Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One More Step Towards Granola

See that baby chick?


Yep, it’s ours. Along with 19 others just like it.

That total doesn’t count the cages of “layers” that we just got.

Yes, yes, we are doing this farm thing and learning lots of lessons along the way.  Jon wants to learn small-scale chickens as a possible business route in Ethiopia.

I received a list of needed/helpful skills for the field.  It looks like I better get busy, I need to learn how to:

-Drive a stick shift



-Read a map (No GPS? YIKES)

-Cook completely from scratch

-Butcher meat (Jon plans on learning this one)

Please, don’t mind the chickens in the yard. (Actually, we think we will put them at my brother’s farm and not my grandma’s backyard)

When we start milking our own cow by hand, someone please stage an intervention.

Scrambled eggs anyone? :)


Sarah said...

oh a map??? Judging on our senior year of H.S. and driving to IPFW, that could be interesting. Although I've improved these last 10 years, I don't think I could live without at GPS!

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy, You had me chuckling there!! I think everyone should have that list... so many life skills there! And Im very certain many laughs will come along with this learning oppurtunity. Id love to have a peek in the binoculars as you experience those 1sts. Too bad so many trees are in between us.:) Good luck, just remember to keep on blogging!!!:) Love you guys so much!

Heidi C.

PS Bill butchers deer and pig(figured that one out on his own)... only bad thing is the dog keeps finding the pig skull and bringing it back up the house. Eeks.

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L, Ann and boys said...

A stick shift on our roads isn't too bad- I'm not sure how it work on off roading style routes. ;) Maybe better actually now that I think about it. I'm with you on the butchering...definitely would be dragging my feet on that one. =)

Best wishes with that list!

Q said...

What a great list! There are a few i would like to learn myself - butchering and sewing.n so if you need a partner I am up for it. My dad taught me how to drive a stick on the duck at his work. He would love to teach you, too! Suzy

Justin & Sarah said...

Wow! That is quite the list! Hudson's class hatched a chick from an egg in science and he was so excited! I bet the girls are loving it!!

Kirk and Keri Plattner said...

I always enjoy following you blog especially as you prepare to be on the field. I found myself laughing at your list as I can relate with each of those. Important thing to remember, that these are also great things to learn from your native neighbors. It's great for building relationships! (Learning to make my own tortillas was vital for our family!)