I'm quickly realizing that living on a real farm is a whole lot more involved than I thought. See, I'd read tons of books about homesteading, raising animals, and gardens and thought " I can do that!" It has become apparent that the people who wrote all those books didn't have a houseful of kids. They don't tell you that if you're on top of your outside chores rest assured that the inside of your home looks like a tornado has been through it. Here's a couple more things I've learned.
* goats really believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I'm now convinced whoever uttered that phrase was a goat owner.
* goats have the ability to squeeze through holes the size of an apple...really I've watched them!
* chickens will roost high in trees and will make you look like a crazy person while you stand underneath and shake sticks while yelling " I'm trying to save you from the coons you ninnies!!"
* said chickens will also refuse to use the coop that you and your dad painstaking finished so your children will be required to hold chicken chasing events every night at sundown.
* my free range chickens don't seem to understand that the coop is for laying eggs- they do not go in a makeshift nest in the middle of poison ivy and briers!
* lunch may or may not be served unless the children remind their mother since she's out chasing animals or weeding the garden
* a hour a day is not enough time in our new garden. I'm thinking it's going to require at least 2 hours a day.
* everything costs more than it should and you will need more lumber/fencing/chicken wire than you planned on.
I've had some set backs and some things just haven't worked out at all the way I though they would. However, we love our farm and animals. The kids get along better than I've ever seen them. We have slowed down and are enjoying life. What more could you want?