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Milestone month, again ;)

Yesterday, PaperKid turned 13 smiley - yikes

Yesterday was also my 15th h2g2 anniversary.

Today is Tom's and my 19th anniversary. If we have time before 5pm, we may go pick up passport applications.

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Latest reply: Jul 12, 2016

Go look!

I'm in smiley - thepost! A87873781

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Latest reply: Jun 21, 2016

I really should post more often...

... instead of doing a wall-o'-text journal every couple of months or so, especially since I'm on here every day checking out my convos smiley - blush

We won't even mention how long it's been since I ACEd anyonesmiley - flusteredsmiley - sorry

Anyway, it's been a busy couple of months. I'm yet again doing that online scoring thing, which is now paid by the hour instead of by the piece, which explains the abundance of shared things on FB smiley - winkeye That should be wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, and I can go back to not having a valid excuse for being online way too much...

On the livestock front, the chicks I picked up last November are all laying, and my prediction of light brown eggs with one white egg has come to pass. I've also run the incubator again--my friend in Tennessee was getting rid of the breeds she had that I wanted, so I struggled with the fact that I'd promised I'd not incubate anything unless my one hen was broody (which she wasn't) and discussed the matter with Tom--who didn't care either way smiley - rolleyes So I received a well-packaged clutch of 16 eggs. Too bad the USPS smashed a quarter of them, broke 2 more, and scrambled 9... I did get one healthy Black Copper Marans chick--I just hope Fudge is a girlsmiley - grovel Hatch day was one week ago, so I've a few weeks before I'll know (note to self--ask Ravyn when her line of Marans tends to show indications). Of course, after all that, guess who went broody the day after Fudge hatched? Oh, well--she adopted Fudge and the companion chicks that I got from the feedstore with no problems, at leastsmiley - ok (As an aside--thanks to that feedstore being one that buys eggs, the chicks cost a whole $3 out-of-pocket. Even better, I had a buyer for the extra chicks before i bought them--one of the 4H moms at Notepad's last Clover Sprouts meeting said she'd buy them--and even if that falls through, it shouldn't be hard to sell them once they're feathered out and no longer need supplemental heat.)

Fudge sales have been slow--most likely because most people think of fudge-as-a-gift as a Christmas thing. But the Farmer's Market starts on June 4, and we're going to be in it. Free samples (within reason) and smaller chunks of fudge than we're willing to deliver should help sales. It's a good thing I decided to read my previous journal before writing this, though--it reminded me that I had to do the county paperwork for joining in the Farmer's Market 2 weeks before it beginssmiley - yikes I'll take the paperwork and the fee in tomorrow, and I'll be finesmiley - ok

The most recent news (about 21 hours old...) is that I'm getting serious about making it so that Tom and I can go to the UK for our 20th anniversary next year. I actually started a GoFundMe. I doubt I can post the lin and have it stay up, but if you're curious, you can search the GoFundMe site using my real name--you know, the bit up there before the "aka" part...

Last but not least, we're going to go camping for the long weekend. We're not going to have time to do anything fun between the end of school and the beginning of fireworks selling season, so we're going now.

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Latest reply: May 25, 2016

It's Been Awhile, Part Something...

I haven't posted a journal since NaJoPoMo? smiley - yikessmiley - blush

And I haven't exactly been talkative elsewhere on h2g2, but that's not unusual... I have been keeping up with journals and the Atelier and such, though.

So, what's been going on the last few months? In December, I made and sold fudge, enough to help some with Christmas. PaperKid's big Christmas present was a metal loft bed, so that she actually has some space in her part of the room that she and Notepad share (dividing it equally cuts a window in half (and dividing it in the other direction won't work, because the room is long and skinny), and Notepad has quite a lot of toys that need to reside somewhere, so...) and I actually got around to assembling it in less than a monthsmiley - laugh

Both girls are enjoying 4H--PaperKid made a skirt that got 3rd place in the local 4H Home Ec show, and her cookies (which had to have grains (easy), fruit (easy), protein (easy), vegetables (bit more thinking, but not too hard), and dairy (ended up making a topping of cream cheese and vanilla yogurt)) did as well. She's also started archery, and is enjoying it--she got her first bulls-eye at last month's meeting. Notepad is in Clover Sprouts, which is basically to 4H what Brownies are to Girl Scouts. Notepad put some artwork and a bead bracelet in to Home Ec Day, too, but Under 9s don't compete--they get Participation Certificates.

Notepad is now 7.

The chicks we got on PaperKid's birthday/my h2g2 anniversary back in July have been laying nice green eggs for a month or 2 now, and the chicks we picked up in November should start laying any time now (most likely light brown, though the leghorn mix *might* lay white).

I've recently jumped through the hoops to officially make and sell fudge! The permit I have allows me to sell directly to consumers, including at the local farmer's market and craft fairs. I don't need to use a commercial kitchen! The labels clearly state (in mandated 12 point font) that what I make is made in a home kitchen. If I want to graduate to selling to stores, then I need different licensing and to use a commercial kitchen. I've already sold about 15 pounds-worth (weight, not quid--about $100) through word of mouth, repeat customers from Christmas, and Facebook posts. My business cards should be here by the end of the week, and the principal at the school I work at has already said I can leave a bunch in the staff lounge (she also said I didn't have to ask, but she appreciated the fact that I did).

I'm sure that, if there's anything else important/interesting, it'll come to mind as I postsmiley - tongueout

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Latest reply: Mar 22, 2016

Amy P's NaJoPoMo 2015

This year, I've got an A page that I'll be attaching my NaJoPoMo entries to. I'll post the link to each day's entry to this thread.

The A page is A87862224

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