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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What's the date again..?

As I mentioned before, or maybe I didn't, we home school our two girls.  We have been learning all about the seasons but with it being 85 degrees and sunny it's kind of hard to explain to small children that the weather really DOES change.  : /

Although I think all my chickens are more than pleased, all be it a little confused, about the warm lingering weather I am just sick of it!  I am ready for boots and scarves.  Hot chocolate and a fire crackling in the fireplace.  This is insane, we have always toyed around with the idea of leaving Texas, this may be just what we needed to boot us out.

Blegh..
J

True stories..

True stories are my favorite.  They are always easy to retell!

We went to the "outside park" as my children have lovingly named the park at the elementary school down the street. (The "inside park" is a whole other thing).  We took Deuce the Border Collie there who, amazingly, doesn't seem to see any other person or dog there other than that who is yielding the ball and the ball throwing apparatus.

So there we are, kids romping, DH throwing and dog fetching.   Two little boys witnessed all of this and within earshot of my girls Ava (the big one) and Alyssa (little stister as she is lovingly known)  this all unfolded in front of me:

Boy #1: Whoa!!
Boy #2: That is a really good trained dog ( his own language, referring to the actual dog of course)
Ava: No, that's just my sister Alyssa

With love,
J

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Homesteading

Hope everyone had a fun, safe Halloween!  And a happy All Saint's Day today!

We recently started making our own house hold cleaners, dish soaps, laundry soap, shampoo etc.  So far so good!  I'm really happy with the quality and they clean just as good or better than the national brands!  To keep streaks off of the glass we use newspaper and add a teaspoon of alcohol to our other cleaners, ta-da!

The meat birds are in the freezer now.  DH is still figuring out a killing cone design.  We have also thought of the idea of having a local chicken "killing class". Sounds brutal but it seems there are more and more folks leaving the nest these days without the basic skill of slaughtering and carving a chicken!  Never fear, we are here to help!  Work on the big 'bator is still in progress.  I WILL post pics and a step by step of the construction.   If it turns out well, I want to share!

Ever closer grows the reality of the new house.  We are desperately needing more space!  Not IN the house, OUTside of the house!  I would much prefer an older house, but we will just have to see how that works out.

Back to Serama business: We ended up with 2 eggs yesterday. Both from Cinnamon or one from silkie, I have no idea but I was stoked!  Our incubator is out on loan at the moment to a 4H homeschooler so I had them put the eggs in there for me. Not getting too excited about these since they are the first eggs from a young trio, but it never hurts to try!  Besides, Serama eggs are the size of grapes..too small to eat!

We are celebrating cookies today, according to the oldest child (we will call her #1) so I must finish my baking duties.  :o)