Monthly Archives: July 2007

A Summer Harvest

July 30, 2007
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A Summer Harvest

Our 9 year old harvested his heirloom corn today.  He was very excited to finally see his hard work turn fruitful.  Even though the corn stalk is officially not producing anymore, he has plans for his corn stalks that I am sure will make a blog post one day soon.  And..No…my idea of using them…

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Organizing the Week: Monday

July 23, 2007
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As I have outlined before, I have been organizing my week into special days for allotted tasks like was common in generations past.  Around here, Monday is a wash and ironing tackle day, Tuesday is meal prep day, Wednesday is gardening focus, Thursday is house cleaning focus, Friday is market day…  On Monday, our living…

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The Zastro Family

July 23, 2007
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The Zastro Family

The Zastro’s stopped by to share a brunch with us this morning on the way home from the Operation Save America event in Birmingham, Alabama. Paul and I met Cal Zastro many years ago in jail.  We were locked up together in the Birmingham jail in 1994 for praying on a public sidewalk.  It was a…

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The Breagy Family

July 23, 2007
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The Breagy Family

Part of the joy of having the eldership teaching this weekend was having the Steve Breagy family stay in our home.  As always it is refreshing and encouraging to sit down and break bread with like minded Christian families.  Steve and his “co-conspirator” Dan Horn are expecting to be set in soon as elders in their…

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Organizing the Week Series

July 23, 2007
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We have had a wonderful stream of visitors here at Vaughnshire (check out the Front Porch), however, I am gearing up to post a series about organizing the week.  Hopefully, some helpful insight into weekly home management organization along with the reality of how things are really run.  I don’t know about you, but my ideals and…

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Joys of Sweet Summer Melon

July 19, 2007
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Joys of Sweet Summer Melon

First bites of summer watermelon… Growing fast into a young maiden…my right hand assistant… Brother and sister togetherness…so sweet…

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Fruits of the Field and the Simple Things In Life

July 18, 2007
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Fruits of the Field and the Simple Things In Life

It is with great joy that we gather and eat the beginning harvest from our fields.  While our produce isn’t anything overwhelming, it is providing us with food that we greatly enjoy on a deeper level than ever before.  First, because home grown organic vegetables taste and smell absolutely wonderful and, secondly, because it is the…

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Farm Life Follow up to Simple Life

July 17, 2007
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A good friend sent this to me a week ago and I just got around the listening to it.  I could not have written a better script as a follow up to the “Simple Things in Life” post.  If you want to be challenged in your entrepreneurship and rethinking your income model have a listen…

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Record Catch

July 17, 2007
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Record Catch

Because of the drought, our pond has suffered greatly.  It once had a good supply of various large fish, but over the last month, we have been loosing large fish from the lack of water.  One of the many top priorities around here is setting up the watering system to supply our pond with water…

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It’s the simple things in life…

July 16, 2007
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It’s the simple things in life…

Like a simple bullfrog… and a simple boy… a few mimicking faces… ….that bring buckets of joy. In a world filled with stress and trials, it’s refreshing to have young children to remind us of the important things in life. Sometimes it seems that it’s the most obvious things, like enjoying God’s creation or spending…

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Rabbit Breading

July 16, 2007
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Inserted nesting boxes into cages today.

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New Chickens – Barred Rocks and Turkens

July 11, 2007
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New Chickens – Barred Rocks and Turkens

Last week my family and I went to the market to buy food.  The market sells some animals and today they were selling chickens!  I wanted Barred Rocks and thats what they had, seven of them!  There were three that we call Naked Necks becuse they have no feathers on ther neck.  So I have ten chicks!  When they start laying…

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Questions about fresh milk…

July 10, 2007
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Questions about fresh milk…

To answer a few questions about fresh milk and eggs…… Does the milk taste a lot different then store bought? Yes…very different. If you are new to drinking fresh milk, expect some differences. Some differences I have noticed: the milk is a creamy yellow tint and not white, it has a distinctly different flavor, it…

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Our first week with the Big Brown Cow

July 9, 2007
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In many ways this week seems like it was the longest week of my life.  In many other ways, this week was characterized as a monumental week for our family in regards to how we operate as a family.  Our lives dramatically fell into a ultra-scheduling routine on its own and we are all the…

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Rodeo at Vaughnshire with Friends

July 9, 2007
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Rodeo at Vaughnshire with Friends

We have great friends!  Friends that will come over and help us with our new milk cow…Friends that will even come over early in the morning to help milk…Friends that will help us catch our steer and give him a good pat down of diatomaceous earth to help with the ticks and flies (not sure…

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