I knew I wanted to raise chickens before we bought our last house in Texas in 2012. Hubby had even given me a copy of the book Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry by Glenn Drowns for Christmas the year before. … Continue reading →
Meet the newest members of our homestead crew, our six Ancona ducks! I’ve been waiting for this day for literally years! My interest in ducks started back in our Texas suburban neighborhood (that banned clotheslines, chickens and other things) when … Continue reading →
We started our adventures in chicken raising in July 2016. We currently have 3 Olive-Egger hens, 2 Copper Maran hens, and one Silver Splash Olive-Egger rooster. Even after all this time, it’s still fun to go out & lift the … Continue reading →
Maybe not like a Viking and more like a geek; however, we’re still brewing mead! What is mead? Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from honey. Another description for mead is “honey wine.” The best description that ties Vikings to … Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again here…when I start yearning for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring! Only 29 more days til spring officially arrives! Since it’s still way too cold and muddy here, I have to satisfy my … Continue reading →
Happy New Year! We hope 2018 is off to a great start for you and yours! The big projects on our list for this year include: Installing a hanging gutter system for rain water collection & moving water away from … Continue reading →
It’s been a whirlwind since the beginning of the year. Selling a house, buying a house, moving, finding some work, building a wood shed, installing a wood stove, buying a tractor, getting some chickens, getting some cats, homeschooling our boys, processing 50 pounds of apples, making more soap…sheesh!
And now we’re getting ready to hunt. The first one for my oldest son Grant.
Just got to teach him how to sight in his newly acquired rifle from his great Grand Dad. Grant and I took turns shooting a .270 caliber rifle my Grand Father made for him and presented it to him on his birthday. He didn’t think it was for him at first, but was smiling ear to ear. The rifle is a special left handed variant (Grant’s a lefty) with a shorter barrel and less weight designed for youth shooters. We also have a nice area to shoot from our property with a tall backstop, lots of deer droppings all around the field too. The target we were shooting at was set out to about 100 yards and we where shooting 150 grain soft points. After some refinement, we got the rifle dialed in pretty well; at least 1 inch from the point of aim at 100 yards. The last shots were near the bulls-eye in the center and bottom left. Shoots pretty good, but recoils pretty hard. I thought poor Grant was going to get scoped, but he did great and kept his composure and his balance.
There are a lot of deer up here in the Palouse range and we see them out and about almost daily. They love the garbanzo bean fields. Hunting is more of a challenge up here, because of privately owned land in Potlatch. You can get a permit, but it’s not cheap. A two hour drive to White Bird is possible, but i would rather find a spot to scout near our home. There’s also the St. Joe National forest which is about an hour away, my only fear is it will be over crowded with hunters. We’ll see what happens and we’ll certainly have a grand old adventure where ever we end up going.
So what kind of snow doesn’t melt?!? Cottonwood tree seeds. Airborne fluff! This was from just one tree. The entire intersection was just covered in white fluff! So of course my inner gardening nerd came out and I did some researching. All … Continue reading →
Moscow is a physically-active, outdoorsy-type, bicycle-friendly community! People are always outside doing something. And there is a really good farmers market here, which opens this Saturday. Can’t wait for that! Moscow has all the amenities that were missing in White … Continue reading →
Why, hibernating of course! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do during the winter months in the North? Ha! We’ve been doing anything but hibernating, actually! We’ve been reevaluating our homestead location. Before we even left Texas, we said we’d … Continue reading →