right now

Just a few words before July gets away from us.  We are filling our days with so much and enjoying all this time home together.  Here’s what we’ve been loving right now:

  • letting the ducks out first thing in the morning and enjoying their antics while we watch the sun come up
  • goat milk!  I learned how to milk our neighbor’s goats and we’ve been trying all sorts of new recipes (goat cheese, ice cream, cajeta)
  • all the wildflowers
  • Mason has discovered chapter books and will read for hours at a time.  Current favorites: Boxcar Children, Magic Treehouse, Geronimo Stilton

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  • garage sales, flea markets, craft fairs, and farmer’s markets (both selling and buying)
  • roasting marshmallows
  • new knitting patterns
  • Emma discovered that these overall will hold her hammer and we can’t get her out of them:
  • IMG_20150717_075917 IMG_20150717_075906sunsets
  • morning walks with a friend and evening walks with the family
  • grilling
  • visiting the library
  • and spaghetti + a one year old, which never gets old
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it’s fowl around here

There’s lots going on with the birds around here.  The meat birds are feathering out nicely.  We’ve only lost two so far.  They are in a small coop that one of our neighbors gave to us.  We’re hoping one of the barred rock roosters turns out nice enough to keep around.  IMG_2463The layers have been out and about doing their foraging thing.  They’ve also started laying their eggs somewhere outside of the coop.  Which means instead of about 14 eggs a day we’re getting about 7.  Which means every day we send the kids out to solve the mystery of the hidden eggs.  We’ve only found one spot that seems to be frequented by an araucana.  The pile of blue/green eggs was the giveaway.  Besides that, they don’t give us too much trouble.  They seem to be leaving the potatoes alone, which is really the only thing besides trees that isn’t fenced.  They don’t bother the kittens either.   IMG_2467

And our new addition this year: ducks!  They are hilarious.  And filthy.  And amusing.  And stinky.  They keep us really entertained as they travel around the property in a flock.  They pretty much move as one.  As one quacking, waddling group.  So funny.  They seem to like to be left alone. IMG_2478 IMG_2481We got about half meat birds and half layers.  So, we’ll be learning about butchering duck and cooking it up.  It’s exciting to learn something new and increase our food options.  The best part is we know where it’s coming from.