April 26, 2012

On a roll...

"Social Networking" Quilt Project

I think I'm on a roll! I have all of these new projects I'm wanting to start. The newest one (since yesterday anyway) is to attempt to make this awesome quilt! At a random stop at the 3 Sisters Quilt Shop in New Rockford, ND, I found this completely amazing quilt pattern. They had a sample right above (sly salespeople, they are) the patter kit, and so I simply had to have it. I love the blacks and greens with wording throughout the print. I'm a word lover, so this is just so cool. I am an extremely slow quilter/sewer since I don't do it nearly often enough. Don't expect a completed picture anytime soon. By the time this is finished, it may no longer be en vogue, but I'll see what I can accomplish.

Too Fast!

Whew! My days go by way too fast, mostly because of all of the chasing to town I have to do. Sometimes I really wish we lived within the city limits so that a minor activity like piano lessons wouldn't have to seem like such a big deal. But, we all know that kids grow up way too fast, life goes by way too fast, and so I'll keep taxi driving and fetching my girls. Someday, I may very well miss this. Maybe not until I hit about 75 years old, but that is still "someday".

In any case, my other girls (aka chickens) will not be arriving until around the first week in June! The orders were full, and so I must wait. The good thing is that my school schedules will slow down enough to enable time to build the coop properly. I am hoping the garden planting will happen this year as well. I truly want healthy, fresh food for me and my family. So many times the IDEA of things is so much easier than the actually getting it to happen. With proper planning and work, hopefully my huge ideas will be more of a reality.

Oops, almost late for piano. See y'all later!

April 24, 2012

Ready or not....!

I've always had a hankering for adventure, even if it seems to be more in my mind than what actually happens with my body. However, I once upon a time told myself that I must try something new every year (until I die, of course) in order to keep my adventures moving.

Well...cymbal roll...this year's "new" thing is:

I am ordering chickens. Chickens! This may seem like to no big deal to some and completely crazy and stupid to others (my husband being on that latter list). I have to give my man credit. Even though he thinks I'm nuts in so many regards, especially where my love of animals is concerned, he really comes along for the ride many times. I guess he knows that I'm just independent enough that even if he doesn't give a complete thumbs up to my ideas, I'll do them anyway. So...he might as well help me out so the whole thing can be handled "right".

The thing is, I've had ducks. They're really cute and sort of neat to have around the yard, but my dogs always wanted to eat them. They couldn't just roam free like I had envisioned in my Narnia world. I know, my dogs will still want to eat chickens; however, I also want to eat chickens (I did not eat the ducks -- they flew away to a paradise somewhere else.). I also want to eat their eggs and enjoy the wholesomeness and healthiness of farm fresh eggs. Note, I will NOT be the one to butcher the chickens which are to come. My heart is too weak for that sort of activity, but I am sure a neighbor around here somewhere will be willing to help out. I am sort of counting on that. Otherwise, we may just have egg laying chickens forever. : ) So, the plan is to put up a small coop area with a nesting box for just a couple of the girls. Then, toward the end of summer, a group of about 10 to 15 will be freezer bound and just a couple will be our named girls to keep for eggs.

MY girls have already expressed the names they'll give to our new babies once they come. They have been warned not to name any that may meet an end in our freezer. You cannot eat what you have named as the saying goes. If there isn't a saying like that, there should be!

So...I am now logging off of this site to get my very first chicken order placed. Wish me luck! I'll post pictures of my adventure for this year. Cluck, cluck!

One of the types of girls I hope to have wandering my coop soon.

Type #2 of planned chickens. I really am getting excited for this!!!!