Monday, September 29, 2014

Using Egg Shells in the Garden

Backyard chickens provide so much for us and for the garden but don't forget their eggs.

When you boil eggs, don't toss the water. Save it and once it is cool, pour around your plants as a calcium boost for the garden.

And as for the shells, I always save mine. I have an old bowl I keep in the oven and I take all the eggs shells, give them a quick rinse and then toss them in the bowl in the oven. They get good and dried out and then I place them in my mini chopper and grind them up. You can sprinkle in the garden to add calcium but they are also good to put around the perimeter to keep snails and slugs at bay. The hard shells are not nice to their slimy bodies. You can also feed the ground up shells back to your chickens for added calcium to produce strong egg shells.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Simple Saturdays, Sept. 27

Happy Saturday and especially fall! Cooler here for the weekend and I could not be happier.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feminism...Um Not!


Sometimes you just have to write what you feel. Yesterday, my older girls and I had a wonderful, as in my kids are smarter than I ever was, kind of discussion over feminism. None of us, we decided firmly, want that label for all the causes we feel it does not take up. We feel very strongly that some things are worth fighting for and sadly feminism has left women in the lurch and flailing for their place in today's world.

We decided we are for women's rights:
The right to walk to your car without fear.
The right to not have your head smacked by an abusive boyfriend in an elevator and somehow he does not land in jail.
The right to have women held high in society and not put in their half naked underwear and sold all over the media as your only means to promote yourself.
The right to not be viewed as sexual objects in every facet of society except when you breastfeed in public and then you are in the wrong.
The right to work or stay home and not be bashed by other women for your choice.

Frankly, why more men aren't up in arms over what is happening to women in society stumps me. Every man had a mother and possibly sisters, daughters, a wife. But you know until we women as a group demand respect for ourselves, society will not give it.

If you disagree with me, I am sorry but this is my blog and my thoughts and we have to start standing up for the rights women really deserve.

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