Saturday, February 29, 2020

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Adversity creates opportunities for success. - Deondria Cantrice



Friday, February 28, 2020

Wooden Puzzle 4 pk


I received these Wooden Puzzles 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.


These puzzles are so cute and so colorful. They will be great for little hands. Each puzzle is 4 pieces so they are perfect for young ones learning the control their hands and fingers.


These puzzles arrive in this box and they are wrapped in plastic. They come with a bag so that all the puzzle pieces can be kept together once the plastic is removed from the puzzles. The bag is a cute yellow backpack type bag that has a drawstring closure.


The puzzles include a bee, a lady bug, an owl, and a fish. They each have 4 colorful pieces that will be easy for little hands to manipulate. Sephy, my grand daughter, loves to work with puzzles. She's not very good at actually putting them together yet, but she sure does try hard. She's only 2 right now so she is still learning.



You can get these on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TTRLVRZ

Have a great day!

Renee

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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney



Thursday, February 27, 2020

Quote of the Day



How we see ourselves determines how we see the world. - Unknown



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Building a Chicken Coop


When you're building a chicken coop, there are few things you need to make sure you add. The first is an area for them to lay eggs. The second is an area for them to roost at night. When we first got our chickens, we had no idea what we were doing. We started with a small area that was flat and fenced it in with chicken wire. We put bricks around the bottom so they couldn't get out. We had no clue that what they needed.


That small area next to the actual coop is what we started with. Like I said, we had no clue  what we were doing. As we started learning, the hubby decided they needed something more. So what we did was just add on to the existing cage that we had. He built the coop using plywood, 2x4's, and chicken wire.


He put in a door so that we could get the eggs. He put an area in the coop for laying (which they never really did use). We put a small door in the bottom so the chickens could get out side and the goats couldn't get in.


Once we fenced in the goats, he put a small door outside Huckleberry's pen so that I could check eggs without having to go into Huckleberry's pen. In the picture above, the doors on the outside are for the laying box. He built a ramp from the ground to laying box. We ended up having to put another box in the bottom that they actually use for laying (sometimes, more often they lay on the ground behind it). As we learned what they needed, we continue to add to this coop.

This was the very first thing we built on the property as the chickens were how our adventure started. So, this one cost the most for us to build because we bought all the supplies for it rather than using what we already had. The idea with homesteading, that I have, is to use what you have around your place rather than always buying the supplies you need. We learned with this that this can be very expensive. I believe we spent about 300 dollars to build this coop. We have learned so much since then though so we don't spend anywhere near that amount on our pens now.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world...If you do so, you are insulting yourself. - Bill Gates



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Quote of the Day



The difference between wanting and achieving is discipline. - Unknown



Monday, February 24, 2020

Quote of the Day


The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the one's worth suffering for. - Bob Marley



Sunday, February 23, 2020

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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. - Vince Lombardi



Saturday, February 22, 2020

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



Friday, February 21, 2020

Girls Pen

So, things were a little different when we went to build the girls pen. We had a little bit of money so we were able to find material that would work well because, well goats can be very rough on their pens.


What we found to use for their pen was old pool fencing. The guy down the road from us had all of this on hand and we were able to purchase it for I believe around $100 for all the pieces. The hubby started at the end of Huckleberry's pen and ran around the yard as much as he could to give them the bigger area. We wanted a decent amount of space because even though we only had 2 girls right now, we knew they were pregnant so there would be more.


We got the door with it and that's what we use to get in the pen and to let the girls out. I love that was something so easy to integrate since the door was already in one of the purchased panels.


So with a little welding and planting some poles in the ground to help sturdy the pen, we have a fairly strong pen for the girls that they haven't been able to get out of yet. He wired the bars to the poles he put in the ground around the pen. It took him about 2 days to get this one up. He did this one entirely by himself so that's why it took a little longer to get together.

So far, the girls are well contained at night and the bars are pretty high, 7 foot I believe so I hope it's not likely that something will get in to them in the middle of the night.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. - Herman Melville



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!

Renee

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!

Renee

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



Sunday, February 16, 2020

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



Saturday, February 15, 2020

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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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08312DL6B

Have a great day!

Renee

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