Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 12/24/2019

A New Journey For An Old Horse

Meet Chief, or Chief Red Cloud. He is the newest member of our expanding family of animals.

Chief was no longer cherished by his owners who sold him to end their burdensome care of him. I don’t mind hard work and I know what it means to commit. And besides, horses are like potato chips, one or two are never enough.

I thought he was beautiful from the get go. But, because I love them all, I knew he was going to be awesome. Once I got on and rode him, he was mine. He rides smooth like a vintage automobile. I understand that he is aged and will never be anything other than a nice trail horse, but he will be a great horse for the grandkids and guests to ride when they come to visit.

Chief will come home in a few weeks to wander the woods and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Rollin’ Rock along with Sister and Tucker. We’re hoping a third horse will help to smooth the friendship between our other two who have a love/hate relationship.

I’m excited for this addition and if you’re in the area, stop by and check out what’s going on at the Rollin’ Rock. We’d love to have you.

Remember your Journey will always have twists and turns, but your soul will be content if you find your dream and follow it through.

Happy trails.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 12/2/2019

Journey Into Whiteness

This is “Little Sister”.

It has come on in full Michigan style. Not a little at a time, but 6 inches at once. The snow and rain howled so strong the other night that we had several pine trees break off. After you work so hard to nurture those trees, it is pure heartache to see them broken and battered by the forces of Mother Nature.

Our horses were so freaked out by the winds blowing through their run-in, they spent the night out in the elements. The plastic blew off the window on the the rabbit hutch, so wind and snow blasted them all night. Although the rain froze the chicken palace door shut, the girls did okay and were kind enough to give me 3 eggs. They are awesome!

Just like every year, we are not ready for the snow. We were in the process of running water lines and that means it will probably have to wait until a big thaw…whenever that may be. Life off grid here at the Rollin’ Rock in our little cabin during the winter months can be very challenging from a frozen well to roads that are impassable with ice. Now that we have large animals, getting fresh water to them daily can be tough. Last year we carried it in buckets. This year we have a little tractor and trailer to carry 15 gallons at a time. We are feeling fortunate to get somewhat of a break there.

The dogs and cat have morphed into winter mode. The cat has put on her winter coat and spends nights in the cabin. The dogs sleep long hours on the bed waiting for an opportunity to spend a short time out while the large animals get fed, then back in again to warm up, eat and sleep on the bed.

Laundry is now going into town to one of the local laundry mats. Hate to spend that money, but trying to run 2 generators and working with freezing cold water just is too much.

Tiny home life is not for everyone. You really have to be tolerant of your partner, and they of you. But the rewards are well worth the struggles. We owe no one but the taxman. Everything is dependent on our own ability to conserve and savor what’s important.

Live the life you love and take your journey easy. Until next time…….

Journal Entry/ Thoughts For Today Jan 1, 2019

A New Year 🎉🎊🎉

As a challenging year closes out, and a new one begins, I am not going to make any resolutions. I’m like many others who can only keep a resolution as long as it’s on my mind every day. However, I have so much other stuff already taking up space in my head that just one more thing may push me over the edge. I walk a fine line every day to balance my already stressful life. No need to add to it. What I am going to do is to try and do just one thing better.

There are so many things that I can think of that would benefit from me doing just a little bit better. My list to choose from is as follows but not limited to:

Listening

Communication

Patience

Money management

Eating smarter

And the list could go on…….

Now my job is to decide which one (or maybe all of them), I’m going to work on and how I’m going to proceed. We’ll see what happens!

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 08/20/2018

Home Again, Home Again

I was nervous returning home tonite. As I left for the afternoon, I gathered the turkeys and one chick who thinks she’s a turkey and put them in the big run. I searched and searched for my 3 remaining laying hens. They were no where to be found. I left the hen house door propped open with the chance they would be there upon my return.

First thing out of the car, I let my excited dogs out of the cabin, grabbed the flashlight and headed to the garden area.

The dogs, as usual, were running around half crazy, jumping on each other, so happy to be free from the soft bed and pillows they had to endure while I was a away. I do understand that is a hard row to hoe when all you want to do is run and play in an unrestricted environment.

I get out to the hen house and peek around the propped open door with the flashlight and there on the perch are my girls waiting to be secured in their clean and comfy home. I took a breath and locked them in, checked on the baby chicks, and the turkeys and headed back to the cabin.

It’s an extremely dark night. Not many stars, and the moon is obstructed by the intense canopy that covers the compound. I’m thinking as I’m walking about the chickens, because I have one that has been gone for about 2 weeks. I’m sure to predators. I wonder about the secrets that Mother Nature holds and how she has implanted the homing instinct into those chickens and so many other wonderful things that as you live here in the forest you become so aware of, when all of a sudden I am slammed to the ground by 2 rambunctious cowboys. Changed my thought pattern in a hurry, like, am I ok, how’s my back, can I get up? All the while the younger bully boy is licking me and so happy on his level. OK, where’s the flashlight? Can I maneuver around and get up? For those of you who know me, it’s tough getting up off the ground…still, since having both knees replaced. But I do get up, proceed to the cabin, complete my chores and feel blessed that as tough as this life can be here in north woods in trying to live minimally, I know that there has not been one minute that I have regretted leaving the easy life behind. For me, Life is a Journey, and I’m just takin’ it one day at a time. Cabin life, that’s all I need.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 05/03/2018

Just When You Think You’ve Got It.

I was going to write about how awesome it was this morning to lay in bed and listen to the rain dance off the metal roof and how awesome it was to know I had no one pressuring me to go anywhere. But, I’m not going to write about that. I’m going to write about our cat, Chance.

We have discovered this discount store outside of one of the small towns we live in between. It carries pet foods and some other miscellaneous items. They offer some huge discounts on some really big name products that I couldn’t even consider buying so I just pass them by when shopping for my usual pet foods. Which brings me to the subject of this blog for the day.

Yep, that’s her. Our princess. We feed her well, although she is a woodland cat and at the top of her food chain, so to speak, so she can feed herself, but she still comes in to eat as she so desires. So we buy her what she likes and that would be some of those little cans of fancy stuff from the grocery store or pet food store. But only certain ones will do because some of them just aren’t right. We have wasted tens of dollars trying to figure out which ones are right.

So, at the discount pet food store they carry glam food (way upper end) cat food at way discounted prices. Like below grocery store prices. Grain free, limited ingredient, all good stuff, don’t know why they couldn’t sell them, so I’m going to buy some for my princess, I’m sure they are right they were really expensive on the pet food store shelf.

I’m thinking she’s going to love it. I buy one of each flavor, but only the pate’ because that is her favorite. At 29 cents a can I couldn’t go wrong, right? I bought 20. What a deal! Well, except for the fact that she snubbed her nose at all of it. Every different flavor we bought. Spoiled….brat, princess. So much for saving money on the canned food.

Well, we did save big on the dry cat food which she did like, the dogs food and some chicken feed. So, we scored big and felt like lotto winners when we walked out of there. However, despite the fact that we did lose money on the princesses canned food, it won’t be a total loss. I’ll donate it to the kitties at the animal shelter. They won’t care if it’s glam food or dollar store food. They’ll just know they’ve got at least one more meal coming.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 05/02/2018

And Now The Work Begins

It is now officially spring in the woodlands of Central Northern Michigan. The Grosbeeks have returned to the Rollin’ Rock. We mourn their migration each August. It just makes it all so final. Oh, I’m sorry, if you don’t know what a Grosbeek is, it’s a beautiful bird . All of the ice piles have melted, the ground is soft enough to till, and there are daffodils blooming in the butterfly garden in the east20.

We are so excited and overwhelmed to get this new year of planting and reconstructing started. There are so many loose ends to tie up and projects to finish up and put in motion, but we are motivated by the warmth of the sun and the soft gentle breezes.

The wind generator will rise into the east20 with the help of friends from Tennessee, the garden is expanding, a new cowboy to raise (puppy), hopefully a few more livestock, the completion of the storage shed, build a beehive hutch, solar collectors have to be moved and completed and a host of other projects.

I’ll keep you posted as we get started. Cabin life isn’t for everyone, but I’m sure glad we’re here!

Journal Entry / Thoughts For The Day 04/26/18

An Unexpected Moment

As always in spring time, the small and sometimes large, creatures of the forest start wandering around foraging for food. Since we moved into their home and invaded their space we always get a visit from a number of them.

A week ago as the weather was warming and the days have been lengthening, I’ve been going out to close up the henhouse a little later in the evening. As I walked up upon the chicken yard I expected the girls along with the rooster to already be in the hen house. It was getting dark and usually they head in as the sun is setting. But here they are huddled up in the yard. How weird is that I thought. I’ll put their water in and then round them up. I opened the door to the henhouse and much to my surprise there was a young raccoon all snuggled up in a nesting box sleeping for the night.

It frightened me so I slammed the door shut. I stood for a second and thought about what to do. I looked around and grabbed a garden tool and went back in. I tried to pry him out of the nesting box but all that accomplished was waking him up and making him really mad. He hissed and growled and showed me his many little sharp teeth and when I tried to move him he stiffened his body and it felt like he weighed 20 lbs although I knew he was just a little guy. So he scared me, even more. I implemented plan B and went and got my husband. He brought his trusted tool and took care of business. Not my way of taking care of business but sometimes the only way to take care of business.

We then herded the apprehensive flock into the hen house and went about our evening routines. All of us that is, except the raccoon.