Dogs, Chickens, Goats and more

First let me say please forgive my absence from the blogging world. I just haven’t felt it lately and I will tell you why. In my last post I told you all how we were a year mourning our precious Sara Lee. We finally decided it was time to get a pup because Hemi was so lonely. We ended up rescuing two of them. They are adorable German Shepherd and black lab mix.

 

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Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!
Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!

 

Sweet pups
Sweet pups

 

 

 

 

Hemi learned to love them and they were getting along so well and then the unthinkable happened. We got a call…Hemi had been hit by a car. A year and a couple of weeks after Sara Lee. Oh how our hearts hurt. I know you must be wondering so I’ll go ahead and say it..We live at least a 1/4 mile off the road. Hemi did not go to the road. She had no reason to with all the fun here. Last year we determined that she and Sara Lee ran across the road chasing deer.  This time no deer, no reason to be there. Trees around us were cut and it is more noisy out here. We are hearing cars and seeing neighbors lights that we’ve never heard and seen before. Our best guess is that she heard something she thought needed investigating. The person who hit her was kind and apologetic and that helps but our son is still aching for his sweet Hemi.

We got our goats finally late January. They are boers and we are totally in love with them. Buddy, Daisy and Butter Cup bring us a lot of joy. Hemi had been totally fascinated with them. I imagined that she was thinking “What kind of dog is this? She stayed beside them for weeks.

 

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Since Hemi’s passing we are focusing on each other, the pups, the goats and chickens, ducks, and the garden. There is always so much work to be done. Life is still good out here on the farm despite the losses we have faced. I know all of you understand. Sometime life is just tough. However, we are taking things one day at a time and counting our blessings and not our sorrows.

Can I drive this thing?
Can I drive this thing?
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What will help make my blog better?

I’ve done this “blogging thing” now for a little over a year. I still consider my self somewhat of a newbie. I’m constantly trying to find ways to make our blog interesting and appealing to a larger and more varied audience. Although we are technically Cheese Acres Farm, we are still people and we have lives with many things going on that might interest someone! Most of the time I stick to homesteading, gardening, cooking, chicken farming, type of issues but as an individual with other interests I will sometimes stray. I try to at least stay in the ball park, lol. I also tend to write what I feel. This is a mistake to some people, but I can’t seem to help myself. I’ve always been outspoken and apparently “out-written”too. (Is that even a word?)  I really don’t try much to fancy things up, since I am just a simple country girl. Although educated ( Education Specialist ) and able to use enormous words and a more eloquent writing style if I choose, I really prefer to keep it simple. I like to look at lots of pictures so I try to share them. I hope I have succeeded at making our blog enjoyable.

One thing I have noticed as I read other blogs is that the easier it is to follow the more likely I am to follow it. If I have to hunt all through it for how to follow or the only choice I can find is email subscribe I might just leave. I hope that I have made it easy to follow us on WordPress, Blogger and by email. I’d to do Google connect also but have not quite figured it out. Help anyone? I also like the sharing of blogs to Facebook , Twitter, Google, Pinterest, etc. I have not been able to get my blog posts to share to Pinterest. If anyone can shed light on how to go about fixing this problem, I’d love the help.

I hope my format is easy on the eyes, because I am aiming for that along with trying for a nice uncluttered look. If anyone has suggestions I’m always glad to hear those as well.

I’m not really in to changing my theme all the time but I do like a change with the holidays. I think changing too much gets confusing for those who have become familiar with you.

My thoughts are that we should help each other. I think we can’t really go wrong with a blog that reads simply, is enjoyable, and is simple to share and follow. I’d love to hear your thoughts!