Sunday, February 24, 2019
Way back at the first of November, we made an offer on a piece of land just a few miles from family but a long ways from home. It is a complicated 'short sale' and we are still waiting! It seems as though it might finally be resolved one way or another this next week, but time will tell.
We sit in the mornings with our coffee in hand and chat about the business of the day. "Are we up for this adventure?" "Can we build another house?" "Are we too OLD for all this???" and other mornings, we ARE those long ago 20-year-olds, newly married and ready for whatever life and the Good Lord put in our path!
If all goes accordingly, at the new 18 acre farm, we will 'gut' a little cabin (picture above) & re-model the inside; build a garage and put our home up for sale in preparation to move. Once the house is sold, we will simultaneously move our 39+ year accumulation of STUFF to the 'new' place, live in a cabin and build a new house! Whew!
We won't plant a garden this year - that right there will be really strange. We've always had a garden...as a matter of fact, I can't remember a year we did't have at least a small one. I'm planning to stop my Ebay & Etsy stores if our purchase goes through and we've whittled our farm animal population way down. I've still got 8 keeper rabbits, 8 members of the goat herd and a handful of hens.
So, simpler, more down to earth farm life for today: I sewed up a bunch of primitive pigs this morning, made a backing for a quilt that I'm going to put on my quilting frame, made Veggie Beef Soup & Focaccia bread for dinner and chased a baby goat all over the bottom of the field (outside the fence!) until we finally caught her and deposited her back in the field with her mama! The sad bleating was what alerted us to her plight, but she did NOT appreciate us trying to rescue her, nonetheless! The others were VERY helpful - gathering round and dancing about in goat-ful glee that we had come out to play!
We've been (shhh, don't tell anyone!) buying cheap Vodka at our Costco store....and making extracts!!! We've got bottles of vanilla and now some AMAZING bottles of orange extract as well! Such fun! You'd have laughed to see us trying to find Vodka the first time - I've never bought alcohol in my life and we had to look at a lot of bottles before we found it. Who knew there were so many varieties, lol??
Well, that's the update from the Hilltop. All is well and we're learning patience (are we?). Well, we're trying! Until next time....
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path." Proverbs 3:5-6
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Well, life has sped up considerably and the last 5 months have zipped by like an express train!
In between visits with that special little guy, life on the farm does go on, lol! I found an elk antler in our field on a walk in April....We picked gobs of cherries from our Montmorency Pie Cherry tree this year.
Our daughter and her little family are about a 2 1/2 hour drive away and we have kept the roads well traveled both ways as we get to know our sweet baby boy!
As I write this, we are just back from a day trip once again, this time to enjoy the Westport Washington Art Festival. Quite a few vendors of art & foods along the main street. We had fun wandering & visiting, ate lunch at our favorite Bennett's Fish Shack, of course and then stopped for a 'sissy' coffee (as my hubby calls it) on the way home.
There were also chain saw artists & local musicians and a pottery vendor. We each came home with a new handmade coffee mug!
It's a hard thing to think about, for sure. We love this farm and living so far from the world...but not living so far from the rest of the family! So, in the months ahead we will be sorting, cleaning, & repairing a bazillion things around here in preparation for a new adventure!
In the meantime, we're still doing all the harvest stuff, too! We just made some really yummy jelly from our Hollywood plums and canned that. The tuna and chicken broth we canned last week just went down to the cellar and on Monday we're canning the pie cherries that we picked and stored in the freezer. We just put our wildcrafted mint away for our Winter tea and also braided all our garlic and put our onions in their baskets.
Life is full and happy, the Lord has blessed us greatly and we fully believe that every good and perfect gift comes from Him! Until next time (and hopefully not such a LONG time!) Serve the Lord with gladness!
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
It started off fine & slow. I even had time to arrange a wall of my sewing machine museum to my liking. This is the 'German' wall. I think the German-made machines are my favorite - with their well-made mechanisms and lovely inlaid wood.
It made the view from the house a lot like it was 20 years ago when we first built the house and the trees were just babies. Fir trees are an amazing crop - those trees were less than 4 ft tall when we moved here and now they've been harvested! Next year we'll replant and it'll start all over!
Our three girls kidded without any trouble at all this year! That's Maryanne with Mordecai and Magda just moments after being born. Shiloh had a doe we named Shinar and Ekaterina, not to be outdone, had a doe we named Egglantine!
The fixer-upper house deal that my daughter and her husband were waiting on finally went through and the pace of life picked up! My husband is a builder and his skills are needed!
Now I'm home (temporarily) again but fighting the flu bug. As soon as I get over it, I'll be packing up Francis again and heading for the little house once again, this time to put the kitchen and nursery together!
In the meantime, daily farm life goes on day after day, week after week, much the same...
Today I've done very little. Made myself the Potato Soup my sweet mama always made when I was sick. Mostly sitting in my recliner and impatiently waiting to feel better, lol.
I started the day with a wicked headache and nasty cough, so my daughter actually did the goat milking chores for me. She just went out again this evening to feed the goat kids their milk - they get milk twice a day until they're about 8-10 weeks old. We bottle or bucket feed them so there's milk for the house, too.
One day I got hungry and rustled up scalloped potatoes in my crockpot. Of course I put ham in the other crockpot and dinner just wasn't complete until I made a pecan pie and banana bread! Wish I had it today, though I can't taste much of anything so I guess it won't make much difference what I eat until this bug is gone!
This is Rip and I in our favorite recliner chair. (Oh, and by the way, I lied earlier. I have definitely changed from 35 years ago, lol.)
People have been buying not just seasonal items either, but out of season things like pumpkins, squirrels and bats, oh my!
We're starting to think about the garden - just got a roll of landscape fabric & barnyard bark to work up some raised beds for the strawberries. I ordered vegetable seeds and will start them as soon as they arrive in the mail...and as soon as I get over the flu! Stay well and I'll sign in again when I have a chance!
Thursday, December 7, 2017
I've still got a quilt in progress and an afghan almost finished, a new, big order of primitives to work on and, of course, the usual everyday stuff so I'm kept hopping!
I asked my hubby for a box of oranges and a bag of lemons and he brought them home the other day. I've got an amazingly simple method of making Orange Marmalade. You just put 6 oranges, 4 lemons, and 2 cans of pineapple in your food processor and grind.
These three guys (hard bald eggs, of course) are in my fridge....
Zephyr and Zelda are standing in the pile of carrot scrapings they disdained when I generously offered them. No accounting for taste. None of the animals wanted them!
Imagine what our forebears would think if we tried to convince them that we could 'see' the baby and know if it's a boy or girl when the mother was only half-way along!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tiptoe down to the red cellar door and see how much we've accomplished this canning season!
Our birds free range through our orchard, but one of them is a LONE FREE RANGER, lol, as I often see her strolling through the yard or chasing grasshoppers out in the pasture. It is a time of plenty and I have at least 6 or 8 dozen eggs in my fridge. I send them home with anyone who stops by, so if you need eggs, you know where to come, lol!
Seems like there have been a million things to do. We had a cider-pressing party and after everyone took cider home, we still had 14 gallons to can. We've been canning apple butter & apple sauce, harvested onions, garlic, squash, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries....and I'm sure more stuff I've already forgotten!
Today I canned applesauce for my married daughter and her hubby as she is expecting my first grandbaby and lives in a house too tiny to think about canning at the moment. Did you hear that??? My FIRST GRANDBABY! Can you say...GrammyPammy? I'm already starting a collection of toys. Of course, I've always loved toys and still have quite a few from my own childhood!
In between all the canning, I'm working on a quilt, an afghan and primitives as someone purchases some.
People usually comment on how busy I am. It's true, I do a lot of things, but I don't work outside of home, so I have more time to do it all than some. I'm also a type A, like my mother before me, so I hit the ground running around 5:30 or 6 each morning and don't usually slow down until after dinner. I LIKE to work. I LOVE my farm and all the chores. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed and wish I had a few extra hands to help with it all, but still, I'm never bored!
The gourds and Jack-be-Littles were a gift from my neighbor!
This bread is about 2/3 whole wheat
and 1/3 unbleached flour. I usually make 5 loaves at a time, but this time I made 3 loaves and 8 big sandwich or hamburger buns.
We joke that even after a trip to the grocery store or Costco, there's nothing to eat around here except ingredients. That's the only disadvantage to cooking everything from scratch....if you don't cook, you don't eat!
Well, 'nuf of this sitting around with a computer on my lap. Those ingredients will not be supper-time's meal if I don't get a move on! I'll leave you with a song that's been blessing me all week...