Thursday, January 28, 2010

Exciting news!

I am excited to have been chosen by sew green as a contributor!

If you've found me through sew green, please look around, check out the archives, and let me know what you're interested in reading more about, both here and over at the sew green blog.

If you haven't checked out sew green, I encourage you to do so. As it says on their call for contributors, the sew green bloggers "post on a wide range of topics, from knitting green, to cosmetic info, to DIY laundry soap and pads, to sustainable agriculture book reviews, to green building/architecture, to tales of chicken keeping, to responsible and fun gift ideas, to cloth diapers. As none of us are necessarily experts on all things green, we aim to share here what we are learning and what we are doing in our own lives to live more responsibly. We are a crafty-artist-designer bunch, hence the name of our blog."

I have no time to blog right now, but I can't wait to jump aboard!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jumbo


These are two recent eggs from our girls. As you might remember, one of our three chickens, Sarah, has a hernia. So, she doesn't lay much. Every once in a while we'll find an egg with a very thin shell which we think is hers. But she seems happy and healthy otherwise.

The light blue one is from Ella, who is an Aracauna. She has been our most consistent layer, and her eggs are certainly beautiful. They also have the most golden yolk.

But would you look at that brown egg?? That's from Bessie, a Barred Rock who's a bit younger than the others. Ever since the solstice, she has been laying consistently, and the eggs keep getting bigger and bigger. Ella's egg is probably the size of a large, if you were buying it in the store. Bessie's is at least jumbo size. It wouldn't even fit in any of our egg cartons!

It's been frigid here (for us, anyway...temperatures in the single digits with wind chills lower) and snowy. People always ask us how the girls do in the winter. Obviously, just fine!

As the days lengthen, their laying is becoming more regular, back to almost daily. With more people to feed (kids home from college) during the darkest time of the year, I had to buy eggs twice at the store this past month. Hopefully I won't have to now that the light is returning.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yet another year in review

I got the idea for my last post from turkeycookies. Now I'm going to do it again, but this time with some of my favorite family happenings (at least those I caught in pictures). However, this time, I couldn't restrain myself to just one picture for some of the months.

January
Skiing at Tug Hill, New York




February

Keeping warm at an indoor water park in Niagara Falls, Canada




March

TJ's sophomore recital



April

The girls enjoying the spring sunshine



May

My fashion plate of a daughter



June

This was a big month--Brianne's high school graduation outside the Eastman Theatre.

Visiting TJ at Round Top Orchestral Institute


Brianne receiving the band award from her much-loved high school band director

Brianne's senior recital, with 2 of her best friends and their trumpet teacher.




July

Taking a break from hiking



August

Keeping cool in the dog days of summer

TJ playing at a local coffee shop


Me in the Adirondacks


September

On a hike near Ithaca, New York



October

A lovely tea spot in Old Town, Montreal

Roller derby!

Reunited in Ithaca, New York



November

A before-work bike ride in Genesee Valley Park

Apple picking



December

Christmas

Holiday flower and light show at Highland Park's Lamberton Conservatory

It was a good year!

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