Monday, November 29, 2010


Very interesting -

Very important
subject.. Especially for those who love to eat onions.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many had died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in his family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it, he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria and therefore, kept the family healthy.

I heard this story from my hairdresser: she said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu and also many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick (and no, she is not in the onion business). So the sensible answer would seem to be, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office (under your desk or even a windowsill). Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and none of us contracted the flu. If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case... Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few pennies on onions!!


"Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story, but I do
remember that I contracted pneumonia and, needless to say, I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar, placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs. Sure enough, it happened just like that.. The onion was a mess and I began to feel better."

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around
the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties."

This interesting article came in my email, the onion to absorb the germs is worth a try. And doesn't cost much

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 10

A beautiful fall day. We didn't want to waste it, we decided to work outside.  Well sort of, this is my kidding barn for this year, it is my chicken house, very snug, but not very big. I managed to still get 6 decent sized pens and a 7th if needed, pens measure 4x5. All we need now is bedding and a heat source. Still need to run a multi plug extension cords and find water pans and hay feeders. since money is tight will have to come up with something homemade. Do my reader have any ideas?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankgiving 2010

In All things give Thanks unto the Lord....

To sit and think of all the things that I am thankful for:
I am most grateful because God called me out of the multitude., that he opened my eyes so that i can see,  I am grateful for Jesus and what his death on the cross means to me. I am grateful for my family both near and far. My wonderful friends both seen and unseen. Goat friends are wonderful. I am grateful that my husband is feeling well for the moment, and for my health and the health of my family. Thankful for shelter, a full belly and clothes on my back. Totally grateful for the opportunity to live the Homesteading lifestyle, so raise a variety of animals which I love. I am totally grateful that My God provides all of my needs according to his riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to Boil Eggs

How to Boil Eggs  How many of you ever wondered why it is nearly impossible to peel a farm fresh egg.. NOW as with everything else help has been found on the internet.. Can you imagine..I have for years had fits because i could not peel a fresh egg to have it still resemble an actual egg. Deviled eggs were an embarrassing display of my culinary arts. about the only thing they were good for when i was finished was egg salad.. 

I am shocked at the advice this site gives, "DO NOT USE FRESH EGGS""   what???  And believe it or not, when i started using older eggs, things started getting better !!!  This site had a few extra idea to help make beautiful boiled eggs,, yes even beautiful farm raised eggs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good IS Good

He supplies all of my needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus...Praise God !!

Do you remember the post i posted about doing a community service of collecting mulched leaves.. which did a two fold job.  I placed an add in our local paper and I'm sure most that read that though I was nuts.

I was beginning to get a little leery of if anyone would actually read my ad in our local paper and respond..the pick up date came and went, yet still no one responded. So we decided to run the ad a bit longer and yah, the trailer came home today full of mulched leaves and people calling the papers wanting to give more, I will be set this winter for poultry bedding and possibly even goat bedding, I am soooo grateful to our community. .. the pumpkins were a bit on the short side, the ones we did get went to the chickens and goats right away. They love the treats. 

Picture of my bird enjoying the new leaf mulch bedding, they find all kinds of things, grass leaves, bugs, plant seed, they are in heaven. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last Few Days....

I know all things, because Christ lives in me, I just don't know that i know all things.. until he reveals them to me...

Homesteading and Marketing goes hand in hand. For Me makes that possible at a price I can afford  FREE. Because it is free it wont appear at the top of the search engines so i still have to do alot of posting my link in ever free breeders directory that I can find. And I try not to over look affiliates and link sharing, even if the only thing they offer is a free listing. it really helps to get the word out. 

I Have had my nose to the grind stone..God showed me that I could have one host web site then create outside link pages for my web sites and blog.. this allowed me to consolidate all of my sites into one location<<YIPEE>> and start a couple more, one for the Heritage poultry that i have now and another for the Livestock Guard Dogs.. No longer will i worry about running out of space, as each animal is allowed 20 pages and 40MB of space.  

After dealing with that excitement, webs has a neat little application called Contact Me. now I am  able to put a contact me button on all of my pages including this blog... all will be directed to one main email.. no longer will my potential buyers have to look endlessly for my contact information.  I am really excited about this ! never ceases to amaze the moment i have linked 5 web sites for free. all linked together into one.. WoW

I am having so much fun playing on my web site,, my eyes are crossed so i guess i'll quite, but i did manage to get a Contact Us button on all the pages.. this will be my winter quilting project, one piece at a time. I'd love for you to grab a cup of coffee and come visit my site, it will be under construction for quite some time,  excuse the mess, feel free to offer suggestions. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

<< Huge Sigh of Relief >>

Ziva went into heat today, {my LGD} got her locked up in our new fandangled pens, in just a nick of time, hope they hold her! If she gets out we will have pups in Jan.. so pray that this will hold her. It is reinforced top to bottom.. it is inside a series of pens, hopefully the male will not attempt to get to her from the outside, but if he tries then at least he will have some work to do.
Should this fail i will let you know, pups will be born in January and ready to go sometime at the end of March.. if this does work .. i will then breed her in April and pups will be ready to go around August sometime.  

Ziva is 3/4 Gr Pyr and 1/4 Akbash  x  Nanqu is 100% Gr Pyr .. the pups will be 7/8 Gr. Pyr.. they should be GOOD! They currently guard Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Chickens, Ducks, Turkey, and Rabbits. I have not had one  ground predator come into our yard since they have come

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


We were at Wally World the other day after DH doctor appointments and decided to pick up a few things for raise Narragansett Turkey but he is just too beautiful to butcher this yep we purchased a tasteless frozen bird.. But i am glad we did because I am leaning to the idea that both of my remaining chicks just might be hens, or toms, but they are acting more like hens, and haven't even begun to display jr, tom tail feathers like their dad did late fall last year.. so if they are both hens <<I pray>> then i am glad we decided to buy frozen.. but next year we will enjoy fresh farm raised turkey

Monday, November 8, 2010

Possible Ice Storm on it's way

ice storm from the past
Weather forecast is talking about Thursday 40% rain during the day and 40% frozen mix during the night.. I am soo not ready for this.. Friday had doctors appointment that ended up taking all day and DH gets to stay..Saturday had to go back to pick him up another day down. Sunday is church and I'm too wiped out to do anything more. Monday another day to go to town and wasted. I still have corn to pick up in a field that a farmer gave me. the tar hut is still not finished having trouble finding a tarp. need to get hog panels gathered and at least stored in the chicken house that will be use for kidding pens.. so then at least i can find the panels and they wont be buried  under the soon to come snow. I need at least another 2 months of nice weather and still i wont be done..

We got an ice storm 3 or 4 years ago very similar to the picture above that was so heavy that the weight on the electric wire cause the power poles to snap like tooth pics is about 500 sq mile radius. most of Nebraska was without power for a very long time.. but in a mild year the ice on the tree limbs can be beautiful .

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nov 7

Nothing exciting happening on the farm today. Days like today come along every once in a while, Dear Hubby went to Doctors on Friday for a regular appointment and they decided to keep him. His INR was off they like to keep it at 2.5 / 3  and it was way off so they had him admitted to the ER and from there it was a dose of plasma and Vit K which brought back to a more normal level.. A night at the Hilton for DH now he is back home and feeling much better, we are very grateful for modern medicine..

While I was in town I felt drawn to our local Christian Book Store, I haven't been there for 5 or more years, I like to resist the temptation because I feel as if the prices are a bit to high for our budget. I strongly believe that the Lord lead me to the store to find this book.  called Who I Am In Christ  by Neil T. Anderson With a couple other dear friends giving me Godly advice on recognizing Godly character me and learning who I was in Christ.. I believe that God is trying to tell me something.  The book is a page turner. and has me glued from the Introduction on. I love the way it is written. I encourage my family and friends to go check this one out!!! The devil doesn't want us to know who we are in Christ, he doesn't want us to believe who we really are, and find real freedom in knowing who we are.. so everyone GET THIS BOOK !!!  I think i see a bible study coming on with this one ..

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cleaned the Chicken House

Since i didn't have a tarp to finish my tarp hut for the guineas, and I didn't have PVC pipe to build the rabbit hutch that I'd like to make I cleaned my chicken house instead.  The chickens have all been moved to their newly cleaned broiler house that has been converted to a chicken house complete with mulched leaf bedding. Their "old house" will be converted into a maternity ward for PlayRite Farm's  2011 Kidding Season 

I am planning on putting in up to 7 pens measuring 4 x 5 ft. each.. This house is very snug and has electricity running to it via drop cord, the power poll is not far, making it easy to put up heat lamps.. I'd like to keep each doe/kids together for at least a week. I am not sure that this will be possible this year as we are kidding out 32 does. The most ever for PlayRite Farm 

I also will be setting up pens in my horse trailer 4 pens possible in the big one and 2 pens possible in the 2 horse trailer. and if all else fails i can put one in the dressing room, of the big Hopefully i have the kiddings spaced out enough that we wont need to use them all at once.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How to build a Tarp Hut

This will be modeled for my guinea and turkey for winter shelter: Basic Idea came from,, but i plan to modify it to fit the guineas needs, what ever i come up with in the end, surly will be better then the trees when a storm hits? ...stay tuned, this might end up being more then a week end

My plan is for an 8X8
First you gotta have a basic supply list..
6ft T-post
2-16ft cattle panels
 1/4" Zip-Ties

list above is items we've used to build our modified tarp hut so far

Below is the suggested list from Simple Pleasures Blog

2" & 3" screws
8-8ft 2X3 boards
1-board the length of the back panel(12ft here)
1 inch Chicken wire
2X4 welded wire
 Small Fence staples
A pair of Hinges
 Some type of heavy duty latch for outside.
 Some type of support for the middle
Plenty of Roosting post

Day One: We have opted to make this an 8X8. since it will be mainly a guinea winter house.

we need to order the tarp now before we can go any futher we will order it from 

maybe not, a $50 tarp and UPS shipping $37.80  :(   
I heard a rumor that there is a place in Omaha that gives them away for free, i haven't found that place yet, and am not sure that it still wouldn't be cheaper to order them this way as it will cost twice that i gas to get there and back, unless I was sure that i could get several at a time. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st

I am sitting here and my fingers are cold.. making typing a bit difficult. I have started making plans.. I plan to make my guineas a tarp hut, construction hopefully will being tomorrow, then i will need to get them in the hut, not an easy thing to do.. i hear that they love millet.. so i will go and find some, they will stay in this hut for the winter. I lost a few guinea last winter due to the unexpected snow storm that we got. I pray that we will be better prepared this year.. I may also house the turkey in with the guinea... then i plan to use a truck topper for a duck house. Up until now they all shared the chicken house, but because I need the house that they did live in for kidding this year i need to make them different housing, but i think it will work nicely.
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