Sunday, May 31, 2020

Quote of the Day



Be the type of person you want to meet. - Unknown



Saturday, May 30, 2020

Quote of the Day



Be good to people for no reason. - Unknown

Friday, May 29, 2020

Turtle Bedspread Set

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This bedspread is so cute. I plan on giving this to my grand daughter Persephone and I believe she will love it.




This bedspread is big! In the picture it is on my full size bed, but if you watch my video about this bedspread on YouTube, you will see it is sold as a twin size bedspread. So, if Persephone doesn't like it, I guess I can always keep it for my bed. 



I love that this bedspread is thin. In the Arizona summer, thin is good. It should be perfect for use here because it is thin. I have to have a blanket on me at night, so something thin and light is always a good choice. So far, I adore this set and can't wait to see how Sephy will feel about it.

You can get this on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NSS4V5P.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Greenhouse Progress

I am so proud of how my greenhouse is doing right now. I am looking forward to having cucumbers and pumpkins in a few months. The basil, cilantro, parsley, and dill are already being dried so I can store them.


My tomatoes haven't flowered yet, so I'm not sure what's going on there, but otherwise they are looking really good and growing really well. I can't wait to start getting tomatoes this year. You can see the cucumber plant in the background. It is trying to take over the left side of the greenhouse so far.


My grape vine is growing fast. No grapes yet though. I am still hopeful that maybe it is just too early for them yet. I will continue to update on this one, or if you know of something I am not doing with them, please let me know in a comment below. I would love to get grapes off of this vine this year.


My basil is doing really well. I have already harvested once so far and it's almost ready to harvest more.



I have a bell pepper growing! I am hoping it will get a little bigger. This is about as big as it got last year. Hubby thinks this may be root bound which could be the cause of the small peppers coming off it. I'm not sure though.

So far all is good and we are starting to harvest different things from the greenhouse so I will be able to start processing everything for keeping. I am looking forward to eating a little more healthy from our own yard.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



You don't have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. - Dan Millman



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Quote of the Day



Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway. - Earl Nightingale



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Quote of the Day



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



Monday, May 25, 2020

Bathing Goats

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I have to say that I truly do love my goats, however, they can get dirty at times. I have found that most of my goats do not like water. And I mean to the point they run away from me when I have the water hose. So, I had to get creative to make sure they aren't always dirty.


I chose a dry shampoo. Something I could spray on them and not have to wash off. I then use their brush to brush it into the coat and massage it into the skin. The shampoo that I use is from Bodhi Dog and can be found on Amazon. I love that this is easy to use and doesn't take a lot of time. I also love that my goats that are afraid of water, will allow me to use this on them with no issues.



However, Butterscotch, pictured above, loves the water and gets into her water bowl several times a day so she is easy to get with any type of shampoo but I still use the dry shampoo on her as well, just because that's what I have out there for them. She loves the brushing she gets with it too so for her it's a win-win situation.



So, if you have goats that like to play in the water, or goats that are afraid of the water, you can still give them a bath to ensure they are not disgustingly dirty all the time. What do you use to bathe your goats (or other animals)?

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel. - Steven Furtick



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Quote of the Day



The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. - Mark Twain



Saturday, May 23, 2020

Quote of the Day



I hated every minute of training, but I said "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammad Ali



Friday, May 22, 2020

Goat Hooves

One of the most important things to remember about keeping your goats healthy is to make sure you trim their hooves. Without trimming, the goat could become lame or worse.



You want to make sure that you trim the entire outside of the hoof and scrape all the junk out of them. By doing this, you can make sure the pad is healthy and not hurting the goat. You can also make sure there is nothing stuck in the pad that could be hurting the goat.



It is really fairly easy to do this yourself or you can hire a farrier to do it for you. A farrier is someone who does this type of thing for a living. They do horse shoes also and many do pig hooves as well. It all depends on the person as to what animals they care for and know how to handle. Many times the farrier will come to you so that you don't have to stress your animals any more than necessary. 



Either way you decide to do this, just make sure that it gets done. There are so many videos on YouTube that can teach you how to do this. It's really not hard and you can do it yourself. If you would rather spend the money for a farrier though, that is good too, just so long as it gets done. You will want to check them every week to see if they are in need though.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. - Zig Ziglar



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Quote of the Day



Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Swimming Pool Care

I know that a lot of people won't put up a swimming pool in the back yard because of a fear of maintaining said pool. Well I'm here to tell you it is actually very easy. There are 2 main things to remember to keep your pool looking good.



Now of course, our pool right now needs a good vacuum, but you see the water is very clear. This pool has been up for 4 years straight now. Yes, even during the winter. We have not had to drain it yet and shouldn't have to as long we remember 2 main things to keep the water from turning green. First, water movement. I think this is the most important thing to remember. If the water isn't moving it will turn green. So get yourself a good pump that moves the water and you will be fine.



The second thing to remember is chlorine. Make sure you have chlorine  in your pool at all times. That is what we have done for the last 4 years to keep our pool clean. Of course, you have to skim and vacuum the bottom on occasion. But if your water is moving and you have chlorine, you will have clear water.



I hope this has been helpful for you. Is there anything else that you do regularly for your pool?

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope. - Shakespeare



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Quote of the Day



Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. - Henry Ford



Monday, May 18, 2020

Harvesting Herbs

Harvesting herbs is probably one of the easiest things to do on a homestead or in your garden. Once the plant has matured enough to start harvesting, I imagine that you will never want to buy your herbs again. And I wouldn't blame you for that thought.



Once you use fresh herbs, you will not want to buy them again because the flavor is so much better than what you get at the grocery store. The herb is more fresh and therefore more potent as well. Plus there are several ways that you can preserve these herbs to use all winter in your kitchen.



I think my favorite way to preserve herbs is to freeze it. You cut the herbs down to the size you will use for cooking first. So either strips or diced, or however you use them in your cooking. Place the herb into an ice tray in say like 1 tsp or 1 tbsp servings. Pour some olive oil over them and place in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can take them out of the ice tray and store them in your freezer in either a plastic container or a ziploc bag.



When you need them for cooking you pop one in your pan and you have both your oil to start and your herbs. For me, this is the easiest way to save and use my fresh herbs. Of course you can also dry them and use them that way too. It is another way that is easy to do and makes them handy any time you need them for cooking.

What is your favorite way to preserve your herbs out of the garden?

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Don't believe everything you think. - Unknown



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Quote of the Day



We must accept the end of something in order  to begin something new. - Unknown



Saturday, May 16, 2020

Quote of the Day



At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn't believe in yourself. - Stephen Covey



Friday, May 15, 2020

Quote of the Day



You've got to say: I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. - Lee Iacocca