A few years ago when my Father in Law was getting older, my husband, Brian, and I decided to move back to my husband’s home state of Maine. We kept our Las Vegas home if I could not tolerate the cold. But as it turns out I have adjusted pretty well.

After we had been here through 2 winters we purchased a home on 5 acres which was built in 1920. It has 2 acres of house, garden, lawn, barn and 3 acres of trees. What I did not know when we looked at our house on a snowy Sunday morning in January was that it is on a very busy road. And by the time I found out that it was I was already in love with our very dilapidated home. My husband and I spent the next 15 months fixing it up enough to be habitable. More on that later.


Over the years I have come to realize that I am sensitive to smells, they give me migraines. So slowly we have tried to simplify the foods and products we use. Now that we have a bit of land we are starting to do a few more things to become self-sufficient Over the past 3 years we have had a small garden and this spring we added 5 hens and one rooster. We are hoping to add rabbits this winter and maybe a milk goat in the spring.

It is now September 2016 and our family has grown

We still have 5 hens and one wonderful rooster who takes such good care of his hens.  We have added a boy Australian Shepard as a friend and hopefully mate for Abby.  We still have our wonderful kitty.  But we now also have 8 rabbits, Mom dad and 6 young rabbits. 5 wonderful Spanish Black Turkeys and 4 goats, 2 boys and 2 girls.  And we just add 15 meat chickens.

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Baby turkeys

Baby turkeys


So I decided to start this blog as a place to share.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions.  .It will make me feel like I not just talking to myself.