20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated

In the Garden

Poor flower beds

Filling in Primrose Beds

Containers is the only way to go with a chicken living with you.

Glorious Saturday

I am stuck home today. The 2009 Kia Rondo had a breakdown. I had to leave it at the mechanic until next week.
The air conditioning compressor went out. On this car, it can not be by passed. I am not sure I would want to – the heat is on here in the central valley, California. 100+ days until October.

My husband had mandatory over time (and we can use the cash for the car repairs) and took the other car.

I spent time outside early this morning cleaning up two flower beds Henrietta clawed and pecked through.
Henrietta looking at me

Here she is looking at me like I am the cause of the problem.

We went to the California State Fair last week. I found out Henrietta is a Blue Gold Duckwing Phoenix.

The fair was fun as always!

Grilled Food State Fair California

Horse Arena Workout California State Fair 2016

Alex and Richard on the Sky Chair ride State Fair 2016

Mural at California State Fair 2016

We celebrated 2 more birthdays this week. Lots of cake and cheesecake too!
Lemon Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Henrietta

New Chicken

That is what we named the above chicken.

She arrived early one morning, just flew over the fence and there she was.

I checked with the neighbor who has pet chickens thinking she had ran away.

The neighbor came over to get her, stopped and said “My chickens are white”.

We waited 2 days to see if she would stay. I gave her a bowl of water right away and she ate all the snail and slugs and other bugs she seemed to like.

We went to the Tractor Supply store and bought her laying feed. We looked at coops and enclosures. I just don’t have the heart to fence her in. My flower beds are suffering for it. Right now she is sleeping in the apple tree at night. We will probably get a coop before the rain and winter get in full swing.

Henrietta lays eggs. They are a white/light cream color and small.

She has gotten used to us. We are in our yard a lot and she no longer runs away and even gets fairly close to us if we stand still.

I have always wanted chickens. 13 years now I have had thought of chickens but would push it out of my mind.

Everyone loves her. My husband has made it his job to collect the eggs on the weekend.

I hope she stays. We have no idea where she came from.

 

 

 

 

Soul Care Seconds

Day 2 Soul Care Seconds

“But we’re not giving our souls the amount of silence they need to dissolve the chatter in our heads, listen to our whispers, and hear the parts of ourselves that are wise, brilliant, and deeply aware of our own unique truths.” Kelly Rae Roberts

Hygrangea on Stove
Silencing the noise. Oh that is so hard. I have to make a thoughtful conscious effort. I use meditative breathing exercises throughout the day. If I am having particular trouble I focus on a word. I use apple a lot. I do not know why.

I like having pretty things around the rooms to rest my eyes on and take a few deep breath. This is usually how my stove looks when not in use.

Soul Care Seconds

I am participating in Kelly Rae Roberts Soul Care Seconds. This is day one.

I have been doing little things through out this day – Memorial Day.

Holidays are always special in our house, so I do and make and cook. I was able to still carve out some time for my Soul Care.

Here are a few quotes from Kelly Rae about Soul Care – “It really can be about filling our days with tiny micro practices that nourish, strengthen and care for us. It’s about the healing that comes from pausing for a sacred second.”

“…beauty isn’t superficial. It’s the call of our hearts – made visible in our everyday lives.”

” Pausing to notice the beauty is in many ways a prayer of gratitude. We’re showing up, noticing, and pausing for a moment of breath, grace, and thanks.”

I took my cup of coffee out to the backyard early this morning to sit and notice. We filled the bird feeders yesterday and I was hoping to see a bird having it’s breakfast.

Day one of Kelly Rae Roberts Soul Care Seconds.

Soul Care

Todays Photo

I went through my back up *DVD’s this morning. I found this photo from 2007. I used a point and shoot Canon A540. I think one of my daughters uses that camera now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I burn all my back up photos to DVD instead of CD because they hold a great many more files. Also I don’t have to worry about that random video I shot and then forgot about :- }

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