Just a quick note to float out there about why I’m smiling at the doorknobs today.
Reason #1) We’re hatching more eggs. We tried to hatch a dozen guinea eggs for his farm. I don’t know what went wrong, but all 12 failed. I’m really afraid it was the incubator. They’ve been in the incubator for 8 days now, and it’s been mostly in the 99-100 range, but on a few occasions it went as low as 97, and briefly to 102. That 102 really scares me. They may have been baked. I’m watching it like a hawk, and I’ve 3 (yeah- OCD=3) thermometers in there. I wasn’t even sure they were fertile eggs. Jack thought there were no more eggs available this season. I actually (gulp) found a seller on Ebay. She was really sweet, promised me “at least 12″ and sent 18. Today, I picked up a couple and candled them quickly: fertile! I can’t get a photo while I’m holding them, so I’m borrowing one from a volunteer site:“Guineaalert.com”.
See the darker spot at the top? That’s an 8 day fertile egg. Our eggs are the same age, and look like that. Or at least a couple of them did. I really, really, hope we can give our friend Farmer Jack some guineas this time! He has no idea that there might be 18…..
Reason #2) I’m waiting on another special delivery! This month, I joined a group called Foodie Penpals. This is a group that was started by Lindsay, aka http://www.thelonggreenbean.com. In her own words:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email….
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
We has soooo much fun deciding what to send to my penpal Debra in Birmingham AL. Unfortunately, I kind of forgot to take photos. I’ll paste them in when Debra opens her gift at the end of the month. I’ll also add photos about this when we receive our package from Mei-i. I’m not sure which part is more exciting! Way more fun than just a letter alone!
I really do recommend that you check out the long green bean’s site, and also think about trying the penpal thing. Maybe I’ll get you in the draw next month!
Reason #3) My daughter now has a twin sister. Yup- I have another child under my roof. My dear friend is moving to NC, and she’s leaving me her eldest child. It’s a gift of love. Her daughter (and my other older twin) is going to be a senior this year. Can you imagine moving almost 800 miles away from your friends to a new school for your SENIOR YEAR??? So our Miss B has moved in. Last night I also had my #1 son, Matt for a visit. We walked around closing up the house last night with my 24 yr old, my blond twins, my 13-year old daughter and my 12-year-old son under one roof. I’m telling you- I’ve never felt my heart so full. I wish they’d all never leave. I can’t wait until the first day of school. I’m planning to dress them alike; buy them girly matching twin dresses with hair thingys and make them wear them all day and take a picture for B’s mom. You think these dresses will come in their size? I can’t wait!
(Thanks to Crowe Photo for use of the pic- they do gorgeous work)