Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Time is flying!

Things are busy and flying by around here. Night walks and sledding in the snow, Christmas community events and all of the rest! The baby birds are full grown already and are sleeping cuddled up on the perch with thier mama... funny little things!
Things have been a tad intense around here lately. Eldest son came into the bedroom late the other night in tears. He was laying awake in bed thinking about the purpose of our existance and the " point" of it all. An eight year old in the middle of an existential crisis. Those parenting moments that you don't quite know how to handle properly, then worry and fuss over it in your mind for days later. Gah! I wouldn't be surprised if the boy developed an ulcer , all of the worrying he does.
Putting together the norfolk pine houseplant" Christmas tree" tonight I think. Pretty casual here this year. The first time in a while though that we are doing it by ourselves. I will definitely miss being with my family. Looks as though we can afford new tires for the van by the new year if we are really frugal. Then we can make our visits in January.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


So I found a pickling crock on Craigslist today for 30 dollars. I couldn't pass it by as I have been looking for something for large batches of pickles. Sooooo.... it turns out that 15 gallons in my head... is WAYYYYY smaller than it is in real life. I am seriously shaking my head at myself right now!

For reference, it is 2 feet tall and that is a 45 pound child in there.

Baby bird pics

The first one is from about 5 days or so. The second pic is from today and the babies are about 3 weeks old! The pink on his beak is from the vitamin block that his mama has been feeding him

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I thought I was finished canning...

But an old friend dropped off about 30 pounds of quince on my doorstep( along with venison bones and garden goodies). Today I will be up to my elbows making quince butter. To top it off... quince brandy! Yummy! This will be my first experience with this amazing looking fruit.
My camera battery needs to be charged, but the baby birds are at thier cutest right now. We take them out of the nest to get some human handling time ( in hopes that they will be more tame as adults) . They wobble around and flap thier little wings! And we all sit around cooing from thier incredible cuteness! We are going to keep both of them for sure now. They are getting mighty noisy now. Interesting how the household evolves!