Soap Making – Basic Recipe

I’ve been making soap for years now.  I’m not too fancy about it.  I usually make this basic recipe with

Gratitude and Dead Sheep

I live where roads are more often dirt than paved.  Rural living.  It’s what I wanted. I went into town today.  Got a

November Day

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau Mornings

Poetry and Squirrel Stew

I’ve indulged in hippie dreams, Swirling like smoke in cedar groves. Those backroad corners of my mind. The dreams my up

Mint Tea Among Other Things

Today was a  golden day.  Sunshine aplenty.  I wish I would’ve spent more time outdoors.  But I was busy working at

Eating off the Land

  SQUIRREL. First squirrel into the stew pot. I liked it.  The Other Half liked it.  Worth repeating?  Definitely. How

Cleaning Up Caradan

The temperatures have been 20s-30s at night and early morning.  Fifties during the day.  Perfectly wonderful in my book. I&#

From Inside A Turkey

These items were retrieved from the craw of a turkey that lived on my farm. I raised poultry for many years.  When left to ro

Minimizing, Living Simple = Ahhhhhhhhhh

Last week and over the weekend we gave away and sold some things that we did not use or need.  This lightening of the load is

Photos for Today


Lizzards and Chicken Tractors

Today while Dave was taking Shorty for one of her mandatory walks around HTF, they spotted a rather large lizard. I was going

In Pictures

I’ve been finding lots of bits of broken glass in the garden and certain areas on HTF.  I am considering using some

More Chicks

The chick count is now up to 25.  Unfortunately, this number may soon be down by one.  The reality of having animals is not

Paradise Found, Gardening in Unlikely Places (book)

Paradise Found.  Every time I step outside at the Caradan place, this is what I think.  I also recently discovered a book w

Spraddle Leg

Today the chick count is up to 14 and I hear peeping noises coming from inside the incubator…so I expect more eggs to ha

More Hatching.

Lots of progress in the hatching department here at Happy Texas Farm. Chick on the way Our first chick finally made its way ou


FINALLY.  It appears that one of the eggs in the incubator has started to hatch. I noticed it this afternoon when I was turni

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Texas Farm is located in an area that used to be a small settlement.  Like so many of its kind, the little community h

Fence Up!

This is cause for celebrating on HTF!  The fence is finally up. Hooray- Hooray! I still need to paint everything- including

Overwhelming? Maybe it just “Is what it is”

Often when I look around HTF I see ALL the work I want to do and I am inspired!  Other times I feel overwhelmed.  Aaaahg! 

Farm News

Here is the latest goings on at HTF. CHICKENS We experienced a loss- (see this post).  One of our roosters bit the dust. New

RIP Huey

Huey – 04/2008 thru 05/2009 Our Light Brahma Rooster, Huey passed away on 5/12/09. He literally dropped dead.  Weird, b

Offline For the Weekend

We are back online as of yesterday.  Last Friday a big storm came through our area.  I haven’t seen lightening of


Today acquisition of a new wheelbarrow is on the “to do list”. We actually already have a wheelbarrow.  No way (in our wo

The latest: Fence, Critters, Plants, & more

No sign of them yet….potatoes planted in old tires filled with soil I have heard from more than one source that this is


Wildflower Things are really getting green around Happy Texas Farm.  The land is bursting with color.  These are some pictur

Buying In Bulk – Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

What I wouldn’t give for a old fashioned general store right out of a western movie!  A place where the stuff of l

Garden Gate Pictures

Garden Gate Latch This is the latch Dave made for the gate.  We’d been thinking it over for a few days.  I still didn’t

Building a Sturdy Garden Gate

Dave has been designing and building the gate for our garden fence project. HE is happy to report that this endeavor is nearin

Homemade Laundry Detergent Review

Two loads of Sandra & Dave laundry have now been washed using the Homemade detergent. I am happy to report that it works.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ingredients and supplies I made my own laundry detergent today.  We finally got to the bottom of the giant sized thing of det

Stop and Smell the Roses

Roses The rose bush in the “front” yard is blooming.  This is the first flower….but it shows promise of many more.  I

A Day In the Life (pictures)

A common sight in Texas. This one is in our neighborhood. This old truck is also near HTF. Squash- ready to soon go in the gar

Treasure Hunt

We have begun our hunt for materials.  In building our house we are hoping to use salvaged material as much as possible.

Future Farm Projects

Completion of the Fence is the priority right now.  We might have been much farther along on that project, but mother nature


In the early morning hours we were awakened by thunder shaking the house.  Texas thunderstorms can do that. Because the house

Late Start Garden

Some seedlings on the porch. Due to the recent move, we are getting a late start on garden projects.  Even so….I’m just g

Fencing: Farm Sport

We are putting a fence around our garden spot. It was never a question of whether we’d need the fence.  Only when and how.