A much needed update…

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I am not going to go back and see where we left off… I will simply start from the here and now.
We have been busy(ish) on the house rebuild, but have decided the outside is really more important… however, one significant feature I don’t think I shared was our primary heat source….

Also, remember these guys?

Well the blonde baby went to a forever home, and Khaleesi is the queen of our bed – just ask her!  LOL

We lost Miss Molly earlier this year, but she lived a long and happy life with us.  🙂
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And we added Ms Blondie, who had 4 pups….
45 and we kept Pepper, one of her girls – I will have to get a picture of her to add.  I know I have some, but cannot find them.

We have added Goats, a cow – that recently went to freezer camp, and pigs.  In sort, we have been busy.  🙂
Here are some early pictures of Mr. Burger

The goats we added:

And the only one I can find of the goat babies from the spring, I will do a complete post on them. 🙂


And finally pigs….
We currently have 6 – 2 are going to freezer camp in Sept, and will be breeding one of the girls this winter and then the boar will be attending freezer camp.  🙂

Hopefully this will fill the cuteness quota for a minute, and I will update in a few days.


I know it has been a while

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There has been SO much that happened……. we rehomed most of the dogs…. we still have one of the puppies, Max and Molly….. and the son and DIL moved in with her 11 yo……  the have 2 Chihuahua crosses and so there are (still)  dogs here….

Max became a paraplegic while we were working a fireworks stand (LONG story) and is now in a wheelchair daily……..

Like I said….. SO much has happened over the past year; I will try to find the time in the next week or so to tell you about it. :/

Learning to be grateful for kicking your own butt….

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Over the past few weeks we have done a pretty good job of kicking our own butts.  Kem does so much more than I do, and I feel horrid when I complain, because I know this; however, when you throw your back out and every move you make feels as if someone is stabbing you repeatedly, it is hard to keep it shut.  LOL 

Chicken Tractors

Building the Dream, Permaculture: Crazy or Genius?

This weekend has been beyond busy… Kem started building chicken tractors for the new additions.  The Blue Andalusian girls WP_20150402_18_31_54_Pro[1] will be in the Chicken Palace above and the meat birds will go into something like the one in the far background (I’ll get better pics later)….


Eventually we will have a Chicken Palace #1, #2 and #3: one for the Blue Andalusians, one for the Welsummers that are coming (yep, I got my way 🙂 ), one for the Americanas/Auracanas/Easter-Eggers/Olive-Eggers. 🙂   The meat birds will be divided into 4 of the low tractors as they grow.

Next is the rabbit colony…. We have 8 babies and 3 pinkies…. add that to the 6 juniors, the buck and the 4 mamas….. we are having bunny explosions… because they are doing what bunnies do…….

We finally got the weeds cut – YAY! – between the push mower and the rider we cut probably 2/2.5 acres closest to the house… so about that… it kicked our butts!  But it is a happy sore, if you know what I mean.

Garden is now ready to be planted – we finally had a break in the rain that allowed us to pull weeds and work it to the point where we can actually plant.  We covered it in black plastic to discourage growth until we can plant this weekend.


The ducks are adjusting well.  This pic is from the day they arrived.  They will be ready to go into a transition brooder next week – where they will be outside in the daytime and inside at night; then once they are feathered Kem is building them a habitat by the smaller pond.  It will border the dog area, so predators will be less of an issue.

Turkeys and Welsummers will be delivered in May, more turkeys in July and probably more meat birds in August – these birds will eventually go in tractors over the garden for the winter – tilling, weed control and fertilization in one compact package… work smarter, not harder is our motto.

So that is about it – a ton accomplished reduced to a few sentences! LOL


The Conundrum With Brand Loyalty

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I wholeheartedly agree!



Recently Elysian Brewery, a Seattle favorite craft beer company, announced it’s sale to Anheuser-Busch. The backlash was swift. Seattleites may be know for their passive-aggressive, sometimes aloof attitude. But we are also fiercely loyal to the plethora of local, small-mid size companies that dot the landscape of the Seattle scene.

So as I’m listening to the story on the Radio I find myself scoffing when one of the brewery’s original founders attempted to assure locals that the beer and brand would remain the same. That’s not the point!!!!  – I’m now yelling at my radio. The poor kids stopped next to me at the traffic light must surely think I’m crazy. I continue undaunted – No, you idiot, it’s not the same! It can’t be the same! It will never be the same!

What is the point? The point is Elysian Brewery simply will never be the same (I…

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The New Hare-Pen: Stage 1

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This is AMAZING!!!!

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With the addition of our new rabbits, we decided it was a good time to experiment with a new rabbit system we have wanted to try for a while now–a rabbit community, colony, or “hare-pen” as I like to call it.  It was also a good time, because we have more rabbits than cages.  On our recent butcher day, it was discovered that our little American Chinchilla doe who unexplicably died was about 2 weeks pregnant, meaning our AC buck had bred her.  Therefore, he and our remaining, seemingly infertile, doe won a reprieve for a few more months to see if anything will happen.  Anyway, the idea of a hare-pen at its most basic is, instead of having each rabbit in its own cage, several rabbits are run together.  But it isn’t necessarily that simple. 

N petting Pelham, our AC buck.  We are finding that, despite their freedom to run, they…

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