Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Anyways, from A Homesteading Neophyte's blog.
Obama is taking input and NAIS has made it onto the board. They're asking all of us to write in and comment on both the official web site and their personal one (addresses below with directions). I am cut/pasting the email:Change.Org - Voting Ends Today for this one!The private website, www.change.org, will present the "Top 10 Ideasfor America" to the Obama Adminsitration on Inauguration Day. The first phase of the voting ends today, and the top 3 ideas in eachcategory will be selected for the second round of voting. "Stop NAIS"is currently in third place in Agriculture, and the voting is very close! A few votes may make the difference between the Stop NAIS message making it to the next round, or not!Step 1: If you are not already signed up for the site, register at: https://www.change.org/admin/sign_upStep 2: Go to http://www.change.org/ideas/view/stop_nais Be sure to click the box labeled "vote!" to the left of the Stop NAIS! Simply leaving a comment does not count as a vote.and also:Change.GovThe Obama Transition Team has set up a section calld "Open for Questions" on the official website. They have not specified the deadline for submitting or voting on questions, but said they willrespond to the top issues "in the new year."Step 1: Go to http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229/Step 2: Type "animal identification" into the box next to "Search Questions" There are currently 8 questions that involve NAIS that can be found by searching those terms.Step 3: Click on the checkmark by the question to vote "yes". If you are not already signed in, you will be asked to, with a link at the top of the box.Please help us stop NAIS. Feel free to copy and past for your own blog. Thanks to Small Meadow Farms for the heads up.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This is what I'm thinking.
This list is subject to change without warning.
Or much thought.
Aw heck, on a whim.
We must plant several varieties of Corn for us and the chickens. I'm also planting popcorn. With corn goes sunflowers, they are very good together.
Several lettuce varieties, spinach, swiss chard, kale?, and lots of cabbage. (See FarmerGeek's post on Sauerkraut.)
We'll need cucumbers and pickling cukes.
Green, red, yellow peppers.
Numerous varieties of tomatoes
Cherries (Maybe or maybe next year, we'll see.)
Apples (Again we'll see)
Heck we might even try our hand at growing wheat or oats! FarmerGeek was talking about growing his own tobacco and coffee.
I also have some grand delusions of getting a beehive for FarmerGeek to take care of so we have honey. Then we'll have to decide between goats or a cow.
And you all thought that winter was a slow time on a farm!
But let me know, what do you think we can't live without?
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
So we were hit with a "winter weather event" aka FREEZING RAIN! The whole world was a sheet of ice. Even our gravel driveway was solid ice. (No the story does not end with me heading to the ER with a broken wrist. I don't break it every time there's freezing rain I swear!) We were all snug and comfy inside the homestead- until we started hearing siren after siren. At first I thought they were going to the nieghbors, but turns out they were headed up the road to where not one, but two separate cars had slid of the road into the ravine. We didn't know what was going on, so we plugged in the scanner and hoped it was a town stretch of road instead of county- our scanner doesn't go up to the higher numbers. We heard a call come in saying that one of the EMS vehicles had also slid off the road.
Is anyone shocked that my husband wanted to go see if he could help? I didn't think so. So he headed out with a bag of salt, and I threw on outdoor clothes and went.
The whole thing ended up being three cars off the road, two accidents, and one little girl who had to pee. (Who used our bathroom.)
Now the puppy's crying again, so I'm cutting this short....
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'll tell you a secret, I still believe in Santa.
You see, there's a reason why every year we go out and buy gifts to wrap for under the tree. There's a reason why we let our little ones hope and dream about the magic Christmas morning will bring. There's a reason why I try to drop a gift or two in the toys for tots barrel every year (if I can find one). It's because once there was a man who celebrated one of the greatest days in the history of mankind by giving gifts to people. He wanted to be anonymous. But we know his name is Nicholas, Saint Nicholas- Santa Claus. His spirit still lives on in our hearts, hopes, and dreams.
Since we are adopting older children, we probably won't get the choice of whether or not our children know who Santa is. But if they do, when the time comes as it inevitably will, when they don't believe in the magic and make believe anymore, that is what I'll tell them. He may not be here in a red suit, and he may not have a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, or come down a chimney- but he IS real. Because one man long ago decided to do something to bring glory to God, we still do it today.
Monday, December 22, 2008
For the record, the actual temp has gone up to 9 degrees. The windchill is around -17 degrees offically. The wind on our hill is usually 5-10 mph harder than weather.com lists so take it for what you will. The thing that makes me mad though, I could totally take the cold, but WE HAVE NO SNOW!!! My folks have a few feet, and I never thought I'd be jealous of Lake Effect Snow, but we have this awesome sledding hill- AND WE HAVE NO SNOW!!! It's not fair to be this cold with nothing to show for it. And to add insult to injury, it's supposed to rain on Christmas. Rain.
I'm moving to Alaska. They have snow.
And Sarah Palin.
On a completely unrelated subject, I finally saw a Chia Pet commercial. Ususally they're on every other commercial break the whole Christmas season.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Meanwhile, I urge you to take a look at the blogs I follow. I admit it, I've become a blog junkie. But there's so many things out there to learn and everbody's experiences are such a help. I always loved to read and learn and right now I can't get enough information. So I am telling you, read their blogs. And buy Jenna's book Made from Scratch.
Meanwhile, make a cup of tea (or a whole pot) and cuddle up with your dogs, a quilt, and a book and stay warm.
My love to you all.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
7 Things I'd like to do before I die...
1. Be a Mommy
2. Be a Grandma
3. Own a horse
4. Help bring a new life in the world (puppies, lambs, goats, etc...)
5. Publish a book
6. Buy a brand new car... with cash...
7. Be completely self-sufficient, including electric and heat.
Things I Can Do...
1. Play the bodhran
2. Cook like a mad woman
3. Find a million uses for eggs
4. Make pretty much anything grow
5. Peel a banana with my toes
6. Find a post-colonialist criticism for just about every children's book
7. Make Mary Mac fit into any song on the radio...
7Things I Can't Do...
1. Deal with stupid drama
2. Play the guitar
4. Pass up a Christmas decoration
5. Spend money on myself
6. Stop dreaming
7. Eat raw meat (occasionally deal with sushi)
Things That Attracted Me to My Hubby… (and I know he'll argue with me)
1. The fact he wasn't shocked that I could do a shot of Jameson
2. He liked Celtic music
3. He did the dishes at my birthday party so I could spend time with my family
4. He wasn't afraid to kiss me in front of my family
5. He's a good and faithful man.
6. He was wearing my shoes
7. He's..well... he's hot.... :D
Things I Say Most Often
1. I love you
2. I'm sorry
3. Here chick chick chick...
4. What the heel?
5. I need a nap.
6. I want to...
7. You know what...?
7 Celebrity Crushes....
1. Colin Firth
2. Sean McCann
3. Sean Connery
4. Dean McDermott a little bit
6. The brilliant men? LOL I'm running out here
7. I have no idea? Santa?
If you want to repost on your blog, feel free, just let me know so I can read it! LOL
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
*Cover again, and let rise for another hour or so until it's fully risen. Meaning it looks like a loaf of bread.
I still think it looks gross...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Please, if you have any ideas, enlighten me...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Does anyone want some eggs? LOL With the jump in our egg production I can't keep up with all the eggs we are getting! We went from 1 or 2 a day to 4 a day. I'm a little scared about how many eggs we'll be getting come spring! Of course then we'll be hatching them out and I'll be asking if anyone wants some baby chicks!
So FarmerGeek had to go and point out our leghorn had only laid one egg (How do we know? Because it's the only white egg layer we have...) and that she might be the cause of the pecking problem. He suggested he cull her. Don't you know that stupid chicken has laid an egg everyday since!
Coming soon: Recipes that use eggs...
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The even bigger news is the weather. It was OK this afternoon, windy and cold, but we decided to run out to get a few things. By the time we got home tonight, it was bitterly cold and so windy. Not to mention the fact that it started snowing to beat the band. And it's so cold that I had to turn the heat up all the way to 70! Considering we keep it at 60, that's a big deal.
So we crawled home in the wind and snow and ice. The problem is that evidentally ODOT (Ohio department of transportation-duh!) decided that Ohioans have been spoiled with roads that are too good, and have cut back on salting and plowing. According to the Matt Patrick show, ODOT's stopped salting between midnight and 5AM.
But we don't need to go out anywhere, we are snug in warm in our little house in the little city. (Sorry I've been reading to much Laura Ingalls Wilder.) There's frost on our windowpanes, a fire in the fireplace, It's a Wonderful Life on DVD, FarmerGeek, our dog and me. The cold can't get in.
It is a wonderful life indeed...
Friday, December 5, 2008
If all went right, that's a video of the band that was playing at the Shannon, or it's a video of FarmerGeek playing guitar, in which case, I'll have to delete it quick or face certain divorce. But they played this for me, followed by the words, "Speaking of nuns..." (Thanks Dave.)
The name of the band is Kindred and they are based out of the snow belt of Buffalo, NY and you can find them here (http://www.4kindred.com/). We reminesced about how when I first started going to their shows I wasn't old enough to drink.
Damn I'm old.
Anyways, my birthday was at the Shannon Pub in Western New York. When I was little, the Shannon Pub used to be by the airport, then it moved within walking (stumbling) distance from my folks house, and now it's on the Boulevard. (If you just asked what Boulevard, you are obviously not from Buffalo and can find the Shannon Here.) Now there is one thing that makes the Shannon special. The have awesome craic. Of course, some do say it's because we bring our own craic with us. Now my little chickadees, do not get all aflutter thinking you can score some illicit drugs there, to my knowledge you cannot. Craic, VERY loosley translated, basically means good times, noodle salad. Which brings me to food...
No Gina, I didn't order chicken fingers, plain, with barbeque and ranch on the side. I know, it's a shocker isn't it? I ordered the poutine (all Canadians jump for joy) which is french fries covered in gravy and melted cheese. And I got pizza logs, just like the Mount used to make, with barbeque sauce. Yum-O. FarmerGeek got the wings. Now look, I've been to the Anchor bar and all. Just go the Shannon, the wings are better and the craic is spelled with an "ic" there. SuperLibraryChick was there as well (with many thanks to her husband for making her go) and she ordered the Shannon's WORLD FAMOUS POTATO CHOWDER. Which deserves caps, you have no idea. (When Al Gore invented the internet, he should have included smell.)
Pretty much it was a table full of cholesterol, but I'm 30 now and it's all downhill from here, so who cares right?
Now we've covered the ceol, the craic, and the cooking, now for the cast of characters. Well, of course FarmerGeek was there, and my parents, and the Blower Girl (she plays the pipes dear, don't be dirty... unless you're single and her type in which case...), The ExHusband (who wasn't really my husband but could be yours if you are single and his type...lol), and SuperLibraryChick of course (aka "Schmellie's Mommy") Unfortunately for you, I don't post pics of peoples faces on here, but just know I got an awesome shot of "Husbands: Past and Present".
I don't think they found it funny.
Anyways, Kindred sang Happy Birthday to me and Felicia said, "The Diva Lives". And it's true, even though I spend most days in ratty work clothes with my hair up in a Farm Girl twist with no makeup on and outwardly about as far away from a rock star that I can get, inside I'm still a Diva.
I'm just glad someone else still remembers it.
I've been on a cooking kick this past week. Especially since the hens are laying like mad and I have too many eggs! (Taking orders for eggs...) I've made egg bread and egg noodles with them. I also did some very interesting things with extras from Thanksgiving. Oh and I made an insane amount of turkey broth. But it's been decided that I can't do anymore cooking until I do some more dishes. So I decided to work on my book...
MY BOOK! Yes that's right, I brushed off the English degree and the 64 pack of crayola (that's only funny if you went to my college) and set to work writing a non-fiction book about becoming the Diva Hick. Hopefully it'll serve as a how-to-guide for modern women as they increasing head out on the path to self-sufficiency. I was inspired to see Jenna's book hit the shelves and go out of stock on Amazon within days of its release. (Look for it Here) Now if I could just find the chick in the boat to serve as my muse. She's probably still at my folks...
So I go out this AM to let the girls out, and took a moment to walk part of our land and just let the sight freeze in my mind. Which I mean literally because it's really cold out there and the wind just sucks! So there I am in my Wellies, my hubby's big brown Carhart(ish?) jacket, work gloves, and Farm-diva hair twist, surveying the land when I realize something. I am the the Queen of Quite-A-Lot. There's the back 40 which is my kingdom, and my dog and chickens who are my subjects, and the wind and snow who are currently playing the jesters.
It's good to be Queen.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We both survived limbs intact.
Finally we go to a dealer, a nice fancy car dealer, and park in the parking lot next to their nice fancy new shiny cars. By this time it is, naturally, snowing to beat the band and we, of course, have to walk around the building to get to the parts department. We go in, and the guy behind the counter quickly pulls up a diagram on the computer of our particular wheel/brake/ front of truck and points to this stupid bolt and says, "I think this is what you need, I have it but it's not going to make your day." And I start thinking, oh crap it's going to cost us a small fortune and we're probably going to have to buy a whole new caliper. Then he says, "Normally it retails for $9.99 (I heard $999) but I'll give you a break and charge you $6.75 (I hear $675)." I nearly start to cry. FarmerGeek pulls a ten out to pay for it and it finally dawns on me that it's only going to cost six DOLLARS and seventy-five CENTS. We take our new bolt out to the truck and FarmerGeek proceeds to replace it in the parking lot with me standing guard over him so he doesn't get hit. Now somewhere in this process FarmerGeek has managed to rip his pants in a spot no man wants a draft (Love you honey!!! :D Sorry...)
But the story doesn't end here... oh no...
We make it all the way to the hotel and met up with my parents. The next morning we get up (this is, of course, Thanksgiving for the rest of the country) and the tire is flat. Yes the tire that lost the bolt the day before. So FarmerGeek changes the tire in the middle of the hotel parking lot. And manages to keep his pants intact (I really do love you sweetie!!!). We drive to the apartment, load up the moving truck and both vehicles, and are ready to go. We decide to start out for my folks house and figure to get there about eleven that night (it's a four hourish drive). For the record, my folks live about two minutes from the exit, I pull up to the toll both and I hear BANG, whoop whoop whoop, Bang, whoop whoo- well you get the picture. We get to my folks house and FarmerGeek tries out the truck (he was driving the moving van) and decides the tires need balanced and aligned and since we were planning on buying new tires anyways and Sears had a radio commercial about their Black Friday sale... We decided to take a hotel room right near the mall so that at 5 AM on Black Friday we could get... tires? Man are we boring. Thus how I ended up getting tires for my 30th birthday.
Anyways, we get to Sears, they say about two hours so we walk over to the mall. It was dead until about nine. (No one goes to Eastern Hills anyways.) So we walk back and they tell us the problem is that the OTHER FREAKING BOLT HAS DISAPPEARED!!!! And they called the dealership and they don't have it- no one in the area has it. FarmerGeek does not take no for an answer and calls the dealership to explain how we are stranded. Surprise, Surprise, they have the bolt only there it's $15 instead of $9.99.
Finally we get everything settled, checked out of the hotel, everything paid for, new tires and bolt on and get to my parents house to unload and reload the moving van. Then we come out and that front tire is flat again! BRAND SPANKING NEW TIRE IS FLAT!!! So we drive back to Sears and find out that somehow there's now a hole in the rim of the tire and we need to replace that or else the tire will keep getting flat. So we call around and the only rim in the area that is available immediately is $304. What? So we have three brand new tires and a spare on the truck.
Sorry, this was a long post to say: Our truck broke down a few times and cost us a lot of time and money to fix. I wish I had pics for you... I really do... but the camera was packed in the suitcase.
Coming Soon: My 30th Birthday and the Thanksgiving celebration!
Monday, December 1, 2008
She had no feathers on her neck (no she wasn't a turken) and was all puffed up, but her vent didn't show any signs of egg binding. If there are any chicken experts out there with any theories, let us know please! I'm worried that we might lose the whole flock. (Or as we call them, herd of chickens.)