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There’s gotta be a common theme here somewhere… | Speedkin

There’s gotta be a common theme here somewhere…

The excess roosters from this spring’s chicks were finally butchered late one recent evening.  After stuffing the skinned & gutted birds in a cooler for an overnight brine soak, we completely forgot about them.  Oops.  Today, we discovered that they’ve been frozen into one giant chicken ice cube ever since.  Lucky.  Now we’ll have to have one big chicken cooking day and put them in the freezer already cooked.  I’m cool with that.

Wintersowing finally began this past week.  In jugs are landrace tomatoes, cilantro, brown mustard seed, dill, orange star calendula, mystery aronia, Aunt Molly’s ground cherries, wildflowers, zinnias, marigolds, and chard.  Charlie also wintersowed several jugs for his garden.  There’s more to wintersow but I’d better get on it quick.  It’s almost March!

Steve got one of the raised beds (4′ x 40′) along the front walk built.  This one has sunchokes and a few mints in it from last year.  I’m not yet sure what its permanent use will be.  There will be another one between the sidewalk and the house when he gets to it.

Another bed going up, this one the first of six 4′ x 40′ in the front yard.  These will give each of the kids a garden bed of their own to do with as they wish.

So we did a quickie check on the bees a while back and concluded that the Carniolans were toast.  Then the $%@&@&$ snots decided to make fools out of us and come back to life right after we announced our conclusion to several folks.  Really, I just do not get these Carniolans.  Not that I get any bees but still…  Anyway, so I felt sorry for them being such a pitifully small cluster and yet impressed that they’d made it so far into winter.  I decided I’d make them a treat — some Bee Candy!  Only, like much of my cooking since moving here, things went wrong.  Terribly wrong.  Being a heartless SOB, I made the kids take it out and feed it to the bees anyway.  That’ll teach them for faking death

A couple of weeks ago, our homeschool group got a chance to hang with Hannibal’s mayor & city manager in the council chamber.  They even got to do a mock council — very cool!  That’s Charlie there to the mayor’s right and Duke & Isaac to the mayor’s left.  (The mayor is the fell in the center of the council seats.)

And just you wait until you see what I’ve been up to today!  Messes made & pics taken…

6 Responses to “There’s gotta be a common theme here somewhere…”

  1. Ilene February 19, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Hey! Put those chickens in the pressure canner and pressure them till the meat falls off the bone and the bones are soft (about an hour once pressure is at 10 pounds). Then can the meat and broth in jars for later. That’ll be some quick meals this summer when it’s too hot and you’re too tired to cook….

    Love those raised beds.

    Looks like your kiddos are getting a good education. Did you hear about how they suddenly started making Oklahoma high school seniors take a test to see if they can graduate? Doesn’t matter now what their grades for the year are. Some haven’t been able to pass the test! I’m all for higher expectations but WITHOUT WARNING????? Just another example of how screwed up our education system is. Those kids that can’t graduate now, they say maybe they can if they take a G.E.D. I doubt it, but maybe, since at least they’d have a little time to study for it, and I guess if they don’t pass they can take it again???

    • Diane February 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      I hadn’t heard that. I’m not surprised, really. Where we lived, most of the graduates were… Well, they weren’t in any danger of becoming rocket scientists. LOL But, yeah, just suddenly adding in tests? I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, it’s good to do “pop quizzes” to make sure kids know what they’re supposed to know. On the other hand, kids need to know what’s expected of them and, if they had no clue, it’s not exactly fair.

  2. Oldnovice February 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I remember when my kids were young and I gave them all a plot in which to garden. My son (in his defense he was the youngest) grew pretty much only weeds. Later in life we were talking about those days and he said that he should have grown mints.

    I haven’t yet sent your citrus (in case you feared they got lost in the mail). We had a bunch of birthdays and other stuff, so I haven’t yet had time. I’ll try again for this week, but if I don’t get it out Tuesday, I’ll wait until the next week. I fear it laying around in post offices over weekends.

    • Diane February 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      I’m in no hurry on the citrus, of course. I’m still up to my eyeballs in stuff to do. I cannot wait until summer vacation!!

  3. Oldnovice February 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Boxed and sent the citrus this morning, so you should get it before the weekend. I’m confident that two of the three are still alive, but not sure about the third. Figured you’d know better than I.

    • Diane February 23, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Cool, I’ll be on the lookout for them. Thanks!

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