We’re getting a piglet, tomorrow… too!!!

Our neighbors are going to raise some winter piglets and asked us if we wanted one… so of course, we said SURE!!!  They are red Duroc pigs, an American heritage pig from the northeast.  A very lean hog with really tasty meat…   I would love to do a pair of feeder piglets in the spring, so this is really exciting… to learn and watch and see how these four little dudes grow!  We’ll be saving all our food scraps and garden waste as well as helping with good pig chow and bread trips to the outlet store.  It will take about 6 months to grow them up to about 200-250 pounds and when finished, they will dress out about 100-125 pounds of pork, hams, bacon and all that good stuff.  Should be interesting!!!  Can’t wait to see the little fella!

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Pony News…

I know you all want to know LOTS of details about the new pony…. but the truth is, I really don’t know yet!!!  All I do know is that I believe he is a he…  that is what the family says he is, but I didn’t formally ask…   and that he has been pretty much a pasture pet for the last five years!  So they are telling me that he might be a little rough around the edges when it comes to loading and grooming and all that.   They said he used to drive, and that their kids would ride him bareback all over the place, but that he was skittish about a saddle.  He’s a black and white pinto and doesn’t look huge, but then, it’s hard to tell in the picture really.

My good buddy Bill and I are going on Sunday morning to fetch him.  He’s up in a little town in Michigan, so we need to go and retrieve him.  Bill is my go to guy for all things equine.  He won’t got a auction pony in the back of a Ford Pinto Hatchback!!!  He’s my hero when it comes to horsey things!  And he’s a farrier and a life long horseman and he picks a mean mandolin!!!  He said he can get the dude in the trailer and I believe him.  Haha…

I’m totally aware of the fact that it might be months before this pony is ready for any sort of “work” here at the farm and I’m fine with that.  He’s months ahead of my in brain schedule of when I wanted a pony, anyway!   He can rest and get his noodle around the routines here at the farm and just BE…  as long as he needs.  I definitely will want to get him evaluated by Bill and a little schedule of training for him, some goals and such to reach.  It’s surely going to be the topic of discussion for the ride up and back!!!    He said he would give him a good going over and touch up his feet if they need it and we’ll start from there!  It’s awesome to have good knowledgeable friends when you rush headlong into unknown territory!

I worked a summer at a horse riding stable as a kid and I have been horse crazy since I was 5 at least.  I have read everything and watched horse movies and just have SOOOOOO wanted a equine in my life.  It’s a lifelong dream for sure.  And it’s finally here and I can’t believe it! Today is going to be pony prep day…  I believe I’m going to convert what we call our pig barn into the new sheep/goat and pony shelter!!!  The sheep shack is just too small for all of them.  And the goats seem to think it’s their new hideout… no ewes allowed!  They stand in the doorway, shoulder to shoulder and don’t let no girls in.  Haha…  so….   the pig barn is big, 20 x 20 in space and opens out into the middle yard pasture and in the back could be opened out to the back pasture with a little fencing work.  Right now, I will have them all just open out to the middle yard.  That will be fine.  Got to work up a good kludge for the big back doors, because they don’t QUITE meet and close tight enough…   I believe I am going to drill a hole in each and chain them shut, with a latch so we can easily open them from the outside.   And then build a straw wall on that side to discourage anyone from trying to get through.  And then I have to block off the entrance into the poultry barn, on the other side.  I have a couple hog panels that should work like a charm.  We’ll get it safe and secure.

Been reading a LOT the last couple days on pony care, feeding and such and it seems like they are the very easiest of equines to care for successfully.  That is great!   What would starve a horse will keep a pony fat and sassy!  They seem to thrive in very poor conditions.  Bill says it won’t seem like much more at all, to feed a pony.  Good grass hay, pasture and a wee bit of grain as the temperatures drop.  And he says, depending on the weight and size of the pony, it will probably be like a cup of grain a day, no more!  He says ponies can easily overeat and get thick fast… haha… just like me!   I guess the pony and I will have to watch it to keep our girly figures!

I imagine at first some of our training goals are just going to be getting used to us, and me, getting the routines down…  walking comfortably on a lead,  grooming, that sort of thing.  And frankly, that sounds like FUN!  If can get all that comfortably down by the end of the year, I think that will be a great success.  I’m in no hurry with him.  Slow and easy will be the whole mantra.

Well, that is the story and now you know just about as much as I do!  Of course, I will take pictures of the whole adventure tomorrow…  so I will appreciate everyone’s good positive pony visions for tomorrow, that it all goes good and that the little dude is happy to come here and get spoiled and loved on and have hoofie friends!  I just can’t wait!!!!

PS… I’m not sure how big he is, they weren’t sure either.   But looking at this picture and knowing that most cement blocks are about 6 inches tall… I’m thinking he’s about 30-36 inches at the shoulder.  Not huge, but not super small either???   I just have NO clue!!!  haha…  oh well, more fun for tomorrow!!!!   Can’t wait!

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Guest Post… Big is out… Small’s back in

Big is out, Small’s back in

For the longest time, the housing market has been very competitive, with the negative connotation that smaller homes were of less importance. In today’s market, both economic and environmental factors point in the completely opposite direction.

Form an environmentalist standpoint; buying a smaller home translates to an improved carbon footprint because the inhabitants are ultimately consuming less of everything. Economically, this means cheaper utility bills and more money in the pocket. Not to mention, small spaces are much quicker and easier to clean.

For families, this may not always be the best possible solution, but there are modular style homes that can still accommodate a four-person family. For instance, the Prairie View, named after the early 50’s style kit homes by Excel Homes, is a modular home with plenty of room and all the green certification one could need. These homes are no more than 100,000 dollars, and can sit up to two stories high with up to two bedrooms and two baths. This is ideal for a small family or group.

In a way, housing can be compared to clothing, in that if you hold on to a pair of garments long enough, it just may come back in style. True to the market today, smaller homes are gradually becoming more desirable, as are automobiles. And like a smaller hybrid car, these homes still have all the same amenities. Yet people still ask, what about design?

Well there’s a simple answer to this, and it’s that these smaller homes are still fashionable inside and out if set up properly. And as a bonus, it’s much cheaper to decorate a smaller living space. Most of these pre-built modular homes are in fact designed quite elegantly, with a split-level pattern type kitchen terrace that overlooks a spending hardwood living room with large open windows.

For the pessimists and non-believers, the above are amongst a small handful of reasons why anybody nowadays should go after a small home. For the frugally sound and environmentally friendly, these are mere facts.

Courtesy of Douglas Elliman, New York City Rentals.

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