Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Garden Progress

 I am so proud of my Hubby Aarron. He has made this wonderful garden and has actually made it grow. This is the first time he has ever attempted to grow anything so he should be proud of this work of art!


I am amazed at how much is coming out of the garden this year. The beans have finally started growing beans. Up till now, I have only a small half pint of beans. However, over the last two days, he has pulled in almost a 5 gallon bucket of beans! This winter, even if we have nothing else, we have beans so this means will always have something to eat. 




The cucumber is growing insane now as well. We got 5 just yesterday with more still growing. I have been making pickles with them because Aarron will eat them all by themselves so we always have to have them on hand. Getting the cucumber out of the garden is making this so easy for me to do. Of course we also have others so I need other ideas on how to use them other than salads.



Now I have a question for anyone who grows sunflowers. All of the sunflowers on this line do not follow the sun. I cannot for the life of me find a reason why this would be. They always face east! So they point to the sun in the morning, but that's it. Any ideas on why this is happening would be greatly appreciated because we can't figure it out.



We have melons and pumpkins growing now too. So it seems to me that we had to get through the hottest part of the summer before we got much of anything. Now though the garden is producing like crazy. I think over the last couple weeks, Aarron has harvested something like 5 watermelon and they have been so good. Even the cow thinks so!



I'm not sure you can see it, but we have a pumpkin growing in there! I love to have fresh pumpkin for bread and pies and muffins and all the other pumpkin things. This is my favorite time of year because the pumpkins will be ripening so very soon.

So that's how the garden is progressing at this time.

Have a great day!

Renee


Quote of the Day


If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal. - Unknown






 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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May you receive a sign this week that puts your mind at ease and fills your heart with hope. - Unknown



 

Monday, September 28, 2020

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  Remember, people only rain on your parade because they're jealous of your sun and tired of their shade. - Unknown http://dlvr.it/RhXftq
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  Remember, people only rain on your parade because they're jealous of your sun and tired of their shade. - Unknown
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Greenhouse Progress

 As fall is moving in for most of the country, we are still over 100 degrees just about every day so far. I keep hoping on one hand for cooler weather, but at the same time, the greenhouse is doing so well right now that I don't want it to get colder. 


I am so excited about how well the greenhouse has done this year. When it does decide to get colder, Aarron will again enclose it with glass and tarps to keep the heat in but at the moment it's almost open. There is shade cloth on the top and chicken wire around the outer edge.


The basil is once again ready to harvest. I've done so about 10 times this year so far. I'm not sure what's up with the tomato plants. I get great looking tomato plants but very few tomatoes. Talk about frustrating! I am still trying to figure out what I am doing wrong there. If you have any ideas by all means let me know. I would love to have a tomato harvest for a change.




The picture above is my tomato plants. Like I said great plants, but we have yet to get a tomato off it. None ever seem to grow even though I know they are being pollinated. I have seen the bees in there doing their thing and some we have even tried to pollinate ourselves with no luck still. So Frustrating!


So that's how the greenhouse looks right now. Everything is growing great and producing so much (well at least some items anyways). I am loving how well it is growing right now.

Have a great day!

Renee





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Remember, people only rain on your parade because they're jealous of your sun and tired of their shade. - Unknown



Sunday, September 27, 2020

CBD for Skincare

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CBD for skincare seems to many like a god send. It appears to be the miracle everyone has been looking for. It has been found that CBD has a lot of good benefits for skin so applying to the skin care routine seems natural. Of course, there are many who are against this as well, but I am really not sure why. I would love to hear from those who are against this to help me to understand the other side of this issue. Leave me a comment below and let us start this discussion.  

The health benefits far outweigh any perceived disadvantages of the product, in my opinion. CBD has been found to help with acne, aging, dryness, and eczema or psoriasis.  Anti-aging is a big one on this because so many women are looking for a good moisturizer that will help with wrinkles, myself included. I wouldn’t say that this is a miracle worker but the results so far are pretty promising. I would say to do your own research on this to determine your thoughts and feelings about this skin care information though as I am not an expert. I am only going on what I have read about this because I have yet to actually try it myself. Of course I've also heard that this is a good plant for the environment. It can help with water conservation and soil health.

In another article, the discussion turns to making sure that you trust the company you get your skincare items from to ensure that everything in it is actually what it says is in it. They also recommend that you look for items that have been tested by a third party rather than just themselves to ensure that you have a good product. The amount and type of CBD in the product will help to determine its efficacy. If it is pure oil it will work better than if you get a full- spectrum or a broad-spectrum oil. From what I can tell, there is a lot of information out there, but of course you have to find information you can trust on this subject to make sure you are getting correct information.

That said, there are also so many different companies that off CBD products. Because of this, I would definitely recommend looking for a brand that you trust because this is not controlled by the FDA or any other agency to ensure the potency or anything else of the product. There are so many choices out there so make sure you do your research on this to make sure you’re getting what it is that you are wanting. It sounds like there really isn’t a lot of research on this as of yet, but more is happening every day so we should know much more as time goes on. There are skin care companies out there though that work to ensure their products are what they say they are and do what they purport them to do so make sure you get what you pay for and not a cheap knockoff because the results of that could be disastrous.

Have a great day!

Renee


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If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it. - C. S. Lewis



 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. - George Carlin



 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Getting your Pool Ready for Fall and Winter


I know many people tear down an above ground pool for fall and winter and then put it back up when summer is coming. However, we have found that it's actually real easy to get it ready for fall and winter so when summer comes it just needs a good vacuum and it's ready to go.


The most important part of getting the pool ready for fall and winter is chlorine. Make sure that you will have enough chlorine to get through the fall and winter months. You will want to make sure that you always have chlorine in the water. This will keep the pool from turning green on you while you're not using it.


The next thing we do is make sure it has a new filter. This will ensure that your pump doesn't get clogged up during the months you are not using it. We have replaced the filter every fall and it's good until summer. In the summer, we vacuum it real good and replace the filter again.


The last thing to remember is to make sure it stays full. This will ensure that your pump will continue to work effectively the whole winter. That's it! As long as the pool has enough chlorine it will stay clear all winter long.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Quote of the Day



Faith allows things to happen. It is the power that comes from a fearless heart. And when a fearless heart believes, miracles happen. - Unknown



 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Getting Ready for Fall With Cows

So, this is our first year having a cow on the homestead so we are not really sure what to expect for the winter months here with him. I think we are mostly ready for fall and winter with Bambi but there are still a few things we want to take care of before the colder weather sets in.


I know that we will need to make sure that his shelter is in good order. We will need to make it a little bigger so that he can fit into it when he gets a little bigger. To help keep him warm, we will use hay in the floor for him to bed down in at night.


I am thinking that is all that may need to be done for Bambi but I think we may want to cover at least one side of the pen with sheeting or ply wood or something to help with the winds. We may only do this at the one end where his shelter is. I'm not sure on that yet.



I'm sure I will post pictures later once we get it all done. Is there anything I am missing to get this guy ready for the winter months? If you know of anything please let me know. Leave a comment below with other suggestions on how to get ready for fall and winter.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Quote of the Day



Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out. - Unknown



 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Stay focused, believe that you can achieve at the highest level, surround yourself with others who believe in you, and do not stray from your goal. - Zach Ertz



 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Getting Ready for Fall With Pigs

Fall can be a busy time on a homestead because you're trying to get everything ready for winter. However, here in the desert, it's a bit easier than some places. 


I think that is the main reason I like living here. For us, getting ready for summer takes more time and work. All the pigs really need to make it through the winter is a warm place to bed down at night. To accomplish this we will give them a bed of hay under their shelter.



This will allow them to stay warmer at night. Now if we are going to get a hard freeze, then we may add walls to their shelter or a heat lamp for them. Either way, that won't happen until the day that we will have the hard freeze or maybe a day before if we have a lot to do. 



Thankfully, here, pigs are easy to care for over the winter months.

Have a great day!

Renee



 

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6 months of hard work and focus can put you 5 years ahead in life. - Unknown



 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Not everyone deserves to know the real you. Let them criticize who they think you are. - Unknown



 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Remind yourself of what you have been able to overcome. All the times you felt like you weren't going to make it through, you proved yourself wrong. You are more powerful than you think. - Ash Alves



 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Getting Ready for Fall - Goats

 So here, when fall finally decides to come, we start getting everything together for kidding in the winter time. Because it stays so mild here, we don't have to do as much as some in other areas. We don't usually have to worry about heat because it doesn't get cold to the extreme here. Although we do hit freezing and below occasionally so we do try to have heat lamps and warming blankets on hand, just in case.



In the fall we start our breeding. We only have three to breed so far this year so it will be once a month. Falene was in last month so she will be due in January (providing she took). Astra is in this month so she will be due in February. Then either October or November, Desi will go in with Huckleberry making her due April or May. We are starting to gather everything that will be or might be needed during kidding so that we have it all on hand by the time the kids start to get here.

 
The other thing we do to get ready for winter, is to make sure that everyone has a good layer of bedding in the shelters. We use the hay they waste for this and just pile it in the shelter. This helps them to hold their body temps at night if it does get colder here. 



Thankfully, that is really all we have to do to get ready for winter with the goats. I would love to hear what you have to do to get ready for winter. Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Have a great day!

Renee

 




Quote of the Day


 Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, and no second chances; sometimes it's now or never.- Unknown

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Quote of the Day

There isn't enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there. - Unknown

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall with Chickens

 So with fall moving in (well in some places anyways), it's a good time to look at how the chickens are going to do over the winter months. Here winter is only a couple months a year, normally December to February. But we do still have to make sure that the coop is sound and a bit less drafty.


As you can see by the above picture, we keep it fairly open in the summer so they can every breeze that happens to come through. This is one of the ways that we help to cool them down in the summer here. That and a lot of water all over the place. So as fall comes in we will need to make sure we have the wood or tin on hand to cover up the coop and make it more air tight to help keep them warm over night in the winter.



Anywhere that the coop is open for the summer will need to be covered for the winter. They do have a pretty good area outside of the coop so we usually close it off a bit so they only have the better built area available during the night. This makes it easier to keep them warm because it's a smaller space.



So over the next couple months, we be making sure we have everything to close up the coop for the winter. How do you keep your chickens warm in the winter? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Have a great day!

Renee