Friday, September 18, 2020

I Miss Them!


Rowdy and Rosie.  Our ducks.  Well, they were our ducks.  Not anymore.  Don't worry, they are OK, at least for now.  I made the very difficult decision to rehome them to a better place.  We were never set up for ducks but I had always wanted some so when the opportunity came up to rescue a couple of ducks I jumped on it.

They were only about 2 weeks old when we got them (they are about 1 1/2 years old now - Easter babies).  They grew quickly and we tried to accommodate them.  They have lived in such a small pen area for a little over a year and I just knew I had to do better for them.  I was going to rehome them before but couldn't imagine what it would be like with them gone.  I had grown so attached to them.  I miss the quacking the most.  I have several friends who are able to free-range and have really nice ponds on their property.  I finally decided to ask a 4H girl I knew if she would consider taking them.  She said sure!  She has a really nice mini farm with ducks, chickens, guineas, goats, and bunnies.

They have LOTS of property to free range on now, a HUGE beautiful pond, no cages, and lots of duck friends!!  There are two LGDs on the property and she said they haven't lost any fowl since bringing them on.  I was sad to let them go but happy at the same time for their exciting new life.  I am so glad they can stay together and they were just so happy when they found the pond!  Rosie is such a mud duck and she is definitely in her happy place!  Rowdy is happy if Rosie is happy.

They are dearly missed, but close enough that I can visit them often enough.  I'm just happy they are happy.  She said they haven't integrated with the others yet, but they are doing well.  I hope to post updates in the future on how they are doing.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

It's Apple Season!

It's the season for apples.  Yummy apples.  My family loves apples, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie, you name it. They love apples!  We were recently blessed with an abundance of apples and though it has been a lot of hard work, I have been busy canning applesauce and apple pie filling (for apple pies).  Next will be canning apples for eating and for just plain baking for any kind of recipe.  I just love being able to preserve this yummy goodness for future recipes and meals.

I was looking in my Ball canning book and saw all kinds of neat recipes.  One I am definitely going to try is the cinnamon apple one.  It reminds me of those cinnamon apple rings I used to love as a child.  Blast from the past!  I'll try to remember to follow up on some others if I try them too.  What have you been canning lately?  Anything different or really interesting from what you normally can?


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Reading Eggs New Features REVIEW 2020

 Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

One of Little Bug's favorite programs is Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc.  We had a chance to review for them again, but this time we have some new features to share with you!  We received a 1-yr subscription to this digital online program.  You will need an iOS or Android device, desktop computer, or laptop, and internet access to use this program.  Check out the Technical Requirements to review the minimum requirements and to see if your device is compatible.

We have had fun with previous Reading Eggs reviews in 2018 and 2019.  The new features that have been added include:

This program has won many awards and is proven to help kids learn to read.  There are over 2,500 digital story books available for your children to read.  Please do be aware that this is not a Christian based program so there will be instances of evolutionary and other secular content in the reading.  The Library includes books from the following areas:
  • Space
  • Science
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Earth Science
  • Art
  • Ocean
  • Comedy
  • Myths
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi


You can search for books by visiting the Find a Book section and be sure to check out the Book of the Day.

Find a Book section with several different search parameters

Reading Eggs is recommended for ages 3-7.  Reading Eggs Jr. is recommended for ages 2-4.  Reading Eggspress is recommended for ages 7-13.  Fast Phonics is recommended for ages 5-10.  Fast Phonics teaches not only the 26 letters of the alphabet but also the 44 sounds in English including blending and spelling skills.  There are 20 "peaks" in the program (currently only 11 are active, it is a work in progress) that introduces and teaches the letter sounds systematically.  There are videos, games, and books in each peak that keep your child engaged and excited about what they are learning.  Little Bug just loves to read so even though she is very advanced in this area, she still enjoyed the games.  We use the Reading Eggspress and Fast Phonics daily.

Mathseeds is for ages 3-9. The Mental Minute has 145 timed sprints that increase in difficulty as your child progresses.  It's designed to build math fact fluency.  This is a good challenge for Little Bug, but it does frustrate her at times.  She doesn't like being rushed and the timing stresses her out.  We do some for fun, then stop.  We only do these a couple times per week.  The sprints are only a minute long.

There are placement tests that can be taken to properly place your child.  Their progress for lessons can be seen and monitored in the Family Dashboard area.  It allows you to adjust their levels and lessons as needed or they can retake the placement test(s) and it will adjust it for you.

Activity Sheets can be printed under the Bonus Materials tab.  A Parent User Guide and some other valuable information are also available under this tab.  The activity sheets are available in Spanish too.

Phonics activity sheet

Handwriting activity sheet

Finally, just in time for Back to School: Sign up today and watch your child become a stronger reader this Back-to-School season!🌞  A multi-award winning online learning program for children ages 2–13, Reading Eggs supports the essential foundations of reading with its highly engaging lessons, games, and e-books!  Claim 30 Days Free Now

As I said, Little Bug is having fun, and that is always a plus when they are learning.  We give Reading Eggs two thumbs up with their fun new features that include phonics work, handwriting, new monthly themes, and math drills.  We do not have an Android device to use the app on but she has used it on our iOS mini iPad and iPhone.  I really wish and hope they develop an app for Kindle soon!!

You can connect with Blake eLearning Inc on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, PINTEREST, and YOUTUBE. Be sure to click on the graphic link below to see what my fellow Crew members thought of these new features and how they used it.

Reading Eggs Subscription {Blake eLearning Inc Reviews}

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Golf Ball Eggs?


So are we laying golf balls now?  I think I've seen it all, LOL.  These hens this year.  I have a lot of older girls and they just aren't laying like they used to.  We have a lot of "free loaders" right now, thus the purchase and hatching of new little ones this past spring/summer.  We should be back in business by next spring.

When I saw this egg I just had to laugh.  When you have chickens, you inevitably get the odd shaped one every now and then, but I must say I have never had one quite this round and large before.  Generally a hen will lay the same shaped egg her whole life, with just a few anomalies here and there.  I'm pretty sure this is from my easter egger hatchling, Matilda, from last year.  What odd shaped or odd eggs have you seen in your flock?

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