Moving furniture

We recently moved some of the furniture in our dining room around. We had a large tree cut down in the backyard that has changed the lighting in our house. After moving the dining room furniture around to avoid being blinded by the sun I realized that my dining table needs a new table cloth. I will have to spend some time in the future looking for a table linen site to buy a new table cloth. I am hoping to find something fitted that will keep the kids from pulling the table cloth on the floor.

Quail!

We started raising quail in June. Since that time we have hatched another batch of quail and now have 29 quail. We did have an additional 16 quail that we culled last week because they were male and having too many male quail is not a good. We have anxiously been waiting for our female quail to lay eggs. Slowly they have begun to provide us with eggs. Today we collected our largest number of eggs ever which was 14 eggs. We are hoping to provide our families egg needs entirely with quail eggs. Once all the quail are laying we will be getting the equivalent of 5 chicken eggs a day.

Camp

My oldest son has been away at camp this week. It is weird not having him around and I really miss him. He is at music camp this week learning everything he ever wanted to know about heads and other music related items. I really hope that he is having a positive experience. We have sent him to a couple of camps in the past that were a complete disaster. I am hoping that this camp has nice children and that the activities are engaging and fun. He loves music and I would hate to see his passion squashed because of a bad experience at camp.

Consumerism..

We just got home from a three day trip to the big city. My husband had to go to the city for a training session for his job. My younger son and I went along and made a mini-vacation out of the event. I didn’t realize until this trip just how much my shopping habits have changed over the years. We took my son out one evening to do a bit of shopping. When we got inside the place we wanted to shop he looked at me with the biggest eyes ever. He asked “what is this place with so many stores?” I realized in that moment that my son had never been in a shopping mall. I hate malls and haven’t been in one in about a decade which means he never has. It is funny the things you realize about yourself through the eyes of your children.

Quail

We hatched 8 quail in our homemade incubator last week. We had 20 eggs in the incubator and this was the number that survived. There were developed quail in some of the eggs but they didn’t hatch. I am pretty happy with the results although more chicks would have been nice. My hope is that we have enough hens to start a breeding flock in order to hatch more chicks in the future. Our goal is to use the quail for eggs and meat. This would allow us to be slightly more self-sufficient.

Spring Cleaning…

My husband has been on vacation for about a week. We spent a great deal of the time fishing and just being outdoors. Yesterday the weather was horrible so we decided to use the time indoors to clean our attic. Our attic tends to be the place where all things go to hibernate. It had accumulated everything under the sun. We parted with everything imaginable and our truck was filled to the brim with stuff to donate. I could have had a garage sale but wasn’t sure about whether people would stop to buy Battery Heads here and all sorts of electronic equipment. My gut told me it was just better to get the stuff out of the house and that donating it was the way to go. I am so happy with my clean attic and do not plan to fill it up anytime soon.

Spring Break

My children started spring break last Friday. I have been looking forward to this break for a long, long time. Sometimes it seemed like it would never get here. We have had a pretty productive break thus far. We went fishing 3 days in a row and even though we didn’t catch anything it was great time to be out together. We are still on break for another 6 days. Tomorrow I will be taking the kids to the Audubon to spend yet another day in the great outdoors. Hopefully the weather will be decent.

That sucked…

I usually run on the treadmill or walk on it six days a week. I got ready this morning to go for my run and decided to carry a load of laundry downstairs while on my way to the treadmill. In the process I tripped over my own feet and fell very hard on my left knee. I now have a bruise that is about 6 inches in diameter and a very swollen kneecap. So, my run for today was postponed. I iced my leg and decided to rest for a while. Later in the day I decided to walk very slowly on the treadmill for a 2.5 miles to test things out. I can tell my knee will be stiff tomorrow but at least it isn’t as bad as I first thought.

Sick kids…

I have to take a moment to complain. Using this blog as a forum for that is not something I try to do but on occasion I must. The thing that is on my mind is sick kids. Everyone’s children get sick it is a simple fact of life. What I fail to understand is why people feel the need to let their kids attend activities even when they are sick rather than keeping them at home. This weekend my husband organized a camping trip for our older son’s scout troop. This is the second time he has taken charge of a trip. This is is also the second time someone has sent a child with a stomach virus to camp knowing well ahead of the trip that their child was sick. I have no doubts, but what this virus will spread throughout the troop in the coming days. Why do people think that this is okay? Keep you sick child home for goodness sake.

Shoveling and more shoveling…

Generally I am a person who doesn’t mind shoveling snow. There is something about it that I typically enjoy. The only time I don’t like it is when the snow is really wet and heavy. I guess what I like is that is feels like icing a cake or trimming a hedge. I like clearing a path and creating nice clean lines. I suppose that sounds weird, but I truly don’t mind shoveling snow. We have had more than our fair share of snow this winter which has only recently begun to test my love of snow shoveling. We are supposed to get a really warm spell this weekend which should melt a great deal of the snow but then everything will flood, and I hate flooding.

Licenses…

My father has been after my husband and I to get a pistol permit. The reason he wants us to do this is because he has guns that he would like to give to us and wants us to be able to use them when and where we might need to do so. I had never really considered doing this before but after considering what he had to say we filed the paperwork. I am surprised at how straightforward the process is in our state. My mother-in-law filed for a permit in her state, and it took almost 9 months for her to receive her permit. I am grateful our process was simple and consider having a permit a privilege that I do not take lightly.

Blech…

So, I came down with a cold a couple of days again. Nothing major but just enough to make me feel a little under the weather. For some reason whenever I get a cold it always goes to my throat, and I end up with laryngitis. Tonight I realized that I was loosing my voice despite having barely talked all day. My throat is just a tab sore but it is very thick with phlegm which I am sure is the reason I have lost my voice. I am glad that we got a bunch of school work done early in the week so that I won’t have to do a great deal of talking for the rest of the week. I am also glad my kids are great readers because I can have them read their assignments themselves rather than having me read them to them. Hopefully this is all I get and the cold I have doesn’t travel into my chest.

Still running…

I posted previously that I had started a running program in early November. I have since finished that program and have found myself drawn towards running. I now run three times a week for about 35 minutes. It finally sunk in that I could cover more distance by running than walking and see better results from it. I still walk every day, but the running seems to give me the best results of any workout routine I have done thus far. In the last couple of weeks I have been trying to add some strength training activities into my routine in order to build up my upper body. It feels awesome to finally have found something I can stick with.

Happy Lady…

I never expect much for Christmas. I don’t really tell people what I want because I don’t want them to spend money on me or think that I expect a gift. I did tell my husband one thing I wanted this year, and he remembered and got it for me. I wanted a steam mop. I always feel like my floor could be cleaner despite the fact that I clean them often. I love my steam mop and the fact that he went with my wishes instead of getting me something he thought I needed. I am a practical girl with practical needs.

Alone time…

My husband and older son are out for the evening working on a Boy Scout project. My youngest son is watching television which leaves me alone for a bit. I am not a person who loves noise or music which is weird because my family love them both. I don’t need to have the radio constantly playing and have never been drawn to music gear like a realist bass pickup. Truth be told I don’t even know what one is. What I do like is the sound of rain coming down on the roof and being alone with my own thoughts. The house will be filled with music or noise in a couple of hours, and I am fine with that because I will have had time to myself for just a wee bit.

Hunting…

My husband has decided to take up hunting. He went out yesterday with my father for a couple of hours. I had my doubts as to whether he would like it or not, but he said that he did. We are lucky in that my dad is willing to lend him a gun to use which makes getting started hunting more cost effective. We are going to have to invest in some hunting gear, but I think that is something we can do slowly over time. My hope is that we don’t spend a ton of money on gear, and he never gets anything while out hunting.

Frustrating…

My husband has been trying to put a drain in our new sink for two days. Just when he thinks he has the problem solved the sink starts leaking again. He keeps asking me to come and help him, but I would rather read about an immigration lawyer los angeles than help with plumbing. He is so frustrated that he is an angry mess to be around. I see things that I think might be the problem, but I don’t say anything because I know he doesn’t want to hear it. He just wants the sink to not leak and the problem to be solved. As I type he is still working on it. My hope is that this will be the final installation and the leak will be taken care of.

Always enlightening.

Whenever we get together with family I walk feeling like I learned something new about the people I am related to. Sometimes I am enlightened and other times I am amused. There has even been a couple of times when I have been concerned. One source of my enlightenment that never fails to surprise me is my sister-in-law. She has only been in our family for a couple of years which is likely why I find her so interesting. Her quirts are endless, and I always walk away with something that makes me say “Huh”. Today I was amused by the fact that she thinks everyone should where rubber gloves when preparing a meal for their family. I have never worn rubber gloves when I cook but my brother confirms that his wife wears them each and every time she does…

A start…

I gave the children the day off from school today. They are so far ahead in their curriculums that I feel totally alright with giving them a long weekend every so often. I used today to get a jump on my Christmas shopping. I shop primarily online. This is mostly because I can get better deals online that I could in my local stores. My online shopping is also driven by the fact that I hate crowds and shopping period. Whenever I have to go to the store I make sure to go very early in the morning when most people are still in bed. Today I was able to get all of my Christmas shopping done for my youngest son, and I saved a ton of money. Next I will focus on my older son who is going to be much harder to buy for.

Stocking…

This weekend I spent all of my free time putting food away for the future. Most of it was free which makes it amazing in my view. The food that I put away was free apples which we turned into 20 quarts of apple sauce and venison. My father went hunting and got a deer that he didn’t want for the meat. He actually can’t eat much protein but knew we would put the meat to use. I never really like venison before, but I think it was because of the way it was prepared. This meat we very carefully processed and then canned with beef broth and a bit of onion. When we tasted it you couldn’t tell it wasn’t beef. I am really thrilled to have so much free food for my stockpile of home canned goods.


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