready to pick but should be pretty soon. It's growing pretty big thankfully. I thought we lost them with the frost this year but thankfully they came back nicely.



My basil is doing really well. I've already harvested it several times over and it's almost ready to harvest again. I do however, have something eating at it, you can see some of the leaves have holes in them. I'm not sure what is doing this yet, but we will figure it out and fix it soon.



My grape vine in the corner is growing like crazy, but so far, there is no fruit growing on it. I was told that banana peel could help with this so I'm going to try that and see what happens. I am still hopeful that I will get fruit from this yet this year. I'll let ya know. The one we have in the back yard though has 2 bunches of grapes on it so we are just waiting for them to mature.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. - Tobias Wolff



Thursday, July 30, 2020

Quote of the Day



If people are trying to bring you down, it only means you are above them. - Unknown



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Garden Progress

Oh my gosh! I am so proud of my husband! He started this garden and has been working it every day to make it what it is today. Every time he harvests something, he plants something else to take it's place. It's not working out exactly how we planned, but it's working. I think it has provided more food for the animals than it has for us, but that's ok too because that cuts down on the food bill.


We have gotten more squash and zucchini than we know what to do with! Much of this has been going to the animals. We will usually put it in the fridge so that it's a bit of cold treat for animals in the middle of the day and they seem to love it!



Above is the entire garden with Hubby next to it for size reference. It's huge! And he claims he can't grow a thing. I think he just never tried before now because he is doing an amazing job with this. He has planted buckwheat and wheat and sunflowers to name just a few. The sunflowers have produced amazingly. He planted black oil sunflower seeds specifically for the animals and they have been going crazy over it. The chickens are loving them too!



I am just so thrilled that he has made this happen. It would be nice if we could get a little bit for us too though. Well the beans are growing well too so that will help. Does anyone know if you have to cook beans before you can them or is it better to just store them dry?

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. - Les Brown



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Quote of the Day



Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself. - Deborah Reber



Monday, July 27, 2020

Milking

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When you own goats, it's very likely that you will need to milk them. There are some simple, but essential items you will want to have on hand when that time comes.

The first and probably most important thing you will need is your stanchion. This is the easiest way to keep you doe still while you milk.



This doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to work. My husband and my neighbor's dad built this one from scraps we had laying around the house. The board at the front will pivot to hold the doe's head. This is what keeps her on the stand. We have a chain that goes across her neck and attaches to the other side to hold her. There is also a small feeder on the front that I put sweet feed in to keep her occupied while I milk.



The next thing you will need is a bucket for water and rags. You'll want to wipe down her teats before milking to make sure they are clean. Warm water is nice but just water will do. You will also need a stainless steel bucket to milk into if you are going to milk by hand. I use an electric milker that my husband made for me so I use dark amber mason jars to hold the milk.



Finally you want something to help fight mastitis and other bacteria from getting into the udder after milking. I use Fight Bac for this but there are so many other options as well. You can do a search online to find something that will work for you, or you can purchase this one through the link on Amazon. 

These, in my opinion, are the most important things to have when you start milking your goats but I'm sure other people have other items they keep on hand as well. If you have something that you refuse to go to the milk stand without, please leave me a comment below and let me know what it is!

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Its okay if you don't like me. Not everyone has good taste. - Unknown



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Quote of the Day



One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted to do. Do it now. - Paulo Coelho




Saturday, July 25, 2020

Quote of the Day



A negative mind will never give you a positive life. - Shiori Obata