Late February: A Birthday and a Welcome Thaw

Late February means we’re thinking of seeds and gardens and looking out at our snowy Northern Michigan landscape wishing for green again. After the deluge of chocolate and other candy that comes with Valentine’s Day, we have a birthday to celebrate and then things quiet down again.

Our son loves the homemade cards and other gifts his sisters make for him, and the video game and other toys didn’t hurt, either.

Boba Fett the Rooster and our hens, Leia and Rey, are nice and comfy in their winter structure. This was our first winter with them and we’ve been relieved to see how well they’ve made it through all of the sub-freezing temperatures. And with the increasing amount of daylight, the girls have finally picked up their egg production again.

There is plenty to see even at the tail end of winter. The lichens growing on the trees on our land always catch my attention, and there’s something about conifers and raindrops. I probably took way too many photos of this tree branch, to be honest…

And the demon basset is still as adorable and sassy as ever. She’ll be happy when the snow melts and we can easily take her for long walks on the trails again.

As always, there’s lots of woodworking and writing and homeschooling happening, which is often tiring but so worth it. We’re all looking forward to spring and summer, waiting out winter with dreams of green grass and gardens and beaches.


Early May Around the Homestead

This is our first spring here on our homestead, and it has been a busy one! In addition to work (so much writing and editing for me, and woodworking for Roger — we are truly lucky!) we’ve been busy digging garden beds, starting seeds, mowing, and just generally settling into spring. We’re closing in on the end of our homeschool year, and there’s still so much I want to get in before we break for summer. We’ll see how it goes.

Other than that, our big news was that we FINALLY got our chickens! We’ve wanted them for years, and considered trying to keep them on the downlowย at our old place, but we waited, and I’m so excited to finally have them. I wasn’t confident enough to start off with chicks for our first time around, so we ordered three pullets from a young woman who hatches and raises them locally, and we picked them up last week.

I adore them. We named them Jyn, Leia, and Rey. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a quick peek at what we’ve been up to the last couple of weeks:

Tasha is very intrigued by the chickens. They are not her biggest fans.

It’s okay, Tash. We love ya.

This is Rey, and behind her is Leia. They’re Easter Eggers, and my new favorite form of entertainment is watching them take dust baths. They really get into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Roger has had a TON of orders in the past few months, and we’re thrilled to see how many people love the items he makes. Of course, this means that some days, he spends nearly the whole day in the workshop, but now that it’s warmer it’s a lot more pleasant out there. Plus the kids are outside more, and his workshop is kind of right in the middle of everything.

We saw these sweet little wildflowers during a walk in our woods. I have no idea what they are, but I keep meaning to look them up. There are also some white ones.

We’re doing nature study more regularly now that it’s warmer out. Last week, we sketched the little flowers on our maple trees. This week, it was all about chickens. ๐Ÿ™‚

And, finally, this little sweetie turned NINE earlier this month. I swear we were bringing her home from the hospital just yesterday.

That’s our early May in a nutshell. Now that there’s so much going on, there should be no lack of things to write about here on the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚