Help us welcome a new addition to our Funny Farm! Meet Kit Kat, our adorable purebred Australian Shepherd. Yes, she is a dog. Yes, she is named Kit Kat. What did you expect from a lunatic farmer after all?? She already shows signs of being a quick learner. Jeremie plans to use her to work his cattle. No more running up and down hills chasing cows. A mere word will send Kit Kat on her way to herd them for us….well, we can only hope!
January sees us celebrating three birthdays! Susie started off the celebrations by turning 12 on the 11th. Roo followed by turning 2, two days later. Then Tommy turned 14 on the 23rd. How blessed we are! Susie is a ray of sunshine. A hard working quiet young lady. She often seeks out a peaceful spot to enjoy a bit of calmness in our rowdy house. She is diligent about her chores and quick to spot ways to be helpful. She loves to roller-skate, read and get her school work done. She is a very independent worker, often going above and beyond what is required. She inspires us all to be more like that. Ruthie is still our little darling. She loves to be a “big” sister to Gloria. She loves to ride the horses and be outside. Roo, also, is a very hard worker, wanting to be a part of whatever the big kids are doing. She has learned to load her own dishes into the dishwasher and she loves to clean the bathroom. She is getting very good at playing by herself and it is quite comical to hear her “conversations” between baby dolls, or dollhouse people. Tommy is a wonderful young man. He is an immense help around the homestead, both inside and out. He is honing his skills with computers doing programming and robotics. He also spends a lot of time working on projects for dad. His younger brothers all look up to him and he is very patient in teaching them all about what he’s doing. We are so excited to see what God has in store for this special son of ours.
So what do my children do when they’ve been snowbound for a couple weeks? Makes slides out of my furniture and forts out of blankets. I’m pretty relaxed about their rowdiness. This coffee table was rescued from the dump back in Jeremie’s college days. It has proven it’s sturdiness. The kids tap dance on it, jump from it, flip it to make a “boat”. And today, they were sliding down it, and jumping onto the couch. This rowdiness is not really a result of being “snowbound”. They have been outside a lot, sledding and such. They regularly play like this in the house, I must admit. We used to keep a “Little Tykes” slide in the house, but there is not enough room in this house for that, so we must improvise. I’m pretty relaxed about it normally. As long as nothing gets broken and everything is put to rights by dinner
Baby it’s cold…..
We’ve enjoyed a downfall of snow around here lately. Lots of sledding going on. Snowman building. Wet clothes. 4 socks at a time. Forts. Wool hats. More wet clothes. It may be the only snow we get this year. Public school has been called off for the last 5 days. But, shhhh, don’t tell my kids that! Schultz ALA has still been going strong (We call our homeschool Schultz Abundant Life Academy). The snow makes everything so beautiful. And life seems so cozy, and warm on these long winter evenings. Jeremie has been reading the “Kingdom Series” by Chuck Black out loud to us all. We’ve not ventured out at all for over two weeks. Except to enjoy the snowy activities mentioned above. Happy winter!!!
Did we just have a baby?! You’d never know it because I’ve been so remiss at posting baby pictures SO, here you go! Yes, Gloria is a baby that loves to be held. She can be sleeping so soundly, but the minute you put her down…wailing. Good thing we have lots of willing arms to cuddle her. She is changing so much every day.
I. Just. Can’t. Resist.
All the gardening catalogs stuffing my mailbox. Enticing me.
The rich, loose soil of the garden, albeit freshly tilled. Calling me.
The high piles of leaves and wood chips. Taunting me.
I must give in. I dream of planting. Of fresh greens. Of rows and rows of tall corn. I dream of cover crops. Of new ways of beating the ‘coons to my sweet corn. Of weed-free vermicompost. I dream of soil-blocking seedlings. Of brewing compost tea. Of row-covers.
So today, the girls and I started making homemade seed tape. The tiny seeds of carrots and lettuce are so difficult to spread evenly in the soil. And so many of the precious seeds are wasted. I hate to thin. To cut down tender new plants. You can buy seed tape from any garden catalog but it is pricey. And so easy to make it yourself. Seed tape is a bit of a fussy job. But a fun way to spend time, when it’s still too cold to be outside in the garden. An appetizer of garden work, if you will, before the real season begins. Using just a dot of glue (or a flour/water mixture) and toothpicks, gently place one or two lettuce seeds on a length of toilet paper. I placed my seeds rather close because I prefer to harvest my lettuce as a salad mix/baby head mix. So, the work is done now, inside. And later, when the soil warms, the tape is quickly laid out and gently covered with a thin layer of soil. I also plan to start some seeds in the greenhouse. Very, very soon!
Y’all know how many piggies we have. And y’all know how they got into the garden. And y’all can imagine what our animal feed bill is. So, we came to the conclusion that some of them must go. The culprits that piggie-tilled my garden had been moved into the back woods and have not caused any more trouble. In fact they are behaving themselves quite well. But there is no reason we need to keep over 60 pigs, now is there? We put up an ad on Facebook and have said good-bye to almost 20 pigs. These nice people adopted a dozen. Jeremie rounded them up. Their new mom and dad pitched them into the back of a truck. They are comfortably settled into their new homes. We have seen pictures of their new digs. There are still a couple more people interested in our guinea hogs. But we have plenty to go around. Any readers interested in raising their own bacon?