Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
What an awesome day to finish it too. I am heading outside in the sunshine to journal and read a fiction book. Who knows, maybe I'll come up with a novel idea.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Even though rest was not all undisturbed, including an 80 pound dog sitting on my chest pushing her bone up to my face with her tail wagging enough to shake the bed (literally touching my nose) while trying to wake up up, some of the time was peaceful. By Sunday evening, our eight year-old daughter had taken a small spiral notebook and had written a book. She even included dialogue and used quotation marks and had her ten year-old sister illustrate it.
Every other page she wrote, prompted her to visit me by reading me her "book."
Now if I could just get her motivation to motivate me...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My husband sat down at the end of the table where the soap, grater, plate and pot were still sitting. One daughter had finished the grating, leaving a tiny square of soap. During dinner I hear my husband say "Oh yuck! That's soap!"
We all busted out in laughter as he reached for something to drink.
"It looks like cheese sitting there," he said.
"Don't you smell the soap?" we all asked in unison, laughing and laughing.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I still have about 8 pages to go today. With 2 kids home for sickness and injury, it's been extremely challenging to read with "Sponge Bob Squarepants...." going on, and being beckoned to sick beside my sick daughter and focus on my Bible.
Plus, to even concentrate to write period, is a challenge. I think I need another box of Milk duds and another pot of coffee. I may be a long afternoon.
Friday, March 19, 2010
This morning I had to clean up a spilled plant. The two newest cats were chasing each other around at 6:00am. They were zipping here and there and having a blast. Of course, now that I am up and have cleaned it up, they are snoozing and worn out.
Well, that's okay. I can exercise and get busy writing early today. As long as my cough stays away and my nose clears up so I can breath. The kids brought more germs home again.
As for adding "Mazda" to our small homestead, he's been a delight. I love to watch him woo the hens and I love to listen to him. This journey of having a small farm has not been a "bucket list" item, but more so of living our life as we wish. I'm not sure I am ready for goats this year, but raising chickens and turkeys for meat is definitely on the list. Growing our own garden and herbs has been a wonderful experience despite the hard work.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's hard to believe it's been 75 days now. I started this Bible reading challenge on January 1, 2010. I have only 15 days left. It's definitely been a challenge. Considering how many kids I have, how many requests are made to me, how many mouths are chattering at once, and how many responsibilities I have as a wife and mother, I am thrilled I have gotten this far.
In reading in Matthew, Mark and Luke, I had to look a few word up in the dictionary. In one book of the Bible it says Jesus was given wine with "gall" and another said he was given wine with "myrrh," hence the interest to see if they were the same thing. After looking them up, I am still not sure. In Luke they say it was "sour" wine.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Last Friday we added another member to our small, but growing homestead. A rooster. The kids named him after a famous rooster in a story they read. If it's so famous that why haven't I read the story? Mazda? It sounds like a car to me.
He talks a lot and he is very fast. And of course the ladies don't like him.
So, what's next to come to our little farm? Hmmm? I guess time will tell. We are living life, that's for sure!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Now I not only have a wish list on my computer desktop, but an on-going craft project list. Mom's get bored too, so I guess you could call it my "rainy day" fun list.
I feel guilty when I write and don't clean. My goal is to have order before Thanksgiving. Giving myself a long challenge and a deadline, I feel it will get done.
Happy Spring Cleaning! You feel so much better when you have it done, and keep it that way! Phew!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Then, all of the sudden they darted and I screamed until my throat hurt, and chased after them through mud, leaves, and snow. One of our dogs bolted across the 2 lane highway and would not come back. Thank goodness there was no traffic was passing. And then I saw him. A small animal running across the empty field.
To make sure of what it was, I googled the sound of a fox. The dogs went crazy! And yes, it was the fox. He's back. Good thing the chickens are still in their pen. Phew!
That was a bit scary for me too. I thought our dog would not come back and he just stood there in the road. Now I have a headache and dirty slippers. I guess I better have running shoes on the next time I take them out, and maybe even take a quick walk around.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Finally, they broke out Hullabaloo and got some of their energy out. A game of Upwards followed that. Phew! No more singing.
And they think I'm crazy!
Before that, I decided to get up early and write. Well, that didn't work out so well. The two younger kids were up at the crack of dawn - bugging me! Talk about torture. Hrmmmph! Give them a day off of school, and they wake up early - too early. Give them a school day, you can't get them out of bed.
The chickens are outside enjoying the sun too!
Thank you God for this glorious sunshine!