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Driver’s Ed

Isaac started in on driver’s ed last year and got his learner’s permit with no problems.  He continued studying a bit of driver’s ed with a program I bought him but I think he was hoping he’d get to take “real” driver’s ed in public school this year.  No go.  The public school here does not have a full-time driver’s ed program.  It sometimes has a 4-week course in the summer if they can line up a teacher and enough student interest.  — Or something along those lines.  I’m a little fuzzy as I was taking in too much info the day I asked about that.

Bottom line?  No public school driver’s ed for him.  < evil snicker >

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012-2013 School Year

Now that we’re fully back into the swing of normal life, I figured it’s time to get back to posting bits & pieces of life here.  I’ve missed so much that happened this summer (as far as adding to our life’s journal, a.k.a. blog, here)!

This year, Isaac has decided to transfer into the local public school.  He went through the testing and I typed up transcripts of what he’d done last year and…  He’s in!  He’s now a sophomore at Monroe City High School.  He’s really enjoying it and I have no doubt whatsoever that he’ll do well.  He’s got a good head on his shoulders and he’s a hard worker when it comes to schoolwork.

As for the rest of the nutballs…  We’re continuing to cram more life skills into Cody’s skull so, even though he’s officially out of high school (graduated this past spring), he’s still in learning mode.  He’s also the Head Honcho of Work around here, doing all sorts of oddball things to help things run smoothly.  Josie is beginning preschool this year.  I’m not a preschool fan myself, preferring to just let them play (which is learning, afterall) until “real” school starts but she has been insisting on getting to “do school”, too.  So I throw some papers at her now & then and she sits in on various lessons the other kids are doing and, somehow, it works out.  Some days.

Charlie, Duke, and Nellie are my main students this  year.  Charlie is in 6th grade, Duke in 5th, and Nellie doing a combo of 1st and 2nd grades.  She got stuck behind a bit between the years of speech therapy, Steve’s accident drama, and the move.  She’ll be all caught up by the end of this year, though, so all is well.  (This is the first year that she is legally required to be schooled here in MO so the timing is perfect.)

Our day goes something like this:

Core Classes:

Reading:

Charlie and Duke start their day with reading.  Any books of their choice but they do have to be real books, not comic books or whatever the modern equivalent is (manga, I think?).  They’re both excellent readers and read high school- and adult-level books so I have no worries about their abilities.  Right now, the main emphasis with them is to encourage their love of reading and, of course, all of the knowledge they unknowingly pick up along the way, such as writing styles, punctuation, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc.  Shhh…  Don’t tell them that reading for fun is learning, too.

At the same time, I’m working with Nellie on her phonics.  She’s now reading but, after a summer of brain rot, we needed to reinforce some basics.  She’s now starting to forge ahead into more complex phonics and starting to stumble through a few easy readers.  We’re using the Funnix programs for her phonics, along with some good, old fashioned sounding-out-with-Mom stuff.

Math:

Charlie and Duke are using a combination of the Life of Fred books independently and Teaching Textbooks with me to reinforce and ensure they are solid in the concepts they are learning.  We are also supplementing with First Lessons in Arithmetic, again with me to reinforce the concepts.

Nellie is using the Funnix math program and also using First Lessons in Arithmetic as a supplement.

Language Arts:

Charlie and Duke are using a new LA program this year:  the Writing Strands series.  I decided to go this route instead of what I had been doing because it nicely combines spelling, grammar, writing, and a whole slew of LA into one, compact program.  Hopefully we’ll like it and stick with it through the year.  So far, I’m impresssed.

Nellie is doing a willy-nilly approach to LA.  We’re using Handwriting Without Tears, my go-to workbooks for beginning handwriting.  Her Funnix reading program also includes handwriting practice.  We’ll be starting some copywork soon so she’ll be beginning to learn a bit about puncuation and grammar, etc.  In addition, we’re working pretty hard on the last of her speech issues.  I slacked off on her speech after we moved.  *hanging head in shame*  We’re finally going tackle the last of it this year!  For that, I’m reusing old speech worksheets & exercises we kept from her speech therapist in Oklahoma.

Science:

We all do science together:  Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Astronomy.  I love, love, love Apologia!  It’s so interesting, especially the upper grades, I’d read it even if I didn’t have kids.  Charlie and Duke have the companion Notebooking Journals to do along with them but I’m just having Nellie do a few random projects since I don’t think she’s yet ready for an entire journal.  I’m hoping we can complete Astronomy in the semester and move on to Botany or Zoology in the second semester.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our history with the Story of the World series.  This is another one that I’d read just for myself if I didn’t homeschool.  We’ll be supplementing with the TruthQuest series and borrowed library books, along with my ever-growing, history-heavy home library.  I love history so much, it just seems to take care of itself.  Oh, and, this being a big election year, you can bet we’ll be taking a bit of time to talk government this fall.  We all do social studies as a group.

Non-Core Classes

Keyboarding:

Charlie and Duke have been, up to this point, hunt & peck typists.  Annoying.  So, this year, we’re starting them on some keyboard skills.  I can’t find my Mavis Beacon software I used with Isaac so I scrounged a couple of free programs from the internet:  TypingWeb.com and Learn2Type.com.  Once they get the basics down, they’ll be set free from The Most Boring Class in the Universe.  I’m thinking only a semester will be needed for this one and then they’ll just take off on their own, getting more accuracy and speed through everyday use.

Bible:

Another class we all do together, we’ll be using The One Year Bible for Kids as our guide and supplementing with The One Year Bible and The Daily Bible, a chronological bible) to beef it up a bit.

Agriculture:

First semester, we’ll be concentrating on animals so we’ll be studying Natural Goat Care and The Small-Scale Poultry Flock.  Second semester, we’ll be switching gears to include plants and will be using a variety of books I’ve yet to dig out, along with one I just bought (and am so excited to dig into!):  The Holistic Orchard.  A few folks may snicker and roll their eyes that I include ag in our homeschool but I’m determined that the kids will know how to take care of themselves should they choose to do so.  I want them to grow up healthy & capable of being somewhat independent and, in my opinion, that means being at least somewhat involved in their food and not just buying crap from stores.  Of course, along with studying animals and plants, we’ll end up covering a lot of food & nutrition (which happens every day in this family anyway).

Art:

Art classes will be taken by all three every Friday through Hannibal Area Home Educators, our local homeschool cooperative.  (I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.)

Art & Movement:

This will just be a little half-hour activity for Nellie and Josie to “get the wiggles out” and do some art together.  Nellie will lead it because, again, art is so not my thing!

Choir:

Another class taken by all three kids through the Hannibal Area Home Educators.

Bowling:

Oh, bowling.  How do I hate thee?  Let me count the ways…  Seriously, I detest bowling.  I cannot stand to even be in a bowling alley.  But the kids love it.  *sigh*  So Nellie, Duke, and Charlie will again be in the youth league bowling homeschool group thingymajig at PalBowl.  You’ll find me each Friday morning, trying really hard not to say bad words and screaming “Kill me now!” out loud.  At least the people there are really nice.  And they haven’t yet locked me in the bathroom when I start getting all grumbly (although, I wouldn’t blame them a bit).  PalBowl has a great program there and do an amazing job with the kids.  I just wish it wasn’t bowling!

Rotating Classes:

This year, Hannibal Area Home Educators is trying something new — doing a rotating class throughout the year.  Each month, someone will teach a short , 3-4 week class on… whatever.  It sounds really cool!  First up is soccer and I think drama is coming up later in the fall.  I don’t yet know what all classes there will be but I love the idea and I know the kids will want to do every one of them.

Looks like it’s going to be another full year!  What with the school schedules plus numerous extracurricular activities, such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, community activities, field trips, etc, etc…  Boy, I’m sure wishing I spent the summer resting up!

Honey Farm Open House

Every year, Andrew Honey Farm holds an open house and welcomes everyone to see their operation.  Bernie & Gay are great hosts and great beekeepers!  This link will take you to the photos I took at last year’s open house.  If you’re interested in attending, comment here, shoot me an email, or holler at me on Facebook and I’ll send you directions.

Andrew Honey Farm Open House

Sunday, August 19th, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. near Lorraine, Illinois (near Quincy).

It’s a great time for the entire family — with some yummy snacks!  Bernie will show you his honey extraction building and how he harvests honey.  He also has an incredibly cool collection of tractors — propane powered, I think?  Some sort of gassy boom-boom thing.  <— girl speak

Hope you all can make it!

 

Meet the new goats!

We picked up our new goats from Harmony Hill Goat Farm yesterday.  Leah’s herd of Kinder goats is gorgeous!  They are some of the healthiest goats I’ve ever seen, living on a beautiful farm.  Lucky dogs!  Er, goats.

Patrick is a wether who was hand-raised so he’s very friendly and attached to people.  The two doelings, ShowTime and Gidget, were dam-raised so they’re a bit on the wild side.  It’ll take some work & patience to get them tamed down & friendly.  Because of this, we decided to put up a small pen for them.  We emptied out & cleaned the shed and tossed some straw in there for temporary housing and then ran fence between it and the driveway & east side of the house.  That way they’re close to us where we can keep a close eye on them and more easily work with them a few times each day. It’s not a glamorous, photogenic location but it’s the perfect spot for them right now.  There are a couple of bushes up against the house, along with a bazillion weeds so they’re in heaven.

Once we get them calmed down and earn their trust, we’ll put them out in a bigger area.  Already, they’re improving and their curiosity is getting the better of them.  All we have to do is sit out there and talk to them once in a while, ignore them the rest of the time, and give Patrick some scratches & treats.  They just can’t stand it for too long!  They creep closer and closer every time…

Here’s Patrick, who doesn’t see what the girls’ fuss is all about.  It means more raisins for him, though, so he’s cool with it.

ShowTime is about a month older than Gidget and seems to be the leader at the moment.  She’s so beautiful!

Gidget is the youngest & shiest of the bunch but even she dared to get within my reach during my morning “sitting time” with them.

Forgive the cruddy phone pics.  I’m more focused on getting them settled in than remembering to take the good camera out right now.  It’s just good to have goats around again!

Now don’t go fainting or anything but…

We actually inspected the hives!  I know, right??

And, by “we”, I mean Steve & Charlie.  We were coming back from town last night and I said, “You know, we really should take a look in the hives tonight.  The MVBA meeting is tomorrow and I’d hate to be lame enough to have no hive report two months in a row.  So, yeah, we should do at least a quick inspection once we get home.”  After using my wifely wiles of wonderment, Steve eagerly offered to be Charlie’s assistant.

Charlie’s swarm, pictured above is doing great, at least by our admittedly low standards.  (Our standards = alive and not completely pathetic = great.)  Two boxes of brood and just over a half super of honey.

Fred, the old Italian hive, is also doing well, with two deep brood boxes bursting at the seams. We added a medium super to it and should have done that long ago.

Next up was that big cutout we did this summer.  It’s doing okay but had one box more than it needed, apparently.  We found evidence of wax moths and took off the unneeded super.  That puts them down to two brood boxes.

Last of the remaining hives is Hans Hubermann.  It’s still in just one brood box but could have used a second a while back, it seems.  We added that so they’ll have a bit more elbow room.  Maybe with the recent rains — and a few more hopefully coming — they’ll end up with some stores for winter.

All other bees we had are gone, except maybe one or two from smaller swarms that combined with other hives.  But you know what?  We are now at four decent hives that just might have a shot at making it through the winter  That’s twice what we went into last winter with.  Gotta look at the bright side, right?  :D

How long has it been?

I’m not at all happy with the way this summer has just blasted right past me while I’m distracted with market baking.  The baking has taken over my life.  Don’t get me wrong — I have a blast at market and love hanging out there with all of the folks.  But, dang.  I haven’t had time to tend to the garden.  I haven’t been able to just hang out with the kids and enjoy the summer off from school.  I can barely keep the house from getting to “condemned” status.  And I’ve certainly not had time to keep up with regular blog posting.  Not that I’m fretting over lack of blog posts for blogging’s sake, it’s that I haven’t had time to add to our little “family journal” here.  This is where I keep tidbits of our life so, when the kids are all grown & gone, we can all look back and say, “Oh, that’s when we did so & so” and “See how little I was then?”  Those sorts of family album “unimportant” things.  I do not like this whole missing a chunk of our life thing.

So what’s happened in the past month?

Duke had a birthday!!  He turned 10 on the 8th of July.  I can’t believe he’s 10 already.  Almost a teenager.  Geez.  A week or two later, he and Isaac got to fly out to Phoenix with Grandma Kaye and spend a few days with David & Miranda and Uncle Richard.  Duke & Charlie spent a week at 4-H camp earlier in the summer and had a good time.  Isaac spent a few days at the Missouri 4-H Congress.  Then Charlie & Isaac spent a week at Boy Scout camp and had fun.  The boys have all sorts of fun things to fill their summer and that is a good thing!  The girls are still a bit young for those sorts of trips but they’ve been able to hang at home and swim in our little redneck pool.  (Ooh, I have to get a pic of that for you guys!  Ha!)  Cody’s been working a few hours each week for some neighbors down the road.  That’s a good thing for gaining some independence & work experience and a little spending cash in the process.

The garden.  Oy.  The garden.  What a year, huh?  If there was ever a year to miss tending to a garden, this has been the one.  Even if I’d been here to take care of it properly, it wouldn’t have mattered a lick.  It’s just been too dry and too hot for too long.  In Oklahoma, we had heat & drought like this but we were prepared for it.  Here, we weren’t expecting it and our garden is still in its infancy.  We don’t yet have it all set up the way we want it with heavy mulch, etc.  In five years, maybe it’d be better able to withstand this summer’s weather but certainly not this year.  We’re getting a few tomatoes and will probably get cucumbers soon and melons in a few weeks.  Other than that, it’s a bust.  What’s the gardener’s motto?  Next year will be better!

Our birds took heavy losses this summer.  We had birds dying left & right from heat and raccoons/rats/possums/whatevers.  We hatched out a lot this year and lost most of them.  Remember the Ft. Knox of chicken houses we built in Oklahoma?  We expected heavy predator pressure there and built appropriately.  We never guessed that the “little” predators here in civilization would be so rough on the population so we built lighter.  We built open-air style to combat the colder climate but didn’t put in a concrete floor.  We meant to get around to it one day but figured it wasn’t at the top of the priority list and put it off.  But this year…  After losing several chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese to digging predators, we finally got the hint.  A week or two ago, we finally poured concrete.  We poured a floor in the existing chicken house, plus one floor adjacent to that for a new waterfowl house, and a floor in our new back room addition.  (I don’t think I’ve ever posted here about the new back room we started adding last winter?  I’ll have to take pics of that, too, once I have more time.)  Steve is now working on an elevated chick cage for our new hatchlings.  We keep them in an aquarium in the house for a couple of weeks and will then move them outdoors where they have more room.  In the past, we’ve set them on the floor of the coop in a cage but mice & rats can still occasionally squeeze through the wire mesh and wipe them out in a single night.  This new elevated cage will solve that problem.  Ha!  Take that, you nasty little things!  With the concrete floor, we’ve not had any further losses to predators and the birds are laying better.  But, still, we’re not taking any chances with the hatchlings as mice & rats can squeeze in through any little opening and, even if there are no openings, they can hitch rides in with feed bags.  We’ve had a lot of trouble with our usual feed store (Farm & Home) having critters in the feed bags so we’ve just switched to a different one (Orscheln) that seems to be a lot better in that department.  Chicken house bonus:  To combat the recent heat, Steve has added a strip of wire mesh to the back wall of the chicken house, in place of one piece of sheet metal.  It provides a very nice cross breeze in there and can be added back on quickly once cooler weather arrives.

After completing the elevated hatchling cage (hopefully tonight or tomorrow), next on Steve’s to-do list is building the waterfowl house, expanding our fence, and building a bigger, better Critter House.  Know why?  Want a hint?

Goats!  We’re getting goats again!  At last!  We’re so excited!  (The exclamation marks might have clued you in as to our excitement.)  The above kid is a doeling called Gidget.  (Fitting name, eh?)

That big ol’ hunk of Black Angus-looking goat up there nursing?  That’s ShowTime, another doeling that will soon be ours.

And this is Patrick, the white-eared, handfed wether to keep the gals company.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  The goats (and pics) are coming from Harmony Hill Goat Farm an hour or two south of us.  These are Kinder goats, a dual-purpose breed (milk & meat).  While their main purpose for us will be dairy, we will also be “harvesting” the excess down the road for meat.  Trying to find pastured meat & dairy that is affordable for us is next to impossible so we figured we’d be better off getting a dual-purpose breed.  Two birds, one stone, etc.  Plus we just flat-out love goats.  Well, most goats.  ;-)  (I’m talking about you, Bullseye!)  We’ll be picking the goats up a week from today, Sunday morning.  So excited!!

What else?  We’re gearing up for the start of school here.  Isaac is going to be entering the public school system in August so I’m working on transcripts for the local high school to see what he’s been up to.  The others will all be homeschooled still so I’m working on curricula & lesson planning and all of that fun stuff.  And, after going over my schedule a few million times, trying & trying to squeeze more time out of my days (and nights), I’ve come to the conclusion that there is  Just.  No.  Way.  I cannot possibly do a decent job of schooling these guys while working the 40-60 additional hours each week for market baking.  (Told you this baking thing had become full time!)  Homeschooling, with recordkeeping & planning, takes a good 60 hours each week for me.  Add in normal household duties, gardening (not that there’s much left to garden out there), settling in & caring for new critters, etc, and there’s no time left for sleep.  And I have to sleep. I’m so behind on sleep already, I don’t have any functioning brain cells left.  That’s not so good for teaching.  So I’ll be doing one or two more markets and then “retiring” for the year.

So that’s about where we’re at.  I’ll spare you pics of the shriveled-up garden with the shriveled-up cornfield behind it and, instead, treat you to goatie pics in a week or so!  And I hope to be back to more regular blogging again once I’m done with market in a couple of weeks.  See ya then!

The Poultry Situation*

It’s been a rough year for our birds.  We lost all of the turkeys we hatched out, due to our own mistakes.  (I’d read that you should feed them medicated chick starter mixed with gamebird feed.  Turns out that medication will kill them.)  We had raccoon issues that have knocked back our population that was housed at night in mobile pens.  Now we have what we think are rats eating several ducklings & chicks that are in (what we thought were safe) pens within the big chicken house.  This week, the extended heat wave has been knocking out chickens left & right.  Plus we’ve had several grown laying hens just dropping dead, one by one, since we moved here.  We never had any of these problems with our birds in Oklahoma.

Now, the turkey feeding problem has been solved.  We’re pouring concrete floors for the big bird house to eliminate the rat/raccoon issues.  We’re modifying our mobile pens to fix those raccoon problems.  But that still leaves us with the dying chickens troubles.  No ducks, turkeys, or geese have died from heat or random problems.  I’ve read that ducks are much hardier than chickens and, right now, I’m believing it.

We’re mulling over which direction to head with the birds.  Maybe we want to just not hatch any more chickens and let their number naturally dwindle until we have only geese, turkeys, and ducks?  The ducks for eggs, the turkeys for meat, and the geese for…  Well, they’re cool and there are only three of them.  We’ll call them guard geese.  ;-)  The ducks can be just as productive as our chickens have been and lots of folks prefer them over chicken eggs.  We certainly prefer turkey meat over chicken meat but, of course, it’s a slower turn-around time for it.

On the other hand, I sure do love the White Silkies and Marans.  Maybe we can keep a few of each in tractors as we were planning on doing to keep the breeds pure.  That would keep us & our customers in chicken eggs and Silkie meat while letting our main focus be on the other birds?  The turkeys could take over the current chicken house (with its soon-to-be-poured concrete floor) and Steve will build the ducks & geese their own house (with soon-to-be-poured concrete floor) as he was already planning on doing.

I don’t know.  I just know this whole business of feeding these chickens for months before finally getting eggs — and then having them fall over dead — is not working out too well here.

*This thinking-out-loud post has been brought to you by the letter D.  D is for death & dismemberment of another dozen birds last night.

Wait a minute…

First the drought in our little area and the giant cracks all across the yard and now this.  Are we back in Oklahoma?  Is the heat visiting us because it misses us?

I so do not want to bake in this.

Paul gave us a little swarm of bees last night at the MVBA meeting.  Guess I’d better go get them installed before it gets too hot for me to want to put on the suit.  It’s about time I checked on the other hives, too.

Pest ID?

Before I forget, the new website is partially up if you want to go take a peek:  SlowMoFood  I’m going to be adding some more content this week.  A humongous thanks to David for setting it all up — and an even bigger thanks to Miranda for sharing him!

This morning, a neighbor stopped by for a pest ID.  I’m horrible with that stuff myself so figured I’d ask around.  These little bugs were on a squash leaf that had a shotgun pattern working in a curve across the leaf.  Any ideas?

Garden update:  Charlie has started picking the first of his cherry tomatoes!  We’re all very jealous but he has been nice enough to share them.  Some of our larger tomatoes have started blushing but our cherries in the main garden didn’t go in until much later so they’re behind the curve.  We have been picking blackberries and raspberries lately and, man, are they good!!!  And no thorns!  Both plantings of bush beans are up and doing well.  I think I’ll get another planting of them in this week or next.  I’m finally getting around to pulling the sugar snap peas this week and will be planting some pole beans in their place at last.  I got a few rows of muskmelons and watermelons planted last week, along with some basil the week before.Both plantings of cucumbers are up and doing well but nowhere near fruiting yet.  Luckily for me, my booth at the market is right next to some wonderful veggie farmers and they loaded me up with cukes this past weekend!  I pickled a couple dozen quarts yesterday.  We’ll probably crack one jar open tonight for a taste test because we’re all pickle freaks.

Another vendor gave me a big bag of apricots a couple of weeks ago and all I had time for then was to get them in the freezer.  I was going to turn them into jam and can them last night after I finished the pickles but the dang power went out.  A transformer blew right outside our house and we were a couple hours without electricity.  Maybe I’ll get time to do them up today?

Bimbo Bakeries

I’m not sure where we picked up these bread racks but they’re pretty fitting, eh?  We only have four and, man, have they come in handy!  I need to find out where I can get more.  With “Bimbo Bakeries USA” imprinted on them.

So remember I was doing a little baking to fill in at the farmer’s market until the garden starts to produce?  Ha.  It seems that baking is becoming a full-time profession for me.  Sourdoughs, French breads, soft sandwich breads, aged rustic breads…  And the sweet breads have become quite popular — sweet lemon bread, sweet orange marmalade bread, and pumpkin cinnamon bread.  I’m having trouble keeping up with demand with my crappy little one-rack oven.  We have a spare oven in the basement that someone gave us.  Assuming it’s in working condition, I’m hoping Steve can get it installed in the next week or two.

FYI:  I’ve decided I don’t want to mix this personal blog/journal/family photos with the biz side of things.  David is currently working on getting me set up on a new, separate site:  SlowMoFood.com.  I’ll let you all know when that’s up and running so you can take a peek.  In the meantime, I set up a Facebook page for it here:  Facebook/SlowMoFood

The garden is behind where I’d like it to be but certainly ahead of last year.  I’ve gotten in a second planting of bush beans and am still working on getting the last of the peppers in the ground.  I’ll try to finish that this next week, along with seeding some melons.  It’s still dry as a bone here, although we did get a very welcome 4/10″ several days ago.  There’s another chance for rain this weekend so everyone cross your fingers!

In my busy-ness, I didn’t make my usual birthday post but Nellie turned seven about a month ago!  Good grief, they grow up quickly!  She got several girly things for gifts but her favorite was having Grandma Kaye take her to a real beauty salon for a fancy-pants haircut.

In the animal department, things are going pretty well.  We’re now up to 24 ducks, including some Anconas I bought from a fellow vendor at the market last week.  I’m really, really, really liking ducks.  We had six geese but a coon or other nasty thing dug under their night pen and took the three smallest of them.  Our turkeys kept dying off until we only had a few left.  I finally got around to mentioning it to Gail, our turkey guru, and she suggested they might be eating the medicated chick feed.  Yep, sure enough, I had been mixing medicated chick grower with higher protein game feed for them as I had read somewhere on the internet.  We’ve now stopped that and we’ve had no more deaths.

The bees.  Oh, don’t ask about the bees.  I’ve been so busy, I haven’t checked them in forever.  I hope to get out there and do that this next week but don’t hold your breath.

So, yes, we’re still alive.  Things are going well — very well.  I love working at the market.  The customers are great and, even better, my fellow vendors are wonderful.  I was pretty intimidated by most of the other vendors at first, thinking they’d be competitive & snooty. Afterall, they’re all so experienced and I’m so very new to it all.   Nope, they are incredibly generous and welcoming, openly sharing their knowledge with me, friendly & chatting all morning long.  It’s a great group of people and I’m very thankful to be a part of them.  I look forward to each & every Saturday morning.  Pretty cool stuff.

Back to bimbo baking!

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