Friday, February 25, 2011

Felix and Peppermint Mocha aren't sure they like this cold weather. "Just keep the bottles comin.'"

This years batch of peeps are certain theydon't like it at all.

Thats whats going on around here....heat lamps and hot snacks and getting over a terrible flu bug that laid us low. What about your neck of the woods?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Is it wrong to desire to be an over-all useful person instead of "exceptional" in one particular way? It seems culturally, pursuing excellence is what is most strived for. It also seems that this view sets up a constant competition within us as well as with our fellow man.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Some days this "eating healthy" thing just plain hurts. I miss you, Pepsi.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Meeting Goals

This afternoon's lovely weather inspired me to snap a few shots of the weekends work. The greenhouse, which is still producing broccoli leaves for the bunnies and side-shoots and greens for us, is now all ready for soil amendments. After growing food almost constantly for two years the ground is looking BAD. Its an extremely ugly color and compacted something terrible.

We also used our outdoor living room during this respite from winter. Having that area has changed the way I draw house plans. We all enjoy the firepit and BBQ area so much, now it is just incorporated into our long term home hopes. Behind the seating area in the picture is the field where sometime in the future we plan to build.

Here is Big Bird and his harem. We are down to only five fluffy bottoms, but later in the week, we have nine new little peeps coming home. This is the second year that I put a light on the girls for the winter months, so we have had good farm eggs most of those years.

Some second hand store finds are almost too perfect.
This one is called "Eggs-in-the-Sun" by Cara Dailey

Thursday, February 3, 2011

-Greenhouse is ready for planting. YAHOO!

-And now the starts are started.

I have wanted to save my own seeds for many years. Last year I happened to have plants in places that made it do-able, and so I saved broccoli, spinach and Swiss chard. BUT! When I went to plant it yesterday, I was hesitant. What if it doesn't germinate? Or worse....looks lovely, but fails to make food? What if I spend all the time and energy and money and water on a worthless crop? ( I think there is a Sunday School lesson in there somewhere.) We shall see.
Yesterday was one of those Saturdays that make you so glad that we have home days. We all got things accomplished. We all got to spend time with good friends. It reminded me to be extra thankful that we are one of the "one out of five families" that live in "Rural America." We are so BLESSED.