Friday, August 22, 2014

Leek Haiku

Leeks runneth over. 
Leeks make soup in cold weather.
Leek seeds are on sale.

Sometimes things fall into place and motivation sprouts.  Stringy, little, pale sprouts of motivation.

Other sprouts get picked off by the chickens before they even break ground.  So I took the seed trays to the 'burb and put them on the patio.  The no-chicken patio.  The boys set up the little greenhouse that I still can't figure out a use for, but it's cute.  And I went on the internet to order a packet of red romaine seeds.

$45 dollars and four days later...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chicken Saga Continues

The chickens spend their nights in a dog crate in the kitchen of the farmhouse.  Only three chickens remain.  We don't know what's been killing them. They may have multiple predators. 

Last night, we were going to have a relaxing night of camping at the farmhouse. The farmhouse is a lot like a cabin.

After snacks, some 3DS games and reading we hit the hay about 11:30.
The chickens started sneezing around 1:15.

I thought about sleeping through it, but this wasn't our usual setting so I grabbed the phone and went to check it out.

The cat was lurking in front of the chicken cage and I hate to admit this, but it looked like he had disembowelled a rabbit there.  I really thought about going back to bed.  It looked to be a big rabbit.  Human size?  Something made me want a closer look. It. Was. A. Snake.

In the kitchen.  Sorry I didn't...

Monday, July 7, 2014

One Little, Two Little, Three Little...Leeks

The Leeks today.
It happens to the best of us... when we don't do the proper research.

Leeks are biennial.   Oh the harbinger of lost opportunities:  the Leek.

Sadly, I have no pictures of the leeks.  Guess why?

The story is one of persistence, hard work and sacrifice.  The leeks' persistence, hard work and sacrifice.

Since it is the very hottest part of the summer and the tv networks air their old Christmas specials, I'll do the same.  (Am I the only one who gets a mild panic attack when John Lennon sings, "Another year over.  What have you done?"  For crying out loud man, get off my case!) 

To celebrate a couple cool mornings (64 this morning) let's discuss leeks.  Leeks are a winter crop.  So call this planning and pretend it proves that we have it all together.  The seeds also might be on clearance since leeks are completely out of season.

The leeks we tried...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"You can eat WHATEVER YOU WANT!"

Some things are bigger than us.
Personal rant:
Here's what is rubbing me raw:  Homeschooling.  It's certainly not for everyone but I don't understand the vitriol people spew when the subject comes up.

I did a quick Google to see if there is a reality tv show about homeschooling and found this blog where so many of the comments were hateful and conformist.  Today I hit angry reviews of this homeschooling book I really like.

Control issues?  Personal insecurities projected onto others?  Just take what you like and leave the rest.
I think a glimpse into our lives would help people to quit asking me, "Are you going to homeschool again this year?"  Curiosity is probably the root of the question but it chips away at my already fragile uncertainly.  Any homeschool parent who isn't conceited hears: "So, are you keeping your kids chained to the furnace again this year?"

It is a giant, Costco size can of worms with no bottom.  I cried when I filled out the forms to take them out of school.  It is so impossibly hard to do something so unconventional without training and so much is at stake.  But it has worked better than I ever imagined it would and...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Once there was a way, to get back...

This has nothing to do with this post.
Some obstacles are just too big to overcome.  To keep progressing, you have to find a way to get around them.  

Another unrelated picture.
The riding mower is broken, dead, unfixable, don't bother asking... something about oil and the engine block... now it pours out of what looks like a big crack.

I can't possibly mow it all with the push mower so...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

If You Got 'Em - Plant "Em

Plant everything you've got.  Do it now.  The prime of the planting season is here!  Don’t take a day for granted.  Those tomatoes aren't going to plant themselves!  You get a lot of chances in life to start over and here's another.  Plant your favorite vegetable today, or at least the seeds and bedding plants. Because...
IT'S SPRING! and the weather is nice, for now.

My statistics professor once asked, "If you got 'em...what?"  She kept asking and it was about to slip out - what I was sure everyone was thinking: If you got 'em, smoke 'em.

Turns out statistics professors never think of that.  They think of: If you got 'em, plot 'em.

Well GARDENERS would put it this way: If you got 'em. PLANT 'EM!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Get Your Children to Behave - Parts 1&2

Here is a post from my other blog: How to get Your Children To Behave - Parts 1 & 2

It's not about gardening, but it is really important, so I recommend it to everyone.  These are lessons I learned the hard way and some from psychology.  Learn form my mistakes.