Monday, May 14, 2018

Lost....and found.

We came home from a meeting the other night and my girls had rescued a baby bunny from the dog, they were sure it had a broken leg.  “Can we keep it till it gets better?” This never turns out good for the bunny here.  But if bunny's leg is broken, nature won’t either, so ok.  They put it in a box in the school room on the counter and go to bed.  Next morning we get up, no baby bunny anywhere to be found.  We looked everywhere in the room and other rooms, we assumed big brothers had released it before going to work that morning, went on with our day and kind of forgot about.  Still occasionally looking . Fast forward several days.....11:30 pm,baby bunny completely off the radar screen,  finishing up baths and stuff and Mikelle (her nick name is rabbit) is sitting in the middle of the bathroom floor talking to me as I am brushing a little’s teeth.  All of a sudden I see this thing-that I think is a large mouse-hop from behind her back.  I quickly realized it was no mouse and a chase ensued,  Amid the screaming about finding the baby bunny! It ended up escaping the bathroom before we could get the door shut, into Steve and I’s bedroom and underneath the bed where everything in the whole world is stored. We start pulling stuff out, kids crawling underneath and chasing it out into a corner! Caught! All this and I fail to get a picture until I have them all loaded on the four-wheeler (in pj's) and headed into the woods to release it-at midnight. My question, what was that baby bunny eating all this time?? 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy St. Nick's Day!

The Eve of Saint Nicholas' Feast Day.  Celebrating St. Nick's Day is a tradition that has been carried over from when I was a child. It is a much looked forward to event in our house! The tradition actually dates back to the time of St. Nicholas and the legend of him helping the daughters of a poor man, by anonymously providing their dowries. The bags of gold, were tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas

Only 9 pairs? 

 All of our kiddos have carefully prepared and left their Christmas wish lists in their shoes, err, I mean boots. Boots are the popular choice cause they hold more. A couple years ago I had the kids start making their lists a little differently. They are to list something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.  This year I adapted that to Want, need, wear and something to do (as in an activity/outing).   It's always so much fun to see what they come up with. 

Found the missing one, never too old!

Among simple little treats left in their boots, a candy cane is always included. The Candy Cane represents Bishop Nicholas' Crozier.  
Happy St. Nick's Day! 

Filling the Freezer-Compound Style.

Mikelle's first deer
Today I packed away all the orange. It gives me a big sigh of relief to get it all washed and put away again until next year.  We can rest.  Well, as much as one can around here.  You see, it is tiring, back-breaking work, all the hours of cleaning, cutting, grinding, packaging. Sure, it is very satisfying to fill our freezer for the year with some very good sources of protein.  But, by the time deer season comes to an end, needless to say, we are usually ready to be done. And Done we are.  Until next year. 

Chicken Masseuse. 
 Due to the generosity of some great neighbors we didn't have as much freezer to fill.  We only processed 6 deer this year.  To top it all off we butchered 37 chickens yesterday.   As well as the 24 Chickens we had been raising specifically for this, we had some old hens that had quit laying, so we decided we would do those as well.  Knowing they would be too tough for anything, Aspen and I ground them into chicken burger. I was anxious to see how much meat we would get out of 13 laying hens.  9 and 3/4 lbs.  Yeah. Not sure that was worth it....there must be a quicker, easier way to debone raw chicken that I don't know of.  You tube that for next time. If there is a next time. 😏

Staying Warm.
Steve fried up all of the helpers a yummy Lupper (so called because of the time of day we got around to it) of fresh fried chicken and okra.  By the time it was all wrapped up, the clock said 10:47pm.


The Crew!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Little crusaders

Recently after over hearing the olders talk about the History Dad taught them being one of their favorite classes in all their school years, Steve has taken up the reigns for history again this year. He has been reading to the younger 6 the beginnings of American History. They read about Lief Erickson and the Vikings traveling to America, as a project they got some clay and in teams designed their own viking ships. After reading about the Crusades the last few days they made their own Crusader capes today.