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Welcome to Rocky Oak Homestead™

A quiet, peaceful sanctuary from the chaos of everyday living in a world on the brink of insanity! A place where we prepare for the worst, but hope for the best!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 3 and pictures

We are on day 3 of no grid power and doing well...This is a walk in the park compared to 4 years ago, so we are doing fine...Our biggest bump in the road has been the inverter...Farm man went to purchase a little one last night and when he got there, they were sold out, whoever told him they had one in stock was mistaken...*ugh*..Oh well, we will continue to use the generator as needed...Still investigating all our options for long term power...Today I am using the washing machine as normal and we use the clothes line since it is nice outside..... good temps and nice breeze...

I think we finally decided on the inverter to order, still checking around on prices...but so far it is this one that we are pretty decided on http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/voltec_2000_ps.html it is a pure sine inverter, which is needed for things like computers and HDTV...modified sine inverters will not run electronics well...also we have learned you have to look at the amps...and 17 amps should be ok to run our household things like lights, tv., computers...not the well or hotwater heater, but a solution to that is also in the works...then we are looking into whether to use 6 volt or 12 volt batteries, farm man is waiting on a call back from a man to ask some questions...this is certainly educational if nothing else...

Had poster(C.T.) say they would like to see pictures of how we hooked in the generator to our meter pole..it is running pretty much everything we need or want, just have to be careful what we run at the same time....so here they are...Click the pics to make them larger...






Friday, October 26, 2012

Back to our future

Back to our future...sounds similar to the 80's movie, Back to THE future...This has been on my mind alot lately, maybe do to the economy or the election and maybe because I think to much...LOL....I am a thinker...whatever the reason it has really weighed on my mind that our ancestors can teach us what I think may well be our future...If you have ever sit for very long at all and pondered what would happen if our economy actually failed, or we were hit with a global pandemic(coming in the near future) or ______(you fill in the blank) We could actually be plunged back in the early days...There is no way to know that if in any of our lifetimes that would actually happen, it is all mere speculation, but farm man and I do feel it wise to invest our time and energy into learning the skills of days of old...Even if nothing globally catastrophic ever happens in our life time, there are the daily up's and down's of life that many of us have experienced...I know in our own personal life when we moved here and things took a downward turn we were so glad to have the knowledge we had, many would not have been able to stick with it and make it through...So many today rely on the modern gadgets and conveniences that todays world offers they cannot fathom not having a phone, computer, television, anything electric... many homes across america are total electric and most people just think that it will always be there...We are not that naive...we were over night thrust into a way of living had not been seen or touched by most in 60+ years...

We feel there was a reason...was it to show us a glimpse of our past? Maybe a glimpse into our future? Whatever the reason it was hard, but blessed...I am ever so grateful to have had that experience...One thing I loved was the simplness of it all...there seemed to be more hours in the day, the reality of course is that days were not longer, we just did not have all the distractions that we have in 'modern' lives. There was no television to sit and watch, or computer to sit in front of for hours, we spent our time enjoying what God had given us...nature, time, each other, gardening, hiking and learning new skills.  It was during this time that the words God had spoken to us so long ago "Be prepared, the time is nigh" came to life and began to take shape in our minds and lives....we came to understand what we were to do...its been an amazing journey thus far...hard, but amazing...Farm man and I are forever grateful for the journey, in spite of the many tears, wondering why us, and sometimes thinking we could not go on...We have learned that with Gods amazing strength we can do all things, through prayer we find a friend that never fails, through trials we grow, and through faith we have peace and when we fall short he gives us undying grace...Our life looks different to many out there, and there are some on the other side of the fence that will never understand how things like this can change you...and thats ok...someday we may all be faced with the challenges farm man and I have already experienced...it will make you bitter, or it will make you better...I have become a little bitter and alot better...Through this amazing journey we had each other to live, love and laugh with and our Lord to lead, guide and sustain us...I can honestly say if and when things go awry we will be ok...We are grateful to have been able to go back and continue to live what might be future.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The facebook problem

Before bashing me over posting this video, please keep in mind this is simply an opinion I agree with...I am not asking anyone to agree with it, but give it some thought then delete facebook :0)

Monday, July 2, 2012

The real homestead life...

Sometimes people romanticize the farm life and they have visions of pretty little hen houses with window boxs full of pansys and petunias, a well behaved rooster standing on the pretty picket fence lined with roses crowing every morning to wake them up, cows grazing in the fields ever so quietly, goats running and jumping in the wild flowers, pigs that look and smell like wilbur from Charlottes web, ducks that just swim innocently in the pond and rabbits that just hop around in the grass doing their cute,fuzzy bunny thing, a garden that is worthy of the front page of better homes and gardens, children willing and happily helping with farm chores, dad out on the John Deere plowing fields or baling hay, while you are in the well organized, show room worthy kitchen cooking meals from the "Fanicful Pioneer Woman, Ree Dummond"...

eerrrrrrrrrrttttt...fast forward to the real world please....

Hen houses need not be pretty they need to be functionable, most do not have pretty little flower boxes attached and trust me when I say if you are living a true self reliant homestead life, there is no time for flower boxes...Roosters crow all hours of the day not just at dawn
and most are not well behaved and will be lurking somewhere behind you waiting for you to bend over and give him a great target to show you who is the 'cock of the walk'...

Picket fencing is typically not on the top 'o the list for fencing on a farm...usually barbed wire, electric fencing, and field fencing trump the little white picket fence....


Cows are prime examples of creatures that believe the grass is always greener on th
e other side..they can have 20 acres to graze alone yet still feel like there is something better just over the fence line and they are not the smartest of Gods creatures, they can find a way out of the fence but never find that way back in...go figure...Cows are not always quiet...if they are accustomed to being called from pasture with feed at 6 p.m. at 5:30 they will begin the ritual of mooing loudly enough to wake the dead, goats are 'me-too' creatures they must chime in with their "maaaaaa"..

Goats...*sigh*...they are sometimes my worst nightmare....while cute with all their goat antics they can be a huge pain in the rear-end...they are
escape artist, where they can get their heads, they can get their bodies when they are little...they love to roam and are never quite content to just stay in one place...they are stubborn and bucks can be really cantakerous...I have seen Farm man many a time body slam a buck that has 'rared up' as he went into the pasture...forget the running and jumping in the wild flowers...goat eat wild flowers and any flower they can get to...lol...if you are a skirt/dress wearer little goats also like to stick their heads under your skirt and then they freak out cause they can't see the 'world' and begin thrashing their heads like mad trying to get out and you are gyrating around looking like someone that is being tazed..hands waving madly in the air, stumbling around like a drunk person all the while trying to stay in an upright position..thank God I live off the beaten path with no neighbors that can see this...This happened to me just this morning which is where the inspiration for this entry origninated... :0)

Pigs, like wilbur....not happenin'...pigs stink and will root under fencing, they are a booger to catch...ask me how I know....most do not bathe their pigs...while they can be friendly some can be rather mean and one can get hurt real quick by a big ol' bore...pigs are good for eatin'....yes, I know you can tame them down and show them...but I am talkin' self-reliant farmin here..

Rabbits...while generally easy to take care of, if you are a farm in the south it gets hotter than a 2 dollar pistol...rabbits do not do so well and need lots of care to stay cool and survive...

Ducks...ducks like to
swim in any water they can find, including but not limited to the dogs water dish, the goat trough, the stock tank and the chicken waterer...inspite of the fact they have a 1/2 acre pond...

Gardens...I have yet to have a garden worthy of better homes and gardens and have gardening well over 20 years...again in the south it get hotter than a billy goat in a pepper patch..and gardens need lots and lots of work to thrive....

Children helping...LOL...even the most well behaved, compliant children get tired of going into the heat/cold to take care of critters and it becomes a battle of wills to get them to help..by the time its all done you have heard everything from "your a slave driver" to "
this is child abuse"...and your thinking of some story you can relay to them from your childhood about "you don't what what child abuse is" or "When I was a child"

Your man in the field on a johne deere...he might very well be on a johne deere but he ain't the marlboro man all well groomed and smelling of some manly cologne...more like 'essense of prespiration' and you instruct him to the shower before giving you that big hug or kiss...

And this isn't even mentioning the critters that get sick and you spend days nursing a sick goat kid only to have spent 100's of dollars on meds and vet bills onl
y to have it die...or the chicks that are so cute and doing good to all of a sudden begin dropping like flies...or the pregnant doe(goat) that dies during birth and you are left bottle feeding triplets...

Or when there is 3 feet or more snow on the ground and temp is subzero and you have a cow down or a goat down or the chickens get pneumonia...

And if you are still having visions of the "Pioneer Woman" dancing in your head...get over it...that ain't real livin' folks...After a hard day on a self-reliant farm you will feel very grateful for a bowl of beans, cornbread and some fried green maters and yellow squash from the garden...


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When it all hits the fan

The greenbeans are up as are the other seeds I planted the other day...With the warm temps and rain we got last night I was not surprised to find them this morning. I just love the little things in this life. Seems the rest of the world can't see beyond their big homes and pricey cars to see what really matters. Most of the world today feels like 'you have nothing' if you don't have every electronic gadget out there, if your not in debt up past your eyeballs, if you don't constantly seek to redo your home to keep up with the latest 'trend' in home decorating, and if you don't drive the most expensive car in the neighborhood parked infront of the biggest house on the block..Well, I guess I don't have much...I mean we only have 18 acres instead of a 'city lot', our home is paid for(even though its a mobile), we have one vehicle almost paid for and one that is paid for, we live in the country and raise most of what we eat instead of buying and eating food that we have no idea where it came from or what it went through before getting to my family's table. Oh! we barter too!...Don't have many electronics 'round here other than some pretty cool power tools(muuuuhhaaaawww), a couple generators, some CB radios and few other little 'useless' gadgets nothing really important like gameing  systems!🙂 A home re-do here is finding some cool prep at a garage sale and bringing home and cleaning out a place to put it, that is usually a major undertaking(preppers you will understand that)...LOL...For fun we go fishing or drive country roads not on expensive vacation that we pay for with a credit card, sometimes we take a day trip to someplace like bass pro or a gun show :0) We are not big into investing our money, with whats going on in our world not sure I want anyone but me to have my money, so our investments are beans, bullets and band-aids...seems they may be worth a whole lot in in the future...not a bad thing to add to your portfolio... errr.... pantry...We also invest in farm critters, like cows, dairy goats, pigs, chickens & ducks etc..figure those fine farm friends can feed me someday since I have fed them so much..we are just selfish that way..*smile*...maybe it's my sense of entitlement coming out*grin*...So while the rest of the world sits around talking about how folks like me don't have much...I will quietly sit over here on my little slice of earth...grin and wonder what will happen to all those fine folks that have more than me when it all hits the fan.😁

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

As things in our world get worse and worse, so do attitudes. I have as of late begin to see a cynical and sacrastic attitude towards true country folk. It is really disheartning. Those of us that choose to live a simpler, more home centered old fashioned Christian life are almost being targeted. I suppose these 'modern' folks forget that their ancestors hunted for their food, gardened, bartered and lived modestly and simply. I suppose society as a whole has forgotten what true happiness really consist of. As I had a conversation with a long time, dear friend she touched on something that really resonated with me. And that was, that those that are truly 'set apart' for God's work will often be misunderstood and even mistreated. Why? I can't answer that, just yet. I just know what I am seeing in society is very disturbing. It is sickening. Making fun of someone for choosing a different way of life is just plain stupid...yes I said stupid. People that feel the need to 'down' someone for a different way of life are ignorant and very uneducated. But I am afraid this is what the world is coming to. We will soon be ruled by a nation of misfits that rely totally on technology,grocery stores, and their own wisdom to