Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gardens and Turkeys

We've been working on our garden lately. It is the biggest one we've done ourselves, so far. About 53' X 27'. And yet, I don't know if it will be big enough. I went a bit crazy on the tomatoes and peppers and am not sure if I'll have enough space for the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, squash, and cucumbers I still want to plant. I've marked an area for pumpkins and canteloupe (musk melons) already. Still need to plant them, though.

Yesterday my husband found a broken turkey egg near our barn. We know that one hen was sitting on a nest in some tall grass near the house. He broke the membrane and found an almost, but not quite, fully developed baby turkey. It did not survive. Later, he felt the hen had abandoned the nest, so he gathered the rest of her clutch. He candled them and seeing a dark egg, he cracked it open to make sure it wasn't just rotten. I tried to tell him not to. I was right, baby turkey almost fully developed. Also didn't make it. He took the rest and put them in our incubator. Hopefully they will hatch. He had been noticing random egg shells here and there last week. We're pretty sure something, possibly our dog, was getting into her nest. We have another missing hen. We're hoping she is also sitting on a nest somewhere on the property and will come home with some babies. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Daily Theme

So, this week, I have been trying out having a daily theme. My plan for the week was this.
Monday - Nature day
Tuesday - Baking day
Wednesday - Market day
Thursday - Craft day
Friday - Friends, Fun, and Field Trips day
Saturday - Sabbath day
Sunday - Service day

I started this Monday. I planted flowers with Blessing #2 and took Blessings #1 and #5 grocery shopping with me. Originally it was to get stuff for baking day, but it ended up being a regular market trip.

Tuesday I made blueberry muffins and tortillas, but didn't really bake with my kids as I had hoped to do.

Wednesday, I baked cookies with the kids since we'd already gone to the market. I also started work in my garden. I offered the kids, 1 cent for every rock and weed they took out of my garden plot. There are so many rocks in there it could cost me a bit if they actually keep collecting them. My thought is, we can either use them for art or to someday build a chimney for a wood burning stove. We don't have one yet. We have a gas burning stove. I hope to switch it out someday though.

Today, I spent most the day working in the garden. For crafting, Blessings #3 and #4 tried finger knitting with me. It is actually pretty easy, so I thought they'd catch on quickly. Blessing #3 decided pretty quickly it was boring and Blessing #4 just followed #3.

I'm looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings, if we are granted another day. In fact, I'm looking forward to what the summer will bring as we build our rhythm.