1 3/4 hours later

H (my 2 year old) is finally asleep, well not finally maybe in his eyes he is finally asleep, we or I am working on cutting out his afternoon nap in hopes he will sleep though the night, so really its 6:30 the earliest I will let him go to sleep. My husband just started a movie with my 9 & 5 year old so naturally I tell him I’m going to bed after I do all my chores with the animals (it was my idea to have them so I am the one who gets to take care of them). We finally had a storm today with a really good downpour, and I’m so happy because, well that is one less thing on my to-do list before going to bed, I no longer have to water the garden. So i feed the rabbits make sure they have enough water and make sure all the kits made it though the day (they did THANK GOD). Next put up the chickens, it’s a little early so I have to convince them with a little bit of food, not to hard, chickens are put up for the night…

I shouldn’t have looked at the garden I should have averted my eyes and just gone inside to go to sleep…

THE WEEDS oh my goodness the weeds where taking over and look at all the fresh veggies that need to be harvested! There is a nice bit of rain happening, enough to keep the heat and the bugs away, and the ground is ripe for the picking, so of course that is what I do, I start to weed and pick all the vegetables both of them could have waited for the morning, but hey why put of what you are able to do, and now in the morning I can enjoy my coffee just a little bit longer… I hope… that all depends on when the kids wake up.

So after the weeding and the harvesting I’m covered in mud so i take a quick sponge bath, I should really take a shower but… I really do want to go to sleep, and than I see all the things that still need to be done inside, I opt to just take care of the animals, yes more animals. 3 rabbits, 7 kits, 3 dogs, 1 cat 2 guinea pigs, and a hamster I feel like I’m forgetting something I hope not, maybe it’s the kids. So everyone is feed i hope and I know that my girls are going to wake me to tell me they are hungry because they didn’t eat dinner and I will give in because I JUST REALLY WANT TO SLEEP. So as I’m doing my last “chore” my 5 year old looks at me and says “mommy I thought you where going to bed” oh sweet girl I am you just have no idea what all comes with going to bed when you take care of the household…

So fingers crossed that my husband can do it, and fingers crossed that my little man sleeps though the night, fingers crossed that the new puppy doesn’t poop in the kids room like he loves to do in the middle of the night, we have no night terrors, and no wetting the bed… the house is still a mess even though I cleaned it about 10 times today, the hamper is still over flowing, and the kids are finally getting along, maybe because they are in front of the tv for the first time today…

Here’s to tomorrow, where we get to do just about the same thing all over again…

~mary e. J. mason

One crazy week on the homestead

Wow!!! Last week on Monday (7.13.20) this beautiful mama rabbit named Roxanne had her first litter (to me) of kits. She had 4 total one on the wire, the rest in the box. The kids and I where on our way to the pool after visiting our local post offfice, and i remembered that I had forgotten to check everyone’s water 😳 not good with the heat that we are having here in Va right now🥵. So we took a detour back to the house, and I am so glad that we did because this lady had her kits and was trying to get one into the nest box.

Two days latter my lovey Mittens had her very fist litter of kits 7 total and a first time mama, she had them all in the nest box and i was lucky enough to watch her give birth to all her kits, I wished I could tell you how long it took, but time was the last thing that was on my mind!

My dream of raising meat rabbits for my family and close friends is coming true, FINALLY, we got the rabbits back in March before everything went crazy and had to wait a while for them to be old enough to breed, we have to wait another 18 weeks before the new kits will be big enough for meat, but with how cute they are it’s really hard to think about that 😳

This is going to be a long post, so sorry.

Here comes the sad news… ALL of Roxanne’s kits have died because of the EXTREME heat that we are having here in the good ole VA. My very first litter for my attempt at growing/raising my own food died, talk about gut wrenching, I’m not going to lie I cried. I know that I was not planning on keeping them and they where more than likely going to end up on my dinner table…but it’s like when you see the baby deer on the side of the road…it never got the chance to live.

I’m sad, but I’m not going to give up. What might be worse is when I removed Roxanne’s nest box, I’m not sure she knew that her last kit had died, she seems fine now and I will try again later when the weather cools off.

I will try to get better at posting both the good and the bad… baby boy is up from his nap and needing me, more next time

~mary e. J mason

Morning coffee

It’s a perfect morning to read outside while the chickens make their loud clicking noises to each other the chicks are chirping, the birds are singing, my oldest two are still sleeping and my youngest is running around in his underwear #mylittlehomestead🐐🐓🦆🐇 #thisulgybeautifullifeilive💕 #joysoflivinginasmallhouse #joysoflovinginasmallhouse #smallfarmlife #smalltownlife

4.27.2020 face masks with filter for sale on etsy

I have been asked by A LOT of friends to make face masks for them, now that i have finished all of their orders I have been able to stock my Etsy shop inspiredbyhenry.etsy.com with some, these are 100% cotton double layer masks with a filter pocket I hope to have more made soon. Click the link below the photographs to see the listing in my shop. These masks are perfect for cleaning out your chicken coop or mowing the lawn, they do not come with a filter for the filter pocket.

And remember every purchase helps me feed my ever growing children and my little homestead.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/787231452/dust-mask-with-filter-pocket-face-mask?ref=shop_home_active_3
https://www.etsy.com/listing/801110273/dust-mask-with-filter-pocket-face-mask?ref=shop_home_active_2
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4.27.2020 face masks for sale on etsy

I have been asked by A LOT of friends to make face masks for them, now that I have finished all of their orders I have been able to stock my Etsy shop inspiredbyhenry.etsy.com with some, these are 100% cotton double layer masks. They DO NOT have a filter pocket. I have more masks coming to the shop soon with filter pockets they will cost a little more. Click the link below that photographs to see the listing in my shop.

And remember every purchase helps me feed my ever growing children and my little homestead

https://www.etsy.com/listing/797267927/dust-mask-face-mask-yard-work-mask-100?ref=shop_home_active_3
https://www.etsy.com/listing/797264819/dust-mask-face-mask-yard-work-mask-100?ref=shop_home_active_4
https://www.etsy.com/listing/797270639/dust-mask-face-mask-yard-work-mask-100?ref=shop_home_active_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/783393850/dust-mask-face-mask-yard-work-mask-100?ref=shop_home_active_1

~mary e.

04.01.2020 Our little homestead

Everything that is happening in the world has got me thinking, and doing something that i have wanted to do for a very, very long time. I want to try and live off this small part of the world that we live on.

We are renting the small property that we live on and it is surrounded by fields with cows, so how can one not be inspired to start farming as well! Since we are renting there is not much we can do to the land, and really why would we since this place we call home is not really ours. But rabbits, chickens, and a garden, now thats something that we can do, that is something that we can move with us when the time comes, that is something that can grow when we grow.

I have had rabbits in my life from the time that I was 16, ever since than I have been in love with this small animal and have never wanted to be without 1 or 2 or 9 in my life. Am i going to have a hard time when it comes to… how do i put this nicely… to process it, to put it on our kitchen table and share a meal with my little family? YES!!!!! I am most likely going to cry, and I’m already wondering WHAT ARE YOU DOING! But than i look at my kids, i look at what is going on in the world and i want to make sure that when times are hard that they have the knowledge to feed themselves and their families. Please don’t worry these rabbits will be WELL loved until the time comes. They will be 4H project animals for my little clover buds, they will help teach my children love, how to take care of something, have more responsibility.

So please join me, in this time of learning, i will be honest with my stories and i hope to make you laugh and cry with me in this thing called life.

~ more next week, thanks for stopping in!

~mary