Sunday, January 27, 2013

pineapple seeds and chicken eggs.

We started a new pineapple plant today...I am not sure if this one will make it or not...we will see. It has viable roots on it, but the leaves are being lost from the middle portion and it is mushy there.
My son picked the seeds out of the pineapple fruit so we could germinate the seeds. We only got 4 or 5 out so far, but we have not been through the whole pineapple yet.
 
The children next door seem fascinated by the chicken eggs. The have been over in my yard for quite a while now today to watch chickens and look for eggs - again and again and again and AGAIN.

 
This is an assortment of eggs from a few days back. The basket is one we made for a craft project. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Summary

Today was about barrels & chickagirls & leeks...

I finished the rain barrel.

  

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The girls followed me around the yard a bit.
 
 About two weeks ago, I saved the leek bottoms and set them in water for a few days. They sprouted new roots.
 
I planted them and noticed today that they have sprouted new growth through the dirt. We have some more waited to reroot in the kitchen and I will plant those in a few days. This makes me happy!  :)

Homeschool Friday...

The week has worn down and it is Friday...
 
So, first things first...so that I may get a confession out of the way. When I was little my mother had a pair of socks she wore at times. They really were not a pair made for each other, but one she created. The socks were the same pattern, but one was red and one was blue. I remember thinking I wanted to crawl under a rock when she wore those socks...the horror. What if someone I knew saw her socks while we were out in public. Today, I went out with my kid to the hardware store to pick up two bolt nuts. When I got home, I looked down at my feet and saw the white socks with the Keens...last week there were striped pink Betty Boop socks worn with the Keens...but my immediate thought today, was of my mother with her blue and red socks. I have arrived. The difference is my son does not care.

My son had already completed his studies for this week, with the exception of one Algebra lesson. He finished the Geography course last week and finished the entire comprehension unit for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He did a Latin lesson and Genesis chapter translation. He finished his grammar and IEW essay writing by Thursday. Today we built the rain barrel.
 
I had to cover the kale and other winter bed to protect them from the sleet. It sleeted all of thirty minutes and quit...such a huge winter storm that was.
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I had to check the chickens...one was found all bloody yesterday. You can see where her head is all red and bloody. It took us about a 1/2 hour to clean her up. I thought a predator had gotten a hold of Flo, but now we think the other girls might have pecked her. I find this odd, as she has always been the alpha chicken.  I guess Flo was hen-pecked...bahahaha!!
  

 
While the rain barrel and cover the vegetables and check on the chickens escapades were occurring, the puppy is patient to stand around and wait for someone to play...ever the patient and devoted puppy. Notice the toy Cassie has at her feet is a purple squeaker chicken.
 
The day ended with a MNO with friends and fellow homeschool moms. It was a good day overall. I am blessed! 

Making a Rain Barrell...

It is not finished....well, it is finished...but, I have to still nip the drainpipe to the gutter...then I can actually put the lid on without the drain going through the screen...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

a seed, a weed, a vine...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
be Holy unto You...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
grow as You want me to...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
be vigilant in growth for You...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
go where You want me to...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
speak words of praise to You...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
have the life You choose for me to...

bend me
mold me
break me
make me
live only for You.

~selah...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's All Gonna Be Okay...

I first heard this on a day I was running away...God spoke to me through this song and it brought me back and I knew in an instant it was going to be alright...God has got this...


I know if Your eye is on the sparrow, then Your heart is on me.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

daily grind, whirlwinds, and schooling...

busy, busy day...
 
one of the neighbors complained about a chicken in her yard. we have recently discovered that when the girls leave our yard, they are typically following a shrew tunnel...which they have become quite adept at finding, catching, and eating.  i did not know these things existed in the abundance they do...but, alas, now i know. i am quite happy that the girls eat these varmints and they seem to not mind the extra protein...

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the girls find a tunnel and follow and find the shrew and eat it up...you would think a neighbor would not mind. sheesh!  anyhow, the girls have not been free ranging in a few weeks, because of the one complaining neighbor. so, today, we expanded their 'yard'...
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the girls were happy with the new yard for them to cluck about in. 
we also cut their wings so they could not fly off or out of the chicken yard.
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the kale looks good. 
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in the middle of the kale plants, i found one little lone onion bloom working its way up through the straw.
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we moved the pineapple plants outdoors to enjoy the 70 degree weather and let them get some sunshine. :)  they are growing well. i trimmed off some leaf ends that were looking sad.
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the last two are almost up to my waist. they are large!! 
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i cut back two dead bushes that i had not gotten around to since it fell off cold. beneath them, i found some mint growing away. i am a bit surprised it has continued to grow through the winter.
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and the kicker for the day of work outside was i found out this afternoon that i had a developed a poison ivy rash on both lower arms. :/
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the child boxed twice today on the new bag he got for Christmas. he also swept out the entire garage today and cleaned out the dishwasher without having to be asked. wow!!
 
we were also able to get all the schooling completed this afternoon. :) 
 
the child had to jumpstart my neighbor's truck tonight. it had a dead battery. :(  then, we went to pick up pizza paid for with a gift card from the same neighbor!! :)  this is not the neighbor mentioned formally who complains.
 
the day ended well (with the exception of the poison ivy).
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

sometimes you feel like you've done something right...

 
Today on the way home from my mother's house, my younger child and I were listening to the local Christian station. I do not know the name of the song that was playing at the time. The song was about a father who is reflecting on the life of his children and how their childhood has passed before his eyes. He sang of how he regretted not stopping to play with his child and how he always said he had to work...and now, it is too late.

My younger son speaks up from the backseat and says he can only remember two times I have ever had to tell him I had too much to do to spend time with him. We talked about for a moment. He discussed how the times this has happened, it was when I was backed against a deadline. He said what he remembers is that I always stop to play with him or spend time with him or to help him.

I am not sure what that states about my work ethic to others, which in my opinion has always been pretty driven and very strong. But, it does speak volumes to me on how my child sees me. I am glad he is growing to reflect that he is more important than my work, that his time with me is precious and coveted. I do not know what it states about my work ethic, but I am proud of what it speaks about my mommy ethic.