“Life’s a fragile thing, Har’. One minute you’re chewin’ on a burger. Next minute you’re dead meat.” – Lloyd Christmas
Truer words were never spoken.
As for our lives, lately, here are a few snippets.
– I never really mentioned it much, but brother Adam got married a few weeks ago, and so we had the wonderful privilege of meeting many of his and Juliette’s friends (and her family) during our time in Bryan, TX. The wedding was beautiful, and so far I gather that Adam and Juliette are happily married. I’m quite sure they will stay that way.
– I (Nathan) have been working quite a bit (a nice change of pace…). I currently have three jobs. I work on the weekends at a local winery. I teach two English Composition courses at a local community college. And I just began working for a nationwide tutoring company called Club Z. This has left my schedule pretty full, which is okay, but it makes farm work move more slowly.
-As for farm work, I’m reaching the final stages of fencing off the pasture for Gertie and the goats. I anticipate within two weeks they’ll be roaming about, nibbling on the clovers and grasses and wild onions that have already begun to defy winter’s chill. This project has been going for a long time, and I’m glad that the end is near.
-Kate stays quite busy around the house, tending two babies: Saylor and Ozark. She is a beautiful portrait of Christlike servanthood. She bakes all our bread, prepares most of the meals, keeps the house clean, and tends the fire during the day while I’m gone. She is also in charge of the garden planning this year, so she’s been spending a good bit of time lately poring over seed catalogs, deciding what will work best for us, hoping for a better crop than last year! We saved some seed from last season, and a few days ago placed a seed order for those we didn’t have. We’re eager to get our little plants started!
If you’re looking into seed, we HIGHLY recommend two seed companies. The first is Baker Creek Seed Company. They’re based out of Missouri, and have an incredible selection of heirloom seeds (some beautifully colored fruits/veggies). The other is Bountiful Gardens. They’re on the west coast (California, I think), and they also have lots of unique and wonderful heirloom seeds (including Luffa – you can grow your own bath sponges! kinda cool…). Both companies use open pollination, and guarantee most of their stuff to be GMO/pesticide-free.
– One of our Easter Egger chickens has FINALLY begun laying. They’re 7-1/2 months old, which seems a little late for them to just be starting, but we’ll take what we can get. Now, the other one needs to catch up with her sister. Below, see why they’re called “Easter Eggers.”
(that’s a blue egg…I think the camera flash washed out the colors a little bit)
We eat lots of eggs!
I’ll end with a video of the Bubby. His 1st birthday is coming up soon – February 19th. We’ll have a special blog post for that day…