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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Birds About All Gone

We have been delivering lots of our final brood of birds and should be completely out in a couple weeks. It has been a really good year. We learned a lot again.  Lost a few but not near as many as the last season.  There is just so many small things to do to eliminate those loses. I have ordered eggs already for the upcoming season. I would like to expand again but I am going to just enjoy the size we are now and help my friend sell his birds. Our son is doubling the size of our gardens and getting ready to place starts under grow lights. My wife says the grocery costs rise almost weekly. Gas prices seem to keep us home more.  Our son bought an old Honda car that gets 40 miles per gallon. We're going to can and freeze more from the garden. We are preparing an area for about 20 blueberry plants and the same in raspberries.  Started our little orchard last spring and it did well. Have formed a little 'help each other' group with our friends and neighbors just in case it gets tough in our country. If you watch much news it's not looking good. At least we have a nice home and a few acres of land to live off of. Guess we could always eat quail every night. ha!