Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bees

We have bees, we have three hives of beautiful bees. The last time I went out to the hives I realized that I screwed up while I was out there. I left the lid on the inner part of the super, and this did not allow the bees to go to the super to make more honey for themselves for the winter. After I realized this fact I made a phone call to Thera Bee . I thought maybe someone there could put me in contact with a bee keeper. I love having someone come out to the farm, since it is more insightful than just reading the book, or watching something on You Tube. Plus, I want to be safe when I am out there with the bees.

So, while I was talking to Martha at Thera Bee, she said would come out personally. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was. I ordered my additional bee boxes. I was ready for her visit. The day of her visit I unwrapped all the boxes I thought I might need, and loaded them into the Kubota, to take out to the field.

Martha arrived, and she was ready to go. We suited up, and went out to the field. We looked, we scraped off the excess honeycomb and propolis. While we we scraping, Martha gave me a great idea about putting water out for the bees, and adding a solar water pump. She then told me about adding wine corks to the water to allow the bees to get a drink without drowning. I had to laugh…this is wine country.

Martha told me right before she left that there were people that wanted to interview her the day she came to help me. She put her interview on hold to help me. Ohhh, that made my day, and showed me that people want to help other people. It was super sweet! I truly was inspired by Martha! Thank you again! I am so glad you came out to spend the day with me!

Bees

Avila Beach

We are so lucky to live so close to so many beautiful beaches. Avila is one of the beautiful beaches we live near, and are able to visit often. Recently we went, and spent the day. It was a perfect day, and the kids had much fun. There were many parents there. Everyone brought food with them, and some brought volleyballs and footballs. There was even someone with a drone to take photos over the beach and the ocean.

beach volleyball

Look at the scenery… beach and mts

Ahhh

Minerva Jane (Snodgrass) Fizer

My great grandmother was Minerva Jane Snodgrass. Here is some information that I know about her. The name snodgrass, as defined by “Ancestry.com”

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Irvine in the former county of Ayrshire, named with northern Middle English snod ‘smooth’, ‘sleek’, ‘even’ + grass ‘grass’.

When Minerva Jane Snodgrass was born on April 15, 1890, in Putnam, West Virginia, her father, John, was 31 and her mother, America, was 33. She had six sons and five daughters with George Lenorad Lewis Franklin Fizer between 1908 and 1929. She died on May 17, 1954, in Kanawha, West Virginia, at the age of 64.

1900, Merie (Mini was her nickname) J. Snodgrass was 10 years old and lived in Scott, West Virginia with her father, mother, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.

In 1920, Manerva Fizer was 30 years old and lived in Mahan, West Virginia with her husband, Leonard, 3 sons, and 2 daughters.
In 1930, Nirsence Fizer was 40 years old and lived in Sherman, West Virginia with her husband, George, 5 sons, and 5 daughters.
On April 1, 1940, Minneria Fizer was 50 years old and lived in Cabin Creek, West Virginia with her husband, G.L., 3 sons, and 3 daughters.
Minerva is the wife of George L. Fizer and the daughter of John Snodgrass.Burial in Ward Cemetery.
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Dear Houseplant,

A houseplant is dying…tell it why it should live.

Dear plant,

Your beauty is ever-present in the lives of our family. We need you, and you need us. We are having a wonderful symbiotic relationship. Why would you want to ruin a good thing? Is it me? I can give you more sunshine. Maybe find another location in our home that would make you perk up, and have the desire to LIVE! I want to honest with you, I just don’t think it is your time. How about you hold on for one more day for all of us? How about you try for all of us? We have a great chemistry together, literally and figuratively . I am going to come over to you everyday with a pep talk. You are going to do this, one leaf a time! You got this!

Make it A Habit

Ten Days of working out, and watching what I eat. I have been good for ten days straight. The hardest part sometimes is just getting started in the morning, and convincing myself that it will be worth it. Many years ago I read that it takes 14 days for an action to become a habit, apparently, the research now suggest that it takes 21 days for an activity to become a habit.

One of the exercises this week was to ask one of your mentors about motivation. I really look up to one of the trainers at the gym. Melinda has a great body, and she is always upbeat. She even has four children! I told her it was hard to get to the gym that day, and she told me “Somedays, I have the same feeling.” It was comforting to know, that even someone like her has issues with getting going sometimes. It really made my day.

Eggs

We have 95 chickens. Some are hens, and we also have a few roosters. Our chickens are free range, so they run all over the farm. The bad thing is they poop on the porch. Really, that is the only thing I don’t like. I enjoy greeting them in the morning as I let them out the their coops. They follow me around as I carry the purple bucket full of food. I have to be very careful not to step on any of their toes.

I give them an organic pellet supplement. They usually run around eating grasses, and plenty of bugs. I also change and fill their water containers. They have to have clean places to sleep so I use pine shavings. The pine shavings along with the poo go to the worms in the worm bin. I am experimenting with the perfect moisture added to the bedding to get the worms excited about living in their new environment.

We get big eggs and some small, here is a comparison…big and smallThe science behind the nutrition of free range eggs is fascinating. If you think about it, it make sense. Birds on big farms are kept in a cage that is no bigger than an iPad. Our chickens enjoy walking and running, and hunting insects. The free range and cage free have less cholesterol, more vitamins, more omega 3. Our chickens are happy, and you can taste the sunshine in every egg.