Saturday, November 15, 2014

When winter begins...

In the mornings when the sun is starting to rise and you can see your breath as you make your way to feed the animals. Where you are greeted with ice covered water( which you try to fill with the hose that has frozen over night) and hungry animals looking out of their barns. These are a few signs winter is here. Or when you go to let the chickens out and they insist on sitting on the roost instead of journeying out the into the cold.

But also the beauty of when you are walking back to the house and the sun shines off the morning frost that is over everything. It makes you stop and thank God for even these type of beautiful moments. What a blessing it is to see the land you hard on, being so beautiful.

Though winter is not my favorite season, it is still a beautiful and time to relax ( as much as you can when you have a homestead), before the planning of gardens, livestock, etc. So as winter is just beginning make sure you take the time to just enjoy the little moments of God's beautiful creation.

Updates on the homestead: We are starting to feel more settled in on our homestead. The animals are all doing well. Cupid our one doe is still Very pregnant, is still not showing any signs of laboring anytime soon. I am hoping she does before a really bad snow comes. I think either way we will be thrilled just to have our first birth on the homestead and the start of our business! We have a new animal on our homestead , it is my mom's pet pygmy goat Elijah. He is a real sweetie and Kyle especially are enjoying having him here. We are picking up my mom's other goat, a female, who had yet to be named on Friday. So Elijah will have a friend. Our girls are not big fans of having him on the homestead so hopefully the girl will help.

We are also anxiously awaiting not only the first birth on the homestead , but also the first egg. The girls still haven't started laying yet , so hoping they start next month! I am looking forward to some fresh homestead eggs!

That is all that is new on the homestead so far, this winter there is a lot of planning and maybe even expanding going on for spring! I will keep you all updated as things happen! Hopefully I can get on here more often  then I do now!
What is your weather like around you guys? What do you do to prepare for the winter with your animals and your homestead? Is anyone planning their garden for next year yet?

~ Katie

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