Thursday, February 26, 2009
The born chicks were creating quite a ruckus, climbing over each other and the other eggs. I was also worried about them hurting each other in such a small space, so I got my chick brooder set up. I had to clean it out, fix the chicken wire on the top, haul hay from the upper pasture, buy food, clean the water can, drag the box into the garage, and buy a heat light bulb. Now the chicks are happily situated in their box. We were going to sell them, but we have a special bond with them, because these are the first chicks we have had at the farm that came from our own chickens!
When I gathered the eggs, I found this cute egg
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Joe was the first one to hear chirping. Sure enough, if you sit really quietly, you will eventually hear some chirps. The other exciting development are cracks in some of the eggs. Obviously the chicks are pecking at it, trying to get out. Oh how I wish I could just open the box, take the eggs out, and break them for them. But we all know the chicks need to get out by themselves. I tried to get a picture of one of the cracked eggs, and this is the best I could come up with (remember, this picture is taken through a dirty, plastic window, with a flashlight as the only light source). Next time I put my eggs in the incubator, remind me to wash the windows first!
Here are the rare pieces:
If you want to see whether I have any tickets you need, or if you have any that I need, please go to my other post, where I have an updated list of what I have and need.
Happy trading, and good luck!
Monday, February 23, 2009
1 semi-wild bunny
Winter's bunny that she got from her birthday, was hanging out with the chickens for a while. But then he found some bunny friends, and has been running loose ever since. He's turned half wild. We used to be able to walk right up to him and pick him up, but now he won't let us come within 6 feet of him. The cool thing is that he does still hang out in our yard.
“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.” -The Music Man
I realized that too many times I forget to look at all the blessings in my life, and instead hope for other/more things. After this lesson I made a commitment to myself to truly enjoy my life, AS-IS. Sure, it's okay to want more, but we can still be happy without it.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Update: The girls were placed in a different home
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When you first start riding with a trailer, it seems like there's not much of a difference. It's not until you have ridden up 5 steep hills, that the extra 30 pounds really start pulling on you. I figured that I only rode like 7 miles/hour, but hey, that's equals an hour of exercise, so that's good enough for me. Maybe once I get in better shape, I can start adding extra weights to the trailer (okay, maybe not!)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
- If the church has a potluck, I automatically make an eggs dish. One month it was deviled eggs, this month it was an egg casserole
- We ate quiche for dinner last night
- I plan to freeze some eggs, so we'll have plenty in the lean months
- Anyone that lives closeby, gets eggs for their birthday
- I even sold some to my grandma's friends
- We eat "juicy eggs" for lunch almost every day. Juicy eggs are simply overeasy eggs, but the kids came up with this word, and that's what we use around here
- Mayonnaise: who knew you could make your own mayo? It's really easy too. There's only 4 ingredients: Eggs, Oil, salt, and mustard. I made some yesterday to go into our quiche
- Quiche (see above)
- Egg salad
- deviled eggs
- Flan - I might make this for desert some evening this week
- Creme Brulee
- angel food cake
- eggs benedict
- breakfast casserole
- egg noodles
- hollandaise sauce
- eierkoeken-A Dutch type of cake/cookie that are scrumptious - I have one batch of those in the oven right now - recipe to follow
1.5 cups Sugar
3.25 cups Flour
8 tsp Baking Powder
- Preheat oven to 350
- Whip egg whites and sugar with a handmixer, until fluffy
- Add egg yolks, one by one.
- In separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder
- Sift flour into eggs mixture, a little bit at a time. Use a wooden spoon to mix instead of mixture, to keep the air in the dough
- Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes
- Using a tablespoon, place heaps of dough on pre-greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart
- Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown
Verdict: I cooked mine a little too long, and they turned out a little bit crunchy (they're supposed to be soft). But the taste is fantastic!
Credit: I found the recipe Here
Friday, February 13, 2009
In 1998, when I moved into my dorm room at BYU, I had only heard of the internet, but had never actually used it. My parents had a computer, but back then, internet was a new and rare thing. I can't recall the first time I ever used the internet, but I can distinctly remember the times I sent emails in my dorm building -Kimball Hall -. See, the computers were located in the basement, at the end of a hallway going passed all the storage units. I would sit there, and email my family back home, or send silly messages to my boyfriends. The best thing: I still have all those emails. Since the internet, and email was so new to me, I printed out ALL of my emails for the first year! These were the days, back before google, and unlimited storage. My hotmail account could only take so much storage, and there was no such things as Archiving, so you just deleted them. Once in a while I'll pull out my email/letter scrapbook, and go on memory lane. I just wish I had printed emails from my second year as well (which is when I met Joe)
In the beginning all I used the internet for was email and college registration. I guess I might have used it here and there to do some research for a paper, but I still relied heavily on books. This has all changed completely. Any time I have a question about anything, I just jump on google, and hit search. My search topics vary so much, some of my recent searches include: ABC Bachelor blog, Bull Run Park Virginia, chicken incubator, cost of living calculator, delta, disney etc. You get the idea.
The idea for this post really came from when I looked at followers of my blog. There are several people on that list, whom I would have never known, if not for the Internet. There's Kaitlyn and Kezia, who both found my blog somehow, and have been faithful readers/commenters (thanks girls!). It also works the other way around. There are blogs that I found, whether it be through my friend's blogs, or a simple blog search, which I follow religiously. I read about their lives so much, that it's almost as if we are friends in real life. Of course, not all of these people read my blog as well, so it's more like a celebrity syndrome (I know them, but they don't know me).
As with all new technological advances, we get so dependant on them, that we can't live without them. I can't imagine having to find information on campgrounds in Colorado, or find out flight schedules, without the help of the internet. You could say I have gone a bit overboard, and use the internet too much, but I am just so happy to have found some new friends along the way.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Would you spend $25 to take a class on learning how to use coupons, to save more than 65% on your grocery bill every month?
I am toying with the idea to become an Educator for a coupon blog. It's a similar business idea as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, or Tupperware. However, instead of selling stuff, I would be teaching coupon classes.
I just don't know if people would be interested in something like this, and/or be willing to pay for it.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I think last year I didn't even realize Winter should participate in this, and totally spaced it. This year, both the kids' teachers sent notes home to remind the parents they the kids needed to make these valentines. I had seen a fun idea on a blog, to attach 2 hearts together, with a piece of candy in the middle. I still have a bunch of Halloween candy from clearance, so that was easy. First, we cut open a few paper grocery bags. Then I had to trace 70 hearts. They colored, and decorated them with stamps, stickers, and markers, complaining all the while. As I reminded them this was funner than going to bed, they finally stopped whining and enjoyed themselves a little more.The craziest part was assembling the hearts. The blog told me to punch holes along the edges, and use yarn to sew the 2 pieces together, but the fact that I had 35 hearts to complete, made me look for different solutions. I grabbed the stapler, and start hitting away. 350 staples later, my shoulder is sore, and I am grateful that metal is cheap! As the project was almost complete, I could tell Sterling was so excited by the outcome. He kept counting his hearts over and over again, to make sure he had enough. Also, he just kept giggling. I hope that this project made the kids realize that the person that loves them the most this valentine's day is not their classmates who give them candy, but their mother, who spent hours crafting, and now has a sore shoulder.
This was an awesome editorial in the Provo newspaper that everyone should read!
Quit the Church
In a local newspaper in Provo, Utah, there had been an ongoing series of articles written by individuals who wanted to persuade LDS Church members to leave the Church. In response to the highly critical and spirited remarks, a local member wrote this rebuttal:
I have been thinking of quitting the Mormon Church. Yes, if I can, I am going to get even with that church. As soon as I can find another church that teaches about the Gathering of the House of Israel; the return of the Ten Tribes and their mission; the return of the Jews to Palestine and why, and how they are going to build the temple; the building of temples and what to do with them; the mission of Elias, the prophet, as predicted by Malachi; the method for the salvation of the people that died at the time of Noah in the flood; the origin of the American Indian; the complete explanation of why Jesus of Nazareth had to have a mortal mother but not a mortal father; the explanation of the three degrees of glory (three heavens) as mentioned by Paul; the complete explanation of why Elias and Moses did not die but had to be translated (since they both lived before the resurrection was introduced by Christ); the restoration of the gospel by modern revelation as promised by Peter and Paul and Jesus himself; the belief in eternal marriage and the family, and the knowledge and the place to seal for eternity; that teaches abstinence
from all harmful drugs and foods ; and that sells the best fire insurance policy on earth, for the last days, for only a 10th of my income.
Yes sir, as soon as I can find another church that teaches all that, or even half as much, I will say good-bye to this Mormon Church. The church that I am looking for must also be able to motivate 50,000+ youth, and adults, for the first, second or third time, to leave their homes for two years at their own expense and go to far-away places to teach and preach without salary. It must be able to call, on a frosty day, some 5 or 6 thousand professors, students, lawyers, doctors, judges, policemen, businessmen, housewives and children to go and pick apples at 6 a.m. It must be able to call meetings and get the attention for two hours of more than 150,000 men. Yes, it must also teach and show why
salvation is assured for children who die before eight years of age.
Mr. Editor, could you help me find a church that teaches all that and more than hundreds of other doctrines and principles, which I have no room to mention here, and which brings solace and comfort to the soul; peace, hope, and salvation to mankind, and above all, that answers the key questions that all the great philosophers have asked; questions and answers that explain the meaning of life, the purpose of death, suffering and pain; the absolute need for a Redeemer and the marvelous plan conceived and executed by Jesus Christ the Savior? Yes, as soon as I find another church that teaches that, and also that has the organization and the powers to make that teaching effective, I am going to quit the Mormon Church. For I should not tolerate that "they" should
change a few words in the Book of Mormon-even if those changes simply improve the grammar and the syntax of the verses-for, after all, don't you think the Divine Church should employ angels as bookmakers, and clerks, to do all the chores on earth? Don't you think, Mr. Editor, that the Divine Church should also have prophets that don't get sick and don't get old and die, and certainly, that don't make a goof here and there. No, sir! A Divine Church should be so divine that only perfect people should belong to it, and only perfect people should run it. As a matter of fact, the Church should be so perfect that it should not even be here on earth!
So, I repeat, if any one of the kind readers of this imperfect letter knows about another church that teaches and does as much for mankind as the Mormon Church, please let me know. And please do it soon, because my turn to go to the cannery is coming up. Also, "they" want my last son (the fifth one) to go away for two years and again, I have to pay for all that. And I also know that they expect me to go to the farm to prune trees, and I have heard that our ward is going to be divided again, and it is our side that must build the new chapel. And also, someone the other day had the gall of suggesting that my wife and I get ready to go on a second mission, and when you come back, they said, you can volunteer as a temple worker.
Boy, these Mormons don't leave you alone for a minute. And what do I get for all that, I asked? "Well," they said, "for one, you can look forward to a funeral service at no charge!"... Do you think you can help me to find another church?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Also, I want to tell you about my new adventure I am pursuing. Ever since we have been getting about a dozen eggs a day, I just don't quite know what to do with them all. It turns out that a member of our church has an egg incubator which he was willing to lend to us. I am excited to try it out, and see if we can grow some chickens. I will keep you updated. The eggs need to be incubated for about 21 days. There is precise temperature, moisture, and turning involved.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
We have some new friends in our ward that just moved down from Utah. They are a really nice family with 2 little girls. Renee (the mom) is a great inspiration to me for all things pertaining to natural childbirth, cloth diapers, and natural remedies. Our ward bounderies are quite large, and they just happen to be buying a house at the opposite end of the bounderies: 45 minutes from here, in Honey Grove. I tried to convince her to buy a house here in Leonard, but alas, they would rather live close to his work. Anyways, after Joe got the wiring harness out of a spare metro at our other friends' house in Honey Grove, we were able to hang out with Renee and her family. We went to the local park in downtown Honey Grove, and the kids had a blast.All of a sudden we noticed Ginger bolting toward the opposite side of the playground. Then, we saw something you will only see in a town like Honey Grove. 2- 12 year old boys who were riding their horses right through town. They had been riding all morning (5 hours at least), and were just on their way home. No adults, no nothing. They were really cute, and had an even cuter accent. They let our kids take turns to ride on the horses, and soon enough my kids started asking me when they can go on horseback rides all by themselves. I tried to explain to them that they first need to learn to ride, and then they have to be about 10 years older!!See those original death trap slides? I haven't had such an adrenaline rush going off a slide since I was 8!The sweater Winter is wearing, is one that I got for my 9th birthday! I was always a big fan of horses.I was trying to get a new profile picture for my blog, and realized I don't have any decent pictures of just me. This was my attempt for Joe to take one for me. I guess this one will have to do for now.