Tag Archives: Small Town Living

Loving Our Neighbors

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems our world is filled with turmoil.  Everywhere I look I see dividing lines of “us” versus “them”, with so much anger hurled towards each other that it hurts my heart.  Sometimes people have so much passion for their point of view that it almost becomes a shouting match to see which side of the line can shout louder to win the game.   Win the game?  I’m not sure there’s much to be won that way.  It seems we all lose when there’s hate, no matter what side of the line you’re on.

But recently I was reminded that it’s not all pushing & shoving in our little corner of the world.  So I figured amid the ugly stories we’ve all been pounded with, I’d share with you something beautiful. A story that demonstrates the power of LOVE!

Amid the ugly stories we've all been pounded with daily, I'll share with you a beautiful story of community love & support. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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When Unexpected Company Comes…

by Tammy Taylor~

 

I’ve mentioned before that RancherMan & I keep a ‘tidy’ house. The bed is made every morning, the supper dishes always cleaned, surfaces relatively cleared of clutter, etc.  So it’s baffling to me why I go into a break-neck panic when RancherMan casually announces the impending arrival of an unexpected visitor. I look with panic at the accumulations of projects I have going on in the kitchen – making bread at the same time I’m dehydrating tomato leather, dealing with produce from the garden, and fermenting a batch of Haymaker’s Punch.

I also notice every little piece of grass on the wood floors that our mini-Schnauzer Bailey has drug in. I’m suddenly painfully aware of the thick dust that comes from living off a dirt road. And of course the stay-at-home outfit I slipped on to just deal with cows/chickens/chores is certainly not acceptable for company!

Do you feel panic when unexpected company shows? I polled our followers to see if they felt the same. Their responses were hilarious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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: Rigid Canopy for Our Mid-Size Tractor

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I work outside every day, rain or shine.  We’re either working cattle or fixing fences.  There’s garden work and tractor work.  Day in, day out – we’re outside working.  Now we LOVE our lives here don’t get me wrong, but sun protection is something we take very seriously.  RancherMan made sure I had a heavy canvas canopy to protect me from the sun when I’m on my small blue Ford 32 hp tractor but his larger tractor didn’t come with a canopy, just a ROPS (roll bar).  Now I hated that he wasn’t protected and constantly nagged I mean reasoned with him to get something to protect himself from the sun.  But he protested mightily, saying: “I’m having trouble finding one that fits the ROPS on my tractor.  Plus I’d want a rigid canopy, and since I work around trees sometimes when I’m mowing or clearing I just don’t know if I should get one for my tractor”

Sun protection is important! We needed a canopy to be properly protected from the sun while on our tractors. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homesteading Blogs Sorted By State!

by Tammy Taylor~

A few weeks ago a reader suggested that since cooking directions can change based on altitude and gardening plans can differ based on planting zones, someone should compile a list of homesteading / Simple Living blogs separated by the areas they reside in.  BRILLIANT, and challenge accepted!  Such a list is helpful for not only the reader of my blog but also for all blog readers, so below you’ll find a list of awesome blogs separated by U.S. location and there’s even a spot to list some great blogs from our Canadian friends below!  I’ll place this list on a separate tab on my blog so it’ll always be easily accessible and I’m asking all blogs included in this list to share this list on their own blogs as well.

Gardening & Cooking Directions Vary By Location, here's An AWESOME Resource - A list of Homesteading Blogs About Simple Living Sorted By State! #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

5 Frugal Things To Save Money This Week

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is almost here in NE Texas!  How glorious to see things turning green, colorful flowers popping up and the temps warming.  RancherMan & I have been busy building new chicken runs and preparing the garden for planting.  We’re in Planting Zone 8 so I’m safe to drop the veggie seedlings into the ground around Easter and  I.  Can’t.  WAIT!   But I digress… (eh hemm…)  Today’s topic is saving money, and saving money is important to RancherMan & me – being self-employed means we’re always keeping a watchful eye on our dollars.  Thankfully there are ample opportunities to save some cold hard cash.  C’mon and see what we did this week to save money.

5 FRUGAL THINGS! Being self-employed means we keep a watchful eye on our dollars. Thankfully there are always ample opportunities to save! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Whispers of Past Lives…

by Tammy Taylor~

One day RancherMan took my hand & suggested we enjoy an unseasonably warm day & take a walk around the homestead.  As I often do this time of year when the poison ivy and snakes are (for the most part) dormant, I found myself once again at the location where the previous owners used to take their household discards. Although our barn and some of the barbed wire on our property dates back to the 1880’s, the last residents before us had their house burn down because of a lightening strike sometime in the late 1950’s.  So this area where they tossed their no-longer usable household items so long ago is like a mini time travel for me and I love it! It seems I can learn about those inhabitants from so long ago from what they left behind, a broken child’s die-cast car, broken household trinkets and canning jars.

WHISPERS OF PAST LIVES: The previous homesteaders home burned back in the 1950's, but I read their stories by what they left behind #TaylorMadeHomestead

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