Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last day of the Challenge

    Sniff, sniff, It has already come. I can't believe it is the last day of my daily blog post challenge! I really enjoyed it and am surprised I did it everyday. The purpose of this challenge was to get other bloggers writing again, because I love reading your posts! Also, I have gotten some pictures of the newly christened Emil the rooster, who seems to be having a good time with his new family. He is a very sweet boy, but we had way too many roosters. The snow is halfway gone, and the chickens are actually getting out and about now. My sister finished applying for a scholarship last night, and it seems quite surprising that she will be in college soon. She also drove home from our church today! She is learning to drive, which is going very well. I am having some people buy eggs from me, which is really cool that I finally have a proper business. For the sake of my business, I am hoping to build a larger coop out of pallets and order more ducks and chickens at some point in the next few years. I will be starting a fodder system soon, which is where you sprout barley or wheat, and grow it to about five inches of grass. Then, I will feed it to the chickens and ducks, cutting down my feed bill while giving them better quality, organic food. Score! Okay, I promised you pictures, so here they are.
Emil(y) on my arm.

Small sparrow in the snow.
Monarch butterfly at the park earlier this fall.
On the hay bales.
   
Emil with his new girls. He looks popular!



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

     I am almost done with my challenge! Tomorrow is my last day. The snow is starting to melt, resulting in tons of gigantic icicles. The ducks are trying to catch drips out of the gutter, and they are quite happy to have some bare ground on which to stand. The chickens are still a bit wary of the snow, but they will come out and stay out now. No more eggs from the chickens, but I am hoping for some soon. Fingers crossed! I have a very small scale duck egg business at the moment, which has been going very well. I am hoping to expand our coop and flock at some point. I am getting back into a schedule with school and getting up a bit earlier. I'm really excited about our fig tree, which is putting out some baby figs right now. I hope that you enjoyed reading this! Thanks!
Emily inside awaiting the arrival of his new owner. Normally, he is outside.

Zoe at a nearby park.
A picture of me jumping over a small cross rail on Chessie.





Monday, January 25, 2016

Still Snowy....

     Well, there is still plenty of snow on the ground, much to the ducks' chagrin. The snow is starting to melt, but very slowly. We have tons of pretty icicles, which scare me whenever the ducks walk under them. The chickens are occasionally coming out of their coop, although they really just want to stay in all day. The snow is a bit less appealing to me now that it is school time, but that's okay. I have been making gluten free sourdough starter, which will make awesome bread. So far, nobody that I know of has taken my seven days of blogging challenge, but I would still love to see some blog posts soon, guys! I have been having lots of fun with  this, and I think you will, too, if you try it. Also, you do not have to write everyday for a week, if that is inconvenient. I hope you are having fun in the snow still!
Snow on the bird feeder.

Squirrel paw prints in the snow.

Sunflower, one of our chicks.

Our fig tree's leaves are coming back in.






Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lots of sledding

     Well, today was really fun. We went to church, yes it was still going on, had potluck afterwards, and then went sledding. For about five hours. It was awesome! We built a ramp, went off it several times, crashed several times, the whole time laughing our heads off. Our friend brought a snow board, and let some people try it out, which was very entertaining. Mostly it was my best friend's little brothers who got the hang of it pretty quickly. In fact, her most committed brother made it all the way down standing up one time. I did not want to embarrass myself, so I refrained from trying it out. Sledding was just fine with me! Anyways, our friends taught their friends from another country who had never sledded before, and they loved it! We brought our dog, Zoe, who wore herself out by running up and down the hill, getting in everyone's way. This snow may take care of my winter craving for a while, although one more deep snow would be nice before spring. I will now let you enjoy some pictures, although I sadly did not get any of sledding today.
Picturesque snow on our bird feeder. 

Pretty snow in the backyard.

Duck foot prints in the snow.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cold and tired

    We have over a foot of snow here, and the ducks are NOT happy. They walked around, ate some snow, and went right back in their coop yesterday. The chickens didn't even get out! If you have not heard about my challenge, please read the previous post. I will be writing a blog post every day for the next four days. Well, I hope you are all enjoying the snow, and that you all have a warm place to stay.
Have a good week! -Mia

Friday, January 22, 2016

      Okay, everyone. I have a challenge for you all, well, at least all you bloggers who read this. I want you to write a blog post with at least fifty words (you don't have to count) and a picture or two, if you want, every day for one week. Please put this challenge in that first blog post (sorry, I am actually counting yesterday as number one, even though I was supposed to put the challenge in the first one. Oops!) for anyone who reads it to see. The content does not matter for the post or picture, I just thought it would be fun to do something like this, and I will take this challenge too (I made it up!). Okay, here is my post for today! So, as I said yesterday, we have re-homed Emily. We have heard he is doing well at our friends' house, and we even have a picture, but I am having trouble loading the picture on the blog. Anyways, the snow has been fun, but cold. The ducks came out, ate, went back in their coop for the day. Same with the chickens. We, however, went and played outside all day long, unlike our "sensible" ducks. The snow is drop dead gorgeous, though, and it makes everything seem clean and fresh. Well, please take my challenge and pass it on! That would make me happy. Happy snow days!
First bantam egg of the year!!!


Emily is great at taking selfies.

 


And here is Pearl, being cute.
A winter wonderland.

A halo around the moon last night. It predicted well.


And the ducks thought it was bad enough yesterday.





Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dreaming BIG.

     How big, you might ask? Probably not feasible, but, as I have stated, it is a dream, not reality. Okay, you are probably wondering what I am dreaming about. Well, basically, everything. Such as, my business, aka my new egg business and my etsy shop in progress (more about that in a few days), my future plans for our yard, hopefully a koi auqaponics system and a new chicken coop, and my dream job for when I grow up: my future bed and breakfast. As some of you know, this has been my dream for a WHILE. Before that, it was a pet store, which would have been fun, but I decided I did NOT want to be saying bye to several animals daily. I also realized I loved hosting things, being around MY OWN animals, and baking, which is something that definitely does not go with pet stores. Don't get me wrong, giving a pet a good home feels amazing and I know, because a few days ago we re-homed one of our roosters, Emily (there was a gender mix up), to our good friend. But, I figured I would probably rather work at a hotel. Or own a hotel. That got me thinking that a working farm bed and breakfast where people could eat gluten free, learn how to take care of animals (and therefore eliminate some of my work. Sweet!), and just enjoy themselves. Now, I have planned all the animals, the amount of land, and the number of rooms. I already have so many people who want to work at it someday, especially if they get to ride horses for free, and that is making it start to feel a bit more, well, possible. And I know it won't make much money, but I will have a garden, a dairy cow and chickens for food, some horses to ride, and a fish pond, so I will be all set! And hopefully, I will have a family, or at least a husband, because I absolutely cannot live alone, or I will become the crazy cat, or who knows, rat lady that all the kids of the neighborhood fear. That being said, whether or not this crazy dream comes true, I think I will be okay. Although, it would be nice to have something at least resembling this dream come true. I really want it to come true. Oh well, I'm half way there to most of the things, the ducks, the chickens, the garden, the fish tanks, the smaller chicken coops, etc. You get the point. Oh, and sorry for not writing like I normally do, for I am not a normal person. But, I am just fine not being normal, especially a normal teen aged girl. Not fun. Well, thank you so much for reading this blog, if you do, and if not, that's okay with me. Whoa, I just wrote a TON. Well, nice talking (kind of) to you!
Cheers,
-Amelia

P.S. If you want me to write on a particular subject, then please ask in the comments. And happy snow day(s)!!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Brrrrrrrr!

     I am cold.

     It was 18 degrees this morning when I took care of the ducks, and my hair froze. I am going skiing this week hopefully, and had to get a new coat, as I have outgrown all my waterproof & warm coats. I have never been skiing, and am very excited. Thankfully, mime started back up today, which was fun, but exhausting. The rats are growing, and enjoying experimental hammocks. In fact, my latest hammock is their favorite place to hang out now. Also, I will be doing science fair in a few months, which should be fun. The ducks have really picked up in egg production, giving us four eggs daily, out of our five female ducks. Hopefully, they will do okay with all the cold weather, and for their sake I don't want it to get too cold. Here are some pictures!
Onyx on my lap.     
Our Original ducks in on a cold, snowy day.
Onyx in her lego house.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Let it snow....

     Finally, it is feeling like Christmas, and it is past the New Year, as always. Oh well, maybe we can have a white Christmas next year. Anyways, it is snowing like crazy at our house, and it is beautiful! The ducks don't quite know what to do with it, but they will eventually figure out it is solid water, and start eating it. It is also not quite deep enough to do that at the moment, but it is sticking pretty well, so it should be soon. Well, I hope you have had a good vacation, like I did, and that you all like snow. My friends and I have been making rat hammocks, and we finally have some for sale. I will have pictures soon. We made a pyramid hammock on the sewing machine, and that one is going to be about $10, and the cube hammock, which can fit at least four rats, is twenty dollars. They are all fleece, and should last for a bit, although they may become "ventilated" over time, as most rodents chew. They are washing machine safe, which is VERY helpful. Also, if you are wondering how the ratties are doing, today they had their first bath, which went really well, and they have grown quite a bit, which is a bit sad but also good for them, so I guess I will be okay. My sister is driving a little bit, which is cool and a tad bit scary, but I am happy for her. I really want to wish you all a very happy new year, and also a happy snowy day, just because it is snowing, and you should be happy because snow is pretty. I hope you enjoy reading my blog just as much as I enjoy writing it, and more. Happy New Year!
-Amelia