Our tiny corner of SW Michigan began foggy and cool this morning with a pretty silvery-white coating of frost on all of the remaining plants. Now the day is brightening up and the sun is out and the sky is blue. It’s a beautiful early winter day on the homestead.
Yesterday’s walk under a glorious SW Michigan winter sky!
Gene has gone outside to finish wrapping the netting around our first-year fruit trees to keep the deer and rabbits from nibbling on them when food becomes scarce. Although we have finished with our leaf pickup work this season, more leaves have blown back in from the surrounding woods. Gene will be using our faithful sucker/blower equipment to suck more leaves out of the pea gravel landscaped beds around our ranch-style home.
Netting is going up around our new fruit trees today to keep the critters out.
We are having a very mild winter thus far having had only one snowfall. This is fairly unusual for a Michigan winter but is giving us extra time to complete our outdoor chores, plant more spring bulbs and so on.
Country roads take me home…
Yesterday’s weather was a stunner; beautiful, sunny and warm for just a 40 degree early winter day. I sat outside with my face to the sun with the chickens for almost two hours. The girls were happy to be out and about free ranging. They are giving me 7 eggs a day out of 8 chickens now. YEA!!
Free ranging Elsa in our woodlot. Isn’t she a beauty!
Even Snowball, my Cochin-Bantam that I adopted as a chick and who came to me with a wry neck and serious nutritional deficiencies from eating nothing but cracked corn has just started laying again after her fall molt. She still turns around in circles during times of stress, but she is doing well in spite of that not so good start in life. She is a sweet, happy chickens that stands up to the bigger RIR every time they get in what she considers her territory. It’s kind of funny because the Rhodies are twice as big as Snowball and yet they just fade away. It’s like they are saying, “Oh it’s a gnat, move away.”
Snowball is a feisty little Cochin Bantam ball of energy.
I am moving in slow mode this week as I am battling another bacterial skin infection.This is running right behind a 5-week episode of bronchitis and 9 month of on-going plantar fasciitis pain. I am afraid that my body is just run down.
I am feeling frustrated too because I believe I am doing everything right; I focus on eating whole organic foods and make almost all of our meals from scratch. I get plenty of sleep and rest, do my yoga stretches and practice good household and personal hygiene. With a mostly indoor dog living with us, we clean weekly and I vacuum nearly every day. While I would not try it, I have been told that you could almost eat off of the floors of my home.
The Rhodies like to free-range in the compost bin.
Gene and I had planned to go out to dinner yesterday to celebrate our 19th anniversary but I just did not feel up to it. I could not see spending the money and then not enjoying the meal.
Last years anniversary celebration dinner out.
I have also started over again with a new physician, a female DO this time ,in the hopes that THIS ONE might be a good fit for me. I need a physician that is more holistic than Western medicine, listens, believes me and understands that I do not want antibiotics every three months and is willing to work with me.
One of the beautiful back roads of Allegan County, MI.
My skin issue is a hereditary condition; many others in my family also have it. We get frequent boils and cysts and that turn into nasty, hot and painful infections. This week I was told to stop eating wheat, sugar and dairy so this has thrown me for a loop as I will not eat packaged, processed foods with chemicals in them or soy and substitute foods often have these ingredients in them.
I spent a large portion the day on-line researching yogurt, breads and so on that I will be able to eat. We live in a very rural area and do not have a lot of healthy food choices here so it takes planning ahead and a lot of kitchen time.
I find peace in the beauty of my rural home.
I am trying to focus on my many blessing today….not the negatives. I go back to see the doctor tomorrow and will stop at one of my favorite large health food stores on my way home.
Things I am grateful for this week:
- I am grateful that this health food store is well stocked and available to me.
- I am grateful I have a vehicle that will get me to this appointment and back.
- I am grateful that I have the choice to start over with a new physician.
- I am grateful to have insurance and Medicare that will help with these new bills.
Remembering today to find joy in the simple things of my home centered life.
Small House homesteader, Donna
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Hi Donna – thanks for stopping by Life at The Cottage blog the other week and leaving a message. Your place looks lovely and I look forward to reading more and see more photos in the future. Your chickens are oh so lovely. Snowball is a sweetie for sure. I hope your health improves and that you find the right balance for you. I do understand as my husband and I have been battling our own health issues for the past two years, seems it is a cycle for us both right now. I too cook most meals from scratch and stay away from packaged foods when possible. I also just got a new physician because after 20 plus years of the old one not listening to me I had had enough. Best, Kim
Thanks Kim for such sweet comments!