Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The light Delaware and the little red hen (Red Sex Link), are the most difficult to catch. They run! I caught the little red hen to put her away today, and in the process I got my first chicken-related wound. She carved a 5" gash into my hand, and a 2" cut on my foot. Mean bird.
I wanted to take a nice, pretty, up-close shot of the little red hen, since she looked really dark in the other pictures on my phone (on the computer they look fine), and instead I ended up with an action shot of the carnage.
After I cleaned it with peroxide:
(Also, that's kind of a funny picture because it looks like I'm cupping the doormat in my hand.)
So anyway, in conclusion, the birds are doing well. We like our fresh eggs. The Delawares are laying pretty well, and the little red hen and the Plymouth should start laying sometime within the next couple weeks, we think. The chicks are feathering out very nicely and they're pretty calm, which is nice. They should start laying this fall.
They kept scratching at the food containers, so last weekend we got them a big automatic-filling dog food thing, and it works like a charm. We have it and the big automatic water dish on containers and now they're the perfect height to avoid being kicked/dumped/filled with wood pellets, etc.
Every time we go to IFA, I want ducks. They're adorable! Also, I want 40 more hens. This is becoming an addiction. I keep telling J that eventually we need to build a big chicken coop, and have a whole lot! of birds. He can't see any reason to. We will already have way more eggs than we need when our whole flock is laying.
She called the place that she had bought them and told them that they had told her how to pick hens and she had ended up with all roosters! They were nice about it. They told her to just put them in bags and bring them back and they would take them back and give her hens.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
1. Son Johnny, on leave
with his new corporal's rank,
Which he won doing stunts
with a 20-ton tank,
2. Finds cleaning the windows
in their six-room flat
Has knocked Mom, in Army slang,
hors de combat.
3. But in barracks John learned
a trick Ma must have missed,
Called, "How To Clean Panes
With A Flick of the Wrist."
4. He just uses Windex--
it's not sleight of hand,
But a work-saving wonder
that sure beats the band!
5. Spray it on--wipe it off--
for much less than a cent
Each pane has a shine
you'll acclaim heaven-sent!
6. And at house-cleaning time
it's a perfect delight
Just a few minutes' work--
and your windows are bright!
DON'T TRUST CHEAP SUBSTITUTES!
NO STREAKING...NO FILM...WHEN YOU INSIST ON
COSTS ONLY 1/4C PER WINDOW
* DON'T START fall house cleaning
without this non-inflammable, oil-free
cleaner that costs but a fraction of a
penny for each pane cleaned!
And--Windex is grand for cleaning
windshields, mirrors, anything in the
house made of glass!
WINDEX SAVES TIME
SAVES ENERGY * SAVES YOU
You can get Windex in two sizes--6-
ounce and the 20-ounce economy size
Copr. 1942, The Drackett Co.
This one is a Windex advert. It's written in verse. LOVE IT. Also, I love that Windex was never over 15c. And that Cousin Jan was healthy and husky and mowed lawns for fun.
1. It's too bad you never met
poor Cousin Jan.
She was healthy and husky
and strong as a man--
2. She mowed lawns for fun
and beat rugs by the dozen
But washing her windows
just ruined poor Cousin.
3. Her daughter Louisa
is fragile and small
But windows to wash
never scared her at all.
4. She just uses Windex.
It's whisk! and it's done--
And where's our Louisa?
She's out having fun!
5. Just spray Windex on--wipe
it off--and you're through!
"And I've never seen glass
any cleaner!" say you.
6. For clean windows longer,
get Windex today
Buy the 20-ounce size--
it's the thriftiest way.
7. Don't be tempted by imitators
who promise "more for your
money." Windex is a quality,
non-inflammable, oil-free cleaner
which leaves no dust-catching film,
doesn't streak, sheds no dust on
sills or floor.
NEW REDUCED PRICES! WINDEX NOW NEVER OVER 15c
for handy-size bottle
anywhere in U. S. A.
Ask your dealer about
the new reduced price
--also about big 20-
oz. economy refill
Copr. 1942, The Drackett Co.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
When we saw Jess for the Grand Canyon trip, she showed J and I her latest craft. Jess has been having craft nights every month for a little while now, but she always chooses times that I can't come and then flaunts it by sending me cute invitations by e-mail.
I told Jessica that J and I would have our own craft night.
So. We. Did.
This Friday I invited J and my girls [--BUT NOT JESS--] for my FIRST cRaFt NiGhT!!!!
Even though it was super short notice (like, 5 minutes), everyone came. We bought our supplies in advance and for craft night we painted. All six of us had So Much Fun! We loved being outside!
I left the girls in their box so they wouldn't get lost or painty, but they enjoyed the sunshine. J painted the sides of the chicken coop (which we've started calling "the barn") and I painted the doors and the nesting box thing. We painted with a waterproofing opaque wood stain thing, in the color "California Redwood" since I thought that sounded like the best option for a chicken coop.
We can't wait for our next craft night!!!
Monday, June 01, 2009
I just kind of assumed the co-op was a poor people thing, and like yeah, maybe everyone was allowed to participate, but since it's cheap food it would be like going to a soup kitchen. Sure, everyone would be welcome, but you'd be in line with people wearing rags, and when you got up to the front they would hand you a bruised pear and a can of tuna and tell you thanks for coming.
Plus it was in south Provo, and since I had no car it wasn't too easy to get there.
AND THEN! I volunteered last month, with one of the service groups on campus. I counted lemons at the warehouse, where the groups come to pick up food for people in their areas.
AND THEN! At Earth-Fest on campus, there was a booth for the Co-op and I decided I would try it for May.
I ordered a Standard Share ($23?), a Nutty Guys Sampler Pack ($12?), and a 32 oz. thing of olive oil ($7?). And then I waited, because the Co-op is a once-a-month kind of thing.
They sent me an e-mail confirming my order, and someone called me to remind me to pick it up. Bring bags, they told me. They reminded me of where my pick up location is, which is a block and a half from my house at First Unitarian Church.
I got an e-mail to remind me and to let me know what the fruits and veggies would be (they order a few days before you get them, so you don't know ahead of time).
This month, my Standard Share included:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 lbs. chicken thighs
- 2 lbs. beef chuck roast
- 2 lbs. 'country style' pork spare ribs
- 1 pkg. mushrooms
- 6 bananas
- 1 cantaloupe
- 5 apples
- 1 bunch radishes
- 3 zucchini
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 bag of white potatos
- Stone Ground's Artisan Wheat Loaf
- 16 oz. Rice
And then they had a trade table, so if you didn't want something you could trade it for something that you did want. I had mentioned that I didn't want radishes and the lady behind us said her husband loves radishes! she would trade me! And so I traded my radishes for her wheat loaf, which turned out to be SO. SO. GOOD! And free of artificial ingredients, so J can actually eat it.
At the trade table we traded my mushrooms for another wheat loaf. And then we went to a table where we checked-out, except it's all pre-paid, so I just initialed that I got my stuff. And they thanked me for coming and told me to tell my friends. Tell my friends? Psh! I want to serve a full-time co-op mission. I want to tell strangers!
So the co-op turned out to be the Best Idea Ever. J was amazed by the quality of the produce. He thinks he may participate next month. Like, I don't know why anyone would know about this and choose not to participate. When people move to Utah, there should be someone at the border to say "Welcome to Utah! Here's your co-op order form for next month."
ANYWAY, it's a super good deal. They're way into working with local farmers, so it's like local (often organic) stuff, and it's so cheap. The catch is that the price includes 2hrs of volunteer work. BUT, the volunteer work doesn't even have to be at the co-op! It can be anything you do for someone outside your home for free. (I donate platelets at ARUP 2x/month, so I put that and I have 4 hrs already.) They do want you to volunteer at the co-op at least one time every year, but you can do things like measure rice, or write an article for the co-op newspaper, too.
Interested? For Provo the pick-up location is:
Centro Hispano, 10:30-11:30AM 818 South Freedom Blvd.
The page about how to join, etc is here. Orders are due 12 June. The newsletters are on this page. The June one isn't up yet, but the last one is here.
Other normal people do this too! I searched on Google and found two other blog posts about it...so you can read about their experiences here and here.