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Day 1 of Many

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Demolition has officially started, again! To be completely fair, the original demo kick off was a random spirited day where Aaron and I thought we were going to make huge progress on this renovation by ourselves. After finding out we were pregnant over the summer, that changed. A lot. We finalized the plans in November and have, since, been interviewing …

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Back Home on the Range

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Last week, our family took a quick little road trip to Estes Park, Colorado. While we were away, my dad took care of our cattle and goats while our house sitter Reagan watched the dogs, cat and chickens. As avid travelers pre-COVID, we never really had to worry about the abundance of animals that we’ve acquired in the past year. …

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Excellent Eggers

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We’re still collecting tons of eggs. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I thought would happen. But as the garden has faded away through the Fall and Winter, I guess I expected the eggs would be a seasonal thing too. Like, maybe chickens just don’t lay in the winter? Ridiculous, I know. Well, at least now I know. In reality, …

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A Crazy Night for the Chickens

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Last night was a pretty wild night in the chicken coop. We were later than usual getting outside to close the gate on the chicken run. By 8 p.m., everyone was in the coop and settled in under their heat lamp. With the gate open, a possum decided to help himself to the rotisserie buffet. Aaron pulled into the driveway …

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Snug in the Coop

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Chilly temps mean all the animals are spending the nights tucked into their cozy beds. The calves have a makeshift shelter to ward off the wind and snow. The goats have the Goat House with a heat lamp for extra warmth. And the chickens have …a rotisserie. The coop continues to be one of the most epic things we’ve managed …

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Billy Goats Go to Auction

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Today, our six billy goats went back to the auction barn. Seeing them go was pretty bittersweet to be honest. They’ve been awesome brush chompers through the late Fall and have really turned the Goat Trails into a pretty cool part of the farm. However, they stink. The very first thing we learned about all of the billies we acquired …

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Fresh Snow for the New Year

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Happy New Year, all! We are so stinking excited to be moving beyond 2020 and jumping headfirst into all that 2021 is sure to bring. Starting with chores and sledding. The farm is loaded with fresh snow after last night’s freezing rain that transitioned to huge, powdery flakes early this morning. Aaron is so stinking thrilled that I can’t actually …

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Bring on the Cold

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We’ve been dealing with chilly weather for quite a while now, but this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are calling for a serious cold snap. With sleet, ice and lots of snow on the way – we’ve been busily working to make sure all of the animals are in the best conditions possible. Earlier in the week, we split …

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Where the Pasture Meets the Goat Trails

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There’s this crazy little spot as you drive toward the back pasture where the fence around the Goat Trails creeps up on your left. Then, you notice the fence for the pasture on your right. And, every once in a while, the goats and the cows meet here for a chat. I begged Aaron to leave the easy path down …

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The Frozen Countryside

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I really do love watching the way the wide open spaces out here change from season to season. As Fall came to a close, the fields were emptied of their crops and left with dry, brown roughage in most places. The relatively dry Winter hasn’t done much to hide the dry remains until yesterday. A quick blast of freezing rain …