Category: Urban Homesteading

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May the fourth be with you.

Today we gave away all of our chickens, and it was sad. I’ve had chickens for years. It will be so strange to not have them any longer, to not begin and end each day with opening and closing their door, to not save scraps for them. I used to spend so much time watching them, just relaxing. The girls cried most of the morning too. While we were loading up the chickens in my friend’s car Rosie and Ada took...

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I’m ready to share these now.

Apparently the moving costs will be a reimbursement given 3-4 weeks after moving. There goes my plan to paint and fix the floors prior to moving in. Frustrating! If we weren’t cashing in the 401k or didn’t have that to cash in then we wouldn’t be able to afford to move. Is a reimbursement standard!? Do most people just have thousands of dollars laying around to afford a moving truck down the interstate?? The only good thing is the reimbursement will...

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Big, Big Move!

Big news: Tyler has accepted a job offer in Ohio! It’s with a company called TenCate in Hebron, just east of Columbus.  I wasn’t able to write about it publicly because we wanted to be sure it was all working out before his current job got word of it. If they found out he was job hunting and then it fell through then things could be bad for him at work. Tyler, Henry, and I spent the weekend in Columbus. We...

Cute Chicks and Raw Factoids. 2

Cute Chicks and Raw Factoids.

The other day we had our first birth at the cabin! (This is an iPhone snapshot. Seriously! And in case you were wondering that big pink spot on the chick is the thigh, nothing is wrong with it. Seconds later a big clawed foot popped on out, connected to that plump pink thigh.) In my garage at the old house there was a hen sitting on eight eggs in a box in the back of the garage.  I waited until the...

The Demise of Benny Duck. 0

The Demise of Benny Duck.

We had a tragedy over here the other night. Benny was fine when I went out in the snow and wind to put the roosters up for the night.  (I put the roosters in a dog crate covered with a thick rubber backed rug in the garage to block their crows in the morning for the neighbors.  It works very well.) Benny got injured while we were at the beach back in October.  He got a random string wrapped around his...

Possums, Co-op, and Photos. 0

Possums, Co-op, and Photos.

I need some kind of possum repellant spray. These ugly beasts (or Tools of Satan as we jokingly call them) are terrorizing my backyard!  They have ripped the heads off of a few hens over the past few years, and they love to steal eggs.  This past summer they ate an entire nest of duck eggs that were close to hatching.  Poor Mama Duck was panting and paralyzed with fear in the corner next to her nest under the chicken coop....

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Sleep!

The Zyrtec is working! Ada slept so well the past few nights.  One night she went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t wake up until 4:45 in the morning, and that was only because one of the cats woke her.   Amazing. But I think it might be making her too drowsy.  She’s been complaining of being tired all day, which is unlike her.  I gave her Claritin tonight instead.  We’ll see if it works.  If not I’m going to give...

More Duckling Updates & Ada Pictures. 2

More Duckling Updates & Ada Pictures.

Oh my gosh we are sick yet AGAIN. I’m so fed up with this.  We’ve been sick over and over for months.  We’ll be better for a week, two at most, before coming down with the next illness.  Tyler and I both get sick every time too no matter how hard we try to wash our hands and not catch it. This time it’s another cold.  Super sore throat, stuffy nose.  I still wasn’t fully well from the last illness either. We take...

The Birthday Ducklings Reincarnated. 2

The Birthday Ducklings Reincarnated.

I have to interrupt my regularly scheduled homeschooling post to share pictures! I don’t think I ever updated about The Birthday Ducklings.  They were all murdered by their father, Benny Duck.  He broke their necks one afternoon and I found them all three floating in their little pool.  I’d seen him chasing them the day before and thought about separating them, but I never dreamed he would actually kill them.  Apparently male ducks sometimes murder their offspring, who knew? It was incredibly sad. BUT…they are...

Meet-Up and Duck Face Amos. 0

Meet-Up and Duck Face Amos.

How do I keep running out of time to post here?  I love writing down thoughts and sharing pictures on my blog, if not for any other reason than I enjoy looking back at it years later.  I’ve been doing this for quite some time, since maybe 2002.  I’m too tired to look back and check the date of my very first entry, but it’s been years! I can’t seem to catch up on anything lately.  I need a pause button.  Or maybe a part time...