I have really got to try to get in the habit of at least a weekly post, don’t you think? All three of you fabulous readers? 🙂
We have been pretty busy around here, of course. Because we’re always pretty busy around here. It occurred to me not long ago that I’m no longer a stay-at-home mom, but a work-at-home mom. I go-go-go from about 6am to approximately 8:15 at night, when I finally get the last of the children tucked in. (Yes, that is ALL children, from the four year old right on up through the seventeen year old. You don’t have to go to sleep, but you can’t stay downstairs with me!)
We harvested a batch of chickens a couple of weeks ago, incorporating some revisions gleaned from our last run. I’m telling you, you should see these kids process chickens! They do such a great job, and they’re fast! We ran through forty birds in an hour and a half, just over two minutes per bird. We’re short two workers for the cooling/packaging station, so we have to break for that, but it gives the kids a chance to stretch and breathe and get a drink, so it works out okay. And I have learned to rip off heads with my bare hands, which makes me feel positively primitive, but it’s fast. We’ll take some pictures on Saturday when run our next batch. We only have about twenty birds to run ourselves, but we heard a rumor some elderly friends are ready to process theirs, too, so we’ll offer to help.
School is going well, too, mostly. I think I’m the only one having a hard time. I need a school project with which to occupy my hands, otherwise, I think I’m going to go insane. Seven days in, though, and all the kids are still on schedule (a first!) and Tommy pops in most days, but not all. He found his gold crayon, too. Did you know ducks are gold? So are balloons, bunny tails, and eggs.
Delaney and Davey are going hunting next week, a first for both of them. Delaney shoots a bow, and Davey has a crossbow, so it should be interesting. A friend has some land nearby they can use, and another feeds his deer all summer so they’re still around come hunting season. So, if they don’t have any luck at the first place, they have a fall-back. They’re pretty excited. Me? I don’t have any freezer space (four of them, packed to the gills) so am ambivalent. 🙂 I don’t even know where I’m going to put the chickens this weekend.
I’m still pregnant! That seems to be going just fine. Sometimes, too, when I lay down at night, I think I can feel the little guy moving. Could be my imagination, but I like it anyway. 🙂 Thanks for the prayers.
What else? Oh, yes. The extension office runs a program called Homemakers, and I fell into the presidency of our particular club. (There are 8-10 in our county.) We have a definite cash-flow problem, as we have no income, yet people always want our money. The $25 bucks the county organization started us off with didn’t last very long. So. Every year, the county homemakers hold a holiday bazaar. Everything must be handmade or homemade, but no canned goods. Each club can have one booth for free, and this is how most of the clubs make money for the year. Our problem is that there are only seven women in our fledgling club, and we’re short on crafty and/or baking skills. I have a few ideas for easy, low-cost projects, but I’m totally open to suggestions. Those are my qualifications, by the way. Must be easy. Must be cheap. And, preferable, must be desired by folks who attend craft fairs. 🙂 Any ideas? (See pinterest board labeled Bazaar Ideas.)
Okay, I think that’ll do it for today. Looking forward to hearing from you!