Slowing Down to Speed Up

September was crazy busy and I struggled to get much of anything actually done. Softball season came to an end with up to four games in a week and I spent considerable time cataloging the footage of the games for future use. Combine that with several physical therapy sessions for both Kinzie and myself, a lot of miles were driven and a lot of hours were spent away from home.

Early on, I thought I was getting back in to the groove and was going to be able to spend some time at my desk producing content. Kinzie was also healing from her knee injury enough that she could get back out onto the softball field. I posted the podcast Episode 46: Back in the Game. This episode can be seen here:

For a very long time, I have wanted a scythe. I had tried to order one several times through several companies and was unsuccessful for a year or two because of supply issues. Finally, I was able to get one from Lehman’s after a long back order wait. My husband put it together for me and I began to experiment with it, learning how to use it properly. I now cut down weeds almost every day to feed to my Idaho pasture pigs. I love my new scythe and have lots of plans for it,. I posted a video, Seven Reasons I Wanted a Scythe. It can be seen here.

I have not been moving my animals around nearly as much as I’d like to for fresh pasture and certainly as much as I have wanted. Because moving the birds are such a huge chore, I wait until Tom can help me. That was not working out and I wanted to get it done myself. I posted the video Will I “Chicken” Out? It can be seen here:

Now that softball season is over and basketball season has not started yet, I have a renewed desire to get more content out. Especially now that the weather has cooled considerably. I want to double my production of YouTube videos and still post some podcasts. I expressed this desire on Episode 47: Re-commitment. You can listen to it on about any pod-catcher or watch it here:

As you may have figured out, I did not get the birds moved that day and had to wait for Tom’s help. We not only got the birds moved, but I got some grass seed scattered where they had been located before. It felt good to get that done. That video can be seen here:

I have finally started back on the bathroom remodel. I am ashamed to say that I had not done any work on it since June. Carpentry is certainly not my strong suit, but I really want my bathroom back. I have managed to get a couple of wall panels in place but I have a long way to go. Hopefully, it won’t be a long wait before that video is done. We’ll just have to see. I will say that I certainly will keep plugging away at it.

Next week, I drive to Camden, Tennessee to attend the Self Reliance Festival. I am really looking forward to this trip. I love being around so many people getting things done and taking charge of their own lives. I look forward to make new friends and reconnecting with some old ones. I have some Grandma’s Homestead mugs that I will be selling and also a whole line of beef tallow skin care a friend of mine makes. It’s good stuff and I expect to sell a lot of it.

As usual, anytime a homesteading mom (or in my case, grandmother) leaves home, a lot of preparation needs to be done before leaving. So, I’ll have lots of planning and work to do this next week. Still, I am excited for the trip. I’ll get back to you on how it went!

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