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Life in General

Goodbye 2020

Another year in the books, and boy was this one a doozy. Nothing inherently bad happened to us, thank the good Lord. But 2020 has been odd, to say the least.

The year start off normally. We went to a few beekeeper conventions in January and March, and then COVID-19 hit. That put a halt in everyone’s plans.

But I’m not gonna focus on anything negative that happened this past year, and instead list the positive aspects of 2020.

We were able to make some improvements to our home (new garage doors and new kitchen flooring). We also added a bunch of fruit trees (peaches, cherries, and plums), as well as several blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry bushes, to our property.

Mike was able to grow his apiary. He has also started to create products with his beeswax (such as lip balms, salves, and soaps). His business is really taking off! He started selling his honey to a local coffee house/restaurant, and now has a booth with his honey and bee related products available for purchase at a store in our town.

Here’s to hoping that 2021 treats everyone well!

Featured Image by Luke Hodde @gamevogue thanks for making this photo available freely on Unsplash.

Life in General

Another Year Gone

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

I know I say this every year but WOW! 2019 flew by! And it’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost here.

For me, 2019 was mostly filled with positivity. My husband grew his bee yard adding more hives, I reached the one year milestone at my job (and even moved to a new department), our honey labels were approved by the state so we could legally sale our raw honey, and our daughter spread her wings even further and moved to Florida to give that a go. We have even been going to church whenever our work schedules allow it.

But 2019 wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It marked the one year anniversary of Jedi’s passing. And, most recently, a close family member was tragically taken from us this past November. We are still trying to make sense of that and will probably never fully understand it.

My hope is that 2020 is good to all of us. Because we all need a nice calm year to start this new decade.

Homestead/ Life in General

The Future is Chickens

For the past several years, I have causally brought up the idea of having chickens, but I was the only one who thought it was a good idea. And while I could have gotten chickens anyway, I wanted the rest of the household, i.e. my husband, to get on board with the idea. And I am happy to say that he has finally started to warm up to the idea.

With that said, however, we’re not getting chickens just yet. I want to wait until next spring to give us time to research more and learn as much about them as possible. So we’re just in the planing stages at the moment. My husband is excited about creating the chicken coop, and making cool chicken gadgets, and I can’t wait to raise feathered dinosaurs. But we want to make sure that our future chickens will have an awesome coop and run that will keep them healthy, happy, and protected from predators.

So, what does this exactly mean?

Welp, it means I’ve been, and plan on continuing to, pin a shit ton of chicken-related things on Pinterest and trying to learn as much as I possibly can. But I am so excited!