I can’t stand the sound of silence. In my house you will always hear music playing or see a show on in the background. If I’m in my bedroom, it tends to be the TV. Because of this, I watch a LOT of Netflix shows. Here are my Top Netflix Picks for the past few weeks:
Two girls get trapped 47 meters under the sea after the shark cage they are in disconnects from the boat. Will they run out of air before they are saved? I love scary movies and this thriller is one of those that is a scary situation, but nothing that makes me want to check under my bed and sleep with the lights on.
I binge watched these. It looks into different aspects of the food industry and how things aren’t always as they seem. I think my favorite one was the one about chickens, but maybe because I could relate to some of it. If you ever eat any food, then you should watch this.. So basically, everybody should see it.
I don’t know what it is about those border security shows that I find so interesting, but I am pretty sure I have seen every one of them. I could do an entire Netflix Picks post just on those shows.. At first, I didn’t think I would watch the animal one.. How interesting could it be watching animals go through an airport? Apparently, it is pretty darn interesting.
A family moves into a relative’s empty home and weird things start to happen. I watched the preview one night and decided I should probably watch this one during the day. I’m a big scaredy cat at night after watching horror films like this.
Have you seen any of these Netflix Picks?
What have you been watching on Netflix lately?
I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.
In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.
1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival
One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock
I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)
We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.
3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption
We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.
4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.
It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.
I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.
5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health
I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.
6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures
I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!
I’ve taken a break from KonMari-ing my house in order to do some fun and exciting things… like attend the local County Fair.
Around here, the County Fair is a big deal and has no age limit. Young and old all bring in their homemade goods, homegrown items, and animals to be shown and judged.
We participated in the fair as part of a 4-H program called the Poultry Chain.
Every spring, those 4-H members who sign up are given approximately 20 freshly hatched baby chicks. The participants raise these chickens and then take the best 3 out of the flock to the fair. They are judged, then sold in an auction. The proceeds from the auction go towards paying off the chickens. Whatever is left is split among the participants and awarded based on what ribbon they won. For example, all those who won first place ribbons will get X amount of dollars, while those who receive a second place with get slightly less.
This is our second year doing the poultry chain, and this time both of my boys participated.
Due to restrictions where we live, we started out with 16 chicks instead of the 40 my kids were supposed to have. Unfortunately we had some deaths and when the county fair rolled around, we had 10 remaining.
Judging the Chickens
We picked our best 6 (3 each) and headed to the county fair.
The chickens are placed in cages alongside all the other participants and a judge looks at each chicken individually. They are mainly being judged on how big they are, the space between their breast bones and vent, and the size and color of their comb and wattle. Last year Kaia got a first place ribbon for his chickens. I was really surprised as it was our first time and I felt like we had no clue what we were doing.
This year, Kaia earned another blue ribbon, but Losh only got a red one.
I was really expecting them to both place second, because our chickens this year just didn’t seem very big, but I am glad it worked out the way it did because Kaia helped much more (including building the coop!) than Losh did.
County Fair Fun
After the auction, we walked around the fair checking out all the educational materials, items entered, and rides. One of my favorite things about the fair is seeing all the items that people have entered. I tell myself while viewing them that I should enter my own (and we did one year), but I never went back to pick up ribbons or anything.
I love how the items are judged in order for more than one to win a first prize ribbon. So much time and dedication goes into some of these projects – like the quilts or giant pumpkins.
I can’t even grow a single pumpkin, let alone a GIANT one.
Can you imagine how many pumpkin pies that thing would make?
Unfortunately, we didn’t ride any rides or consume any delicious food (hello fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade!) this night, but the fun we had made up for it.
What is your favorite part about your county fair?
I blogged on Life as a Convert a while back about our 4-H Chickens. It was basically me saying I had no clue what I was doing raising baby chicks and that I hoped beyond all hoping that I could keep enough alive (3) to fulfill our obligation to 4-H. I’m happy to report that I was able to keep exactly enough pullets alive to participate in the Show and Sell required as part of getting the 4-H chickens. Kaia’s chickens got a blue ribbon and sold for right over $30.
After auctioning our remaining three pullets off, we were left with three roosters. They served no purpose except eating the bugs outside. Two of them have since died, but we are keeping the third and only surviving chicken as somewhat of a pet.
Kanga-Rooster AKA Roo is a friendly little chicken who enjoys popcorn and pecking at the window when it’s time to come inside at night. From the time we got him and his siblings (RIP little chickens), we have learned so much and want to share with you you what you should know before getting 4-H chickens (or any chickens!) for the first time.
They eat and drink a lot.
– Seriously, a LOT! I grossly underestimated how much they would eat/drink. Even as day old chicks, those suckers devoured food. Depending on how many chickens you have, I recommended getting double the amount of food you think you will need.
Not only do they eat a lot, they waste some by scratching in it, or even defecating in it. My advice? Go to your local farm store and stock up! Buy.All.The.Food!!
They need to be kept “high and dry” and have a place to roost at night.
– Maybe this one is obvious, but I had to learn it the hard way. We turned an old dog house into a chicken coop and thought it would be great for the chickens. Except it was super hard to clean out, and my attempts at cleaning it, only left bleach soaked poo on the ground.
After living in it for a little over a month my entire flock got sick and half of them died. This was due to them being on the ground (with their poop) at night. It’s best to have a coop that is safe from predators, easy to clean and access, and has a place for them to roost. (We are looking into getting a chicken tractor or remodeling the current coop in the meantime Roo (our single remaining chicken) spends the night in the house inside a dog cage that is much easier to keep clean)
They will peck you!
– They most definitely will. They will peck your toes and ankles and anything else within pecking reach. It won’t hurt, but it will scare you and make you jump. The anticipation of getting pecked will cause fear. Feeding time – when all the chickens come running towards you – will result in you (or Kaia) running around like a chicken trying to avoid getting pecked.
Chicken wire isn’t made for chicken coops.
– This was another hard lesson. I ended up using three different kinds of wire on our dog house coop before declaring it secure. I recommend getting the ¼ – ½ inch hardware cloth wire and using that. It will keep your chickens in and predators out. Keeping the chickens in is just as important as keeping the predators out. Our first death happened from a chicken getting stuck in the wire (pictured above) trying to get out. It could have been avoided with hardware cloth.
Be aware of what predators are in your area and safeguard against them.
– We had a few chickens die from predators. I take the blame for this. They did not get into the coop, but rather got the chickens when they were free-ranging.
They need space and entertainment.
– I had no clue that chickens would peck each other. Not only do they peck each other, they draw blood, de-feather each other, and still continue to peck! Overcrowding will cause them to peck each other.
I’ve since learned that you should have about 4 square foot of space per chicken. Also, chickens get bored and will peck each other when bored. I solved the boredom by giving them cabbage, corn on the cob, and other treats. My chickens’ boredom was a result of them being “cooped up” prior to them being big enough to be let out of the coop. They were confined to their coop until they were no longer able to squeeze through the fence separating my yard from the neighbors’ yards.
Overall, they aren’t too hard to take care of. There are just a lot of dos and don’ts that you should familiarize yourself with before signing up for 4-H chickens. I recommend websites like Backyard Chickens and Facebook poultry groups specific to your area. Additionally, individuals who have participated in the 4-H Chickens/Poultry programs before can be a great source of information.