So on to a real blog post.
Spring is coming. It is here. Amazingly, early in Wisconsin. I am just itching to do so much stuff.
I am looking into raising some meat chickens this summer and giving that a try. Of course, honestly that means that Steve and the boys will do the butchering but I would do all else up to that. I keep trying to figure it out. I figure that we need two chickens to feed this crew for a meal. And I would love to make chicken once a week or so. Maybe one every other week. For a year. So, if I figure every other week, for nearly a year, that means 26 meals, two birds a meal. Hmm. More than 50 birds. I don't know if I can manage that many at one time, or that I would ever consider asking my guys to butcher that many at one time. That would be a really long, ugly job. We only need to raise them eight to ten weeks before they are ready to butcher. So we could get a couple batches in during the summer. (I am SO done with having baby chicks in the house!!!! Five years running and I really, really don't want any more in the house!!!!) Hmm. Hubby promised me he would put together a brooder and chick run for them. Outside. Yay! I have looked at several hatcheries before, and we have ordered from a couple, but I really like Cackle Hatchery and they have great deals. If I was crazy enough to order 100 at a time, I could get a huge deal, but that really sounds like suicide to me. My hubby and boys may never speak to me again if I do that. I can raise them, but um, yeah. So, if I get up the courage, I will order some maybe yet this week!
I am also cleaning out my herb area of my garden - I have been cleaning out and seeing what is coming up. The problem is, well, um, I didn't document what is where, and now I have forgotten. Drat. I can recognize the borage, but the rest is sort of a mystery right now. I will pull out my books and get looking on that as soon as I find a moment. Azeb and Kahsu were helping me, and let's just say, the plants barely survived! I may bribe big kids to play with the littles on the swingset or trampoline while I try to garden!
Naptimes tend to be busy for getting stuff done - in theory I really want that to be my shower time, but that hasn't happened yet either! Laundry, sewing, sorting, decluttering, and on and on. I tend to be a bit distracted and want to get stuff done, but can only see what is right in front of me. Of course the big kids generally are also wanting to take that time for some more intense mom time too. So, we could say that I am having difficulty getting in regular showers yet! I so recall that when my other kiddos were newborns I rarely got one either. That is what it feels like, times two!
We are working on getting our school schedule worked out with toddlers in tow. I haven't done school with the kids this way in a very long time, since Faith was little and then when we had Emma. We are slowly getting it worked out. There are adjustments that we are all making, but it is coming. The kids are doing lots and lots reading, and we are tying in their book report books to their lessons in one way or another. We are using lots of living books and that is really turning out to be wonderful. Quite the range of books with the age ranges and reading levels!
Well, I had better get going towards bedtime. Mornings start early here. I think I will try to hit the shower first. That may be my only hope of getting one. (I hate showering at night, I just do.)
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11