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30 Days of Thanksgiving – 2

30 Days of Thanksgiving - 2

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Fall Print Trees

You’ll need:CWFallPic

Large drawing paper.

Washable paint in Fall colors.

Little hands, feet and finger tips.

Wet wipes or paper towels

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What to do:CWFallPicStrip

Paint one little foot brown for the tree trunk and press it on the paper.

Paint one or two little hands brown for the branches and press on the paper around the top of the tree coming from the top of the trunk.

Dip finger tips into Fall color paints and press on tree and the ground for falling leaves.

Options:

This can be done for any season by changing the leave color and placement.

You can make green leaf prints and add other color flowers or fruits.

Glue red beads on to make an apple tree.

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Change of Season – Fall

Fall officially starts September 22nd…in the Northern Hemisphere…this year. Did you know it changes slightly every year? There is a simple scientific explanation that involves the rotation of the Earth and it’s distance and location to the Sun. You can learn more about this on the Old Farmer’s Almanac dstclockimagewebsite.  Basically that means less daylight hours and we move our clocks back to try to get as much daylight as we can.

How do you feel about Daylight Savings Time?

This also means our chickens will stop laying!

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Do you support artificial sunlight in chicken coops to encourage laying?

July and August are the hottest months of the year in Florida, so we’re not really feeling very Fall-ish three weeks into September. Sometimes in mid October we start having a few overcast days (without rain), maybe a gentle breeze and if we’re lucky a cold front will come through and it might drop into the high 70’s/low 80’s. We usually have a brief Fall in January before our two weeks of Winter in February. You can check out our current weather here.

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Our Fall is what we make it, so out comes our “Fall” bin. I try to remember sometime before October to pull it out and start talking, teaching and decorating for Fall and the Holidays it contains. We don’t celebrate halloween, so we focus on the changing of the season and Daylight Savings Time before we jump into Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I have a bin for each season that contains a variety of Seasonal items that might include decorations, dishtowels and previous crafts among other items. This is my Fall bin.

We’ll be sharing some Fall crafts soon.

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Lights In Your Coop?

Along with the excitement of cooler weather and all the preparations for the Holidays, come the shorter days of winter and slowing down of egg production.

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Hens need 12-17 hours of daylight per day to lay eggs depending on the breed. By the time Fall rolls around, our days are limited to 12 hours and continue decreasing throughout the winter.

Do you put supplemental lighting in your coop to encourage egg production?

There are arguments to both sides of this question. Those in favor of lights believe it’s just a way to fix the problem of not enough light. Those against lights believe this is a time God made for the hens to rest their bodies.

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What do you think?

Personally, I’ll be putting lights up soon. My girls haven’t been doing enough laying to need to rest.

For more information check out this post on The Chicken Chick.

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New Year Starts With a Schedule

`What are your New Year Resolutions?
This year I want to get more organized. I need organization around the house, but more importantly, in my life. My first area to tackle…again, is time. I never have enough time to do the things I need/want to do.
I have a great book about scheduling your time, but like most procrastinators, I keep putting it off. My goal to help get organized this year, is to set up a blog by January 1st, 2013. (Check) Why a blog? I’m hoping it will help me to become more organized in my thoughts and goals, and therefore, better with my time. Now I’m ready to get back to the book.

I’m making a chart with the days of the week across the top and times from wake up – bedtime down the side in half hour increments.
Below is an example of a typical Wednesday.
I hope this helps anyone trying to get organized. I already have to do some tweaking on this one. Nap time isn’t happening until 2 and I’m not prepared for dinner. I’m going to use this week as a set up and adjustment week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Step 1: Put all timed events on your schedule. For me, this is Sunday- Church 11:00- 12:30. 1st and 3rd Mondays- Ministry 7:00pm-8:30pm….and so on. This would also include work and school. On my physical schedule, I also block off travel time and getting dressed/ready time.
Step 2: Schedule Quiet Time My earliest riser gets up at 7:00 am now, thank you Lord! So I get up about 6:00 am for quiet time and a cup of uninterrupted tea.
Step 3: Schedule flexible timed events. Meal times, naps for little ones, nursing babies…Allow for prep time if not included in chores.
Step 4: Schedule chores and extra-curricular activities Chores are daily, weekly and monthly, and include grocery shopping. Extra-curricular activities include anything from piano lessons to play dates to projects.

6:00am – dress/breakfast 2:00pm – (kids nap) projects
6:30am – devotions (blog) 2:30pm – kids up, changed, snack
7:00am – baby-change/dress and feed 3:00pm – (play outside) project-
7:30am – chores – feed animals 3:30pm – (play outside) project-
8:00am – family breakfast 4:00pm – kids- bath time
8:30am – (kids free play) chores – dishes 4:30pm – chores- dinner prep
9:00am – structured play-puzzles 5:00pm – Dinner
9:30am – pre-school activities 5:30pm – chores-dishes
10:00am – pre-school sctivities 6:00pm – get ready for church
10:30am – chores- errands 6:30pm – (travel time)
11:00am – chores- errand 7:00pm – Church 7-8:15
11:30am – chores – prep for lunch 7:30pm – Church
12:00pm – family lunch 8:00pm – Church
12:30pm – chores – dishe 8:30pm – (travel time)
1:00pm – (kids nap) projects – market prep 9:00pm – snacks, bed prep for kids
1:30pm – (kids nap) projecta- market prep 9:30pm – kids bedtime routine

If you’re doing this with me, be flexible with it.

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