For whatever reason, some of Ezra’s diapers have not been very absorbent lately. Probably just means I need to strip them again. A few days ago, this happened and Ez started crying because he felt pee rolling down his legs. I got him into the bath and then my phone went off and it was a question about an eBay item! Not one to lose out on a potential sale, I asked Ezra if he’d be ok for a few minutes and he indicated that he would be.
I don’t like leaving him alone in the bath for any length of time (we’ve all seen the videos on what can happen to an unattended child in water) so I ran downstairs, rattled off an answer to the eBay question, then ran back upstairs. Ezra was not in the bathtub, and the upstairs was suddenly smelling very flowery. I found him in the soap room, where we keep all the finished soap along with all the raw materials. He had found some fragrance oil bottles and dumped them together into a cup as well as spilled some on the floor. He had also shat on the carpet. How the heck did he have the time to do all that?! I tell you, I was not gone more than a couple minutes, if that! And usually I can hear him when he gets out of the tub. This kid is getting sneaky! The poo on the carpet didn’t bother me that much because it was solid and didn’t leave a mess, but the fragrance oils? That stuff is expensive! And not only had he poured them out, he had mixed them together! Luckily he had chosen two scents that worked well together, but still! I made him get back in the bath and I tried cleaning things up, but you really cannot get oil out of carpet and the washcloth I used still smells like fragrance oils. I was a mad mama that day.
We have since purchased some of those doorknob child locks and will putting them to use once Amazon drops them off.
We’ve also decided to make Ezra’s room more Ezra friendly. Right now there is a bunch of items in there that I don’t want him getting into, like some body butters and other soap stuff, along with my dresser. We’re going to have to move the dresser into the downstairs living room I think, because it definitely won’t fit in our room. We’re also thinking of breaking down the crib and just putting the mattress on the floor, because Ez has climbed out/fallen out of his crib a time or two, so it’s probably that time. He’s getting so big! It’s amazing to see how much he changes and picks up day by day. It’s also extremely frustrating at times, because mama just needs some time to herself! And I’m sure daddy does, too. And we want to do this again eventually?!
The chickens are all doing well. They like that the snow has been melting and freeing up more foraging ground. The other day Mister had caught a mouse but didn’t appear to be eating it any time soon, so I caught our black chicken and brought her over to where the mouse was. Took her awhile to figure out what I was pointing at, but once she saw the mouse she picked it up and pecked at it until it was dead. The other girls figured out she had something tasty and chased her around for awhile but eventually she got away and ate the mouse all up. I’m trying to teach them to be good hunters. It helps us out by decreasing rodent population and it helps them out by increasing their protein here and there.
The rabbit kits are growing, though not as fast as I would like. One of the kits has a gunky eye, so we are cleaning it off and putting antibiotics on it. I think it’s just “nest box eye” that they sometimes get. Usually is not indicative of anything more suspicious.
We were planning on keeping on of the female kits to bring our breeders back up to three females, but now I’m thinking maybe we will just stay with the two breeders. We’ll still have to see about that one. I know most folks who breed rabbit may eventually switch out all chicken in favor of rabbit, but I don’t know we’ll want to do that yet. I also worry about being overrun with rabbit meat. While there are many ways to prepare it, I guess I get worried that we’ll get tired of it but still have a couple hundred pounds of it in the freezer.
My ginger bug failed. I noticed mold on it last night so had to toss it. To be fair, I wasn’t taking great care of it. I’ll need to start another one soon and try again. On another note, our fermented garlic is coming along nicely! The last couple nights we’ve been eating one clove apiece, just for general good health. Also, Jesse is getting over a cold and garlic is great for colds. As we were eating our garlic cloves, Ezra decided he wanted one, too, so I opened my mouth and breathed on his face. He quickly ducked his head into my shoulder and decided he didn’t want one, after all. I’m thinking I will start another batch of fermented garlic soon, because they take a few months to come to fruition. Also, I may try a batch of honey fermented garlic, where you just put peeled garlic cloves into raw honey and let it do it’s work. The honey thins out from the garlic juices and microbes and apparently is very tasty in marinades and dressings. Fermenting food is fun!