August 8, 2019

Welcome the newest addition to our canine family.

Gunnar showed up just before the July 4th holiday weekend. I was heading out of town and said to Jamie, "Good luck. I'll be back in a few days."

Poor little dude wasn't neutered so he humped everything in sight and peed o...

April 21, 2019

I was changing the words to the famous Oscar Mayer jingle to include Cocoa. I know it makes me a complete dork, but that's okay with me. I hadn't finished before we had to put Cocoa down. This is as far as I got:

My Pookie has a first name. It's C-O-C-O-A. My Pookie has...

January 24, 2019

The last quarter of 2018! To be fair, I haven't written a Homestead Haiku since October. The fall is always ridiculously busy so I have to find a better time management system. 

I wrote the bulk of these Homestead Haikus in January. Don't judge me. Or judge me and don't...

October 9, 2018

Thank you to Masterson's Garden Center in East Aurora for its beekeeping apprenticeship program. I've learned so much and have started applying my lessons.

We got honey! 

I was careful not to take all the honey. I took just what was capped. There is plenty more for the b...

October 1, 2018

Third quarter haiku! All the Homestead Haiku in one place.

July 2, 2018

Retro clothespin bag

Little man outfit so cute

Take me to my roots

July 9, 2018

Itty bitty eggs

Rainbow of different colors

Hens earning their keep

July 16, 2018

Charles back in his crack

Thought he dies a...

August 13, 2018

Last year we got bees.

They're dead.

We didn't know what to do with them.

We got more bees this year and I discovered Masterson's Garden Center in East Aurora. They are the bee capital in Western New York and probably parts of Pennsylvania. They have an incredible selecti...

July 2, 2018

I have been slacking this second quarter and hadn't updated the Haikus for a month. I just wrote the Haikus to reflect life on the Homestead. Here they are for the second quarter:

April 2, 2018 

April comes in white

Mother Nature is a bitch

I want my green grass

April 10, 2...

April 18, 2018

I know that having a farm and animals is difficult. I also know that death is part of the process either on its own or helped along.

Last year we started with ten chickens. You have seen on this site how we went to eight rather quickly when Maverick decided it was time...

April 2, 2018

The chickens quickly outgrew their digs in the back room. Yes, it was just a huge cardboard box and it was meant to be temporary.

Mother Nature, however, was not cooperating with us. We wanted to move the chickens outside sooner but with recent cold, cold, snowy weather...

March 26, 2018

At the beginning of this year I thought I would have some fun. I had resigned my post as dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure to return to my post as associate professor. I agreed to serve as the dean of Graduate Studies - a post I will resign...

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