Sunday Homestead Update

This week the focus was winter prep.  The really cold weather will be hitting us in the next month or so, and we would like to be as prepared as possible.

We worked on cleaning up the garden and putting it to bed for the winter.  There are still a few things growing in there, so there will be some more work to be done, but we made a lot of progress.

We butchered chickens to get down to our winter numbers.  This year will be our smallest flock ever over the winter – only 7 hens.  We will keep them all in the lower coop because it is easier to manage in the sub-zero temps and because we need to do some fixing up on the upper coop.  It will be much easier to fix without any chickens living in it.  With the bears many attempts to break in to the upper coop over the last couple years we have mostly done quick-fix patchwork on the holes they made.  We would like to get it fixed up properly, instead of just patched, and move around the roosts to more convenient places.  We plan to get a bunch of chicks early next year and it will be nice to move them into a fixed-up coop.

Once we moved the chickens all to the lower coop, we gave them each a good check over and clipped all their nails.  We were happy to find no mites or troubles with any of the hens.  A couple years ago we had such a bad mite problem in the fall!  Glad that isn’t the case this year.  They are, however, molting like crazy.  I am only getting one egg a day from all 7 of them, and the exterior pen of the coop looks like a feather bomb exploded in it.  The whole ground is carpeted with feathers.

After we moved them down, we did a major clean-out of the upper coop, the grow pen, and the broody coop.  They are all completely empty and spic-n-span.  They will stay that way through the winter until the chicks move in.

We canned the chicken meat since we really enjoyed the canned rabbit meat we tried out earlier this fall.  And we are continuing to can spaghetti sauce from the tomatoes we harvested from the garden.

Young Man successfully hunted the first cow elk of the season for our family!  We processed it and filled the freezer with about 150 lbs of meat.  Mountain Man still has a cow elk tag, and they both have buck mule deer tags.  If they can fill all their tags we will really be set for the next year as far as red meat goes.

We are assessing the barn layout and hoping to make a few changes this winter.  When we built the barn we had a full-sized Jersey cow.  Several of the areas in the barn were built as multi-purpose areas, and those have proven to work well no matter what changes we have made in our livestock.  But there are a few areas, especially the cow dairy parlor (cow milking stanchion and the area around it), that are just a waste of necessary space with our current goats and sheep.  We want to make the space as efficient as possible, so in the next few months we hope to make a few permanent lambing/kidding stalls and a goat milking stanchion in what is currently a very large cow milking area that doesn’t get used.

We are also hoping to do some more permanent fencing in the barnyard in the next few weeks, and rebuild the retaining wall on the onion/garlic patch.  So many projects!  Taking last year off from the homestead projects because of the baby’s health has really made the projects pile up for this fall.

We have decided to keep both goats through their kidding until we get an idea of how much milk we can expect from them and such.  Our family is easily going through 3 gallons of milk a week, and we want to be sure we can provide all of that from our goats.  They are both very sweet and wonderful girls.  They have fully integrated into the “Flerd” – intermixing with the sheep easily.  But they are also very smart and have easily been trained to go to their own stall for night feeding when the sheep go into the sheep stall.  I feed the sheep first and the goats don’t follow the sheep in to be fed in the sheep stall, they wait at the door of the goat stall for me to feed them.  It is very cool to see them be so smart.  The kids and I are very glad we got them and maybe even Mtn Man is too.😉

Finished Smokehouse Built from Pallet Wood

Finished Smokehouse Built from Pallet Wood

We were very excited to be able to build our smokehouse for only $27 by using hardwood pallets and other re-purposed materials.  Thankfully, we get a lot of leftover and used materials and items from Mtn Man’s work in construction.  It is amazing what people throw out that is still useful.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  Much of our homestead has been build for very little money because of this exact concept.

Living on a mountainside came in handy for this project because our driveway had to be cut out of the mountain, leaving us a perfect place to be able to set up the wood stove lower than the smokehouse.

We started by digging out an area for the stove to sit, as well as a ditch for the stovepipe to run from the stove into the smokehouse.  The distance from where the stovepipe hooked into the stove to where it came up into the smokehouse was 10 feet because that should allow us to do either hot smoking or cold smoking.

20150905_163019_resized 20150905_163003_resized

The stove we used was laying out behind my in-laws house rusting, not having been used for years.  Besides the missing front window in one of the doors and some broken legs it was in working order.  We removed all the legs and eventually covered the window hole with some scrap metal.

We got the wood stove into position and then hooked up the stovepipe.  We made sure it had support underneath it all along the ditch.  Parts of the stovepipe were purchased, and other parts were left-over or re-used.

20150907_162633_resized 20150907_162650_resized

Once everything was secure and where we wanted it we back-filled in over the pipe and stove.


Now that we had the source of smoke ready, it was time to build the smokehouse itself.  We used  16 hard-wood pallets for the framing, to make board and batten siding, and for the door.  There were some miscellaneous pieces left-over from the pallets as well.


View inside of the smokehouse


We used the thicker pieces of pallet wood for the rafters and a left-over piece of metal roofing as the roof.



Mtn Man also bent some leftover gutter coil for the metal drip edge.



The main cost for the project was the box of screws we purchased for assembling the smokehouse.  The hinges for the door were ones we already had.  We also put screws in the roof rafters to use as hooks for hanging the meat.


Screws in rafters for hanging meat

And we love using antlers from Mtn Man and Young Man’s hunting for handles.


Then Mtn Man made some stairs with a leftover pressure treated 8×8 so we can easily get up and down from the smokehouse.


We are so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to try it out!  We will let you know how it goes.



Sunday Homestead Update

First Snow

We had a mild cold snap this week, getting down to 25 and bringing a dusting of snow with it.  It has been fun to sit by a cozy fire, knitting and sipping hot tea.  But we were also happy when the warmer autumn days returned and we were able to continue to get outdoor projects done before real winter sets in.


We had two litters born last week.  Justice kindled a litter of 8, and Indi kindled her first ever litter with 5 live and 1 stillborn.  Even though it was her first time she put all the kits into the nest box like she was supposed to, so that was good.  Both litters were doing very well, until we went for morning chores 9 days later and were shocked to find Justice’s entire litter frozen to death.  The night before they had plenty of fur on them and seemed fine.  But in the morning there wasn’t much fur on them and we noticed that they were right up against the wire bottom of the nest box.  Normally there is plenty of hay, fur, and a piece of cardboard between the kits and the bottom wire.  In all the years of using the nest boxes with hardware cloth bottoms we have never had a litter freeze.  Not to mention by 9 days old they have quite a bit of fur on them.  But it was clear that somehow that is what happened – we are pretty sure it was because they didn’t have any insulation under them.  It was 35F that night.  It was very sad and especially hard because we feel responsible, even though we have never had that problem before, it is still hard not to feel guilty.  And it is always difficult to lose babies, no matter which species.


Heidi and Gretchen are integrating into the flock flerd well.  It is still kind of three sheep over here and two goats over there, but they don’t have trouble sharing space and even food when needed.  They have decided that Tundra is not going to eat them, but they still face him head on at all times when he is moving around the barnyard – ready to butt him if necessary.  Tundra couldn’t care less about them.  He just seems to view them as more animals to guard, but not something to bother sniffing or chasing.  So that is good.  Finley, however, thinks that they are fun to chase – which is NOT good.  He is just now beginning to go back outside after healing from his toe incident.  We will need to take it slow introducing him and be sure he doesn’t make a habit of chasing them.

I have been digging into our new raising goats book.  We are excited because there are a lot of wild plants and brush that grow on our property that we will be able to feed to the goats – something that we haven’t experienced with our livestock before.  Since we can’t grow hay or pasture, this is a huge plus for us as far as the goats go.  When working on the root cellar a few currant bushes had some of their branches ripped off by the tractor, so I took a few branches up to them.  They were gone within a few minutes – the goats loved them!  And the sheep helped eat them as well.  So that is good.

Root Cellar

The outside of the root cellar is completely finished!  We are VERY happy with how it turned out.  We are now going to track the temperature and humidity inside of it daily all through the fall, winter, and spring so that we can get an idea of what we can successfully store in it.  Next summer we will build shelving inside of it and then start using it next fall.



My beets and turnips are still alive inside the pest tent, and there is celery, parsley, beets and turnips still alive outside of the tent.  We have had several frosts down to 25F already, so I am pretty excited they are still going.  I am interested to see how long they can go.  Even though they are still alive, I don’t think they are growing much because of the cold.  So I need to plant them earlier next year so they get a bit bigger before the cold weather hits.  Although I wonder if more mature plants wouldn’t handle the cold as well.  Experiments, experiments.

The tomatoes are continuing to ripen in the basement and we have been making spaghetti sauce with them this year since we still have stewed tomatoes left from last year.  It is amazing how many tomatoes it takes to make a small amount of sauce.  I am not sure sauce is the most efficient use of the tomatoes.  It might make more sense to do other things with our home-grown tomatoes and just buy sauce at the store.  We usually use at least 2 jars of spaghetti sauce a week because Friday is always homemade pizza and a movie night at our house.  It seems impossible to grow enough tomatoes for that much.


Now that we have finished up some of the projects we were working on (root cellar and smokehouse), we can move on to other projects – a permanent barnyard fence and gate to replace the livestock panels, and an outdoor hay and feed manger for the goats and sheep.


Welcome to the Flerd!

What happens when you add an animal that lives in a herd to your flock of sheep?  What do you have?  Is it still a flock?  Or is it now a herd?  We decided it is a flerd.  We now have a flerd.

This week we had two new additions to the farm, one of which is temporary and one that will hopefully be permanent.  We bought two Nubian milk does.

With Mr. Smiles now drinking milk (over a gallon a week just for him), along with the other 4 kids milk consumption, we decided it was time to have another dairy animal so we could have healthy raw milk from our homestead.  We have been buying raw cow milk shares, and will continue till we have goat’s milk flowing early next year.  But the price on the share is too much when you need as much as we do.  So it was time to get back into dairy animals.

We have had two different dairy cows and their calves previously over the years.  Charlotte, a Jersey, and Violet, a JLow (Mini Jersey x Lowline Angus).  As much as we loved having the cows, our little 3 acre farm on a mountainside made it less than ideal to try to keep a dairy cow.  Because of this we went back and forth for weeks – mini cow vs goat, as we were trying to decide what to do.

The pros of a mini cow: the cream separates and can be used many ways, we prefer the taste of the milk, the calves can be used for beef, Jersey’s are cute (I know, I know, this isn’t really a consideration, but I had to throw it in there because I have always loved Jersey cows).  The cons of a mini cow: MUCH higher purchase price, eat more and we don’t have pasture, need to store much more hay, take up more space in the barn and barnyard, poop more and it is much wetter (think of wool sheep laying in fresh cow manure), need to be transported in trailer for breeding etc and we don’t have a trailer, and might make too much milk.

The pros of a goat: can be transported for breeding in our truck with the topper on, poop similar to sheep which we already have, eat less, can forage the brush on our mountainside, MUCH lower purchase price, will fit right in with the flock of sheep and not take up too much space, and less hay to store up.  The cons of a goat: we like goat’s milk but prefer cow’s milk, no cream to easily use, what do we do with kids we can’t sell?, can be destructive and escape artists, might not make enough milk, we don’t like their specific smell, and overall Mtn Man has never liked goats.

As you can see, it came down to the fact that in the things that REALLY matter (as opposed to things like how cute or not cute they are or what they smell like) the goat made much more sense and the mini cow is impractical for our homestead right now.  So we decided to try out a goat and see how it goes.  If it turns out we are not goat people we can sell her with her kids in the spring and know we gave it a try.  But maybe we will fall in love with having a goat.

So we found a doe to buy, but then we realized that when the sheep go to the breeder later this month she will be left all alone and we didn’t want to do that to her and stress her out.  So we decided to buy two, and we will sell one once the sheep get back from the breeder.

Introducing, Heidi and Gretchen:


Heidi is a brown, registered, 3-year-old Nubian, and has been bred to a Nigerian Dwarf buck, which means her kids will be Mini-Nubians.  Estimated due date of mid February.

Gretchen is a black, 7-year-old Nubian, and has been bred to a Mini Nubian buck, so her kids will be half mini, half full sized Nubian.  Estimated due date of early March.

We will be doing ultrasounds later this month to confirm their pregnancies.

img_2702 img_2704 img_2705

Welcome to the flerd, ladies!

img_2720 img_2722

Getting Started With Meat Rabbits: Birth to Weaning

Check out the other posts in this series:

1 (2)

You have a doe with a nest full of hay, fur, and newborn kits.  Now what do you do?


Once she has had time to settle after giving birth, usually about 12 hours, you need to check on the kits.  Some does are more tolerant of this than others.  Be careful, be quiet, and don’t make sudden movements.  We usually pull the nest box to the front of the cage and pull the fur out of the way to see the kits.


If it is cold out you need to be careful not to let the kits get chilled.  They stay warm with a combination of cuddling together for body heat, and the fur covering them.  So uncovering them, and separating them from the warmth of one another are ways you might accidentally chill them.  So if it is cold, work fast and try to keep them in groups.


The kits are usually in a clump way at the back of the nest.  We pull them out one by one, checking them and piling them together in a clump at the front of the nest.  Then we move them back to the back again and cover them back up.

As we pull each one out we are counting them and checking to see that each one:

  • is alive
  • doesn’t have any injuries
  • has been fed

Is Alive:  It is common for rabbits to have stillborns, or to have kits die in the first few days.  When we find a dead kit in the nest we remove and dispose of it immediately to keep the nest healthy.

Doesn’t Have Any Injuries:  Sometimes an overzealous doe will accidentally chew on her kits when she is cleaning them after delivery.  The most common place is on the ears of the kit, but there can be other places as well.  If a kit is injured a decision needs to be made as to the extent of the injury and the chance of survival.  Sometimes the best thing for the animal is to be put down so it doesn’t suffer.  Minor injuries just need to be kept clean and given a chance to heal.  But putting ointments/medication on the wound could make the doe reject the kit, so it is best if you can avoid it.

Has Been Fed:  Does feed their kits twice a day, usually about 12 hours apart, in the morning and evening.  We find most of our does feed around 9-10 pm and 9 am.  The kit will have a very round belly if it has been fed, called a “frog belly.”  It is easiest to see the frog bellies if you check the kits soon after you think she has fed them, but they should be apparent for up to a few hours after.


Rabbit kit with fully fed “frog” belly

If you find you have a kit that is not being fed you might have to force her to feed it.  We do this by taking the doe out of the cage onto our lap or a tabletop.  Then we put the kit belly up underneath her and make sure it latches on and gets a chance to eat.  Some people do this in the opposite way, with the doe on her back and the kit laid onto her belly.  We find the does really hate this and the battle is not worth it.  It has always worked well for us to do it with the doe right side up.  Plus, the kits are naturally used to eating on their backs, so it seems the best way to feed them.

Sometimes, if a kit is continuing to not get fed you will have to do the force feeding for a few days in a row.  But most of the time one or two feeding is enough to get them going and vigorous enough to eat themselves.

We check on our kits every day for the first 4-5 days to be sure they are all eating, healthy, and growing well.  It is amazing to see how quickly they grow and change.


Rabbit Kit Day 1


Rabbit Kit Day 2


Rabbit Kit Day 3


Rabbit Kit Day 4

We do not hand rear orphaned or injured kits.  Kits under two weeks of age have an extremely low chance of survival when hand reared.  I have never heard of or seen one that survived, and that is from experience with both domestic and wildlife rehab kits.

But there is an option of what to do with orphaned kits.  We purposefully breed two of our does within 24-48 hours of each other so they will kindle very close to the same time.  We have had excellent success with fostering kits over from one mother to another mother as long as the kits are within a few days of the same age.  As you can see they change and grow quickly so you have to be careful not to try to foster if there is a big difference in size.

We also foster over if one doe has a very large or small litter.  For example, sometimes we have had first time does that only have 1-2 surviving kits.  A litter that small will have a very hard time staying warm.  So if we have another doe that kindled close to the same time we will foster those kits over to that mother and let the other mother’s milk dry up and then re-breed her.  Or, sometimes we have a doe that has a huge litter of 13, and another doe kindles the next day with only 5.  In that case we will foster 4 kits over so that each litter has 9 kits in it.  It will help ease the pressure for the doe to have to feed so many, and they will grow more evenly.

To foster a kit over simply take the kit you want to switch over and gently rub it across the side of the new mother to get some of her scent on it and then tuck it in with her kits in the nest and cover them all with her fur.  We have never had a doe reject a kit put in her nest in this way.  But we always do the foster move-over in the first few days of life.

For the most part, once they survive the first few days they are likely to survive to weaning.  So after day 4 or 5 we stretch out our checks to twice a week or so.  By one week of age, they are fully covered with fur, but their eyes are still closed.

1 week old

1 week old

On the 9th day it is time to clean out the nest box.  Quite a bit of mess can gather in the first 9 days.  Their eyes open on day 10 and it is good to have them opening in a clean environment.  To do this bring a dishpan, or properly sized box to the cage.  Take all the clean fur out and put it in the box, then put all the kits on top of it.  Careful moving the kits, they are surprisingly hard to keep in your hand.  It is best if you have two people for this process, one to clean the nest, the other to take care of the kits.  Kits have very sporadic and spastic movements and can easily jerk themselves right up and out of a box.  Remove all the dirty hay and fur from the box.  If you are using a cardboard nest liner like we discussed in our Pregnancy and Kindling post then remove that as well.  Put a new cardboard liner in and then using fresh hay create a nice nest with a recessed area in it for the kits to go in.  Carefully move the kits back over and re-cover them with the fur you saved.  If it is cold you need to move very quickly so the kits don’t get chilled.

When their eyes are opening sometimes they can get a bit crusty or stuck shut.  If this happens just take a warm wet cloth and gently wipe it over the eye to moisten the crust and help it open.

By two to three weeks the kits have entered the oh-so-cute phase.  Plan to spend a lot of time standing in front of the cage adoring how cute they are – it’s good for your soul.  ;-)

2 weeks old

2 weeks old

They will begin to be able to enter and exit the nest box on their own.  Most of the time they will still choose to sleep together in the nest.103_0017103_0001

Around 4 weeks of age (depending on the weather) they will be spending little to no time in the nest and the box can be removed.  In colder weather leave it longer, in warmer weather maybe shorter.  Let the kits behavior decide.  If they are never in it and it is just taking up needed space then it should definitely go.  They will still cuddle together for warmth and comfort.


At 5 weeks of age, give your doe a physical exam, if she is in good health and at a good weight then you can re-breed her.  Sometimes, waiting too long between re-breedings can make it difficult to get the doe pregnant again.  However, an unhealthy or underweight doe should NOT be re-bred at 5 weeks postpartum.  She needs time to regain weight and get healthy before she is re-bred.

Once the kits reach 6 weeks of age the cage is getting very crowded and they are eating and drinking on their own.  It is time for them to leave their mama.

6 weeks old 3 lbs

6 weeks old

We will discuss how to wean your rabbits in our next post in this series.


Freak Accident

Freak Accident

Warning, there is a graphic photo of an injury in this post.

One of our farm dogs, Finley, had a freak accident on Sunday.  Of course, these things always happen on weekends when the vet office is closed, right?  Thankfully, our small town vet leaves his home number on the voicemail so you can call him in an emergency after hours.

Our temporary livestock panel sections of the barnyard fence have welded wire attached to them with zip ties.


Finley is quite the escape artist and has figured out that if he pushes hard enough, or bounces against it enough, he can break the zip ties.  Then he pushes, or even pulls (depending on which side of the fence the wire is on) the wire open enough so he can squeeze out.  Each time that he does this, Mtn Man has been replacing the plastic zip ties with steel zip ties hoping he can’t break those.  In some places the wire has been pretty well bent and deformed by Finley, but Mtn Man has been able to bend it back for the most part and use the steel zip ties to hold the gaps where needed.  A few times, Finley has been injured in his escape attempts, just a scratch here or there from the wire as he squeezed out spaces way to small for his size.  But nothing ever that needed anything but some cleaning and salve.

Sunday, I let Finley out of the barn, he ran over and jumped up against the fence, then started screaming and limping back to me.  I looked down and saw a bunch of blood on his back leg near the dew claw.  We took him inside and examined his leg.  Most dogs do not have an actual digit of bone in their rear dew claws, it is quite rare.  But Finley has a full digit in his, including all the toe bones.  He had sliced it half off, including through the bone, and it was dangling off.  We knew with the broken and exposed bone he would have to go to the vet because of the very high chance of serious infection.

Once at the vet’s office he was sedated and the area was shaved and cleaned.  Since he was in the barnyard when it happened the wound had quite a bit of hay and gunk in it.  Then the vet amputated up to the next joint in the digit, removed the broken dangling part, and sewed it all back up.


It was clear that the wound was a slice wound, not a tear.  The edge of the skin, as well as the bone, was very cleanly cut, not raggedly torn.  We had no idea what could have possibly been sharp enough to do that.  When we got home and had a chance to investigate it became clear.  We found one of the zip ties that had been horizontally closing a gap in the fence was bent and had some of Finley’s hair stuck in it.


It is crazy to think that his leg came down exactly right on that 1 1/2 inch section of the fence, in a way that there was enough pressure, the tie was sharp enough, and it hit in just the right spot to cut that digit off.  What a freak accident.

Despite the fact that it was such a small chance of it happening, we are rethinking how to deal with these fences because we don’t want anymore emergency injuries from those steel zip ties.  Finley hasn’t ever escaped the permanent fence – it would be nice if we could just finish replacing it all with permanent fence.  But when you live in the Rockies, fencing is a big deal because everywhere to try to put a post hole you hit rock.

Finley will move indoors for the next 10 days or so while we wait for it to heal and the stitches to be taken out.



Sunday Homestead Update: Projects, Projects, Projects

We have been busy busy with our fall projects around here this week.  Such a great time of year, being productive as a family together outside in beautiful weather!

Smokehouse and Root Cellar

We are SO close to finishing the smokehouse.  Hopefully this week I will be posting the final post showing how we built the smokehouse start to finish and how it turned out.  Mtn Man and Young Man are constantly discussing the details of how they want to smoke some of their elk and deer meat later this year.  They are reading books from our own homestead library, as well and some books we got from the local public library.  We have to wait until the bears go to bed for the winter, otherwise we will draw in every bear for miles to dine at our smokehouse.

The root cellar needs a little more masonry work on the front, and we have to figure out how to secure the old recycled barn door to the house in a way that is as rodent and bear-proof as possible.


It is that time of year again…time to put up the firewood we will need to keep us all warm and cozy through the long, cold winter.  Many hands make light work and I am always surprised as the kids get older how fast work can go when we work together as a family.  There is still more to put up, but we made a lot of progress.


Barnyard Gate and Permanent Fence

We started a new project this week involving the barnyard.  Building fences in the Rockies can be tricky and expensive because at least 50% of the time when you try to dig a post hole you hit rock of some kind and have to tweak your plan.  This often leads to the use of cement, or the fence looking all zigzaggy, or both.  It also means more expense.  We are blessed to have a lot of livestock panels that we can use as fencing, but we do hope to put in permanent fences everywhere eventually.

We decided we wanted to separated off a section of the barnyard as a separate pen and build a little housing shed in it.  We originally called it the ram shed and pen because we are planning to at some point, in the not-so-near future, get a ram and need a place to keep him separate from the ewes.  As we discussed this pen we realized that, built properly, it could be a very useful multi-purpose shed and pen that we could use to house any number of things.  It could be used to wean lambs, calves, or goat kids from their mothers, or to house chickens or turkeys.  We put up the temporary panels for now and have been using the area to separate the animals for various reasons, but the problem is that we only have one panel that has a gate and it is already in use, so we have to scoot the panels and open them where they attach a couple times a day while we move animals around.  So we decided it was time to put in the gate.  Here are the before pictures of that area:

img_2602 img_2604

And here is the new gate:

img_1771 img_1772

We are hoping to do the permanent fence for that area soon.

We also decided to start in on building the shed back there.  We are attaching it to the upper coop, which is attached to the barn.  It will be built with pallets, just like the upper coop was.  We went back and forth about the pros and cons of putting a floor in the shed, and ultimately decided it was necessary to make the shed as secure as possible against digging predators, which we have plenty of.  So we built the floor first:



We had plenty of “helpers” getting in our way during the work on these two projects, including these ladies,


and this guy:


I am always surprised at how very curious sheep are, especially since they are such prey-driven animals.


Our only breeding buck, Uncle Sam, died unexpectedly this week.  He was fine in the evening, the next morning he wouldn’t eat and by afternoon he was dead.  Unfortunately, this is often the case with rabbits.  They usually do not show signs of illness until it is too late to save them.  We don’t know what killed him, but the other rabbits seem fine so we are thankful it wasn’t contagious.

So we are down to our two breeding does, Justice and Indi.  Both are due to kindle this week, so we should have a lot of kits very soon.  We are discussing the options of what to do about the loss of the buck.

Mr. Smiles’ Surgery

Mr. Smiles has recovered from his 5th surgery and a 4-day hospital stay.  The Pediatric Hospital Pajamas I sewed for him worked beautifully and we got many comments from nurses about how convenient and wonderful they were.  He did have tubes coming out of his arms, so the ability to open and close the sleeve was essential and I was very glad to have them for him while we were there.

IMG_2380 IMG_2396

We will continue on with our projects this coming week as we take advantage of the weather and time available to work on things.