Super Lurker here... finally read through all the pages and I am prepared to make myself known!! Hi all, I'm Michelle First off, Happy Belated Birthday Oz!! My thoughts go out to your family during this storm. I hope everyone is OK! Needless to say, I have been drawn in... like that "can't put the book down, just one more page" sort of stuff. Your adventures are amazing and allowing us to ride along with you is even more so! I feel your excitement when the chicks hatch and your sadness when something does not work out-- we're right there with you! Please keep sharing! A bit about myself... well, my dh and I just bought our "homestead" in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are excited to start our journey in becoming more self-sufficient. We have 7 mature apple trees and 7 mature peach trees that have been a bit neglected over the years. Some major pruning is in the near future. We also have about 7 "heaps" of grape vines. Something else that needs some attention. The first thing I did when we closed on the property is order my chicks! First time chicken owner here! I won't have any input on the chicken end of things, so I will sit back and learn! Many plans in the future, to include fencing to get my horse on the property. You also got me interested in quail! One project at a time... You're truly an inspiration, Oz! I don't know what I am going to do now that I am all caught up!!