1/21/14 gardening, Day 21/365…

We will have another garden this summer. We need to look at the seed packages and see when we need to start the seeds. Last year we saved two kinds of tomato seeds. We will try them to see if they sprout. This is our first try saving seeds. We have a small yard with a swing set in it so we have a small garden. We used to have three chickens so they had a large corner of the yard. Our yard is really too small for chickens so we gave them to a friend. They were named Millie, Hattie and Nettie. The kids called them Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We miss them. We still have the chicken coop just in case we can get some chickens later.

We don’t really have enough time to garden so to cut down on the work we have eliminated hoeing. When we plant the garden we put layers of newspaper around the plants, about ten layers thick. Then we put compost over the paper, completely covering the paper, the weeds can’t grow through the paper and the paper falls apart throughout the growing season and is almost all gone at the fall cleanup. If a weed does grow we add more newspaper and compost. The paper and compost also help to keep the moisture in the ground around the plants. We connect the hose to the sprayer and turn it on and off in the basement.  I haven’t figured out how to harvest without going outside.
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Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

 

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Sunday 9/22/13 chickens, day 265/365…

We used to have chickens. I was texting with my niece today and the conversation about our backyards reminded me about our chickens. We had them for about a year. My kids called them Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. At first the kids weren’t thrilled with the chickens. We live in the city. They saw the chickens as something that we should have because “we weren’t weird enough”. After a while the kids got used to seeing them and feeding them. When the chickens would get loose my kids and I would go round them up and put them back into their pen. The favorite place for the chickens to go when they escaped was across the street to the neighbors front porch. She had a table that the chickens would jump on and look into her front room. I am glad that she never looked out her front window and saw the chickens looking in. The neighbor kids liked them too. When the neighbors had friends over they all came over to see and hold the chickens. It was like a field trip.
We gave the chickens to a friend after about a year. In the summer they wouldn’t go back into their coop. They liked to stay outside in the sunshine. They go in on their own when it gets dark. It wasn’t safe for them to stay out, another animal may come over and eat them if they are outside. So…in the summer they had to be “convinced” to back into their coop. We get up early, I didn’t want to go out at dark and close the coop door. Trying to chase or catch them and place them in the coop was like having three more teenagers.

Here is a statue that we saw the other day. We went to a Wake for a friend and this statue was in the lobby.

dancingkidsstatue

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

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Thursday 9/12/13 follow button and volunteering – Day 255/365…

I have been looking for a “follow” button for my blog since the blog was moved to WordPress. No luck so far. I can’t find one in their choices that has pictures of the followers and a total count of followers. There are some web sites with directions on how to add one . Their directions usually only have five steps, but I am lost by step two. There are many other blogs that use WordPress that have this button, so it is possible. I need a “follow” button so the search will continue. The reason that it is so important is that it sends an e-mail to the members when there is a new post. Then they know when to come to my site and read it. It also lets me know if people like my writing. When I get a button, I will let everyone know where it came from.

Maggie needs nine hours of volunteer time this year for her school. We volunteered tonight at our church. On Thursday nights the church has a free medical clinic, and a free dinner. We volunteered in the kitchen. We are mostly an outgoing family but it is still hard to go somewhere new. The people were really nice and found us a spot right away. When we got there people were at the door for the clinic and dinner. After we were done we had dinner.

Here is a chicken statue that we drove past today. This is a cool thing to pass in the car. These statues are fun to point out to the kids.

chicken statue

I need help. Does anyone know how to add “followers” to WordPress? I can’t find where to get the code. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment. I will really appreciate it.

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

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