Paying it Forward

Visitor Emery

When my husband and I made the decision to buy a home on property, it was so we could each pursue our dream.  We both wanted a home on property.  He wanted a shop he could work on his car in, weld, other projects, or whatever he wanted to in it.  Me, I wanted the animals.  We now have Mini S Ranch complete with horses, donkeys, and goats (all miniatures) plus chickens and ducks.

We get people who will see our place with the animals out in the pasture and stop to watch them for a bit.  Others will walk down our long driveway and ask if they can take pictures.  We’ve had friends and neighbors stop in to bring their kids.  It makes me very heart happy seeing a kid smile while they’re petting a goat or feeding a donkey and enjoying themselves.

Last night we had a neighbor from down the road bring her visiting daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter Emery down.  Emery wanted to see the animals.  I gave her some chicken feed to give the chickens and ducks and she got to pet one of the chickens.  She helped give treats to the horses and donkeys with the help of her mom.  Legacy, the mini Appaloosa let her pet him.  Emery got to pet the goats and give them treats too.  Afterwards, I gave her a sticker that says Mini S Ranch on it along with a little rubber duck, and a small set of crayons with a Chicken Life Cycle coloring book.

It’s paying it forward in cases like this that makes my heart very happy.  It’s truly living the dream.

The Start of More than a Garden

Garden fence and gateLast year when we moved to our property, we started right off the bat, in December, working on the outside.  The fence was old and splitting, and definitely had no style or stability to keep in our miniature horses, donkeys, goats, plus the chickens and ducks.  We got the east side done where the barn is first so the animals were set.  Over the summer we got the west side perimeter of our property done all the way around.  (I have a lot of staining to do this spring!)  I take the horses and donkeys to the west side to graze to offset the east side grazing.  The orchard we planted is fully fenced.  Now, we also have the garden area fenced in.  Because of the winds, and wanting to put in quality soil, we’ll build several 4×8 planter boxes.  A small garden shed will set in on one side to house all the garden tools, planting supplies, etc..  I bought solar accent lights in January to put around to add some ambiance to it.  (I may like the homestead aspect but I love adding modern decorative touches!) Gravel will finish it off so there’s no mud to walk through after a rain when it’s best to weed.  I have it all visualized in my mind.  I’ll keep you all posted on progress.