Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Equinox 2014

What does today hold for us?

an out-of-town visitor arriving

library storytime @ 10:30 with the promise of a baby goat

sun-drying laundry

mid-day nap

a little garden time squeezed in

and Levi's first baseball game of the season @ 5:30, after 3 weeks of practice

Happy Equinox to you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

our first try growing daikons

Daikon!  which are asian radish - they look like a long white carrot
Angie shared the seed last year & we had great success.  We're eating them in salads, stir-fries, and soups.  Many of them have gone to seed, so now we'll collect those & plant a new spring patch.

(sorry for the pixelated pic - taken with my old cell phone)

Monday, March 10, 2014

my birthday

flint and steel

I saw Levi head outside with the flint&steel kit on Saturday by himself & followed a little while after to watch.  Here he's working on creating a spark holding a piece of charcloth on top of the flint while striking it with steel.  In the middle picture you can see his little bundle of dry cedar bark waiting on the ground ready for when he gets a spark going.  He also had a little teepee of fatwood waiting.  Awesome.


Monday, February 24, 2014

over the weekend

Chatting with Pops.
You can't see it well but she's gnawing on a stick of butter she lifted.


I've got a hen that's breaking & eating eggs in the nestbox before we gather them.  I'd read advice online & had tried a few things - one of them was putting golfballs in the nests so that when she tries to break them, she can't & gets negative feedback.  Also, we'd tried gathering eggs multiple times a day to decrease the availability.  Neither of these worked very well.

I'd thought about butchering the hen, but they've become pets & the particular offending hen is one of my two blue-egg-layers.  So, what I've come up with, which is totally working:  I've draped a blanket over the nestboxes.  The hens come & go, but while they are in the box its dark.  I suppose dark enough that the eggs can't be seen well and the egg-eating has stopped.

This is the problem child.

Nearing the end.  This is the back.
I've got to put a 2 inch border of gray on the bottom & then its done.


Getting ready to go to the farm at Reno for the afternoon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine's Day Homemade

a luna moth for Alexandria

Keeping with our yearly tradition, Levi made homemade valentines for the kids in his class.  It gives him a chance to sit down & think about each person.  He drew a picture of something he thought they each would like.