I just enjoyed reading this lovely e-magazine and highly recommend it! I loved the article on keeping ducks. It has been many, many years since I have owned ducks. They were named Calvin and Hobbes and lived behind our little 14 x 48 foot trailer house when we were newlyweds. You know, back in the good ole days. It was an impromptu purchase for Easter one year. I just couldn't resist buying a purple and pink duckling as an Easter gift for Mr. P. Of course, I bought two because I didn't want lonely ducks! These ducks were part of the reason we now have a homestead rule of "No new critters, unless their habitat/shed/ barn etc is built and ready to go." Although I will admit it was many years before we realized that this should be a rule. We purchased/adopted/ took in many other critters before I came to my senses on that issue. I bought them and they lived in our tub for a while (can't remember how long, but long enough) and then we purchased them a really fine plastic kiddie pool from Wal-Mart. Nothing but the best for those ducks! Sadly, a plastic pool offers no protection from coyote nor the local school bus. However, had I read this magazine, I could have made them a little pen for almost free. Of course, then the internet was all but non-existent. And people still used word processors and typewriters. And cell phones were as large as a brick. And gas was a LOT cheaper than it is today. And we didn't eat a loaf of bread that I didn't make from scratch. And we were very poor because we were both going to college full time. I guess a lot of things have changed in the 20 plus years since Mr. P and I married. Where did the time go? And then again, some things stay the same. Maybe I should look into getting ducks so the kids can enjoy them as much as we did back then and maybe we can even make them a little pen like in the magazine and I can tell the kids the story of the two ducks I bought for Easter 20 years ago.
I am mama to 5 sweet and busy children ages 4-19. I currently am teaching 1, 7th, and 9th grades using Tapestry of Grace with swirls of Charlotte Mason elements throughout. When I'm not teaching, I'm chasing my 4 year old, or climbing Mount Washmore, or spending way too much time on Pinterest and not nearly enough time cleaning house or doing laundry.