Monday, March 26, 2012

The Babies are here!!

Cricket eggs
A baby Cricket (hard to photograph...a bit small)   
 enlarged but blurry cuz it's so small!

So now what?  They will keep growing and growing and having babies and more babies.  And we'll instead of having a lemonade stand, We can have a cricket for sale stand.  

Next I need to sort through my oats and meal worms and separate the worms from the pupa.  That way I can raise the beetles to raise the eggs to raise the worms.  Ah... Farming.  K~

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Ok.  I have not weighed in on this, because frankly I don't know what to think.  All I can say, was that until 2 nights ago, I was sad because I thought the colors of the Broncos was red, white and blue.  Rick reminded me that they are orange, blue and white.  YEAH!!! Orange is so fantastic!!  So that I can live with.  I never thought I would be a Broncos fan, but frankly, I never thought I would be a Colts fan either.  And to be VERY honest, the team makes me no never mind!!  I just want Pey Pey to be loved and have someone good to throw to.  K~
I posted on Facebook about being the CEO of my house.  I am looking at things in a whole new way.  I am kind of faking it until I make it.  I posted previously about not wanting to be referred to as a homemaker (only) I am not very good at homemaking.  I tend to take my family and animal needs into consideration first and let the floors, dust and clutter sit for a while.  I have broken down my CEO job by the letters.
C - Chief/Creative/Caring
E -Executive/ Efficient/Empathetic
O -Operator/Organized/Open

These are the words that I am choosing to reflect on.  I am going to put them up look at them daily.  I hope this will remind me that even though I do not earn money, that what I do contribute is still worth something.  It is almost impossible to ignore societies values on money.  Money seems to define Americans.  I was raised with that mind set surrounding me, and I don't see it changing in my lifetime.  But it however, can change in me.  I believe that I can learn to feel just as valuable as a societal contributor even if I don't bring in a paycheck.  Having said that, knowing it deep inside and living it day to day, for me anyway, can be a very challenging thing.  


Monday, March 19, 2012

Sam and Rose, it was like yesterday for me.

Monday Morning.  70 degrees outside and hot inside.  I am sitting here trying to feel caught up.  Nothing new or special just this and that.  It keeps me busy not only physically but mentally.  I don't like dropping the ball.  I don't like unfinished business.  It drives me nuts.  I have 2 cross stitch projects I am working on, and am slowly making progress, I have many more I want to do, but can only cross stitch one at a time.  I have several crochet projects I want to finish and others to do, but can only crochet one at a time.  Then there are the things I need to do such as "home making", finance recording, kids appointments, doctor appointments, med fills, rabies titers, shopping for the family, up coming birthdays, holidays and so on.  I guess I can't feel caught up, and that's ok.  Being a mom is what I can only imagine a mail sorter feels like.  They just keep looking down the line and more mail keeps comings.  Some packages are big, some are very small, some are broken or smashed.  All need to be touched and handled in some way.  When your done with one there are 100 waiting for you and the days go on.  So back to Monday morning.  I could be  Wednesday or Saturday.  I is just another day in the life of a mom.  I get my stuff in there somehow and have joy and happiness daily.  My kids keep me busy and I like that.  My Husband keeps me grounded and (I guess) that's a blessing.  God keeps me humble.  K~

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sweet little Nub

This is sweet little Nub.  He is quite old.  He has been with us for quite some time.  Cora took these photos a few days ago.  I love the shaving piece on his head.  What a goofball.  K~

Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Paul Conservatory

 Took the kids and our friend Mike to the Conservatory a week ago.  It is always a GREAT visit.  Cloe the sloth is always a hit.  I just love the orchids.  And of course the fern room.  K~

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cricket and Meal worm Farming

Well, I am starting out small, Literally!  I have set up small meal worm and cricket farm.  The meal worms are quiet and sit in oatmeal for now.  I hope to afford bran soon.  That will be much easier to sieve for babies, beetles, and feeding worms for my animals.   The cricket farm is nosy as to be expected.  The mommies are laying eggs, or so I think so.  They are are at least appearing to be depositing something with their tube in the mesh and dirt.  For now, the only addition I am going to make are containers for babies.  I will be getting that set up in the next week.  Here's hoping that it will be successful, so I can reduce if not stop my weekly purchase of 90+ crickets at 12 cents a piece.  K~

Thursday, March 08, 2012

She is a wonderful artist

Cora is such a talented artist.  She asked me how to make a misty looking background.  She found the inspiration on line.  I should he how to do this technique once with chalk.  
This was her result.  It is just beautiful.  K~