Monday, June 25, 2007
"The state Agriculture Department acknowledged Friday that it erroneously advised Pennsylvania poultry farmers they were required to enroll in a voluntary federal farm-registration program in order to participate in the state's avian-influenza monitoring program this year.
Spokesman Christopher Ryder said officials realized the error only after the department was sued by a conservative Mennonite farmer who claimed he would suffer ''eternal damnation'' if he complied with the rule and got a federal registration number to continue to sell his ducks."
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Friday, June 22, 2007
the first Anti-NAIS lawsuit has been filed in Pennyslvania by Mr. James Landis. Mr. Landis is a Mennonite farmer who raises Muscovy Ducks for a living. He has long voluntarily participated in the Avian Influenza Monitoring Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). This was necessary for Landis because he sells his ducks to live bird markets in New York City. The PDA notified him in April, 2007 that he must now have a NAIS on his farm in order to send his ducks to market. He has hired the Allied Defense League to fight this requirement. NAIS is currently only voluntary according to the federal governement and not legislation has been passed in PA making it law.
For more info go the NONAIS.ORG website.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Been a while!
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? when I take my time and write nicely
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Do hotdogs count?
DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes four with one more due in 6 weeks.
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably
DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? No, not me? ;)
DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Maybe!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Homemade Granola
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? What are tye shoes??? I usually where slipons (or buckled sandals), but on the occassion I do where sneakers, no i dont untie.
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Only compared to some.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? BREYERS
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? not sure, probably eyes.
RED OR PINK? Red!
WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My dad
WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? denim maternity overalls
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A Hershey bar...but that is actually unusual, I am usually going after the fruit.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? the humm of my computer and quiet of my home.
IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Navy Blue
FAVORITE SMELLS? lilacs, lavendar, freshly baked bread or cookies
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? my hubby!
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Ummm, it used to be baseball, but I really dont like to watch sports
HAIR COLOR? Brown
EYE COLOR? Hazel/Green
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I used to wear one (I know, Im weird).
FAVORITE FOOD? Pizza, hamburgers, brownies & ice cream & fruit
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy Endings
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Not sure....its been a couple of weeks.....maybe "One Night with the King" but I fell asleep towards the ending (hey it was 2am)
WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? I was wearing red, but it got hot and its a grey sports...thing (blush)
SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer
HUGS OR KISSES? both
MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? not sure
LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I'd be surprised if anybody responded.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? A lot of children's books, we signed up this week for the library's summer reading program.
FAVORITE SOUND[S]? Laughter of my children, the sound of water
ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? neither....well probably the Beatles if I HAD to choose.
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? France
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? nope
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Long Island, NY
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
We spent more time reading and they are already up to the second prize and then time for bed, the day was concluded by a spectacular thunderstorm.
Now that we have signed up and started the Summer Reading program (and had a few hot and sticky days) I feel as though summer has officially begun!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Here is part one. Links to the rest:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Today was our last day of school. My daughter missed a day last week which is why we ended today on a Saturday. Her Portfolio is completed and Monday is her evaluation, then all we have to do is get it to the portfolio with the evalulators letter to school district for review by July 1 ! *Sigh*. Then the process starts all over again with a letter of intent, copy of recent physical, ( I have to get that done), copy of high school diploma (mine), copy of immunizations and a notarized affidavit in to the school district by August 1. Doesnt that make you just want to move to PA to homeschool your child!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The jelly is definitely not sweet like we are used, but I think it will make a great combination with some natural peanut butter and I feel better knowing that it has all natural sugars.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
One website that my daughter and I enjoy for school is called Spellingtime.com . After signing up with a log in and password....you can set up a childs grade level and have them do the spelling lists on the site or you can modify the program with your own spelling lists. It is set up so they do spelling 5X a week. The first day, the program introduces the words etc, the second day they play a game of hangman and write the spelling words, the third day they do a word scramble with the words...etc. After completing each day sucessfuly the child earns "coins" to play a game. They can then choose one game to play as a reward. My 8 year old daughter really enjoys it. I dont have her do it everday as we are doing Rod & Staff this year with spelling, but I let her do it as a reward. Next year we plan on using McGuffey and I thought I would just modify the lists and add our own words. So if you want a way to "spice" up your spelling program check it out....and the best thing is that it is free!