Archive for February, 2011

Big Mama

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Daddy: “Sofia, are you hungry?” Sofía: “Daddy, I’m really hungry!” Daddy: “Are you going to eat Mommy for breakfast?” Sofía: “I can’t eat mommy, she is fat!” Daddy: “Sofia, ‘fat’ is a very bad word to say about people, and Mommy is not fat so you are also wrong.  Can you go tell Mommy you […]


Friday, February 25th, 2011

I almost missed it. Actually, it’s possible that I did miss it. Only time will tell. Miss what now? Syruping season. It usually extends from mid-February to mid-March. I’m at the very southern tip of maple-sugaring land, though, and I’m starting to think that maybe I should have started this at the beginning of February. […]

Bigger brooder

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Man, these meat chicks grow fast!!! You can almost see them getting bigger! When I got them they fit comfortably in the little box-brooder I had made for them… well, four days later they’d already outgrown it and I had to make them a larger one. I could have gone to Petsmart and bought a […]

Circle of life

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Well, the sick chick lasted through the night and took one more feeding of egg yolk mixed with water, molasses, and cider vinegar. She seemed to revive a little bit but died less than an hour later. Our second mortality here on the farm. Still, today was not all sad. With an improvised coffee-can candler, […]

Sick chick

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

They told me this would happen. It doesn’t make it any easier. I’ve got a sick chick on my hands. She (I think it’s a pullet) is 3 weeks old today. She’s lethargic and keeps her eyes mostly closed even when I pick her up. She seems dizzy, totters a bit and just sits hunched […]

Not fast enough

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Washington’s birthday. What does it mean to you? To me, it meant several hours of uninterrupted child-free work time! With Daddy watching Sofía and an evening of 3-7 inches of snow and sleet predicted, I felt I just had to Get Something Done or go stir crazy. I worked for about three hours before I […]


Monday, February 21st, 2011

Last week we had one day that got up to 73, and two days in the 60s. It was amazing! It smelled like Spring. We played outside. I read a book in the sun! And now: I’m so sick of winter!


Monday, February 21st, 2011

I’ve been putting up fencing between the chicken yard and the front yard. Lately the chickens seem intent on hanging out only where they’re most unwanted; specifically around the front porch. I got tired of having to sweep the walk every day. And one too many chicken poops on the front walk – and nibbled-off […]

Manly men get pie

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Josh had been promising me a weekend of woodsplitting for a while now. We’ve been talking about how all that wood from the land clearing is going to get rotten and useless if we don’t split it, stack it, and cover it. It’s been so wonderful to have our electricity bill nearly sliced in half, […]

Bacon makin’

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Seeing as it seems to be the only pork I can eat any more, I decided to learn how to make my own bacon. I’ve been buying it at Costco for a while now and while the price is right, the thin, gelatinous, mucusy slices fry up pretty uninspiring. Maybe I could do better myself. […]