Thunder Bun – and everything else that happened this weekend

This was a pretty crazy, jam packed weekend on the Gillis homestead. Saturday dawned and we spent the majority of the morning doing household chores. I hung with Izzy while conquering the laundry and weekly cleaning tasks, while MrGillis finished the second alpaca paddock( more on that in another blog). Then, Izzy got restless, so…

Hat Organization

I have an absolute love affair with hats. I don’t believe in wearing them indoors, and honestly, I don’t even wear them a lot- mostly gardening. But I like to have selection. I also like to just look at them. They can be quite inspirational when sewing. Some of them have been parts of costumes,…

Slow feed hay cage for livestock

Thursday afternoon I walked into a very messy barn housing some very happy looking alpacas.   This is a becoming an expensive mess. So being the DIY problem solver that I am, I made a quasi-slow feeder hay cage Saturday morning. The deal with it is simple. I took two pieces of similar sized welded…

Closet Hack – Using Shower Rings to Organize

I have a confession. My closet is seriously out of control. And no I’m not going to post pictures. It’s really a bit embarrassing. But, I have decided it is time to tackle that mess and get it together. Because I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear because I don’t see them. And…

Permanent ToDo Lists

I am a serious list maker. Long ago, at the end of the night, I’d sit down and make my todo list for the next day- meticulous and right down to the nitty gritty. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a list telling you to get ta frick to work. That was before the…

How We Spent Our Sunday

When we first moved onto the new homestead, we discovered an unwelcome surprise. Now, I’m not going to name names, But I am going to take a stand and say, leaving a boat load of trash behind when you leave a property is…. a lot of negative bad things. I don’t really like to be…

Chicken Care 101- Spring Cleaning

Here at Gillis Gardens, we are big believers in preventative measures for maintaining good flock health. Part of that is a bi-annual coop cleaning. As I have mentioned before in my Winterize Your Chickens Blog, we use the deep litter method to help keep our girls home warm in the coldest of Northern Maine winter….