Hello! I cannot believe how fast time flies. I have a few updates for you.
1. After the winter off (looking for work but not finding any), Darryl got a job working for West Fraser Lumber Mill. He’s been doing that for close to 3 months and he actually enjoys it! He’s being trained on other equipment besides the entry level jobs, which he was expecting to have to work at for the first year like everyone else, but there are 5 guys under him already and he’s moving around to different areas. I never thought it would work, but graveyard shifts are the best fit for us right now, and though he’s still technically on-call, they’ve been giving him full time graveyards. They work because he only has to work 6 out of 8 hours and gets paid a teeny bit more, he’s home to see us in the morning before he goes to sleep, and up again around 4:30, so we see him more. I also get the car during the day. You know, if I really want to go to town or something. Usually I just go around the lake to the library.
2. Sadie is finished homeschooling Kindergarten. Except for Math. We can do that slowly over the summer. I still love using Sonlight. I’m using some of my government funding to get a new laptop. A MacBook Pro with retina display, to be more exact. I’m so excited for that!
3. I got a new phone. We both got new phones. Mostly because our contracts were up and our 3 year old phones were getting a leeetle beet slow. Darryl got the Samsung S6 and I got the HTC One M9. Darryl’s is really slippery. Mine has a 20MP camera.
4. Darryl bought me a present. It starts with S and rhymes with “eel”. It’s orange and white. Give up? It’s a Stihl!! The weed whacker model (brand spanking new!). I’ve needed one of these babies for like ever. I trimmed all the 2 foot tall grass around the deck and posts and stairs, then started hacking a path down to the lake through grass as tall as me. I made it halfway before I ran out of string and had to quit for the day. Maybe I’ll get down to the lake tonight. Then I can exhume the canoe from all the grass and weeds and go canoeing again.
5. We LOVE living here. Our house is a perfect size for us, it has a built in milking parlour and chicken coop, lots of places outside to sit (if I had more outdoor furniture, that is), a killer 180 view of the lake, more grass than my animals can possibly keep up with, more yard than I can possibly mow (with the old electric mower that came with the place…I need a ride on now!), awesome storms that you can watch coming for hours, an amazing community with great people, and the best librarian on the planet.
6. A bear killed our dog. A couple months ago he must have heard a bear trying to cross our property down by the lake and went to tell him where to go. The bear didn’t like what he said and got outta there, as soon as the threat (our dog) was incapacitated. Kai died valiantly doing his job.
7. We got new dogs. I found them on kijiji and they were brought down here for us to try out for a weekend. They did something horrible every day so we asked for more time and tried them out for 2 weeks. After a week they learned a few of the rules and settled down better, so we kept them. They’re 2 year old Australian Shepherds, a male and female from different litters. They’ve had one litter of puppies before we got them, so we’re hoping they will have more this summer. The male is a very handsome red and white dog whose grandpa was a show dog. His name is Jake. The female is not quite so well bred but she makes up for it in sweetness. Her name is Junie. We didn’t name them. Sorry for the horrible picture, but these two aren’t trained and don’t yet know how to stay.
8. I got chicks the other day. We do plan to get more layers this year too but I really wanted some prettier chickens that will raise their own babies. I got 3 black orpingtons and 3 buff orpingtons. They’re 2 weeks old already so I have even less time to build a pen for them until they’re big enough to join the 5 current laying hens.
9. The kids are doing great. Sadie turned 6 and got a bike for her birthday, so she’s been busy riding that around. She also likes to build forts outside, draw at least 8 pictures an hour, “read” books, and pick wildflowers for me. Chad is 4 and plays with his cars for days and days and days. Or he goes outside and plays with his cars. Tirzah is walking finally. She likes to push a plastic kids chair back and forth across the house, and she likes to go outside, but I have to carry her in the mornings. In the afternoon she’s ok if I put her down. She eats more bananas than a monkey. Her eczema is mostly cleared up with a few itchy spots on her legs and some days her cheeks are a teensy bit red.
10. I can’t stop at 9 things so I’ll write a poem here for you.
Moola was a nice jersey cow
Who liked grass as tall as her lips
She ate so much that her head had to bow
But the grass still went straight to her hips
Well that’s enough fun for now. If you’re still following me, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment telling me what you would name a baby (girl) calf if her mom’s name was Moola.