So What’s Been Going On

I know, I know, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted and it’s all for good reason(s). A lot has been going on around the homestead and of course like all of us, well life takes over sometimes.

My daughter is getting married in January so wedding plans were in need of getting done, along with designing the invitation suite for their wedding which I really had fun with…especially adding a little extra special custom touch to them ๐Ÿฅฐ

An early November “glamping” trip to the desert for four days was peaceful, warm and enjoyable. As my readers know, I’m also a freelancer and with that I do design and copy-write (content development and management) and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some local clients designing their logos and brands; along with their website which has kept me a little busier.

In addition to everything else, we’ve had to winterize all our critters houses/coops and in general just get ready for the winter ahead. While during hunting season in October we had some snow, that was then and this is now and we’ve enjoyed some gorgeous days ranging from the high 50’s to low 70’s. Nights are “winter” and days are spring so who’s complaining right๐Ÿ˜‰Although some are concerned about how the snow season will be this year. Quite a bit of the country, my east coast peeps included, are getting hit with snow, colder than normal temps and just not happy campers. Well we all say that Southern OR is God’s Country so guess He’s looking favorably on us now ha!

Some of our chickens are still getting their molted out feathers back in which is making egg production a little less than usual….come on ladies poop those eggs out๐Ÿ˜ฏBut all in all we’re still getting eggs daily so I’ve just been letting my very loyal egg customers know this and they’ve been understanding, happily I’m still able to fill the orders of some of my biggest customers, but will be glad when they’re more back to normal. We’re into the shorter days and that makes a little difference too, but a late molt wasn’t what I was looking forward to. Oh well this too shall pass. Our ducks are laying two eggs daily and I’ve gained more duck egg customers as well. Gotta love duck eggs! For cooking and baking they are the best!

New baby chicks have joined the homestead! Blue Splash Marans and an extra “mystery chick” arrived….let the peeping begin again. Names to come in a later post๐Ÿฅฐ Thanks again Meyer Hatchery

Our two barnyard kitties, who are actually from feral stock finally had a successful litter of kittens which I found by accident a few weeks ago. We now have Mama who’s a sleek black, LJ (the dad) who is a big fluffy grey and now they’ve had four kittens, two identical to dad, one identical to Mama and a little oddball striped one๐Ÿค”We have these cats here (well truth be told Mama and LJ were born in the barn and just stayed around and are super friendly, enjoying attention and showing off their babies to us) as mousers and they do a great job. Hey when ya live in the country you kind of need them around. Let’s say they earn their keep.

Austin my Border Collie puppy is growing up nicely and has become such a love bug and quite a character!! Six months old now and getting his “big boy” hair along with doing better all the time on learning his commands. He’s great with doing his jobs. By jobs I mean, Border Collies need to work, they thrive for a job. It can be even just a ten minute training session, but they need that. However, one of Austin’s jobs is to help me in the morning and sometimes in the evening with taking care of all the animals. I’m so happy to say that he does a fabulous job of “hold” and never chases any of them. We let the chickens out first and he stands quietly watching each girl……AND Ricky come out and goes with me to the ducks and then the Pygmy goats. When I need some help in rounding someone up he’s there and gentle in doing it.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the photos from the homestead!

     As alwaysโ€ฆkeep smiling, it makes people wonder what youโ€™re up to!  If you enjoyed this post, please follow, share with others who you think would enjoy or benefit from it and sign up so you donโ€™t miss a thing and also for my weekly newsletter. Have an Outstanding Day!

  ~Cindy~

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