Our First Kitty Tree…

Yes, we can admit it.  We have become higher level cat ladies.  We have purchased a cat tree.

This was last year, but it was still fun to remember.  The kitties ADORE it…  it’s in the kitchen nook now and they love to sit and look out the windows at the courtyard garden.

Miss Maggie and Miss Jessy put the whole thing together and all the while, they had quite an audience!   Kitties sure love boxes and new construction!

Enjoy the pictures!  Fun was had by all!!!

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The Courtyard Fence!


Yes, I have been a little behind in posting to the blog.  Life just got in the way and I was thinking after 1,000’s of posts that everyone might be a little bored with the goings on at our little homestead!  After all, it’s been like 8 years now since we had been out of the moby!

But then, I got to thinking lately, I miss writing about the timeline of our little home.  I really started this blog for myself and the girls and our immediate family, who wanted to know about what we were up to.  I know Facebook has taken over for quick, easy up to the minute updates, but I missed documenting the whole story, the behind the scenes information that Facebook is just not that good for.

So, I am going to try and catch up through my stash of post ideas and pictures.  So we are going to start with the spring of LAST YEAR…  Yes, 2018!

And one of the first things to happen was a bad storm came through and WRECKED our courtyard fence!


A big gust broke the main post and the whole thing just collapsed!   Now, to be honest, it was kinda of old and nasty.  We had gotten the fence used about 8 years ago.  And the posts we used to hold it up were not treated with anything.  They just rotted away.  Thank goodness, all the animals were safely in their little areas so we had no escapees.


But it was a big problem…  We dragged out the fence sections that we could and had a piece of 16 foot long cattle panel, so we kind of hillbilly engineered a fence that held up most of the summer and into the winter.  However, it’s awful looking and we plan to really make it much nicer this spring!  I really like the look of this photo below!   It’s using some cattle panel wire fencing, but with a nice wood topper.  I love that!  We need something very sturdy at the bottom to keep the sheep and goats contained, but I like the way you can look through it nicely.  But I also love the wood part!  I think we are going to play around with this idea and see what we think!

The span is only about 25 feet, so we can afford to do something really clever and interesting, perhaps a little detailed.  I would like to incorporate some birdhouses along the space because I have seen that and thought it was adorable!   Maybe even a cat house with a little purrrr-ch for the farm kitties to sit and lounge on!

Off to Pinterest!!!!!   :-)

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Basket Weaving Bonanza!


Last year, I stumbled into a new hobby that I really just love!  Basket weaving!  I got a little kit and made a super cute little basket and I was hooked.

Now, basket weaving is still weaving and well, it was an easy rabbit hole to fall down into.  And then it didn’t help when I saw an ad on Craigslist for a BUNCH of supplies for $40.

$40?  Honestly?  I had spent $15 for the one little kit!  I had to act fast.  And I did.  And pretty soon after I was driving to Angola, Indiana to pick up a HUGE lot of stuff…  boxes, baskets, materials, patterns, bits and pieces, tools and just a ton of materials!  It was the stash of a lady that had passed and was sold at auction to another lady, whom thought she was going to make a lot of baskets but her life got too busy.  And here it was, all for me.

Good thing we have a truck!  It was that much stuff!


The girls helped me to sort it all out.

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It was about five boxes and a couple big bags of things…  just everything and anything.  It was easily hundreds of dollars of materials and patterns and tools.  Just so much stuff.

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Well, I sorted and found a few things that were not in good shape.  Those things went away.  Mostly a few started baskets that had gotten dried out and broke, so it was not too hard to find them a new home in the wood stove.  Still, the majority was wonderful, so I condensed and sorted it and managed to get it all down into two HUGE moving boxes, packed tightly and ready for my basket weaving career to begin.

Probably sometime this summer!   I’ve made a few more kit baskets and love it.  I’ve always admired baskets and my goal is to make baskets that incorporate natural items from the farm and from my looms and spinning wheels!   So beautiful.

At least I am all tooled up and ready for just $40!   How can you beat that???

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