Lesson 1248 – Snow bank mining – sure sign of spring

Although we still have a few patches of snow here and there, spring has finally come to New Hampshire. How do we know for sure?

Robins have come back in full force.

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We’re starting to see these in our yards.

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And there’s free money being found in the parking lots- perhaps the truest sign of spring.

I’m in a fitbit challenge with my son where I am challenged to meet my personal goal of 10,000 steps every day. Not such a tough challenge but when you have a job where you need to sit in a chair all day to write, it can be difficult getting those steps in.

Last night, I needed a few thousand more steps to close out the day so Emma and I headed over to Walmart to do some walking.

During our very snowy winter, every time I’d see a plowed snow pile, I’d mention to the kids that there was probably a lot of money in those things. Think about it, people drop change and then it gets plowed into one area. Come the spring, I’ve always believed that there was gold in them hills. It just made sense.

My kids never believed me and always gave me a “sure mom, whatever you say” look.

Last night in order to get my steps in and to see if my theory about plowed money was right, Emma and I headed over to each plowed area (identifiable by the pile of sand and debris left over from them melting) in the Walmart parking lot.

We wandered the sand pits and each time we found a coin, we whooped it up (hoping that no one was watching this crazy pair of ladies.)

I’m happy to say that as of right now, our family is 55₵ richer as a result of snow bank mining.

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Someone please put another point on the scoreboard for mom.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1247 – The first fart egg of the season

Even though I’m calling this the first fart egg of the season – because we are finally digging out from under our deep litter in the hen house and are uncovering all kinds of things – it’s technically the first fart egg that we’ve *discovered* this season. It certainly could have been laid last fall when our newest crew began laying eggs.

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Fart eggs – a name that brings endless joy and chuckles to our teens – is a trial egg. It’s the result of a young hen who is just starting to get into the business of laying eggs.

When a hen first starts laying, her eggs tend to be smaller than normal. Eventually as the bird’s body gets used to what’s going on, the eggs will get larger and larger until they become full size. Continue reading

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Lesson 1246 – We’ve got your back

Ten days ago we had a snow storm. This weekend, the weather was so nice we were able to spend time in the yard cleaning up from the winter and preparing to eat our meals outside once again.

Like a few others in town (I’ve seen you) we hadn’t taken down the Christmas wreath on our porch. (remember we are the family once that kept our Christmas tree up until March 24th because of a birthday wish.) I figured that as long as we were still getting snow, it could remain. Festive is festive.

This weekend we discovered why this may or may not be a good idea. Continue reading

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Lesson 1245 – Time for a rant

I haven’t had a good rant in a while.

As you might know, our property is bordered by woods that are filled with tall pines. As a result we have tons of wildlife (darn those hawks) and a nice diversity of plant life, including the protected Lady Slipper.

A few weeks back, a letter was sent from the town (we are goverend by a town manager and a town council which consists of elected residents – I know, right?) notifying all of the abutters to the woods that the town was going to do “selective cutting” on the trees.

Selective cutting. To me that means a few trees here, a few trees there.

Apparently to our town though, selective cutting means clear cutting a large (interestingly, it’s a house lot size) “landing area for trucks”, as well as cutting down hundreds and hundreds of trees. All day we’ve been hearing tall pines crashing to the ground. Before we couldn’t see our neighbor’s house, now we will be able to tell what book they are reading on their back porch.

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I’m told the town will reap $7,000 from the downed wood. Sap money. Continue reading

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Lesson 1244 – Home again, home again

After spending 4 days in D.C., I got back home to (slightly) cooler New Hampshire late last night. It was good, we were all done with long days filled with miles and miles of walking and hours and hours of waiting in line. Thursday and Friday weren’t too bad, but come the weekend, with the beginning of the Cherry Festival – look out. I read that an estimated 100,000 visitors were about. I’m all about the history in D.C., but I’m not so keen on crowds.

Give this girl some space.

Here are some of the sites we saw:

The first night we went to the Kramer bookstore at Dupont Circle. Of course, we (I) stopped at a bookstore -I bought 3 books. Going there was also a way to get my travelers used to being on the Metro (which sure came in handy later when one “accidentally” took the wrong train.) Continue reading

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Lesson 1243 – Sunshine bound

Oh hey, another day in New Hampshire and another snowstorm. I KID YOU NOT!

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We are supposed to get 2 – 4 inches tonight. Which is fine because come tomorrow morning I will be flying away from this:

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And landing in this: Continue reading

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Lesson 1242 – The next big thing

Another Easter, another notch on the family belt.

Although we still had snow on the ground (our backyard and our neighbor’s front yard are always the last to go) it actually got warm enough for several of us to put shorts on. (Hey, if it’s above freezing, that’s a heat wave.)

We had our annual hunt for baskets – no sitting on the table for us, our Easter Bunny makes you work for your goodies by following clues in hidden eggs. And we had our annual viewing of Jesus Christ Superstar which began one year when the kids were little, it was raining, and they were bored so I grabbed all the stuffed bunnies from the Easter Baskets and used them to do an interpretative dance to the *entire* soundtrack.

My kids’ only regret is that there is no video of that magnificent performance.

I’m actually okay with that.

We also had our ham dinner and lingered at the table telling stories. Continue reading

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