Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's today???

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you couldn't remember what day it was???  Let alone, realize that it is the end of the month as well???
Oh my goodness, that is how I feel right at this moment.  I woke up a bit confused thinking it was Thursday and another lady that I know, who walked into my office not too long ago, also thought it was Thursday.  Funny thing, her daughter thought it was Tuesday. 
The last day of August has thrown a few of us off schedule :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Broody X's Three

We have a hen named Charlotte that will be 3 years old at the end of September.  She, so far, is the only hen we have that likes to get broody.  She does a good job with the whole broodiness, as long as she is not disturbed or chased out of the brooder box (more on that later).

The first time she was broody, we all thought something was wrong.  She seemed lethargic and non-responsive.  Was she egg-bound?  We thought so.  We sat her in a few warm tubs of water...just in case.  After a little research and observing her for a while, it was determined that she was broody...without an egg under her.  So, Scott placed an egg under her and we waited for the 21 days to see if the egg would hatch.  Nope...the egg was a dud and Charlotte went back to hanging out with her friends.

The second time Charlotte was broody happened in the dead of winter (January/February 2016).  This time she actually had some eggs under her (provided by her little hen friends) and she did a great job. After the long awaited 21 days, one little egg hatched on a very cold Sunday morning (-18 degrees).  The little chick, named Frosty, survived and is now our Rooster of the bunch.  The other eggs did not make it and we ended up tossing them in the woods.

The third time Charlotte was broody started at the beginning of this month.  Remember that I mentioned that the broodiness will only work as long as the hen is not disturbed or chased out of the brooder box???  This third round of being broody didn't give good results.  Eggs were supposed to start hatching on the 21st of this month...nothing, probably because she got off of the eggs to take a drink and hopped into a different brooder box and started sitting on different eggs.  The first batch of eggs were thrown out.  The second batch of eggs were being sat on pretty good until Frosty chased Charlotte out of the brooder box.  Luckily, Sam found Charlotte in a different brooder box and moved the second batch of eggs under her because the eggs were still quite warm.  This past Saturday night (the 27th) an egg hatched.  This egg was from our Americauna (Mary) and we were thrilled.  Unfortunately, Charlotte rejected this little chick the following morning and it died.  Sam named the chick "Chatterbox" and he/she is now resting in peace.  The remainder of the eggs are now in the woods for the local critters to eat.  None of those eggs had fully developed chicks in them.

Will Charlotte be broody again??? Hard to tell.  Will we have another hen that will be broody?   We'll have to see. 

Raising chickens is quite educational and quite the learning experience.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Scripture Sunday (on Monday)

Yesterday we went to church and had a pretty good time.  I was able to catch up with a few friends, Nick played with a few younger friends and Samantha was able to practice for the Primary Program (her last one). 

The two talks during sacrament were about Leading by Example and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
This is what I took away from these talks:

Leading by Example:  Show by actions that we are sincere and not to expect anything in return.  Stumbling blocks in life are building blocks for our faith. 

Atonement of Jesus Christ:  Trust in the atonement.  Share testimonies with youth (testimony builders) to strengthen the youth.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:  and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." ~ Psalm 23:6

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Twelve Desserts That I Enjoy to Eat

(yes, another 12 post that is late...one of these days it will actually be posted on the 12th of the month)

These are the twelve desserts that I enjoy eating:

Ice-Cream - flavors that I like are chocolate, dulce de leche, and vanilla

Peach Cobbler - my absolute favorite, especially with fresh off the tree peaches!!!

Brownies

Cheese Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

Apple Crisp

Home made Chocolate Chip Cookies and a nice tall glass of Milk

Lemon Bars

Fruit Pizza

Chocolate Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream

Fresh Fruit

Scones - either fried or baked

What are your top 12 desserts that you enjoy to eat???

Friday, August 26, 2016

Week 7 Wrap-up

After a week of leisure, the kids are back to lessons.  They have just completed week 7 of the 2016/2017 school year.  This is what they have been learning/doing this week:

Mornings:

Bible Time - Genesis

Reading - at least 1/2 hour daily.  Nick is reading Cove: Inventions of Fire and Sam is reading plethora of books

Language Arts - Life of Fred: Begin Teaching - they have completed this book, 2nd of a 4 book series.

Zoology - Sam is working on Lesson 10 of the Flying Creatures and Nick is working on Lesson 9 of the Swimming Creatures

Vocabulary - this weeks words were:  daunt, debt, deceit, dedicate, delegate

Other items they worked on:

They played outside at least 1/2 hour each day.  They don't realize this, but this is P.E.  Also, I had Nick do planks :)
The kids also helped with the new dug well and with the chickens and ducks, especially putting them in the coop at night.

Evenings:

We usually do math, history, fallacy work and study Nephi and his brothers.  This week the evening lessons were canceled due to me.  I have been dealing with a post oral surgery infection and am now just feeling better.

Tomorrow, we will do the library thing and then our week is pretty much done. 

The kids did well with adjusting back to their schedules and are doing a great job with their lessons.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scripture Sunday

The following scripture is from my reading this morning...

"And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.  And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free.  There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives."  ~ Mosiah 5:7-8

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A week of Rest???

The kids had a break from lessons this past week.  They played, read, played, made messes, played, watched some movies, played, used their imaginations, played and did some chores.  They had a good rest this week.

Scott and Mike (a local who is helping us with our house project) worked on Sam's room.  They insulated the walls, put electric in her room, placed plywood on her floor and put some sheet rock on the walls.  The house is slowly coming along.

As for me, work was work. Although today was the absolute auction.  It's always fun to be a part of this as it is one of the highlights of my job.  I enjoy watching the auctioneers and the people bidding.  A good time for all.

Was there any rest this week?  A little bit.  The kids are ready to get back to their regular scheduled weeks...me too ;)




Monday, August 15, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Posting a little late as I did not get on the computer yesterday...

"Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves-to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved." ~ 2 Nephi 23-24

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Week 5 and 6 Wrap-up

The past two weeks have been very good in the learning department.  The kids completed their second bridge in Life of Fred and I am very happy that they are beginning to understand the dynamics of Algebra.  They passed their latest test from Mystery of History Vol 2 and have learned quite a bit from Pentecost to Bark-Kokhba (leader that was part of the 2nd Jewish Revolt in A.D. 135).  Zoology is coming along just fine.  I think they will be completing their perspective books by the end of the next 6 week block.  Vocabulary has been interesting to observe.  In the past 6 weeks, the kids have learned 25 vocabulary words.  They have looked up the definitions, used the thesaurus, made sentences using the words, and alphabetized them.  My favorite part of the vocabulary exercises have been reading the sentences. 

Yesterday, we ended the 6 week block with a field trip to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton, VT: 
(picture from the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Sites from LDS.org)

We took Sister McCuiston and Sister Galbraith with us.  After visiting the site, we took the sisters to Denny's for lunch.  We all had a good time.

Next week is a "break" week for the kids. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Scripture Sunday...a little late

From my reading yesterday:

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." ~ 1 Nephi 3:7

Thursday, August 4, 2016

AUGUST

Anniversary of First Date with Scott
Umbrellas now and then
Gearing up for fall
Usual summer weather
Summer coming to an end
Thirty-one days