I know its been a while, but I have to share this with you. I was taking pictures of the new baby goats that were born February 2, 2020, and one of our other goats, Chi-Chi, decided she wanted to get her picture taken. After that, I called Patches, the momma of the three newborns, in a weird voice and she looked at me crazy. I snapped her picture too. It never fails to have hysterical moments when working with animals.
Help us welcome our newest crazy homesteader, Nelly. More photos in our media
Everyone has experiences, but only a few of those experiences become the “OMG, you will not believe what happened” stage that impress you to share it. Well on Mother’s Day this year, one of those experiences made it to the “OMG” stage.
If you have been following our Facebook page, you are aware that we have twenty one baby bunnies less than six weeks old. We decided to build a pin in the house made of cage wire that stands 2ft. high, 3ft. wide, and 6ft long. We did not put a top on it because we did not anticipate their level of intelligence. Needless to say, Sunday morning, I opened the bedroom door to see a bunny hopping down the hallway. I made my way towards the kitchen and discovered all but seven bunnies had escaped the cage. Yeah… OMG
There were bunnies in the living room, the kitchen, the compost bin, and even outside!!!! WHAT?!? How in the world did these little creatures get outside?? They had learned to remove the dryer vent and escape the house, luckily they were in the back yard. Boy was that a site to see on Mother’s Day!
A lot has happened on the homestead.
If you have been following us, you are aware that we started our homestead at the beginning of 2018 with four Buff Orpington chicks adding nine more in February. We build a temporary shelter for the chicks outside and boy have they grown. We lost three along the way leaving us with ten and they are looking good. We are excited to save money on chicken from the store, but that is still a ways off. In about two months we should see some eggs.
Also, if you have been following, you are aware that we purchased a breeding pair of American Chinchilla rabbits in February. The doe rabbit was pregnant and gave birth to a litter of nine bunnies. If you are interested in purchasing a bunny, we have five left from that litter. See our merchandise page for more information.
On top of that set of rabbits, we are housing another breeding pair of American Chinchilla rabbits and a Silver Fox rabbit. The Silver Fox gave birth to a litter of eight, and the American Chinchilla doe gave birth to a litter of seven, four weeks ago. Those sets will be ready for sale in another week. Check out the photos in the widget to the right, as well as other photos on Facebook and Instagram.
Additionally, we decided to rebreed our breeding pair of rabbits in March and Stephie gave birth two weeks ago to a litter of six. All the rabbits are so sweet and cuddly. Click the Facebook tab to see more photos and videos of the rabbits.
If you have been following, another animal on the farm you are familiar with is Willy. We got him in February just after the first set of bunnies arrived. He is a polled Nigerian dwarf male goat. We have videos of him on our YouTube page. We got Patches in March along with a second doe Nigerian dwarf goat that sadly did not survive the first night we brought her home. Patches is a mate for Willy.
Recently we purchased two more polled Nigerian dwarf goats, one male, and one female. You can read and see more about them on Facebook, Instagram and in the widget to the right.
Wassup my crazies?!?!
It’s another extremely beautiful day! I have the windows open allowing the breeze to infiltrate the house. It is a bit of fresh air compared to the stale winter air that previously occupied the house.
I am inspired today because I have been watching tons of videos in preparation of vlogging my heart out with excellent footage to share with you. In the process of learning about vlogging, the desire to share our journey has become overwhelmingly exciting. In addition, the desire to be an inspiration to others has also become incredibly uplifting to us.
I am sure all of you a wondering why todays blog is titled “FIRE”. Well folks, strap on your socks (if they have straps), cause this is going to blow them off. My wife (Crazy Gorgeous) talks in her sleep. That’s right, even to the point of full on conversations including expressions. So last night, as I was sleeping peacefully (sawing metal logs), I feel my wife sit up and say “FIRE! There’s a FIRE!”
I sit up panicking. My heart is racing zero-infinity heartbeats per second. I was like, “Where?” looking toward the bedroom window since that’s the direction she was looking. I asked, “Did you see lights or hear a fire truck?” She said, “No, it’s in the backyard.” In response to this I ask, “How do you know?” She finally told me, “Oh, I’m dreaming.”
Never in my life have I thought of a pillow as a weapon… until now. I wanted to pillow fight with my wife at two in the morning. Welcome to my crazy life.
As always, love you crazy people,
The Crazy One
Ok guys, it has started! The weather is improving, and with better weather comes more jobs around the house to accomplish. This past weekend, we hammered (without lifting a hammer) away at our exterior fence until we ran out of the fence pickets that came with the house. We were able to get some decent beginner vlogging footage; however, there are many things we can still learn when it comes to capturing and editing our videos. I anticipate having our first project video posted today. I am currently in the process of uploading the video to our You Tube Channel. Again, still learning, so we will see how this goes.
We have a lot ahead of us this week and in weeks to come. We are excited about our progress and all that our journey will bring in the future.
Projects for this week include:
- Working on the floor of the storage building
- Working on the deck.
- Removing the last of the fence post from the original spots.
- If health and weather permit – possibly working on chopping up the trees that we previously cut down and cleaning up the brush in the back yard.
Keep on the lookout for more video footage of us prepping our yard for spring, and the start of our homestead.
Today, we are supposed to get our new cameras so that we can start recording our journey to the dreams we have laid before us.
As I impatiently wait for UPS, I struggle with the weather outside. It’s RAINING!! This means that no matter how much my heart wants to record, there is a damper….literally, on videoing anything outside. It’s like a kid getting a new toy that they can’t play with. Yuck!
Mini is still chirping and I believe it has driven Goldie to insanity – she keeps smacking the wall of the brooder bin. At one point, Plain Crazy thought someone was in our house from all the noise.
I want to talk briefly about Go Pro as a company, not the product. I truly enjoy their product; however, the customer service could use an upgrade. I wanted to buy our cameras directly from them since I love their product so much. Unfortunately, I ran into several roadblocks. Go Pro asked me to be the intermediary between my bank and their company, which required me to work harder in order to purchase their product. Somehow, I was supposed to get an authorization code from the bank in order for Go Pro to proceed with the purchase. According to the bank, they do not give out authorization codes. In addition to this bit of information, the bank indicated that Go Pro had already withdrew the amount for the transaction twice. That’s right, I said twice! The whole time the problem was on Go Pro’s end and yet they kept telling me that it was a bank issue. Needless to say: I have a charge on my account that is still pending so I am going to Best Buy to purchase the equipment I need.
I hope that it stops raining so we can get some shots this weekend to complete our first vlog and update our social media accounts. If weather permits, we will work on finishing the back fence and Broody’s Post Office (chicken coop). If you have not liked or shared our posts, please do so. It will help us get our story out there. Stay tuned more excitement from the Three Crazy Homesteaders!
Love, The Crazy One
Hey guys, this is my first blog on our website! I’m pretty excited and really pumped about what our future holds. We, as a family, are not only beginning to start our own homestead, but we are starting our own business, along with blogging, and vlogging so that we can share our journey with you.
We have a lot of projects ahead of us. The projects that are on the top of our list are:
- Vlogging everything
- Preparing our t-shirt designs
- Sketching the design of the buildings that will house our animals
- Sketching the design of our garden
- Building a fence
- Building the houses for our animals
- And building the garden
I may post the designs of our garden, the housing, and the t-shirt design, so you can see exactly what our plans are and give you the opportunity to give some feedback.
On a quick note, I am hoping and praying that we are successful in helping others fulfill their dreams. If your 💓 desires it, and you ask, you shall receive. I really hope that we are able to succeed in our dreams. I believe that God is in control and even though there are ups and downs in life, I’m going to start my day by always looking up.
To help you get to know me, I will give you a small part of my self bio. I have been sick since 2005. I was around the age of 25. I started having some extreme health issues with symptoms that were not limited to the following: dizziness, confusion, extreme pain, fatigue, lightheaded, loss of energy, just to name a few. As time passed the symptoms progressed. I had seen several doctors, and participated in all kinds of tests. One test would come back with normal results, which lead to more testing with the same results… all normal, but something was still wrong. Eventually, in 2013, shortly after removing myself from a crawl space to install Direct T.V., I collapse, then woke up 13 to 14 hours later in the hospital. I immediately knew I had to get this fixed!
Five months later, still 2013, I met a beautiful young woman whom I married in May 2014. By July, we started renting a house in the country and I took on the responsibility of a 7-year-old boy. Some may say that the first year of marriage is your romantic year. Well, needless to say, that was not the case for us.
We experienced some highly stressful events in our first year of marriage and my health started to deteriorate faster. Like before, we visited several doctors and specialists. Finally, an endocrinologist ran a certain test that indicated I had chronic stress disorder. At first, he almost missed it, but I started asking questions which forced him to look at the test results again. The cortisol chemical in my body that helps with stress constantly overloads my system.
When I first got sick, everyone thought I might be bipolar or have depression. I would tell them, “No, that’s not it, its something else”. What was really going on with me was the overload of cortisol in my body. When I experience any type of emotion, the cortisol is released and I become overwhelmed with that emotion to the point I cannot contain it. It consumes every part of me. So, if I am happy, I am extremely happy. If I am sad, I am extremely sad. This created more health problems for me.
Your body is naturally supposed to level itself out. Mine, however, doesn’t level out as quickly as most other individuals. Since this condition has been with me for thirteen years, there may not be a way to stop it. However, that will not keep us from trying to eliminate as many stressors as possible, along with naturally curing other disorders I developed over the course of these past thirteen years.
Because of chronic stress syndrome, I have diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, obesity, thyroid disorder – could be genetic, and I am an increased risk for cardiovascular disorders. This is very sad, but on the bright side – I am now, after ten years, excited about life.
Starting this year, 2018, I am determined to improve my lifestyle.
I started a keto diet in early December 2017. My official weight prior to starting was 404 lbs. Today, I weigh 387 lbs. Within the first week of my diet, I noticed a change in my strength, stamina, energy, and I was able to move around again without severe pain. Granted I still feel pain, just not on the same level as before. The passion for creating our Homestead became so strong it motivated me to overcome my health issues.
In conclusion of my first blog, I will update you on our progress thus far. As you saw in our homepage section, we have four chicks. Their names are Lady, Goldie, Mini, and Giantess. We hope to build “Broody’s Post Office” (chicken coop) by the end of next weekend. As I mentioned before, I will post our designs for the chicken coop, the t-shirt, and the garden so you can see our plans, then watch the video to see the dream become reality.
Please keep us in your prayers as we fulfill our dreams with our homestead.
Until next time, love, The Crazy One