Friday, February 28, 2014

A look back at February

February, being the shortest month of the year, literally flew by.  The kids were busy with their daily lessons of spelling, copywork, reading, math (completed LOF-Goldfish and started LOF-Honey), computer time, sporadic history and science lessons, playing in the snow and playing with the chickens. 
We did have a little EGG-citement not too long ago. Last Saturday afternoon while I was just about to fall asleep watching an NCIS DVD, Nickolas went to check on the chickens.  All of a sudden I hear his voice of excitement, "We Have an EGG!" I think he said that 5 times in a row.  Scott and Samantha ran to the coop and sure enough, one of our pullets laid the first egg of the flock.





Since that day, we have gathered 4 more eggs.  Pullets (less than a year old) lay small eggs about once every three days.  Pretty soon each pullet will be laying 2 eggs every 3 days and then by the time they are 12 months old, each hen should be laying about 4-5 eggs a week. 
The kids have been checking the coop daily for eggs and have even made a game of it.  "Whoever spies the egg first gets to pick the movie"...sort of thing


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A New Favorite for the Kiddos

Both Nick and Sam have read 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl.  Because they have read the book, I allowed them to watch the movie.  They have seen the movie at least 5 times since this past Saturday.  It is safe to say that this is a new favorite movie for the kids.

My personal opinion...I didn't like the book very much.  For me, it was pretty creepy.  As for the movie, I can tolerate it but am not a fan.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scripture Sunday

Lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God. ~ Mosiah 7:19

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A glimpse of our town...

Below is an editorial that was published in our local newspaper.  I am not sure who authored the editorial, but it is a good one as it gives a glimpse of the town that we live in...


West Lebanon Valley News 02/11/2014, Page A06

Editorial

Land of the Free Staters

In Grafton, Deliberation Takes Time



Democracy


is by nature a messy process, sacrificing as it does efficiency for the greater virtue of mass participation in self-government. Given that New England Town Meeting is about as pure a form of democracy as there is, it stands to reason that it would be the messiest. And then there’s the town of Grafton, where in recent years Town Meeting has resembled nothing so much as a long-form circus.

As staff writer Sarah Brubeck reported in the Sunday Valley News, this year’s deliberative session — during which voters review and can amend warrant articles in preparation for voting in March — convened at 9 a.m. and lasted about 11 hours. Despite their heavy investment of time, residents made no major changes to the 30 warrant articles.

That does not mean, however, that the deliberative session lacked entertainment value. For example, “Rules of Decorum” promulgated by Town Moderator Susan Frost, which prohibited cursing, name calling and personal attacks, were the subject of extensive debate, with Planning Board Chairman Brian Fellers objecting that they infringed on his First Amendment rights. Ultimately the rules remained in place, although Fellers did not. He was later escorted from the meeting by police after interrupting several times other speakers debating whether another resident was qualified to vote.

Fellers did not by any means go gentle into that good night. As Brubeck reported, he protested his expulsion in song, perhaps channeling Pete Seeger or Woodie Guthrie: “God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her and guide her … as someone gets escorted out.”

If you are getting the impression Saturday’s session was a fruitless exercise of democracy in action — or inaction — be assured that it was not. The context for Grafton’s marathon meeting is that a majority of voters apparently showed up determined to thwart the designs of the so-called Free Staters, who have moved to town over the past decade with the goal of turning it into the mecca of libertarianism. The flavor of the Free State Project can be savored in the following quotation from one of its members, Jeremy Olson, who declared that, “You shouldn’t be forced to pay for things you don’t want.” It should be noted that Grafton was hardly a bastion of big-spending liberalism before the Free Staters arrived, but most residents accepted the notion that one is obliged occasionally to support government services that one does not particularly want or need.

At last year’s deliberative session, the Free Staters succeeded in amending the proposed town budget to cut it by 10 percent, or more than $128,000, as part of their plan to shrink government. Voters subsequently rejected the Free Staters’ handiwork at Town Meeting. This year, Olson came prepared with a series of written motions proposing cuts — $43,000 in the police budget, $5,000 in legal expenses, $34,000 in the highway department allotment. For procedural reasons that appeared to have escaped Olson, none of those motions went before voters before the proposed budget article was adopted. “It’s complete chaos in there,” said Olson. Of course, if town government has become chaotic, it seems safe to say that the Free Staters have made a vital contribution to the creation of that condition.

Selectboard Chairman Steve Darrow summed up the experience this way: “People wanted to show up to make sure what happened last year didn’t happen again. There was strong support from people who didn’t want the budget cut arbitrarily.” Sure, it was messy, but it seems to have worked.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Unintentional Break

Have you ever been so busy and stressed out that you unintentionally left something behind?  That's what happened the last couple of weeks with this blog.  Work has been crazy hectic since the 17th of January and I am now getting a little reprieve before March.
I work as an administrative assistant for the Board of Selectmen in our small town.  The responsibilities that I have can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, especially this time of year.  Our small town is getting ready for its annual vote and with that comes the budget prep (filling out paperwork for the budget committee), warrant articles (money and petition) and the warrant.  These are all voted on and getting them ready takes time. On top of that I also prepared the W2's and 1099's.  Deadlines are tough, especially when they sneak up on you! 
Getting through January was tough, but I did it.  I am looking forward to a quieter February so I can gear up for March, April and May (more busy months in the office).

As for the kids and their lessons...

They have been keeping up with spelling, copywork, reading, history, math, science and fun.  I'll give a better update in a couple of days.

Until then...Happy Monday :)