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pictures say 1000 words Archives · Page 5 of 6 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
pictures say 1000 words Archives · Page 5 of 6 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
Southern Illinois produce, farm, CSA, Goat Milk, Soap, Eggs, meat, local food
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Ahhh… What is going on?

I was installing some upgraded versions of the plugins I use in wordpress last night and like witchypoo my blog went a bit haywire! A special thanks to Veronica for giving me the heads up about some errors that were displaying on the blog, now I just need to figure out why commentluv isn't working or showing up in the plug in section anymore...

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It's fun to mystery shop!

Well, today consisted of driving 50 miles away to complete a mystery shop, earn some money and spend some time together. We headed down to cottonwood, I am a mystery shopper in addition to teaching dance at the local high school, being a professional blogger and owning my own business (where you can buy a romantic message in a bottle gift just in time for Valentines day!). Anyway we went to do this secret shopper thing and had a GOOD experience! The employees at the store (who were elderly men) were so enthusiastic, helpful and personable! Then we headed off to have some breakfast/ lunch at Johnny Rockets which was in the local casino. Then we played some 5 cent slots, bowled 2 games at the bowling alley inside the casino and...

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What is in your fridge??

I snapped a photo of my fridge in response to Corrin's post from a while back about fridgewatcher.com. Our fridge is one that seems to always bee full. We live miles from a grocery store and it snows here so we keep food stocked in case we are stuck and unable to get to the store in days. What does your fridge look like? Common share a photo!   ...

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You broke your toe? Want to buy a house?

Well, things have been interesting her around the house. We are having dialog with the owners of the home we are renting. Some of you may recall me writing about how the home owners dropped the price on the house we are renting, again and wanted to make sure we knew about it. We had expressed an interest in a lease/ purchase option when we began renting but felt the home price was to high. Yesterday we got a letter in the mail from the home owners conveying their "urgency" and desire to work with us. Anyway we chatted with our Realtor/ father in law about it and had some discussions about what we wanted and what we could afford. We then responded to their letter and expressed what we could...

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The birds got free and other crazy pet stories…

Well today was quite an eventful day! The school district called another snow day so I didn't have to teach again today. I slept in a bit and then got up and let the Alexandria Maybelle (our bunny) run around the house. She was jumping and running in her cage and it seemed like she wanted to stretch her legs, so we put Dixie in her home and let Alexandria out of hers. While bunny was running free N comes to me and declares "she did it"! She did what I asked...

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Amaryllis time lapse video

Well, I did it! I finished my amaryllis bulb time lapse video. I actually wanted to make the video to show people how awesome bulbs are. It's not the best video ever but it's pretty good for my first time lapse attempt! I was taking photos for about 4 days.. Getting the lighting and background just right and keeping it that way was hard but it turned out alright! Tonight I had the most fun putting the slides to the music. I used Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers for the background music (hope that is not bad)...

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The first day of a new year.

Good morning all! Hope you had a safe and fun new years eve celebration! We had fun and are home getting ready to visit another friends holiday celebration this afternoon. As promised I am sharing some of the photos I took of "red rock fantasy of lights". If you are ever in Sedona, AZ and want some holiday spirit you should check out this annual display but bundle up it was COLD! I am excited about a new project I am working on, I am planning to share a time lapse video of my Amaryllis bulb blooming. I made up a few of my blooming bulb gifts last month to sell at all the holiday craft shows I attend but I had one that didn't sell this time and once they are...

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Finches leave the nest! Happy x-mas eve!

Yesterday I got a photo of two of my baby finches outside of the nest having a good time! My gray one and a cream colored one were hanging out on a perch together testing the waters! I am super excited and surprised that they are flying so early in their development! In other news our holiday kitchen madness has ended! We spent much of 12/22/07 making fudge, orange ham glaze, cinnamon raisin bread, rice crispy treats, chocolate dipped pretzels, English toffee, oatmeal raisin cookie mix, rustic soup mix and much more! We were canning, packaging and wrapping like crazy till about 2 am! We made up lots of good treats to give away to family and we had some fun too! I think the baking and crafting that we do...

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Raising baby finches – week 2 updates

On December 4th our first baby finch hatched, since then two more have hatched and grown quite quickly! Today they are two weeks and 3 days old and we are beginning to notice more about them. They are no longer ugly looking now that their feathers have come in, they are actually very cute right now. Two of the finches are a light tan/ cream color, one of them has an all white body and a dark gray head. We were thinking that this finch could be albino because of the white colored body. However, the head is not white and the eyes are not read so we are not sure if this is even the case. I found a bird message board that provides good information, it's called Phil's Feathered Friends there...

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My brother just turned 21- I feel old!

Well, I spent the weekend with my family. My little brother had his 21st birthday on Sunday. I got some photos of the birthday shot we took and a video of our white trash cake and birthday candles. I was fun and now we are back home trying to get through the week- trying to get ready for Xmas. Can you believe there are only 7 days till Christmas? Gosh, it really snuck up on us! How is your week looking? Do you have a ton of stuff to do still? Have you started/ finished your holiday shopping? I have so many gifts that I still need to make and I have wrapping and gift labeling to do, I need to get busy! Oh, I am participating in a holiday decorations photo contest...

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Updates on the baby finches

I wanted to share the updates on our baby finches today. Some of you may know that our finches hatched 3 eggs after the second attempt at hatching eggs. Today I got one of the hatchlings out of the stinky nest. As you can see in the photo they are getting fed and are starting to get their feathers. Our chicks are about 7-10 days old and they are growing like crazy! Do you see the seed looking stuff under the skin between it's neck and body? That is the food they have been fed, it's called the crop. The babies have opened their eyes and are also getting much stronger now. They are now able to move around the inside the nest on their own and their feathers are really starting to...

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Today is a snow day!! It's still snowing!

Well, school was canceled today! It's a snow day because the roads are not clear.. They are very snow packed. It's such a pretty sight! When we first move into this house (we are renting) we didn't think we would be her for the holidays because we are renting on a month to month basis since the house if for sale. We figured the house would sell soon and we would have to move out. Surprise, the house has not sold because it kind of over priced and the economy is not doing so well so we may not have to move for a while! This house would be a nice started home for if it was not so over priced. It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bath little home outside...

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Woho… We got lots of snow! – A photo essay.

Here are some photos of the snow storm we just got and will continue to experience through the week. Yes, this is in Arizona-amazing huh? These are our mailboxes, snow covered and waiting for mail. They are ghetto and often blow open in storms as you can see. When my boyfriend went walking down the street he found this little stream that was flowing under the snow.. Our kitties have been meowing and going on lately. They are inside cats but they beg to go outside on supervised visits. I bundled up and took them out for a bit. We have our fireplace going at 11am this morning. It's pretty chilly and still snowing. Our house looks so amazing covered in snow but the roads aren't that amazing. We plan to drive into town...

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Babies, babies everywhere!

Well as most of you know I am an auntie now. I posted a photo of baby Hazel Renee and I a few days ago and today I have another baby photo to share with you! My finches hatched their first baby! They have been laying eggs since October and until today none of them had hatched. Being their first attempt at having babies we were understanding of the lack of successful hatching but today to my surprise there was a small baby in the nest in addition to the two unhatched eggs! I tried to get a good photo without upsetting baby and parents. Hope you enjoy it! I'll keep trying to get a better shot....

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