Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Out In the Country, Thinking About My Future and Dream Homestead

I had a pretty good holiday, how about you?  I got a loom, some bulky yarns, and a jumbo hook.  My bff is getting me more bulky yarn, and my GG-in-law gave me hooks...Susan...something hooks that are different in shape than the Boyd hooks.  I like them more.  She also gave me a tote bag, so I'm not keeping my project in a plastic bag.  That was nice of her.

Out of state right now, so I brought my mom's blanket and have been working on it here and there.  I'm hoping to get a lot done on it.  Since I missed Christmas, time to aim for her birthday in March.  With my bulky yarns, I'll be able to start on making my barn bag for my son's many many safari and farm animals that they got for Yule and Christmas.

I've almost finished my practice bag--the one that I take to work with me so I don't go idle for too long and thus burn out quicker.  It's a hot mess, but it's my hot mess and I've been learning a lot about mistakes and fixing them, as things that can't be fixed.

I have another crochet project now, I'm going to make another tarot bag for my BFF for her birthday in February.

Yes, we're out of state, staying with the in-laws.  They live out in the country and have in/outdoor pets.  Me, I'm a one or the other type of person.  Either in or out door, but not both.  I love animals and I enjoy pets, but I'm not a fan of their fur or dander.  It messes with my allergies.  I can be around them but after a few hours, it feels like I have a lump of hair in my throat and loads more in my nose!  I don't like it.  Probably why I want livestock.  Outside animals.  Yeah, i'd still have to clean their coops and stables and cages and pens, and that's okay with me.  Not a big fan of having the fur in my house.

But I do enjoy the companionship and the cuddles that indoor pets provide (I miss my ferret!).  I dunno, maybe when my kids stop eating stuff off of the floor....I do want a dog eventually.  My boy's love dogs.  There's a beautiful yellow lab Australian Shepard or Border Collie mix here named Sissy that my boys just adore (and my oldest doesn't normally like dogs; in fact my youngest is more of a fan of cats, too).  Getting our future homestead, I want big farm dogs for protection...and cats for pest control, just not too much pest control, as I like to feed the birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other wild creatures.

Looking to the future, if chickens works out, this is how I hope my homestead to look.  Starting with:

  • Chickens.  I've always wanted birds, especially cockatoos, but my husband claims to be allergic to domestic feathers, so no birds for me.  Well, no inside birds.  He wouldn't have to deal with the chickens, so no worry of allergies there.  I'd get my birds, and we'd get our eggs and meat.  I'd like to have free range chickens, but it depends on the dogs.  I want large farm dogs for protection of us and the animals.  Yeah, you can train them to not attack the chickens, but might be easy and cheaper to build the chickens a large run.  I'd like to keep them outside for pest control, be better than a cat, but the chances of a cat getting picked off by a predator aren't as high as a chicken.  But I dunno, still researching
    • Breeds I might want: Dutch Bantam, Wyandotte, Sussex, Sebright, American Game Fowl...
  • Goats.  I've always loved goats, when I get my homestead, they have to be apart of the farm!  I'd want a small herd, a couple of males and females.  Have the goats for milk, meat, bones, hooves, and horns.  (In reality, I'd use as much as I can from all animals, be it for cooking, practical, or spiritual matters.)
    • Breeds I might want (I haven't done a lot of research on goats yet): Nigerian Dwarf Goats...and my shockwave flash keeps crashing on me, preventing me from further research, darn it.  I have some breeds picked out, but I can't access the information.  
  • Rabbits
  • Caribou.  Yep, Caribou.  Honesty, though it depends on where we live.  If we live further north, where it tends to be colder (or is supposed to be, as the south has snow and Ohio has rain right now), then I'd like to keep couple for practical and magikal means, as well as to have a sleigh or wagon puller.  I'm very much drawn to wagons, if I had large enough land, I'd opt for a wagon.  Although it also depends on whether or not our area would allow for such an animal--what type of permits we'd need to keep them.  I've heard that some places are even having their white tailed deer farms shut down for some reason.  Hearsay, so I don't have the information.  I'd like to have a draft horse, but I'm a little afraid of them, simply because of their sheer size.  This would definitely be the last animal to add, once we've had loads of experience with the other animals.  And I'd use them for work, like plowing, wagon pulling, and patrolling the homestead.  
  • Big Ole Dogs.  I love big dogs, but I wish they lived longer.  I grew up with hounds, mainly beagles, at my dads.  At my mom's, we had English Mastiffs.  Beautiful, intelligent dogs.
    • Breeds I might want: Yellow Labrador, English Mastiff, Boerboel (my husband wants one, but they need LOTS of training and discipline!  My brother used to own one.), Newfoundland, Bloodhound, Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound, Malamute (it depends on where we live), Leonberger, Caucasian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog, American Fox Hound....and of course mutts are welcome!
  • Cats.  Pest Control.  Spayed/Neutered.  Outdoor.  Like the dogs with their own kennels.  My mom's a "Crazy Cat Lady" so I'm sure I'd get tips from her about the best summer and winter homes.
    • Breeds I might want: Chocolate Point Siamese (more than likely indoor; another animal we grew up with at my dads, always Siamese, Silver and Chocolate Points), Bengal or Savannah (more than likely inside), Maine Coon, or whatever shelter cat.  
  • Koi.  Mainly for spiritual reasons.  
  • Ferrets.  Indoor, more than one.  I love em and totally miss Marsden.  

There are the animals I'd like to own, the chickens are a bit more specific because I know we'll own those sooner than later.  They're more than a dream, and I've done the most research on them within the last year (websites and chicken owners).  Honestly, the first animal we'll get once we get our first home, will be a dog.  Security first.  A dog more than likely from a shelter.  My brother suggested that the best time to get a puppy is after Christmas.  Because some people are still dumb and think that animals are gifts, like a toy or something.  Once the novelty wears off, off to the shelters the animals go.  I've never been to shelters after the winter holidays, so I don't know if that's true.  

In addition to the animals, the land I'd also like a nice large garden (herb, veggie, fruit) for us and the animals, as well as a small fruit orchard.  

Another dream of mine is to have the internal doors of my homestead to be working skeleton locks.  Be bringing the use of skeleton keys back!  

So, that's what I have so far, trying to not get too out there with the dream and goals.  OBvisously dream homestead is kind of extravagant, but i also know that homesteads aren't cheap, and I will want to give my animals the best and safe lives within our means.  Give them good lives and a good respectful death.  

Okay, I gotta go.  Surely more will come for this goal and dream.  I hope yall have a happy holiday!  I think next post, I may talk about processing the animals, and the many ideas and thoughts that goes with that.

Monday, December 14, 2015


I revamped Hestia's space a little, and did some housework, and definitely enjoyed my two days off.  But I didn't spend as much time reconnecting with Her as I wanted to, due to Medusa slithering in and taking my attention, but like I said, I did do a little bit of cleaning.

Hestia's Shrine, 12-14-15

I was thinking a bit today about our future...

I love me some sheep and some goats. One day, I'm going to have my own little Hopeful Homestead with chickens, goats, and maybe a couple of sheep down the line. Chickens first. See how we handle those. I've talked about getting mean ones for eatin and nice ones for pets (keeping them separate). And all of them for laying.
I do the research and talk to my friends who have their own little homesteads, plan plan plan, and work for our goals. I'm glad that things didn't work out concerning my grandmother's house. I was sick and tired of living in the big city, I didn't feel like I was going anywhere. I wanted a fresh start, in a smaller area. Yes, we're back in an apartment, but I like it, for now. Yes, we would've had the land, but would we have had the permits? And we'd be trapped in an area that we didn't like, certainly not an area that we wanted to raise our children in.
Things will work out as long as we stay focused and keep on working hard.

I had more of a focus for this post, but I just got hit by sleepiness.  Hopefully I'll get around to posting about what I intended for this post.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Feeling Neglectful!

Since I've started working again, it feels like I'm neglecting my duties to Hestia.  In preparation to give my Ancestral offerings, I stopped at Her shrine tonight to give Hers first, and saw that it was a dusty mess!  Disgusting!  I clean dust for a living now, so how'd Her sacred spot get so yuck?

I clean the house during the day, doing and putting away dishes, and cooking for my family.  At night, hubby takes care of the kids and even vacuums!  But I dunno, it's just not the same....wouldn't be, would it?  I'm working now.  It's only part time, but it's enough...  but I can't be that harsh on myself.  I'm still adjusting to this new schedule, this new balancing act.  Being a cleaner at night and a mom during the day, while still finding time to be a wife, a Hearth Keeper, and a dreamer.

And I've lost a lot of weight!  Go me!

All's not lost.  I just need to devote some time to Hestia this weekend.  To Her and this temple.  She's patient and understanding.  Unlike me, haha.

I've also neglected my divination studies for the past two days, and I'm jonsing!  Jonsing for a session!  Hopefully I'll get around to that tomorrow.

Two more nights until the weekend, and I'll have two days off.  6 days of working is kind of rough, just ask the angry blisters on my feet!  But, yeah, this weekend, I'll be spending some special time with Her.  We need it!

Oh, yeah, here are the pictures for my wonky tarot bag (with deck inside):

It's a little rough, but I like it, just needs some "charming" touchups!  :-D

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tired, But Creating

Tired, I am.  My job isn't very hard, it's just very boring.  I clean behind machines in a diaper factory.  And I'm a fast cleaner, so I finished waaaay before my 6 hours is up!  I suck at pacing myself.  But I learned that in order to not burn out early, it's best that I not go idle.  Take my breaks, yes, but I have to be doing something during those 15 minutes.

What have I been doing?  Getting some crochet projects done.  Nothing big, as they have to fit into my lunch box.  Right now I'm about finished with a tarot bag.

I got why people chose to put their cards in bags and boxes, but I never really felt that need....until I got my Housewives Tarot.  That box (that it came in) is damn near impossible to open, so I'm working on a little bag for my deck.  Hopefully they'll fit, I don't use patterns, and I'm going with more of a box shape this time.  It's not because I think I'm too good for them, I'm a beginner and I like to figure things out on my own.  And I've checked out some patterns....not ready for that language yet.

Ha, I just finished my bag and it's a...less box, more asymmetrical.  Don't know how that happened.  Oh, well, it's only my second little bag.  Oh, i see where I messed up at.  Learning.

I don't know if I can use it for my deck though...a little wonky.

Oh, and I'm getting a sewing kit this Christmas from my mom, so I'll be able to sew in liners for my bags, too.  I have a sewing machine, but I don't know how to use it yet....but I do know how to sew.  8th grade Home Etc has paid off, unlike pre-algebra.  ;-P

Hm, I have a bunch of yarn hanging off, maybe I'll decorate with charms and beads instead of just cutting them off?

All right, so, my deck fits, but the booklet is a little harder to get in there.  Gotta be careful, until I make a more suitable bag, so I don't bend the corners.  My phone is charging, so I'll get pics up tomorrow.

My first tarot bag is wonky with love.

I think for future deck bags, I'll make the colors match the deck.

Onto the next unfinished project!