Thursday, May 3, 2012

Facebook Etiquette That You WISH People Would Use

Most, if not all, of us use Facebook.  Let's face it: it won't be going the way of Myspace anytime soon either so that means we will continue to deal with those people. You know the ones. They drive you nuts daily or make you roll your eyes in a mixture of embarrassment or horror... depending on the offense.  So why don't we go over some things you know we are ALL thinking, shall we?

1.  Don't post where you actually are. This means you are definitely NOT at home which tells people it's okay to rob you. Or better yet, don't post you are at home... alone!  Really? Do we have to get into all the problems that THAT can cause you? Honestly, where do these people leave their common sense?

2. Don't post things that will come back to bite you in the rear.  If you are going through a divorce, I highly suggest not posting crap about your current boyfriend or lover that you got CAUGHT with. It's not that helpful in the court room, I promise!  If you are having custodial issues, then please, use some sense and don't post about the drinking, partying or stripping you may have done at your house or at the latest bar you went to. None of us want to know, really, we don't. The judge might find it interesting though... just not in your favor.

3. Please, on the comment section, don't ask if someone is mad at you. Really. Not only does that make you stalker quality, it makes you look like a really bad stalker. ( Are you mad at me?  No, why?  You haven't texted me in four days. OMG, are you serious? )

4. Do you not know how to type correctly? I can understand being on a cell and hurriedly typing out something. I can. But people, we can tell if you are on a phone or not- HELLO, it shows the mobile sign under your comment! If you are NOT on a cell, please type correctly. If not, it just reinforces your inability to spell and makes us question your parentage.

5. Don't post things that you can't handle. You know what I'm talking about. Someone posts a funny picture or something racy and then gets upset if a person comments negatively about it. If you cannot handle the negative remarks, don't post it! Pretty simple, really.

6.  If you start a new group or page, know how to post thelink of it BEFORE you tell everyone. Copy & Paste is not that hard to do. Really, if you can make a new group, you can definitely copy the link and post it on your wall.  Don't type out the name because, most of the time, other people will not be able to find it in the search engine.  Not only does it make you look bad, it makes the people looking for it aggravated and then they decide it's not worth it. This makes you lose customers, readers pretty quickly!

Now, we all do at least one of these things sometimes. Don't forget the first stone and all that. This is for all the people who do this... ALL. THE. TIME.   The ones that, even if we point it out in a general outlook, they don't get it. And if you say in terms that they understand? Your uppity.  Your annoying. All because we just want a little common sense on our pages. Go figure.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chicks, Rabbits and Goats, OH MY!

Living on 73 acres, you learn pretty quickly that farm animals are really a necessity and not just because they are cute, fluffy and you have extra money to spend.  We live roughly 15 miles from our town (small though it is) so we need to keep the basics on hand. In fact, you could almost consider us preppers. Not that we expect the world apocalypse or the nation's economy to fall, but we do live in an area with tornado activity. (Plus, I have no desire to run to town daily b/c I forgot to buy it the day before.)   What does this have to do with animals? Let me explain...

Chickens. We have 24 right now (12 adults, 12 chicks) and I am incubating more. I can't say they are great for keeping the bugs away because I don't let mine free range. Now, before I get lots of peta comments, they get treats daily and I always make sure to throw grass clippings, meal worms,etc... to them so they have lots to do and eat. My chickens think if they are allowed OUTSIDE their coop, they should lay their eggs outside the coop as well. I became tired of playing Easter egg hunt every day to be honest.  Plus, if you garden, it has to be enclosed completely because chickens do not care if your squash or green beans are almost ready to harvest, they will scratch and destroy the plants to find the teeny-tiny bug in the center of the plant... just because they can. Our hens do quite well in keeping us supplied with brown eggs and we have 2 roosters to continue the line. The rest of the roosters? Well, sorry but in the pot they go, which only adds to the farming experience.

Rabbits.  We have A rabbit currently but are getting a few more so we can start breeding them. Not because they are cute and fluffy. Not because I planted too many carrots. They are production rabbits and will be culled at 8 weeks old. Now, again, no peta comments. Our doctor told us that rabbit meat would be GREAT for our twins' digestion problems since the medicine isn't really working and I see no point in buying the meat at the supermarket for an OUTRAGEOUS price when we can raise them much cheaper. For anyone with digestion problems ( heartburn, acid reflux), rabbit meat can be used as a replacement in any chicken recipe (I swear it almost does taste like chicken...) and you will be amazed at the difference it will make.

Goats.  Okay, I have to admit: I love our goats. We have a Nubian and a Nubian/Brush Goat mix that have been in our family (between us and my hubby's parents) for the past 8 years.  They are GREAT lawn mowers! In fact, I haven't mowed our backyard in over a year since we brought them to our house. (In-laws are sick and couldn't take care of them any longer). Not only that, goats' milk is also GREAT for digestion problems. It has made a HUGE difference in our kids' issues and I can honestly say that I actually dislike using cows' milk for anything but cooking now.

That's all the animals we have so far... well, unless you count the 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 fish. And the guineas in the incubator. But next year, we're adding 2 horses,  2 steers and maybe (if I can talk the hubby into it) a pig or 2.  I figure that if we own this much land, we might as well put it to use! lol