Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

When I *Tried* to Shoot My Sis-in-law's Bow...

Yeah. Ouch. Mostly embarrassing though...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wild Fun

Day 6

Well, my diet plans have had to change quite a bit. Due to inadequate funding the smoothie experiment has been cut short. I went five days completely on smoothies and am now back to eating regularly. I may do breakfast smoothies or protein drinks until my supplies run out completely. No, I didn't miscalculate that badly :) You see, my sweet hubby decided to join me as a form of encouragement. Because he requires a somewhat heartier smoothie than I do...

I didn't have the heart to tell him what would happen, he was so enthusiastic in his support :)
I am rather frightened, not sure if I can keep up with eating a lot less than I have been for the last couple years. I hope so. At least I can keep exercising. That's been a good challenge and almost fun, if rather painful. Friday instead of the elliptical machine I played tag in the park with my three boys. Definitely a good work-out there.

So, for this week I should be looking at protein drink for breakfast, soup or beans and rice for lunch and a big lovely salad with salsa and dressing for dinner. Sounds yummy :-) I am so glad our garden is producing lettuce now. I can't wait until we get our greenhouse in and get to have greens year round. This family of four can eat a ton of lettuce, or should I say 'salad' as the boys call anything green leafy and edible we identify growing outside ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 2

It's only day two and already I can't wait until I can go grocery shopping and add some variation to my smoothies. But, I guess it's six smoothies down. That's a lot of the same taste! I'm dreaming of almonds, dates, and bananas. :-)

Yesterday evening was very interesting. I was a bit hungry but the psychological need for food, i.e. food and relaxation go together, was intense. Hunger was definitely in the backseat. Today, I'm just hungry. But this psychological need for food as more than sustenance is what the next few weeks is really all about. I need all the prayers I can get from you all as I seek to break this addiction. Because it truly is an addiction. Now I understand perfectly that food can be for celebrating and sometimes even comfort. It has marvelous memories associated with it--why else would we eat the same thing every thanksgiving, etc... For me it has become a daily need to comfort my discouragement. I feel every bit as trapped as a friend of mine who must have cigarettes every day, or my dad with his beer every day after work.

God has been speaking to me about getting in the best possible shape for the adventures He has in store for me. Not the least of which is this daily adventure of raising children I am already engaged in!!! Joshua dreams of the day when mama is slim and strong so she can run with him (though today he said, and I quote "but if you're fat there's more of you to love!" LOL). I've been slacking I must say. I do have good excuses most of the time...

The first step for me is to get free of this addiction to comfort from the wrong place. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will succeed. This diet is just an outward sign of my desire for freedom. It's my step forward, my attempt to make myself open to the Holy Spirit's work in me. So, there's some direction for your prayers my dear friends and family :-)

Thank you again for all your support and love!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Starting Again

Yep, I'm starting over again. You remember all those plans to lose weight and get in shape? Well, they were thwarted almost before they began. By four stinking colds in a row. Followed by a month of wallowing in discouragement; followed by yet another cold bug. But I am finally ready to begin again.

I am starting out with a bang this time. Hubby and I started counting calories (loosely) a few days ago. But, I decided I needed a little something more to get me on the right road. So I am forgoing solid food for two weeks. My meals will consist of green smoothies with yogurt and rice protein powder. My recipe is roughly: 3/4 cup plain yogurt (Nancy's brand only), 1/2 cup water, 2 cups fresh spinach, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1t vanilla, 1T rice protein powder. After two weeks I plan on adding a meal a week (starting with dinner) until I am back to three meals a day. At that point I will do one to two smoothies a day without the yogurt and protein powder. If I can keep my calories under control at that point all will be well :)

I am starting out with 30 min a day on an elliptical machine. At this point I am hoping to increase either ten minutes a week or difficulty and speed...

We are also finally starting to clean up all our excess stuff. This time after the yard sale we will be making trips to the dump and good will. I don't want anything back this time!!! If feels really good to think we will be a lot lighter on stuff in a few weeks :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Problem With Ducklings Is...

They're just so darn cute!!!
These guys wanted to follow me around today. I led them through the house a couple of times then let them fall asleep for a while before putting them back in their box. The silly things wanted to burrow into my armpit. Under mama's wing, I guess.

This is what happens when you cut too large a hole in the ducklings water jug. (The idea is to cut a hole just big enough for their heads to fit, this way they can get plenty of water and keep their nostrils clean like they need too without splashing the water all over the place as they would if they just had a shallow dish.)
We took the lid off to take pictures. The funny thing is they looked like they were waiting in line. When one hopped out another would hop in. :)

Can you believe these are our chickens? Not so little and fluffy any more...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Look Who Hatched Yesterday

Aren't they cute! :-)

I have nine more eggs left in the incubator. Doing nothing so far, so keep your fingers crossed for me... ;-)

Without further ado, meet: (names contingent on gender of course, lol)
I know it's wishful thinking to hope for two hens and a drake with only three birds. I can dream, right ;-P
Morton was the first to pip(a pip is when the bird makes the first hole in the shell, often the stick the tip of their beak out for a breath of fresh air, I say they've pipped when the shell first starts to crack, not sure how accurate that is), but not the first to hatch. The silly duckling used up all his energy by making big holes in his shell instead of a nice neat "zipper". When the wing tip sticking out of one hole was dry and fluffy and he hadn't made any progress in about nine hours I gave him a wee bit of assistance. This is usually a big no-no. If a duckling (or chick) is not strong enough to hatch on it's own it's usually not a strong and healthy bird. In this case I knew I didn't have the humidity in the bator high enough. When there's not enough humidity the bird can dry out too much and stick to the shell, making it impossible to turn inside the egg and finish pecking their way out. Also, Morton was peeping loudly and kicking hard, so I knew he was healthy. Because he made such big holes the membrane around him was quite dry and hard.
I took him out and held him in a warm, wet washcloth. With tweezers I chipped away a little bit of shell, leaving the membrane intact. I wet the membrane with a q-tip dipped in warm water. Put the little guy back in the incubator and left him alone for a few hours. Then when I noticed him kicking hard again I opened up the bator and wet the membrane again. As soon as the water soaked into it the next hard kick from Morton detached the top of the shell. Then he had a wing-tip and a foot sticking out. His head was farther back in the shell, where earlier I had seen his beak sticking out. I think he tried to turn to get at another part of the shell and got stuck. So there was this big duck foot flailing wildly at the air. I stuck my finger up to it so he'd have something to push off of. After several big shoves with rests between Morton was finally free :) I talked to him for just a moment before putting him back in the bator to get warm and dry. Hopefully it was enough for him to imprint on me.
Meadow was a funny little surprise yesterday morning. She was our third pip. We were keeping an eye on Morton. And watching Missy make a perfect, economical little zipper in a perfect circle around the egg. In the twenty minutes we took our eyes off the eggs Meadow went from one tiny hole to completely hatched! LOL I wish I could have seen her bust out of that egg!!!
Then Missy hatched out of her precisely zipped egg. Fun how their different personalities show even from hatching.
Muscovy's are little tail-waggers I've been told and these ducklings started tail-wagging as soon as they were dry, lol, lil' cuties.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Around Our Place Today

I'm back on my feet today. Slow, but up :-) We spent quite a bit of time out in the fresh air this morning. It is delightfully warm and sunny out.
Nate spent a couple hours working on the old chicken coop, getting it ready for new residents. He had some help from a couple of fine little men...
Mama helped too, holding wire while papa stapled. I think we are almost ready :-) We need to build new roosts and nail a few more boards around the bottom. Eventually the roof will have to be replaced; but we are grateful to not have to create a whole new building.

Our garden is coming along nicely
Joshua's lettuce
Peas and carrots, also Joshua's...

Beans, hopefully :-) (bird protection, if you were wondering, they love to scarf the seeds)

Lemon balm and lavender

This one didn't get a chance to bloom further ;-)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Just Rambling

Today is a bit dreary in spite of the sunshine. We all have a nasty cold; the kids have been sick for over a week now, I am coming up on a week, and Nate, sadly has come down with it as well. While it is an irksome and painful bug I am grateful not to have a sinus infection or bronchitis.

Yesterday afternoon the boys and I got outside for a bit. We found some ''pill bugs'' for the chickens. Brannon also found a small snail which he decided to see if the chicks would try to eat. Expecting some entertainment he added it to the second dish of pill bugs he offered the chicks. He came running inside with round eyes. "The striped one swallowed it whole!" I think I was as amazed as he.

Our radishes are ready to pick already, they grow amazingly fast. Especially when you are laying on the couch for a week and don't check on them. ;-)

Well, my dizzy brain is abandoning me already. So, good-bye until I feel better...

Friday, May 1, 2009