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Magnetic Chore Chart

As I am sure is the case with many other parents, I have tried various systems and charts and lists to get my kids to do chores, and do them consistently, especially in the summer. This spring I started brainstorming about how I was going to have a successful summer with the children and I came up with this idea.  read more »

Adapting the chore chart for a school schedule

At the beginning of the summer I made a magnetic chore chart and I am pleased to report that we stuck to this program all summer long. Two of my children started school about three weeks ago and the oldest started today. But, just because they start school doesn't mean that all of a sudden, I have to do all the chores again.  read more »

Addition work and chicken news

Since we installed the backsplash two weeks ago, Frugaldad has been very busy and has accomplished a lot. Check it out here.

In other news, this week we found the first eggs from our new hens! I am pretty sure that it is either the black or golden sex-link hens and not the aracaunas. We've found 4 eggs in the last week but I expect to start finding more as all of the hens start to lay.

new eggs  read more »

The Mother Hen

On Thursday night the weather was quite nice and the kids were outside jumping on the trampoline. I decided to let the geese and chickens out of their coops and hang around the yard to keep them safe from the foxes. I haven't been letting the chickens out at all since last spring when they all became dinner for the three baby foxes who later ate the gosling. I don't usually let them out much in the summer anyway to preserve the garden, but a couple summers ago I discovered that I could keep them out of the garden if I was running the sprinkler. So I would try and let them out every time I watered.  read more »

Still making kitchen progress

We put in a glass tile backsplash today.

Life at the farm

groovy, man

The kids and I went to a friend's house yesterday and tie-dyed some clothes. It was pretty fun and the results were spectacular!
all that we dyed
click on the picture to be taken to flickr to see the clothes up close.

Gooses, geeses!

goslings @ 3 weeks old

Look how big these goslings are getting! They came to live here three weeks ago today. Here is a picture that might help you get some perspective. Look how small they were! But they were three times the size of a baby chick!

kids and goslings  read more »

Hollow Tree 2009

9.8.09 25 quarts canned pears
9.5.09 8 trays dried peaches
9.5.09 17 quarts canned peaches
9.5.09 5 quarts garlic dill pickles
9.4.09 7 quarts garlic dill pickles
8.30.09 6 1/2 cups crushed blackberries
8.29.09 4 pints green beans canned
8.24.09 14 pints green beans canned
8.17.09 4 cups crushed blackberries
8.18.09 10 pints green beans canned
8.13.09 8 pints green beans canned
8.12.09 2 cups crushed blackberries
8.7.09 6 cups crushed blackberries
7.16.09 2 cups black currant jelly
7.15.09 13 1/2 cups crushed raspberries, 4 lbs blueberries frozen
7.11.09 18 1/2 cups crushed raspberries
7.6.09 2 batches freezer jam, 10 cups crushed raspberries
7.3.09 2 cups red currant jelly
5.28.09 32 pints cooked blackberry jam
4.17.09 8 lbs strawberries into the freezer

Five gallons

I have picked over five gallons of raspberries in the last ten days. I have made about 3 gallons of raspberry jam, and one-third of that was seedless. Three of the kids have swimming lessons every day. When I have a chance to get online, somehow I forget that I even have this blog. There are three more weeks until part of the children go back to school. I'm sure by then the rest of the garden will require all my attention. I hope you're having a good summer, too!