We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What We Have Been Doing?

Well I got to really thinking about survival, food prep and storage and just being prepared.  I like MD Creekmore's The Survivalist Blog and he does a post asking his followers what they have done to become better to take care of themselves in case the need arises. 

I got the idea to buy a book for each (same title) of our boys on a topic they both love to encourage more free time reading. Not only will they learn more information on the specifications on weapons but, I will have them write about their findings.  Though Zephyr will have to dictate his until he learns to write.
 Zephyr is taking the birds out of the brooder so, I can clean out the dirty bedding.

This week we got our 25 Ameruacana chicks in to replace the layers who have become lazy.  Once I teach myself how to slaughter the older hens; I will use a pressure cooker to make lots of items for our pantry.  I love reading Melissa's blog http://kidsandcanningjars.blogspot.com/ and will be using her blog as a reference. 

We also went to Mrs. Lily's house yesterday to have lunch with her and her mom, Ms. Gefford.  The boys love Mrs. Lilly to pieces -- she is the nicest lady ever.  Saenz was able to see one of his beloved cats we had to give to her; after we found out he was allergic to Topsy and Turvy.  What a tough year it was to not have our crazy cats but, both are outdoor moms now. 

 This morning, we went to Mrs. Lily's flea market booth to stock up on items I needed for our picnic basket and camping items.  Yeppers, Saenz even found a knife and it is safely put away from his little brothers nosy hands.

So we have been busy outside the house this week.  There is a front coming through that is supposed to drop the temperature and bring lots of rain to middle Texas.  Let me tell you; it has just been so flipping gorgeous outside once school work was finished completely on Wednesday off in Sheikh (the Volvo)for adventure and fun.  Homeschool is working really well for both boys. Saenz only has 37 more lessons to complete the fifth grade math and long way from where he was at third grade level just last May.  Zephyr even picks up on some of the drills Saenz and I practice. 

Our next major hurdle will be Zephyr and reading for Saenz will be a focus on world history, spelling, grammar.  Little does Saenz know that I have had him keep a daily journal as his language arts. Sssssssssh don't tell him okay?

Our next adventure will be in cooking and baking since, my books have come in with recipes in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Soups, One Pot Meals, and many more. Plus we will be have many attempts at baking breads, rolls, and flatbreads.  Wooo Hoo, I just love science and math that we are allowed to eat upon completion.  Oh yeah, can you believe both boys love sushi as much as I do?


Sharon said...

The little chicks are so cute! Um, the hens get lazy? I didn't know they knew they had a choice. Good old stewing hens, I guess!

Sounds like school is going rather well! So much can be learned by just doing things, like measuring, following directions, when learning how to cook! Somebody may gain some weight! ;-)

Talitha D'Andrea said...

I have to say it looks mighty warm out there and I am VERY jelous! That book about guns is a great idea! I'm going to have to get one for my boys now. Excellent idea!
Send me some of that warmth as some of those chikies ;)

floweringmama said...

Hey there. New follower here. You've got some mighty find kiddos there. They look about the same age as my two youngest.

I stumbled over from kids and canning jars.
Cathy @ Country Cathy

Kids and Canning Jars said...

Hey there. Love the chicks!!!!! Cooking is a specialty of mine, rather a hobby of mine. I love it. My kids love it. We love to eat it.....
We have been chatting all day so enough now....

Jim said...

Mal, the boys will be 'ready for anything' the world throws at them, when you are finished with them! But Moms are never finished are they?
You are such an interesting human being Mrs.!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Hey Sharon, We have the chicks inside. That will not last long since the temps are not really dipping uber low. I love just picking them up and playing with them. Yeppers some hens are not productive layers and others lay 2 eggs every three days. So, I have some that will be hitting the stew.

Tali, It has be just so gorgeous I could not bear to keep the boys indoors all day for school. We tend to do our school work Sat thru Wed so, we can have towns to ourselves. LOL PUSHING A HEAT WAVE UP NORTH

Nekkid Chicken said...

Well Ms. Cathy, I will have to mosey right on over to check out your blog. So nice to meet ya! I love Melissa's blog. LOL I hang out there in her archives. Sssssssh don't tell her though.

:O) Hee Hee Melissa, I don't mind chatting and cooking is one of my favorite hobbies as to my weight can attest. :O)

Nekkid Chicken said...

Thanks Mr. Jim, I try my best and you are right. Moms just never quit just not our nature.

Diana Ferguson said...

Yes, loads of warmth the last couple of days. HOWEVER, we better get the fire ready!