No Tuesday post. Sorry, but also… not sorry.
We have had some serious family needs to take care of, and in my life family comes before work. I have a post tee’d up for next Tuesday. Thank you for being patient.
Because of our week of focusing on ourselves, our farm maybe remained stagnant for awhile. That is okay.
Sometimes we need to skirt by with just the minimum effort so we can put that effort where we really need it.
Next week should (God willing) be a very big week. We will be getting baby chicks, hatching baby chicks, and getting Birch saplings. Prayers are welcome.
The more you love yourself, the less nonsense you’ll tolerate.
Focus on Yourself.
It is important to focus on your mental health. Take care of yourself by putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Fill YOUR cup so full that you overflow your light and energy to others.
Focus on the now. Don’t think about the past or the future. What do you feel NOW? What do you see? How does the air smell? How does the air feel filling your lungs? Do you bring the air to the bottom of your lungs or does it sit in the top? Taking moments to reflect on what you are experiencing seems benign but it heals your soul so well (and fast!).
Are you getting enough sleep? This week go to bed each night at the same time (30 min +/-). Getting enough sleep over the course of a week should help de-stress your brain and think with clarity.
Find a hobby that you love. Go biking, paint, make music, pump iron, journal, bake, cook, whatever feeds your soul! Go out there and challenge yourself.
These are the things we have been doing this week. Finding ways to find a schedule and create a balance. We cannot lose ourselves in the day-to-day life, because then we lose the fire that drives us.
Balance your life with work and play. Even if your work IS your play. AWESOME but I challenge you to diversify your life. Love your work and also go for a run (or whatever). Trust me on this. (or whatever). Trust me on this.
If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you may not know that we pulled all of our Birch taps (except two).
It was getting to be too much for us. Sitting in the snow while blazing a hot fire and boiling Maple Syrup was enjoyable for us this year. The rain and warm weather coupled with the cards we were dealt this spring just made a difficult Birch season. The sap was spoiling in the buckets because I neglected to collect because of rain. The fire was hard to keep alive because of the rain – and you can’t exactly evaporate syrup with water constantly being dropped into the bucket.
I am not giving up on Birch.
This year I have 3 cups of birch syrup to monkey with. I will find a recipe that I love and works for us. For now – we are drinking the fresh sap and gaining the health benefits the Birch Water offers.
I’m pulling the taps, I noticed something extremely peculiar on the birch tree. Something that surely was NOT natural, or so I thought.
Orange slime. Yup. Orange sherbert colored slime all down the Birch tree. What the?!
A quick Google search told me this is normal. When a tree that produces sap has unfit conditions, it can lead to bacteria growth in the form of orange slime. It should heal on its own and not harm the tree.
What a peculiar phenomenon.
Birch Syrup Recipe #1.
Okay, this one was a game changer.
I made bell pepper nachos the other day and added bacon on top because our bacon was on its last leg. While the bacon was finishing cooking I added a bit of birch syrup to caramelize over the bacon.
It gave the bacon a tangy flavor with the caramelized smokiness undertone.
I am DEFINITELY going to do this again.
Broody Mama Week 3 of 3.
So far, so good. I expect to hear chirping this weekend!! I was able to borrow an incubator for the two duck eggs – they take a week longer to hatch than chicken eggs.
A few times Big Broody Red got off her nest and sat in the wrong box when she was done eating and pooing. It was only for a short time and I corrected her. I hope she is a good mother hen. If not, I guess I’ll have a bunch of brooders in my house. Gosh, I hope she is a good mother.
Take Me for a Ride on Your Big [Ford] Tractor.
YUP! We now own a tractor. Hubs has been eyeing some up for quite awhile, but our expenses were being spent elsewhere (Sheep, coop updates, fencing, greenhouse…. MY projects mostly). This year he found a tractor that was in great condition for a good price for sale by a decent human. Meant to be? Probably!
First things first: tear up the yard for our new greenhouse.
Actually, first was giving the kids a ride. They were so excited.
Our first ‘big’ equipment. I can’t wait to begin my new list of to-do’s and projects! I mean isn’t that what men buy toys for anyhow? Their wife’s projects… surely it’s not a purchase for themselves. On that note I also don’t think it’s coincidence that it’s super easy for me to drive.
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From the farm,