First Frost

  
It finally got cold enough for a fire last night and we had a good frost. The temperature dropped down to 34%.  Just a tiny fire, enough to knock the chill from the air. There is something about a fire though that makes a house feel so cozy. I sure do love our wood heater. 

I have been neglecting my blog lately. I get up before daylight and get home after dark most nights and have just been too tired and stressed to write. This weekend I’ve had a banged up leg from an accident at work and I’ve got a cold so I’ve been pretty miserable. Eventually things will even out and maybe I can get back to posting regularly. 

Em has been busy at home hatching lots of chicken eggs to build up our flocks. We’ve hatched out lots of Seramas, some gold laced Brahmas, Ayam Cemanai, gold and silver laced Seabrights and she has about three dozen eggs in the hatcher now from a lady with lots of show stock, but the eggs were unmarked, so they will be surprises. She’s also hatching yard chicks for a friend. 

  
It seems I’m spinning my wheels most of the time, but the farm is growing I suppose. We have quite a few critters now and hope to have more as soon as we get all our bills caught up. We have our three meat hogs, a trio of potbelly pigs, three mini horses, our three dogs, a trio of Sebastipol geese, a pair of bourbon red turkeys, a trio of Muscovy ducks, lots of rabbits, our chickens and baby chicks, a pair of peafowl, red golden pheasants and ring neck pheasants. 

  
Em has been hurting today. She thinks she’s in labor, so we are just hoping she can hold out until November 5th. We have to get things caught up and get the house ready soon. Her nesting instincts are working overdrive right now. I’m prayong she can hold out until Pat gets here, because I am not going to be able to do this alone lol. 

Time to get my old banged up butt in bed and take my NyQuil. 

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First Cold Snap

Wow! Hard to believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post. Life has been busy here at Whippoorwill Creek Farm. 

  
I’m working pretty much full time now doing plumbing and electrical work. I’ve also been sick a good bit lately and it just hasn’t left much time for writing. Most nights when I get off I’m so tired I just want to get a quick shower, grab a bite to eat and head to bed. 

For the past few days it’s been cold and drizzling rain and it has sure caused me to feel my age. Old injuries ache, my arthritis hurts, my joints are stiff and it seems I’m always tired. But with all that, life is good. The kids are growing and healthy, Em is getting closer to bringing our new son into the world and the farm is very slowly growing and looking more like a farm. 

Em has been so very tired and a bit sick the past week, but nothing like she was in past months. She’s in good spirits and is having her nesting instincts kick in. She is starting to stress over the house being ready for the baby, worrying how we will get the stuff we need to have for the baby like a car seat, bassinet and such. I’m doing all I can to help reassure her and I’ve got a cousin coming by a couple of times a week to help her out around the house. She has an appointment on Tuesday with her baby doctor and he is supposed to set her date to deliver the baby then. We are both pretty excited. It’s getting close!

Rhiannon has a new puppy. It’s a merle Australian Shepard and it’s a cute little feller. She has been wanting a puppy for a long time now and this pup should make a good farm dog. He is already trying to herd the chickens and ducks. I think he will make a fine barn dog and she sure loves him. She got her first report card and did excellent on all her classes. We are so proud of her. She has also been a good help around the house and is getting active in her drama class at school. 
Lily is doing great in her new school. She’s learning so much and is excited each day to go to school. To hear her talk, everything on the farm is hers. “Her” ducks, “her” pigs… She is so much a farm girl. She spent a full week doing all kinds of chores to earn a new pair of boots that she has been wanting.  And now that she has new boots? She still does her darn farm chores barefoot because she “doesn’t want to get her special boots dirty”. I can’t win with that kid lol. She’s such a pleasure. 
Connor is going through the terrible twos I guess. He’s so sweet but still refuses to talk. He is learning a few words, but refuses to use them. He’s definitely my kid ’cause he’s stubborn as a mule. He might be adopted but you would never know it by watching him. He got him a pair of boots too for his birthday but he doesn’t care a bit to get his dirty. 
I haven’t been able to do as much as I’d have liked on the farm. We have been struggling to get our bills caught up, and although it’s getting closer to being caught up each week, there is just never a penny left to buy anything for the farm infrastructure. I have got some ideas on raising money to get it going though and I’m slowly figuring out exactly how we need to do things and where to put the pens and such. 

Today, since I haven’t felt good and it’s cold and dreary, I’m sitting with a notebook and calculator trying to get things laid out and figure prices and expenses. Em and I decided today to set a goal of being able to reopen the farm by May first of next year. That gives me almost seven months to pull it off. 

I’ll have to get a few fairly major repairs made like putting a new roof on at least half of the barn and rebuilding the warm room. I’ll need to put up at least eleven hundred feet of new fencing. I need brood stock and the coops to raise them out in. Just a ton of stuff, but if there is a way – I will find it. This is not just a dream, it’s our lives. It’s who we are and what we do. 

This farm is my legacy for my children. It’s a way to live a clean, decent, simple life. To eat pure, fresh food grown with my own hands without having to depend on unnatural chemicals and poisons. It’s a way to teach not only my children, but also other folks who want to learn, how to grow, harvest, preserve and propagate their food sources. I want to live, but I want to inspire and teach also. 

We have been blessed. Life is good. 

I’ll be back to posting pictures again as soon as I can figure out how to transfer them from my phone to my computer.  Errrr, I hate being old and technology challenged.