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raising and growing in the green mountains.
I live out in the country on a little over 8 acres and I still can't have chickens. I can have sheep, goats, cows, llamas, horses, but I can't have pigs or chickens. It's ridiculous
I just read something that might explain why you can't have pigs or chickens. Pigs can be the host for viruses that infect chickens and ducks and also for other viruses that infect humans.
So the theory goes, if a pig becomes infected by both types of viruses - one sort that infects animals and another sort common to humans - the genes of the two strains can get mixed together. And the result can be a totally new strain of flu, one to which humans have no immunity.
This might be old news for everyone else but it was brand new for me.
And it makes me sad because I always dreamed of owning chickens but I live in town.
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
this is what they're saying happened to cause the H1N1 virus that's now circling ... except they think it happened on factory farms? I think?
...terrible, old trailer trash fake wood paneling that was here before we moved in...
i took a job writing minutes for the elementary school board this week (2 nights a month plus typing time) so a little more cash is coming in, dh gets a daddy daughter night, and i get an insider look at the school before it's time to decide if dd will be hs or not.
... his "affections" shall we say rip all the feathers off the hen's backs. i don't want my chickens to be cold this winter but don't want to send him to the stockpot either.
you all are very inspiring. fern, how blessed are you! do you make friends quickly, or is it just the nature of your town, or did you already know people?! or is it a small-town canadian thing? i'm envious our harvest meal may be very lonely but at least my children are excited about it. i'm hoping to get into the forest to gather some bits for our nature window beside our table, and i'm planning a spelt + pumpkin pie, mushroom gravy (local) cranberry sauce (from dried, oh no!) and no one here is breaking out the turkey, so just chicken, kale, and squash. and local traditional apple cider why yes i *am* pretending i no longer have candida!
we all went to bed at normal hours and woke in the morning always takes us a week.
i sprayed the mildewy/blackspot roses, honeysuckle + clematis with baking soda. any other suggestions? i *need* them to grow (evergreen, the last two) because things are horribly bare. if i could throw a bunch of $$ at my front garden i would! i am keeping an eye out for aged lumber to build a bench to sit out front, my children love to play out there.
i've been soaking oats in water + yogurt at night and cooking it in the morning with sea salt, stevia, spices, fruit, coconut oil + butter, stir in a couple of eggs and dollop with yogurt. i'm not sure that my unbalanced body loves it, but it seems to keep us all steady and content all morning, which is saying something!
how old are your kids now 1jooj? my are nearly 9 and nearly 4, and they are mostly so self-sufficient in the day i can often get a lot done, it is such a blessing. we have our homelearning 'schedule' in place - park day with the local group, ballet, violin + soccer, so we have 3 days of whatever we like. i'm hoping to start getting us into some kind of family walk, as we have beautiful forests here, but once it starts getting rainy we tend to want to stay in. also going swimming or even getting them lessons..other than that i'd like to be doing some kind of thing with them daily, working on projects. left to their own devices they pretend most of the day and draw/make things + write stories for the rest of the day. we are missing friendships, but i hope there may be some in those classes and there are at the park. we're finding england a little slow for meeting people
i finished another linen dishcloth, and i'm about to start one like this:
row 1 k3 *p1 k5, rep from * to last 4 sts, p1 k3
row 2: p2 *k1 p1 k1 p3 rep from * to last
then you need to pick up all round it and add a border.
i'm looking for a lacy, but fairly simple pattern for a throw. anyone know of a good pattern?
Dh, Me , DD 10 , DD 7 , DD 4
We , , , , not in that order