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Saturday, May 29, 2010

My first ever Blog

Okay, so this is kinda weird because I am going to give you a brief history of the current family situation ~ and for some reason I find that a bit odd talking about myself, because ... well I'm just not sure my life is that exciting. But rest assured, things ALWAYS get interesting around here
so here we go:
I live with my amazing husband of 15 years. We currently have 4 dogs, 6 goats, and 2 horses. We have one daughter who has blessed us with a beautiful grand-daughter ( my little Alli-bug )
I know you are thinking 'she must have forgot to mention her chickens because ALL real homesteaders have chickens' ummm not us, not yet, but they're coming - I just have to convince my husband they are not dirty, ugly, desease carrying, fowls - his words not mine. Well, they are fowls, but you get my drift. Like I said, we are a work in progress.

We are new to the whole homesteading thing, but are learning via trial and errors. We purchased goats because, well all the homesteading sites told us to. We couldn't be more happy with our Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We will be attempting the milking process in just 8 short weeks. I am a bit freaked out about it, but I really want to give it a go. We started with a buck, his brother (a wether now and still mad about that) and a doe. My doe, Miss Kiddy has kidded twice now, the first time I ummm had to help ~ eeekkkkkk ~ Ok, so it wasn't as bad as I thought, and it had to be done. I dry heaved through much of the process, but was rewarded with the cutest little doe Annie Oakley. Miss Kiddy just blessed us with 2 more does just the other day - cutest things ever AND BONUS I didn't have to help !!

I finally got the garden planted ( you don't want to know why we are so late ) anyway, I am trying my hand at a few square foot garden beds. So far, I am really happy with not having to pull weeds in that area. I will keep you up to date with the progress of said garden.

I have 3 insane sisters - loving - will do anything for you - but none-the-less CRAZY and one brother (sshhhh he's the oldest) I am the baby of the family and I believe the MOST SANE. OK - enough with the background stuff, lets get to some farming/homesteading topics.

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