Wednesday, June 13, 2018

All Four

So, I tried to get a decent picture of each of my kids.  You can tell which one was really not feeling the picture-taking thing.



But you also get a glimpse of his new haircut!

Chickens and Kittens

We have a lot of cute animals right now, and Malachi and Lydia are enjoying photographing them.  First, Malachi had fun taking pictures of the chicks:
These were taken just before I added lots of fresh wood shaving to the yard.  It's been so rainy lately that it's hard on the yard!


On the perches under the tarps.  
This morning, Lydia took the camera and had fun taking pictures of the kittens.  I love how picturesque this one is:




You can see the brown in their fur in the sunlight.


Gyunay has also loved playing with the cats.  Here he is to the right with the kittens, while the hugelkultur is to the left.  You can see the tall sunflowers, and there are beans, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons, pak choy, onions, and arugula growing there as well.

This large colander of greens came from the hugelkultur; it is mostly arugula and pak choy, but there is a little bit of leaf lettuce in there, too.  It was delicious!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review - Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

 Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second in a series of books on the orphan trains of the 1800s.  I did not read the first book, but I don't think it hindered enjoyment or understanding of this story.  I like that the author did not sugarcoat the orphan trains, but presented both good and bad sides to the practice.  The main characters were engaging, and I wanted to know more about them as the story progressed.  The romance was sweet, and while it was predictable, it was still satisfying.  The story is firmly planted in 1858, and I appreciated the historical details.  Some of the plot lines seemed a bit unrealistic, and Marianne's habit of lying didn't really go away at the end, it just evolved to the point of withholding information instead of outright lying, so that was a bit of a problem with the lack of character development.  I do recommend this for anyone who is interested in historical romances, though.

I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mulching and Etc

Gyunay was my determined garden helper today.  He loved pulling the wagon, even though it is quite heavy for him.  We worked on mulching tomatoes:

We had a pile of leaves that was huge and fun for the fall, but now it has decomposed nicely, so I shoveled it into the wagon and let Gyunay transport them to the garden.  He lasted for longer than I expected, then he played in the water table.
I wore my leather turn shoes while I worked in the yard today.  Nathaniel bought them for my birthday (or Christmas?) last year, and I really enjoy them.  Generally, I am barefoot this time of year, but some areas of my yard are best traversed with some kind of shoe.


Gyunay also has been enjoying my stamp roller today, and he loves having his picture taken (although he often makes this face).

Now this is one of the neatest things.  We have baby birds just outside the kitchen window, and yesterday evening two of them were perched on the window screen!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blue Glasses

This cutie got his glasses today!  He's only had them for two hours, but so far, he's very happy with them.  

The chicks are doing well in the small yard.  We have 7 americanas and 10 buff orpingtons.  (There was a predator incident...)

Malachi worked really hard on his knight project.  He's looking forward to the Middle Ages day at his school Thursday.



These cute kittens have gotten used to us.  Lydia calls them purring machines.


She also calls the woodpile their jungle gym.  They really do like playing on it.


Monday, June 4, 2018

May Garden Totals

Since we didn't really get a spring, our harvest for May was pretty small.  The garden is growing well now, but it was late getting started.  So here are the May totals:

Arugula - 1/4c
Eggs - 148
Garlic Scapes - 10
Lettuce - 2c
Onions, white -2
Onions, red - 1
Pea pods - 1/4 c
Radishes - 8
Strawberries - 10.5 cups!
Plus thyme, mint, sage, and cilantro

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Midnight and Panther

Lydia is in heaven.  My sister-in-law brought 2 kittens with her, and they are now residing in our shed.  They are both black, so Lydia named the girl Midnight and the boy Panther.  Here she is holding Midnight.  Panther is more timid right now.

We had a great time this weekend with many guests.  The kids enjoyed a little water balloon action.

The traditional stair picture.  
Unfortunately, we didn't remember to take the picture before most of the guests had left, so there were actually 5 more kids here on Saturday who weren't in the picture.  Saturday we had 6 adults and 12 kids here, from 4 different families.  The kids range in age from 1 year to 16 years.  Overnight Saturday through Monday we had 5 adults and 9 kids in the house.  It actually went really well, and everyone had a really good time.