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We are working on keeping cool. Thank God for AC!



Our animals need about constant care in this heat. Did you know pigs don’t sweat? That’s why they need mud, the water evaporates much like sweat on our skin. 


We garden in the morning during the cool hours, which means early mornings for these farm kids. I make it up to them, don’t worry.


Play in a tent


Run through the sprinkler


Chillin' with our shades on

See we rock the work/play thing around here, somedays .


Lehmann Family Zoo Staff and Management


Gardening Capers

Today I am letting my dd write the post I’m bit scared.

image here’s me getting a drink with my sister

Me and my brothers are planting a garden. Growing stuff is awesome! We can get the ground ready, yay I get to play in the dirt. Then, we poke the seeds in. Mom’s really picky about it and says they have a “coryoptal” (coleoptile) thing and will only grow so far without sun. Whatever. Then we water and that’s it.

Here’s our tomatoes we need a fence for rabbits

Here’s my brother making hills for squash

Some pretty rainbow clouds my brother said it was going to rain ice cream (sun dogs)

Colors of Spring

I love the smell of roundup in the morning. Okay maybe not but here are some familiar sights in my neck of the woods.


Sprayers doing burndowns


Tractors and planters




Flower beds needing weeded

5 Simple Rules

We have been revamping things in our home since Christmas. We started a process of attitude adjustment and working towards the final phase of content. With the news my dd failed her first semester of 5th grade, came the plan of testing for learning disabilities and other mental health issues. It has been a tough process for all involved.

I always thought that “bad” kids came from “bad” parenting. As I look back over the last 10 years of my dd short life I don’t see bad. I see some bad choices and mistakes but nothing out of the ordinary. I do see teachers, educators, and other professionals that don’t listen to parents though. Two years ago we put dd on ADHA meds at the suggestion of psychologists and school officials. After 6 months of watching my little girl suffer the side effects of these drugs and the doctors just give her more drugs to balance out the side effects we said enough! We weaned her off her meds and she is now drug free but still full of issues. The meds never helped these problems.

To streamline this process we set up rules that fit all occasions; at home, in public, as a guest, etc. All my kids have to do is THINK.
Is it Thoughtful
Is it Helpful
Is it Intelligent
Is it Necessary
Is it Kind
in 6 weeks I have not found a situation that these simple rules do not apply. Even my struggling dd has improved a little bit and that’s something that hasn’t happened in years.

Raising Kids on a Dime

Out here in the middle of nowhere, about 20 min from town, many wonder how we raise kids without breaking the budget. I am here to offer several tips that work for us. You could use many of these principals living in town too.
First and most important, get organized! If the kids have a 4H meeting or story-time make the trip to town productive. Run to the post office, make the trip to the store for perishables, and head to the bank. Yes, it is tiring but you get it done.
Second, this goes with the previous step and anything else, make a list. If you need to get milk, eggs, and apples at the store write it down. That way two days later you’re not making a dawn run to the store for milk.
Third, remember bulk is cheaper. When I make a list for groceries it will last us two weeks. I will get anything that will last the whole two weeks at that point. Five pounds of hamburger, a gallon jar of pickles, large bagged cereal, etc.
Lastly, prioritize! Do you need it now or can it wait? I have found that much of what I think I need so bad one day I end up not buying, finding an alternative, or getting a better price when I do my big shopping day.
These tips are how I provide all food stuff and home stuff to my family of 7 for 700$ a month and keeping my fuel bill to 200$ a month, remember I have a 36 mile round trip when I head into town.

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Guest Crunch

This week will be a busy one for me. We are getting ready for some of the busiest weeks of the year. Summer visits from friends and family and school starting.

I love having guests but I really hate the days of stress beforehand. Getting my children to help me seems impossible, yet as I look around I see a marked improvement in the cleanliness of our home. Well anyway off to chase dd with the furniture polish. Hope she takes the hint.

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