Well, I guess it is the school of hard knocks. K finished winter term on Friday, had one week off, and is back to school as of yesterday. Winter term grades came in with 2 A’s and 2 B’s – one of the B’s should have been an A, but she just missed making that jump in her Algebra III class. Yesterday, she started out her term with Geology Lab. She was quite delighted to find out a friend of hers also has the same lab class. Today is a bigger day. She had Business Law at the brutal hour of 8:00AM for 2 hours. With 10 minutes in between, she went on to Algebra IV for 2 hours, and her day will end with her Geology lecture. The one saving grace with her early class is that the same friend is also in that class. With only 10 minutes between each class, it is not an ideal schedule and she has to repeat it on Thursday with the addition of a 3 hour PE class later that day. I don’t know why, but figuring out a schedule was extremely difficult because about 95% of the classes she could have taken to meet requirements were only offered in one time slot – the same slot – on Tuesday and Thursday. It was crazy! There literally was only one class choice that she could have substituted for one of her current classes in her schedule that would have worked and given her the minimum credits she had to have. Last term, she had more classes that had on-line components. This term it is a lot more time with her bum in a classroom seat – 7 hours of it just for science! Hopefully she can suppress her inner squirmy monkey and be successful. She has some tough classes, but having a friend in 2 will help her enjoy it.
Last week was K’s last adult match for the season. She had two good things happen in the last couple nights. The first was that she finally hit a perfect score in prone position….on her warm up target! She was extremely pleased, but it was a groaner because she missed the same by 1 point during the match. She is still chasing that one a week and a half later. On the last night, the second one happened – she finally had a score that counted for her team. Basically the top 5 scores in each position are what represents the team. She has come close and been knocked out at the last minute, but she finally had her prone score of 99 (out of 100) count. It was a nice way to end, though she really wanted to represent with that 100. Her team is really really good, so getting a score to count typically means a perfect score. Her team is so good, that they took first place in the league. YAY! Now she has until next November to start perfecting her techniques and getting more scores on the board.
In other shooting news, in looking at her 4-H scores, we already know that she has scored high enough to go to the state competition in June. If she continues on this path, we would not be surprised that she will be invited to nationals in 2015. She has the scores to qualify her, now it is a matter of being within the top 4 shooters. Cross your fingers!!! Nationals are in Nebraska in the remote area of Grand Island – I am sure we can make an interesting vacation of it with lots of stops at Cracker Barrel along the way! Well, she is not there yet, but we can hope. Additionally, with a year to continue to practice, she would make a better showing. It is all fun and she enjoys the challenges she sets for herself.
Chickens!!! Lordy, it is like child birth: you forget how crazy it is. We have chickens. A lot of chickens. FORTY CHICKENS in 3 different age groups. We may be crazy (NO comment from the peanut gallery!) We already had our 6 laying hens. They are still healthy and happy (despite their on-going daily griping). After losing a couple over the last year, we decided we needed to up our flock with a few more. We planned on three and then the farm store sent me a coupon that gave me some freebies, but ended up getting us four…Mark and K just can’t help themselves. They are like kids in a candy store when picking out chicks. So that brought us up to 10. March rolled around and our newbies were growing – currently, they look like miniature versions of their breed because they are so young, but fully feathered. In March, one of the feed companies does an evil thing – they give you free meat chicks with the purchase of their food. Enter 30 more chicks for our annual chick raising freezer filling event. Five of the chicks are for our neighbor – after trying our hand raised chickens last year, they were on-board for some of their own this year. So now we wait for these chicks to get feathered out so we can get them outside….they are smelly! We start them out in the house, move them to the garage, and finally out onto grass. You would think that would make them happy to free range, but meat chickens are a mutant breed that only recognize their feed as food and don’t eat grass and bugs like normal chickens. It is crazy, but only lasts for about 6 weeks and is only once a year.
If that was not enough, the turkeys are laying and I need to get on incubating eggs because I already have a waiting list of people who want my babies. Basically, I juggle poultry! LOL! Some inside, some out, some hatching, lots laying, and all eating and pooping!
And if all that was not enough, pennies were saved and finally we have dug into our kitchen for a long needed redo. Doors have been falling off for over a year, most left are falling apart. Yep, it is confirmed that we are nuts! It wouldn’t be so bad a remodel, if it were not for the length of time you have to wait for cabinet orders to be filled. We are further put off because the old cabinets have to come down before that order is placed because of some mysterious places in the soffits. I am looking at a long period of time where my crock pot and BBQ are going to be my best friends and doing dishes will be a challenge.
When it rains, it pours, but what doesn’t kill us, will enrich our lives in all of this. It will help keep us young…I hope!