Friday, September 15, 2017

Staying Balanced Staying Creative

The farm, homestead and ol General Store demand a lot of my time from March through September.
and as the apiary grows from year to year, My end of the honey business " to do list" can be somewhat overwhelming, not leaving a whole lot of time for what Ive always loved to do : BE CREATIVE!
For years I had a sewing business ( before the farm took hold of our time) and it allowed me to create every day! I did burn out at times, but I always felt fufilled at the end of the day. I am reminded that I need to keep creating to keep a balance in my life.














Norah and I took time away from Chores to make Toad Houses. Such a inexpensive, simple way to spend time together and create. We gathered Rocks, sticks, moss, pincones, tree bark and whatever else we could find.








Ive gotten back to my sewing too. It feels really good to do what Ive always loved.
You can check out some of my creations , soon, at http://www.womanandwolf.etsy.com

I will be offering handmade clothing, wildcraft herbals, things I find in the woods,  and really just anything I find wild and beautiful <3 br="">Please feel free to favorite my shop so you know when I add some more items ,,

What are you currently working ? I would love to hear what you are skilled at and practice in moments that you have time,

Blessings
Jaime




Monday, July 24, 2017

In A nutshell

I am surprised I don't have more posts with this title, as I always feel that time gets away and I'm posting about whats going on , on the farm and homestead........... In a nutshell!

I found a moment of peace this a.m. My husband took my daughter to music camp , its quiet and I have my coffee,, a good time to sit , reflect and tell ya'll ( well as much as I can , there has been a LOT going on) what we have been up to!

GARDENS

They are more on the Jungle side of things now, or alteast getting there, but they sure were beautiful at one point , this is one of 4 gardens.....


THE BOUNTY

 A few photos of our Daily Harvests











THE FARM

its been a BUSY 4-5 months, we just pulled our Summer Honey ( about 1000 lbs) once that is extracted and in buckets, it will be time to get the girls ready for winter..
Here are a few photos from this Bee season.







COUSINS~
My Niece Collette Came down for a week. Norah and her had an amazing time!  From creek swimming To fort Building ~ Tree house redecorating to raiding the candy counter at the General store, :) I miss her already and sure hopes she visits again soon!










THE PIGS
Saying Goodbye To Bob and Terry was tough to say the least... We now  have a freezer full of meat to get us through winter and for that I am super Thankful... We will process 25 more chickens before winter and I still have a lot of garden Bounty to put up. We will be eating good this winter .


  So that's our summer In a Nutshell................................................



Blessings
The Cool Family

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dont give up on me, I'm covered in BEES !



 Terry  Blowing some Bubbles


 My dad helping in the beeyard and being silly  ( acting like he is being attacked by bees )



 It's creek Time!
Bust first Helping Dad out painting some hives

My husband has been busy building bee equipment

Coffeys General Store open for business

Its sure been awhile friends! Don't give up on my and this ol Blog. Don't worry,  I am not literally covered in Bees, but our bee yard has blown up to about 90 hives :o  and life has just been busy. Add in 40 some odd chicken, 5 gardens,2 pigs, 2 farmers markets, 1 child, and 1 General Store to run, and you are running your tail of .

Spring is in full force here. I finally got the last of my gardens in 2 days ago, The spring honey flow is starting to happen, The store Opened The first of April, and everything is Green as can be :)

I hope everyone is getting some of this warm weather. Its been pretty nice here in NC, I know some of ya'll up North and still kind of chilly. Hoping you get to enjoy some beautiful Spring days soon!

Blessing
Jaime



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snowed In









Hoping that snow is insulating our sweet honey bees
 Our road
Bob and Terry, our pigs, eating and then heading back in to the shelter, they aren't fans of the snow
Homemade pizza outta the woodstove, yes please







Sled, eat , repeat. Oh and bring some more wood in, haha..



Mother Nature snowed us in starting Friday evening,, Here we are Tuesday, and our roads are still a mess.. Getting out of here is a long haul in good weather, so you can imagine what 7" of snow will do..

Its been a wonderful 3-4 days.. Full of sledding, eating, baking, laughing, and spending time together.. yeah we are getting a little stir crazy, but a good walk in the woods can fix that right up ;)

There is something amazing about these moments in winter. We work so hard all spring and summer to grow our food, preserve our bounty, split wood, so we can enjoy the feeling complete self reliance.. we supply our own power, heat, water, and food...its a comfort worth all the work it takes to get to that point..
Go ahead snow us in for a couple weeks....,  KIDDING! haha,, no thank you.. It sure has been beautiful, but there is a reason I am living a wee bit south of where I used to live....

We are supposed to warm up quite a bit and get rain, which means the first 12 miles of my commute out of here will be 12 miles of MUD,, fun stuff.....

So for now we are snuggled by the woodstove enjoying the snowy view from inside....


Blessings
The Cools