Archives for the month of: October, 2014

This litter was born on September 9, and then there was time away to fish, then the vet we usually have come to the homestead to castrate piglets was not available…….and my tummy filled with butterflies – I was going to have to castrate them, and they have been growing faster than previous litters since there was only 6.  Deep breaths.  The last time I tried this homestead chore it went poorly and I got completely overwhelmed, mostly because that litter had 7 males!

My dear husband assured that I would have a strong helper.  and I did it.  we did it.  Short lived anxiety for all parties involved, but within the hour they were back to eating and playing, rooting for acorns then napping after the rain.  Oh, yeah, it was raining when we did this and forecast to rain the whole day.  As soon as we were done the clouds broke and blue sky returned – whatever weather man!!

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When living in a tin can even the simplest of chores can prove a time suck and exercise in frustration.

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Does the look like 90 min of effort?  I do not think it does, but I can tell you making a bed in a cab over camper is HARD!

And that time mark is not inclusive of the 30 min spent looking for the entire flannel sheet set.  The pillow cases were not with the sheets, and I have no explanation for how that even even happened. Like most things on the farm there is a season shift and sure enough it is time for a season change – summer sheets to winter sheets.  My husband is a dear and hooked up the propane dryer so I can keep up with the laundry even if the weather is not helpful in terms of line drying.  Red neck laundry service set up in a barn 🙂  #tincanliving at its best!

On the homestead side of things piglets were weaned today!  Neither party involved cared for the first few hours, then the sow got uncomfortable and the piglets wanted to cuddle.  Having the LGD spend the night with them will help, since she has been with them since they were born. 

Last night the coyotes would not SHUT UP  and we expect the same tonight.  They were making so much racket I walked the perimeter just to make my presence known and they moved on.  They come back though.  The Bryn dog was not barking and the pigs were ignoring them so I went back to bed.

Here’s to a quiet night!

#tincanliving – new rule for Tin Can Living

Just because a shirt was hung in the “closet” on a hanger, does not make it clean!

My husband pulled out a nice collared shirt and on the back was a triplex muddobbershelter – icky!

Our closet is currently a pole strung across a storage room in the barn, it does have a door. Apparently the door was open long enough at some point in time for a mud dobber to build a triplex, or for three of them to get together and build a triple wide.

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