Saturday, April 18, 2015

Severe weather wrecking havoc

Well I guess the old adage is correct - when it rains it pours. It has poured on and off for days now, a continuation of what has been a very wet late winter and early spring. Severe thunderstorms, tornado's and hail.

John told me yesterday that we are no longer officially in a drought. I believe it.

It took me more than an hour to get home yesterday, a drive that usually takes just over 30 minutes. I had pulled over twice to wait for the heavy rain go by before attempting to drive home. Once on the interstate it was slow going at 40mph or slower behind an 18 wheeler who had it's emergency flashers going. It was my God send since I couldn't see the road. I also put my flashers on and so did the others behind me, one by one.

Our food plot is not planted simply because I have been working 3 out of 4 weekends but with a vacation coming up I knew we could still plant some things and be ok. I am glad now we have had to wait.

For those who have a garden in, these storms are beating them to death or drowning them. John walked out to the pasture to get something out of the truck yesterday and literally waded ankle deep if not deeper water all the way out. The food plot is trashed and nothing would likely survive very long right now had we had the opportunity to plant for a spring harvest.

The truck is in the pasture because we just bought a smaller homemade trailer from someone. Pretty close to a 5x8, maybe a little shorter. Perfect size for the riding mower and I have wanted one the size of this one for a long while to haul smaller mulch loads and to load up with limbs to haul to the burn pile. This one is built with a higher ground clearance - an excellent feature! It's a good thing the truck has a lift package with mud tires.  

I have the weekend off but plan to meet up with some women friends later this afternoon. When I took Chuckie out for his morning excursion one of the free range hens fly up to the table next to me and into my arms. I guess that was her way of saying she was glad I was home. Was a nice way to start the day off. 

Yes little hen, I miss you too - more than you could ever know.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

We thought we'd take this opportunity to show you the latest feed bag tote project.


Wine totes!


They were very popular over the holidays.


Want to see the rest of the feed bag totes?


Our sister site feedbagtotes.com  takes you to our Etsy store!




Friday, January 2, 2015

Over 100 Everyday uses for Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil and on the Rural Living Farm we use lots and lots of it....from cooking to making our own deodorant and many things in between it is a go to in our house.

I thought I knew it all until I read this from Everyday Roots.com, a blog with a ton of good ideas! Seems there are a lot of uses for Coconut Oil that I haven't tried.

107 of them in fact....

Smart ideas we thought we'd share with you -


107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Why didn't I think of that? Great way to build a Compost Bin with Straw Bales

I love to read Hobby Farms Magazine ! They always have a good idea or two...or four million! Things I haven't thought about before!

While looking through their online edition and with a little help from Pinterest where they first pinned the idea...I found this.

Hay bales are great for all sorts of things besides feeding animals!

What if - you arranged them as so - and used the middle for a temporary compost .... in an area you thought of using in the future for a food plot?

Awesome idea in my book!


Anyway, if you want the whole scoop you'll have to go here -


How to Build a Compost Bin with Straw Bales


Rural Living goes to New York!

 This fall we were blessed to be able to make a trip to New York City. Our oldest son met this amazing young woman and they were married at in a very unique venue, The Strand Bookstore in their rare book room. It was a sweet wedding.



We stayed just blocks from Union Square and were able to visit the farmers market - quite impressive!!



 This is a quite cold ME at Union Square!




 And of course a trip to New York City couldn't be complete without getting a glimpse of lady liberty! The other picture is of World Trade Center One...taken from the kids room way up high in the fabulous hotel the W.

It was a great trip but too short - we were only there for 48 hours!!