My Old Fashioned Life

Things around here are so crazy with back to school and Fall looming right around the corner. I thought, with everything I have on my mind, it would be great to share a little more about my life and home. 
Our home when we first moved in

We live in a 116 year old farmhouse. The house is such a perfect fit for us. I admit, far too frequently, that I was born in the wrong era. I love to do things the old fashioned way. This includes gardening to grow as much of our own food as I can, canning and preserving foods, baking bread...basically, doing all I can from scratch. I know it is weird, but I embrace my weirdness. 
It has been almost 2 years since we bought our home, and since then, we (and by we, I mean Rob) have been constantly working on renovating it. So far, the entire first floor has been remodeled. Some things were simple...just paint, and cleaning up the wood trim, but other projects took some serious effort. I am thankful for Rob's talent every time I walk into our home! 
While he handles all of the inside work, the gardens and chickens are my projects. We started with 6 chickens last Spring. This year, one of the girls went broody, which in chicken terms, means she wanted to sit on and hatch eggs. No roosters=no fertilized eggs, so no matter how long Betty sat, she would never hatch an egg. We decided to look for fertilized eggs for her to hatch, and out of 5, she hatched 3 chicks. I am 99.9% certain that one of the chicks will be a rooster, and we will need to find a home for him since we can't have roosters where we live, and I don't think the kids would be too happy to have him for dinner. (So, if anyone local reading this wants a roo, let me know!)

Flynn LOVES helping with the girls (and they tolerate him pretty well too)

The girls enjoying their recess

Buttercup...she is the sweetest of them all

Betty, being a good mama to the chicks

Gratuitous baby chick pic

Pops of red peaking through. Homegrown tomatoes are about one of the best things in the world!
My gardens have really gotten away from me this year. Here we are at the end of August, and I still haven't planted my Fall garden. Normally, by this time, I have canned pickles, fruit, tomatoes, salsas, preserves and jams, and anything else I can get my hands on. That has all slipped away, and all I have done are a few batches of different preserves, jams, and a batch of hot sauce.  I walked the vegetable gardens this morning, and saw some beautiful reds within the foliage, which means I will be out later picking tomatoes, and force myself to get some neglected weeding done. While I'm at it, I may just evaluate that Fall garden and start working on it 

Tons of  squash blossoms are still coming up on the yellow squash plants

The few sunflowers that survived the family of rabbits that hung around all summer

Peek a boo pumpkin! 

Final shot of the main garden bed
Thanks for reading along on this glimpse into my crazy life! (and thanks for making me hold myself accountable for what all I have yet to do this season!)

Twilight over our home is my favorite time of day.

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