I had my sister for a day! I haven't seen her much - last summer for a day or two and then probably two years before that for a few days. She's been living in Europe and recently moved back to the states and was in Hawaii visiting our parents. It was very nice, although all those words I don't get to say much (being with kids all day and mostly being a quiet person) came pouring out - I hope I didn't bore her.
My son had a lesson down in Hilo for a couple of hours, so I drove around with my sister, looking for a red ti leaf plant. Apparently, my son needs it for a class. I saw lots of hybrid ti plants (green and red mixed) but the really nice all red ones were all in people's yards, and I wasn't quite at the point of stopping and asking if I could pick....especially since he needs a WHOLE plant, not just a leaf or two.
I usually have luck looking for vegetation down Railroad Ave., but today, all I found was a very starved and dirty puppy. I stopped the car, called the puppy, who came running over, popped him in my car and drove him to the Humane Society. He had ticks and was covered in excrement. I didn't want to take him home because of my own dogs, and if the vet at the Human Society can cure him, he will be a lovely puppy for someone - he looked to be a pit bull/hunting dog mix. I really think someone dumped at the end of that road in the forest.
We have been letting our chickens out during the day - and it has been harder and harder to get them back in - it isn't that they don't want to get back in, but a few will get stuck in the horse stall and not be able to figure out how to get where they are supposed to be, and I end up chasing creatures this way and that - forget herding cats: herding chickens amidst sheep is much harder. One of my girls is getting broody, so I marked all her eggs with a sharpie and then reach in to get the new eggs out every day. Really hoping she will sit the whole 21 days. I would love to have some chicks! In the past, my buffs have sat for like 19 days and then get up - which is so irritating.
I need to catch up with everyone else's blog. It's been difficult since my internet has been spotty in the evenings, and when I try to load pages, it says the pages aren't responding. I would love to have very good internet out here.
The kids had a good bonfire last night, and I see that my husband corralled some of the boys to use the chainsaw they brought over to chop up some of our overgrown, low hanging cypress branches - it will be nice fuel for future bonfires.
My eleven year old took it upon herself to make French Silk Pie. I drove my sister to the airport, and left her to it - it is a fairly big project for a kid who has never made a pie crust. I told her to wait, but she thought she would just get through it on her own - because sometimes my "wait" turns into "not today" and then "maybe next weekend".... I suppose I had better go check in on her, because it is not only a pie crust, it is a baked pie shell.... As I ran in from the airport run and then ran out to feed and chase chickens - I checked her various steps. She was doing okay at that point. At least, I talked her out of the meringue - that would be tricky on your own for your first pie. We have a lot of eggs, so maybe we'll try that tomorrow.