Spring 2021 Farm Update

It’s springtime in Oklahoma, which means it’s the rainy season. I’m not really sure we’ll ever see the sun again at this point. Honestly, I know that by mid-summer, we’ll be begging for rain, but right now it’s just so wet.

There have been lots of changes on our little farm! Here are the highlights of the past few months…

There have been a lot of changes with my flock this year. We started the year with some major issues, including a brutal cold snap, a prolapsed hen, feather picking, and an aggressive rooster.


In February, we had a near record breaking cold snap, getting to -10 F one night, with 8 inches of snow. We managed to keep the chickens pretty cozy with water heaters, wind breaks, and heat lamps.

After twelve years on the Gulf Coast, I’m not used to snow. It’s been a long time since in saw this much!
Our coop setup allowed us to put a heat lamp outside, shining in. I was glad we had a safe way to keep them warm!

During the cold, we had one hen who prolapsed. After a vet helped us, we spent days nursing her back, but she prolapsed again as soon as she laid another egg, and we had to cull her.

Move forward a few weeks, and we were struggling with aggressive feather picking from several hens and a rooster who started attacking people. After a lot of research and trying multiple things to stop the picking, I finally decided to cull my flock down to my four best hens. It was the right call, because my remaining hens are so happy. They get along well, they’re laying great, and their feathers are growing back in.


This is the most fun change to our farm – we got pigs! We bought two Hampshire/Yorkshire/Duroc mix males, who are brothers. Y’all – pigs are so fun! They may become my favorite farm animal. They love attention. One in particular likes to have his belly scratched.

The day we brought the pigs home – they were so little!

My husband had the idea to get an old bowling ball for them. They love it! It’s hilarious to watch them roll it around and play.

We will only have these pigs until October, when we’ll butcher them. Then we’ll start over in spring with new piglets.


Thank goodness most of my landscaping bushes (that we just planted in the fall) survived our sub-zero February temperatures. I have six bushes in the back that I thought were gone, but are maybe beginning to come out of it and start growing again. All my front bushes (there are a lot!) not only survived but are doing extremely well. We’ve added several more accent bushes to add color.

Best of all, my husband and boys surprised me for Mother’s Day with the perfect front porch! I’d been saying for months that I wanted rocking chairs, so they got my chairs, an antique sewing machine table, and flowers. I love it!

It’s been a challenging year, but I’m happy with how things are going. I have to admit, though, I’m a fall girl. I’m already counting the days until the leaves start turning and the days get cooler. What about you? What season is your favorite?

Book Flight: Letters

In a fast paced, technology based world, there’s something special about handwritten notes and letters. Today I’m sharing my favorite novels that revolve around letters: some sweet, some mysterious, some heartbreaking.

Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay

This was the book everyone was talking about when it first came out, but I put off reading it. Contemporary romance isn’t a genre I usually enjoy. When I finally read Dear Mr. Knightly, my opinion quickly changed and I found a new favorite author. This sweet debut novel is such a fun read and reminds me of the childhood favorite book that inspired it, Daddy Long Legs.

The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

I’ve been a fan of Joanna Davidson Politano since her first book, but this is my new favorite. This historical romance’s feisty main character finds a hidden love note and determines she will find it’s intended reader. She quickly loses control of the situation as the note takes on a life of it’s own.

Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green

Set during World War II, this book has a similar feel to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book delves into deep themes of forgiveness and grace, and also highlights lesser known events of WWII, including the Japanese-American internment camps in America. It’s another incredible debut novel.

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

This split time novel was the first I read by Rachel Hauck, who has quickly become a favorite author. It had been a really long time since I became so emotionally wrapped up in a book. Keep the tissues close when you read this!

Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham

I’m in the middle of this book right now, and it would be hard for a book lover to find a better setting – a bookstore and long long notes and letters. I’m only a few chapters in, but I love it! Set at the Biltmore Estate, his is the first in a multi-author series called Doors to the Past, set around famous historical American landmarks.

What are your favorite books about letters? I’d love to add more to my TBR list!

My Favorite Online Book Clubs

Are you in a book club? It can be hard to find a good local book club, especially if you live in a small town like I do. Online book clubs can be a great alternative if you can’t find a local book club that works for you. Thankfully, I’ve found two fantastic online book clubs.

Literary Madness & The People Who Follow It

Led by one of my favorite authors, Jaime Jo Wright, Literary Madness is mainly active on Instagram. This group reads a mix of gothic, romance, Christian fiction, and mainstream. I absolutely loved the April pick – The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson. I’ve also read The Thief of Blackfriar’s Lane by Michelle Griep with them earlier this year. You can find the group here: https://www.instagram.com/madlitbookclub/

What the Dickens

This fun group is led by three great authors: Kristy Cambron, Katherine Reay, and Sarah Ladd. This group focuses on classics. There are so many great discussions here, from companion books for the current read to the best movie version. There are also quite a few giveaways. This month, they’re reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte, and in June, they will read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. July’s book is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. The group meets in a private Facebook group. You can request to join here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/148142782575484?group_view_referrer=search

Are you in any online book clubs? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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