We have a 10 year old!

Happiest of birthdays to our Audrey Mae Cat!!!

You are absolutely wonderful.  A joy.  A helper.  So smart.  Considerate.  Beautiful.  Precise.  Dedicated.  Strong.  And you have the best cackle ever.  We love you so much!

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It’s Almost Mushroom Time!

Dabney Creek Farm will be a vendor this year at the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market!  We will be bringing our freshly picked, oak-grown shiitake mushrooms.  Last year during our trial run, the guys had a great time building community with other local farmers and just about sold out.

The guys have now inoculated around 150 logs, including some a few shiitake mushroom log kits that will be available for purchase this Fall.  They can be grown indoors or outdoors with very little effort and you can enjoy the harvest without all the prep work!

Daniel has also been doing a lot of work this year rehabbing a shed on the farm, in hopes of preparing a fruiting shed that will be well-shaded and safe during our spring floods.  Last year we lost several logs during the April floods.  Thanks to Daniel’s labors, our logs should be safe, shaded, and ready to grow!

The shed is a convenient distance from our house and will be set up for more ergonomic harvesting.

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But first, some intense cleaning had to happen.

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I think Daniel is probably the hardest working person I know.

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We’re so glad it’s springtime and are looking forward to becoming a regular vendor at the Downtown Roger’s Farmers Market!  The (covered) Market opens May 5 and we’d love to see our local friends there!

 

 

Birding

The girls and I attended Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Young Birders’ Class for Homeschoolers hosted by Kelly and Donna Mulhollan and Kitty Sanders.

It was quite frigid, but we all had a lovely time.  Kelly and Donna played and sang which was a huge plus, especially for Eva who was humming their tunes even this morning.

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We learned all about birds common to the Ozarks and even got to see preserved (neglected) nests.

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Including a hummingbird’s nest which was fascinating.  They use plant down and spider webs to keep it together and to allow it to expand with their babies’ growth.

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The girls then made their own nests from a nice supply of preferred nesting supplies: grasses, feathers, twigs, fabric strips, and wool.

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They loved it!

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Birds along the Buffalo with diminished numbers were also featured and honored with song.

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The girls were enjoyed trying out the scopes to watch a robin building its nest.

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The girls also received a take home activity where they were asked to imagine a new type of bird and describe it.  I love these activities.  Imagination time is the best.

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Eva’s Bird:                                                           Audrey’s Bird:

Name: The Eva Bird (Peter Pan, anyone?)   Name: The Wasp Bird

Feathers:  Gray                                                   Feathers: Green & Purple

Habitat:  Builds its nests on top of tables      Habitat: Builds nests on rooftops

Size: As large as a heron                                  Size: As large as an elephant

Eats: other birds’ eggs                                       Eats: other birds’ nests

Behavior:  Runs a lot and is noisy                  Behavior: likes to jump and talk

An Owly Homeschooling Perk!

Because we homeschool and have this excellent, nearly wide-open schedule, we get to go to Story Hours of our choosing at several local libraries.

Today, we went to Elkins Public Library and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lynn Sciumbato (along with a feathery friend, Sidney) from the Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  She’s like an OT for hurt or orphaned wild animals.  Be still my heart.

The girls were mesmerized.  I loved it. I think Audrey was afraid that Lynn was going to ask them if they wanted to pet Sidney 😉

We had front row seats.  Gosh, those girls are growing!

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Tyler Azalea Trail

We went to Tyler, Texas last weekend to visit family and tour the Tyler Azalea Trail.  My youngest sister was an official greeter, an Azalea Belle.  The girls were so excited to see their Aunt Grace dressed up!  They (at least Audrey) wish that I would dress like this every day.   I just don’t think Target is ready for that yet.

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The homes and their yards were exquisite and not even in full bloom yet.

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The yards are open to the public weekends until April 1st.  The homeowners were so gracious to open their homes to tourists.

Next, we toured the Tyler Rose Museum.  The dresses featured were worn last year at the Tyler Rose Festival.  I have never seen anything like them in my life.  The girls were mesmerized. I think I was a bit too.

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I mean, look at that train.

Thank you Tyler, for a lovely weekend!