Operation Crunch Time!

Yesterday me and the husband celebrated 5 years married ๐Ÿ’! Five years!! We have been together a lot longer than that though. To celebrate we went and bought a truck ๐Ÿšš! My husband has been wanting a four door ๐Ÿšช truck for quite some time now. Well he found a deal that we couldn’t pass up.

So today, I have spent all day crunching numbers! Bills, bills, bills! In order to have this nice, beautiful truck ๐Ÿšš we have to make some sacrifices. Not only did we add a truck ๐Ÿšš payment to the load we also added more insurance money ๐Ÿ’ฐ. So the unnecessary items had to go! Got rid of the $140 TV bill for one. I have never understood why they charge so much money for TV. 

I have learned to hate budgeting but in the end it will save us. So to the crunching of numbers and budgeting this country girl is ready to pull her hair out!

Learn to budget! ( Cause they don’t teach you how to in school ๐Ÿซ) Life 101!

Until next time,

Country life ain’t always simple!

Country Girl  ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒ„

What a mess of a week!

With everything that has been going on this week I haven’t had time to post.

  • Last Wednesday we had a small tornado close to home. It was only an EF1. We had no school that day. And we had tree limbs galore! 
  • That same day my Rooster attacked me.
  • My husband’s knee is swelled and hurting.
  • Little Man has a rash all over his body. Rushed him to the doctor thinking it was an allergic reaction to something. Nope! Come to find out it is a viral infection running its course through his body. Funny part of this story: he went to the school nurse on Monday and she told him he had sun burn! Now I would like to know what planet she got her RN because where I live it has rained for a week!
  • Been trying new bread recipes!
  • Ruby the rabbit has decided to eat the baseboards. The hubby ain’t to happy about that.
  • Got my grow light system set up to start my vegetables inside before planting outside. (I will post pictures later!) 

In the country anything is possible!

Until next time,

Don’t make plans in the country, they always change!

Country Girl ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒ„

New Addition!

4H started last week. We were sad to find out that Little Man has to be a Cloverbud again this year. But good news is, he will be a real 4H’er next year. How exciting! 

Knowing my Little Man… I started thinking ahead! You can never plan to much! He wants to take rabbits next year. Well this momma is on it!! I’m on the research Bing! To say the least! I have come to the conclusion that we need to buy show rabbits this year and get him started learning this summer! That way next year he won’t be scared and just thrown into something he knows nothing about.

Show rabbits also know as meat rabbits are a little different than a pet rabbit. So the planning begins. 

  • We need to build a rabbit hutch out side to house a doe (which is a girl rabbit) and one for a buck (which is a boy rabbit)
  • Then we need to build another hutch for the offspring!
  • We need to find pedegree rabbits to start our rabbits out with!

We have so much to do to prepare for the show rabbits… But in the mean time, I bought Little Man a pet rabbit to keep indoors. This way he is learning the basics and he can play with this one!

To top it off a pet rabbit is cheaper than show rabbits. We still have a few months to go before we will be getting the show rabbits, so this momma is putting her little boy to the test and he don’t even know it. I figured with a pet rabbit I could find out a number of things!

  • Is he scared of it?
  • Can he handle it properly?
  • Can he clean up after it properly?
  • And lastly, can he feed and water it properly?

If he can prove to me that he can do all these things on a daily basis with his pet rabbit…Then we will move forward with the purchase of show rabbits!

So we would like every one to meet: Ruby!

Until next time,

Plan for your kids future!

Country Girl ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”

Find Happiness in the small things!

The weather around here is far from what it should be. We are almost at the end of February and the temperatures are almost 70*. We really didn’t have much snow this year. 

This morning as I was driving, I was thinking about the small simple things that are all around us that we miss daily. Simple things that could bring us happiness and joy, if we would just take a look around.

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It is hard to see but there is a farm tractor in the fog!

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The top of an old country church! I find it kind of peaceful.

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An old jar that my little boy and I found behind our house!

These are just some things that I came across today! Imagine all the things that we pass on a daily basis and don’t pay attention because we are to busy or distracted!

Look for the small simple things in life. Take a moment and just slow down! You never know what you will miss when your not looking for it!

Until next time,

Find happiness in the small things!

Country Girl ๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŒ„

6 Tips to help Simplify your Life!

In today’s crazy fast paced world, we sometimes forget the simple things! My simple things may be different than your simple things. So I suggest everyone to really sit and think about what you view as simple!

I have sat and thought many times how I could bring back the simple things in my life! I have come up with 6 Tips that I think would help bring the stress levels down! No body every said life was easy! But just maybe we could calm our minds and destress our lives by just doing simple things!

  1. Fruits & Vegetables! Learn how to grow and provide your family with fresh fruits and vegetables by gardening and planting your own orchards (if possible)! If you know how the fruits and vegetables are grown, you have less to worry about if it is going to make you sick! You don’t have to have 100 acres to grow vegetables. There are many posts on the web to teach you how to grow vegetables any where from an apartment to large spaces.
  2. Food in general! If we don’t have food we will not survive! Learn how to preserve food, no mater if it is food you grow on your own or food that you buy from the store. Learn how to cook with what you already have. It’s not a bad idea to have a small stock pile either. Just encase something happens in the world!๐ŸŒŽ
  3. Organization is key! If you have a lot of clutter… It can bring lots of unwanted stress to your life. Find and learn how to organize every aspect of your life. From food, grocery lists, laundry, closets and cupboards, to bills and finances!
  4. If you research about all the forgotten skills of our pioneers, you will find many skills that you could still apply to you every day life. For example dryers have not been on this planet for very long. The pioneers used to hang dry all their laundry! Imagine if you cut back on using the dryer, by hanging your clothes how much money would you save on your electric bill? I don’t know about you… But if my electric bill would go down some, so wouldn’t my stress level. $400.00 electric bills would raise anyone’s stress levels!
  5. Learn to raise some sort of livestock! One of the easiest livestock’s to raise in my opinion would be Chickens! Not only would you be raising your own meat but chickens provide you with eggs daily. No more buying eggs at the store. They are better for you too! In my house we eat eggs daily!
  6. Family! Family! Family! In this technology bearing world we forget to sometimes just sit down and enjoy our families! If you need to set aside a date and time twice a month just to reconnect with each other, then do so! The feelings generated by spending time with the ones you love can not come from any other place! We are not getting any younger! And none of us stay here forever. So put the phones down… Lock them away for a night, and get a board game out, or fix dinner together. Just have fun!

To some, these may not seem simple! But trust me if you work very hard at these, one day you will no longer think about them, you will just do them. They will come naturally to you. If you find ways to bring down your stress level… I promise you life will become much simpler!

Until next time,

Don’t Stress, just relax!

Country Girl ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฃ

Forgotten Love of Reading!

In todays world, everything has turned to technology. Xboxs, ipods, iPads, cell phones, computers, and the list goes on!

My little boy would rather play games instead of read. So I decided since he didn’t want to read on his own, I would continue to read to him. It is an every day affair in our house. Some days when we get busy and I have forgotten about our reading session he reminds me about it. 

We have had a very hard time finding books that draw his attention. Boys will be boys!! 

But let me tell you… No mater if you have a little boy or a little girl… You can not go wrong reading the Little House on the Prairie books.

Since we are still in school, we have started with the first one of Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

My little boy can’t get enough of it. He loves hearing the story! We talk about how times were different back then compared to now.

By the time we finish reading this book, it will be summer time. So we will be having lots of fun doing lots of activities relating to the books. The next book on the list is: Farmer Boy. Then the main book: Little House on the Prairie.

My list keeps getting longer of the activities we will be doing! Which Pinterest is not helping in the matter! ๐Ÿ˜

We will be learning how to make:

  • Homemade butter
  • Homemade Bread
  • Learning basic sewing
  • Tin Lanterns
  • Pancake men
  • Donuts
  • Learning to milk a Cow and Goat
  • Homemade Candles
  • Molasses Candy
  • Learning how to wash laundry with out a washing machine.

And everyday something is added to the list! Not only are we going to read but we are going to have a blast with the activities.

Have you read the Little House on the Prairie books to your kids?

Did you do all kinds of fun activities with them?

How did you compare Laura’s life with you own?

Until next time,

Hold the little ones close,

And read them a book!

Country Girl ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”

Chicken Crazy!

Due to a nasty ol’fox I went from having 18 chickens and 3 guineas down to 6 chickens and 1 guinea! Here are the 7 that I have left. My little boy helped with the names!

โฌ† This is Black Beauty! She is one of the babies my little boy and I hatched out in June 2016. Her personality is amazing. I truly love this bird! 

โฌ† This is not a very good picture, because she wouldn’t sit still for me. This is Snow White! I rescued her from being the last one in the box at a local feed store. She is a little flighty!

โฌ†This is Pumpkin. One of my originals!

โฌ† This is Cinnimon. She is one of my originals.

โฌ† This is Clover. My little boys 4-H chicken that he received for his first year in 4-H as a Cloverbud!

โฌ†This is Spirit! He is our main man. My little boy and I hatched him out,  June 2016! 

โฌ† This is the Guinea. We have never come up with a name.

The poor husband got the blame for the first 3 birds that I found dead. I was for positive his coon dogs had been involved. He kept telling me “No! They won’t touch your birds.” I didn’t believe him.

Early one Saturday morning I was at the kitchen window washing up the breakfast dishes when I heard something hit the side of the house in front of me. Silly me took off running out the back door in my lavender fluffy bath robe to find out what was going on. Just the sound made me think that the birds were trying to get on top of the house. I walked down to where I heard the noise and I didn’t see anything. So I turned around to go back inside.

Low and be hold… When I was getting ready to go through the door here comes my chickens running scared! They ran right past me. 3 seconds later around the corner came a big red fox! Boy did he look healthy!!!

Not thinking of what I was doing I chased the ol’fox clear acrossed my yard in my lavender bath robe, screaming my head off at it. By the time I got it to the woods I turned back around to go back to the house. Looking at the back door… There was my husband doubled over laughing his head off at me! 

I didn’t find it to funny at the time. A week later my husband didn’t find it funny anymore either when he was building me a predator proof chicken coop in the hottest part of summer!

The learning curve could have come sooner, or I wouldn’t have any birds left. Not only did we predator proof the coop we put the coon dogs all around it so if something like the ol’ fox would happen to come around they will bark and scare it off. 

It’s been well over 6 months and I haven’t had a problem since! I just feel guilty for having to pen my birds up. I loved letting them free range. But I am here to tell you… If you let your birds free range you are taking the chance of a predator having a free meal!!

Until next time,

Love your chickens!

Country Girl ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฃ