Monday, February 16, 2009

well, the computer broke

some child who we won't name, toly, shoved stuff other than optical media into the dvd slot. it didn't really like it. luckily we have insurance for such accidents. we have taken to purchasing extended service plans on anything we can around here. so far it has paid off. the computer was in the repair shop for ten or so days. i went to pick it up today.

on my excursion to springfield i picked up twelve new pullets--silver laced wyandottes. that was the first breed that we purchased when we moved here. they preformed very well for us and we have decided to fall back on a working breed for our next group.

aren't they cute?

during my forced sabbatical from the internet we took the stomach flue. kassi got it first.

doesn't she look sad? i followed her lead in short order and managed to ruin an entire extended weekend.

tristan took the bug after me and was miserable.

he was so cute psyching himself up "i will not vomit, i will not vomit" hey i take entertainment wherever i can.

rome and toly seem to have displayed the least symptoms so far.

kassi got new patten leather shoes from my parents and wore them the entire time she was sick--even while she slept.

very nice aren't they?

tabitha knit me a new hat for valentines day.

tristan looks very cute in it. i love it. it is perfect and would like at least one more.

tabitha let tristan carry rome in the "paxie" ergo baby carrier. this might be an extraordinary solution for distraction this gardening season.

during our illness we might have cooked our seedlings. the green house gets very hot and sick people operate barely on routine. where routine doesn't exist yet things seem to crumble quickly. we might have to buy more seeds and replant. in my experience early struggle seems to ensure success. we are still early enough to replant without any repercussion--except financial. the lesson to be learned here is save more seeds.

on another bad note, i had catastrophic failure of all of my kombucha. i need new scobies. any help would be appreciated. i'll pay the shipping. here is a normal scene at the pile of o'melays.

tabitha's sewing machine took a dump. i took it to the pfaff dealer and he said that it would cost in excess of five hundred dollars to fix. enough about that..

tristan even read a little harry potter while he was sick.

rome has been doing his baby exercises

we have been eating tons of chicken soup--thanks tabitha. many many movies have been watched. before the illness struck we managed to pour piers for the new chicken house. i took receipt of chicken plucker fingers and specialized pulley. yesterday i found a plastic fifty five gallon drum. there are only a few parts lacking for our new automatic chicken plucker. i loaded the final load of fully cured wood into the wood box. i have a bit more of almost seasoned wood to fulfill any further short coming.

the chickens are still at twelve eggs per day. i turned off their daylight extending cfl light last week. we are excited to contain the chickens this year. tabitha wants flower beds and dreams of uninterrupted mulch in all gardening/orcharding endeavors. once the new coop in finished the kids will be in charge of collecting eggs and feeding the chickens. kassi is excited about this. we also got two easter egg colored laying pullets today. this should provide wonderful excitement for her. araucanas are allegedly very friendly hens. it will be fun to see how she makes pets of them.

here is a gratuitous cute o'melay photo

i know that i haven't answered any comments in a while and will reply to all comments in this post. my penance for such slovenly behavior will be that all questions about this or any past entries will happily be addressed.

i'm happy to be back online as i kiss the virtua-firma and thank saint of technology that i can now wiki anything i desire.


tansy said...

y be able to help out with a scoby, if they are still with me. i'll check them and let you know.

tansy said...

that should have started out 'i may'

tansy said...

and now that i only have 1 kid attacking me instead of 2, i'll try to finish my thoughts...

the hat looks cozy!

hope you are all feeling better now. we got hit with the stomach flu/virus around christmas time and i was the only one who didn't succomb...i took spilanthes every hour for several days and had a churning stomach but never got beyond that point. viva la spilanthes! good stuff.

Jessica said...

Oh it is tough when the computers break! I hope your streak of bad luck runs out soon and you guys find the flow.

Polar Bear and The Dodger said...

hi- we've got a bunch of scoby mommas that we will happily divide and send on. let me know if/when i should send them. too bad about cooking the seedling. i worry about doing the same with ours- it's so hard to regulate the temp. with basic greenhouses (no fans etc.). it can get really hot in there! enjoy the pics.

warren said...

Sorry about the yuck going around...

In other news, that's an awesome bathtub you have there! I am envious!

karl said...

yes, tansy and polar bear and the dodger, i'd love some scobies. i need to get back going as soon as possible. i have six gallon jars that i normally have going. this recent illness has ruined my stomach flora and fauna.

jessica, we are still happy. a little bad luck comes with the territory.

warren, yeah it was a rusty old bathtub that still had good enamel. here you can see me painting the bottom. here i am grind off the old bottom.

Rurality said...

I saw "shoved stuff other than optical media into the dvd slot" and then saw the chicks, and was worried for a minute there!

I hope you all will be more healthy for the rest of 2009!

Wendy said...

Oh, the joys!

Sounds like you're all feeling better, and that's good to hear :).

Love the hat ;).

white_lilly said...

Good to see everyone is slowly recovering, you guys have had enough of sicknesses.

Shame about your seedlings, computer, kombucha and tabithas sewing machine', gee hope thats all!

jenny said...

Ah yes, the children-- always something going on if I don't keep my eyes on them! They broke the glass in a picture frame few days ago and didn't tell me until hours later. meanwhile, they are running around barefooted with broken glass on the floor. *whew!* no cuts on feet!

My Middle is like your Kassi-- she loves her shoes! Too sweet that she slept in them, too! :o)

Do you let chickens in the garden to help "de-bug" the plants?

Robbyn said...

So glad your crew is on the mend! Love the chick pics :)

karl said...

rurality, funny thanks for the well wishes.

wendy, thanks i really like the hat too. we are on the mend.

white lilly, thanks good thoughts seem to be working.

jenny, our chickens like our beneficial insects and supple seedlings better than the bad insects. they might get a chance later.

robbyn, more chick picts to come...

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