2020 has been times of extreme change. Not only personally but for the entire world. We are fortunate to both have secure jobs. We are truly grateful.
In January I semi-retired and started a different job. I don't believe I am quite into the swing of having a couple extra days off...but I do know how to "not be doing something all the time"! I've enjoyed creating more artwork, reading and spending time with the critters.
With me, working part-time, we knew we could add an addition to the family and brought Valor a 12-week old chocolate Lab home. We look back and sometimes wonder what we were thinking when in May we brought Banner an eight week old Brittany Spaniel home to keep "Val" company.
We've got a couple of very unique dogs this time around. Val is a typical lab, with something in his mouth to retrieve all the time, very obedient and a pleaser. Banner is very affectionate but extremely independent. He is very vocal! Both dogs know their tricks for treats; shake, lay down and Banner "speaks"...of course for everything else he wants.
Here we are, the middle of December with "Val" at 14 months and "Banny" at 9 months, still working through "puppy" stuff with Banner. Hunting lessons have been few but successful so far as Remington has been working 6 days a week again through most of the year.
As for the rest of our little homestead; we added 30 more laying chickens, raised 75 broiler chickens and 5 litters of meat rabbit. Pixi has been a single spoiled horse since Chiree was loaned out to a young women, early spring. Chiree is coming back this weekend to retire.
We expanded and added raised beds to our garden area, planted 8 more apple trees and had a fairly fruitful harvest. The potatoes did extremely well and we have donated to the Food Shelf. Our Sand Cherry hedge provided ample berries for a good supply of jelly.
Remington bought a tractor this year, which makes managing the homestead so much easier.
I continued growing and wild crafting herbals and botanicals, adding to my growing inventory of Flower Essences, herbal blends for tea, tinctures and wellness products.
Please visit us here often. I'll be adding new pages to include wellness products available for purchase, seasonal homestead produce and products, my art work as well as fun happenings here on this little homestead.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Terri, Remington, Val and Banner