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November 2014

November 18,2014

Good morning from the mountain.
The sun has made its presence felt. Now if it would  stay around all day and melt the porch and stairs off.

Some of my readers know me some don't. If you do you know I am very much a Simple Farm Girl hence my nick name, I am a pioneer at heart..

I have been asked questions a lot about how I came to love this life style of farming and working so hard to want to live a simple lifestyle in this day in age.


How did I become this way. I believe I was born in the  wrong century. I could of live as the pioneers did. If I had my way we would step back in time.

I prefer horse and buggy to a truck. I prefer milking my goats and cow(when I had them) to going to the store and buying a product that is already weeks old.

I would do all my cooking on my kitchen cook stove. Have an out side fireplace for summer cooking

If I could have my homestead exactly as I would like you would step back in time as you enter the driveway.
You would find hitching post for the horses. You would find children running around, giggling  enjoying the  simple things in life.

 You would find fresh laundry blowing on the clothesline.
You would smell home made breads and pies sitting and cooling .
 Fresh butter have been made.

Can you hear the giggles and laughter of the children as we make homemade ice cream and  everyone wants to be the last one to turn the handle cuz that person gets the big paddle in side coated with ice cream. Shut your eyes and relax,, step back with me. No phone will be ringing, no ipad, ipod, and tablets, no computers to intrupt a day in the sun.

You will find chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, pigs ,lambs ,goats and milk and beef cows. We would raise what we need with a extra to share with friends and family and bartering.

 You would see a  smoke house, root cellar  and a out house.

There would be no preservative in our food. Processed foods would come from the smoke house , as we cure our bacon, hams , make brines for meats.
There would be no over weight issues for any of us. Work would be done with manual labor not sitting on our back side.
  At the end of a day you would be tired from a good days work not because you are bored.
Sundays would be set aside for family and visiting. A day for the body to rest for the week ahead
this would be my world if I had  it the way I would like.

But in reality, I cant have it all my way. None of us can. I need a phone because I have a son who has medical issues which have needed  medical attention in the past. So phone is something that is needed. My computer, I use to gather information on seeds, recipes. Talk with like minded pioneer spirited people. Friends and family who aren't close to me any more,, some aren't just a buggy ride away any more.

As I get older my way of living looks better every day. Rob is coming around to my way of thinking. Climbing up and down off that log truck is starting to get to him. He needs to ramble around the woods a bit and get some exercise and get back to nature.. He will loose his weight and feel better.

It is my dream to live as they did in the pioneer days. Each day I can something for winters use, each day I can gather eggs from my own farm and not purchase from a store, I am getting closer.

So next year I will have my goats back. A beef kritter, a milk cow, plenty of chickens, turkeys and ducks. Lambs for wools and eating . Everything will have a purpose.

Thank you for asking questions, thanks for sharing my dream life. Never give up on your dreams.. Some day I will have my total dream life,,some day working towards it every day





Winter has arrived

Winter has arrived on the mountain.
Needless to say, I am not ready. I now this comes as no surprise. Even if I had several more months ,,probably still wouldn't be ready. I know lets just skip winter this and call it good.

Have been working hard on the farm  barn yard getting it ready for snow. The yard for the most part (where the snow goes)  has been picked up. Do you notice you get so use to something ya just don't notice how cluttered its is actually getting?

Here it seems if it has a flat surface its got something on it. My husband says I have my pilets (pile its) license. He can be funny some times,, this is not one of them.

Garden is covered in new fertilizer for next year. Piglets have a new clean pen for the winter. Only 10 this year compared to 22 last year.
Horses are home now and filling back out and looking good, winter coat will keep them warm.
Chickens coop is closed in and their out side run is tarped over to keep some of the winters chill off of them.

Heart broken I sold all my goats and rabbits. But will start over again  next year when they can go in the pasture and be fenced trained and have a new barn.


Taking care of squash and potatoes today. Hauling them down here and putting them in the back room. Its dark and cool in there and hoping they will survive the winter.

Canned over 700 jars of vegetable and meat this year. All will taste awesome this winter as the winds howl up here.


Set up the basement as my craft room and Avon office this year. Needed some place to get away and work. Step back in time to a peaceful place. When its finished it will be nice and everything will have a place. Nice to be able to see my yarns and fabric out and be able to access them easily.

I have been doing a lot of baking, besides crafts and animals. Trying to get the baking up and running a little more. Wedding and birthday cakes have been a big hit this year.


Going to be doing more canning today if I have to take care of the jars they might as well have something in it. Squash first. Going to be making some bread. Picked up a new cook book magazine yesterday all about baking  so want to try a few different recipes. I really get tired and bored doing the same thing over and over again. Nice to change it up once in awhile.


Just wanted to check in,,,its been a long time. I figured I pay for this web page I ought to actually use it.


I hope you have an awesome day.

Stay safe


God Bless


Donna


The Simple Farm Girl

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