Trying Something Risky

Well, some people might advise against trying this, just as some people might roll their eyes in wonder at the attempt, but I want to try and hatch 2 fresh (fertile) eggs without hatching with an incubator (although I have access to one and will set that up in August). 
The camera lighting was off so you can't really tell, but one egg is a light olivey green and one is a soft tan color.
Aug. 7th is the day I quit turning the eggs (at least 3 times a day 3-quarter turns), but will keep misting their nesting material. Aug. 10th is the hatching day if all goes right.
(I don't have a thermometer to check the temp, but am going by how the eggs feel to my 98-degree hands). If things don't go right, then I have 2 eggs for the compost pile.
If things work out, then I'll have 2 chicks!
I'll post updates on the 11th....wish me luck!!


(by the way, I am calling this a practical strategy simply because sometimes you will meet so many obstacles that by sheer force of will you may have to carve your way thru it your own out-of-the-box way).

Have you taken any risks, any shortcuts, done any trial and error tests toward your dream? How did that work out? Did you learn something valuable or do you feel it wasted your time?

Nests with Eggs

nest with egg painting 

Sorry it has a slight blue tinge from the camera settings,(I got in a hurry to get a picture of it)! I plan to do LOTS of these – nests with eggs. Some will be all neutral colors, even the background, maybe like whitewashed boards, and sometimes the eggs will have colors like olive and sage and chocolate and blue...
            I plan to surround myself with nests and eggs - rather I plan to cover the walls of my pantry with them. My pantry is really a bedroom downstairs that will have all my animal supplies stored (like my saddle), and all my art supplies (a place to make a mess and leave things out), and a place that takes the place of a kitchen work center where all the practical planning gets done (as well as storage of long-term food storage like buckets of dried fruits, and beans). I have been working to restore an old Hoosier cabinet to house my binders and books in. These I use for menu planning and nutritional info and how to make things like soap... and my master chore list and animal husbandry and stuff like that.
             I have a work table in there that sits in front of the window where the strong morning sun shines thru. I’ve been using it to start seeds with success, but gardening here is impossible- the grasshoppers and deer are problematic. Next spring I’ll start some fruit trees and herbs, and keep them in containers on the deck where deer and grasshoppers can’t get to them. I hope to also get some berries and grapes that will survive our winters, and keep them in 5-gallon containers too, letting them climb vertically with supports. I like the idea of growing things I can easily dry for future use, rather than have to take up freezer space or learn to can!
            When I have a good supply of paintings and have enjoyed them for a while on my walls, I plan to take them to the open-air art and Farmer’s markets in town and sell them (next fall). That will enable me to get fencing or other supplies to continue finding ways to become a little more self-sustaining, using this property to help support us.
            This week I had an opportunity to get free goats and llamas, and couldn’t, because of no fencing! (Also would need to borrow a truck or something since ours is junked). I want to be ready for whatever comes my way that will help me toward the end of being dependent on stores for what we need. There’s a certain amount of security that way, but it’s a long journey when you’re starting from scratch without resources! Sometimes it’s outright frustrating! However, if I give up, then I will never get anywhere at all, and what else is there to do? So I’ll continue to take these baby steps...

Have you designed a course of action toward longer term goals for yourself? I'd sure love to see what you've got!