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Part of my fun to-do list was to make myself a few of the carriers I’ve so often made for other friends who were having babies.  Now, after all this time, it’s finally my turn.  

So I’ve made two so far.  The first one looks similar to this one above, which my kitty is so kindly modeling for me, only it has a fitted pouch and white rings.  The one above hasn’t a fitted pouch and obviously it has burgundy rings instead.  I’m not sure which one I want to keep for myself just yet.  I made the first one with my old measurements, a size medium, but when I put it on it looks like the pouch is out of place.  Of course, I have a big belly in the way which could make a difference in the way the sling hangs, but since I’m not sure, I went ahead and made a second one without the pouch with the same fabric.

Once the baby comes I’ll sell one of the slings.  I don’t need two similar ring slings, that’s for sure.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if the first one fits the baby and me well, otherwise, I’ll keep the second one and I might put in a fitted pouch once I lose the belly and can get better measurements.

And now, I’m going to work on a mei tai, which I’ve never done before.  It’ll be an olive green color with some really pretty asian-inspired print.  Let’s hope it comes out right!

Kitty will model it for me if it does… :)

With lows in the teens last night, our poor chickens are really feeling the cold.  They’re pretty cold-hardy chickens (one of the reasons we got them) but their feet aren’t feathered and when they get too cold, they stand around like flamingos, keeping only one foot on the frozen ground and the other tucked in their feathers.

We provide them with warm water every morning, to prolong the amount of time it takes for it to freeze throughout the day.

And we’ve got a little heat lamp that we’ll set up for them outside their coop for the next time it gets this cold.

Because even though they handle themselves excellently in cold weather,  remember the little fashion-forward chicken that’s molting?

It might be a little harder for her to keep warm these days.

Oh, what some females wouldn’t do for the latest winter fashions.

Even the other hens can’t believe it.

Molting.  It’s never pretty.

Hubby has been gone the last couple days and will continue to be gone for the next 8 or so.  I am home alone and after all the inicial cleaning, I find I don’t quite know what to do with myself.  Things are clean, the laundry is done, the birds fed, the dog walked, the cat entertained.  Even the stray kitty got attention today.  I don’t want to sit in front of the t.v. all evening, and yet what else is there to do?

It seems my imagination is on vacation because I haven’t even felt crafty recently.  Tonight I went to see Julie and Julia, the new movie out about Julia Child, which was very cute by the way, but offered only a slight impulse to cook.  Without the hubby here to enjoy it with me, how could it be any fun?

So, we’ll see what happens this week as I find myself alone in my home for the next eight days.  In the meantime, here’s the latest belly bump:

22.5 weeks

22.5 weeks

Week 22 of my pregnancy begins today and I think for a few days now I have been feeling the baby… either that or I have gas.

Just a couple days ago I was making dinner standing near the stove when I felt two little punches on my lower abdomen.  At least, I thought they were punches.  It felt like two little fists stretching out, first one and then the other.  Is it possible it could have been gas?  Somehow though, feeling them below my belly button makes it less likely to me.  Wouldn’t I be feeling them closer to my stomach if it was gas?

Now I feel something like bubbles in the same general region.  If I gently press the last place I felt the “bubble”  it’ll do it again.  It’s almost a little game now, and I find it quite entertaining.

Aside from bubbles in my abdomen, I’ve been feeling pretty good most days.  Yesterday I had a pretty mean headache, but it eventually went away by the end of the night.  I think the headache brought on the nausea as well.  Today though, aside from my feet swelling a bit, I’m feeling pretty good.  I’ve been drinking some ginger tea to help me cope with the last bits of nausea I get now and then, but it also feels nice to drink some hot tea on a strangly drizzly day like today.  For it being the middle of August, the weather is certainly not acting like it!

We have some homestead news, as well!  Our pullets have begun laying eggs!  Two of them (we think) are now young hens laying their first little eggs.  The yolks have been a very nice orange color and the whites are quite firm, so we are happy that they are laying good eggs right away.  Soon we hope the eggs will increase in size a little, since they are quite small compared to the other eggs from our original flock.  We are so happy to be getting these new eggs now since we only have three laying hens at the moment.  We weren’t expecting the pullets to lay yet, not until September/October, so we are very pleasantly surprised!

It’s so cute watching Big Mama teach her little babies what and how to eat! Read the rest of this entry »

We had some new arrivals over the weekend.  They arrived on Shabbat, which also happens to have been my sister’s 26th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

The holiday weekend was nice.  I had Friday off so I finally got around to cleaning the house.  I swept and mopped like a maniac, and cleaned the kitchen ’till it sparkled.  Then I cooked up some chickpea curry and rice for lunch and made a TON of potato salad for the potlucks – one that evening and one the following evening.  While the potatoes were cooking I decided to shave the dog, then bathe her.  Of course, after that I had to bathe myself.  I knew I would be late to my potluck that evening, but I just had to finish up my chores.  My legs and lower back were hurting from all the activity, but I just had to keep going.  I finally made it to the potluck where I got to sit for a little while.  I noticed every time I got up or sat down the pain would intensify in my lower back. 

Before sundown I headed back home, eager to get into bed and relax.  When I finally did get to bed, I just didn’t want to get up.  The pain was so intense that I could hardly move.  I knew we had some ointment in the bathroom so I forced myself to sit up, then slowly to get up.  I could barely stand.  I was crouched over holding on to the bed, the dresser, the door, anything that would hold my weight so my legs wouldn’t buckle underneath me because of the pain.  I knew I wasn’t in very good shape.  I finally made it to the bathroom, grabbed the ointment, then painfully dragged my pained self back to bed where I quickly slathered on as much as I could possibly put on myself. 

Eventually the heat from the ointment helped soothe my muscles and by the time hubby got home, I could almost stand.  He helped me to the bathroom and back, then massaged some more ointment on my lower back.  Thankfully, the following day was all Sabbath so I could rest as much as needed.  There was plenty of food and snacks so I knew I wouldn’t need to lift a finger. 

I spent the day either in bed or on the couch, except when I had to stand for prayer.  The relaxing day really helped my back feel better so by the time I went to the other potluck my back was almost pain-free.  Although my potato salad had been a big hit at the first potluck, it was overlooked due to the overabundance of food this night.  I ended up taking most of it back home with me.  That was okay, though; I had a nice time and even went to see the fireworks display with some friends after havdalah.

Would you like to see some pictures now?  Of course you would. Read the rest of this entry »

I was feeling better over the weekend, but then yesterday things started to go downhill again. 

After a couple hours resting in bed, I had a little more energy and so I helped hubby in the garden for a few.  We picked our whole fava bean bed and plucked out the stems to dry.  They’ll be headed to the compost soon after they’re nice and crispy yellow.  The pods will be shelled soon, blanched and frozen for use during the year.  We love our fava beans!  I found I couldn’t bend over too much though, or I’d get a sharp pain in my baby.   After a few minutes of being upright again, it would go away.  Weird huh?

After over a month of pretty strong morning sickness, I’ve learned a few things: Read the rest of this entry »

A strange, faint sound woke me this morning at 5 a.m.  Deciding to ignore it, I rolled over and tried to fall back asleep.  Not two minutes later, I heard it again.  I laid perfectly still, willing my eyes to remain shut.  Again, I heard it.  This time, it sounded like strangled crowing. 

“Impossible,” I thought.  “All our chickens are chickens, we don’t have any roosters.”  Then I remembered my husband’s suspicion that one of our chickens may actually be a rooster.  You see, he’d heard this before and I hadn’t believed him.  I rolled out of bed and went towards the back door, hugging myself from the cold.  I stared out the sliding glass door and waited for the creature to crow again.  I saw nothing but contented chickens roosting in their run.  One of our leghorns, the tallest one, was on the ground patroling the other pullets.  All our hens were in the coop, probably either still asleep or in their nesting boxes. Read the rest of this entry »

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