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Alpaca Math

As most of you know about a year ago we bought Hope, our first alpaca. It was kind of an accident…Robert kept seeing her for sale on Facebook and kept bringing it up, and we finally went to see her. Her teeth were overgrown, her fleece was matted,...
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Shine On You Crazy Dad

Animals have become a large part of our household. Between the chickens, goats, alpaca, bees, and cats there’s a lot to take care of. It also means some people have had to become more accustomed to putting up with all the animal shenanigans (a word I’m rather fond...
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I Needed a Lift….

Back in the day, We were deciding on what we wanted to buy in Virginia. My only real requirement was a garage or the ability to build a garage that could have a lift. When we found the store it did not have a garage but there would...
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Chicken Saddles and Nesting Box Curtains?

Before I got the chickens I did a lot of Googling and as with many Google searches you come across some weird things. Chicken saddles and nesting box curtains sounded kinda weird…especially the chicken saddles! Nesting box curtains are just what they sound like, curtains that go over...
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The Twelve Things of Christmas

*Clears throat* *Tunes imaginary instruments*     On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Twelve eggs from ho-ome   Eleven colored windows   Ten boughs of fresh pine (from out backyard)   Nine Christmas bo-ows   Eight Christmas cookies   Seven(ty two) feet...
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Bee Careful (That is the only pun)

When we first took on this grand project we never thought about bees. We had our hands full with the restoration and construction involved in getting the building back to its former glory. During this time we were able to start the outside projects we wanted to do....
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Hot Fun In The Summertime

Such a busy summer so far, not to mention hot and humid! But I’m not one to complain about the weather…okay, maybe just a little but sometimes it interferes with my plans! Most of our projects have been outside this year but we have done a couple of...
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Man On An Elevator

After two years, our day finally came. The day we would moved the elevator from the first floor to the second. This was also known covertly as “Project Get Rid Of Cat Safety Trellis” or “GROCST” since open elevator shafts and kittens don’t mix. Remember this? This was what...
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The Panefully Long Project

Turns out when you are restoring an old building there is a lot of repetitive and sometimes tedious tasks to do. That being said those same tasks tend to yield some of the best results and I usually find the repetition relaxing. However, those tasks don’t always make for...
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Pause for a Cause

Since we built the kitchen before winter hit, and with spring in our sights, our goal is to finish up the winter projects. Summer projects are already filling our minds. A few items on the list include an expanded garden, Bee keeping classes, and the new goat barn....
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