We’re In LOVE with Our DR Field and Brush Mower!

We were recently able to barter for a really nice DR Field and Brush Mower. It’s about 12 years old but it was the biggest one they made at the time and it has the 30″ wide “commercial” deck.

If we were to purchase a new comparable model today, it would cost us about $3,500 which is WAY out of our price range. That’s what I love about bartering. If both parties are happy with the trade, it’s a good deal.

We had to do a little tune up and some basic maintenance to get it going but after putting a little elbow grease into it, we have an absolutely AMAZING machine.

While this machine might look like an oversized lawn mower, make no mistake, it’s definitely no lawn mower! It’s actually advertised to be able to cut through a 3″ sapling!
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Annual Reminder to Prepare Your Property for Fire Season

defensible spaceWell, unfortunately, it’s that time of year again, FIRE SEASON! I wish I didn’t have to remind people of the importance of fire safety but every year people either forget or they intentionally choose to make reckless decisions.

Just the other day, some transients who were traveling on the highway near our home started two small forest fires just because they didn’t take the time to make sure that their cooking fires were completely extinguished.

Last week we had a red flag weather warning for most of the week due to dry lightning storms. During that time over 25 small fires were started by lightning!
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A Cool Trick That Makes Splitting Firewood Easier

splitting firewoodWell, it’s that time of year again. I know it’s only spring but it’s time for our family to start thinking about getting ready for winter.

What I mean by that is that it’s time for us to start splitting firewood so that we’ll have enough ready for the upcoming winter.

Having been down this road before, I can assure you that waiting until November to think about putting up firewood is never a good idea.

If you’ve ever spent much time splitting firewood by hand, you know what a difficult chore it can be.
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Well, We Lost Our Best Friend

I’m very sad to report that we’ve lost one of the best friends we’ve ever had. Our English mastiff who you may have read about in my article called “The Upcoming Holidays Reminded Me of a Funny Story” recently lost her battle with bone cancer.

To be quite frank, it really wasn’t much of a battle. One day she was fine, the next day she had a lump on the inside of her leg, and four weeks later she was gone. What a terrible way to go. It must have been a very aggressive cancer to take her that fast. Needless to say, the loss of our beloved pet and friend has left a hole in our hearts.

This has been especially difficult on my husband Jeff as he had a very close bond with her. I’m sure many of you who live in the boonies and are trying to have a go at the homesteading lifestyle can relate to how important your animals are in your lives.
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