I love my shoes!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Closeup of Martin with Aaron peeking out from behind him
This is Dottie giving us lots of information on how to care for horses.
Jonathan and Martin taking turns grooming one of the horses.
Martin rides a horse for the first time!
Aaron's first time on a horse!
Jonathan's turn on the horse!
Playing with the goats
Jonathan feeds the goats
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We gave Martin his first paying job this past Saturday. Rich had to work on his classes (at home). I had to take Aaron to soccer. I didn't want to take all 4 of them with me to the soccer field and play referee to my 3 kiddos while my 4th one was playing soccer. Understandable, right?
So, I left Martin and Jonathan home with daddy, took Rosalie and Aaron with me, and gave Martin a paying job.
I put a detailed schedule on an index card for him that said:
10:30 - 11:30 - Play upstairs with Jonathan
11:30 - 12:15 - Make lunch for yourself and Jonathan, sit down with Jonathan and eat
12:15 - Take Jonathan upstairs and put him down for a nap. (turn off light, turn on fan)
I had to leave at 10:30 and was home by 12:30. My goal was for Martin to keep Jonathan occupied and well behaved, so that daddy could do his work without being disturbed. We told Martin that we would pay him $5 for a job done well.
When I got home from soccer, I heard a glowing report from Rich that Martin had indeed done a fantastic job keeping Jonathan occupied and well behaved. Martin made lunch right on time. (Rich did have to intervene once when Jonathan was refusing to eat his lunch - but other than that Rich never had to leave his computer!) When Jonathan had to go to the bathroom, Martin helped Jonathan get dressed again. When lunch had been successfully eaten, Martin took Jonathan upstairs, and put him down for a nap. YAY MARTIN!! Job well done! I am so thankful to have a 7 year old that is developing a good work ethic and is so genuinely helpful. (even when money is not involved!)
Rich mentioned that when Martin came downstairs from putting Jonathan down for a nap, Martin sighed and said, "Now I can rest!"
Welcome to my world, son!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I am so thankful that Jonathan is loving going to Puggles. He talks to his brothers throughout the week about what God created and goes through his list that he's learned in Puggles. I find it hilarious that when Martin or Aaron suggest that God made animals, or Adam and Eve, that Jonathan disputes all that they say . . . unless it's something he's learned in Puggles. He was insistent last week that God did NOT make flowers. When he came home from Puggles Wednesday night, he was very happy to agree that God created the flowers!
Monday, September 21, 2009
100 pounds of Prairie Gold
50 pounds of Kamut
50 pounds of Oat Groats
50 pounds of Soft White
I use Prairie Gold, kamut, spelt, and oat groats for my bread.
I use Spelt and Kamut for pancakes, waffles, and muffins.
I use soft white for hamburger buns and pizza crust.
I would eventually like to get a roller, so that I can roll out my own oats for granola and oatmeal.
So, we are back in business with all the different varieties of grain!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Rich is the one who is mainly drinking the Kombucha. (although, once we get into a good routine, have more than one kombucha starter, and can keep enough on hand, I do want to drink it regularly as well.) Rich has been doing all the work to make it.
Brew 3/4 gallon of black tea:
Let it cool completely.
Add the Kombucha starter:
Cover it tightly in a large glass container.
Let it sit in a dark area for 10-14 days to ferment.
Pull out the mushroom looking colony of yeast and bacteria.
Strain the liquid.
Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.
Drink 4 ounces daily:
Kombucha tea is rich in antioxidants and probiotics. Some Kombucha benefits include: arthritis pains, intestinal problems, digestive disorders, kidney stones, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, asthma, bronchitis, migraine, eczema, headaches, constipation, diabetes, rheumatism, anxiety, dizziness and insomnia. Problems associated with advancing years, such as high blood pressure, poor eye sight, arteriosclerosis and gout may also be helped by consuming Kombucha.
So. . . here we go. . . embarking on a new adventure. We'll have to let you know how it goes!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I took the filter out, straightened up the o-ring, and tried the process again. This time, no leaks, and here is what we got: And the water coming out tastes noticably better than the water out of tap!
Just for comparison, I decided to test the water using my MSR miniworks water filter. This is a small hand-held unit designed for outdoor adventures to eliminate the need for packing water:
The filter has a ceramic filter, and is operated by a hand pump. The first time through, I came up with an un-impressive 115ppm TDS.
I figured that some of this might be due to crud build-up in the filter mechanism itself, so decided to keep going. Eventually, I got it down to 96ppm:
So, our new Zerowater filter works as advertised ... and the MSR miniworks (while not as good) dramatically improves water quality.