Ready to move the chickens

Got the "winter" chicken coop ready today – we’ll be moving the laying hens from the little coop to the big coop tonight. I put plastic over the windows (cuz I didn’t get the windows done – again.) Ryan worked on the electric. Grandma and the kids pulled up the old chicken wire in preparation for putting up the new run. Grandma and the kids (and Shelli) also worked in the garden, bringing in a little more harvest and cleaning up a little more.

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First Truth Project went well

I thought today meeting went well.  I need to find a different program for watching DVD’s since VLC seemed to have a couple issues, but the TV was easy to see and the volume was plenty loud enough.  I thought that overall it went pretty well.  The basement is a nice big area to have meetings in.

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High Winds

It sure was fun trying to sleep last night with the wind howling around the house…that means that summer is over….the temperatures will drop and frost will be on it’s way.
The chickens sure didn’t like the windy day…only 7 eggs.
Just when we thought it was safe to put the canner away…my Dad brought a box of pears. We canned 16 quarts of pears…small but tasty. I’ll make a couple more quarts of peppers today.

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Basement clean up

Saturday we worked for about 6 hours in the basement…eeew! We have an infestation of spiders and millipedes.
I finished the touch up on the bedroom paint and urethaned the window sills (finally.)
Ryan helped Dad move furniture and other stuff for a hour or so…queen bed down and bunk beds up and worms to the garage (they have a nasty case of fruit fly-itis and I couldn’t handle that inside any more.)
We scrubbed and cleaned and moved and tossed and got things ready for our first session of The Truth Project. We are moving home group to the basement for the winter. Hopefully the heat will go in this week. Thanks Randy!

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TGIF!!!

So thankful for Friday. Not that we will have much rest this weekend, but at least we will be together.
It seems that my “kids” are all going through the same phase at once….they repeat everything over and over…my least favorite phase. I need earplugs:)
Not much happening outside the last few days. My 5+ foot tall cosmos FINALLY bloomed only to snap off the very same day…at least they look pretty in the vase.
Ryan has been slowly but surely working on the workshop/goat-shed…the gnats have been nearly unbearable this week.

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More Peppers…

Yesterday was very busy. I boiled all the wee potatoes and peeled them. I put up 5 more pints of beets and another gallon bag of broccoli. I painted the ” Savanna” room in the basement. I picked another big bowl of peppers. We got 17 eggs from 18 chickens…they must have been very happy yesterday. I baked three pies…one was an experimental recipe…Simply Orange Mango juice…kind of like lemon meringue only kickier…

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The produce rolls in…

As garden clean up continues, we are finding a few more treasures under the weeds. Last evening we dug potatoes…it was pretty paltry-about 15 lbs. We were late getting them planted and I think the “straw” had too much poo in it. We also pulled another bucket of beets and found a few tiny watermelons (we’ll feed those to the home group kids on Sunday.)

Tonight I will paint the front downstairs bedroom in preparation for rearranging the bedrooms and getting the basement ready for home group.

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