More updates

This years school schedule has been heavier than normal. South Carolina requires five subjects, which I am keeping simple, BUT 4th and 6th grade is still a heavier load than last year.
So, we are doing a lot of this….


And here is Jude doing his ‘school’ which usually has something to do with planes, trains or automobiles.


We bought a turkey for Thanksgiving. The people who raised him didn’t have the heart to kill him. I on the other hand, have no heart…(mmwahahahaha!).

You wouldn’t believe his size… Neil says he weighs as much as the little kids. So thats around 30-35 lbs. He is eating everyone’s food and the other fowl aren’t too happy. I put the food under the grape vine where he wouldn’t fit.

That didn’t work.



A friend of mine came down last week for a few days and we worked on the garden. Neil will help me haul more compost tonight. I’m thankful for this help. Many hands make light work! Hopefully you can catch the vision here….
The garden will be a large square with pathways that lead into a circle in the middle, several smaller paths or stepping stones will be put into place for harvesting. I need to buy some kale seeds and other winter veg and get them planted asap.



Elijah and Ana have been busy taking care of the neighbors animals in addition to ours. This sick chicken Dusty has been in rough shape and Elijah is trying to nurse her back to health. If she were mine, I would put her out of her misery, she is in rough shape.


Good news for Evangeline! Her recent trip to the doc showed that i successfully increased her iron levels from 10,9 to 12,7. I was ecstatic because I’ve been working so hard on her to do this through diet. I’ll do a post later on increasing iron levels in children through diet, maybe my experience can be helpful for someone.
Oh!!! And she lost her first tooth too!!!
So that’s our update from South Carolina, the latest stop on our travels.



4 Responses to “More updates”

  1. John says:

    Congratulations on Evangeline’s increased iron levels! Good work. Sorry that your big turkey is such a pig. I guess that turkey will just have to pay for “not sharing” later… Let’s see there is Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up… A big turkey is hard to scald, you’ll need a very big pot of hot water.

    • Yes, you are right! We are going to have to use the canner to heat the water! That is the biggest pot I have. I had hoped to do the deed in November, but this dude is big and I think we should do it sooner… He’s just eating too much food and looks rather uncomfortable to me!!

  2. Tasha says:

    So nice to see you and a little of where you are now in life. Sending you lots of love and hugs from afar…

  3. Heather says:

    Smart idea to move the turkey’s food where you did. Funny photos. Funny turkey. Great job with the iron increase. Alyssa’s and Leeland’s iron have always been on the low end. I just noticed that you now live in SC. I have been telling the kids NC. Great job focusing on your school work, Jude! Anita, your children are blessed to have you as their mom. I love that they know all about gardening, farming, cooking, and the many other things that you are passing down to them.

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