Okay, so really, it hasn't been too terribly long. A week. This last week has been so terribly long. I have done so much driving back and forth to town. It's insane. In fact, I used half a tank of gas in one day!
The weather here in Northern VA has been crazy over this last week. Warm days for picnics to cold days with snow. God has a sense of humor, I am sure of that.
Chatting on the Porch with Patrice
I agree with Patrice, we really need to have our chat inside today. The weather is chilly. The hens are in their house as well, so it wouldn't make sense for us to be out.
1. What is your favorite time of day to read? If you don't have time to read, what is your favorite time for TV/movies? Ooh, not a very good question for me. I love to read, but I don't have much time for it. If I did have time, I would read in the evening while in bed. I don't have access to TV which is a good thing. Movies are usually watched on Friday evening when our whole family sits down to a movie night.
2. Did you watch the Super Bowl? If so, what was your favorite commercial? If you didn't watch, what did you do Sunday night? I went to a Super Bowl party, but I didn't watch. I spent time talking with the ladies. It was a great time of talking with people I don't normally have much time to chat with after church. The older two kids, Jewel and Toyota, enjoyed a Youth Super Bowl party. This was their first time watching. Toyota is a new football fan. I did see a few commercials on the internet though. I think I really enjoyed the Farmer one from Dodge and the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial. Both touch the heart.
3. Have you been watching Downtown Abbey? Who is your favorite character? If you don't watch, have you seen any interesting TV or movie series lately? Actually, you already know we don't have television, so we watch movies. Our family has been watching The Andy Griffith Show for the last several months. It is great! We are now in our 8th and final season. Now we have been on the lookout for a new series to watch.
4. Do you enjoy home parties for selling items? I do, but I don't. Does that make sense? I guess I like having people at my house, but I don't like to have to buy products. My favorite parties would be Stampin' Up parties.
5. Finish this sentence: If I work very hard, I can _______. If I work very hard, I can get my garden planned out for the spring. Or, If I work very hard, I can get my school files in order.
On the Homestead
You all know about my hen loss last week, but now it appears we have discovered we do indeed have a rooster. My children, as well as myself, have noted mating behavior. This morning, I watched him chase the hens around the yard trying to get even one lucky gal interested in what he had in mind. He didn't succeed. It was humorous none the less. We have officially nicknamed him Colonel Sanders. I joked with the kids we can only name the hens after chicken dishes. Food for food. :)
I still haven't browned and canned my ground beef. Perhaps some time in the future I will find some spare moments to get it done. I also would like to can some beef and chicken broth. I am running low. Problem is, the broth I have now is frozen so any time I need it, I have to thaw it out. I don't like doing this. I prefer having access to room temperature broth. So, there's another reason to get my act together and use my canner.
With spring just around the corner, I really need to get my act together and plan out my garden. I have the tools to do it, but just haven't been able to get it done. I know I still have a few months, but there are some seeds that need planting prior to the last frost. I wanted to plant strawberries, but after having some difficulty rounding up some decent organic seeds, I decided I would try my hand at cultivating the wild strawberries that grow abundantly around our detached garage. I am not sure if I will be successful, but at least it will be free. Right?
I am working on eliminating canned goods from the grocery store because of the chemicals in the lining of the cans. This is rather difficult and I know it isn't going to be completely possible. I figure the more I can eliminate the better.
I am also working on eliminating genetically modified foods from our diet as much as possible. With the majority of soy and corn in our country being modified, I have found it is very difficult to find products out there which do not contain these ingredients or things derived from them. I thing the hardest thing to eliminate is corn. With corn chips being a favorite in our house, organic versions can be pricey. So, for now, we will continue buying what is available for an affordable price.
In our Homeschool
This last week we started a new card system for each child. I got the idea from Nicole at Blessed Little Homestead. I started writing all the work for the week on an index card and gave it to them. They are able to complete it however they wish, just as long as it is done by the end of the week.
We are trying to work all those family subjects back in to our schedule. A lot of them fell by the wayside when I was going through morning sickness. Now that I am feeling better, the kids have been enjoying our family reading of Heidi and now Around the World in Eighty Days.
Last week marked the end of our first term for Joshua through Malachi. The kids did final projects including a Trojan Horse model and a Jordanian pita bread recipe.
We even took the time to enjoy a nice picnic out back when the weather turned warm. It was great!
I guess that sums up all the activity on our homestead. How was your week? What did you accomplish that makes you smile?