• Dig Dig for Victory,  LeyShaw Homestead

    Change is in the Air: Not-Summer is Coming

    I feel like September has gotten away from me. When I was looking at my planting calendar and I was like…huh….time to start putting out the cold weather stuff. My garden is in this weird part of the year, where I’ve got watermelon and kale growing at the same time; for whatever reason I feel like there is a seasonal disconnect there. Teachers in my district are returning to the classroom on October 12th, so I really need to get seedlings started and seeds in the ground. I learned pretty quickly that my batch of brassicas that I planted this summer was a wee-bit ambitious, because they grew fast and…

  • Effective Adulting

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 2-Work Flow and Communication

    As I said in a previous post, we have quite a few projects coming down the pike at the Modage/Leyshaw Homestead. This does not include the continuing saga of the Cursed Chicken Tractor. WHICH is getting so close to completion. (I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited about this.) We’ve actually made more progress than my most recent pictures show; I just forgot to take more this weekend. Oops! Teaching has eaten my brain. You’re lucky to be getting this blog post. A problem we kept running into is that I’m kind of the project manager and the steps we take are in my noggin; that’s how my brain works. I’m a hyper planner…

  • 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…