It’s raining, it’s pouring.

I’m sitting in the living room working on an article for a new e-zine I’m a contributor to  for  in.  Yeah I know, I can’t even write proper English in my blog and I’m writing for a magazine?!

Anyway, I’m writing my article about alternative gift wrapping for the December edition of Off Grid East Coast themed “Green Christmas” and how fitting that it’s pouring out of the heavens and so windy I don’t even want to go out to pick the kids up from school.  Even the ducks have had enough of this today and decided to hang out inside the bird house for a while.

I’ve been in Nova Scotia for quite a while now and you’d think I’d be used to mild winters like this but I’m still amazed that at the end of November we don’t have a ton of snow on the ground.  The year Little Miss was born, we didn’t get our first snow until December.  I went to the hospital in a sweater and pair of track pants it was so mild.

So back to the article again.  Maybe the green grass will help with inspiration for my article

I hope everyone has a great day and have a look around to see what sorts of alternative wrapping you can use this holiday season.





I’m heading off to the school soon for their Remembrance Day Assembly and I’m happy that the school invites parents to attend.  As I was getting ready and pinning a poppy to my shirt, I was thinking about the debate that has lit up the Internet since November 1…when to decorate for Christmas.

This is a hotly debated topic and some people get angry when their views aren’t agreed with and their rules adhered to.  In one camp are the people who insist that under no circumstances should there be any talk of Christmas decorations let alone putting them up before Remembrance day has passed because it’s disrespectful.  Then there are the people who say it’s fine, they’ll decorate whenever they want, and that no one is being disrespected.

I’ve heard the arguments, good and bad, pro and con.  I’ll spare you all my two cents worth on the decorating topic but I will say this much.   No matter what your views are on this topic or any other topic, we have the freedom to share our opinions in just about any way we see fit because of the people who fight for it.

So if nothing else this week, decorations or no decorations, wear your poppy with pride and go to a Remembrance Day Celebration, We have had many friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers over the years who are military members and I am grateful for each and every one of them and their service and I will be thinking of them all this afternoon as I stand in that gym with my kids.

Have a beautiful day!

A lame duck.

We noticed one of the younger ducks limping the other day and hoped it was just a sore leg that would get better.  We checked him out and nothing seemed wrong with him (no cuts or scratches and nothing seemed abnormal about his legs) so we let him go and do his usual thing around the yard.  That evening he was tucked up in the corner of the yard away from everyone but didn’t seem any different than earlier in the day.  Unfortunately he was worse the next day so I decided to bring him in the house and put him in the box we use for transporting birds.  I tucked him in with some hay and fresh water and tried to make him comfortable.  If he pulled a muscle or had a problem that needed some rest that would be the best place for him.  And it’s nice and warm in the dining room so that’s where he stayed.

Three days later he’s still in the same state.  He’s eating and drinking a bit, but he’s not standing and isn’t using his wings…so what to do now?  Its days like this I don’t enjoy being a farmer, because I know what we have to do.  I’ve done my research and followed protocols without any success so far, so tomorrow euthanasia is the only humane option left for this little duck.

This one is going to be a bit harder for me though.  I’ve watched them hatch, I’ve brought them to school to show the kids, and this one in particular I’ve taken the last three days to try to make him better.  I have a feeling it will be extra hard on our little man too.  He goes to “baby ducky” several times a day and says hi and asks how he’s doing.  It will be a tough lesson on life and death for a 7 year old.

And so another day on our little farm comes and goes but at the end of it we know we’ve done the best job we can and we learn from everything we do.

Have a beautiful fall day my friends, and say a little prayer for our little baby ducky.