Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / 20 Comments

What's Happening Around the Farm --- February

Knock...knock. Anybody still out there? I know I swore to you in June I'd be around more ...... but the darn internet companies have been determined to see to it that service gets worse in our area versus any better. 

I've missed you...all of you....alot. 

I have so much to tell you and so much exciting news and sad news that has happened at the farm.

Besides the obvious...we have Spring Fever....like much of America ... the never ending 4 seasons in a week is in full play right now in the good ole Sooner State.

Let's get the bad news out of the way first shall we?

7 of our goats died in a fire. Yes, 7. It was horrible. Came home and it was over. Nobody saw a thing. Burying 7 goats....all our girls and the babies and everyone ever born on the farm was horrible. It's taken awhile to process but that's that. Farm life can be hard. It was hard.

My hunky hubby...Mr.Wade celebrated another birthday. Yippee. That was a blessing considering he had a stroke 3 years ago this past Jan.

He still has the beard and it makes him look 10 years older than he is and he's already 11 years older than me.

The best news of it all... We are opening our very own farm store...right here on our farm. I've wanted to do this for a long time. A very long time. Like...since before we moved to the farm. Now the opportunity has presented itself and here it is.

Our farmstand is becoming a reality. Our little vegetable and flower farm will be open to the public soon. 

Valentine's Day was sweet this year. The hubby bought me flowers, balloons and chocolate. I know... I know ....we live on a flower farm and he has to buy the stuff. In all fairness though....it's Winter...nada thing is in bloom...yet.

Finally my dad's little "Short Stuff" crossed the rainbow bridge after years and years of living with him. 

Some of you may remember we lost my stepmom a year ago August and Short Stuff was her sidekick.

We promised we'd all be super good to him and see him through to the end. It was hard. But he's by her side again.

When I get sad I just remember that and it helps.

Even with all the heartbreak this month...there is so much to look forward to. A real live dream coming true.

A real live store at the actual farm.

We will still go to some other locations to sell our goods but you can actually pull up in our driveway and buy stuff that was made and grown here.

How cool is that?

For us....it's super cool. 

I can't wait to share with you all the exciting plants and flowers, food and homemade stuff we do here at the farm.

The decorating, the crafts and all the fun that makes cottage living on a farm our little dream come true.

Now....please catch me up....what have you been up to?



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  1. Valarie, my heart goes out to your for the loss of your animals. They are such a huge part of our lives...including the goats! You know what Annie says, "The sun'll come up tomorrow.... Hang tight and I look forward to hearing about your store.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your animals. I know my cat is my whole life, I love him to bits.

  3. You have had more than your share of heartbreak these past months. Oh, the fire and the goats. I can't begin to imagine. But I am glad there is some sunshine in your world with the impending farm store opening. That will be very good "therapy" for all the losses. All good wishes for that and hugs, too.

  4. That is so cool that your shop will be opening up soon!!!! :) Congrats!

  5. So sorry to hear/read about your loss. It’s such a sad thing to lose anyone or anything that’s close to you

  6. It was so sad to learn that 7 of the goats died in a fire. I have no idea what is farm life likes as I only get to see it from movie as we live in the city. I am really glad to learn some farm life story from you. I hope to have a farmstay sometime when I travel. No, we don't have any farm in Singapore. All our resoures are imported from neighboring countries and US and Australia - the beef & lamb (US) & pork (Australia). Sad right, some of the kids here have never see a sheep or cow in real life.

  7. Thank you for sharing this. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Keep sharing. It's interesting to read.

  8. Sorry to hear about your loss. Such a big and sad thing to lose close one.

  9. So sorry to hear of your losses, Valerie. But what excitement to open a farm stand on your very own farm. We have one around here where we get the best peach pies in the world. Good luck and Happy Weekend..Judy

  10. Through your losses, it’s inspiring to see how you’re remaining positive in pursuit of your dreams. Congratulations on your farm store—wishing you more happy times and successes to come!

  11. My condolences! My heart is with you. Congratulations on your farm store and best wishes on all your successes!

  12. I´m so sorry about your goats! But I´m very happy that your farm store is open! I love farm stores they are always so interesting and have yummy stuff

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your goats. That must have been incredibly hard to deal with and process. I hope things get better, especially with the exciting news of the opening of you store.

  14. This all sounds so fun! I would love to have lived on a farm growing up - great experience for kids x

  15. sorry to hear about your loss and thanks for sharing.

  16. Valerie, I had downloaded your post of 9/25 to read when I got back home but since there was no internet there, couldn't comment. FOrgive me for reaching out to you in a different post and feel free to delete this comment. But I just wanted to let you know that I was so sorry to hear of the challenges you have had to deal with in reference to your child's school and more (forgive the opacity) and it is my hope you will be able to share your story here (turn off the comments if you don't want to hear from us). I know from a dear friend's experience that the challenges you may face daily can be extensive and inclusion is a mighty battle. I send love and hope that you can find a good resolution or at least an alternative -- and some peace in time. Big hugs.

    1. Jeanie...of course I don't mind. Your kind words are so appreciated. Your friend is lucky to have you. Yea, inclusion is almost impossible. Hugs...your kind words mean so much.

  17. So so sorry to hear about your goats, it must be shocking and heartbreaking for you. I hope you have found out the cause of the fire so it does not happen again. Happy birthday to your husband as well.

  18. Sounds like it's been a crazy year. Sorry to hear about the goats. But that's excellent you are starting your own farmstand out there. It sounds like you are going to have your own adventure now.

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