Oh, if only I had a picture for you of how I started my morning. While in the kitchen, I saw out of the corner of my eye through the dining room window a flash of something black moving very quickly by. Hmm... my black cat was standing next to me. I moved to the kitchen window to see what it was, and saw a large red fox trying to drag my rooster away. I ran out the back door in my bare feet screaming like a banshee, "You let go of my chiiiiicken!" I raced right at the fox and s/he dropped my rooster and ran off into the woods. Jupiter and two hens took off for the coop. I glanced up at the door and saw that Lucy was in hysterics, so went in to calm her down. Then she shouted something about the fox running toward the coop and John and I ran back outside. I was met at the door by my smartest hen. She was right by my feet and although normally she won't let anyone touch her she was smart enough to let me pick her up. John went looking for the fox, and I was able to get all the ladies back into the coop. Not an easy feat during the daytime!
Not so good for poor Jupiter, though. He has not been sighted since I saw him take off for the coop. I figure it must be one of three things: he's scared out of his wits and hiding somewhere; he's injured, hid and died or that damn fox managed to grab him again on its second pass. In good chicken news though, one of our best mothers is broody, so we are saving up eggs for her to sit on for our first batch of the year.
These coconut flour pancakes are so yummy, especially if you aren't eating grains. I make them once a week for breakfast and then have leftovers for snack.
Lucy's second math block of the year is based on the second installment of an amazing math story John created for her. It involves a brother and sister, mermaids, a land called Aquanumberia and arithmagic. Every day she hears more of the story and has to solve problems in order for the characters to move forward on their quest. Today she met the Equals Knight's daughter Adda for the first time, heard her rhyming verse and had to solve ten addition problems in order to free her from the spell she was under. She's using shell manipulatives for the harder ones.
What a difference a year makes. Last year getting Jack to write ANYTHING was a major battle and frustration for both of us. It is so much easier for him now. And for people wondering why we are having an Old Testament block, here's a essay with bits about why.
I have to include this Garden of Eden picture from Jack because I simply cannot stop laughing about those bushes.
I love grocery delivery day!
I talked to my best friend in Florida on the phone.
Jack talked to her son, on of his best friends. They've been buddies since they were 15 months old.
Listened to "The Hobbit", crocheted and knitted.
Left the kids with a sick daddy and a well thought out dinner for Jack to prepare.
Knitted and chatted with a sweet friend. Two of my very favorite things.