TUESDAY TAIL TALE: RISE & SHINE!

SUNRISE WITH PIGS FEB 2018 BARLEY DARTS

Breakfast is served early ’round here.  And it pays to be an early riser.  While the other pigs are still tucked in bed, two of us will be at the table ready and waiting.  ‘Course it’s not long before the others rush out to join us.  But, we always get a head start and a little extra food in our bellies.

MONDAY MEMOIR: TEMPTATION

PIGS JAN 2018 BARLEY DARTS

Temptation.  It’s wrong and evil, right?  Not necessarily.  “Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation that inclines us to wrong?  We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.”[1]  Years ago, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen made this valid point.  And even though I’m not Catholic, I agree.

I know most folks say, they’re good people who want to do better.  Homesteaders are no different.  We are especially tempted to do more good, than bad.  We desire to be:

Good gardeners.

Good hunters.

Good gatherers.

Good caretakers of our families and animals.

Good stewards of the earth.

Good cooks.

Good neighbors.

 

Yes, temptation is temptation; good or bad.  And it stalks us 24/7, 365 days a year, for all our lives.  However, author Paula Hendricks says, “While you and I must expect temptation, we sure don’t have to feed it”.[2]  Alas, I tease she’s never been a homesteader.  Most of our temptations are hungry and must be fed.

 

 

[1] (Quotes About Temptation, n.d.)

[2] (Hendricks)

TUESDAY TAIL TALE: NATASHA & BORIS

BORIS AND NATASHA 2 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

Darlings, it’s Natasha again!  Remember, the last time you and I talked, I’d been upset about my profile picture?  And I was so nervous about my arranged marriage, too.  Well, that day came and went and it’s all over now.  Honestly, it was no big deal.  I worried for nothing.  And now I’m thrilled to introduce you to this stud-muffin on the left.  This is Boris.  But, don’t mind him.  He doesn’t say much.  He’s the strong, silent type.  Boris is also a good guy.  We get along fabulously.  Oh, and don’t you just love my new profile picture?  I’m simply radiant!  But, let’s just keep this our little secret for now.  Until next time, X’S & O’s.

THURSDAY THANKS: 9 PIGLETS

PIGLETS 9 LILY SEPT 2017 2 BARLEY DARTS

 

Our sow, Lily gave birth to 9 piglets yesterday.  We are grateful that mama and piglets are all healthy and active.  The photo above was taken a few hours after they were born. They had left their nest to bask in the sunshine.

 

PIGLETS 9 LILY SEPT 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

PIGLET LILY SEPT 2017 BARLEY DARTS