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March 2015

Good morning from the mountain.
A simply gorgeous sun rise was enjoyed. As we have now turned our  clocks ahead I am enjoying the longer hours at night of daylight.
Spring is just a few weeks away but you would never know it by the height of our snow banks.
I am so done with winter. I have noticed over the years I don't enjoy the snow as I did as a kid.
Perfect place would be tropical 70* tops maybe a gentle breeze to blow thru. Being able to grow things year round. Guessing that wont be NH any time soon.
I believe Ole Man Winter has been confused the past few years, I watch several live cams from Alaska and their snow fall has fallen off and has drifted down to what they call the lower 48,, It really didn't need to stop in my yard.

But as spring meanders closer the thoughts of what to raise each year  is always a big debate. More chickens, how many? More piglets,, how many? And lets not forget the goats and never to many. I have already purchased 2 babies a set of twins boy and girl for Anthony for his birthday. But need to add several more as I am looking to increase my milking herd, and meat herd.
The subject of raising our own meat always is first and foremost. What to raise, how many will we need to make a complete year for  farrow to freezer or chick to dump stick.

The discussion of raising 2 lambs  and 2 goats also for our own  meat. At some point a beef critter will be added and possibilities of a milking cow. I honestly miss my milking, and  the one on one time. The wholesome products received by your  hard work each day, is rewarding in seeing how it helps your family out.


The goats milk will add chesses and yogurts and soaps. Cows milk can do the same with an additions of whip cream, regular cream for coffee and butter.

My family eats quite healthy  we would go thru 4 pigs a year, a complete beef possibly more, 50+ chickens, several turkeys ,, 2 lambs and 2 goats.

If Rob could ever get the chance to hunt it would be great to add venison to the menu. Plus I plan on doing more fishing. I love fish, but my fear of snakes stops me from doing a lot of things. Especially brook fishing.. I know suck it up cup cake, their more afraid of you than you are of them,, Want to bet!!!!!!!

If I had to choose between all the things I do and could only pick one,,, a farmer would be it. I could give up just about everything else just to farm and homestead full time. Now to convince my husband it can be done is a whole different story.

I 100% love my animals and farming, growing my own food and living off the land. I work my Avon business and earn money from it,, but my heart is farming.. I had the chance to go on vacation last month to Florida and see my mom, we travel to an Amish community,, I was so in love with their  simple life style when I got near them I was star struck, almost couldn't contain my excitement.
To live totally off my land and raise everything we need is my dream. I honestly don't need the technology gadgets, I don't even need electricity. If I could live as the Amish or the Little house on the prairie days, I would be completely happy. Others around me aren't willing to give up the luxuries of in door plumbing and computers, cell phones and electricity. I am sure I would miss my phone as that is my contact with  my children and the computer lets me take classes and learn more about homesteading and recipes I wouldn't have access to other wise. So there are some draw back.

I could go back to yester year with all horse drawn equipment, a buggy to get back and forth to town to get supplies I can not grow. To take a step off the merry go round of life and learn  slow down and enjoy life. The hussle and bussle  doesn't get us any where. More stress , more bills, more health issues. I know I am a dying breed I know this.
I watch so many around me, get up go to work, come home go to bed only to get up and just go to work again, to pay for a lifestyle, well if your not stopping to smell the flowers along the way or listening to the new birds sing, how about noticing the new buds as  they unfold from a tree, what kind of life is it? If your so busy making a living you forget how to live, is it all worth it ?  Not to me! I want to sit on my deck, a cup of coffee in hand, I want to enjoy the sun rise in the morning , the sun set at night. I want to just gaze at a flower peeking thru the ground, watch bees as they pollenate my vegetable garden. I want to cut my own  fire wood and stack it in my wood shed, knowing this will keep my family warm the next cold winter. I want to cook on my  kitchen cook stove, to smell turkey roasting in the oven or a stew simmering on the top all day.  To be totally self sufficient is my whole dream.

We have plans for a new house up on our other lot. It will be a simpler home, more rustic and pioneer looking. Again stepping of the merry go round and  having basic things with no extra no clutter. Some things I cant get away from is a place to sew, a pantry,, this home we have now is in  need of more repairs than its worth to fix up. Plans are to tear it down  cap the basement and use it as a root cellar and storage.

Lots of  buildings this year, a new house, new wood shed and new barn are in order. In order to make the whole homesteading life work, we need a place to live, a place for the animals and a place for the wood.


Seeds have been ordered, now to wait for the snow to melt so we can get out there and work the soil.

Meat chickens and new layers have been ordered will be delivered the end of April.

Designs for the new green house have been made,, homesteading is a lot of work but in the end so worth it. Time for me to get bread rising and a couple pies baking.


I hope you all have a wonderful Day. Don't forget to just stop every once in awhile.


God Bless


Donna


The Simple Farm Girl















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