Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our farm is for sale!

Our little homestead is for sale!  $69,900 for 3.75 acres and a historic home!  
This little farm life could be yours!  4 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, full unfinished basement, and covered back porch perfect for your chest freezer, hunting gear, or muddy boots!   

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Lambs Again 2015

It's that time of year again.  Lambing season will be upon us soon.  We have been watching the barn for a few weeks now and waiting for our first lamb of the season.  This year we have six ewes and at least five of them should be bred.  It has been very cold and windy here on the Midwest plains so I am grateful that we have not had any born during the bad weather of the past few weeks.  

It's amazing how quickly the seasons pass and time moves by.  Our little one is now a year and a half old!  I celebrated my birthday last weekend and have been thinking lately about how fast the years go by and how much all the simple things in life are the best things to celebrate.  I've become quite sappy since becoming a mother (although I think I was always quite sentimental about things, now more than ever!) 

We have spent most of this winter hibernating and not going out except to work at the library (Levi still comes to work with me every day.)  Being stuck inside with a toddler has been very interesting and has led to many creative activities on days we are home.  I can't wait for warmer weather so I can get Levi playing outside, although it probably won't do much to improve the toddler tornado decorating scheme I have going on at my house...think of anything and everything floating in the dog's water bowl, stray articles of clothing and toys thrown over the balcony, and food on every surface imaginable.  

I hope to keep semi-updated on the blog this year...when I'm not cleaning up throw-up off the dog (poor Jip), wrestling socks onto Levi's feet or endlessly making homemade play-doh and then accidentally leaving it out so it dries and I have to make new play-doh (it's a vicious cycle.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Levi's First Birthday

A whole year has come and gone since the arrival of our sweet Levi.  And this old blog has been left in the dust in the last year (along with a few other things, like sleeping, showering regularly, and laundry for two people!)  Here are some highlights from Levi's big day a few weeks ago:

 Levi has been coming to work with me every day since I returned to the library after six weeks of maternity leave and has become the local "Library Baby."  We had a little birthday party at the library for the kids in the community.  We had cupcakes, pin-the-tail on the donkey, and a reading of Xander's Panda Party.

New toys to play with at the library! Levi hanging out behind the circulation desk.

After work, Mama, Papa, and Levi visited the county fair.  Of course, it was moto-cross racing night so it was really loud, but we had a good time checking out the animals and spending a small fortune on food.  Levi sampled the funnel cake.  We returned home with emptier wallets and a goldfish (which surprisingly is still alive three weeks later!)

It was a great first birthday! We also celebrated over the weekend with family and friends and had to make a last-minute switch from the backyard farm to the Legion hall due to torrential downpour.  All in all, we had a lot of left-over food and cookies, way too many toys, and a lot of thank-you notes that have yet to be written...

Hope to keep up with this blog a little better...after I get those thank-you notes written!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings

Happy Easter! It's 80 degrees here on our little farm and we are celebrating spring.

Joey is planting the garden and Levi and I are playing on an old quilt on the lawn. The smell of sunscreen and fresh grass have me dreaming of all the warm days ahead to spend barefoot outside with my little guy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Season

Spring is slowly peeking out from the shadows of winter.

Since I last wrote, we have had six lambs and are still watching and waiting for one more ewe to lamb.  This lambing season has been exciting because it is our first season with our colored ram.  We got two black and white lambs this year, both males.  They are adorable and such a fun surprise to find.  One is almost all black, and the other looks like a dalmatian.
A couple minutes old and already up and about!

After multiple attempts to get ducklings at the feed store before they were all gone, Joey was finally able to pick up some ducklings and chicks a few weekends ago.  I'm not sure why the ducklings were so popular, but they would be sold out within a few hours of their arrival at the store. 

The ducks are two weeks old now and growing so fast.  And I can say the same thing for our little duckling, Levi, who is almost 9 months old now.  We have been exploring the barnyard and backyard through the eyes of our little guy now that the days are starting to warm up.  We've had our first picnic, a walk in the stroller to the swings in the park, and lots of sitting and watching the sheep and chickens.  And he's discovered grass!  He loves to weave his chubby fingers into the grass and pull it out by the handful.  He also tries to sneak a few bites of the grass as well...

We are in a new season of life.  Busy days with baby at the library, bubble baths, washing dirty little hands, bottles, and clothes.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  And darn those little baby socks!  I have the hardest time finding a matching pair while trying to get the baby and me out the door in the morning.  But I figure if the baby looks cute in his little outfits, no one will notice that mama hasn't showered... Busy, busy days, but so worth it.  I am still so grateful that I can bring the baby with me to work every day.  Just so I can kiss his chubby cheeks all day.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lambwatch 2014

It's that time of year again...the most anticipated arrival of lambing season.  Despite our best efforts, we do not seem to be organized in getting the ram in with the ewes at the same time every fall, which means that one year we had our lambs in April and last year the first was born on January 31.  And this year we had two rams to court the ewes.  Which means we may be in for some surprises.  Although every year so far has been full of surprises and learning experiences.

Last night, Joey and I were talking about Super Bowl party invitations and trying to remember what we did last year. He couldn't recall if we went to a party last year and then I remembered that we spent Super Bowl Sunday on the couch in front of a space heater with a weak lamb in our laps.  An evening of warmth and snuggling and football must have done the lamb some good; she survived and we are hoping she gives us new lambs this season.

It should be interesting to see how this season goes with our own little lamb on the farm.  In the past years, I have been able to go out to the barn and check on the lambs and tend to their needs at all times and in all weather, but I am nervous about being able to help them if I am alone with the baby.  I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowy Weekend

Last weekend was the first big snow of the year.  Joey was away hunting pheasant and ducks with his brother and friend so when Levi and I awoke to a winter wonderland I couldn't resist bundling him up for a few pictures of his first snow.  

My mom found this charming little wooden sled at a yard sale.  Even with his too-big fleece suit on Levi didn't quite weigh enough to weigh it down in the fresh snow so it did not pull very well.  I tried to pull him over to see the chickens, but was afraid he'd topple out since it was not as smooth a ride as I anticipated.  So I just took a lot of pictures instead.  

He didn't cry, but did seem to be a little confused/indignant that he could not find his hands within the sleeves of his snow suit.  I'm sure he will be able to enjoy his little sleigh for a couple more years.  And then in a few more years he'll probably want a slick plastic sled so he can launch himself off snow ramps and crash into trees.  Hopefully he did not inherit his father's propensity for hospital visits.

The classic "why are you doing this to me, mom?" look...