Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is in the Air

    Winter's worst has passed. Our first "real" Michigan winter, has left me thinking, maybe moving again someday isn't such a bad idea. However, with the ground thawing and the sun's warmth penetrating stronger and stronger, I'm hopeful of the seasons ahead.

    Today, marks the day of an experiment that I hope will end well. I've gathered some eggs, to attempt incubating, to check the fertility of our rooster. Last year we were pretty sure he was shooting blanks, and every time we let a hen brood, the eggs rotted. With research, this year, it looks like there is a possibility our rooster might be hitting his mark after all, though. I sure hope so. If all goes well we should have chicks in mid April. It is a bit early, but if it works we'll let our hens sit.

    We still have an army of turkeys to attend to. I'm hoping to make as much use out of them as possible, when we do. In the mean time, I'm waiting for them to start laying and sitting for next falls batch. Last year we started a bit late so they weren't ready to meet their fate when it was time. This year, I expect things to happen earlier, since we know more.

   As for our sheep, lambing should start Easter weekend. I'm pretty excited and can't wait to see all the new life arriving on the farm. I've been trying to get in with them more this winter, since I'm not pregnant, and let them get to know me better. I'd love to milk them, if I can.

   Also working on plans for my garden. Would really like to set it up in a way that we could use it year round. I know it'll take some initial investments upfront, but in the long run it will definitely be worth it.

   Lastly the family is growing. I see my children getting older, reaching milestones. I see them learning and developing in new ways, ways I don't always think about. Some of us have decided to declutter our lives this Easter season. My oldest has chosen to cut back on sweets and tv, while I have taken the x-box and put it away from the boys. For me, I've also chosen to cut back on tv, as well as computer and phone usage. On top of that, I'm trying to eat mostly foods we make ourselves. It's not always easy, but for the most part I've succeeded. It's something I plan to continue striving for, so I don't feel like I'm "cheating" or "guilty" when I do indulge in something. The fact is, I'm doing it way less and it has certainly impacted me and my children in a good way. I'm thankful that we've been able to support each other in our choices and to lift each other up and encourage each other in the areas we felt needed work. Now for that to spread through out the whole of each of our relationships!

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