-- Years ago, before moving to Oklahoma, our children and I used to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We had a multitude of birds at our feeders in Michigan, and we used this activity to learn about the different varieties that visited us. It was one of our favorite homeschool activities. We don't have as many birds here at Oak Hill, especially in the winter. Well, let me clarify that: we don't have as many song birds that like to eat at bird feeders.
This Christmas my husband put up the big squirrel-proof bird feeder we brought with us but hadn't ever installed. We have lots of cardinals in the yard every day in the winter, but it's taken them some time to figure out the feeder. Just yesterday I saw several cardinals in the plum tree nearest the feeder, waiting their turn; they've finally gotten it! Sometimes we have a few dark-eyed juncos in the yard. Yesterday I saw a mockingbird on the pasture fence. It doesn't matter if you spot birds on a fence, in the grass, or at a feeder, so I'm going to participate in the GBBC for the first time in years. Maybe you'll want to too? Just go here to learn all about it. This year's GBBC will be February 13-16.
-- This week's posts were: A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline and Making Soap with Goat Milk: Equipment and Getting Ready. There will be more posts in the soap series including making cold process soap and making hot process soap. I hope you'll join us for the entire series.
-- What I found: How to Grow from Seed, advice on growing vegetables from heirloom seeds from Mary's Back to Basic Health.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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