Archive for September, 2009

We had better get lots of honey

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

… because all this beekeeping equipment is pretty expensive. At least shipping was. Maybe when I add a hive next time, I’ll build it myself.

Breaking ground at the new place

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

We went to Home Depot last night and bought a few bags of manure and some other stuff. I’ve really gotta get those poor twice-uprooted plants that I brought from home into some nice cool ground as quickly as I can. I laid them all out more or less as I think I’ll plant them […]

Public health

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell Not that I think the government will do the best possible job of administering it, but the system right now is so broken that someone, somewhere has to make a change. The first draft may not be right, but anything is a step in the right direction.

The hard part is over. Now for the hard part.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

J took these pictures the night before our big move. Then he came home and I melted down all over him about how I was packing and sick and minding a sick baby and he spent FOUR HOURS taking pictures of the house that were were going to see tomorrow anyway and live in FOR […]

Little tiny houses

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I was kind of dreading having to build a chicken/duck coop after finding out that I no longer had the pool shed kit, but then I found this site: It seems to be an accumulation of people’s stories of building their own backyard chicken coops. All sizes, shapes, and designs, some kooky, some beautiful […]

Of all the times to be sick

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

It hurts to breathe. It hurts to swallow. It hurts to talk. Poor ButterBean is just as sick as I am, running alternate low and high temperatures. I was up with her all night last night, and she wouldn’t stop crying. The on-call nurse kept tabs on her temperature by calling every so often as […]

Future home of many ducks

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

So here’s our someday pond – right now a mucky, overgrown filthy mosquito haven full of decaying leaves and swamp. This is how crazy I am – I’m actually really excited to don some galoshes (gotta buy some first) and go in there and muck it out. I mean, just think how crazy rich all […]

Chicken breeds

Monday, September 14th, 2009

If I do decide to get a few chickens, I’m looking at a few different dual-purpose heritage breeds. I think chicks are available most of the year, though, so no hurry. Australorp (good layer and tasty) “Attractive black birds developed in Australia, Australorps are especially known as good layers, but make good dual purpose breeds […]

Chicken figgerin’

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Though I’m getting more and more interested in ducks, I haven’t dismissed raising chickens instead/as well (Though J might have something to say about that “as well”, something along the lines of “Even four ducks is too many!”). I am a committed – albeit shame-faced – meat eater and the cook in our household, and […]

Duck species

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

So if I do decide to get ducks, at least picking the variety will be easy. I mean, it wasn’t too hard, there seem to be only three kinds of dual-purpose birds for sale out there. I guess most people decide on either an egg-laying kind (the Khaki Campbell for instance) that tends to be […]