Thursday, January 31, 2013
Just One Thing
I've renamed the turkeys. They are no longer Thanksgiving and Christmas. Their new names are Super Bowl Sunday and Easter. The current plan is to smoke one of these guys for Super Bowl Sunday. Bob's having a huge party and we are going to have sandwiches and the whole neighborhood is coming.
The neighbor who lives directly across the street from us and next to Bob keeps saying to me, "Uh, your turkeys are still alive."
They live pretty close to his bedroom window and they are loud. I can hear them gobbling all the way in my driveway. I have zero doubt he'll be thrilled to have a sandwich. Bob just has not had time to do it. Bob's life has become completely unraveled since Jerry died. He can't keep up on it. Jerry was like having a personal assistant, who managed every aspect of Bob's life.
Bob was telling me the other day that he didn't even miss his own mother, when she died, as much as he misses Jerry, and I believe him. I miss him too. I spent yesterday taking wheelbarrows of chicken poop from Bob's backyard to our backyard because I've been composting it and turning it into the most amazing dirt. Normally Jerry would have seen me doing that and then he would have been all in my business and driving me crazy and now I live a solitary life all day, where nobody besides my husband is driving me insane.
Have you ever flown to Las Vegas and looked out the window and noticed that the ground appears almost white or light tan? You can not believe the effort it takes to make dirt in this barren wasteland.
I've got the most beautiful rich dark dirt going on here. And our chickens are laying like champions right now. I'm getting 7-8 eggs a day!!!!!!!! And that was before I discovered one of my chickens went rogue and was laying in the shed on a bale of straw.
I found these yesterday, which means she was laying in there for about 2 weeks and we didn't know. I closed the little door we forgot was open so she can't get back in there.
Although Bob has zero time for anything anymore, he ordered 35 meat chickens from Murray McMurray Hatchery in Iowa, and they are arriving via mail on March, 6th. The most we've ever raised at one time is 25, so this should be "interesting". We haven't had babies for a year and it will be exciting for the kids to have chicks again.
So that's what's going on around the urban farm. I also want to share this video with you. Although this is something I've written on this blog, innumerable times, the way this lady delivers the speech and puts all the information in a concise message, makes for a powerful presentation. If you are raising children in America, I implore you to watch this video. It's 18 minutes long, but it could possibly be the most important 18 minutes you ever watch.
At the end of the video, she asks us to do "just one thing". Well, I do way more than "one thing", but my one thing today is to share this video with you.
UPDATED TO ADD: Just because of one of you, doing your "one thing" today, I was informed this lady has a book. Thanks for the info!!! I'm going to read it! If anyone else is interested, here it is: