Fall on the homestead

It’s been a busy fall on the homestead. I’ve spent much more time on the sheep than I have the house. As we spend less and less time outside as the temperature drops, we’ll probably have more time to spend working inside.

I learned very quickly that doing chores in the dark is no fun at all. A few weeks ago, it was pitch black in the morning when I was going outside to feed the sheep. The past few weeks I have been feeding them at night in the dark. I like keeping the pasture tidy so I usually clean up after them each day, but it is kind of hard to find their droppings in the dark. The headlamp that my parents gave me for my birthday is coming in really handy.

Everything is just a bit more challenging in the winter. No more hose to automatically fill the water. I am carrying buckets of water. I made a great investment in a heated bucket from tractor supply. I highly recommend if you have animals and need to keep water from freezing.

I got the girls new bandanas for hunting season. Two of them, including my little Maggie, are brown and resemble a deer. I’ve been scared to death that someone is going to shoot them. My house is on a dead-end road and we own to the end. I’ve seen several people drive in looking for a place to hunt. I’ve actually gone down a couple of times when people have driven in to remind them that we are not allowing hunting in an attempt to protect my girls. I will be so glad when hunting season is over.

My Dad has been hard at work building doors for my kitchen cabinets. We’re hoping to get the ones that he has made up this weekend. I’m excited to make some progress.

I want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!