Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tough Guy

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I'm Grif. Check out my comb. Believe it or not that's a picture of me over in the sidebar taken about three weeks ago. Mom thinks I'm "cute" but I have plans. Big plans.

Spring Pond

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chicks: 4 Weeks 1 Day

The girls are out in the coop and I am a nervous mom checking and checking and checking them. It was time, as they had outgrown their tub and needed room to run and flap. They are having so much fun and they are so much fun to watch that it is hard to get anything else done. I ran an extension cord out with a lamp for heat and used the wire top of our rabbit cage to make them a cozy place. They were more than ready for the large waterer and chick feeder, neither of which would have fit in the bin. If I get freaked out or if they are too cold they can always come back in the house for a night or two. I have a thermometer in with them and have some plans for filling water jugs with hot water to surround their "nest" if the temperature drops too much. Because the coop is barn red it soaked up a lot of sun today and was 75 degrees F with no lamp at 6PM. Oh...I think I may have a rooster! The red chick has a suspiciously large comb and wattles compared to the others, plus behavioral differences.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicks: 3 Weeks 3 Days

The chicks are in that awkward phase now!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Link to the Link

If you are new to homeschooling, or just need to remind yourself of why you are doing this and what is most important for your family, you may find this article in The Link helpful. 
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me At The Beginning

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Homeschool Resources: The Library

"Mom! I'm out of books!"  
We have a problem.  A book emergency! The kids need the library like I need coffee. Yes, two boys who love the library.  We have even had tears in the library more than once because the next book in a series was OUT! I know how hard that is.  Once I ran out of ground coffee during a power failure.  All I had were whole beans and matches.  It was terrible. 

 My kids have been going to the library since they were in diapers and have never been "socialized"  to think it is uncool. They have no trouble asking our wonderful librarians for help and recommendations, or to find a book from another library. Our favorite library resources, besides the obvious, are recorded books and videos, such as the Eyewitness series, that we could never afford to buy.  We have also enjoyed video science and art lessons, travel videos, and history documentaries.  Add in the museum passes, book discussion groups, art classes, and book sale and I'd say the library is one spectacular homeschool resource! Just the other day I picked up  Painless Algebra for fifty cents! It is  sweet that we can bring our outgrown books there to donate on an ongoing basis.  This  helps a bit with decluttering and  makes me feel slightly better about the great deal we get. While my kids do not have an easy time parting with anything, the book sale gives them an opportunity to benefit the library in a small way.  It all feels so right.

Yesterday we walked into our library and were offered free coffee and little goodies in honor of  National Library Week. Long live our wonderful library (which appears on this Top Ten list.) Nothing could sweeten this deal more except  free foot massages.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Decluttering Old Records

There are some things that I have found especially hard to get rid of and my record collection is one of those things. I can't afford to even try to replace those records with cds, and I'm not sure that I really want to. In some cases, like my Joni Mitchell Blue, the album cover is as meaningful to me as the music and would not be the same in a small format. Well tonight I was on YouTube searching for a Peter, Paul and Mary song about baseball.  What a revelation. I found it and a bunch of others. No, I can't find every song I want but I found many.  Maybe this will help me let go of my moldy old record collection? One of my finds tonight was this early version of For Baby, a song I grew up with and used to sing to my kids.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Big Feet

I'll try for another photo soon to show how the chicks have grown huge feet.  I noticed that if you rub the bottom of a chick's foot it curls. At one week five days they are full of beans and rapidly leaving the tiny and cute phase.  The fuzz continues to be replaced by feathers, especially on the upper wings.  They have different personalities and are developing  and growing slightly differently. They have all started to look up and notice that there is a greater world out here.  They stretch their necks and act like they want to fly up and have a better look.  Some will perch on my hand when I put it in.  I changed the bulb from a 100 to a 40 watt and they seem fine.  The brooder is about 85 degrees.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dandelions and Shutter Sisters

I was hopping around the internet gathering virtual flowers when I found this wonderful quote from a recent post on Shutter Sisters. You don't need to be holding a camera or be a photographer to look at the world with a fresh perspective. I especially loved these words as they reminded me to slow down, to observe more carefully and more deeply, and to get down on the grass more often. Click the link and check out Shutter Sisters!

"We are the lucky ones ladies. We look at a weed and see wishes. And we can collect them up and take them with us wherever we choose."   Tracey Clark


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