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January 15, 2012

Oliver slept in until 6:50 a.m. this morning.....a new record!  Lucky for me by the time he got up and we went outside the temp.'s had risen to a "balmy" - 4 degrees {Fahrenheit}.  Yes, that is a negative in front of the number.  It was cold.  Oliver did his business immediately, and there we waited for Emerson who had to get the proper intake of snow before he could complete his morning duty.  The moment Emerson was finally successful Oliver took off at a top speed for the back door.  I can't blame him.  If I had been more awake I would have joined in.

Needless to say the girls have been in their coop all weekend.  They're trying to keep their spirits up.  When we coop them we try to give them things that keep them busy - a head of cabbage, frozen lettuce or cabbage, greens in a suet feeder, etc.  This keeps their minds busy so they are less likely to pick on each other.  Our high today was 14 degrees.  Too cold for chickens.

I didn't get all of my "Tuesday's Three's" completed.  The boys did not have a bath.  Lucky for them.....unlucky for the rest of us.  I felt too guilty yesterday and today to get them wet with it being so cold, so I have high hopes for tomorrow.

We found another interesting show on tv this weekend.  The discovery channel has a new reality show called "Alaska:  The Last Frontier".  Have you seen this?  It follows the Kilcher family, 2nd and 3rd generation homesteaders in a remote part of Alaska.  The show follows them preparing for winter.  I'm assuming it will also detail how they spend their winter.  They do show graphic scenes (slaughtering cows for example) so if you are offended or squeamish, you may want to look at the week's description prior to watching.

I must admit, the lifestyle and cooking shows are much healthier for me to watch than the hoarding shows.  Have you seen these?  Once I've watched about 15 minutes I want to get rid of everything in my own home.  All that stuff just makes my skin crawl and makes me crazy.  It's bad enough that my husband's junk has taken over a corner of the kitchen.  We don't have a junk drawer, instead, he has a junk corner.  It started out small.  I found a basket for him to contain it all in {so I didn't have to see it}.  Within a month his stash had piled out of the basket and onto the counter surrounding.  I try to move his things back in the basket with absolute failure.  He gets upset and moves it back out again.  I will add this to the 2012 goal of going thru and getting rid of things we don't use.  He'll be thrilled.

I'm currently taking a break from cooking and cleaning.  Dinner and dishes are complete and cinnamon swirl bread {recipe here} is baking in the oven - smells so good!  Hope you all had a good weekend!

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