Sleepy Time

The wind finally calmed down which allowed the boys and I go on a nice longer walk. When we got home they got their dinner and this is how they have looked since then…

I think I wore them out. Even Grayson got in on the action (or lack there of) and he didn’t even go for a walk.

I guess my play time with him earlier tuckered him out. Sometimes I wish I could sleep as well and much as all my boys do. I do enjoy watching them sleep peacefully. It’s calming in a way. Any of you know what I mean?

Hope you all are warm and safe this cold night. Sweet dreams from my boys!

Happy Blessing Boys!

Thinking of Christmas and things that were different and the same for Christmas 2020. One thing that never changes is our boys smiles at Christmas time when were are all together…

They love watching the paper come off presents, seeing what is inside, the food treats they get, sniffing the gifts for them, getting a new toy, or just a different atmosphere for the day I think makes them happy.

And we sure do love seeing them smile. 🙂 It’s a blessing and something we try to look for in all this craziness… the consistent blessings and our boys smiles are one of them.

Time

2020 went by so fast… I feel like I have gotten nothing done, but when I look back I see how much I have done. I can see my house is more organized and cleaned, I connected more with friends and family even if that was mostly at a distance, I got in more exercise and my boys got more walks, I got to have a garden again, I got more chickens to care for and their coop got organized again, working from home helped me to keep up with chores better, I got rid of a lot of things I have been meaning to for a while, and many more things. So I guess despite things I could say I had some success this year.

When I was younger my dad used to tell me that each year would go by faster and faster. I believed him then and I really believe him now. I feel like in 2020 it was especially true, but considering the year we have had maybe that is a blessing in disguise. I hope despite it all you can find some blessing in 2020 that you had too. If so let me know what they were below. Lets take something positive into 2021!

Quiet New Years Eve

Going into 2021 much like we did 2020… quiet and chilling.

Hope you had a blessed CHRISTmas and are having a peaceful and happy new year eve!

Winter Walk

One thing we love to do when it gets cold is go on hikes with the boys. Baxter is getting older now and can’t go far and we haven’t done much hiking this year with everything, but today after church we had a chance to.

The boys enjoying the mountain.

The boys really love exploring and being out. Despite Baxter’s limitations and the cold, we all had a good time and will sleep good tonight. It was a nice thing to do today and made the boys very happy.

Hope you had a good Sunday and have a great week everyone!

Merry Christmas Eve

Just a cute picture of the boys for you this cold Christmas eve…

Hope you are safe and warm. Merry CHRISTmas!

Surprise It’s Fall!

I blinked and it is already fall. I don’t know what it is… being so busy, this virus throwing things a little wonky, or just the fact that every year seems to go by faster and faster… but a friend of mine texted me today to say Happy First Day of Fall and I was like “whoa it is already fall”! How did that happen it was just the start of summer.

Some of the things keeping us busy right now are a new batch of chickens.

They are a little over 2 months old now and finally finished their ugly molt from baby to more mature feathers. They are one of the best batches we have had. They are quick learners, friendly, and feisty in a good way. We got 2 Rhode islands, 2 Golden Comets, and 3 Isa Browns. They are so much fun.

Here they are still in the ‘ugly molt’ a couple weeks ago.

Baxter had a little fall and hurt his hip on top of his arthritis getting worse in his back end. So he was at the vet getting looked over a couple weeks ago and put on some new meds. (which PTL seem to be finally helping). If you have animals especially more then one you know they keep you busy.

The garden has been growing crazy recently so harvesting and care of that has taken up some time.

I’m not complaining as the tomatoes are in abundance and I have extra to give away to friends, neighbors, and family.

     

Oh and so much more, but I won’t bore you with all that. Chase says hello to our blogging community…

Anyways I just wanted to post tonight to say… Happy Fall Ya’ll ! Hope it is a beautiful one for you.

Ready For Spring

We had a few good days of beautiful weather… then the rain, wind, and cold came back. It was so nice to be able to go out with the boys (dogs) during this time for almost daily walks. They have loved it and I have been feeling better being able to get out walking more. Baxter is getting hip dysplasia so we can’t go for as long a walk as we used to. He can usually only go about 2 miles now. We come home and he gets a hip rub and heat on him to relax his hip which seems to help. And the consistent walking, massage, and heat seem to be helping as he seems to walk a little better recently. Anyways, I said all this to say I AM READY FOR SPRING and warmer temps. to be here for a good spring.

I am eagerly waiting to be able to get plants and seeds to start a vegetable garden and flowers for my flower bed. I am eager to see butterflies and bees buzzing. I am ready to do outside projects and keep up walking in the sunshine. Fall has mostly been my favorite season, but this year I am ready for spring and to declare it my favorite for 2020.

Custom is Cool

There is an older couple we have known in our church for a long time now. They have their own business “The Car Badge Maker of Choice”, which is really neat and I never thought to blog about before. Before this virus hit our country I was over there helping them. Finally after all this time I got to look through all the badges, burgee’s, coins, etc he makes. These are not normal badges like police badges.

variety-badges

What is the badge then you may ask. It is usually for a car/vehicle club and it is a metal emblem they put on the fronts of their car/vehicle to show they are part of a certain club. He has made badges for so many clubs all over the world and his most famous so far is the one he made for the Queen of England (see photo of it below).

badge-for-queen-elizabeth

It is really neat to see all the different car clubs all over the world and how each badge is so different. He also makes burgee’s for boat clubs and they are pretty neat as well.

Burgee gold staff centered

He has all of these badges made custom to the customers specifications and design. He can pretty much get anything done. He has also done medals and special coins for clubs and churches as well. Our church had him design and make a coin a couple years ago for us to give out to first responders during 9-11 remembrance. So if you know of anyone who has or is in a car club, church, boat club, etc. and might want these cool things let me know by posting a comment, e-mailing me, or visiting his web site at http://arniebrown.com/.

My Old Man

How many of you can you relate to this? You have animals all your life and then once you get to be an adult you get your first animal that is all yours. Its a great thing, until down the road when you start to look at pictures of them and realize…

They are frosty old. Then it is very real… you have to deal with all the things that come with animals old age. When your a kid you have your parents or someone that usually creates a shield in some way for you. But even when you grow up with animals and have dealt with life and death of those animal’s its still very different to deal with it as an adult and when they are solely your responsibility. So our first dog as a married couple is going on 12 and the last couple years has really started to show his frosty age.

The thing is I love his frosty old self. We call him old man as he is starting to have that difficulty loading up in the pickup truck and his joints (as all of ours) are aching more. But in his eyes I still see his puppy youth and when he runs and plays on occasion I still see the life he has and how despite his frost he is still a puppy at heart. Got to love the aging dogs 🙂

Growing and Learning

I said in my last post I would post about our chicken run we built for the baby chicks to be outside in, yet safe from predators like hawks. And it works we have had a hawk try to get them in here without success. We have also used it to separate chickens as needed like when they are minor sick or injured. Keeps them outside with the flock, but separate so they don’t get worse and they can focus on healing.

Our babies seem to love it as they can jump, run around, stretch their legs, practice using their wings, and they can play on little logs or things we put in for them.

They also like it when I put their food in there along with the water that is always available.

Usually they forage a lot then go back for their food as they are just learning and haven’t figured out yet how to get more food from the outside.

Chase is usually close by and keeps an eye on them. You’ll usually find him laying by the run or sometimes napping by it. Other times he’ll run around a little then come back to check on them like in this picture.

Chase has been running around before I took this picture so he was a little tired and hot here.

The big girls also get to check out their soon to be new roomies and the babies can get used to the big girls too. Some of the big girls are more interested then others.

The run is about 6-7 feet long and about 4 feet wide. The top is mostly tarped to protect them and provide shade. The other part has a screen over it where we get in and out and lets sun in. This gives the babies choice of sun or shade while still protecting them. The whole thing as you can see has chicken wire all around it and the tarp hangs off one side for more shade option.

They really love being outside more and it gives us a place to let them out without having to be right there with them or worry. Happy Friday!

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Introducing….

I know I have been gone for a long time. Had a lot going on, but not much blog worthy. A couple weeks ago I was at our family friends house and my friends dad presented me with the new little cuties….

So introducing our 8 new baby chicks. So if I sexed them correct we have 1 boy and 7 girls…

This is our little boy… funny thing about him was he was the runt and the smallest.

Then we had 3 little black ones that are different enough you can tell them apart….

And we had 4 lighter colored brown/gold/yellow with a little grey girls….

They are all cute and growing so fast. They started to get out in their safe run to start to learn to be chickens even more, but more on that later. Hope you enjoyed seeing these cuties today. Let me know if you are raising any of these babies. 🙂