Happening On The Homestead

It’s been over a month since I last blogged and the simple reason for that is….  I burned out and I got sick.

Between working a full time job six days a week, putting something in jars (canning) almost every night till late (sometimes till early morning), helping the Z Man take care of our homestead and all the animals, it just all caught up with me and I came crashing down.  I went to the doctor because I wasn’t feeling good then came home and went to bed and slept for two days, then I got up and laid on the sofa for three days.

A couple of weeks later and after a few more visits with my doctor,  I’m feeling better, but still not 100%.

Time for some soul searching into what’s most important for us and weed out the rest.  I get so caught up in an idea or a project I want and it’s 100 miles an hour until it’s done.  The thing is that sometimes it’s never done.  I want more and more and more….

I have to admit that during this time, my diet was awful, just grabbing something here and there and grabbing all the wrong stuff.  This is one of the main reasons I got sick.  For someone who is six months coming off of Prilosec after having taken it for over 20 years, I can not neglect my diet.

The discomfort of my reflux and indigestion had become so bad that I went to urgent care thinking I was having a heart attack.  The EKG was normal, and the bariatric cocktail the doctor gave me to drink worked, and I am feeling much better, about 90% better.

But it’s time to slow down and get back to taking better care of myself, eating better, working less and Yoga begins this week.

In the meantime, here is what’s been happening on our little homestead.

Our beautiful Maddie delivered 6 perfect little puppies, three girls and three boys.



I was there with her while she was delivering and it was amazing.  She is such a good mama.

They are growing so fast.  I mean is this just not cuteness overload?


We got three new chickens.  Three Leghorn hens and they lay white eggs.

I kind of like getting white and brown eggs.


We harvested three of our older hens, which was the first time for the Z Man and I to do that.   I don’t have pictures, but it went very well and peaceful.

Back when I quit smoking on January 4th I started saving my weekly cigarette money.  By saving the money specifically for a “treat” for the accomplishment of quitting it not only motivated me to get through the cravings and over the habit of smoking, it gave me something to look forward to as well.

So, the Z Man and I had a little fun with my quit smoking money…


We went to the Redskins season opener against Pittsburgh.  I am a Redskins fan and the Z Man is a Pittsburgh fan, so it was perfect that this year they were playing each other.  Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for my Redskins.

It’s amazing to me that by quitting smoking I was able to pay for a little mini vacation for us.  Now, that’s some good motivations right there.


So, that’s whats been going on around here.   I’ve really missed blogging, but I’ll be talking to you soon 😉

Till next time,



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