Harvey, The Girls, & Mr. Satterwhite

To be exact, he's actually Harvey 2.
And, he's old.
Older than dirt.
 However... he still dehydrates food like a champ.
I had my sweet husband, dig through storage, and find Harvey.
We scrubbed him up, and plugged him in.
Even after all these years, he still is a workhorse of a dehydrator.
 My dad gave me this dehydrator, about 20 years ago; and that was after he and mom had used it for about 20 years also.
I tried to look this brand and model up on the Internet, and couldn't find out much.
I would really like to buy another one.... either as a back up, or to have an extra one running during the Fall.
No such luck. They are not made anymore, and haven't been made since the late 60' s  or early 70's.
Shoot and bagooties!
Honestly the best food dehydrator ... ever.
With a fan, and temperature controls, it makes dehydrating fruit, veggies, and making jerky a snap.
 A week ago Monday, 'The Girls' were delivered.
We shared an order with a friend of my husbands.
Fifty chicks
We only bought 12 hens.... but  all the chicks were delivered to us.
We picked out our 12 chicks, and took the rest to the friend.
25 of his are roosters.
He has a big ol' farm and will add the 25 roosters to the 50 or so chickens that he currently has.

 We also went to Satterwhite's lumber mill.
It's a great place to get lumber locally, and the prices are terrific.
 Of course, I noticed the cute flower hanger.
I'll have to add this to the 'would like to make' list.
 Satterwhite's has a scrap pile.
A lot of people buy wood out of the scrap pile for projects, and as winter gets closer, they stock up on the scrap wood for firewood.
 We needed some lumber for a partition fence, and we also found the most perfect log for my bottle tree.
By the time we finished loading the truck to the top of the truck bed with lumber and paying for it, all in all we only spent about $20.00.
A fraction of the cost that this much lumber would have cost us at the hardware store.
And, we never would have found the log with which we are making the bottle tree out of.
It is about 8 feet long, and 18 inches in diameter.
Should make a dandy bottle tree.
The little barn is getting a new roof now.
It's incredible to me, that after all these years, there is only one layer of shake shingles on that barn!
My sweet hubby has worked 72 hours in the last 6 days, and so progress on the barn roof has been a bit slow.
He's hoping to get a lot of work completed on it in the next few days.
New sheeting will have to be put down on the old one-bys and then the metal roof can be put on.
If I'm M.I.A. for a bit, you'll know why.

Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm grateful for getting our first squash blossom.
I'm going to baby, and appreciate that first squash like no other. Considering all the freezes that we've endured, it's nothing short of a miracle that we even have squash plants left in the garden.
~I'm grateful for all the over-time that my sweet hubby has been able to work.
Sure, it's hard to have him gone from home so much, but the over-time pay will come in so handy to really get some homestead projects done this summer.


  1. OMG...lots of news from your homestead! I have a food hydrator i got at a garage sale but have never used it. Not sure how as things from garage sales rarely come with directions! LOL! You might want to look on Ebay and see if there's one of your type.
    I love your list of grateful items...I journal each morning and always list 10 things I'm grateful for....I could go on and on but then I would never get going with my day! LOL!
    Your chicks are so cute. I hope to have them someday.
    I can't wait to see your bottle tree! Have a great week! It's getting REAL warm here so I have to get out early or late...90's here but still not too humid but we need rain...again.

    1. Hi Sam..
      I'm going to have to look on ebay for a new Harvey :)
      You would love your dehydrator once you give it a try :)

  2. I'm kicking myself...bought a dehydrator on a whim at a yard sale, never used it, so sold it at my own yard sale. Now I wish I had one. That fruit looks delicious!!

    1. Oh dear...
      Now you'll have to find a new one :)

  3. Wow what a great deal for that lumber. What do you do the with the dehydrated fruit. Is it just for eating like a snack or do you cook with it?

    1. Hi Elaine..
      Yes.. it is a great deal on the lumber, and I love that we have that option around here.

      We eat our dehydrated fruit as a snack, and sometimes we cook with it... esp. dried peppers, etc..

  4. I have always wanted a good food dehydrater. Looks like you have a gem. Love the little chicks...will you use the hens only for eggs or will they eventually become Sunday dinner? Great place to buy lumber...$20 for all of that...such a deal and I can't wait to see what your bottle tree will look like! So good that you have a positive attitude about your husband's work and overtime...thanks for the positive post.

  5. I like your dehydrator, Harvey. The fruit on it looks good too!
    And your chicks are cute. I just love baby chicks and all their fuzz!
    Understand being busy. It's that time of year!

  6. Harvey must be a real workhorse, Kerin! Sadly, even if you could find a newer version, it probably wouldn't be made as well or last nearly as long as that one...
    I LOVE the chick pic! Do you ever wonder what they were thinking being crammed together in that box? *teehee*
    That is a neat sawmill, I'll have to show these pictures to hubby.
    Hope you're having a wonderful week, Sweetie!

  7. You probably can't find any more Harveys because it worked SO GOOD people didn't have to buy more. ;) Glad you have it!! The chicks are just too sweet! Summertime is just a busy time of year... we do what we can. blessings ~ tanna

    1. I suppose that all the good Harvey's are still being enjoyed in their homes too....maybe someone will get foolish and sell theirs on ebay..... hee-hee!!

  8. My husband would love picking through that wood scrap pile!!! One of my friends uses a dehydrator too, I've never used one, but I'll bet the fruit is amazing!

    Can't wait to see your little chicks as they grow! I'll bet you'll have some wonderful eggs! Also, I was looking at one of you older posts - I love your kitchen, especially your stove! Did it come with your home or did you bring it with you?

    Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like my pickle recipe!

  9. My Mom used to have a dehydrator. Now I'm wondering where it went. My boys love jerky.

  10. Your dehydrator looks like it was built to last! We have an Excalibur, and love it. Looking forward to see the new metal roof. I am sure it will be pretty! Those chicks are too cute, and they will be even sweeter when they grow! Have a lovely week Kerin! xo Heather

  11. What a great thing Harvey is to have, awesome! Love the tiny baby girls, so cute. I thought the last name sounded familiar, we pass by that place all the time. You guys are the hardest workers I have ever seen! Good luck with everything! ;)

  12. Oh, my, how I would love to have a Harvey in my kitchen! You lucky thing!

    Chicks... I'm praying mine make it through the night, there is a snake out there and I couldn't catch him.

  13. I have never used a food dehydrator. Never really saw a need for one but seeing yours makes me rethink my thinking! :) With just the two of us, I throw out alot of fresh fruit and veggies that go bad before we use them up. Using a dehydrator would sure save on that problem, wouldn't it? I may have to look for a Harvey if they are to be had.
    Goodness! To be able to buy scrap lumber for projects would be such a $$ saver, wouldn't it? You are so blessed to have a place like Satterwhite's. Lumber mills are few and far between in this part of the country!
    Pray you have a blessed week.

  14. Great looking dehydrator. I so need to get one. What a great price for all that lumber!! Sounds like you will be busy for a bit. Enjoy all that you accomplish.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  15. Hello Kerin! I cannot wait to see the bottle tree. The lumber yard is a neat place with good bargains! Sweet little chicks, too. I've never owned a dehydrator but what a great item to have. Blessings to you this day.

  16. Harvey has been around the block and is still ticking, so he deserves a pat!

    Those chicks are too sweet. My husband would be so envious as he really wants chickens for pets and for the eggs.

    Looks like you have lots of projects ahead!! Good luck on that!

  17. you are one busy woman! good for you!!

  18. I'm off to bed too, Kerin. Couldn't resist stopping by to let you know that I was actually thinking of you just minutes before I checked my comments one more time. ;) I'll stop by in the morning with my cup of coffee to enjoy your post the way I like to, no rush.
    Pleasant dreams,

  19. Kerin, I am so, so excited to find your blog! Thanks so much for stopping by and introducing yourself. I can't believe how much we have in common. Both living in a small Utah town and fixing up an old farm house. I've even got a daughter that is just starting her third year of medical school and it looks like yours is on the same track. I am really looking forward to following along on your journey.

  20. Ready now, coffee and all. ;) My, you sure have been busy. That dehydrator sounds unreal, but I can believe you. I still have the same food processor from when my husband and I were married 27 years ago. Looks so out of place, but as long as it works, it's staying.
    I haven't forgotten about your bottle tree. Cannot wait to see how it will look. They get prettier with time.
    I also wanted to ask if you want me to add you to the Snow in July guest list? I'd love you to join, I'm sure you have some spectacular wintry whites to share with us. You can even use a previous post.

    Anywho, I'll let you get back to work. Looking forward to seeing more pics of "The Girls" as they grow up. ;)
    Much love,

  21. I can see why the name of your blog is so appropriate. I had better get up from my chair now!

  22. When my ex husband and I were at BYU I used to dehydrate in the back window of our car. It would get hot, the windows closed so no bugs and it worked like a charm.
    Anyway, looks like you have a lot to do! Have fun!

  23. Hi Kerin!

    I also *love* your blog!! I love meeting new people, and always wonder how I missed them too! Thank you for taking a peek at my blog - I've been a slowpoke about blogging lately, but I'm hoping that will change soon.

    I've been having a good time going through your old posts and finding out what a fun lady you are! I just love your old dehydrator, sometimes the oldies are truly the best! I love crafty things, and I sure wish we had Satterwhite's Lumber Mill by our house.

    You will certainly be added to my blog list and I can't wait to follow your blog, sounds like we have a lot in common!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs and Blessings,

  24. P.S. I love President Monson, isn't he the best!!?? I also love your Attitude of Gratitude at the end of your posts - perfect!!

  25. I have a dehydrator that I love - nowhere near as old as yours. :) I bought it about a year ago and it works great. I'm not at home but I believe it's an Excalibur (with 9 trays). blessings, marlene

  26. Kerin, your life is so adventurous! Are you really going to make an eight foot bottle tree? What are you going to use for your bottle holders? or are going to make holes in the post for the bottle neck? Hope your dehydrator never dies. We have an old Hastybake (grill) that my husbands grandfather used to grill on 50 years ago. We can still get parts that fit it! Best grill ever.

  27. I also have Little Harvey but I cannot find parts for it, the heat element has gone out on it. There is a neat story online about who made these dehydrators.


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