Saturday, August 30, 2014

Garden Update Week: August







There are at least 3 things I am proud of in regards to the garden this year. First our carrots are GIGANTIC!  I am amazed at the epic proportions of these roots. And I planted a ton... so we'll be eating carrots until we have a lovely orange glow midwinter. I mounded the dirt in the rows which helped the roots grow large and I will make a mental note to do this next year! 

Second after a long wait (because of late planting) the corn is ready to eat. Man, is it delicious!  We've been snacking on it straight from the garden... loved by toddler and chickens alike.  I am going to harvest some today and blanch/freeze it and probably eat a few ears for lunch.  I am so glad Audrey has at least 12 healthy chompers in her mouth which makes for great 'corn/cucumber/biting holes in all the ripe veggies' eating.

Lastly I have kept this hanging plant alive. If I have achieved anything in my life it is this (not keeping a 17-month-old alive... no. it's keeping a plant alive!)  This is the pinnacle of my stay-at-home- mom achievements. When working out of the house my hanging plants would always sizzle by late summer but not this year.  Although it doesn't look fabulous and we had some dry spells plus a hurricane or 2, it's still alive and blooming. Huzzah!

Did you have any garden achievements this summer?

Have a great weekend... there's a chill in the air here in Maine!

shelby g 

Friday, August 29, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Around the Farm





1. New meat birds! We picked up 10 from a co-op buy last week and right now they are teeny tiny but in 8 short weeks will be in our freezer!

2. Jeff built a chicken tractor for the meat birds. Our biggest issue with the last time we grew them was the amount of chicken poo that built up in their pen. So hopefully the chicken tractor will help reduce this.  I'll move it ever few days and the birds will get new grass and bugs to munch on and it'll make for healthier birds in the long run.

3. New laying hens!  A local person was giving away a few birds and we managed to snag 4 of them.  This year alone we have lost 3 birds so this will help replenish our bird stock for the winter. They are in their 3rd year, I believe, so egg production won't be peak but they still seem like good birds.

4. End of the summer garden! I have pulled the garlic and onions and will plant lettuce and peas in their place. It's a little late for a fall crop but hopefully we'll have a mild fall and get something!  This week I will pull up the carrots and store them. 

5. Not pictured but our firewood is almost complete for the winter. Jeff has been busy getting that finished up and although there are some logs to be cut we are set for the winter.

6. Also not pictured the beginnings of plans for a spring/summer timber frame kitchen rebuild. We have finally found a contractor and now begin to work on details!

What's going on around your farm this week?

shelby g

Friday, August 22, 2014

{this moment}

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Co-Sleeping


Oh the time of co-sleeping is over.  We lasted 16 months together in one bed but at the beginning of last week it was time for Audrey to move into her own space.  I put it off for long enough; thinking I would get around to cleaning and organize a magical playland sleep-space for Audrey (thanks a lot pinterest) but when it  really came down to it we figured it would be better for her to get her own room regardless of how magical it was.  So I packed up some of the crafty junk from the spare room and vacuumed. We moved the crib upstairs and off Audrey went. She cried a lot the first night and ended up in bed with us but as the nights progressed she cried less and less.  In fact, she sleeps amazingly upstairs and we can go poke her and stare at her for as long as we want and she doesn't wake up until she's ready. 

That said I do miss our kiddo at night. We were night nursing and now that is over too.  Unfortunately I feel like this might be the beginning of the end of nursing for us although she is still plenty interested before naps and bedtime.   Jeff and I are off on our first over seas journey this Fall, leaving Audrey, Carlie, and the chickens with loved-ones, and I have a feeling that my milk will dry up while we are gone.... Audrey will be 18/19 months by that time so I guess it will be fine to stop but nursing is such a wonderful experience and it will be a bummer not to have the quiet time with Audrey. 

Although co-sleeping meant odd sleeping habits for me I feel that it was the right thing to do.  I cannot stand a crying baby, especially at night, and co-sleeping solved that problem almost completely.  We were able to have extra bonding and nursing time and I think in the long run has strengthened our relationship. Audrey is great with snuggles, kisses, hugs, and baby-wearing and I think a lot of it came from our co-sleeping. When co-sleeping Audrey rarely woke up in a bad mood in the morning and that carried through the day.

The downsides of co-sleeping are few; mostly around my sleep. I really only had 5-6 hours of sleep a night (for 16 months) and even less when I stock my cloth diaper store.  This made me more reliant on coffee but sometimes that's not a bad thing. It did make me realize how easy it is to adjust to a new sleep pattern and require less sleep. At one time I was a 9pm to 6am kind of sleeper but now I am an 11pm to 5am sleeper with an occasional afternoon nap.  Another downside was less snuggling with my husband and although he probably felt left out I at least got to snuggle with Audrey all night.

All-in-all, don't knock it until you've tried it for an extended period of time.  I have received some criticism about co-sleeping and our continuance of nursing which is confusing to me since this is our life, our household, and our child. It seems, though, that everyone appears to be a better parent when they are giving advice to other parents regarding shortfalls. When I find something peculiar in another parent's method of raising their child I keep in mind that the child is happy, healthy, well-fed, clean, without injury, and with people who love them. 

have a great day!

shelby g

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Garden Update Week 11

Phew!  Here's the farm update we've been waiting for! ^^we grew everything on the plate (minus the butter, flour, milk, salt & pepper). How awesome is that?!  The chicken was cooked from frozen in the crock pot with fresh garden garlic in about 6 cups of water (which we now have broth and will make chicken pot pie tonight). The carrots, beans, new potatoes, and beets were all harvested from the garden yesterday. And I made the chicken gravy from the broth of the crock pot chicken. Huzzah, success!  And it was delicious!

And as for the garden? Just the normal weed chaos but everything is growing well.





how is your garden growing?  happy weekend :)

shelby g

Friday, August 8, 2014

{this moment}


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