Monthly Archives: March 2009

Gardens are Growing

March 25, 2009
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Gardens are Growing

Even with cutting back, buying sales, and strategic meal planning and grocery shopping, many families are still seeing an increase in what they are spending on food and household supplies.  It isn’t so much the increase cost that is driving our family back to the land, but the extreme dependency that we find ourselves in.  The…

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Gardening Roots

March 24, 2009
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Gardening Roots

I use to think our garden spot was a big garden spot.  However, after seeing some of the gardens around here and realizing the reality of what it actually takes to produce enough food for a family..our garden spot is a measly science experiment.  However, it is a good size for us to get busy on. …

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Boys and their Possum

March 19, 2009
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Boys and their Possum

You have to watch where you go around here.  While you’re watching out for cow patties and turkey droppings, you should keep your eye out for the boy’s latest project hanging out behind the shed….ready to jump out and scare the beejeebers out of you.  He skinned it.  With the help of his brother, some…

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The Country Snowman

March 18, 2009
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The Country Snowman

Before spring time arrives in full swing, I forgot to mention the great snowman the kids created a few weeks ago.  They rolled the bottom ball, then the middle ball.  They had to build a snow ramp to roll the middle ball into place. They added some finishing touches to his face.  A carrot for his nose, two…

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Shell-less egg

March 18, 2009
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Shell-less egg

This was an unusual egg.  It didn’t have a shell.  No, we didn’t eat it. 

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Just a few farm tools for the pond

March 17, 2009
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Just a few farm tools for the pond

In an effort to repair his pond from the devastating effects that the 2007 drought caused, he has been tending his pond like a sick puppy (…like he would attend a sick puppy, not like I would…). He’s already added bentonite clay.  Today, he walked in the house with a big bag and a box and a smile. …

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Turning an ugly lamp into a beauty

March 17, 2009
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Turning an ugly lamp into a beauty

Here is another post to go into my new category, “Fixin’ up the Home Place”.    Here’s my version of what a beauty is.  My possum trapping son has his own beauty. I spotted this lamp at goodwill…saw the price $4.50…and had a great picture in my mind of what I could do with it.  It…

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The Film Every Pro-lifer Must See

March 12, 2009
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The Film Every Pro-lifer Must See

  The Terri Schiavo Story To some the culture’s view of life in America’s is a battle to be fought or a cause to embrace, but to the Schindler family it was personal… it was life itself.   The Terri Schiavo Story, is a tragic and even difficult story to hear, and even more so to tell. …

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Look! No Horns!

March 12, 2009
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Look!  No Horns!

Our Nubian milk goat’s horns fell off after about 3 1/2 weeks.  Here’s the story about how and why we banded the goat’s horns:  The Trouble with Goat Horns.  Here’s a picture of her with horns. Here’s a picture of her horns in the process of falling off. Wow! Look at that!  No Horns!  Here’s a…

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When you give a 3 year old a paint brush

March 11, 2009
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When you give a 3 year old a paint brush

I added a new category to our blog:  Fixin’ up the Home Place.  I hope to post several do-it-yourself projects we have done and are doing.  I have about a hundred home projects that I would like to get started on all at one time.  I am trying to pace myself.  My husband tells me that…

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Gardening Thoughts

March 10, 2009
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Gardening Thoughts

We have had beautiful weather the last couple of days…right before it gets cold again later this week.  I am ready to get out in the garden.  We still have some more prep work to be done before.  It is a great time to plant cool weather veggies like cabbage, lettuces, broccoli, peas.  I probably…

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Incubating Chicken Eggs Summary

March 10, 2009
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Wow, that was a huge learning experience.  Hatching out our own chicks didn’t work out like we had planned.  To sum up the results:   We finally had one chick…then another…then several more that started to hatch but didn’t make it.  A couple of days after they hatched, the light bulb went out that kept the two…

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Incubating Chicken Eggs: Humidity is important

March 3, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs:  Humidity is important

Humidity is very important when you are incubating and hatching out chicks.  We knew we were having some problems with the humidity because our incubator was collecting condensation on the glass.  With a few adjustments, we still didn’t have it right.  Which is beyond me because, they seem to do a lot better out in…

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It’s a Beauty, Mom!!

March 3, 2009
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It’s a Beauty, Mom!!

Our 8 year old bought a trap with his birthday money.  Since then he has been learning the ropes of how to trap like his big brothers.  They trap possum usually…possum that like to come closer to the house and find the chickens and their eggs.  So keeping the critters away is an important job. …

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Incubating Chicken Eggs: We have a chick!

March 3, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs:  We have a chick!

Late last night our first chick finally hatched out of its egg.  Just in case anyone is wondering…chicks don’t immediately hatch out of their eggs.  It takes forever.    Here’s the shell.  It has been quite fascinating for the children to see the process of taking an egg, incubating it, turning it, keeping it warm and then…

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