Reflections on 2012 - Life in the Country

| 1/1/2013 10:23:58 AM

Tags: chickens, country life, fencing, furry kids, homesteading, self reliance, preserving food, reflections, beekeeping, gardening, Cheryl in Texas,

Cheryl in Texas head shot2012 turned out to be a big year for us, full of many little victories.  After all the horrible setbacks of 2011 we are mighty grateful!  Words can’t even express how blessed and grateful!

Last year at this time and through February, we were clearing dead trees to create our little home site.  We put planted the garden in March and installed about 300 feet of water lines.  The house was delivered in April and we moved in towards the end of that month.  

In May, we celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary and we also added to our furry pack – a pup from the shelter that we named Cisco.  Gracie the cat still doesn’t like him, even though she has always lived with dogs.  Go figure.  (Cisco weighed 10 pounds when we brought him home, and now, at 9 months, he’s up to 70+ pounds!) About a week later, a lost kitty found her way to our little farm.  We named her Two Socks; she’s the best dog we have.

In June we started fencing a backyard.  We came up with our own design, and now that “phase one” is done, we have to brag just a little – it’s a pretty darn nice looking fence!  

In June we also canned 30 pints of homegrown diced tomatoes and I started making homemade yogurt every week.  We ate tons of zucchini and yellow squash from the garden and put 15 pounds of homegrown tomatillos in the freezer for making green enchilada sauce later.  The backyard fencing project continued all summer.  

In August, our wonderful, sweet, oldest dog Maggie passed away unexpectedly.   Oh how she is missed by all of us!  But her spirit is ever-present in the pasture.  Furry sister Ellie has never quite been the same.  You’ll never convince us that animals don’t grieve! 

1/5/2013 2:31:03 AM

Cheryl, it sounds like your barnyard family is finding you. The word is out among the stray animals that if a place is needed to call home come to Cheryl's place in Texas. It's always good to reflect back on the year and become some what surprised at really every thing that was accomplished, isn't it. I went back and read through some of my blog posts starting last January through the whole year. It was a great way to re visit the efforts and accomplishments through the year. My new garden space has been literally transformed into an oasis from the derelict piece of land that it was before I started with the TLC. Hopefully, I can continue through another year with the same drastic positive results. You are well on your way to becoming experienced homesteaders. Adding one thing at a time into your schedule is exactly the way to slide into country living. Have a great Texas day.

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