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. 🙂

Friends

It’s nice to have friends you can count on… ones that are really there to help when you need it. Ones who support you and give you really advice and care even if it’s not what you always want to hear.

It’s also great to be that kind of friend. Someone who is there for others when they need you, even if it may be an inconvenience to you.

Hope you have those kind of friend/friends in your life as well as being that kind of friend to others you care about.

Woodland Friends

While on my trip I came across some woodland friends…

bambi

I remember seeing the movie Bambi for the first time. I can remember most of my first experiences with Disney movies and I bet most of you can as well.

thumper

You can remember the characters, what you felt, and what your impression was of the movies as a child. Funny when you watch them as an adult you can have some of the same experiences as well as different ones. Sometimes an adult perspective can take away some of the magic if your not careful. 😉

What is family?

As I thought about family this past Easter I was reminded that family is not just the one we are born into. It is the journey of the people the Lord brings into our lives.

Its those special people who treat you like they are blood relatives (and sometimes better) and you feel the same about them. Its about the relationships we develop with those we call friends, but sometimes are more like family.

As hubby and I still pray and hope to be able to have kids of our own, I know I still have an important job to do with each and every child I come in contact with. Its my job to be a good Godly role model for them. To treat them with love and kindness. To point them in the right direction and help them to feel special.

And in the process I get joy back and that warms my heart. I hope you had a blessed Easter.

MIA to Fun

It has been a while since I have been on here. With such a rainy last year plus so many things we had to do… that doesn’t leave a lot of time for fun or taking pictures. This past week has been different. I got the chance to finally go somewhere and have some fun…

mikki minnie

Recognize these guys? My mom and I got to go to the spring garden festival at this place…

Epcot

There were a ton of beautiful topiaries and flowers all over the place. It was a beautiful time of year to visit Epcot and check out the sites. More to come…

I spy…

Look who I spoted out having a coffee and doing some reconnaissance work….

Seasonsgirl photo

Kids better be good if he is out this early watching 😉

Sweet Sleepy Grayson

This is my sweet kitty last CHRISTmas time. He loved to snuggle and sleep on the CHRISTmas blanket by the tree.
We have had a hard time finding a tree this year. Our normal tree place doesn’t open till the 1st and our tradition has always been to get our tree the day after thanksgiving (any one else do this?). But this year hubby was working so we couldn’t go out. Then we we visited some other places they were either closed or didn’t really have trees to choose from. I know the Christmas tree industry has been taking a hit, but it has been obvious this year. Hopefully we can find a tree soon :/