Monthly Archives: October 2009

DIY Kangaroo Costume

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This costume was so easy to make.  I have a brown velour jump suit that my brothers affectionately call my “poop suit.”  Needless to say, I no longer wear the poop suit on regular occasions.  For the costume, I wore the pants as-is, and cut up the jacket to make the ears.  I got a brown hooded sweatshirt and stitched up the sides of the front pocket, then took the seam out of the top of the pocket to make the pouch.  I put a teddy bear in the pouch, since I didn’t have a stuffed kangaroo.  I stitcked the velour ears onto the hood, and voila! A kangaroo.  My original plan included a tail, but I ran out of time and energy.

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I’m Vaccinated!

There’s been a lot of chatter out there in the blogosphere, on Twitter and on Facebook about the H1N1 vaccine.  Most of the chatter I’ve heard from everyday citizens is against vaccination, and I understand their hesitance to get a new vaccine for their children.  However, my midwife, doctors, and the scientific agencies that I trust all recommend getting vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to you.  I did a lot of research, and my decision was to get vaccinated. 

I am in a high-risk group, which is why the vaccine was even available to me right now.  Due to the fact that pregnant women are more likely to have a severe case of H1N1 or even die, I wanted to get the vaccine.  I also feel that I’m in an unofficial high-risk group:  teachers.  Schools in neighboring towns have closed due to the number of students and staff who are sick with “flu-like” symptoms.  While I have made it a habit to wash my hands regularly and clean desk tops, I feel much safer going to work now that I’ve been vaccinated. 

One of the big arguments I’ve heard against getting the vaccine is that it contains thimerosal.  That’s not entirely true.  I won’t get into the whole debate here, but thimerosal is a preservative/anti-fungal that is suspected to contribute to the rise in Autism.  While I’ve done a bit of research, and in my opinion there’s not definitive scientific evidence of the link between thimerosal and Autism, the precautionary principle makes me want to avoid it anyway.  The vaccine that I got is a single-use vaccine, which comes in a plastic one-time use syringe.  It doesn’t look like a normal syringe.  The nasal version doesn’t have thimerosal, either.  However, multi-dose vials contain thimerosal as a preservative, since syringes will be filled from the vial multiple times.  If you want to avoid thimerosal, get the single-use vaccine or the nasal vaccine.  Keep in mind that the nasal vaccine is not available to pregnant women because it contains weakened live virus, while the injected vaccine contains dead virus.  Since the H1N1 vaccine is manufactured in the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine, I felt comfortable getting the shot.

My decision to get both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine was due to my pregnancy.  I’ve never gotten a flu vaccine before, and if I wasn’t pregnant, I probably wouldn’t get one this year.  However, this isn’t any normal flu season, and I made the decision that I believe is best for me and for my baby.  When it comes to the H1N1 vaccine, everyone needs to do their own research and decide what’s best for their family.

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Autumn Relish

I have yet to find an apple pie filling recipe that I really like, so I’m sharing this recipe instead.  I tried a recipe from Hobby Farms, but it was too much glop and not enough apple for my taste.  I’m busy formulating a different recipe in my mind, and may try it next weekend.  For now, enjoy this apple-pear-cranberry-walnut relish instead.

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  • 2 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped pears
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Combine fruit, sugar and water in a large pot.  Simmer, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.  Stir in the nutmeg and walnuts, then cook for 5 more minutes.  Place a whole cinnamon stick in each sterilized jar, then ladle the hot relish into jars leaving 1/4″ headspace.  Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.

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Fall on the Farm

Sunday Stroll

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The pond and covered bridge

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Waterfall

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My parents’ house

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Annabelle and baby Isabelle

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My dad with the Percheron team

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Duke, always smiling

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A neighbor/friend’s barn

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Decisions, Decisions…

These last few years, I’ve gotten comfortable.  I know the environmental impacts of the ways I choose to live my life, and for the most part I think I make eco-friendly decisions.  All of those little changes have become routine, and there’s not a ton of research and thought that goes into my everyday lifestyle.  But then something changed: We decided to have a baby.

Now, I’ve got questions, questions, and more questions.  I’m the oldest of three, but never really did a lot of babysitting.  I’d consider myself to be an unofficial expert on teenagers, since I know all the cliques, the slang, prom etiquette, and can spot a lie a mile away.   When it comes to diapers, nursing, baby food, clothing, toys, and furniture, I’m clueless. 

How am I supposed to make sustainable choices when I’m not sure if I even know the questions?  Maybe it’s good that I don’t know what I’m doing, since I won’t have bad habits to break.

Overall, I’m doing a lot of research.  And I plan to write a series of posts about our eco-friendly baby decisions.  The first post will be about diapers! If you’ve written a post about your diaper decisions, or have a site you’d like me to check out, please leave a comment, as my research at this point is still ongoing.

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This Blog is Over the Top

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1.) Thank and post URL to the blog that gave the award.
Thanks to Rob for nominating Farmer’s Daughter!

2.) Pass the award along to 6 brilliantly over the top blogs (blogs you love!) Alert them so they know to receive the award.

Everyday Woman Ruth has great videos of tractors pulls and pigs
Married to the Farm Jena shares the trials, tribulations and successes of being a young farming couple
Fearless Chef Laura shares wonderful recipes from a new super mom
Throwback at Trapper Creek Nita shares beautiful photos of her farm
Strocel.com Amber shares great sewing projects and thoughts on natural parenting
Hooves and Hounds Farm
 Lisa has horses and dogs, need I say more?
3.) Copy and paste this quiz… Change the answers, ONE word only!!

1-Where is your cell phone? car

2- Your hair? air-drying
3-Your mother? Everyday Woman
4-Your father? Farmer

5-Your favorite food? macouns

6-Your favorite drink? water

7-Your dream last night? strange

8-Your dream/goal? lots

9-What room are you in? great

10-Your hobby? here

11-Your fear? roller coasters

12-Where do you want to be in 6 years? here

13-Where were you last night? um, here

14-Something that you aren’t? underweight

15-Muffin? cereal

16-Wish list item? food mill

17-Where did you grow up? haha here

18-Last thing you did? shower

19-What are you wearing? jammies

20-Your TV? 30 rock

21-Your pets? the best

22-Friends? also the best

23- Your life? here

24-Your mood? sleepy

25-Missing someone? nope

26-Vehicle? little-white-rusty

27-Something you aren’t wearing? socks

28-Your favorite store? don’t have one

29-Favorite color? blue

30-When was the last time you laughed? few minutes ago

31-Last time you cried? dr. quinn

32-Your best friend? Ed

33-One place you go to over and over? work

34-One person who emails you regularly? mom

35-Favorite place to eat? kitchen

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