10 years… Woohoo!

On February 8, 2018, Greer and I celebrated 10 (ten!) years of marriage. We’re pretty excited about it.

Greer's aunt and uncle sent us this card... doesn't it look like us?!?

Greer’s aunt and uncle sent us this card… doesn’t it look like us?!?

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Time to clean house!

We’ve gone clean for thirty days.  “What are you talking about?” you may ask?  Well, let me explain.  We cut out ALL food that we don’t prepare ourselves, cut out ALL nightshades (tomatoes, peppers), ALL dairy and ALL sweetener (honey, maple syrup).  We were diligent to eat Paleo for a few years, but life became messy and resulted in our falling into this excuse or that convenience and that enabled BAD eating.  Not that bad, but bad enough that you felt it in so, so many gnarly ways.

Today is day fifteen and wow do I feel better!  Yay!  After thirty days we will evaluate the results and determine what to add back into our household diet, slowly and in very moderate quantities.  Although, last time we did a Clean-30, we didn’t stop, just kept on going for a couple of more months. . .

We’ll just take it one Sprint at a time.

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Chicken, Chicken and Greens Too!

broke down and bought a package of boneless chicken thighs.  Mmmm.  I marinated them then broiled them in the oven at 425* for 20 minutes.  Crystal cooked some greens (mixed kale from a bag) that were awesome!

Boneless chicken thighs and greens.  Yum!

Boneless chicken thighs and greens. Yum!

I made the marinade using the zest of one lemon, the juice of two lemons, olive oil, black pepper and a spoon of fermented garlic scapes from our Summer harvest.

Chicken thighs ready for the oven

Chicken thighs ready for the oven

Chicken thighs out of the oven ready to eat!

Chicken thighs out of the oven ready to eat!

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First Sunday of the New Year

Luxury Brunch

Luxury Brunch

The first Sunday of the New Year!  Yay.  Luxury brunch!

  • Poached Eggs
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Caviar
  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Coffee!

 

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New Year Re-Boot

New Year Re-boot.  Yep, as simple as it sounds.  We got a bit over into the dis-organized side of the road and are now back on course.  No, nothing bad, Crystal is good, I’m good.

With the end of the “holiday” season we’ve declared a 30-day clean period to reboot our friendly gut bacteria and regain balance.  I’m looking forward to day two, three, seven, thirty!

So.  On with the thing called Life Together!

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A Christmas Goose Walk

Especially when the birds are in winter quarters, we take the guard geese on walks for grass and puddle exploration. Today we had (a little bit) of snow, too! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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A Bull and his bonfire. . .

This afternoon he and I were sitting drinking some coffee.  Sarge the bull decided he needed to join in.  He just sauntered up and hung out.  Later this afternoon the whole herd joined in.

A Bull and his fire

A Bull and his fire

The whole herd joins in.

The whole herd joins in.

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Boy Flys the Coop

The birds are protected by PoultryNet electric fencing and by their guard geese.  Particularly ‘Boy’ the gander.  He checks his chickens, looks them over, allows no fighting, etc.  Well, one of his BIG rules is STAY INSIDE THE FENCE!  If a hen hops over the 48″ fence, Boy will gonk an alarm that something is not right until it is right again.

On this particular occasion it was him that was out of the fence!  I thought to myself “That looks like Boy on the outside?”  Sure enough it was.  He was at the barbed wire fence at the edge of the pasture calling to the house.  He was a bit upset and mumbling quietly to himself about it as he walked in front of me back to the birds.  I picked him up and gave him a launch so he could fly back inside.  Funny stuff!

Boy flys the coop.

Boy flys the coop.

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Timber!

A bit of selective logging done the old way, by a man using a chainsaw.

2017-10-14 Logging 01

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The Gonkers want to go. . .

I let the geese

out to forage in the pasture while I did chicken chores. . .I turned around and there they were a hundred feet away, standing at the gate looking back, waiting for me to come open it and let them through.

Gonkers at the gate.

Gonkers at the gate.

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