Choosing Poultry for Your Homestead & A Not-So-Self-Sufficient Update

Choosing the Best Poultry for Your Homestead

Thinking about raising poultry?  Wondering whether you want chickens, ducks, or turkeys? Maybe I can help you narrow down your choices! Homestead.org just published an article (by yours truly) titled ‘Pick the Perfect Poultry for Your Homestead: A Beginner’s Guide.’ 

I hope you have a chance to ‘take a gander’ and let me know what you think. 🙂

Updates from The (Not So) Self Sufficient HomeAcre

You’ve probably noticed a lack of activity on my website for quite some time. I’m getting back into the swing of things and updating my blogging skills this fall. I hope you will stop in to visit as I rekindle my blogging passion!

I have a couple of updates to share…

My son is leaving for college this weekend and I’m definitely a sad momma hen trying to adjust to being an empty nester. However, I am very proud of our young college student. He has landed a campus job to help cover some of his expenses, and he was awarded a ‘Promising Student’ scholarship this year…way to go, Joe!

Now for the not-so-fun news…

I’ve been having trouble getting around lately. After x-rays and doctor appointments, I have been diagnosed with advanced osteo-arthritis. I expect that I will need a total hip replacement surgery sometime this winter. This is not my favorite subject to share, but it has a lot to do with my absence.

Due to my arthritic hip, I haven’t been able to garden this year. I also have trouble standing for long periods so canning fruits and veggies is out of the question right now. I can’t even take the dogs for walks or properly care for poultry anymore. So the surgery is necessary if I want to continue living the homesteading life.

Right now, I am feeling anything but self sufficient. In fact, I considered changing the name of my blog to The (Not So) Self Sufficient HomeAcre. Now that I have shared what is going on in my life I don’t feel so much like a homesteading poser. Hopefully I will be back in the swing of things next year so I can share new experiences in self reliance and country life. (You can read my thoughts on Self Sufficiency shared when this blog was just a baby.)

This has been a wake up call for me. For years now many of my plans in life revolved around becoming more self reliant. Now I’m having to rethink my goals and adjust my daily lifestyle. It has reminded me that no one is truly self sufficient, we all need friends, family, and a caring community to live a fulfilling life. Sustaining our bodies and minds takes more than a 1 acre plot of land and determination. Make sure you have support, friendship, and caring people in your life. I am truly fortunate to have an amazing husband and son, a loving family and great friends to talk to and rely on as I prepare for surgery and recovery.

Although I’m not taking part in many homesteading activities this summer, I can still write! I hope to continue writing articles for Homestead.org and also share my experience with you here…on The (ahem) Self Sufficient HomeAcre.

Thanks for reading!

Lisa Lynn

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