I see these blogs, photos every day of all the things that got done. How do y'all do it? I can keep up with the day, or the pictures, but I can't seem to scramble enough to do both right now.
But that's OK, I suppose. We do what we can...and this is what we've been up to.
First, our sweet, lovely daughter has started her first grade work. She is doing just fine with it, and we are making all our little tweaks and adjustments as we transition to the change in workload and style. We don't have our texts and workbooks yet, but we're able to access most of that online. We can view and print pages as needed, so there is no interruption.
We have been doing chores for our next door neighbor the past two days. It's fun, because they have different animals that we don't have. They have a horse, a goat, a goose, some chickens and a hen turkey. Also dogs and just about the sweetest cat I ever met. We found two goose eggs, and marveled at how much larger they are than chicken or turkey eggs. When I mentioned to my neighbor that I had two goose eggs in my fridge for her, she said, 'You found eggs? Petrie is a girl?' So I guess that was news to all of us (I kinda thought she was a gander too - shows what we know!)
Speaking of eggs, DD and I cleaned up the incubator and put 14 eggs in to start. Seven are turkey eggs, the other seven are assorted mutt chickens. Parrot, our rooster, is half white plymouth rock, half red cornish. Our hens are rhode island reds, barred rocks, americaunas, black australorps, etc., and mutts, but we love them all, and we're eager to see what we get. We're hoping for a good hatch rate and doing what we can to make that happen. We did not wash the eggs, we put them pointy side down in the racks, and we will monitor the water reservoir. The incubator has a thermostat, so it should stay at temperature, but we'll monitor that as well. These are early turkey eggs, so we may or may not get poults from them, but it's worth a try. I'll keep you posted!
Shadow, our sweet little bunny rabbit, is doing just great. She surprised us today by nearly jumping a 2 1/2 foot fence! She had herself straddled over it when I came a'runnin' to stop her, bless her heart. She really is a sweet little bun and loves to explore. She is teaching us what her signals are (note - a digging motion on a person or a towel means it's litter box time - stat!) and she seems to be more comfortable with us holding and petting her. I'm eager to get a buck and get her bred, but first I have to get some cages procured or built - probably a little of both. We took her outside and put her in a little fence corral for a couple hours while we were working on the dog run, and she seemed to really enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and change of scenery. What a little sweetie!
In other news, I planted those jerusalem artichokes that I got from the produce co-op and they're sprouting! I couldn't be more excited. I've read that they can become something of a nuisance, so I won't put them in the garden - rather, I'll stick them somewhere they can grow year to year. Since it's too early to put them outdoors, I'm just happy they are viable and growing - woo hoo!
We have our cold frames set up and the greenhouse cleaned out. We haven't put plastic on the greenhouse yet, but we will soon. Spring is coming, and we're doing our best to be ready for it. Other than that, I'm just trying to keep up with laundry, kitty litter, housework and etc. Oh, and as soon as I can get my act together, I'm going to start canning potatoes. We had such a nice crop last autumn, and they have held really well, but we know from experience that they will start sprouting in May, so I'm going to put some up and see how we like them. I've never canned potatoes before. If you have, I'd love to hear how you use them.
What about you - what are you up to these days? Leave me a note and tell me what you're doing!
-Laura at TenThingsFarm