My favorite wild flower that I havent looked up a name for yet.
This one is hawkweed i believe. It has been in bloom all summer long.
Biggie plays dead.
Biggie and her brother Ty at naptime.
My measly (sp?) carrots. The green tops were lush and tall, but the carrot is this tiny split thing. I read something about nitrogen rich soil doing this to carrots but i need to do some more research.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We are taking care of our friends animals while they are away in South Korea. Here is their Rooster, Blue, who is the papa to our baby chicks. He is a very pretty bird and is super docile for a rooster.
They have a lot more birds than us, including a few turkeys and several soon to be butchered broilers. The broilers are nasty looking fat squat birds. Often times they will get so fat that they are unable to walk. Makes me not want to eat chicken just thinking about it.
Their house is also home to one of our kittens, Doobie. She has a new sister cat here as well as a new brother doggy.
The view from their house is great and in the winter there are excellent views of Mt. Washington. (that's Crystal Lake)
Monday, August 27, 2007
We had a brief cold spell last week and even had frost warnings one night. That got me back in the mood to start knitting again. The gray is alpaca and will be knit into a cabled hat for me me me. The blue is an irish wool that I am using for my first attempt at knitting a sweater. So far so good, I'm just worried about creating seams. We'll see what happens.
Yes, that's right. It only took about 15 applications but I finally got a job. I will be working as a Day Treatment support staff (basically still an Ed. Tech III).Today I met with all of my new coworkers and I am excited to say they all seem really nice. We will only have 5 students to start in the program and they will range from grades 5-9. There is myself, two other support staff members, one Special Ed Teacher, and on Social Worker. It is a very small tight knit program. Our school has a whopping 3 classrooms, a tiny cafeteria, a conference room, and some offices. But it does sit right on the lake. We will be taking our students to future builders of america twice a week. This is a vocational type program where the kids can be trained in automotive, carpentry, metal work, and some other fields. There will also be lots of field trips and a number of non-academic activities for the students. I am still in the dark on a number of things about my position but i will fill you in as soon as i know.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Two babies so far. Both are Cochin/Aruacana mixes. They do have the furry cochin feet . Sorry about more not so good pics. I will do my best tomorrow to get some clearer shots. We are waiting to see if the last 2 eggs hatch. Those two are Cochin/Golden Comet crosses. If they don't hatch this weekend then I think they are duds. They are more scientific ways to figure out if there are chicks in the eggs, such as candling them, but i am not going to do this.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
So the people that i clean house for went back to Florida. I am still cleaning up and closing the houses for them and part of the job was to empty the fridge for them. They told me to take stuff home. I made out well.
I also got a night stand that they were going to throw away.
In other news we might have more babies on the homestead soon. Keep your fingers crossed (and no its not me).
Friday, August 17, 2007
.....more pickling. I haven't tasted these yet, but i made 2 new batches of regular pickles tonight. I also had my first go at making jam. Blackberry jam. Its a small batch, and is a little sweet, but i think all in all it came out well. Next i am thinking about making some mint jelly just to use some of the thousands of mint plants we have. I don't think i like mint jelly though. eh.... whatever. the shower is grouted but i haven't taken any good pictures yet, but thank god we can bathe again. Tomorrow the plan is to fix the shower head, replace the ceiling over the shower, put up green board on the lower half of the walls, and apply some primer if we are lucky. The floors aren't going down for another week or two as we forgot to buy the sensor to install on the Suntouch radiant heat mat and the tile saw we had rented last weekend wasn't big enough to cut these 16" tiles.
I made pickles! No I am not really that excited by this but I have no other choice when it come to having dozens of cucumbers. This was my first attempt and the recipe i used was for bread and butter pickles. I dont htink i like bread and butter pickles. They came out fine but are a bit too sweet for my liking. I guess i'll try again this weekend.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Yay! All of the shower tiles are up. We used every last tile we bought. We're working on cleaning up any dust on the tiles now. Next it needs to cure, then we apply sealer, then grout, then sealer again, and hooray, we can bathe again! We jumped in the pond today and I washed and shampooed under the hose. Tiling the floors should be a breeze after doing this.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Here is the current status of the shower situation. Its break time at the moment which entails yet another tripi back to Home Depot to pick up a few more boxes of tiles, exchange the grout we got for a different color, and if we are lucky we will get some dinner as well (NOT from the depot).
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Well, as if taking on the task of tiling the floors in the bathroom wasn't enough, we've also decided to replace the lower half of the dry wall on the walls and to tile our shower as well. We ended up ripping out the fiberglass shower surround and rerouted the plumbing to the opposite wall (well mostly Tony did). The plan is to make the wall between the shower and the toilet a half wall to let in more light. The glass surround will have to come later. We still need to pick a tile to do in the shower and at the moment I think we are clueless as to what type to do in there. Needless to say, we need to hurry up and decide because the shower situation at the moment is not so enjoyable. We also decided to install the showerhead in the ceiling to make it more of a rain shower effect.
Old Shower (yucko)
Note: I know how nasty the old shower looks, but come on, lay off, this is why we are replacing it.
We've finally gotten some rain. The pond is at the lowest I've ever seen it. Stargazer lillies are in bloom in the front garden and a few unidentified flowers are in bloom in the back. I'd like to work in the gardens this weekend but will be too busy with our indoor projects to do that.
I believe this is a balloon flower above.