Weekend And 2014 Changes

chicken tracks

Trudy {left} and Betty 

no-knead crockpot bread

Oliver and Emerson

a very bored Oliver and Emerson

It's a nice weekend here, considering it's Winter, although it's supposed to get quite cold for the New Year.  We had a nice, quiet, Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time together.  The dogs and cats loved their gifts, particularly the ones from Grandma, and the Coop Girls are hoping Santa left lots and lots of freeze-dried meal worms.

We're taking it easy this weekend and enjoying the last bits of time off.  I haven't made any products in almost a week!  Hard to believe and I'm getting antsy to get back to work.

As 2014 draws closer I find myself reflecting back over this year.  It brought huge changes for us.  Huge!  I left one career and in doing so found so many paths that would lead to many more opportunities and changes.  I started a new career and had to figure out how to balance working from home with all the things to do around the home.  We didn't get as much checked off our home "to do" list as we'd like but managed to get some things accomplished.  

For the New Year, some changes will come to the blog.  Not big changes, just a few small ones.  I'm going to move the recipes back to this blog and do away with the cooking blog.  There will be more animal features - chickens, dogs, cats and honeybees that we will hopefully be adding this summer.  I'm hoping to write more about vegetable gardening and preserving the bounty this summer and fall as well as more homemade bath and beauty product tutorials.  And some things will stay the same - we'll still be sharing what's happening around here, crafts, DIY, etc. that we've tried and homesteading types of posts.  If there's something you'd like to see, I'd love to hear it!

Some changes coming to the farm this year that I'll be writing about are the additions of both honeybees and meat chickens.  We'll be expanding the garden {again} to add more produce for preservation as well as loofah and more winter squash.  We're hoping to add more fruit trees and bushes and would like to try our hand at growing mushrooms this year.  I'll be growing more herbs both for the business as well as for personal use, and hope to get some posts about teas, tinctures, etc. written. 

What about you - do you find yourself reflecting back on the past year and reassessing goals?

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!


Joleen said...

I've been reading your blog for a long time, but never commented. I really enjoy it and look forward to your changes in 2014. I wish you a happy, healthy, productive and save year ahead.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Joleen! And I'm so happy you commented - I love to meet who's out there. :) Happy New Year!!

born imaginative. said...

I am thinking about honey bees too this year. Whatever path your blog takes, I'll be following! :)

Sonya said...

I think I have maybe commented only once but wanted to stop by to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I am an American living in,The Netherlands and picked up 8 hens this summer and re homed one when Hyacinth decided to turn into a Hyde! We live in a neighborhood and having a rooster will cause problems.

Anyway, I stand out like a huge thumb here..I'm an American with chickens, and I grow my own veggies,bake bread and do my own thing..boy do I stand out here. I love reading about your adventures with soap making,gardening and everything else. So glad you aren't getting rid of the recipes as I love those very much!

Wishing you a Happy New Year and look forward to everything you have in store for the blog :)

daisy g said...

It all sounds good to me. Just keep teaching us! ;0D
Continued blessings in the new year.

Sylvie la GB said...

I think I've never commented here, but I discovered your blog recently, and I love it ! I'm really looking forward to reading you next year, as your changes really speak to me ! :o)
enjoy the last few days of 2013, and 'bon bout d'an' as we say here !
Sylvie, from France

Anonymous said...

Staci - you have had an amazing year. I look forward to reading about your adventures. Wanted the bees to happen here in2014 but looking doubtful - so I'll live vicariously through yours.

Unknown said...

I'm a new reader to your blog and have enjoyed so much of what you have to share!

In the new year, I look forward to reading about your new honeybees. I'm interested in getting bees myself in a year or two and many of the resources I follow are from established beekeepers, which is great!- but it will be really insightful to follow someone who has new hives to get established.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Jackie! Sonya - I'm so happy you commented! You must have so many stories to tell living in the Netherlands! And no, definitely not getting rid of the recipes. :)
Daisy and Sylvie - thanks so much!
Kim and Camille, it should be interesting & eventful since J probably won't have much to do with the bees so it will likely be all me. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Sounds like some good changes are coming to the blog. I can't wait to hear about the honeybees! We are trying to get some more equipment to expand to three hives for the spring. Can't wait to see what all you accomplish in the coming year :)

Liz said...

Such exciting things you have to look forward to in 2014! We have inherited a hive of bees with our new home purchase. Something new for us as well. Always enjoy reading your blog!

Mary said...

Such beautiful pictures. I'm in awe of all that you accomplish. For Christmas, my son gave me a kit for growing mushrooms on an old log. We'll have to compare mushroom growing notes. I've always been intrigued by beekeeping. I buy quite a bit of local honey from our farmer's market, hoping it will help my allergies Wishing all the best for you and Jay and your menagerie in the new year.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Staci, I loved hearing about your Christmas and the changes you will make to your blog etc. I always love dog posts(your two are so adorable)and I've made a list of goals for next year that will post next week. May your New Year be blessed beyond measure!