As you know, I’ve been on a minimizing journey. I was delighted to discover a blog chock full of tips and ideas to help me on my way. She has been running a ‘program’ if you will, called “40 Bags in 40 Days”. Her blog is White House, Black Shutters (http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com) .
A long long time ago, when I only had three kids, I made an alphabet book using family pictures. It turned out to be pretty cool, but it wasn’t very sturdy. It’s not very nice to make a book “for the kids” that you won’t let them play with for fear they’ll wreck it. And believe me, they’ll wreck it.
Then in the blogworld, or on Pinterest, I can’t be sure, I got the idea to just edit the pictures, and put them in a cheap photo album, that just holds one 4×6 on each page. Here are some examples:
I’ve been purging a lot lately.
Getting rid of the past feels good! Getting rid of the junk feels good! Getting rid of all those maternity clothes feels amazing!
I saw a post on organizing your pantry a while ago, and I finally got kind of started on that project. I don’t like investing a lot into my organization though. Spending tons of money on baskets and glass jars for my pantry just doesn’t ring true to my miser’s heart. I’ve been putting a lot of it in Mason jars, but often those aren’t big enough so it’s still not really helping.
Then I saw a Pinterest post (probably) on making your own “baskets” out of cardboard boxes and rope. Brilliant.
So for the price of several glue sticks and a couple pounds of jute twine, I was able to go from this:
This is temporary housing we think. We are 90% sure it’s coon proof. We need to get the dog used to the chickens, so then we can let them out during the day.
Aviana says the chickens are going to be her responsibility entirely because she wants to earn the egg money. She plans to check on them twice a day, collect their eggs and feed and water them. I want to encourage her, but I’m skeptical on how long the enthusiasm will last.
Most of the new flock. We’ve got mostly Speckled Sussex, Golden laced and Blue laced Wyandottes, and a couple of light Brahmas. We also have a couple of Aracaunas, which lay green eggs. The rooster is a teddy bear of a Speckled Sussex.