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A NEW BEGINNING: JOURNEY TO BETTERING MYSELF - HEALTH & HAPPINESS

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I have a long way to go to get to my endgame and, that's going to take time. For now I need to focus on improving myself. My field of vision is inclosing and imagination dwindling. I notice myself plateauing and I'm currently not in a position to be maintaining. I need to be growing... and shrinking (weight wise).


I'm Not Happy I am overweight and my hobbies have subsided. My hobbies are what keep me going and the hobbies I love and have been doing, I won't be able to do for awhile. If you've read my other posts, you've notice my whole website was mainly documented towards them. I'm not giving up, just postponing. This is just a side quest to my main storyline (geek nerd here sorry).  New Love/Hobbies I'm not going to start about my whole weight life story, knowing me I'd probably make another post about that. This is more mental refocusing and reviving. I've started to stretch a lot more and... some yoga I guess. 
Even though my true love is anim…

KEEPING IT BECAUSE IT'S "CUTE" - LEADS TO DEATH OF ANIMALS

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More Common Than You Think This is nothing new. Multiple animals have been treated to this type of abuse. One of the worse holidays that supports this action is Easter. Can you believe it? A day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also a day that haunts little animals to the point of death. You must think this is crazy but, it's true. Easter is also celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. That means babies. Lots and lots of babies.

Thanks to commercial society, chocolate and candy companies morphed Easter into a production day for their increased sales. This is how Easter egg hunts became so popular. So why eggs? Well... because it's spring. Ducklings and Bunnies. Bunnies hide the colored eggs filled with chocolates. Thanks Easter Bunny!
A popular pastime for the rich and oblivious people, is to buy their children babies: baby ducks, baby chicks, and baby bunnies but, what happens when Easter ends and the ani…

THE BENEFITS OF WOODEN EGGS/CERAMIC EGGS

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My Ceramic Eggs Now I'm going to give some backstory. I went to this antique shop and was infatuated with everything there. I walked through every isle. They had little rooms, decorated with the thing you would put there. An old felted light pink couch for a living room and deep brown stained wooden table for a dining room, and on the dining room table was a basket with 12 or so eggs. My 13 year old mind went straight to "these can't be real". I had been fooled one to many times with my moms fake apples; one still even had a 7 year old sized bite mark dented with my childhood teeth. I was right. The eggs were fake and I grabbed one. I asked the lady who worked there the price. She looked at me for a couple seconds. I wonder what was going through her head. "Why on earth would she want those eggs", "Are those even for sale", "I don't even know where she got those". I think she even asked me why I had them. She finally gurgled up an an…

BABY GATES: THE SECRET OF FARMING

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I love baby gates. They're great. But not for babies. They cry when you put them in there but, not animals. Ahhh the functionality!


Easy Storage I love my baby gate. Someone had a baby and they bought a baby gate. Then we kept the baby gate because of all the uses for them. Nah I'm just kidding, we kept it because it "folded quaint". In other words it stored away nicely.


Just imagine this baby gate but folded. The best part is you can mold it into almost any shape. Now I said almost because obviously it can't make a circle but boxes and hexagons heck yes. You can also remove some panels or even add more to make it bigger or smaller.
Puppy Container This was the time when I didn't have any animals. My family however took it out of storage for our soon to be new family puppy. We already had a dog -a Jack Russel Terrier named Shania, like the singer- but my family thought she needed a friend. So they surprised us kids with a German Shepard mix puppy we later named…

TAMAGOYAKI

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Japanese Omelette This masterpiece of a recipe is perfect and different for a person -like me- who doesn't like eggs to consume those bad boys. This really is a staple for a farm or homestead and will be a staple of my soon to be dream life. 
Tamagoyaki (Ta-mah-go-yah-key) uses all the ingredient that you would get from a farm AND it tastes delicious. Tamagoyaki is sooooo good! It melts in your mouth and is fluffy having the texture to more of a cake them an egg (sweeter like a cake too).

Tamagoyaki Tamagoyaki is a rolled up omelette (or omelet for american speakers). I'm actually an american speaker I just like the British/french spelling :) #fakefan. Tamagoyaki translates to grilled/fried egg, it is commonly eaten for breakfast, in a bento box (Lunch box), side dish, or even a filling for sushi. Preparation There are many different ways to prepare Tamagoyaki. The one I am referring to is more Americanized I guess you can say. Trinity's TamagoyakiIngredients 3-4 Large Eggs …

THE JOY OF A PULLET'S FIRST EGG?

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You've waited 5 months... Checked the nests everyday. "This is the day!" "I can feel it!" you exclaim to yourself.  ...now its Month 6 Your spirit has gone down just a little bit but, hey! You've waited this long and whats a little longer? A Sunny Day You step outside and see your fake eggs but, something is different. There's one fake egg, and the other one, wait... another? Oh my! The chickens have laid eggs! These eggs are real!
This is exactly what happened to me. I was so shocked and excited. I thought month 5 would be the month to get eggs. My hopes of eggs went down hill and this hit my by surprise (more like a slap). I was so delighted! What now?  Now, I got chickens because they make my life so much easier. So I'm gonna tell you a secret... I don't really like eggs. I like baking, I like the free food but, I was really counting on my family to consume them. I know what you may be thinking... then why get chickens?! Eggs aren't the o…

HOW TO RAISE MEALWORMS

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I love Mealworms... I know disgusting right? But it's actually not. Before I got chickens, before my duck, even before my plants. I wanted Mealworms.

I thought Mealworms were a good easy way to get in the habit of taking care of animals and they are! They are a smart, cost efficient step to start a farm.

Benefits of Mealworms Mealworms are a chicken's weakness as well as ducks, fish, and mostly everything else. 
Mealworms are very easy to take care of. They are a free source of food supply and feed/protein for your backyard flocks. How to Care Mealworms only need a little area to live in. You can add adjustments to make it easier to care for them but, you can even just use a bucket as the basic limit of care for mealworms.

Other features include adding a strainer/sifter bottom for the "poop" or baby mealworms to fall through.
The next feature is to add multiple drawers (plastic dresser is preferable) for each different stage of the Mealworm. Stages Stage 1: Egg Mealw…

MUSCOVYIES - GREAT FOR BACKYARD URBAN FARMING

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Muscovies are unique creatures. No they're not just nuisance ducks but, actually a great meat bird with less slimy meat compared to other ducks. They are great for backyard spaces since they don't require water (to swim in) and survive by finding food on land.

Now, they don't need water (to swim in) but that doesn't mean that they can't.
Quiet For Neighbors Unlike regular ducks that quack all into the night, Muscovy ducks can't quack. They are a whistling breed. They communicate by doing just that. You will have some noise when mothers and babies call back and forth to each other but, that's about it.
Natural Features Muscovies jump into the trees to get off the ground and away from predators. This means they have sharp claws to help then with that. If you have a mean duck this could be problematic.

Muscovies are great free ranging birds where you don't have to provide them with any substitute of food, unless you have inadequate land or you keep them in …

10 BEST CHICKEN BREEDS - GREAT FOR BACKYARDS

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Chickens Galore! I love chickens. Now that I'm thinking about it they're probably my favorite animal, and they can be yours too!

This list is mainly for good, productive, hardy breeds for getting the most out of your chickens. If you're interested in Self-Sustainable chicken breeds look there.

1. PLYMOUTH ROCK Egg Production Annually - 280 There are only seven colors recognized of the plymouth rock breed: the Barred, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver-penciled, and White. Each color can have very different characteristics while still being the same breed. This is true for the Plymouth breed. The Plymouth Barred Rock became the most favorite and widespread chicken breed as an industry bird during World War II for their good egg production while the White Plymouth Rock was used in the development of other broiler breeds making them the mother/sister bird for the Cornish cross breed, an excellent meat bird. The popularity fell to a domestic fowl and are now listed as &qu…

8 REASONS TO KEEP BACKYARD CHICKENS

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CHICKENS ARE AWESOME Chickens have many functions that are practical and low maintenance. I'm prepared to give you a whole chicken commercial about this turn of the century product that makes your life and  the lands life so much better.
 Except this isn't a product, its a mind and body of its own; and if you do it right... you don't have to do anything but reap in all the benefits.
REASONS TO KEEP BACKYARD CHICKENSREASON 1: EASY TO KEEP These little birdies are little to no maintenance. Depending on where you live you might have to put in some heavy fencing, but that's only if you have a lot of predators.
Where I live there's nothing to worry about but neighborhood cats and raccoons. Some people have problems with hawks and foxes...even BEARS! ahhhh
DAILY ROUTINE You can make a chicken setup with no maintenance needed. Free ranging your chickens can even eliminate the cost of feed. If the chickens are given a safe space to sleep and perch (and lay eggs) with the r…

BEST NO MAINTENANCE CHICKEN COOP DESIGNS

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A lot of suburban coops have the deep litter method. Its a good idea in retrospect but its not efficient. 
The deep litter method is when you fill the floor with a bunch of bedding (in most cases pine shavings). This allows the coop to not stink as much because the poop is being absorbed and covered to hide the stench. However, this system doesn't let you reap in ALL the benefits.  CONS COST- Since the bedding doesn't go anywhere you have to keep buying more to clean it out. This adds an unnecessary cost to your wallet. LABOR- Since the bedding will become dirty every week you have to clean it out which can take up to an hour... ain't NOBODY  got time for that. PROS COMPOST MATERIAL- With the bedding saturated in poop it makes the perfect equation for extremely rich soil. I know this sounds gross but its actually not. It's what the earth loves. The poop nd bedding makes the perfect percent of carbon and nitrogen to make rich soil. All you have to do is put it and a pi…

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A WOUNDED CHICKEN (GRAPHIC): MAGGOTS & MOLD

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I accepted that some of my animals might die when I took them into my care. What I didn't know is that I would be the one to do it. Not intentionally, but all the same. 
Poor Elizabeth along with Montgomery and Hawthorne were all attacked by my dog. Unlike the two hens before, Elizabeth survived the attack. 
How could I let this happen? I was aware when Hawthrone died (the first hen to go) that my dogs were capable of killing. Knowing this betrayal didn't fit right in my stomach but I pulled myself together and attempted to set some precautions in place. My family, however, didn't take my new rules too seriously. The only rule I had was simply, don't let the dogs out by themselves. 
My family in return pined it on me. To "not let the chickens jump over the fence" and this wouldn't happen. I wasn't there when Montgomery got attacked, I wasn't there when Elizabeth got attacked either. There was nothing I could have done.
My sister hopped in the sho…

HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST PART TIME JOB

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Where are my flock of HIGHSCHOOLERS out there trying to get a job?!

Cause that was me! and boy do I have some tips for you!

A job equals freedom. It is the gateway to a car, money, and bragging rights.

"Mom, I'm too tried to do the chores, I had a long day at work..."
"Okay honey, I'll get your brother to do it."
or
"Okay honey, you can do it after you shower and rest."
(I usually get the second one)

Getting a job was the only thing I had on my mind, and when I turned 15 I tried to get one. Now I can definitely tell you the chances of you getting a job at 15 is like 15%, UNLESS you have connections, which you probably don't... so moving on.

Aaaahhh... The luxurious age of 16. At this time you either have a car or you don't. If your like me, you don't. Time to start saving.

Getting a job Businesses are fine with having teenagers work for them. The only problem is they would rather not be your first job ever. This can be avoided by using…