Chicken Coop

About a year ago my family decided that we were going to get chicks, raise them and harvest their eggs. Before we even got the chicks we had to prepare by making a suitable housing area and incubator for the chicks when they arrive. My dad and I started off by Making a small 4×3 incubator with heating lamp for the chicks to grow up in, but now we just use it for food storage. The incubator has two lids, one for viewing the chicks and one for accessing them. The overall process wasn’t too difficult because of the somewhat simple design and small size. In the end the incubator turned out great and has help up through the first part of El Nino and the past 12 months with no trouble, but most importantly it kept the chicks it ideal safe growing conditions. photo1 (9)

We knew that the chicks were going to grow up fast and need a much larger housing area. So before they were too big for their incubator my dad and I headed back out to that drawing board to come up with a new house for the chicks. We ended up spending about a week making a huge chicken coop that our chickens would love. We used a similar design as the incubator but we just increased the size and added new features. Those features include nests, a sleeping rod, and a door to the outside area. Speaking of the outside area, it was a 7×7 area with food and water containers, hay flooring, and a tree branch roost that the chickens could hang out on during the day. Soon enough the chicks turned into chickens and we moved them into the new house. They loved it from the minute they moved in and they have ever since.

photo3 (6)

The best part of having chickens besides the cute chicks, are the amazing eggs. The eggs are way better than any store bought eggs because these chickens are free range! Sadly however the eggs don’t last forever and our chickens stopped laying a little while ago. I highly encourage you to get chickens at your house, they are such a great resource, pet, and experience!

photo2 (4)

Advertisements

Farmers market

Yesterday my friend Owen and I decided to check out our local farmers market after school. Both of us hadn’t been in years and thought that the experience would be a nice refreshment to our lives. We were just planning on looking around at all of the different stands, but we brought money just in case something caught our eyes.

photo4 (1)

The market its self takes up two block of state street with dozens of tents and stands that offer all or your basic fruits and vegetables as well as many unique items as well. While in the market, you don’t feel like your down town because the road is blocked off and there’s not noisy traffic. The chill music from the various people playing it on the sidewalk provides a relaxed and fun feeling that is very enjoyable to be around.

photo5 (2)

Most stands are presented very nicely any creatively like the one above. It gives a spanish sort of look that makes the market feel authentic if you will. At this stand there were a few exotic fruits being sold like cherimoyas, passion fruit, etc. Since I love passion fruit and I get it on such rare occasion i decided to buy one pound of them. The seller was charging 8 dollars per pound however when he gave my my change the total was only 5 dollars which was an unexpected pleasure of the day.

photo3 (3)photo2 (2)

 Some of the more interesting things for sale at the farmers market are goods like pies, honeys, nuts, wheat grass, and even dairy products and oils. All of these different products really make me appreciate how they got here from these small “farms” and businesses. Things like cheese and milk that are sold are very unique products to be selling at a local market. The pie stand offered a variety of different types of pie flavors, sizes, and nutritional preferences. Owen bought a small cube or apple pie that he said was absolutely great tasting.

photo2 (2)

overall the farmers market is a must do at least once. it will provide a amazing experience that you wont regret. Walking down the street full of food stands with a honey stick in your mouth with rad local music is certainly is a great thing to do to relax and burn some free time.

Decorating Doughnuts

My sister was recently performing in the Music of The night Play at my high school. My family was asked to bring some type of snack to contribute to the food stand. My mom thought a great thing to do was decorate doughnuts with weird and interesting toppings like cereal and candy.

photo1 (3)photo2 (1)

We had to make an improvised adhesive/glaze to stick the toppings to which was made of liquified powdered sugar. when My other sister and I started it was very difficult the get the toppings to stick and they were just running off the sides of the doughnuts and making a complete sticky mess! We soon figured out that we needed to thicken out the consistency of the improvised glaze, and once we did we had a much easier time. We certainly had a lot of fun with the experimental combinations of sprinkles, candy, and cereal. We ended up with so many different combinations from simple sprinkles to very detailed ones with multiple sections. photo1 (4)

As cool as these doughnuts my look, the process of it was very messy, and surprisingly difficult. Dealing with so many small sprinkles, proved to be difficult when pouring them onto plates and into bowls and was almost impossible to do without at least 30 of them flying off onto the floor and any other place that you will run into later. Even just applying the toppings was hard enough, half of the time they wouldn’t stick to the doughnut and you would have to re-sprinkle toppings onto the bald spots on them. The lucky charms cereal topping was by far the biggest pain because none of the individual pieces of cereal would stay on when trying to dip the doughnut into them. So, we ended up having to place every piece of the lucky charms onto the doughnuts one by one which took lots of precision and patience, in order for a decent outcome that would be sellable.

photo1 (5)

In the end the experience proved to be very well worth it, and is something i’d highly recommend as a fun and creative family project. I feel that it truly brought me closer to my sister and id imaging for her as well and the project gave me a feeling of satisfaction for completing such a surprisingly challenging feat. Knowing that they sold out very quickly at the food stand only contributes to that great feeling! 🙂

Trying a new game

witcher3boxcopyopinion

Being sick sucks! Unless you get to stay home and do whatever you want, jk. I have Been sick for a few days this week and I tried picking up the video game for the first time in forever. I blew the dust off of my xbox and turned her on and put in this game called the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Id played it previously, but got bored after a couple hours of wondering around getting frustrated over the game mechanics. However when I was sick I started watching youtube videos on it and it sparked my interest again, and I picked up some tricks on how to play while watching the videos too.

images

This game is Beautiful…

The First thing you will notice in the Witcher 3 is its absolutely stunning graphics! Which in my opinion is even better than the great story, huge open world, and the endless journeys to embark on. Everything in this game looks so real, from the dynamic grass to the huge castles to the underwater aquatic life. Hands down the most beautiful game ever!

Witcher-3-screenshot-6

In the Witcher 3 you play as a character named Geralt of Rivia, who is a witcher, aka monster hunter. Your daughter has been kidnapped and you are out to find her, in very basic terms. I have just barley scratched the surface of the content in the Witcher 3 and I have put in 10 plus hours already. The story line has been full of interesting missions, dialogue, and of course creepy creatures and monsters for you to kill! There are un countable amounts of side quests that add so much more to the game, not to mention they are essential in leveling up maturely and they provide decent loot. There are plenty of funny and interesting characters that play into the story and the different choices you can say to them influences something differently that the other choice. Every choice you make affects your future game outcome. The depth and amazing complexity of the story in The Witcher 3 has truthfully stunned my and compares to no other game I have ever played.

the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-prepare-for-impact

 You will encounter a huge variety on different creatures that are weak to certain things and resistant to others.  The fighting seem so seamless and fluid, as well as easy to do. There are countless amounts of potions and bombs you can craft that add even more to the game experience. If you are thinking about getting a new video game, id highly recommend picking up The Witcher 3, you will not be disappointing!

Snowboarding trip!

 photo1 (2)

During the recent winter break, I took a snowboarding trip up to Mammoth Mountain ski Resort to get some pow in with my buddy Matty! We drove from Santa Barbara, CA to Mammoth which took about six hours of watching old kids movies while fading in and out of consciousness in the middle of the Mojave Desert.Once we arrived in the middle of the night at Matty’s condo we quickly fell asleep.

photo1 (1)

My first day was more of a time to relearn what skill I previously had, since I hadn’t beed snowboarding in two years. It took me a bit, but eventually I was able to do everything I used to be able to do, at the expense of a couple falls. It wasn’t long before Matty was taking me into the glades(trees). We also met up with some other friends who were on the mountain hitting a jump they made. By the time I wanted to try the jump I luckily had some tricks to land it from previous natural jumps and terrain Id been dropping off of in the glades.

photo2

The scenery was amazing! Practically everywhere you looked were trees frosted in sparkly snow crystals, giving the felling of being in a truly magical place:0 the days that it was snowing was very unreal! It looked like sparkles falling from the sky, that would melt once they hit your body. If you go to mammoth your self, be prepared to see snow covered bras and other miscellaneous things hanging from the trees along the ski lifts…

photo4

At the end of each day, granted a feeling of great accomplishment, along with fatigue, and hunger!, but just to be able to have the amazing thrill of snowboarding makes it all worth it. One of the days it was so cold and windy that the my breath through my face guard cause it to freeze to my face! The feeling of being in such an intense climate while shooting down a snowy hill dodging through trees and other people provides an unexplainable experience. Even Just the feeling of sliding effortlessly is something Ive been awed by every time I go snowboarding, and snowboarding or skiing is truly something everyone should be able to experience at least once in their lives.

photo6 (1)

photo5 (1)

Go outside and find something that truly amazes you, wether it is going to the snow or just experiencing something new that gives you a thrill.