1. Farm-y stuff:
The last clutch of ducklings included 12 little fluff balls, six or seven boys, five or six girls. (It’s kind of hard to tell before they get their grown-up feathers.)
Today, we are starting to collect eggs for the second clutch of the year. We have one duck from our first generation who is remarkably consistent with laying daily, and we would like to make sure to pass those genes on … but in the first clutch, the eggs we collected from her did not develop. This time around, she has been isolated with a drake (we didn’t dim the lights and strew rose petals around to set the mood or anything, but you get the idea), to make sure it is not a lack of attention that caused her eggs to be infertile.
The snow is almost completely gone from the grain field. Weekends will soon be spent prepping the ground for this year’s crops. I’m not sure what will happen, kitchen garden-wise, since we are contemplating a visit to the family on the East Coast during the main part of the growing season. (Can’t wait until after Hubs’s retirement – some time in the future – so we can travel during the COLD months!!) Hopefully we will get the greenhouse built, at least, so that next year we can extend the season long enough to suit me.
2. School-y stuff:
Quarterly work samples and twice-yearly progress reports are due May 15th. If I could figure out how to use LEGO Chima as a basis for all subjects, my life would be much easier. Hmm. Perhaps, I could have my Students research the history of the LEGO company (history), and the molecular structure of LEGO plastic (science), locate LEGO headquarters, factories and distribution sites on a map (geography), write a fan-fiction episode of “The Legends of Chima” (language arts), create posters of the world of Chima (art, and foreign language, if Girl did the writing on hers in German), learn to play the theme-song on the harp (Girl’s music), and figure out the profit LEGO, Inc. makes with each new ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY set of characters/”speedorz”/etc. (math/marketing/propaganda/brainwashing).
3. Love-y stuff:
11-years ago today, my darling Girl arrived and changed our lives forever, and for the better. ❤
And, because I was on a blog-hiatus through March, I MUST add that the Boy’s arrival in March, 9 years ago, was also a life-changing and blessed event!