Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Easter!

Why the vaccum chamber should not be left unattended when my kids are around...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Snowzombie

So, um, remember earlier when I said Joe is no longer allowed to build snowmen?
Yeah.

Frozen Waves

Joeman

Joe is no longer allowed to build snowmen...

Making Snow Pegasi

First Day of Spring pics

Mid-March 2010 snowstorm

Valleys

A new song to add to my "favorite songs" list! :)
Valleys - composed by John Sokoloff. Nikolai Kurganov - Violin. John Sokoloff - Piano. Rich Estes - Guitar.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The First Day of Spring

Jason and David are no longer allowed to play together unsupervised...


Rufus catching snowflakes on his tounge:


My dryer vent (Obviously I have been doing laundry all day long and the vent is too hot for snow to stick to it...)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sign of the Day

Some Quotes to Chew On

From George Washington:

"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness."

"Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals."

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments."

"Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession."



From John Locke:

"Government has no other end, but the preservation of property."

"There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men."

"Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues."

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth."

"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain."


From Thomas Jefferson:

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Slideshow from Last Summer

"Missouri"
Some pictures from around here.

Slideshow from Last Summer

"Gone Fishin'"
Taking the kids fishing at Baaboo's pond.

Slideshows from Last Summer

"Old house"
This is an old house up on Rachel's hill. The kids had fun exploring and finding 'treasures' during a warm afternoon.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Show me a Sign

When the snow melts and everything turns to mud does that mean Spring here? Is sending a little white pony out to check like sending the dove out from the ark?
I wonder if Noah ever had to deal with results like this...

What's Taters, Precious?


It's almost time! Two weeks until the potatoes go in. (Potatoes get planted on St. Patrick's Day out here.) Yippeeee! I'm so ready to start planting.
This year I am going to put the potatoes under straw.
Last year we tried the method of putting the potatoes in tires and then adding another tire and more dirt as the tops grew up and up. We did harvest a little early but we did not get near the yield we were expecting from this method. It was also a major pain to pull the tire stack apart (nothing like the "ease" promised in all the articles) after it had sat full of dirt over a period of time. Of course we should have known this, afterall, the tire itself was heavy enough to haul around and lift onto the stack and then filled with dirt? Yeah, it wasn't pretty.
I have seen several people around here grow their potatoes under straw. Usually they have the straw along the side of an out building somewhere and place the seed potatoes under it. When it comes time to harvest, you just have to lift the straw up. It's kind of like an easter egg hunt, only with potatoes, and they're all one color, and they're pretty much all in one place.
The articles I have read all relate that their method of growing potatoes in straw involves a deep bed of straw rather than the few inches of straw the people around here use.
Now I am torn as to which way to try. I think I will get the ol' tires out, dust them off and take them for one more spin to see if they might do the trick. I'm just going to fill my tire stack with straw this time around and hopefully it won't be such a mess to take down when it is harvest time. Maybe we'll run a row of shallow straw and try some potatoes under it to see how they do as well.
One way or another, all I want is some nice Yukon Golds this year. I'm tired of listening to all the locals tell me how good the potatoes are - how you don't even have to butter them because they taste like they're already buttered. I'm sick of listening, I want to start tasting for myself!