• LeyShaw Homestead

    What the Cursed Chicken Tractor Has Taught Me

    It is September and the JSCT (John Suschovich Chicken Tractor) still isn’t finished. To recap: the supplies were dropped off on July 6th; the Tuesday after I took my ELAR 7-12 grade exam. We really got it kicked off that weekend. We started off strong. Then Mother Nature decided she hates Houston, and we were struck with waves of heat advisories, torrential downpours, and the Fella threw out his back. The No Stress Tractor has been pretty stressful. It’s not the tractor’s fault and when I need another chicken tractor, I will likely build another JSCT. We HAVE made progress, but it has been incremental. Which brings me to my…

  • Effective Adulting,  My Best Self,  Our Very Fine House

    Better Living through Effective Adulting: Part 1-Care of the Environment

    One of the things the Fella and I did when the pandemic struck was start to look at our finances. We realized that a recession was coming and me being an old Millennial and the Fella being a young Gen-Xer we were impacted greatly by the last one. We weren’t together at the time, but we’ve commiserated on challenges that came with losing our respective jobs. We’ve watched our peers struggle to rebound from coming of age in a period of high unemployment. We realized that we needed to start taking steps to lessen the foot print that our bills make on our lives. We started looking for places to…

  • LeyShaw Homestead

    Chicken Coop Diplomacy

    We decided last Wednesday to introduce the new Orpingtons (the Churchills) to the Sussexes( the Windsors.) Having never done this before I can say, with my limited experience, that everything seems to be going alright for the most part. However, changing coop dynamics are always fascinating to watch. I have always suspected that Wallis Simpson was the dominate personality in the pecking order. The events of the past few days have proven this to be true. She is doing everything to make herself look big, important, and impressive. In the words of the Fella, “I didn’t know she could make herself so….poofy.” She is suspicious of the new addition and…