Broadley Penitentiary

Broadley Penitentiary

Homestead Stories
And, The past two day here at Broadley Penitentiary have been interesting to say the least and with the onset of yet another snow event, I am feeling the extra work with having the Frolicking Frisky Fat girls amongst the prisoners. The Little Nasties have gone on strike and not laid their little duckie eggs for two days, the Little Chicken Mafia have been practicing their own brand of payback and Peckerhead…well he’s just being a peckerhead. Everyone in the cells are protesting the crowded conditions… The Frolicking Frisky Fat girls are loving and fun and ohhhh so curious…nosing the other prisoners creating a flurry of quacks and squawks…outrage from the fluffy feathered fowl…they charge the door each time I enter, all sixty to seventy pounds of them trying to…
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I Am Snow Fatigued

I Am Snow Fatigued

Homestead Stories
Another guest post from our ever humerous, Nancy Broadley. I have had only scant hints of snow all winter here in NE Oklahoma, but up North, it's a whole different story... And... I am snow fatigued. Yes, there is a condition in the North East that is snow fatigue and after three Nor’ Easters in the span of two weeks I’ve had enough. So on this morning hubby is out, bundled up in a snow suit, pushing the blasted white stuff out of the driveway…I am still in my pajama's and wrapped in my blue and white Eyore bathrobe. I can hear the prisoners squawking for breakfast and I dread the thought of slumping my way through two feet of snow, carrying a water pail, to feed and water the…
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Katahdin Dorper Cross Ewe Lamb

Katahdin Dorper Cross Ewe Lamb

Sheep
Born March 14 early in the morning mist. Norma Jean's first lamb, Emma Kate. If you'd like to know more about these breeds, I wrote a little bit more about the breeds and this cross at Katahdin Dorper Cross [caption id="attachment_4679" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Our newest little bundle of joy, Emma Kate[/caption]
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Why is Indoor Plant Nursery a Boon to Health?

Why is Indoor Plant Nursery a Boon to Health?

Indoor Gardening
Gone are the days when indoor plants would be treated as just another piece of furniture and left in a corner. Today, we are more open to the concept and the benefits of having an indoor plant nursery and their advantages simply outweigh the work involved. The most important aspect of keeping an indoor plant is the fact they lighten the mood of a room and add to the positive ambiance in your rooms. There are several types of indoor plants available in the market and you need to choose the best one for your home. When you choose the indoor plants, you need to choose some plants which will require minimum maintenance and watering. Apart from that, you need to prune these plants after stipulated time frame and you…
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Let’s Go to Bed – I don’t like this day. I need a new one.

Let’s Go to Bed – I don’t like this day. I need a new one.

Homestead Stories
And... This morning I feel like a murderer…..I woke to the darkness and took my time out on the deck to enjoy the mornings peaceful and finally, warmer temps. Coffee in hand I could hear Peckerhead crowing his own greeting to what promises to be a nice day. The Little Chicken Mafia clucking away quietly, almost as if whispering. The Little Nasties, a bit louder with their demanding, rowdy quacks. I am coming out of a sleepless night….I am tired and groggy trying to dig deep to find any little scrap of energy that will carry me through the normal morning chores. My restless night started at about 1 a.m. Bumping under the kitchen floor, the dogs scrabbling across the room trying to get whatever it was that chose this…
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Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Sheep
Haven't written a post in what seems like forever, I broke my leg and sitting at the desk is hard! But I'm back on my feet and with a beautiful surprise taBoot! This is what I woke up to this morning. Our first lamb, a Katahdin-Dorper cross... Our ewes are "hair sheep" that means (among other things) they do not need to be sheared. I hate sewing and knitting and all things in "that" department. (much to my lovely quilting mother's dismay!) I watched my mother deal with wool, pulling and pulling the hair, cleaning it, bleh. Yes, hair sheep are for me. The mother, Mattie Belle is a Katahdin breed. Our one and only ram is a Dorper. The Katahdin breed is an easy to care for, meat type…
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Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Hydroponic Gardening
The concept of the term “hydroponic” has been there for thousands of years. The idea of gardening without the use of soil is known as Hydroponic Gardening. This form of gardening has become very famous in the recent times, though the usage of this form of gardening dates back to 50’s era. Many developing countries are using this method and are extremely content with results.How is Hydroponics Beneficial?The several advantages of Hydroponics are as follows:If compared with soil gardening, Hydroponics are way better as they have increased rate in growth of the plants are much higher.Through Hydroponics, the intake capacity of Oxygen in plants increases which helps them to give high quality yields.Plants that are grown through Hydroponics are of better physical state.They seldom use energy and comparatively get less…
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Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Small Scale Farming
A farm is not an easy place to maintain because it not only requires a lot of tools and equipment but also livestock and other such things that one might need in a farm. A farm storage shed is a shed in which you can keep all your farm equipment. Apart from that, you may need to store some raw materials inside these sheds and you need to construct the sheds with durable and long lasting materials only. Earlier people used to design their firm sheds with hard woods, but these wooden sheds can easily get affected by rain water and climatic disasters. Now you can design the sheds with aluminum, rough metal and stainless steels. What type of steel does it require?  The steel you decide to use should…
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How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

Personal Development
Let's admit it, we all have that one goal we've been trying to set yet failed to achieve. Think about countless New Year’s resolution attempts, broken piggy banks, a planned vacation that remains a plan. So how exactly do we go about having a goal and then actually achieve it? The key to success is an overly used cliché, yet only followed by a few – "commitment". Yes, the word does not only apply to relationships. It also applies to everything else in life that one wishes to achieve. It could be applied to using good records so that you don't lamb in winter (unless that IS your goal!) your weight-loss program, a more productive garden, or simply beating your early-morning alarm. Commitment is the Key to Reaching your Goals…
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How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

Personal Development
If you’ve ever tried disciplining yourself on your own, you know just incredibly hard it can be. And it’s really no fun. You have no one to share your successes and rewards with, and over time, you may end up eschewing your goals altogether because you had no one to push you or cheer you on to continue working on your goals. So you just up and quit. Homesteading can be like that.... even if you have a partner, children... no one gets as excited as you do when you accomplish something magnificent, not matter how small or large. Note: My six year old grandson is the only, and I mean ONLY person in my life, that squeals and jumps up and down with me when the peas start poking…
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