A New App and Renewed Intentions

Blogging has taken a backseat to living life over the last couple months. It wasn’t intentional, it just happenned. Slowly over time, one procrastination at a time, blogging slipped to the back of my plans. And then a few things happenned. DH gifted me with an iPad for the holidays. Syncing it to my phone installed the long forgotten because it didn’t work well on the phone iPad app. And I received a comment on my last post, which was apparently back in October, that made me actually look at the blog.

As there is no way to catch you up on everything that has happened I’m going to try to summarize.

Quilting. Most of the last quarter of 2013 was spent on customer quilts that were gifts, hence, no photo’s at the time.

Dogs. We lost two in the last quarter and now have only the two young ones. But they are a handful in themselves.

Rabbits. I now have 10 angora’s and am still running 2 meat rabbit lines. I am thinking of removing the meat rabbit lines as we don’t eat much meat here and I’m stocked for several months.

Chickens. All are healthy, although egg production has been extremely poor over the winter, as to be expected. I did add a rooster to the flock, a RIR (Rhode Island Red) and he’s a beauty. Funny how the male in nature almost always carries the more attractive markings, and yet as a society we put so much pressure on females to adhere to unrealistic cosmetic beauty standards. But that’s another discussion for another day.

Knitting. I spent lots of time during my winter break knitting and it was so relaxing! I even finished a sweater I had started almost a year ago! And it fits!

Spinning. Well it was non-existent while the tree was up over the holidays. The tree goes in the same corner, so the wheel went into storage for almost a month, and while it’s out, I’ve yet to return to it regularly.

That’s the update. Now I need to figure out how to add pictures to this post and then, possibly, the blogging may be a bit easier to schedule.

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Twice a month!

Hmmmm, twice a month seems to be all I can mange to post these days.  Every day I tell myself I’m going to write a blog post and then life starts and before I know it, it’s after dark and I’m worn out.

What you may ask is wearing me out?   Well, I’ve started each day the last week checking on the baby Angora bunnies!

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We started with 7 in the litter, but lost 2 in the first 2 days.  The remaining ones are doing great now, although you can see the little pink skinned one at the front is the runt (and we almost lost it 2 days ago).  Of course now I’m a little nervous about it’s health, so I’m checking multiple times a day.  I can’t wait until they open their eyes!

 

And there’s the garden to tend.  We’re getting strawberries out of it now:

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The broiler chickens are growing (and yes, they are much stinkier than laying hens):

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Speaking of laying hens, we’re getting a relatively consistent 7 eggs a day now:

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Of course, on top of these regular daily chores, there’s still that thing called work.  LOL  Funny how that always pops up and needs done!  But I’ve done a little bit of sewing of my own.  This quilt top (still not finished) is for Lake Norman Quilters Red and White Challenge for the show this summer (LINK TO INFO HERE)

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But the latest development is our pool.  It’s not supposed to look like this:

Iron-and-Copper-in-poolThat’s not algae!  After taking a sample to the pool place today and having the tests run, there’s not a smidgeon of algae in it.  That’s the result of excess Iron and Copper in the water.  The poolman tells me that if I follow the treatment schedule they’re outlined (that takes 3 days to complete), I should have clear sparkly water by Sunday or Monday.  I am, at this point, hopeful but skeptical.

 

sigh…..and LOOK at that yard!  It needs mowed again!  Maybe tomorrow, or Friday, or Saturday at the latest………….

 

Perhaps I’ll do better than twice a month with the blog as well, but I’m making no promises.  I’m still trying to figure out how the clock moves from 6a.m. to 10 p.m. so very quickly each day!

 

Here we go again!

Spring is on it’s way here in the South, although today is a cold day, and my hens are returning to laying on a regular basis.  The new chicks are growing rapidly and hopefully at the end of the week will move from the extra bathroom to the brooder in the coop (weather permitting) as they are starting to spread their little wings, literally!   I found one outside the bathtub the other day looking lost and crying loudly.

But back to the current hens, I’ve still got the original 8 and during the heart of the winter months would some days get 1 or 2 eggs, some days no eggs.  About 2 weeks ago they started laying daily and now I’m back up to about 5 eggs most days.  But yesterday was a strange one.  I collected 3 eggs yesterday in the rain and one was so tiny!

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The normal egg, on the left, weighs in at 68 grams, which would be an extra-large if purchased at the store.  The little surprise yesterday weighs in at 17 grams, which according to the chart I found, would be considered a peewee egg!   LOL

 

From what I’ve read, it’s doubtful there will be a yolk inside that shell and it’s not totally uncommon for a hen to lay an egg or two like this after a break from laying.  Mine all took a winter doldrums break (aka lack of adequate sunshine) and two also took a molting break.

 

Hopefully though I won’t start getting many eggs that size, I much prefer the extra-large eggs!