Hello Pack. We have had a busy week on the survival homestead again this week. Even though it has been 95 degrees in the shade most days, our projects were nearly all cold weather focused.
We have worked on getting out half mile farm road in shape for winter, a constant project, especially with all of the flooding we had this spring. Loose boards and drafty areas in the barn are getting some upgrades just in case we get another wretchedly cold winter this year.
Getting more firewood in remains a top priority – but thankfully one that is almost finished… as much as dealing with firewood is ever finished. We will soon be down to mapping out trees that have been cut and drying in the woods from last year and earlier this year to do an inventory of on hand fuel supplies.
I also spent many hours harvesting and processing ironweed root to make tincture and dry for use as a medicinal tea.
The wood splitter needs a new exhaust – I didn’t even know it had one. I am waiting for the UPS guy to arrive with that and some parts for the Polaris Ranger now, actually.
The Ranger always seems to be in need of some type of a repair. The Massey Ferguson was in two pieces – very odd to see a big tractor separated like that, but it is all back together now and the clutch issue and something else I didn’t quite grasp, are all fixed.
I have been doing a whole lot of foraging and preserving this week. I need to get everything harvested from the upper pasture before it is brush hogged this weekend. Brea and the kiddos have been busy learning more about herbs and what to do with as I dehydrate and powder them and then use my gel capsule maker to put up homemade pills for specific issues.
My home apothecary stockpile is growing so much it may soon require its own room! The kiddos are learning so much about what they can pluck from our land to eat and treat minor to major conditions. I never, ever, use a commercially manufactured medicine unless it is 100% necessary. My Bobby is finally starting to admit to how well natural remedies work whenever I “subject him” to them.
The other day, Auddie had a bug bite and walked right over, picked some jewelweed to rub onto it – all by her 3 year old self. That was a very proud moment for us both.
Pearl, my 3-legged and 1-eared nanny goat is about to give birth again. She is such an amazing little powerhouse. Never once has she needed help kidding, and always throws such healthy and smart baby goats. I hope this time the kiddos get to watch the entire kidding process. Tending to the animals on our survival homestead has been an amazing learning experience for them.
My friend, Sarah, just bought three nanny goats that were bred, and we worked out a barter for a female to come to me after they deliver. Pearl needs a bit of help keeping up with Not Negan’s romantic demands. We are going to make some goat milk cheese and maybe some soap this weekend.
I am now into full blown homemade self-reliance themed Christmas presents. I thought I would be further along in my homemade Christmas gift making, but there have been so many birthdays and baby showers this summer that my non-outdoor working time has been spent creating gifts for those occasions.
Bobby and I used firewood cut on our land to make coasters as a part of his mother’s birthday present. Making gifts saves money that can be used for preps, one-of-a-kind presents made with love, and reinforces the idea of exploring our land to wisely harvest its natural beauty in useful ways.
I am now woodburning onto larger chunks he cut to make trail head signs for the survival homestead.
Being able to note quickly where on the property we are is vital in case of either an emergency or during a SHTF, in my opinion. I am going to use Google Earth to make a personalized map as both a prep and for fun and educational using with the grandkiddos and during trail rides.
This Week’s Questions
- How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event?
- Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how?
- What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills?
- What did you do to prep this week?