A Guide to Gifting
1. A good pair of boots can go along way around the farm. Sloggers found its place in the hearts of women everywhere. Choices of heights, styles, and adorable designs are sure to make finding the perfect pair extremely simple. With great pride they have produced an amazing waterproof boot, that comes with great comfort insoles. I love that The Sloggers Company manufactures their products right here in the USA. The Muck Boot Company has made their name by producing strong waterproof boots that withstand the rugged country life. Their boots offer varying degrees of insulation and are sure to satisfy any climate. Women are a huge part of clientele for boot companies that once catered to men, but now have expanded their colors and patterns to meet the needs of a country girl.
2. Carhartt is a brand made for a country girl that needs rugged outerwear. Carhartt has been around since 1889, they remain the premier outdoor clothing line for country folk. Their hoodies, flannels, and jackets will last years in the roughest of conditions and keep you stylish and warm in the process. They offer everything from flannels, hoodies, coats, hats, gloves, and let’s not forget overalls. You can't go wrong with any of their products and will be highly satisfied with any purchase.
3. Kitchen and bakeware is another great choice for that special person in your life. From baking pans to cast iron, biscuit cutters to rolling pins, kitchen and bakeware can meet any budget and make a great gift. Anything to help make a ladies kitchen time a bit easier will be much appreciated.
4. Sleep wear is another great option. We love to start the day in warm comfy pajamas while sipping a cup of coffee next to the fire or watching the morning news. After a hard day’s work, there is nothing better than jumping into comfy soft sleep wear. Whether it's a pair of warm slippers, a plush robe, or pajama pants, it's a great choice for any girl.
5. Last but not least, sticking with the warm and fuzzy theme, a new blanket is always a win. Can you ever go wrong with a blanket? I for sure don't think so. Blankets can be purchased in such varieties as micro-fleece, flannel, cotton, or even angora. Lets not forget about all the colors and patterns there are to choose from. The women in your life will love a fuzzy blanket to curl up on the couch at night. To read her favorite book or watch her favorite show while cuddling in one of the blankets you purchased for her!
The true art of gifting is simple, GIVE IT WITH LOVE!!. Showing that special lady that you see and understand her paticular needs. Whether you buy off the shelf or make by hand, if it comes from the heart with great thought, the gift will surely be special. With this being said, don't forget just because a girl works hard under extreme conditions doesn't mean she doesn't want to do so in style!
Author: Carrie Miller
Coco and Lucy, our Pygmy Goats, are by far the clowns of the barnyard. They are not only entertaining to watch but to interact with as well. You can not spend any time with these girls with out laughing. They make the simplest tasks a true delight, from cleaning out their house to water changes. I dare you to bring the wheelbarrow in without snickering a bit. It never fails as I try to clean the straw and toss it in, these girls jump in thinking its time to play. As I bend to grab the pitch fork from the ground Coco jumps onto my back. She jumps from me to the wheelbarrow and back again. Scott tries to bring in a new bale of straw they spring into his arms. Like a bale of straw is not heavy enough lets add a goat to it or maybe two? He begins to fill the hay feeder and Coco jumps in, looks at him, and lays down. She gives him this look like wait, let me get comfortable, as she begins to eat the fresh hay that she lays upon. Lucy looks on from the top of her pallet fortress side jumping from one level to another. The youngest member of the barnyard family comes in to join the fun. Baby Kitty comes to get in on all the action, as he snuggles into a mound of hay that fell on the ground. He waits for the perfect moment stalking his prey. Lucy runs past he jumps and pounces on her back. She tries to shake him from her back, he jumps off, and begins to chase her. She stops stands on just her back two legs he scampers off back to the safety of the other side of the fence. And what is Miss Coco doing while all is taking place? Laying in the manger enjoying all the new feed like she is a human with popcorn watching a movie. Now who needs TV when there is true live entertainment to be watched?
Author: Carrie Miller
Well this year we tried something very different. We put a garden in each year and each year something goes wrong. To wet, to dry, soil not good enough, blight, there is always something. This spring we put drainage in the yard, but was still unsure if it was enough. So Scott come up with a plan to install a raised bed. I must admit I kind of rolled my eyes at the idea. But Scott being Scott did what he wanted anyhow, there is no talking this man out of anything. He went back to the lumber pile, pulled his materials, and in a half hours time he was done. I went to look at his finished product, I had one simple question where you getting the dirt to fill that? He looked at me with his evil little grin and stated he had a plan. Of course he wouldn't let me in on the plan. So later that day we loaded up in the truck and headed for town to get a few plants to get started. I was still trying to figure out what he was going to plant them in. So as we approached our destination he stops and pulls into a landscape place. OOOO I thought he's just going to buy the dirt. Nope I was wrong he bought Mushroom Compost. Having no idea about this stuff I was having a whatever moment. We then stopped at the little plant store grabbed our stuff and headed home. He got the garden all finished up that evening including planting. Within a few weeks our garden was bigger than any of our past attempts. I have picked more tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sweet peas, and mint in one year then all other years put together. Fall is now upon us and I am truly not ready to let the fresh veggies go. I asked my husband if we could put the little greenhouse we use for the meat chickens house up on the garden. He rolled his eyes and stated fine, I knew he was really thinking ugghhh. As always he likes to make me happy so we pulled the greenhouse across the property and put it in place. With all this being said its now almost November, and I am still picking two dozen tomatoes and peppers each week.
Best Garden we have ever had!
Author: Carrie Miller
As we come into fall life, things around here begin to slow. The hustle and Bustle of summer chores and to-dos are coming to an end. I sit here writing this entry finding myself starring endlessly out the window watching the leaves fall one by one. With each passing day the temps are cooler and fall is in the air. From the smell of leaves burning, wood burners smoking, and the sweet smell of canning season. Its time to sit back and take it all in. This time of year I enjoy canning, sewing, cooking, baking, and writing. The chickens are even slowing for the fall. Egg production is at a extreme low. All the girls are beginning to heal from a hard molting season. A well deserved break they are getting. They munch upon fresh pumpkins and left over tomatoes from the summer yield. The goats have started getting their fall coats. I find them staying in their barn more and more as the temps drop. They also have been enjoying the left over produce from the garden as they work on their winter weight. Wood season around here is coming to an end too, less sore wake ups in my near future.