A Little Heat, Some Hay, & Tractor Pulling


So I have started writing this about a hundred times over the past 4 weeks and never get past the first paragraph.  I am bound and determined to finish today.  I need to become more disciplined and write every week so that it isn’t a small novel when I do.  I feel like when the girls come home from somewhere that they have been without us and their mouths are running a mile a minute trying to tell us everything that they did or saw!!!

The weather has been interesting; it pretty much goes in hand with the winter that we just had.  Last week it was almost 100 degrees and you felt like you were going to die and this week it’s in the high 70’s.  We also experienced what we are certain was a mini tornado.  It managed to blow all of the screens out of our windows, move a pipe hay wagon through the field and into the middle of the road, push the windows out of the Allis, and blow our wood pile down through the driveway.  Amazingly it didn’t touch the coop or pig pen, the garden, or even move two little tables the girls had in the front yard.  Chad was holding on to one of our windows and said if one of the girls would have been by the window he has no doubt they would have went out.  Luckily we didn’t have any major damage.

Scattered Wood Pile 

Wood Blown Across County Road 

Our building projects for the past month have been the outside runs for the chickens and pigs.  Both were well overdue and were a great addition.  My great uncle had sent Chad a care package of old nails, hinges, and so forth which we were able to put to good use during this phase of “construction.”  The chickens made short work of the grass and congregate at the fence when Chad mows the yard because they know they are going to get some of the clippings.  They still enjoy being inside when it’s incredibly hot but everyone pours out as soon as it gets cooler and like clockwork, head back in when the sun is setting.  The pigs also enjoy being outside but unfortunately they can’t handle the sun and got sunburnt on day 2 of being out.  They have since learned to stay inside during the day and go out when it’s not so hot to play and even sleep under the stars now and then.

The Chicken Run

7/12/2012 10:52:45 PM

Natalie, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I admire your determination to follow in your ancestors footsteps. It won't be easy nor will it make you wealthy but there's just something about a functioning homestead that just feels right. I'm from German heritage as well but my ancestors settled in Nebraska. I spent time away during my early adult years of life but returned home (Nebraska) in my late twenties and vowed never to move away again. I'm now retired and in my 60s and still take that vow seriously. In my humble opinion the midwest is the greatest place to live on the planet. I look forward to hearing about your return to Kansas homesteading. Have a great day following your dream.

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