Our squirrels have it made. Lots of tall red pines to live in, and sunflower seeds galore that fall or are pushed from the bird feeders, as well as our "cabana" where we pile seed just for them. Stone walls for cover and caches. American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) are year round residents, who are … Continue reading Red Squirrel Life at Fox Pines Homestead
Spring has arrived when the swamp, ponds, and wetlands break into sound. The peepers are awake! It never fails to make me smile when I hear the first spring song from them. It's another of life's lessons - show your joy to the world, and sing when you are happy. These little chorus frogs have a … Continue reading Singing frogs: Springs comes in with a Chorus!
Spring is the time when animals come out of hibernation, and new life enters the world. From tadpoles come frogs, and from eggs, baby birds. Dogs, horses, cattle, deer, and most other mammals shed out their winter coat, and grow into a sleek new skin for summer. All the animals that hibernate - bears, chipmunks, … Continue reading Shed the winter coat – Spring is time for new resolutions!
Every so often I realized I have quite a bit of food stocked up in my pantry, meaning my pantry cabinet, my freezer, cold storage and whatever I might have growing in the window in winter. There is really no reason to go to a store and buy anything. My sister and I call this … Continue reading Shop at Home in The Pantry Store
I guess I am just a traditional farm girl. Dinner was when everyone gathered around the table to eat together. Always. Every night. I really never considered any other option. The idea of people eating all different times and having different food is a totally foreign concept to me. So here are the 3 Key … Continue reading 3 Key Reasons to Cook at Home
Anyone can do container gardening - on a table, in a window, on a deck or porch or in a garden setting. From the smallest, maybe a pot of two of herbs in a window, to a garden that is 25 x 40'....if you want to have some fresh plants, herbs or flowers, I am … Continue reading Container Gardening
I love this post. It suits me to a T. My rheumatoid arthritis is just such a disease. I don't "look sick". But I may have a hard time walking, especially after getting out of a vehicle. I will use the handicap stall in the ladies room, so that I can hold the handrails to … Continue reading The Spoon Theory
I came across an interesting blog, which can help me share some thoughts with a daily one word prompt.....today via Daily Prompt: Overworked . I love this idea of taking on a one word challenge. I learned early on all about hard work. I grew up on a dairy farm. The cows were always there, … Continue reading Overworked: There is never enough time
Everyone, from individuals to businesses to your homestead, should have an emergency preparedness plan. Don't think you will have any emergency? Consider items beyond what we normally consider "emergencies" or disasters, like flooding, a hurricane, a tornado, or the like. The Red Cross has a list of emergencies. Here in the Adirondacks heavy icing can … Continue reading Is your Homestead Prepared?
Family Recipes are one of the best things passed down through generations. Usually they are not too fancy or complicated - just good down home food best served family style. When that dish is put on the table everyone dives in. Such is the case with my mom's Scalloped potato and corned beef casserole. Potatoes sliced … Continue reading Scalloped Potatoes and Corned Beef