This and That and Whatever

25 Feb

I had to go to town today and get some feed.  I did that nasty habit of drive by photography again.  Someday when it’s warm, I  might actually stop, but the geese were all huddled down today.  Made me think it was too cold to stop and walk around.

When I was getting my feed, I noticed that the farm store has baby chicks!  I think that means that spring is near.  You should be proud of me.  I didn’t bring any home because my lovely hens are kicking up production.

I’ve even found eleven eggs on a couple of days.  I did sell some at work, and I put up a notice in the post office.  I think I need to find some better advertising.

Yesterday I found my first goose egg of the year.  Actually, I found two eggs by stepping on the nest, but I only got to bring one to the house because I smashed the other one.

I also brought home another egg from town that is a clear indication of spring.  My favorite egg is the Reese’s peanut butter egg.

All the thoughts of spring has started me thinking about the garden season.  I brought home some containers to start seeds.

I’d feel bad about buying plastic, but I will try to treat them gently and use them for several years.  It would be nice to find the time to make some of those nice newspaper pots, but I don’t think I could get enough made.  I already planted some luffa seeds in reused pots.  It takes a long time for them to germinate.

I want to plant a pretty big garden.  I do well at starting tomatoes, but my peppers are not as reliable.  I think it’s because I try to use my front porch as a greenhouse (big wishful thinking sigh), and it doesn’t keep the temperatures consistent enough for the seeds.

This year, I’d also like to plant some calendula.  I tried using it in some soap this fall.  I plan on using the petals from my flowers for my soap because it turned out well.

Calendula is reported to have wonderful healing properties.  Speaking of soap, I had to make some more oatmeal and honey goats milk soap last weekend because I’ve sold quite a bit.

I still have a lot of soap for sale in my online market.  There’s a link in my sidebar.  Well, I must get this posted because my sister is in town, and I’m going to see her.

She better be taking a jar or two of spider plants with her.  The poor things truly need planted.

Linking to SOOC Sunday.

Linking to Macro Monday.  No true macros this week, so I hope the close ups are okay.:-)

42 Responses to “This and That and Whatever”

  1. audrey February 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I love yout blogs, so uplifting. I want so bad to do a garden but I don’t have a green thumb at all. Miss you haven’t talked to you lately. Hope the girls are doing good waiting fo March babies. I will be thinking of them and you:)

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      It’s been really busy here and at work the last few days. I expect kids about the middle of the week. Of course I’ll be posting on those happy events!

  2. Mimi Foxmorton February 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Ooo! Baby chciks at TSC ARE a sign of spring! :)

    I adore calendula!

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      The soap is great for dry or sensitive skin. One young man is using it after his brain surgery, and it’s working for him.

  3. Nancy February 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I keep saying I’m going to get my seeds started… I think tomorrow might be a good day.

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      That’s my plan!:-) Of course, something more fun like playing with goats might happen instead.

  4. TexWisGirl February 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    everything’s producing there (or getting ready to produce!) have a great time with your sis!

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Truly getting ready. I’m starting to believe spring is coming.

  5. Marigold and the Goatmother February 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Arghh! I had the toughest time finding the comments. But I persevered!:) The Goatmother says, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs? Your killing her! She’s on Weight Watchers.:) I am sorry, too, you found the egg by stepping on it. It was a good egg …

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      It was a good egg, but by the time they get done laying, I’ll have resorted to just chucking them into the field. You can only use so many goose eggs, and they are very prolific. Sorry about the hard time finding comments. I didn’t realize I had hidden them.

  6. Janis February 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Busy as ever I see. Spring is in the air…hope it doesnt turn cold now!!!

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      I’ll only start seeds inside. I know we’ll get cold again.

  7. Alica February 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    This might be a dumb question, but do geese lay eggs in the same manner as chickens…one every day? And do they taste different?
    My favorite is the Reeses egg…nothing better! :)

    • Teresa February 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      I don’t know how often they lay. It has to be about daily because my geese can fill a nest so fast it isn’t funny. I have cooked with them before, and they are fine. The texture is a bit different. The reason I don’t usually cook with them is because they are so broody and share nests that they almost always have a bloody spot.

  8. Linda February 26, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    You are so smart getting started with your seeds…..I am so anxious for Spring….signs are all around here in West TN. Have a Blessed Sunday!

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 7:45 am #

      I hope its’ smart. Sometimes I get started too soon and end up repotting my seedlings because it’s too cold for them to go out yet.

  9. Tayet February 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    We found our first egg of the year yesterday! It was a duck egg. We’re hoping she’ll lay a lot more and get broody. Fingers crossed!

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      I’d love for one of my two remaining hens to hatch Quackers babies. Hope your hen does well!

  10. Pat February 26, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Farm fresh eggs are so good! So are the peanut butter kind.
    Have a nice visit with your sister!

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      They are the best! (both farm fresh and peanut butter):-)

  11. mommygen February 26, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Fresh eggs like it. From SOOC Sunday.

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Glad you stopped by. the farm fresh eggs really are the best!

  12. Jenny Matlock February 26, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    What a sprightly, springy post! I love your ‘drive by shootings’. They feel like I’m right there with you!

    Happy Sunday!

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks. Hope you have a great week (or at least better than last week)!

  13. Candy C. February 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Yep, Reese’s peanut butter eggs are a sure sign of spring!:)
    I love the flower soap mold and congrats on your oatmeal and honey goat milk soap sales!
    Did your sister take lots and lots of baby spider plants?!?

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      She did stop and take a bunch with her, but I still have more to plant. I might see if the teacher who does the garden club at work wants them.:-)

  14. Lea February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Lovely photos of the eggs!
    I see you have the ‘Clemson Spineless’ okra seeds. That’s what I planted last year, and I was well pleased with them. This year I plan to grow a different variety ‘Silver Queen’ because I was given some free seeds. I don’t have a big enough garden to grow both kinds of okra.
    Spring is on its way!
    Happy gardening!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      We had such a horrible gardening year last year. The poor plants didn’t start growing and doing well until it was too late for them to produce much. I’m much more optimistic for this year.

  15. Kim,USA February 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Looks like you are ready for spring. Love fresh eggs!

    MM

    • Teresa February 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      I’m getting there! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Herding Cats February 27, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    The one thing I miss about no longer keeping ducks, apart from the ducks themselves, is collecting the wonderful eggs. Fantastic pictures.

    • Teresa February 27, 2012 at 6:19 am #

      They are good. I haven’t had many duck eggs lately because my peafowl find them first and eat them.😦

  17. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    That’s quite the egg! Now, forgive my ignorance, but do duck eggs taste much different from chicken eggs? I’d think just one of those bad boys could make a good sized omelette! :-)

    • Teresa February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      The duck eggs are similar in size to the chicken eggs. This is a goose egg, which can be huge. The taste of of the duck and goose is identical. They do have just a little different texture to them.:-)

  18. tbnranch February 27, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Glad I found your blog, great pics!:)

    • Teresa February 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it.

  19. Carol L McKenna (@artmusedog) February 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Wow! Wonderful ‘driveby’ photos ~ beautiful country ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with Macro Mon

    • Teresa February 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      The only drive by was the first one. The rest were on my farm.:-)

  20. Kala February 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Wonderful photos of the fresh eggs.

    Happy MM

    • Teresa February 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

      Thanks. I do love all the farm fresh eggs, and the goose eggs are a sure sign of spring.

  21. Shel G February 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me to get my seeds started. Every year I start them late but this year I’m gonna getter done on time! It was a treat to visit your blog today. Wish I had more time to lurk.:)

    • Teresa February 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      I’d love to have you come back when you have time. Of course, you might want to gather those seeds up first.:-)

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