It FINALLY happened! One of the hens laid an egg! Woo hoo! It’s official – we have a working farm. 🙂
Happy new year everyone! What resolutions did you make for 2016? Have you given up on them yet? 🙂
I didn’t make any resolutions, but I have some “guidelines” for the new year.
#1. When I make a full meal, we will eat it at the dining room table.
#2. I will try to eat more veggies – especially this coming summer when ours are growing!
#3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is a hard one for me…I’m doing ok…so far.
#4. Plan, plan, plan the garden. It’s going to be HUGE this year.
#5. Enjoy life on the farm – hard work and all.
That’s it! Nothing too complicated, right? Obviously the big plan this year is the garden. If I want to sell vegetables, I must grow them first! Scary, but having a goal is a good thing, right? 🙂
Now, who wants to help till up the ground in March?
For all the Game of Thrones fans, winter is coming! Here at Journey Acres it definitely feels like it’s here. Sure, it’s technically still autumn, but to me, and the animals, it’s winter. Ugh. I was not looking forward to this.
I was not looking forward to leaky windows and a freezing cold bedroom. I was not looking forward to having a boot/shoe collection by the kitchen door. I was not looking forward to going to the barn at 7:15 in the morning, every morning, even when the snow is blowing sideways. I was not looking forward to frozen water dishes. I was not looking forward to feeling bad for the chickens and the cats in the unheated barn. I was not looking forward to not having a garage to park my truck in. I was not looking forward to plowing the driveway (all though, really, that is Torran’s job I just shovel the sidewalks and an area in the grass for the dogs). I was not looking forward to being stuck in the house all winter. I was not looking forward to winter. At. All.
Then I saw the first snowfall in the early morning light. I listened to the stillness. I saw a pristine white landscape and felt the calmness of the snow. It filled me with such a serene and joyful feeling that I know we’ll be ok. I know regardless of the leaky windows, the trips to the barn, and the frozen water dishes, we will survive the cold and learn to appreciate the beauty that is winter.
Moving into a new house is always an exciting time (I can’t even count all the times I have moved anymore). Putting things away that have been in boxes for years, decorating, learning the microwave CAN run without turning off lights…but one of the best things, I think, is meeting new neighbors. Our farm is across the street from Lester’s Bison Farm and it is so exciting to see the bison right across the road. I love seeing them peacefully grazing without a care in the world, hearing their deep, breathy grunts, and sometimes running! The first time I saw them running in circles I thought we were going to have an earthquake or something – it was such a strange thing to see! Turns out this is quite normal for bison.
Lester’s Bison Farm is such a great asset to have right across the street. He has a store right on the farm so you can see the bison and then go buy some meat to cook up at home. Bison meat is healthier than regular beef because it’s leaner. Ron’s bison are never treated with hormones or antibiotics and only eat what is growing in the pastures – except the occasional treat of pumpkins or apple mash. Make sure to try the bison sticks (as I call them), they make a great snack – especially with cheese! He also stocks beef, pork, lamb, elk, poultry, and seafood. Other products include chips and salsas, jams and jellies, pickled goods, eggs, and butter. Don’t forget to check out the products made from the hair and undercoat of the bison – someday I will buy a pair of bison wool socks to keep my eternally-almost-frostbitten-cold-as-ice feet nice and toasty warm!
Take a drive, meet Ron, his grandson Charlie (who helps run the store) and don’t forget to pet the dogs who will greet you with excitement. You will not be disappointed!
I’ve met two other neighbors and everyone has been so warm and welcoming that I truly feel we not only chose a great house and land, we inherited great neighbors as well and that is what makes the journey so worthwhile; the people you meet along the way.
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Hello everyone! Thank you for joining us on our journey – and what a journey it has been! A little background…my husband Torran and I bought this little five acre farm and moved in on May 30, 2015 – in the rain. Maybe that was a warning, but hey, rain on a wedding day is supposed to be good luck, right? Right?!?! Although we have only been here five months we have learned a lot. How to rescue a kitten stuck in the cinder block barn wall; how to survive the creepy basement in a thunderstorm while the power is out; how to live without (*gasp*) central air; how to mow the lawn in under seven hours; how to deal with mice in the house…the list goes on and on. It seems like every week we are learning something new and so this is a way for us to share those experiences with everyone. Some will be good, some will be bad – but remember, life lessons come from the journey, not the destination. Welcome to our journey!