Good Pickins’ #7

Here we are, back into our regular Good Pickins’ routine! Over the past couple of weeks Tim played percussion for a local musical, and I sang in a fledgling opera company’s recital. I have one more concert to sing in today, and then I should have a break until Christmas music season.

Both of us have been fighting seasonal bugs, but have seen some success in battling it through a regimen of homemade elderberry syrup and our own herbal tea concoction (mostly dried catnip and plantain). We’ve been upping our homemade bone broth consumption and following dinner with a spoonful of honey to coat the throat. So far, it’s been manageable! We’ll see if all of our preventative measures stay the course against sickness…

Though it hasn’t been quite as restful as I’d hoped, I’m glad to be into the new month and a new season for us on our little homestead. I’m planning for winter and hoping to get a couple of extra projects done around the house while the garden isn’t producing. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter– This short article gives some helpful suggestions for chicken newbies like ourselves going into our first winter with the birds. So far, our cold-hardy breeds have been faring very well in the chilly weather, but I want to make sure they’re all set for snow!

How to Fix Furniture with Mayo– I’ve heard about fixing furniture water stains with mayo before, but wasn’t sure about old stains that have been woefully ignored for I’m not mentioning how long. But Five-in-Tow demonstrates how even old water stains can be removed with mayo and the secret key- some heat! I’ve got to try this on some of our furniture.

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life– Living Well Spending Less did her 31 Days Series on de-cluttering the house, one area at a time. I do NOT plan on following this guide religiously. But when I have a little extra time to do an organizing project, I will refer to Ruth’s guide for some inspiration and a kick in my non-efficient cleaning pants.

31 Days of Great Books for Preschoolers- I know I referenced this series on my Facebook page before, but my friend Rachel did a very nice series of daily children’s literature and corresponding learning activities. We’ve been supplementing our homeschooling with some of our ideas. This week, for example, we enjoyed some Caps for Sale coin-counting (fifty cents a cap!) and playtime. We had a blast!

Nov 2014 116Have a splendid Saturday!

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