Ringin’ in the New Year

Ringin' in the New Year

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My New Years Goal (I don’t like the term Resolution, lol) was to begin homesteading, even on a small scale since we don’t have a lot of land to do much. I have spent the last few weeks getting things set up and it’s official! This is happening! I can’t remember the last time I have felt so much joy and so much drive to make sure things get done. I know that 2015 is going to be an AMAZING year!

Today was a BLAST! I made cookies for my rabbits (middle picture on the left hand side, above) which are ugly as sin, but the rabbits don’t seem to care how they look, they thought they were delicious. They were made from the leftover gunk that came from the banana wine that Mark started making. The peels were put into the compost pile to start on making great garden soil, and NOTHING was wasted!

I got the heated water bottles all set up for the outside rabbits. You can see our New Zealand/Californian cross doe above. Her name is Pinkie Pie, and we’re hoping that she is pregnant, as she was bred last Sunday. If all went well, she will be due on  January 28th! Sophie, our Mini Lop was bred the same day, so her date is the same. We’re hoping for a bunch of tiny, squirmy, happy, fat babies! We are breeding meat rabbits, however, the first litters will be used to barter for some chickens and equipment that we will need to set the chickens up. The chickens will provide eggs and the rabbits will provide meat and fur. Our breeders, Pinkie Pie, Sophie and Olaf (our New Zealand buck) will basically be pets though. Even though our intentions are to humanely dispatch the rabbits in order to put food on our table, they will have the very best life possible. They will receive lots of love and attention, and we can’t wait to meet them! I will keep you updated on the (hopeful) babies and post lots of pictures of their adorable fluffiness.

I have also been upcycling used gift cards into guitar picks, which will be sold locally for a few extra dollars here and there. It’s been a tiring day, and I am ready for sleep. I am really excited to see what 2015 brings, and I am so glad to have you along for the ride!

Did you make any New Years Goals? What were they?

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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