I know, clever title, but that's all I've got.
Just checking in since it has been like... forever. So much to write about, no time to sit down and make it happen. There is nothing truly exciting going on, just everyday things that I want to record, and loads of pictures to share. I just can't seem to justify sitting down and blogging when I have loads of laundry to fold and bathrooms to clean and books to read, etc.
We have had our fair share of ice and snow here lately. It is positively gorgeous here this morning. We had a very big ice storm here Tuesday night and everything is covered in ice. It has made driving a little treacherous but the landscape is a masterpiece. There is a lot of snow on the ground and more is expected. As beautiful as this all is, I am so ready for spring!
On the night of the big ice storm Henry took a tumble and landed with the back of his head hitting the fireplace hearth. He cracked it open about an inch. It really required a trip to the ER but we were not able to get there. We worked on that wound for what seemed like an eternity. After some hydrogen peroxide and a hair shaving to the back of his head, we finally got it semi closed with some cut band aids that mimicked steri strips. The next morning after the roads were cleared we ran to the urgent care center to get him checked out. The doctor said we did a great job. The wound looked good and was actually starting to heal. Julia exclaimed as we were shaving poor Henry's head "Do you have to shave that much?" The poor boy did need a haircut. Once it grows in a little bit we will take him to get him all fixed up. For now he looks a little like St Anthony! Except not as dramatic.
I have been reading up a storm. I am all about Joel Salatin these days. I have read Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food . I am currently reading Pastured Poultry Profit$, listening to Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World while I do the afternoon running around. Up next is Salad Bar Beef. I have also watched via Amazon streaming Food Inc. and Fresh. Both highly recommended. It has certainly reconvicted me on where we spend our food dollars. My dream come true would be to have Mr. Salatin come and visit our little farm and tell us how to set it up to mimick his 100+ acre farm, but on a smaller scale. I have so many questions about his farming model. He is not likely to come for a visit so I will continue to read and take notes. I find his books fascinating. He is so knowledgable and passionate about sustainable farming and the local food movement. It really makes for enjoyable reading. I keep saying to Terry, "You have got to read his books!!" I have also been pouring over seed and chicken catalogs. We are going to have a very busy spring. (above links are affiliate links)
What else...we celebrated three birthdays in January. I really need to do a big birthday post and get those pictures up. Oh, we also had pipes burst with our last blast of zero degree weather. That was quite exciting. I am so thankful we were home at the time because that could have been disasterous.
Funny story...Earlier this week Julia told me she needed to make a quiche for French Class. She needed to bring it in this morning for a multicultural dinner they were having. Our intention was to make it last night. Last night came and went and not a word was mentioned. It totally slipped both of our minds (or so I thought). At 4 am this morning my eyes pop open. "The quiche!" I get up and whip up that quiche, feeling very proud of myself and imagining the praises my oldest daughter was going to bestow on me. I had saved the day!!! When I woke her up this morning and said "You forgot about the quiche, well, guess what I did? I made the quiche and it is all ready to go!" Her response, "Oh mom, the dinner was cancelled. I forgot to tell you." and a sheepish "I'm sorry."
Well, I had better get going. The troops are starting to stir. I believe we're having quiche for breakfast and then, I'm taking a nap.
Hey, look there, I have seven items and it's Friday. Score! I'm going with the big Quick Takes and going to link up with the amazing Jen at Conversion Diary!!