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Brand New Baby – Y’all Name The Calf!

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, well, well, April-the-Giraffe’s baby was finally born. Have y’all watched the live video for the past month? I popped in from time to time but didn’t have enough time to watch too much. But now they’re having folks submit suggestions for the baby’s name.  Guess what – this pretty girl was born on that same day too!!

We're excited about a brand new baby calf. Howzabout a little fun? I'll let one of you name her! Just go to our Facebook page & name the calf. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Tammy Taylor~

We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas.  Bad.  So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance. Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them. Terrible!   So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time, day or night at any time, any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Securing Our Underground Cistern: Use Whatcha Got!

by Tammy Taylor~

When RancherMan & I bought this piece of NE Texas paradise we were enamored with the rich history of the property.  Apparently over the decades it’s been home to several homesteads, I’m assuming one of the first was in the 1880’s when our barn was built! The most recent home was located at the front of our property but it burned down in the late 1950’s.  We’ve discovered whispers of their past lives that they left behind – so amazing!  There were two deep cement cisterns located where we think were either side of the house.  One had to be covered up when we moved here, but we preserved the deeper one to use as our Outdoor Irrigation for my veggie garden.

At the time we were living in the big city.  Someone had a small cedar fence that they pulled down – it was almost brand new.  That would be PERFECT to frame in our little cistern!  So we brought it here and constructed a cute little wishing well with that discarded fencing & some leftover metal roofing.  It looked cute & kept the cattle out of trouble when they were around the cistern.

When our cistern enclosure deteriorated we tore it down but we needed a way to keep our mini Schnauzer safe around it. Use Whatcha Got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Ranching: A Good Life, But A HARD Life!

by Tammy Taylor~

What we do on this ranch is our livelihood, our means of supporting ourselves. It’s a wonderful life, yet certainly a hard one. Prudent business decisions have to be made every day. If they’re the wrong decisions, we don’t get paid.  Period.  Bills don’t get paid nor groceries bought. There’s no gray area on the pay scale when you’re self employed.  No mistakes are financially free – no mulligans!  Don’t get me wrong, like I said it’s a wonderful life filled with many delights.  But it can be hard too.

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Our Way Of Life: Sunrises FOREVER

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I have a saying: “Sunrises Forever”.  It means that every new sunrise is a blank slate, a new beginning, a brand new start.  Today’s sunrise is fresh & new – different from yesterday’s and even tomorrow’s.  Today’s sunrise is full of possibilities, what will you do with it?  Will you make that leap of faith & follow your passion today?  Will you build on yesterday’s success to make it even better?  Will you wipe away yesterday’s failure and do something great?  Our sunrise may look different than yours and that’s ok.  Today is a day to start new – to do something amazing that works for YOU.

What will you do with today's possibilities? Don't waste it, today's sunrise is a fresh opportunity great things! Sunrises FOREVER! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Environmental Awareness On The Homestead: No-Spill Fuel Can Eliminates Spilled Fuel

by Tammy Taylor~

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Living and working on a NE Texas ranch means RancherMan & I spend lots of time on our tractors.  He has a heavy-duty red beast and I have a smaller one that we affectionately call ‘Ole Blue’ – a very reliable older-model Ford tractor.  When I became a breast cancer survivor, RancherMan painted the wheels of Ole Blue bright pink in celebration!  (How much do I love him??) 

Aaaaanyway he often prepares for the day’s tasks by fueling both tractors.  As much as I love ‘Ole Blue’ it always made my crunchy-green heart CRINGE when RancherMan would put fuel in her and it would spill all along the top, drip down the sides and onto the grass. Of course I’d never say anything, he knows how I hate it and he tries his best to deliver the fuel without spilling but…  With the design of the typical 5-gallon fuel can it was always hard to get the fuel from the can to my tractor’s fuel tank without splashing corrosive diesel on my tractor and even spilling some onto the pasture grass.  OOHHHH, my heart!  There had to be a better way!

Hard as he may try, RancherMan would always splash fuel when filling my tractor's tank.  Let's try this No-Spill can & see how it works! Pink Wheels On Ford Tractor #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Sun Protection: How To Protect Your Skin Without Sunscreen

by Tammy Taylor~

Working on a ranch means that RancherMan & I are outside day in & day out each & every day working on fences, immunizing calves, mowing the pastures, gardening and more!  Since our jobs require us to be outside all day long we take sun protection very seriously.  Sunscreen is touted to be a safe and effective way to protect your skin from the sun but I don’t like the feel of it on my skin, I don’t like the cost of it and since we’d have to use it so often I don’t like the trash that constantly buying sunscreen would create. (And to be perfectly honest I don’t know how I feel about slathering chemicals on my skin each and every day)  Although sunscreen still has its place in my sun protection arsenal, I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News outlining the 7 easy ways that we protect our skin without resorting to sunblock.

Sun Protection: A Mother Earth News article outlining the 7 easy ways to protect your skin from the sun without resorting to sunblock. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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