Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Chickens - New Eggs

This past weekend we were given 4 new chickens. These are Americauna chickens. They lay pretty eggs in shades of blues and greens.

My younger son has named these two George and Steve.  Since they are girls, I am calling them Georgina and Stevie. My son is calling them the names he gave them. Since they are chickens, I am not sure they really even know the difference.

These are the eggs of our original chickens. The original flock is three tetra tints. Their names are Florence, Matilda, and LuElla. Here are their eggs.
The tetras lay creamy white eggs and light brown eggs of a medium to large size. We get lots of double yolkers from these girls.

Three Araucanas laid eggs on their first day here.
The picture does not show the pretty color of these eggs. They were just sized a little below a meium sized egg. One was a soft green, one a soft blue, and one a muted beigy pink. They were beautifully colored.

These are the Araucana eggs compared to the tetra eggs.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


cedar to cedar to creek to post to cedar
by land and air and under
wires and pipes
beams and pillars and posts
entries and exits
from cedar to cedar to creek to post to cedar
YHWH Jireh, send angels to my yard
YHWH Jireh, send angels to stand guard.

YHWH Elohim
lamplight to my prayers
pathway to my feet
YHWH M'Kaddesh

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kitty on the front porch...

The kitty has apparently fully recuperated and is feeling fine lately. She is on the back porch, front porch, and all over the yard...yowling as loud as ever.


Day 2-
did not sleep well last night, as usual...
mind was very alert and not sleepy or foggy throughout the night...
finally took a melatonin and went back to bed...up by 10...juiced for breakfast...
juice this morning consisted of part of cucumber, part of apple, sunflower seeds, romaine, handful of grape tomatoes, handful of raisins...juice was BLAND this morning...
migraine trying to attach itself this morning...not grumpy...don't feel normal morning lethargy...
i got hungry again shortly after noon and made the second shake of the day. the second shake contained: handful of sunflower seeds, handful of peanuts, romaine, rest of cucumber,slice of apple, handful of cherries, 4 grape tomatoes, splash of agave...
second juice was still slightly bland, but doable...i also have had two large cups of coffee...feeling slightly dizzy now...getting grumpy...still am tired...
3rd juice blend by mid-afternoon...hoping to keep at bay the mid-afternoon cravings that occur and to help prepare for a light dinner tonight...
3rd juice blend contained romaine, remainder of apple from earlier in day, 1/3 of lemon left from yesterday, 4 of 5 grape tomatoes, parsley, tsp of agave, splash of grape juice...
dinner tonight consisted of marinated cubed steak, steamed cauliflower, corn, green beans...

I juiced through day 3 - though my one meal did consist of a dinner out...which I really over did. I juiced and ate egg drop soup through day 4 (and one bite of brownie at a homeschool meeting.  SShhhhh!!). Today is day 5 of partial juicing. My younger son had minor surgery yesterday and can only eat bland and soft for a week. So, he was the reason for the egg drop soup yesterday. It was his one meal request. Today was more juicing and a small helping of chicken salad and crackers for my meal. Homemade chicken salad is Gooooooddd!!  At the allergist today, I had lost three pounds on their scale. I cannot see this or feel it in my clothes. I am not doing this for weight loss, but or health reasons. Although, this is an interesting side effect.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Audacity...

Moral of the story:  I refuse to contribute to a future of silver platter holders with no appreciation of the silver in their hands. I refuse to yield to such behaviors.

So, once there was this lady - who I now consider a friend - who was not my friend yet at the time, because we were new to the area and did not know each other yet...

Almost a decade ago, one of my sons ran into my bedroom in the early morning hours of the day to tell me Mexicans were standing in his room taking water. I thought he was sleepwalking and dreaming. He was adamant that there were three Mexicans in his room trying to take his water. Mind you, I laugh now as I type this and recall the situation that unfolded in the next few minutes of that morning.

I went with my son down the hall to his bedroom. Sure enough, I could faintly here male voices speaking hurried Spanish coming from somewhere. They were not in his room. There were three Mexican men speaking Spanish and very poor English at my son's window. They were messing with the water hose and spiket trying to put water in a pail. So, there were Mexican men at my son's window and they were trying to get the water.

After many failed attempts at communication, I was finally able to ascertain they needed water for the pail to mix concrete, as they had no access to water. I allowed them to get water. This communication was achieved through my older son's somewhat limited knowledge of Spanish, my even more hindered Spanish knowledge, many hand gestures and facial contortions. Imagine charades with people who do not speak the same language.

Anyhow, the interaction with our early morning water borrowers prompted me to phone this lady...that in itself is a long story. The end result of the conversation was a response of me being told I cannot believe you have the audacity...

Years later, my husband and I often reflect upon the actions of others with the same statement. So, an awkward conversation and encounter almost a decade before has given me years of reflection - upon my own actions and those of others.

What bothers me presently is in my field of vocation. I busted my butt for my doctorate degree. My family worked their heineys off alongside me to support my efforts. I have never forgotten how tirelessly we all strived for this achievement to occur.

Now as a professor, I see students at times who expect to be handed a grade without the effort of thought or research to achieve the grade they expect to receive. Others work hard and it is evident. The few that do not bellow and moan. The expectancy is that the louder the bellow, the more of a mess they make, the more they will get their a toddler throwing a tantrum.

I refuse to yield to such behaviors.

In postsecondary education, the students who come through the doors of the courses today will or WILL NOT support our country in the future. I refuse to contribute to a future of silver platter holders with no appreciation of the silver in their hands.
I do not hand my child grades in his homeschool education. Everything is a learning process. Everything is earned. He will do well, because I make sure he masters the skills: through instruction, exposure, and life application exercises and scenarios. I also make sure he experiences opportunities to transfer and generalize skill sets he learns to new settings and situations. Learning a skill in isolation means nothing if the skill is not transferable to other applications. For this, he will benefit in the future and become a contributing member of society capable of thinking for self and sustaining self, with a firm knowledge base that nothing in attainable without the grace of the Lord. Gimme attitudes do not exist in this household...never did for either of my sons.

I will not contribute to gimme society. Sustainability does not occur on gimme. Freedom is not achieved, gained, or kept through gimme. The Lord, knowledge, and strength in wisdom allows the growth of what is needed for sustainability.

In the end...I cannot fathom the audacity of some at the expense of others.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Partial Juicing?

I have been wanting to do a juice fast...but I love to cook. I love to bring the textures and smells together to create new items and concoctions...I worried how I would do a fast. My younger son's favorite question is What is for dinner?.

So, I have decided to do a partial juice fast. I don't know if there is such a thing - but this is what I have decided to do. I am going to try to do two meals of juice/juice throughout the day and then one light meal at night.

I feel like because of my family, I will still need to create one meal per day. So, they can eat normal at night for supper and I can eat light. Today was day one of the partial juice fast. I did not get the juicer until later in the day. I wanted to make sure I had one that did not separate the pulp, but kept it included.

The day started with the usual meal of the morning for the last three days or so (and the go to staple meals of morning when there is much to do and many errands to run)...granola, nuts, and carrots...Carrots have a way lately of remaining in a baggy in my pocketbook...they are grazed upon throughout the day. Be mindful that if you make a stop at Wal-Mart to buy a juicer and are grazing upon carrots that you take from your purse, people look at you weird.

So, I got the juicer and came home to make a juice of apple and kiwi. It was good, but it was more like a snack. I was still hungry an hour later.

So, I tested the taste buds. I have seen the commercials on television where the people place spinach and other greens in the juicer and say how great it tastes. I placed a bunch of romaine in the bottom of the juicer, added 1/4 of a lemon, a part of an apple, some sunflower seeds, some cashews, and some raisins...I thought it would taste was awesome. Even the child thought so. So, day one of partial juice fast will end in a few hours when bedtime comes...we will see how this goes.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Kitty Tenaciousness

After seeming sickly for days, in which we made the kitty comfortable and thought she was soon departing from us...I awoke yesterday morning to see her standing, yowling, and pawing at the kennel crate to get out...So, I let her out...she drank water for the first time in 2 days and ate some kitty food. She lingered about the front porch most of the day and by the evening was out venturing about the yard. By nightfall, she had climbed the steps of the back deck and was lolling around as usual.  Maybe she just needed to rest a few days? Who knows?  I don't speak kitty, so I could not communicate with her about what was up?!!