Tuesday, December 17, 2013


I've been pretty busy for the past several weeks and have not found the time to collect my thoughts for a new post. The first freeze. Thanksgiving. The icy storm. Christmas shopping. It all takes time and there's only so many hours in the day.

So here's a brief update on happenings around our property. Thankfully we have not experienced any power outages so when we've been stuck inside it has been warm. We had a quiet and enjoyable Thanksgiving with our family. The goats seem happy and are given to free ranging several times a week without running off. The chickens seem well despite the freezing temperatures at night in their ventilated coop. We are averaging 3 eggs a day which is good considering the shorter winter days and cold weather. The roosters have been fighting again and I think have pecked each other's eye out, literally. I was thankfully at home when a hawk swooped into the chicken area and tried to snack on one of the girls. Dog and I ran out there and scared it off before it could do too much damage. And thankfully our internet is holding out so that we can get all that online Christmas shopping done. The packages have been arriving daily.

Raised beds after the first freeze

Strawberry plants a little frosty

We had five around our table this year.
The eggs are a good size and average about three a day.

I date the eggs with a pencil.

We made grilled cheese sandwiches on the waffle iron one day when it was freezing outside.

We had a very light dusting of snow one morning.

The chicken coop has been freezing on a couple of nights.

A little bit of snow on the back deck

The chickens don't seem to mind the cold weather.

The goats grazing behind the house

The sunrise through the trees over the coop this morning


  1. Everything looks great. Glad y'all haven't had it too bad yet. That is smart to date your eggs with pencil. I want to come home and be your neighbor. I get so homesick when I visit your blog.

    1. Well the property behind us is actually for sale. We'd love to have you for neighbors.