Monthly Archives: November 2008

Turkey in our back yard

November 26, 2008
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Turkey in our back yard

The guys butchered 2 turkeys today.  They had some help from some of our friends.  One of our sons bought 5 turkeys earlier this year.  We had two of them die…butchered two and waited on one–we are going to fatten him up a bit more.  No 40 lb turkey this year….

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Young Men in Coveralls

November 26, 2008
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Young Men in Coveralls

We love the word “work” around here, some more than others… These young men put in a big man’s size day full of work on the farm gathering wood and butchering turkeys.  We are trying to heat our house this winter using mostly our wood stove.  We didn’t expect to go through so much wood…

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Homeschooling Today Magazine

November 26, 2008
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“Inspiring Daughters Begins With Mom” is an article I wrote for the September / October issue of Homeschooling Today.  We have been working on home management notebooks and I wrote about the process about how to put a notebook together with your daughters.  Check it out here… You can find the Homeschooling Today Magazine at your local…

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Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

November 25, 2008
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Thanksgiving Turkey Advice from Kindergarteners

Our small rural town paper published some funny advice from the local public school Kindergarteners about how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.  Not only did we enjoy a good laugh, but reading through the responses, we discovered something very interesting and telling.  See if you can guess… The majority of the statements were like this… Go…

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How the Industrial Revolution Made Life Harder

November 24, 2008
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How the Industrial Revolution Made Life Harder

We have written many times on the Industrial Revolution and what a drastic change it has made to our economic, cultural, and political landscape.  There are so many ramifications, that it is difficult to even identify them, let alone be able to understand their full impact on our lives.  It may be questioned if we are even able…

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Good Snake Verses Bad Snake

November 11, 2008
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Good Snake Verses Bad Snake

I know there were several folks who had doubts when I told my wife that “good snakes” eat bad snakes.  But, thanks to a good friend who has a good friend who took these pictures, I have proof! WARNING: Not for the reptile challenged.  If you have no desire to see one snake eat another one,…

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My $3.00 Free Wild Plants

November 10, 2008
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My $3.00 Free Wild Plants

We have lots of wild herbs and plants growing in our woods.  My boys have been digging up baby trees and replanting them in various places in our yard.  I was delivered this bucket of wild ferns and monkey grass sometime last week and promptly informed that I now owe him $3!

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Dabney the Political Prophet and His Unanswered Prayer (1897)

November 8, 2008
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Dabney the Political Prophet and His Unanswered Prayer (1897)

That popular suffrage does not now really govern this country, that it is notoriously a marketable commodity, that the United States have really ceased already to be what they pretend, a federation of republican States, no clear sighted man doubts.  Under a thin veil of radical democracy, the government has already become an oligarchy.  Are…

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These aren’t American Lady Bugs!

November 7, 2008
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These aren’t American Lady Bugs!

If you are one of those families who live in an area where the Asian Lady Beetle has overtaken you–I feel your pain.  Since 1916, they have spread coast to coast thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In one article I read, “The Asian multi-colored lady beetle was first introduced in California in 1916 as a…

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Black Walnuts

November 7, 2008
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Black Walnuts

If only I had endless energy and time, I could do a lot with all the black walnuts around here.    Here are just a few that the kids picked up.  In addition to being the cause of a potential hospital trip for a broken ankle (have you ever tried walking on ground covered by fallen…

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Workin’ in Chicken City

November 7, 2008
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Workin’ in Chicken City

A few more pictures from some work on the new chicken tractor that will house the white leghorn birds.   They screwed a top pole in to help stabilize the tractor a bit more.  And they put screws in the base.  While waiting on his next gopher job of running back to the shed to fetch additional…

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Chicken Cluck Cabin

November 6, 2008
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Chicken Cluck Cabin

Chicken Cluck Cabin is where our down home country chicks live.  They are our main laying hens right now although with the cooler temps and the shorter days they have decreased their egg production greatly.  We still need to rework the setup but for now they are using a small hen house which is surrounded…

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Introducing Chicken City – The New Chicken House

November 6, 2008
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Introducing Chicken City –  The New Chicken House

Our chickens started leaving the farm.  We lost count of how many have been run over in the road.  We even see our birds over in the neighbors cow pasture.  So we have been busy building a larger chicken tractor to house the white, flighty, run-away leghorns.  Using scrap greenhouse pieces, we came up with…

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The Red, the Blue, and those without Representation

November 4, 2008
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