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May 4,2011

God has given us a rainy day. A day to take a deep breath and for me anyways to slow down. My rainy days mean inside work can be caught up on. When the sun shines, outside days are enjoyed.
 
Yesterday I spent the day hunting down hay(which I am not happy with) and fencing in an area for the sheep. My sheep seem to know when I am not home, they always leave the farm and go on a walk about. So as of yesterday free range no longer will be for the sheep.
Hopefully with in a month  I can turn everyone into the big pasture, but need to wait til the ground dries a bit and the grass grows more.
With the rains of today all the animals will be kept int he barns.
 
After the long day of yesterday I am looking forward to a day inside. I can clean and sew,bake and just enjoy a slower pace. My muscles all hurt from putting  up and trying to stretch the chain link fence I used for the sheep.
 
Mother Nature is filling all my water tubs so  one less thing for me to do today.
 
Thinking about starting the cook stove up and taking the chill off inside and doing some baking this morning and sewing this after noon. Cup of hot tea, hum of the sewing machine sounds heavenly.
 
I do have the newest issue of The New Pioneer magazine, which I cant wait to read.
Such an informative magazine. It doesnt come out every month and its a little expensive but i think its worth it for the information you get out of it, This one is the summer edition. So I do believe lunch time will be enjoyed by a little reading.
 
As I read things  that really interest me I will pass things on thru here.
 
Tomorrow is Rob and my 4th wedding anniversary, cant believe its been 4 years already. As Rob says 4 days,4 months, 4 years,40 years all passes quickly. Such a romantic,NOT.
 
Have you decided what your planting this year? Have you deicded to plant more or less? You know everyone can plant something to help with the food budget. From window boxes to plant pot, even just a bucket. I am going to put alot of my tomatoes and cucumbers in buckets and  trellis them. Peas and beans can be done the same way. Our snow is finally gone so next week going to be starting to put together my raised beds. Been putting  some gardening things off til the goats and sheep are contained.
 
I have thought and rethought over things to plant. Concentrating more on just what we eat, how to preserve them and  then what will sell on the farm stand.
The monies from the stand goes back into the farm to purchase things we cant grow, salt, sugars baking supplies. At some point we want bees, but one step at a time. Need to get things finished before starting new projects. Have learn in the 10 years of being here sometimes I put the cart before the horse and it makes more work in the end. So now thinking smarter and working smarter. Since Rob drives truck every day and can be gone from dawn to dark, I am the one to do most of all the work here from chores and animals to gardens and household fixing. So if I use my brain and  not my brawn sometimes it works better for me.
 
Well its that time of day that Nick needs breakfast and  morning chores needs to be finished. The a fire and baking.
I hope you enjoy your day.
 
God Bless
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl

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