Wednesday, October 19, 2011

We got a PIG!

      Yes, it is true.  We got a pig.  I saw an ad online about a man having 8 week old pigs for sale for less than $50 so I knew we couldn't pass it up.  I talked to the man yesterday and me and the boys went and picked him up today.  Man, oh man.  He is a big boy for just 8 weeks.  Ron figures he weighs about 40 lbs. (and he should know since he carried from the car to the pen.)  :-)
      The pig is a Hampshire neutured male.  We bought him, not as a pet, but to be raised for meat for our family.  Ronny, 7, is already having issues with it but Brandon understands.   They wanted to name it but I said the only thing they could call him was "Pork Chop".  I am not trying to be cruel but it is a fact of life that he is to be raised as a supplement to our family.
     We plan on feeding him table scraps and chopped feed corn.  A 50 lb. bag is less than $11 so to raise the pig to maturity will cost about $75.  Not a bad investment for over 100 lbs. of meat we will get out of it.
     Do you raise pigs?  Any tips you want to share.
                                              In his new pen, already rooting around.

                                                 The pig sleeping in the dog pen in the back seat of my car.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hand print Ghosts: Halloween Craft

    I have always loved doing hand print crafts with my children.  It is such a fun way to make keepsakes for years to come.  I have many hand print crafts from past Thanksgivings and Christmases but none for Halloween.  We had to change that and have made these.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we had making them.

Conner making his hand-print

Ronny and his hand-print

My hand print ghost

Ronny adding the eyes and mouth to his ghost

Conner adding the eyes and mouth to his ghost

Ronny and his finished ghost

Conner and his hand print ghost

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Phineas!

Today is my grandson's 2nd birthday.  In honor of him, I dedicate today's blog to this precious baby who has brought such joy to my life.  Being a Grandma is great because of him.  I love you Phineas!!!

Phin-e-as-us.  Phini-Phini-eas-us.  Phin-e-as-us.  Phini-Phini-eas-us!

Monday, October 10, 2011

October: Halloween Crafts & Goodies

Oh, what a procrastinator I have been.  I have not felt well and then I let life get too busy but I am back and am going to try to diligently blog at least 5 days a week.  Anyway...with October comes Halloween and the fall.  For our home school group I am looking for fun crafts we can make that is Halloween or fall related.  Also, any great recipes that you may want to share.  I will try to blog about the crafts we do with step-by-step directions so please leave your comments to give us suggestions on what to do.