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Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Garden Comes Alive

I love spring. We have been working in the garden this weekend. I so love the feel of the earth under my feet. I always garden barefoot, and squish the dirt between my toes. It is so soft, and cool this time of year, almost like a foot massage. Gotta love that. We have nice compost from the chickens, and we are doing raised beds this year. Just getting started with that, so we will see how different that is from more traditional rows. Growing up we always just had rows so I am a novice with the raised beds. I will say they really look pretty.
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We now have herbs, peas, greens, radishes, beets, onions, and potatoes planted. In the next few weeks we will find a place for everything else, but I really wanted to get a start with these. Our Sunchokes came in the mail this past week, so I do need to find a home for those as well as the shampoo ginger that Dallen ordered and wants to plant.

Phillip is really excited about the possibility of getting alpacas so he is helping out more with the chickens and rabbits. We also really need to finish the roof on the garage, get our rain barrels in order, and paint the outside trim on the house before we will have the time to dedicate to building a fence for the alpacas. We will have to see how it goes, how much time it takes to get the other things done etc. But it is still in our plan.

Eggs


we have had chickens now for like 5 years. Love them. The boys love the chickens, love to play with them (yes you can play with a chickens...they won't fetch but oh well). But the boys have never enjoyed the look of a cooked egg, so have never tried a cooked egg. Jackson and I like eggs, and of course I cook with eggs. But a boiled egg, or scrambled, or a fried egg, no way.

So we have had friends visiting for a few weeks now and the children in this family love eggs. So yesterday my boys wanted to try eggs, Phillip wanted one fried, and Dallen wanted scrambled. And yes they both enjoyed eggs. In fact Phillip had two fried eggs.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Self Portrait Challenge


OK This month's topic for the self portrait challenge is politics. And there are so many good photos already on this topic. Fun to see.

I decided to go with organics for my photo this week. It is so near and dear to my heart. I try to feed my family the healthiest food and that leads me to organics. Then when the government changed the standards on me, I was left questioning everything. It is so hard now for me to buy organic foods because I am wondering if it is truly organic or now they can just use the word organic because of the loose guidelines. So I think about if the company really did change it's practices or can use the label because it's former practices are now "called" organic, and how do I tell. Where do you draw the line, what line am I trying to draw. It is so confusing. I know organics is a hot market, if a product can be called organic they can charge a higher price for it and people will pay that price thinking they are getting a better quality of food with less chemicals.

So that is the focus of my photo this week ORGANICS.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Our FLOR is done...well almost

I first started really thinking about FLOR when I read about it on Madeline's blog, and even though I can't find the exact entry, you will love her blog. So I started reading on the FLOR web site. We were looking to rework the flooring in our front room, more affectionately known as the animal room. The flooring is as old as the house, and never looks clean. So we were thinking about carpeting, to make the room look warmer, and also make the floor feel warmer. I was really hesitant using carpet "tiles", just thought they would move and shift as you walked on them. But the idea of a recycled/recyclable product interested me. I asked a few questions and we decided to give it a try.


We are liking the look of it. We will see how it works in time. Installation was easy. I say we are almost done because we were about 7 tiles short. In looking at the invoice etc, we found out that one of the boxes was not delivered. And in looking at the tracking, that box is stuck in Greensboro. Has been there since Monday, all alone. So hopefully tomorrow we can straighten everything out and by mid-week the floor will be done.

The color in the picture isn't really true, in reality it is a bit darker. In the background you can see one of our tanks, the room is not all loaded back in yet, that tank is the home of our ball python, Spot.