Fun-day!

We had a wonderful time today at our little church homeschool group.  I should say our kids always look forward to these school days but today was extra fun!  The kids were able to make candy necklaces and build graham cracker houses….nothing like ~25 kids from 5 families making and creating their little houses!

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Thanks for the fun day P.S. M and K.D!

Slowly…

 
Sorry not much from us lately.  We’ve been busy around here getting going again for the school year and doing a bunch of fall cleaning before the real cold weather hits.  We have some exciting news to share that will have to wait for now until I have more time.
 
Garrett with a funny potato...
Garrett with a funny potato…

This weekend we harvested half of our potatoes and all of the onions .  They are now safely tucked away for the long upcoming winter.  The weather has been a bit strange here and not at all very fall-like, we have been having very nice warm weather (80’s to 90’s)  with a few cooler days thrown in once in a while and no frost.  That was until this morning when we awoke to a thick coat of frost.   I need to get out and see what is salvageable from the green tomatoes and get them inside and eventually we will have to put  the garden to bed  and start the dreaming/scheming process over again for next spring.  The weather looks very promising for the next week though. 

 Still have a bit of canning to do, we have been saving strawberries for the whole month of September so we want to make some strawberry rhubarb jam.  We also need to make some pumpkin butter and apple butter and I hope to can some black and kidney beans.   We sent the last pig to be processed last week and we should be able to pick it up sometime soon!  Then when the weather gets a bit cooler we have a couple of  sheep that will be headed  to freezer camp and some turkeys that will follow.  Then of course we have hunting right around the corner which  is all Sawyer can even think of!   Lots of stuff to keep us busy.

 

Saturday night I combed Teigen’s hair straight up and he thought it was so funny and wanted me to take a picture of it…

Teigen after a tub...

Teigen after a tub...

 

 

Hope everyone’s enjoying this last day of summer!

A Visitor…

Yesterday afternoon Dugur our LGD sounded off his warning cry.  Of course Zayne was about ready to go down for a nap so I sent one of the kids to see what he was barking at.  A few minutes later I recieved the official report back of “I dunno?”  After Zayne had drifted off, Dugur was still barking up a storm so I headed out to see what was up.  When I looked out into the pasture Dugur was jumping up and down and barking at something on the ground around the stock tank.  Goaty was nearby and is due to kid so I thought maybe she had kidded and that was what he was barking at.  As I got closer one of the whethers decided he needed a drink and Dugur walked in front of him and wouldn’t let him have access to the waterer.  When I jumped over the fence I was finally able to see what had him sooo upset…

Dugur protecting his flock from this ferocious thing...

Dugur protecting his flock from this ferocious thing...

A nice Western Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta bellii, made her way up from the river to mingle amongst the sheep!
Western Painted Turtle

Western Painted Turtle

Why they are called a "Painted" Turtle, it's beautiful plastron...

Why they are called a "Painted" Turtle, it's beautiful plastron...

Moving along...

A beautiful olive green carapace...

We just studied turtles earlier in the year so it was fun to look this guy over and review. 
The kids looking her over...

The kids looking her over...

They hung on to her just long enough to show dad when he got home from work and then left her to go on her way again…
Moving along...

Moving along...

 It’s nice to know that Dugur will protect the sheep…from a ferocious turtle anyway!

 

A couple of years ago on the 4th of July at the Fortine Creek we ran into this guy…

Busy swimming...

Busy swimming...

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Another Painted Turtle...

Another Painted Turtle...