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The Holiday season has been upon us and continues to reign. Thanksgiving was all about preparing for family to come to our house. We got the front door painted, the last touches on the front hallway, the stairwell painted and family photos hung (finally.) I prepared wreaths for our children to take home that matched their decor. Our youngest got one in royal blue and black, with a Santa Guinea pig (her favorite pet.) Our oldest received one in purple and silver with Jack Skellington, and our middle received one in red and black with dragons. Our Thanksgiving meal consisted of many entrees grown right here on the farm: string beans (we prefer Roma beans), creamed potatoes (we grow Corollas), sweet potato casserole (we grow organic covingtons), corn pudding (we found an organic silver queen this year) and okra pickles. Other items on the menu included: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, coconut pie, dressing, smoked turkey, spiral ham, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, fruit salad, beer (made by John), turkey cupcakes, and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things. In addition to the regular holiday happenings, my husband has been working on our photovoltaic system, and now has it functional. We are currently running the barn/workshop totally from it, as well as wall sockets, lights, basement outlets/freezer, and smoke detectors in the house. We have finished out our solar panels on the tractor shed roof, as John was able to repair another couple of panels. We also picked up five new family members, as our black Australorps have not been doing a good job at laying eggs, so we went and got five buff orpingtons that are about 28 weeks old from one of our neighbors. Despite the fact that it is cold and daylight is dwindling, we are now getting four eggs per day.