Archive for October, 2011

Raggedy ‘ens

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Poor hens. Apparently all my hens are trying to grow a new coat of feathers before the cold weather really sets in. They are all in molt at the same time. Because it takes a lot of calories to grow a new set of feathers, they are eating nonstop and have pretty much stopped laying. […]

Playroom reveal

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

It’s finally finished! Two years of planning and griping and wishing for a new floor, and finally it’s done. Before/Before/After: We haven’t done anything about the lighting yet – we’re thinking about eventually getting a couple of Solatubes (like skylights, but tubular so they look like large can lights). They’re not that expensive, so maybe […]

Sweet harvest

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The cosmos and Mexican sunflowers have finally taken off, much to the delight of the bees. We’re pretty delighted too.

The things kids say

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Via Josh, last night: Sofía turned off my light, cackled, and said, “Hahahaha, I turned off your light! I will not turn it on until you cost money to me!”

Flower Girl

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We had a wonderful time in Boston this past weekend at Jason and Jenny’s wedding, two friends of ours from way, way back. It was in the Lindsay Chapel of the Emmanuel Church in Boston – a lovelier space I have rarely seen. Josh got some really good candid shots, though for some reason the […]

Hungry beez

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Poor Darjeeling just keeps struggling along (see my bee inspection report from August). With my own medical issues the past month I haven’t even felt up to mixing up a simple syrup to feed the hive. But now I feel better, and we’ve been blessed with a few days of warm weather this week. So […]

That damned rooster

Friday, October 14th, 2011

There is no more rooster on our farm. I knew he was a bully, as most roosters are, but thought little of it. I put up with it, just like I put up with his incessant crowing, because it didn’t seem to be hurting the girls much and he would – supposedly – protect them […]

Little hots

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Look what I found when Sofía and I went out to the garden this past week – peppers! Looks like the pepper plants are among the only plants  to survive first a hurricane and then a full month of utter neglect… and thrive on it. And our resident rabbits have been leaving them completely alone […]


Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

I’ve never been able to grow leeks before. They just never got very big. Well, I guess the key is to give them lots of manure and then ignore them all year. These beauties are huge! The slugs killed more than half of them, but the ones that survived look fantastic. They are just as […]

Oh yeah gluten

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

By the way, what with the whole medical don’t-want-to-live thing going on around here, I kind of forgot to blog about the outcome of the gluten-free trial. Turns out I’m not gluten intolerant. I had gone nearly 3 weeks completely gluten free, then pigged out on some crackers, mac & cheese, and other stuff just […]