Hello Pack. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent it surrounded by loved ones and counting your blessings. I prefer to live in open rebellion to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s tyrannical edicts, so there were no masks, social distancing, or attendance limits on our homestead this holiday.
We had a busy week of prepping even with the big meal that I had to cook for the first time – our elderly parents did choose to skip the big crowd due to their age and health issues. We added some guineas to our poultry bird flock – they make excellent “guard dogs.”
The weather has been mild, so we stocked up on extra firewood and did some more garden raised beds on stilts making to prepare for the spring growing season. With everything going on in our great nation, it is hard to tell what we will be facing in 2021 once the 2020 presidential election is finally and officially decided.
I have also been steadily working on homemade Christmas gifts this week. Teaching the children the value of making things with your own hands for the people you love – and to share with others who are not as blessed, is always a true joy.
The photo below shows some one of the homemade dolls I have been creating:
We had to put a goat down earlier this week, that was such a heart wrenching task. I had hoped he could live with some quality of life after being injured, but it just was not meant to be.
I am still on kidding watch for my main nanny goat – Pearl. She is beyond huge at this point, I believe she is going to throw three kids this time instead of two. Three of doelings are pregnant and may kid for the first time before the end of the year.
The weather report for the coming week is fairly mild, so I doubt Pearl will bring new life until the world for a little while longer. She NEVER EVER kids during daylight hours, or when the weather is not in the midst of a horrid seasonal storm.
We have a gathering with some of our prepper tribe this weekend and target practice is at the top of the agenda. I am hoping to finally be able to outshoot my husband with a handgun, but the odds are not in my favor. Our daughter is an excellent shot as well, but prefers using a shotgun to a handgun or semi-automatic rifle.
The workshop project is slowly rolling along. I am so excited for my Bobby to finally have the kind of organized space he needs for not just mechanics, but also for his blacksmithing, reloading, and pottery making.
Honing traditional homesteading skills, like the blacksmithing, always increases the family’s overall survival abilities.
This Week’s Questions
- How did the 2020 pandemic impact your Thanksgiving traditions?
- Do you think Biden will order a nationwide shutdown (whether that is within his legal power or not) if he is allowed back inside the Oval Office?
- What homesteading or pioneering skills do you find the most valuable and/or want to learn – hone?
- What did you do to prep this week?