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Monday, March 27, 2017

Shearing Day (Without the Sheep)

Recently we had our first Shearing Day
without our sheep.
And you know what?
It was really relaxing!
The alpaca were so easy and since there are only three
plus the llama, it was quick.

Gladys & Rikasha, our guard llama

Simon with his mop top!

Shearing always seems special here on the farm
because when the animals lose their winter coats,
it really seems like spring!

The flowers are blooming all over the property,
daffodils in pots and under almost all the trees.

Tulips and hyacinths too.

And of course all six of our redbud trees (our Oklahoma state trees)
are showing off their bright purple buds.

The winter is past; 
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come...
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Monday, March 6, 2017

Little Green Eggs

Spring seems closer everyday
and I couldn't be happier about it!
And nothing says spring on a farm
like little eggs from new chickens.

Most people buy chicks in the spring
but I prefer to start them in the fall.
That way, they can grow over the winter 
and start laying first thing in the spring.

last fall's chicks all grown up now

Our young flock is made up of all Americanas.
They are one of my favorite breeds of chickens.

Lizzie, from our very first set of chicks,
is still around after six years. She helped raise the flock and has taught them to come when they are called. She also encourages them to go to bed early, something that we have never seen in our chickens before! That is really nice since we lock them up every night to protect them from predators.

We were supposed to get all pullets
but of course there were a few roosters in the group.
We finally settled on keeping this handsome guy.
He is establishing himself as the leader now.

Every one of the Americana hens has different characteristics
but they are all so pretty. It's one of the things I like best about the breed.

That and the little green eggs!

Each one should retain the place
in life that the Lord assigned to him
and to which God has called him.
I Corinthians 7:17

Friday, February 10, 2017

Simplifying Our Life

Last year was full of transition.
Well, really just one big change that seems to have changed everything.
(This accounts for my lack of posting.)
Two of our boys have grown up and moved out
to start life on their own.

This of course brought many challenges
the largest of which is helping our boys "adult"
and transition successfully into the world.
Thankfully, they are doing great.
Our oldest was just accepted into medical school!
Our middle is working as a young professional equestrian.
Our youngest is at home finishing high school and planning for college.

They have grown up a lot since then.

Times have changed since we built the farm.
We find ourselves without farm hands
and have decided to downsize considerably.

The vegetable garden and flower garden are gone
along with the hours of work that they required to maintain them.
The horse is leased out and our pet goat found a new home.
We have decided to no longer raise our own meat ~
so no more cattle, dairy cows, meat chickens or pigs.
(Well maybe a pet pig for my hubby who loves them!)

And the sheep...
Our flock of Jacob Sheep have all been sold
and are waiting to be transported to three different states.
They have been such a learning experience for us.
The sheep have helped us understand why people are compared to sheep
in the Bible so many times and why God is called our Good Shepherd.
So many Biblical life lessons that we have had the privilege
to live out right here in our pasture!
We will miss them but it's time to let them go.
It's time for someone else to live life as their shepherd.

We don't regret any of what we have done.
And we're not giving it all up completely.

Simplifying our life ~
That's what we are doing ~
Making our little farm manageable and enjoyable for the two of us!

Stop by the Little Red Farmhouse soon
to see what we will focus on now...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Farmhouse Outdoor Living

With school out and nicer weather, 
we are spending more time outside
in our new outdoor living area.

This was last year's BIG (SUPER BIG) project.
It took longer to build than it did
to build our house!  It was worth the wait though.
Want to take a look?

This is the outdoor living area that I've always dreamed of!
It has lots of room to cook.

The stainless steel farmhouse sink
has a commercial faucet that really cleans up.
Across from the sink is a gas power burner
for crab & shrimp boils or anything else that needs lots of heat.
This area was also designed to be used for
processing meat chickens.  (This is a farm, after all!)

Before we built the kitchen, we bought our first Kamado Joe
ceramic charcoal oven. It wasn't long before we decided we wanted two of them.  We love cooking on these! Our favorite thing to make ~ 
"brick oven" pizza for a crowd.

Instead of a traditional gas grill, we opted for an EVO Mongolian grill.
This versatile stove top has the ability to cook everything
from pancakes & bacon, to onion burgers,
 to (yes, you guessed it) Mongolian stir fry. It's our go to grill for quick outdoor cooking.

All of the counter tops are concrete
with rough natural edges sealed and not stained
just like our concrete floors inside the house.

Shining from above are keyless light fixtures
with oversized bulbs also mirroring lighting inside the house.
These lovely lights are on a dimmer
to add just the right amount of glow for any occasion.

There is lots of room for friends and family
to gather around while the meals are being prepared
or to dig in when it's done.

And now we come to the fire pit.
We wanted a centerpiece.
Something that said "modern" & "farmhouse."
Form and function but not fancy.

We decided on concrete walls with the rough edges showing.
Then we topped it with sealed cedar.
We purposefully made the boards wide enough 
to place plates or glasses around them to double as a tabletop.
A long linear gas flame floats down the middle of the red
fire glass beads that match the farmhouse.
It's a true gathering place.

All of the patio furniture is from Berlin Gardens
and made from recycled milk carton material.  
The colorful chairs that we had out back before 
have been scattered around the farm
in the bee garden, in front of the tool shed, 
and in the flower garden.

Last stop on the tour is often our last stop in the evening ~
the hot tub.  We LOVE our Bullfrog Spa!
For our family, a spa just made sense.
Plus, it's helpful with my husband's back.
In the summer, we turn the heat off and it's a cool tub instead.  We
also added more speakers from our whole house sound system.

We had a vault built for the tub to sit in and put a sump pump in the bottom.  We felt like this would put the deck at a good seat height but not so close to the ground where we might be more likely to have snakes and other critters who want to swim.  The center section of the deck is one piece and is removable to access the inner workings of the hot tub and the sump pump.

Of course we wanted a privacy screen
and since we were used to having a shortcut to the backdoor
through here, we thought a disguised gate was in order.  The same barn door hardware that is inside our house was used here too.  Nothing fancy, just Tractor Supply stuff.

All together, we love our farmhouse outdoor living area
and hope to enjoy it for years to come.


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