Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Friday, December 21, 2007

We have eggs!

Steve went out to the chicken coop today after lunch and found our first two eggs! Rather than use the laying box that we built for them, they had made a nest in the hay on the floor to lay the eggs. He took one egg and left the other in a nest box with the hopes that they'll take the hint and start using the boxes.

We’re pretty sure both eggs came from Hazel. Her comb is much larger than Gertrude’s, so we expected her to start laying first. Steve heard a lot of clucking coming from the chicken coop yesterday, but he didn’t go investigate until today after lunch. We think Hazel laid one egg yesterday and a second one today, but we aren't sure.

We're excited to start collecting eggs each day!

Monday, December 17, 2007


We had a good 6” or more of snow this weekend. It was pretty windy Saturday night, so there was quite a bit of drifting. We had fun playing in it with the tractor and the dogs. Zeus LOVES the snow. I looked out the window yesterday and saw him shoving his head into the snow and throwing it into the air. Then he dove into the snow, nose first, and began running (and tunneling) around the yard. Snow flew everywhere. Steve saw him run full speed through a pile of snow left by the tractor, exploding it into the air.

We braved the weather yesterday afternoon and went out to a movie and ran a few errands.

This morning we woke up to freezing fog. I couldn’t see either of our neighbors, or even our driveway! The fog froze on everything, so there are these weird crystal formations everywhere.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Our weather here has been pretty miserable. We had ice over most of the weekend, so we hibernated and worked inside the house. We were supposed to get a second round of ice Monday, but it passed by us, and we thawed out. It’s been drizzling, overcast and in the 30’s since then, so everyone is pretty sick of it. We haven’t seen the sun since last week! I heard that tomorrow is supposed to be partly cloudy, so I’m looking forward to that.

I took a long lunch today, and Steve and I went to a cut-your-own tree lot and got a Christmas tree. He has it in the stand on the front porch, so we’ll be moving furniture and getting it set in the living room tonight. After all this dreary weather, I could use some Christmas cheer.

Friday, December 7, 2007

We got 2”+ of snow last night. It’s a little wet and pretty good for snowballs. Last night I let the cats and dogs out before bed, and everybody got excited about the snow. The cats have never been in it, so Norman was very confused when the snow broke under his feet and he sunk into it. He walked with his feet spread really far apart like he thought he’d fall down. Zeus got all frisky and coaxed Stacy into a romp around the yard. I threw snowballs to the dogs, & they chased and ate them. After just a few minutes the cats were running and playing and eating snow too.

This morning Steve got up early and used the tractor to plow our driveway and part of Carrollton St. in front of our house. Then he went up the road a couple of houses and met a neighbor who had had someone run off the road into their ditch.

The schools around here are all open, and everyone appeared to be going to work like normal – just a little slowly. We’re supposed to get more rain/sleet/snow this weekend.

Monday, December 3, 2007

We went from 60 degrees yesterday morning to 22 when I got up this morning. It’s COLD!!!!

The new roof was great this weekend during all the rain, and I love the new back stairs. I’m not afraid I’ll fall when I use the back door anymore.

Steve got the dryer hooked up today, and we got to run our first load of non-crunchy towels. It was nice.