Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day weekend

This weekend has been a busy one. Saturday morning we woke and prepared for Travis and Arliss' cross country meet- the first one of the season. 

When we returned from town we continued canning things from the garden. 

Sunday was church of course, then the grocery store and farm store for feed for the goats, chickens, and dogs. 

Mulberry/ rhubarb jelly


Stewed tomatoes 

Monday we continued with work inside and outside, including processing a few chickens and cutting the grass. 

My cellar pantry is slowly filling up
A little loving from the goats 

Finally, all work completed, dinner finished, and the dishes done, I am settling down for the evening. I hope your weekend was enjoyable, like mine.

Sending love and tired, but satisfied kisses from the farm, 

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Our garden was a bit hit or miss this year. But we have corn, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, peas, beets, cabbage, and lots! of tomatoes. 

Today I cooked about eight pie-pumpkins, a half dozen butternut squash, and a dozen ears of corn to put up in the freezer. 

The animals have loved munching on the husks, skins, and seeds as I worked through our bounty. 

I imagined how it must have been generations ago as wives put up their vegetables for the fall and winter. My grandmother and great-grandmother worked side by side on the farm filling their pantries with the colors of summer.

 I never had that privilege as great-grandma died when I was almost four and I never understood the blessing of my gentle grandma in the kitchen until I was a mother on my own a thousand miles away. 

So here's to the women who helped feed their families so many years ago and to the ones who continue to do the work today. 

Sending love and squash-flavored kisses from the farm
oxoxox xoxoxoxox 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summertime, summertime

I Sunrises, kittens, goats and chickens have filled out days. The house work has stalled as the days have been too hot to do work or too short to finish work begun. So we've been working in the yard, weeding the garden, and planning.

Arliss on the granary 

One of the new kittens trying to get into the house- a big no-no

Callie girl, Stinky Pete, and One-eyed Jack

Squash waiting for the next meal

Travis bringing out a doeling 

The same doeling getting caught in the fencing

Our neighbor added four more kittens so the count is up to ten. So precious and fun to watch their antics.
 Hope all is well with you and yours.

Sending love from the farm,

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Early morning

On a farm there isn't the option to sleep in. Sure you may sleep an hour later than normal- but that means you're up at 6 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. 

I took a walk after the animals were fed to pick some wildflowers while it was still cool outside. 

The breeze past my ears reminded me of summers in the mountains of New Mexico- strong, fresh, and sweet. 
The birds chirping and calling out their songs was all I could hear. 

The mulberries are ripening and soon our fridge and freezer will be full of them for smoothies, pies, and jellies. 

Hope your Saturday is full of sweetness and wonder.

Love from the farm, 
oxoxo xoxoxoxox 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My day so far...

You know the saying about, snakes, snails and puppy dog tails? Well that is a close description of my morning. 

New tom-cats have been sighted -- hungry for attention and food. 

I went to the basement/cellar to find something and found a baby snake. The chickens were grateful and I was grateful for the chickens. 

A toad was hanging out by the garden hose. The same kind we had at our farm in Illinois.

The sunrise this morning was so worth getting an hour less sleep to start my day.  

How was your morning?

Sending love and critter kisses from the farm, 

oxoxo xoxoxoxox 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

spring is coming

the fields are covered and so mesmerizing
Finally, we have had a change in the weather, no longer bundled under blankets at night, we sleep with windows and screen doors open.  The house continues to show progress which helps with the sense "never-ending" work we often face.

such a pretty face
More rooms are being painted upstairs, which means soon we will be working on the wood floors. Travis has confirmed that the wood throughout the house is fir, it is durable, but still needs love to fully restore the wood after 100 years of use. We plan to rent a sander and then coat the floors with a polyurethane so that the richness of the wood comes through.

dear hubby with the goats
It's funny to me how much my dear hubby and I are on the same page with the house. We always wanted a place with space, wood floors, character, and durability.  Our home fills all those hopes and then some.

Arliss has asked that we paint his walls white in his room so that he can sketch on them. We like the idea and plan paint them all white. I look forward to seeing what he sketches on them.

Travis has been working on his room, painting when he gets "bored" with the other work in the house. He will have only a year in the room before he goes off to college and I know he is preparing for a place of his own after our nomadic experience these past two years.

The lilacs are starting to bloom and the violets too. The fields around us are covered with purple flowers, it is such a pretty sight. The goats are busy eating all the dandelions so I am hoping to see fewer of them during the summer.

who knew that "brown eggs" could be so pretty
Stinky Pete (the calico barn kitten from last summer) and Grey Girl, the two female cats, are due with kittens in about 4 weeks and continue to grow wider every day.  We have over 3 dozen eggs in the incubator and I hope to have the first chicks around May 1st.

Everyday is a blessing at Lucky 17 Farms and I am so grateful to my menfolk for their company on this journey.

Sending love and sweet kisses from the farm,

Sunday, March 20, 2016

New seasons

So life on our farm is never boring. Ours comes with the added part of trying to restore our farmhouse while working off farm during the week, and growing our critter population.  
 As our work in the house seems slow some times, we are seeing success in our hard work. Two rooms have been painted, other rooms are being readied for paint and other work for the house is being done by our oldest in his high school's woods shop. 
My darling husband and I have talked a lot about the fact that this is our last move.  I have been told that we can pitch the boxes as we unpack, we don't have to save them for the next time.  This has brought us to discussing the name for our place.  On my side there are many names that have christened farms over the years, but none that represent my husband and myself.  
I asked dear hubby his thoughts and he said he had the perfect name picked out, Lucky 17 Farms. I knew it was the perfect name.  The number 17 has special meaning for us so I firmly agreed. We've already discussed that Arliss, our artistic son, could create a logo for us and Travis could make the farm sign with his woodworking skills. 

We now have seven goats, seven hens, and three roosters.  Of course the two dogs, Rufus and Rover are with us, and Hank's cats have fully adopted us as well.  Here are a few pictures of the work and critters.  If you are ever out our way and want/need a place to stay, please come.  We'd love to see you.

Sending love and kisses from the farm,


One of our guest rooms, finally painted! 

The goats love to graze on this spot every day

Stinky Pete, in the crate we brought the roosters home in last weekend

The twins goats, a doeling and a buckling, love to snuggle with each other

I love the sunsets here...