Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres. Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us? Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Which dining chairs?

Help us pick ~ please!  Two out of three of our antique chairs have fallen apart in the last month.  We want to purchase three chairs for one side of the table and put the black arm chairs on the ends (with new fabric seats). We have several that we like.  Each of us has our own favorites, of course. 

First, here is our table ~ 
Pine, farmhouse style, tapered legs, very simple, dark wood knots that add lots of character.

Second, a distressed pine wood bench that our kids have been sitting at since they could climb up there.  It's a permanent piece in our house for sentimental reasons.

Lastly,  black Napoleon style chairs that my hubby really doesn't like but they are staying for budget reasons and because we want to have a mismatched look.

I believe we have narrowed it down to three choices.  So cast your votes and help us decide.

Choice #1
Crate & Barrel Delta
1950's aluminum bargain at $99 each
coordinate with barstools in kitchen that we love

Choice #2
Pottery Barn Isabella
cute and colorful
one each of red, green, and brown
$139 each

Choice #3
Pottery Barn Stella
in mahogany stain
classic, simple, but most expensive at $199 each

Keep in mind that our house has some contemporary accents like keyless light fixtures and interior barn doors but we also have traditional furniture. 

 Take a stroll through the house if you want.
The living, dining, and kitchen are all completly open to each other, so keep that in mind too.
And when you know which you would pick, comment below or vote in the poll in the sidebar.
Thanks, blog friends!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Two years

ago we moved into our little red farmhouse.

Construction was not completed so we lived in the rec room (all five of us!) for almost a month.  We had a microwave, refrigerator, and one sink and toilet.  It was rough but also exciting because we were beginning our new country life.

Many of you may not know this but neither my husband nor I had any farm experience. We were city people.  But we wanted something different ~ a simple house with room for our boys to run outside.  We dreamed of horses, chickens, and sheep but we never set out to build a hobby farm. 
Somewhere along the way, it just happened.

Two years ago, we moved here with 2 golden retrievers.
Now we have 80 animals!

5 horses
10 cattle
6 pigs
2 goats
45 chickens
8 Jacob Sheep (expecting lambs)
3 golden retrievers
& 1 red tailed hawk

In January, my hubby said he wanted 50 animals
on the farm by this Christmas.
I'd say we met that goal!

Life has definitely changed.
We have all traded our tennis shoes for work boots.
We research farm things instead of watching tv.
I drive a truck (something I never thought I would do).
We still go to work and have school at home.
But the other hours,
we spend with the animals
 and tend the garden
 and repair fences
 and ride horses
 and... and... and....

A quiet life? No.
A simple one? Sometimes.
A rewarding one? Definitely.
Would we go back to the life we lived two years ago? Never.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sheep shipment

The long awaited day has arrived!
Our new Jacob Sheep were delivered to the farm today.


Months ago, we picked a starter flock of eight ewes from
Then, seven of them were bred to rams.  The other one was too young but she was just too cute to pass up.
Next, they had ultrasounds to make sure they would all lamb.
Several are going to have twins!
And finally, they made the long road trip to their new home.

Jared is particularly excited about the sheep.  I think he might have a future showing this breed.
Wayne is thrilled too since he was researching Jacob Sheep before we even built our farmhouse.

They are so sweet and gentle.  Tiny (above) was was being timid, hiding behind the hay rack when I was trying to take her picture.

Smiley, however, was happy to pose.

Bella took treats from our hands.

Ziggy, the youngster of the bunch, wanted seconds. 
Just like a teenager!

Aren't they pretty?

I think shepherding is going to be a lot of fun for our family.

Welcome to Rockin' S~Squared Farm, ladies!

Friday, November 18, 2011

BLISSful sleep on a latex mattress

Everyone has heard of innersprings and memory foam mattresses.  But have you heard about latex foam mattresses?  We hadn't until we decided it was time to look for something new to sleep on. 

To be quite honest, we weren't getting near enough sleep
and it sure wasn't comfortable sleep.

Our old mattress was 17 years old!
Yes, I know, that about 10 years past it's prime.

More importantly though, my husband needed to be more comfortable.
You see, he has a back injury from a car accident nine years ago.  It interferes with his daily life and his nightly sleep.  In fact, since the accident, he had not slept more than 6 hours a night.  Everyday, he woke up in pain.  There was no need to have an alarm clock.  His back would wake him up.

But that has changed!

If you have been following for a while, you know that I am not a big endorser of products on my blog.  It's just something I don't do.  But three weeks ago, we bought a new mattress and it has made such an impact on our life, I wanted to share it with you.

Our new latex foam mattress is made from Talalay all natural rubber.
It doesn't have harsh springs to push on pressure points like innersprings.
It doesn't "sleep hot" or have the "quick sand" feel that memory foam has.
It has just enough give to cradle around your body but just enough push to support it.


The one we chose has a 10 inch thick mattress of solid latex foam with a 4 inch mattress topper. What's great about the topper is we can take it with us when we travel.  It can also be replaced if needed since the top layer of a mattress is always the first thing to wear out. The zippered cover can also be removed for washing.

On top of the super comfy 14 inches of mattress, we've added an additonal feather bed mattress cover.
Talk about fluffy!

Softness with support ~
Our latex foam mattress has added a full TWO hours of sleep for my sweet husband.
And the best part of all ~ he's doesn't wake up in pain.
That is BLISSful sleep!

A special thank you to the friendly Hegert family at Mattress Sleepcenters for helping us find the perfect mattress for pain free sleep!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lewis & Clark

These guys are completely settled in on the farm.

Just a few things I love about them:
I love that they are always overjoyed to see me.
I love that they run for cover at the slightest rain drop (like me).
I love the matching white patches on their heads.
I love Lewis' one white leg.
I love their fat bellies!

We let them out daily to roam the yard and explore. 
I love jingle of the bells on their bandana "cat" collars as they bound around.

And I love that they will follow you to the end of the earth if you have animal crackers in your pocket.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


He has been with our family for a long time.
He was a stray brought home from cub scout camp.
He knew how to sit, lay down, and loved petting.
He instantly became part of the family.

He never wet on the floor (except when we put up the Christmas tree that first year and he though we were bringing the outdoors in so he would have to go out! haha)
He didn't bark.
He never jumped on people.
He became instant friend to our three young boys.

When we moved to the farm, he became protector of all the animals.
He checks on them everyday morning and night.
He loves the chickens.

He's been a faithful companion to all of us.
But he's old and gray.
He's not eating.
He has cancer.
We are terribly sad about the thought of losing him.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gooey Butter Bars

When a recipe has "gooey" & "butter" in the name, I'm all in!
This one didn't disappoint.

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 stick softened butter
3 eggs
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix together cake mix, softened butter, and one egg until ingredients are moistened.  Press dough in greased 9x13 pan.  Beat the other 2 eggs, softened cream cheese, and powdered sugar until smooth.  Pour over crust.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled.  Cut into gooey bars.

I'm thinking next time, I'll make a pumpkin version by using a spice cake mix and adding pumpkin to the cream cheese.

Or... lemon

Or... chocolate!

Really, the possiblilities are endless with this easy recipe!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another Earthquake

and this one was the big one.  The biggest ever in Oklahoma ~ 5.6!

I've never felt an earthquake until the last 24 hours and to have several within the span of a day has unnerved me just a bit.

Last night, we woke again to shaking but it was much stronger than the night before.  I thought the house was going to break.  It lasted a lot longer too.  Enough time for us to all run outside.
Then it stopped.

Like I said yesterday, send us a tornado, we know what to do.
Earthquakes, not so much.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shake, rattle...

and roll out of bed!  Last night around 2 am, Hubby and I sat straight up.  Something shook the house. The lamp on my side of the bed was rocking around and rattling.  It stopped but we were wide awake.

"What was that?"
A big gust of wind?  No. 
A big plane shaking the house?  I don't hear one.
Did something hit the house?
"Don't turn on the light.  Someone might be on the roof."
We couldn't figure it out and finally went back to sleep.

I awoke another time, hearing a rhythmic rocking sound.  Hmm...
It stopped again.  Back to sleep.

This morning we discovered that it was an earthquake! 
In Oklahoma! 

I know we have a fault that runs through the state but I had never experienced one before. It was a little startling. 
 I would rather deal with tornados.  At least with those, we know they are coming!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Expecting lambs

It looks like we are going to have lots of these cuties in early spring!

Our yearling, Ziggy, as a lamb
We can't wait to meet her.

Our new Jacob Sheep have been in Colorado the past two months (at their previous home) being bred before they come to the Red Farmhouse.  We've been anxiously awaiting the ultrasound date to tell us if they were all expecting.  It looks like they are, although one looks too early to know for sure so she is still with the ram.

The favored herd sire from Moose Mountain is retiring this year but he was matched with our lady, Tiny.

Lilywold Job

We are really excited to know he still had it.  They make such beautiful lambs together so we are thrilled about that pair.

Now we just have to wait a couple more weeks
 til they arrive on the farm.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A new way to wash an egg

Funny that I talked about washing eggs just yesterday. 
You won't believe what I did today.
I was removing clothes from the dryer when I saw egg shells! 
Yes, I washed an egg in the washing machine!
No, not on purpose.

I left it in my sweatshirt pocket!
How embarrassing.
How stupid!
How funny!
I can't believe I did that.
I tell you the truth.  What's left of it is thoroughly washed!

And I'm always telling my boys to check their pockets.
I do believe that is the worse thing that I have ever washed
~ well, except my cell phone.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eggs ~ to wash or not to wash

I recently discovered that there is actually a controversy over whether farm fresh eggs should be washed  or not when bringing them in from the coop.

Seriously?  I've had laying hens for a year and a half. 
 How did I not know this?

The non washers say that there is a coating that covers the egg when it is laid that protects it and keeps out germs.  They stay fresher longer.  Instead they keep their nesting boxes super clean.

We all know, however, there is other stuff that comes out of that end of the hen and sooner or later (and usually at least one a day at our house) there is a soiled egg.  Should that go in the refrigerator like it is in the name of less germs or freshness? 

Our eggs don't last long around here.  They are consumed, given away, or sold the week they are laid.  Sometimes they are eaten before they ever make it to the fridge! 
I don't know about you but I think that's pretty fresh.

So which would you rather have? 
Sealed and super fresh or fresh and super clean?

I think you can figure out which way I like mine.


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