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Comments missing?

I have been blogging here for a number of years, and sometimes I wonder if I am just talking to myself.  My Dad mentioned this last weekend that he wasn't able to comment on my posts (he is a loyal reader:))) and then Carrie at http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/ mentioned she had the same issues.  She also posted on how to fix the problem!  Thank you Carrie!  Comment away!

Homemade Rabbit Cage

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Trying to squeeze in as much as we can on our small farm and do it on the cheap side can sometime be challenging.  Raising angora rabbits for fiber has been the biggest challenge we have faced.  I want to have enough to get fiber to spin and that means having at least 20 or more here most of the time.  My father-in-law created really cool rabbit "tractors" for me and we have 6 of those.  I like those because the rabbits are able to free range on the grass and get fresh air.  But, having 20 of those scattered through our yard (which by the way is about an acre) wouldn't work. Cages can be expensive so I have tried several different designs in trying to make them ourselves.  This way by far has been the best.  It does take some time, but the cost difference is worth it for me.  I have found a couple different things I want to try also using pallets to make outside cages and pvc pipes for making frames for our indoor cages, but it is too cold to spend too much time creatin…

Friday on the Farm

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With the sub-zero temperatures here in Michigan this week, I feel like my brain is in hibernation mode!  We have been spending a lot of time inside doing school and working on projects that we can be indoors with.  We continue to have these cold temperatures with very little snow in mid-Michigan. I think right now our total for the whole winter is less than 8 inches!  Every time I look at a weather map there seems to be a "hole" right over our town and everyone else is getting blasted with snow all around.  I admit, I do love a snowing winter, but beyond that we are really lacking in total rain/snowfall and could mean another rough year for crops and gardens.  Even the Great Lakes are starting to show sign of issues, some of them are low by many feet of water.
Two weeks ago today we got an email in the morning that our foster care license had been approved.  A little more than an hour later I received a call to take a 7 week old little boy.  Wow, talk about panic attack. Ou…

Friday on the Farm

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Creativity

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There is a lot of creating that goes on in our house on a daily basis. I find with homeschooling our kiddos we all are able to dive into our artistic abilities every day, whether it is drawing, music, writing, spinning or knitting everyone has their hands on something. Even being as busy as I am, I still have to be doing something with my hands most days to be happy. That is how God created me. I am really excited because some of these talents may become income opportunities for our kids. Eldest is already teaching piano lessons with his gifts. One of the "words of wisdom" I hope to leave my kids is this, find something you love to do and find a way to make money from it.

Some of the creating I am doing this week is re-doing our island stools. When we remodeled our kitchen a year and a half ago I held off on purchasing any stools. First, I wanted just the right ones and second, I didn't want to have to spend a fortune on them. Most I looked at did not fit with the…

On My Hooks and Needles

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I had hoped to attack blogging head on this year and get some traffic coming here to the blog, but the flu season had other plans and we have been battling something for about 2 weeks now.  I am feeling better but not up to par yet.  Here are some fun projects I have been working on the last month though!