Monday, April 22, 2019


I hope everyone had a blessed Easter!  I made everyone take pictures after Mass, before they all looked too disheveled!

I fixed a leg of lamb, and it turned out very well.  Nathaniel's parents and a friend joined us for dinner.  The weather was perfect, so the kids got to hunt eggs outside.  

Friday, April 12, 2019


Spring has really arrived here now, and it's beautiful.  Some of the tulips just opened today:
There are also white, yellow, orange, and red ones just opening up.

Of course, with spring often the storms come.  We had a quick but strong storm this morning, and the power was out for about 6 hours.  Our little chicks need to be kept warm, so I put them in a box and brought them inside.  It was at least 10 degrees warmer in the house, so they resided in the living room until the power came back on:

All ten seem to be just fine, though, and now they are all back in their (much) bigger pen outside under their heat lamp.  
I've been puttering around in the gardens.  I've moved some cool weather crops outside, like cabbages and kholrabi.  I keep wanting to get everything in the ground, but we are still a couple of weeks away from our last frost date, so I'm trying to control myself.  I have moved a couple of warmer crops outside, but they are "extras", so if it does get too cold, it won't matter so much if they die, but if it doesn't get too cold, they should get a head start on growing faster.  We'll see.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

All Aboard!

We had one more adventure planned for spring break week - a train ride!  We traveled to New Haven, KY to ride the train.
They have a little museum, and several old train cars around the grounds. Then, of course, there was the actual train ride:

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Spring Break Adventures

We had a fun spring break, with lots of little adventures.  Here we are at the St. Louis zoo.  Unfortunately, Gyunay is half-hidden behind Lydia.

Gyunay enjoyed riding on Elijah's shoulders through parts of the zoo.  

We visited Nathaniel's sister for a couple of days.  In addition to the zoo, we got to attend Mass at the Cathedral:

It is so beautiful, and the mosaics inside are breathtaking.  We came back to go through it again, when Mass wasn't being celebrated.

We also celebrated a couple of birthdays.  This little lady turned 10!

And Elijah is 16 now.  We also spent some time with my nieces and nephews.  

Gyunay got sick one day, so there are no pictures of him with the baby.   He recovered fast, though, and was back to playing the next day.

And then we came home and got chicks:

The gray puff balls are Sapphire Gems, and the black one is a Turken.  We have 10 little chicks: 3 Turkens, 6 Sapphire Gems, and 1 Isa Brown.  I'm sure more pictures will be forthcoming as the kids play with them.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

March Harvest Totals

March is a lean month, and although the chickens are laying much better, we still got less eggs than February because we lost a couple of hens last month. 

Carrots - 4
Eggs - 157
Microgreens - 1/2c

Next year I'll have to overwinter more carrots.  They are so sweet and delicious!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Uncle Jeff gave Lydia an early birthday present:
17 volumes of the Animal Life Encyclopedia!  Each book is crazy big, and Lydia has already started researching numbats.  She was thrilled to see one on the cover of volume 12.  She was thoroughly disgusted when she couldn't find much information about numbats at our library, and information on the internet has been pretty sparse, as well.  Fortunately, Nathaniel just bought another book shelf, so it will be anchored to Lydia's wall for her growing book collection.

And Gyunay wanted his picture taken, too.  Ignore the laundry.

I had a nice time planting in the newest garden area, where the treehouse used to be.  I planted 4 blueberry plants and 2 rhubarb crowns here.  I plan to put a fruit or nut tree in the middle, and the area to the right (currently covered in cardboard) will have some other plants, too.  I'm debating about how to protect the area from deer, since it is outside the fence.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Review - When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible by Jill Eileen Smith

When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible Jill Eileen Smith's latest book, When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams, was a solid read.  I have read some of Smith's fiction before (and it is very, very good), so I was intrigued about reading this nonfiction.  It isn't what I expected, though, as each chapter begins with a creative fictional "what-if" piece.  These are really well written, but at the same time, they take a bit away from the nonfiction, in my opinion.  There is a lot of creative license here, and I found myself at times more interested in reading more of the fictional story than the nonfictional reflections. Smith did raise some viewpoints to ponder that I hadn't considered before, and this is great for reflection.  Also, the questions at the end of each chapter would lend well to a book group, as well as just for personal reflection.  I think this book is best read slowly, with time to ponder the message.  Overall, this was a good read.
I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing an honest review, but all opinions are my own.