Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!
Oh, what a holiday weekend it has been. In case you haven’t been following along on Facebook, here’s a rehash:
Friday afternoon, a huge oak tree fell onto three empty chicken coops and our goat pen. The scariest part of the whole experience was that the kids and I had just gotten home and were sitting near the tree in the truck. Thank God it fell away from us instead of toward us. You can see a video of the damage on YouTube.
Sometime over the weekend, Hubby also discovered that something was wrong with the waterline to the ice maker. The biggest problem with this is that water has apparently been leaking from the line and onto the floor behind the fridge, which means the floor may need to be replaced. We’re still not sure how we’re going to address that issue, so Hubby mopped up the mess and turned off the waterline. He never did get the waterline fixed this weekend, so I guess I need to make room in the freezer for some ice cube trays.
Then late Monday night, the fan on our AC decided to quit. It’s July in Florida. Our heat indexes are above 100 most days. Our humidity is staying steady around 80-90%. I can’t even get outside to garden at 6:30am because I find it difficult to breathe. No AC in Florida could mean mold growth inside the house. And I’m 37 weeks pregnant, which means I’m handling the heat even less than usual. So yeah, this is not exactly an ideal situation. With Tuesday being Independence Day, most of the stores that would likely have a replacement fan motor for our AC unit were closed. Hubby found one on Amazon, but it’ll be Friday before it can get here. So he spent his holiday running around the greater central Florida area picking up a couple of portable AC units for us to borrow. Admittedly, they’re struggling with keeping the house cool, but they have at least made my bedroom and the living room liveable. The downside to open floor plans is that it’s taking a lot more effort to keep the living room cool, but my bedroom is pretty comfortable. The kids ended up sleeping on the floor in our room last night just so we could all be cool and get a good night’s sleep. Today, Hubby will call around to try to find the fan motor, otherwise he’ll order one online. So, one way or another, we should be back up and running by this weekend.
Aside from all of that, I’m still very much pregnant and just trying to do what I can, when I can to keep everything around here running smoothly. I’m not getting out in the garden nearly as much as I would like, which really frustrates me, but that’s life. Gardening in the summer in Florida is taxing even on the most ablebodied people. I’ll get outside when I can, otherwise I’ll plan on getting more done in September/October when our real gardening season starts back up.
Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.
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from the Last Homestead Blog Hop
Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:
1. 25 Uses for Coffee Grounds from 15 Acre Homestead
2. Get Sensuous Skin and Healthy Hair from Healing Harvest Homestead
3. How to Build Your Own Rolling Pantry from Grandma’s House DIY
Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.
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- Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
- Link up to three posts each week.
- Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
- Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
- Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
- By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
- This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.
***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.***
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