Monday, February 20, 2012

Conversation on the Ethical Treatment of Chickens

Elyssa and I had a little discussion on just what exactly, I was allowed to feed the chickens. It went something like this:

"Elyssa, when you take out the food for the chickens, make sure you take out this gravy and bread."

 "But mom," she said  "It has cream of chicken soup in it."

"So what! Just take it out." I told her.

"But mom, they are not cannibals!!!!"  she informed me rather passionately.  I countered with "Yes they are, they eat their own eggs, they don't care!"

"But mom, EGGS are not  chicken!"  I started getting agitated  "Yes, they are!"  ah this was not going in the right direction.   "But mom, there is no rooster, so it is not chicken yet..."
(Oh, I clearly thought that she was still my baby girl but, I was sadly mistaken. She quite assuredly knew more about reproduction than I thought.)
Once again I countered, "I am going to ask a question. I am a human woman and I have eggs inside me. Does that not make my eggs human tissue? Even when there is no rooster around? aka daddy."  she answered with a timid "yes"  "Alright." I said, "a chicken egg comes from chicken tissue, therefore it is chicken!"

Booyah!!! I win!
 Ok, I did not say that last part but I thought it...
Needless to say she had nothing more to add to her argument. And I will feed them all the table scraps I want, chicken included! Because from table scraps, come big, beautiful eggs for my breakfast plate.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Return

It is time to return to the Photos of the Month Club. 
I have so missed doing a post at the end of every month, 
documenting all of my most favorite photos. 
 As it is I am a few day late getting this post put together. 

Bob or Sprout enjoying a wheel barrel full of fresh hay.  
I am still getting white eggs every day! They are huge ranging from 2.5 ounces (jumbo) to 3.0 ounces. 
The brown eggs have stopped all together.  Not sure what that is all about. 
The chickens are doing great with the cold weather. 
January 1st, 2012

First real snow and it was scarce, 
still we took advantage and went sledding.
 January 7, 2012

Just us
 January 7, 2012

The funky little window high up in the kitchen wall. 
My mom brought these glass owls bookends to me from a friend that was getting rid of them.
 I LOVE them soooo much. 
They easily double as a weapon if you can lift them. 
 Jan. 10, 2012

My girl made these all by herself. 
Chocolate cupcakes with a mint butter cream icing and a semi-sweet heart. 
Jan. 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Our First Toy Drop

Yesterday we completed our first ever toy drop. We joined The Toy Society, and made a drop.
My girl is very interested in sewing these days and it seems there is an abundance of little stuffed toys floating around here. What to do with all of them? Hmmmm, a toy drop was just the answer I was looking for.
It works like this, All toys must be handmade, include a toy society letter and a tag, and must be dropped in a place where a child can find it.  Then you take photos of the drop and post them to the flicker group. The photos are then assigned a drop number and will be posted to the DROPPED section of the Toy Society Blog. The recipient can do the same thing and they will be posted to the FOUND section of the blog.
 Here is a description of the Toy Society from their Blog.  visit the toy society
"The Toy Society spreads love throughout the streets of the world. Nothing to it really just a bunch of handmade toys looking for a nice home.

What started as a small street art project in Australia is slowly spreading around the world.

Should you come across a member of The Toy Society on your travels collect them up and take them home with you! But don't forget to let us know about it here."

This whole Project gives me something to do with all of those hand made things my daughter is creating, and gives her an outlet for all of that creativity.

Our First DROP!
This is Sophia, she has been sitting in a little bin in our craft room for about a year.  Such a lonely girl! I really hope she found a sweet little girl to play with. 

  We left her at  the library in the JF picture books section on a shelf where she would hopefully be found quickly. We included a letter from The Toy Society and the envelope said " OPEN ME". 
Currently we have a few little jelly fish, and 3 birds ready to be put into their little bags and be dropped. Elyssa is making a mouse as we speak!