Thursday, February 02, 2006

Potpourri

I think we have made mention before that we do not have television here on the farm and that our Internet access is dial-up. Basically, we are what our city friends would consider backwoods hillbillies. This is fine with us as we don’t have to worry about what our kids are watching or hurrying to see some show that, if you were totally honest and objective about it, you don’t really need to see anyway. This past week we went even further into the abyss of cultural isolation: our DVD player is on the fritz. Our children don’t have video, other than VHS, which does not have any outtakes or director’s comments that can be played over the regular soundtrack. Melissa and I are just praying that we are not turned into the authorities as we are now forcing our children to play outside and read books for entertainment. Now, before you go reporting us, I do want to let you all know that we have been invited, as a family, to attend a Super Bowl watching party this Sunday. So, we are taking part in at least some of the culture of our nation, even though we also realize that we could miss the Super Bowl and be just fine.

This weekend is shaping up to be an interesting one. In addition to watching TV we are renting a backhoe to move a pile of junk and bury it and to dig a hole for our gray water reuse tank. We will be taking the water from our kitchen sink, washer, dishwasher, utility sink and ice machine and storing it. We will also capture at least a part of our storm water (if it ever rains again). We will then pump this out of the tank and water our garden, vineyard, watermelons, peanuts and orchard. These are all future plantings. In this case, the future encompasses the next six weeks.

Our chickens are really growing these days. I mentioned a while back that Melissa had a meeting with the kids to impress upon them the seriousness of getting the chickens fed and watered and cared for. Lo and behold, they are gaining a bunch of weight and we may be processing as early as next week. This is good as we used our last chickens for Monday night’s dinner. Funny how regular food service has resulted in full size, calmer chickens.

Healthiness Update: today we have two sick children. Faith is coming out of it and Joy and is still lingering in her sickness. That Joy will not admit to any illness is a real problem with getting her back to health. Other than that, no complaints.

Clark says “Hi”.

Roger

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