Sunday, April 30, 2017

Gonna Be Startin' Somethin'...

I have several projects in various stages of completion.

I finished painting the trim around the windows and doors of the Chicken House.  We also created a run for the pullets (and cockerels), and they have been spending some time out of doors every day.

 
I pressure washed the propane tank, and started spray painting it with grey primer/rustoleum.  I am planning to decorate it this summer, so this is the first stage of the project.

 
JP brought this tractor tire up the hill this evening.  Ages ago, someone dumped it in our creek down below, and I am going to recycle it as an herb garden, just a few steps from the kitchen door.

 
I also have stain purchased to paint the tree house, which is looking rather bedraggled lately.

In the meantime, L had a project of her own going.  Thursday evening was her Science Fair, so she displayed her electromagnet.

 
Friday a week ago was J's final middle school chorus concert.  She and her bestie sang a duet, and kept it a secret from me until I sat down at the concert and read the program!  They sang "For Good" from the musical, Wicked, and did a lovely job.  The girls are continuing to get compliments from the general public!  I will try to post it here if I can manage it.

 
 

We have had heavy thunderstorms, and then beautiful sunshine this weekend.  I spent a couple of hours walking through the woods this afternoon, looking for morels.  I didn't find a single one!

The peas are up, and Monday begins the final month of school...oh thank goodness!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Awkward

The chicks are in that awkward, gangly, pre-pubescent stage, with tiny feathers sticking out all over, except on their fuzzy little heads.  I am becoming more and more sure that some of my "bonus chicks" are actually roosters.


Little by little, I managed to get all the weeds out of my Moss Bed.  I sat on the rocks on my butt for hours to get that done.


L and JP worked for several hours over break on her Science Fair Project.  Unfortunately all the work was futile...they were unable to nudge any power out of a pile of potatoes.  At the last minute, she decided to switch to an electromagnet, and it works like a charm.

Math homework is driving me crazy this week.  It's actually making me weary.  6 more weeks of math, people!

This time of year is actually beautiful - it's my favorite time of year, when everything comes alive again.

I harvested a handful of asparagus and of rhubarb from the garden this afternoon.

Here's my field of baby clover:


My new bleeding heart (and my new favorite) is blooming for the first time:


The Redbud and Dogwoods are gorgeous in the woods:

 
And it just rained, so everything is clean and shiny:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Break

This year, JP managed to get time off during the girls' Spring Break - and miraculously we had the entire scheduled break off because of no snow make-up days.  At the last minute, we threw together a Rock-N-Roll Spring Break for the girls.

We started it off with a trip to Wheeling to see a Beatles tribute band (Classical Mystery Tour) that played with the Wheeling Symphony.  We got really great seats, and really reasonable rates, and had a fun time!

"Paul" and "George"
A day later, we drove up to Cleveland.
The girls by Lake Erie

There we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


There we saw more Beatles,


and some of this,

 
and MJ's glove,


and a bit of that.
ZZ Top's drum kit

It was fun too.

We got home last night, and had our Easter Egg hunt in the barn today due to rain. 

 
It has been a really nice break, with lots of down time, as well as some work and long over due appointments.  JP saw his retinal specialist, who told him that the poor vision in his "bad" eye is now due to a cataract (an expected complication of his past surgery.)  I have another appointment tomorrow, and we are expecting our friend, C, to spend the day with us.  L has been working on her Science Fair Project, and it hasn't been working - she is starting a new experiment now.

On Tuesday, it will be back to work and school, with no more breaks until Memorial Day - right before the end.   Sigh...hopefully the Rock-N-Roll memories carry us through!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Peep of a Different Color

All of the peeps that came in the mail last week are doing well, save one who appears to have been injured.  She is limping around and sleeping a lot.  I try to place her by the food and water every couple of hours during the day, as she doesn't seem to try to get there on her own.  She is the tiniest one by far, and it's still a bit touch-and-go with her.

 
I was thinking that, although extremely cute, my peeps were a bit homogeneous in appearance.
 

Even Chaz thinks they're boring.
I happened into Tractor Supply Company earlier this week, and noted that they were selling a variety of chicks of indeterminate breeds for just $1.99/each.  I decided to bite the bullet and get a half dozen to "flavor" my flock.  The kind TSC employee tried to be certain that she got all pullets.  I have spent more than an hour on line, trying to identify the breeds of these chicks, but I can't be certain of that either.  I guess we'll know in a few weeks what sex and breed they are!  I thought it might be fun to get some that lay another color of egg, so I'm hoping that one or more of them are Americaunas.


 
The more adventuresome of my peeps have been "flying" up on to the side of the bin, and then falling off on to the floor for the past couple of days.  They are also roosting on top of the feeder, and on the hospital box that the gimpy chick was isolated in.  Last night I dreamed that 5 of the peeps died because they fell out of the bin, couldn't get back in, and got too cold overnight.  Today I moved them from inside the bin to half of the smaller side of the chicken house, and put the roosts down for them.  They seem to enjoy it!


I did manage to get 2 beds broadforked in the garden, and got my peas planted last night before the rain came today (and SNOW is forcasted for tonight/tomorrow!)

In the old chicken pasture, the red clover that I sowed is coming up.


All is well on the "Farm" this Spring!