Sunday, January 4, 2009

2009!

Today at the homestead is a balmy 4F for the high. When I went out to deal with the chickens at 8, it was -3F, but it was a dry cold :)

We changed the picture on the blog to better reflect the season including the 3 inches of new snow we got last night. Over my vacation I helped my neighbors contractor do some work on her new house which included setting 3 flat skylights and 11 windows so the roofers can start next week.

We also installed a new house exhaust fan in our kitchen to help deal with the moisture in the house, which seems to be helping since we are down from high 60's to low 50's and little moisture on the windows :) The Freeze yer buns challenge is going well with us staying at 50 at night and 58 during the day with a few days of 60 to help with bread rising since we set the dough on the radiators.

On New years day, we went to visit the Zahns where the snow is much more abundant than in the cities. The boys had a fun time and it was great to see them again.

Just rode over 5000 miles for 2008 which was over twice what I did last year. Am hoping for around 6 this year with a larger emphasis on more errands on the X.

In the Spring the same neighbors concrete contractor is going to demo 3/4 of our driveway which should give us 3 more beds.

We are planning on growing a vertical bed with peas, beans, sunflowers and some other quick growing plants to help deal with our other neighbor who seems to have some aversion to seeing, hearing, or anything else to do with chickens or anything with our green lifestyle. We are doing this to deal with it in a positive way instead of a negative way like putting up a useless fence that takes up space. We are also researching plants that help with reflecting negative energy in hopes to keep it out of our homestead.

Here are some quick pictures of the homestead buried under snow.
Our Asparagus bed



The chickens are doing well and laying an average of 8-9 eggs a day including Eva, our Ameraucana who is laying cute blue-green easter eggs.








Last 2 pics are of the back garden covered in snow

3 comments:

Carpe Diem said...

Happy New Year! We wish you all the best for 2009.

TheOrganicSister said...

Wow. I don't envy you the snow but I d wish we could get some warmer precipitation out here.

Love the negatie-energy blocking plant ideas. Maybe something with giant, beautiful flowers so that anytime you look out at them you see something gorgeous instead?

~Tara

Jim said...

Thanks for visiting Earth Home Garden!

It's always great to find another kindred spirit who strives toward sustainable living.

I love reading about gardens, chickens, and bicycles!

Keep up the good work...

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