Sunday, May 16, 2010

Redirecting of energy

I just wanted to apologize for no new posts..... I forget every year how exhausting and intense this season is.  Our concrete construction swings into full gear at the same time that our garden swings into full gear.  I always say we go from 10 mph to 90 mph overnight  :)  It will probably be about two weeks before we can settle into our new summer routines with the bulk of the heavy work done..... then I'll be back (hopefully with pictures.  I was being faithful to take pictures but cannot find my camera right at this time)

Some of the topics I would like to cover over the summer:

  • Phase 3 - Soaked grains and nuts - I don't know what I was thinking - this should have been done over the winter, but there you are :)  Hopefully this topic can be covered with some thoroughness over the next 6-8 weeks.
  • Pregnancy diet - My daughter in law is about to deliver her second baby and my daughter is expecting in December.  We have found some really wonderful and helpful diet information for pregnancy.  Some of it is really important.  I actually want to cover it in 4-5 different posts.  Our local midwife will probably have to help me - when she explains things they make sense, then I cannot really repeat them very well.  Both girls have kidney issues, but we found a diet that is so helpful.  We took Dr. Brewer's recommendations and combined that with Sally Fallon's wisdom and came up with some good stuff.
  •  If you want to try any of his recommendations, go grass fed, organic and local.  We have ramped up on the egg thing because of a wonderful enzyme that is in the egg white of a grass fed, fertilized chicken egg.   The only thing is that you have to eat it raw.  It is great in a smoothie.
  • My sister came up with an amazing idea for a quick chicken coop.  Take an old kids playhouse (she had one) and screw chicken wire to the windows.  One window was left open, but we screwed a clasp to it so it can be opened and closed.  the door had a latch put on it.  They then took an old swing frame and wired chicken wire to it.  Ta-da:  Chicken coop with a little run that can be moved and the little run can be put down a garden row, which then also gave us a chicken tractor.
  • My sister will need to do some guest posts.... she has been studying the chicken thing and is now the local expert.  She came up with the cool new chicken coop (I need about 5 more of those old houses.... if you have one locally you want to get rid of.).... also we made a "chicken salad" using some old frames.  We planted it and put chicken wire on top.  The chickens will be able to eat the green tops, but not the plants.  Stay tuned for this one.  The stuff is just sprouting........ we are getting quails next and every 3 weeks another bunch of chickens hatches.  We butcher our first bunch of chickens in about a month.
Anyway, be blessed today.



  1. Looking forward to all the new posts!
    And yes, eggs are brain food- for mama's and the babies in their as many as possible. We add them to kefir shakes but even eating them sunny side up hardly touches the yolk which has all the nutrients in it! :)

  2. Good ideas Cindy! We might have to come over for the Chicken butchering party to help & learn....

  3. Cindy, maybe we can arrange a "field trip" day for all the kids to come up and see your amazing farm! If you are willing, of course! I know Madelynn and I would love to see all that you have going on up there. What a blessing to have the space & man power to get it all done! I love following your blog, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. sounds great! I can't wait to learn more. Especially about the chicken salad!

  5. If anyone can locate my camera I have pictures of the coop, the chicken salad, and the garden going in. Which pile do you suppose I put it in?????

    Melissa and Liz, I would love to have some field trip days or farm days or swim days or whatever. The next project for the guys (if they can fit it in) is to repaint the pool and fix the tiles and some of the plumbing. Then the pool will be up and running..... I might need to replace the trampoline, I'll check it out. Then it will be a lot of fun for the kids.

    Don't forget to plan it. Farm and swim or something.

    Everyone headed down to try and get the water flowing away from whatever they poured today... or set up or something. Jason is putting a picture up tonight. YIKES

    Have fun all..... If I can ever find my camera I'll post the pictures. How many places can it be anyway?