Friday, August 3, 2018

Encouraging Hearts and Home 8/2/18

Stop by every Thursday to link up your family friendly posts and find encouragement for your heart and your home!


Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!

I sure hope you all have had a fabulous week!  I'm a day behind, but that's ok.... I'm here to share encouragement with all of you anyway!  I am trying to get back into the blogging mode and bring you at least this weekly encouragement that all sorts of wonderful bloggers have great things to share with you!  This week I am sharing my story about my first experience with a dairy cow calving for her first time!  It's a day full of firsts!  Read about it here:




The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!
Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
Amy at A Nest in the Rocks







***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.

The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:


How to Link Up

  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!
  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.
  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.



Other nice things you can do

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com




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Miss Molly had her baby!

Oh Friends! I am WAY behind on sharing stories of the farm. I had planned to write a totally different blog until I realized I had not yet told you all about my Cow Molly, and the birth of her first calf! So, I'm a month behind.... but here it is!

For months I had been preparing for the arrival of the new baby cow.  Now, I grew up around beef cattle, mostly helping my dad and granddad from a distance. Such things as helping count cows, look for mommas in labor/distress, is the bull in the little pen, latch the outer gate when they go feed, etc.  All small stuff, because ... well, because I was a small girl.  I was in 2nd grade when we moved to town and dad slowly started transitioning from working the farm to working in town.  I never did give up that desire to be a part of the farm... a steward of the land and animals that God gave us!  So, many years later I married myself a handsome young man, and moved to a farm.  Not until about 10 years into our marriage did I really take to the farmwife life and begin canning, gardening, and adding livestock.  It all began with chickens..... they're the gateway I tell ya....   Look at me... off track.  So here we are preparing... I was just THRILLED to find a machine milker!  Happens to be that one of my "farm" neighbors sold me his for a fair price!  My budget was super small, so that was super GREAT!



We took the 2 hour trip to the milk place and got all new hoses and such.  I was ready....  excited ... and nervous about our FIRST calf on the farm!

Well, when we purchased Molly back in December, she was already bred to a miniature jersey.  They had two "dates" and so she was either to be due in April or June.  My first instinct was June, and how cool would that be if she calved on my birthday?  Well, I had my local vet come out and check her overall health and see if he could guess a due date by "bouncing" her.  His guess was also June, but said to be prepared in April, as it is a miniature cow and could be further along, just a smaller baby.

So we waited, and waited and waited!  April was a busy month for us.  That's when all of our dairy goats kidded.  There were babies EVERYWHERE!  I was almost relieved that Molly did not calve as I would now have time to spend with her and baby calf, whenever it chose to arrive.

May  seemed to last an eternity, but I was keeping myself busy helping the farmer with planting our field crops, and trying to put in a garden of my own.


June came, my birthday passed, and I just got used to the routine of Farmers Market, baseball games, and all the activities that Summer brings.  And low and behold ... on the morning of June 12th, during my regular chore routine I see that Molly is in labor!  What... oh now... uh... I need help!  The goats still need milked and the chickens want fed, the ducks get fresh water... OH MY!  SO in I ran to the house and grabbed the children from their slumber.  My youngest is a boy, and a bit on the squeamish side, so he helped me with the chores, while my middle child (daughter) watched Molly for any distress, and was to yell at me if things got super close!  I did NOT want to miss this birth!  I called my sister, and she got in the car and headed up to the farm, making it JUST IN TIME to witness the birth.  Shortly after my mother and grandmother came to visit the new calf.  It was an exciting and busy morning for sure!


So, with the help of my son, I was able to fly through the morning chore routine, and grab my phone to take a few pictures.  My daughter was hollering at me... hurry mom hurry! I grabbed the ATV and off I went.  We see feet.... it's happening... it's almost time to meet the baby calf!  I was beside myself with excitement!  My mind filling with questions.... do I go comfort her, do I leave her alone, will she need help...oh please don't need help!  And before you knew it, baby was on the ground.  Molly did a GREAT job with the whole thing.  She's still a great momma today!


Well, you can't see anything from outside the fence, so I got brave and hoped that Molly was tired enough that she wouldn't be a mean momma and kick me in my tail end.  She wasn't!  She was super cool with me being in there.  Let me touch and pet baby with no issues at all, still does!  But ... we ALL needed to know.  What's in the undercarriage!!!!!  Well.... I see udders!  Yup, that's correct, we got a Heifer!  Hooray.... molly had a girl!  I had planned on calling her June Bug (born in June) but the hubby though Holly was fitting... so in hopes he'll let me keep her... I let him choose the name!

Once things calmed down a bit, I realized that we had not finished setting up the cow milking area, and that Molly was super full and would need milked out soon!  So I pleaded (not really, he's a super great guy) with the farmer to help me figure out what I needed to get this all going.  We headed to the farm store and got what few supplies we had forgotten in all the previous trips, and headed home!  And within a few hours we are milking our very first dairy cow for the very first time, after her very first calf!  What an exciting day!

So now you know the story of Molly and Holly.  Look to hear lots more about them in the future along with what to do with all this delicious milk!  You have a great day folks, it's time for me to head out to chores... the animals really like that routine!!!  And it's good for me too!


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

7/26/18 Encouraging Heart & Home

Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!


So glad to be back in the blogging mode!  I’ve missed you all!  This week I’m bringing you encouragement from the garden!  A group of 10 wonderful ladies have gotten together to write various blogs about fall gardens!  Some, like mine are about woes and overcoming obstacles.  Some are about Seed selection, some about flower cuttings, and some about gardening with children... and more!  Please go check it out!  And best of all, there is a FREE seed giveaway from Baker Creek!
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The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!
Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
Amy at A Nest in the Rocks







***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.

The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




Stop by every Thursday to link up your family friendly posts and find encouragement for your heart and your home!

How to Link Up

  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!
  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.
  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.

Other nice things you can do

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com




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Monday, July 23, 2018

7-19-18 Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloghop!

Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!



                               

The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!
Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
Amy at A Nest in the Rocks







***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.

The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




Stop by every Thursday to link up your family friendly posts and find encouragement for your heart and your home!

How to Link Up

  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!
  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.
  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.

Other nice things you can do

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com




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Gardening woes, but it's NOT too late!

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Hello, Hello! How does your garden grow? 

 For me, this year ... it grows ... well, it grows weeds!    And not just a few rouge ones.  We're talking ... the entire garden has been taken over and you don't even know what I have planted!  Seriously, it's so bad that a guest thought the weeds were my vegtable plants!  Of course, a weed is only a plant that is in a location you don't desire.  I mean, even the weeds do have beautiful green color, and many will put out a pretty flower!  Heck, those button weeds (the ones the guest thought were garden produce) did provide quite the shade canopy for my onions!  My mother tells me that my great grandfather would allow some weeds to grow to extend the early crops with shade... so.. see, I'm just following a true family tradition.  Ha ha ha!

For the past few years I have let my garden get the best of me. It's hard to admit, but it's true.  I have somehow let my beautiful garden space turn into a ugly eye sore!  3 years ago I had thought I was doing this WONDERFUL thing of composting the horse manure onto my garden area over the winter. Come spring, it looked wonderful! The dirt was so black and rich, amazing stuff I tell ya!  So I tilled that beautiful manure into the garden and planted my seeds with hopes of an even better garden that I had received in the years past. And then, come summer it was so over taken by brome grass that I couldn't keep up with the weeds and gave up! You see, as the horse ate his grass, the seeds didn't all digest, and in the beautiful compost was a HUGE amount of seeds!  I harvested what I could, and mowed it all off. Ha ha, I kid you not! I just got fed up and ran that riding mower all over the entire patch! I figured that I could do better next year! 

 Well, the next year came ... I had that feeling of spring planting happiness, and started yet another wonderful garden. I did well, limiting myself to just a few different items, and spread things out so that I could easily get in there and use the cultivator and other hand tools to help me combat the inevitable weed problem.  I knew there would be a weed problem, so I went back to mulching.  I'd read somewhere or heard someone talk about using straw as a great mulch.  Oh...ok, I'll try that!  Well guess what.... the straw I had still had some seeds in it!  Yup, you can imagine what happened next!  I had a most beautiful brome and wheat field in my garden!  Uhhh... so, um... not doing that again!

3rd year rolls around and all was going fairly well until my health decided to decline. I again, had to let my garden succumb to the weeds and hope for a better year in the future. 

 Sadly, I must say that this story is repeating itself again this year! My health all but returned, and in excitement of that, I may have over committed myself to projects and other activities! Sadly, the garden became the item at the bottom of the list, and I am again ready to get out that mower and call my garden done. 

 HOWEVER! All is NOT lost! I remember back a few years when I tried planting zucchini squash for the first time. It was in the early spring. My plants were doing ok, until the bugs hit! I planted, and re-planted  all spring long. I sprayed oils, and sprinkled powders. I tried all the tricks the old farmers shared with me, but nothing. And I DO mean NOTHING would keep those EVIL squash bugs away! I gave in and pulled out all of my zucchini and yellow squash plants, trying to deter those evil monsters from moving on to other plants in my garden. 

 Then, a few months later, when I had some room in my garden, I chose to try planting them in late summer, for a fall garden. It worked! Yes, it really truly did! The bugs had moved on, the weather had cooled off, and I had the biggest crop of zucchini and yellow squash in my gardening history! 

So, if you've had troubles with squash bugs, don't give up!  Try planting a fall garden! You can start seeds in the house, or just direct sew them into the ground!  It's a tough time of year with many of us dealing with drought and weed issues.  It's ok... don't feel discouraged, and don't give up! I'm thinking that if I go out to my garden today, lay down a tarp, and save myself a space, I can still give this years garden a chance to thrive, and have some wonderful produce this year! 

 A fall garden is a great time to plant some of those cool crops like lettuce, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and the list goes on! Go make yourself a list of your favorite garden veggies, you'd be surprised just how many you will be able to plant and still get a lovely harvest!

Lucky for you, I'm participating in a group giveaway! And YOU could win some really great seeds from Baker Creek to plant in YOUR fall garden! They're a really great company with a large variety of seeds to choose from! Please take a minute to enter! And most of all, go out and enjoy nature! Dig in that dirt, embrace the weeds, and enjoy the sunshine!

Go Check out Baker Creek at https://www.reareseeds.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/rareseeds/  

And here are the other participants!  Take a moment to go see what each of these lovely ladies is all about, and what wonderful Fall gardening tips, stories, and ideas they have!

Danielle @ Spring Lake Homestead
http://springlakehomestead.com/fall-garden-kids/



Clarissa @ Clarissa R. West
https://www.clarissarwest.com/garden-basics-for-homemakers


Terri @ Our Good Life
https://www.terristeffes.com/2018/07/bouquets-from-my-cutting-garden-2018.html



Amber @ The Farmer's Lamp
https://thefarmerslamp.com/7-tips-for-preparing-the-fall-garden/


Michelle @ Souly Rested
https://soulyrested.com/2018/07/23/what-every-gardener-needs-to-know-about-egg-shells/


Kathi @ Oak Hill Homestead
https://www.oakhillhomestead.com/2018/07/plant-a-fall-garden.html


Janelle @ Homestead in the Holler
http://www.homesteadintheholler.com/blog/fall-garden-tips/

Michelle @ Mid-Life Blogger
http://midlifeblogger.com/d-is-for-discouraging/

Jennifer @ Faithful Homestead
http://faithfulhomestead.com/fall-gardening-in-a-drought/

And of course ....
Angela (me) @ The Inquisitive Farmwife
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Now, to enter the giveaway, just click the link below! You will have several chances to enter!  Good Luck!



Giveaway is sponsored by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They are donating 1 package of 12 packets of seeds, perfect for planting in a fall garden, and they are shipping the seeds directly to the winner. The giveaway starts at 6:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, July 23rd, and ends at 7:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, July 30th. Winner announced Monday night, and will have 36 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Eligability: Open to U.S. Residents 18+ Winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway tools. No duplicate entries. There is one "free" entry per person, plus 11 additional entry "points" possible, one for each task completed.  
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Thursday, June 7, 2018



Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!

So, it's the first week of June and it certainly is feeling like Summer out there!  Life has gotten busy with Ball Schedules, Gardening, Camps, Farmer's Market, Crop Scouting, Swimming, and all the things we wish we could be doing on those cold long winter days!  I've been lucky enough to do some canning already!  My sister and I have been busy harvesting the early fruits for delicious Jams and Jellies!  What all have you been up to?




Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!




The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers

Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
Amy at A Nest in the Rocks
Natural Parent Guide





***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.



The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




Stop by every Thursday to link up your family friendly posts and find encouragement for your heart and your home!

How to Link Up

  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!
  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.
  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.


Other nice things you can do

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com




Come Join me on Social Media:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Encouraging Hearts & Home 3-10-18


Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

Happy Thursday to all of you!  What a beautiful morning we are having here in Northeast Kansas!  I wish you all a wonderful week, and a blessed day!  Go get inspired, and be Encouraged!


The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



 Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

How to Link Up:



  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!




  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!




  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.




  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.











  • Other nice things you can do:




  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!



  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com






  • Come Join me on Social Media: