Chicks

I am truly becoming a small farmer.  Well, what I would say is a small farmer.  We have recently added chickens to our little farm, and it is so much fun.  Right now they are just a couple of weeks old, and I am very new to raising chickens.

I have been doing a great deal of research and am learning a lot.  We have the chicks in a bin in our garage with a heat lamp, food and water.  I will keep them there until they are a bit older and it is a little warmer outside.  We clean the bin daily, and that gives the kids a chance to hold the chicks.

We are starting to get the outside prepared for our chickens.  I put together a chicken coop, and we have a spot set up for the coop and run.  I don’t know if we will let the chickens have free range of the property just because of our dog, but the area for the run is very large and there are only three chicks (for now).  I think it will be plenty of space.  I am hoping to start working on the run this weekend with my husband.


I also have a lot of ideas and ambition for these chickens.  I have started a compost pile, in hopes of having the chickens help to compost and I can use it in the garden.  And, of course, we are looking forward to the eggs.  I can’t wait to be able to go out to the coop in the morning and collect eggs.  It is going to be fun.

I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy having chickens, but so far it is great.  On warm days I let them hang out in the coop, and they are fun to watch.  My dog is not so sure about them, and he wants to get closer to them but I am keeping them well protected.  The children enjoy watching them and holding them.  I just hope their enthusiasm continues as the chicks get older.  We shall see how this new adventure goes.

Starting the Garden

Now that I live on a decent bit of land, I am able to have that big garden I have always wanted.  Of course, I do not have a very “green thumb”, but I am going to give it a try.  A couple of weeks ago we bought a greenhouse from Amazon, and it is a pretty good size.  My hope is that starting plants in the greenhouse will help them to be more successful.

On Easter Sunday my daughter and I put the greenhouse together and planted a lot of seeds into starter planters.  We worked the entire afternoon and had a lot of fun.  All of the planters fit well and we managed to fill up quite a few shelves.

 

I was watering the plants every other day, and despite the crazy cold and wet weather we have been having, the greenhouse was keeping the plants very nice and warm.  This weekend, however, we had a disaster.  There has been a lot of hard wind in our area, and a huge gust managed to knock over the whole thing.  All of the planters fell and dumped their contents.  I was so shocked and devastated.    But we all worked together and got the greenhouse standing again.  My husband moved it closer to the actual house to help block the wind a little better, and he replaced the stakes with some bigger, better ones.  We also scooped up all the dirt and seeds and planted them in a small section of the garden.  I don’t know if they will grow, since they are all a mix of different seeds, but it should be interesting.

Yesterday we bought new seeds and replanted everything.  We are back to square one, but hopefully we will have a little more success and no more disasters.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.

In Need of a Fitness Challenge

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Tax season is approaching an end.  I can see the light ahead and I can’t wait.  That means I will work fewer hours and have time to focus on other things more, like my family, house, and myself.  One thing I’ve noticed from working more hours is that I have put on some extra weight.  I am not very happy about that.  I suppose it’s a combination of having to sit at a desk longer and eating less healthy as I have been doing simple and convenient meals.  My boss has also been taking me out to lunch a lot, and I don’t always pick a salad.  So, needless to say, I need to do something about the extra poundage.

I recently purchased a mini stepper.  It works similar to a stair climber, but it’s a lot more compact.  I just started using it on Monday, and I am only able to last about 5 minutes on the machine.  I should probably mention that I have a heart condition and am a little limited on my cardio.  That is one reason I chose the mini stepper.  I wanted something that would be lower impact but still give me a good workout.  I definitely get a cardio workout, but it isn’t as hard as if I were to run or do aerobics.  So far I really like it and I have been getting on it twice a day.

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Working out is great, but I am one who likes to give myself a challenge.  So I am going to try a simple version of the “Walk Across America Challenge”.  I plan on keeping track of my steps and following the Discovery Trail that goes from California to Delaware.  There is something about being part of a challenge that helps to motivate me.  Perhaps it’s my competitive streak.  In this case, I am competing against myself and hoping to meet a goal.  I would love for other people to join me in this virtual trek across the country.

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I am willing to provide links to the tracker sheet I have made for myself and also keep track of everyone and do up to date posts.  If you are interested in participating in this challenge with me, please leave a comment.  Let me know you want to challenge yourself to walk across America and would like to join my fitness support group.  As of today, the group consists of one (me).  I would also love any ideas on how I should measure my miles.  I saw one idea that did 1/10th of a step equals 1 mile.  Or I could calculate my steps into miles and go mile for mile (livingstrong.com had a great article on converting stair steps into miles).  If others would like to join in this challenge they can do any type of fitness they would like.  It could be walking, running, biking, climbing, etc.  Anything that gets them moving.  I hope many others will join me and we can support each other to achieve a healthier self.  So lace up your sneakers and let’s walk across America together.  Who’s with me?

 

2017 Is Here

It is now 2017 and we are going into it with some crazy weather.  We have had snow and ice all this week.  I have missed two days of work, and I don’t know what tomorrow holds.  Will the roads be clear? Will I make it to work?  I sure hope so.

Since I have been stuck at home I have been able to work on some projects.   I am working on a special blanket for my husband and me.  We have been in our new house for a year now, and I had been recording the daily temperature for that first year.  The colors of each row of the blanket are determined by the temperature of the day they represent.  I still have a ways to go.

I have also been able to get a lot of reading done, and cleaning.  Of course, with my new roomba I got for Christmas, I can multi task pretty well.

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Yup, 2017 is here and it has brought crazy weather and productivity.  Now I need to get to work on my 2017 health goals. 😉

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Winding Down 

2017 is fast approaching.  As a new year begins, I often reflect on the previous year.  2016 brought many wonderful things to my family.

The first major event was moving into our new home.  We went from a small home in a neighborhood, to a larger home with acreage.  It has been great being out in the country and away from neighbors.

I also managed to complete schooling for accounting and now have a new job in an accounting firm. And the kids have adjusted well.

Another major event for us was a trip to Disney World.  We had a great time.

Yes, 2016 was a very blessed year for us. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.

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