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Glorious Morning on the Mountian- June22,2011

Welcome to summer. As I tried to post yesterday but life got int the way. LOL.. We welcomed summer by running errands and working in the garden, which is a place I would  like to spend some time also today. As I am trying to type this the sun is peaking in my front window very brightly and now I am in the middle of a sneezing fit.
 
Yesterday morning our big horse Bob needed to be walked for awhile we just thought he might of got some sour hay from the round bale and after a 2 mile walk and finally he went to the bathroom, I felt better and so did he. I got exercise I need  and he got to spend some time out of the round pen.
I am so excited, I am hoping to get a couple new pets for the farm  in the near future. A alpaca farm is giving away some of its stock and  I have made inquiries about a couple, I think they  would make wonderful addition to the petting farm. And another excuse for a spinning wheel.
I need to find as many avenues to bring money into the farm as possible. I cant afford  to get a "regular job" with Nick who at any point could need me home. So the farm, the gardens and sewing baking has to bring money in.Besides there is no time for a regular type job off the farm if I want to continue farming. Which is my passion anyways.
 
Those of you who work your homestead, how do you make extra money? What are some of the things you have found to be helpful in being more independent. I am trying to make us as self suffient as possible. With the animals we get all our eggs and , I do milk a goat(Rob wont drink goats milk) he has never tasted good clean milk so he wont try it (yet). We do raise our own chickens and beef. And I work in the garden as much as possible. I have alot of things growing. I have learn it better to grow just a few things well than to grow alot and not be good at it.  Not having the gardens on site hurts the amount of time I get in them,, but am very apprecative of having garden space else where.
 
Trying to find time to put things on the farm stand, its only open on weekends right now as there isnt enough traffic to have it open during the week yet. After  July 4th it will be.
 
Need to make more laundry soap today and find a good one for dishes. Tired of buying bubbles and perfume smelling soap for my dishes ,, then they have to be re-rinsed to get the taste of the soap off of them.
 
What kinds of things are you changing this year on your farm or homestead, are you adding new things, trying a different approach to an old idea?
 
Well I do believe I have spent enough time on the computer for one setting. Laundry is screaming to be hung out and dishes need to be finished, then its baking to do, pumpkin pie and probably cinnamon rolls and some bread since we are out.
 
I pray you all have a wonderful day
 
God Bless
 
Donna
simplefarmgirl

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