Today we have high winds and ice expected. This evening we have up to 9 inches of snow forecasted. So we spent some time adding insulation and plastic to the chicken coop. But despite the unseasonably warm weather our waterer has been froze each morning. So in an attempt to keep the water unfrozen my husband designed a little lightbulb heater using some sheetmetal, a porcelain light bulb socket end a 40 watt bulb. He added two layers of metal with an air pocket between. It’s warm enough to keep the coop above freezing and safe.
Since I was a little girl I’ve been an early riser, early as in between four and five am. I have learned to enjoy this time alone and I usually get a lot accomplished. Today I am planning and starting Christmas baking. Making the weekly bread and planning the menu.
I am not going to the grocery store and am not researching different areas of interest today (I will often spend an hour a day in research on things like health, herbs, or soil). No instead, I am reflecting on the meaning of Chistmas for me and spending time in thought and prayer.
I have been drug into this kicking and screaming by my kids and friends. It isn’t that I am opposed to blogging, it is more that I am busy and have little patience to figure out how to operate the blogging sites. Anyhow, here I am. I will post from time to time but mostly I will leave that up to the girls.
Today– I have had a busy day today in the kitchen and still have yet to wash and hang some laundry, a chore the kids often do but they are occupied with our five-year old visitor. We have her for seven days while her parents are out-of-town. I have forgotten how busy five-year olds are.
Today in the kitchen:
- Lacto fermented duck egg mayo (my oldest is intolerant to chicken eggs)
- Lacto fermented chicken egg mayo
- Lacto fermented ranch dressing
- Raw grass-fed yogurt
- Raw yogurt cheese
- Chicken bone broth
- Ear solution for the dogs ears with lavender essential oil, aloe gel, and witch hazel (C did this, being the animal caretaker)
Tomorrow will be a busy day with homeschool enrichment classes for all the kiddos including our little visitor. This means we are packing lunch and two snacks to go with us, it also means we need to get all our books, clothing, and anything else we will need together tonight.