Hens and Hay

We put new hay in the coop the other day…

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Our girls go crazy for new hay in their coop…

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This white one kept looking at me like “thanks lady for the hay”…

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I sat down in the hay with them for a while…

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Some of them dig down though the hay and all you see is tails in the air 😉

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This was also a first for the adolescents and babies and they seemed to just enjoy it as well.

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It was a fun and entertaining time in the coop.

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And it didn’t hurt it increased our egg production a little. Happy hens= Happy eggs 🙂

 

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day 2017!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 30 from 1868-1971. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. (info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)  

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Today hubby had to work this morning so I worked around the house, got the 2+ month old now chicks out into their outside pen for some fresh air, and did a few things around the house. My boys were on the porch watching me work and usually sleeping…

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Once hubby got home we did some more work in the yard, grilled out a late lunch, and are going for a lovely drive later with the boys. Its so lovely here today 🙂

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Our gratitude to those families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. To all: I hope you and your families are having a pleasant and beautiful day!

Chase and Chicks

The baby chicks went out to play again today as it was warm and nice enough. Chase came out too as he has been really good with them inside, so we watched him around them outdoors. He is used to baby chicks as this isn’t our first rodeo with chicks, but we always watch the boys with them anyways.

Today Chase showed he is the protector of them as he is of the other girls.

At first the chicks weren’t sure of this big creature walking around them. But soon made friends with Chase and used him for a little cover…

Chase was very protective of them even when they went near hubby, he was still right there watching them.

It was a cute site to behold and the baby’s had so much fun outside you could tell.

But eventually they got a little chilly so it was back inside to get warm under the heat lamp and take a nap.

Snow to spring and back again …

That last eastern snow storm got us  Monday night into Tuesday.

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Since we knew it was coming our way we did prep work around our place. Secured the chickens and got a couple flock blocks set up plus extra water, covered up the tractors, moved the generator, and filled up the bird feeders as we like to provide a spot for the birds in the snow to get food.

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There were quite a few birds that showed up…

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All three boys liked watching the birds, the two pups from the door and little Grayson from the window…

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We also enjoy watching them. You see a hierarchy just like you do with the chickens… interesting to watch.

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I also like to see the little birds find ways to get to the good food and fool the bigger birds.

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Provides some good entertainment on a snowy day.

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If you got this snow I hope you stayed safe and warm. I was lucky this time, hubby did the shoveling and snow blowing and I got to be inside cooking and baking. I think I got the better part of the deal 😉

 

And back again…

I know I just posted about the looks of spring coming to our area. I was looking forward to some nicer weather and the wind to not be so much of a bother.

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But today I woke up to this… snow, cold, wind 😦 The ground, deck, and all were covered.

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My flower beds were covered too and my poor budding flowers.

 

I guess old man winter is not ready to let go just yet. I hope it doesn’t keep my tulips and other flowers from blooming when spring does finally decide to stay. Weather says possibly more snow tonight. We shall see.

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

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The boys were out playing in the snow…

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And jumping on the logs that hubby has been splitting for fire wood…

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It was a winter wonderland. And today….

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There were blooms and buds everywhere…

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Pretty little flowers…

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Of many colors…

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Buds pushing through for daffodils…

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So many flowers coming through the ground…

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The chickens were all over the place and loving the nicer weather…

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And I have been enjoying their increase in egg production. Its not really “warm”, but defiantly not “cold”. Its hubbys kind of weather and we’ve been getting out in the yard getting things done. Happy for more “spring like” weather!

 

 

Babies, babes, everywhere…

It must be at least getting a little close to spring (or it may be wishful thinking)…. but everywhere we went today there were baby animals running about…

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It may just me willing spring here and using these babes as my proof…

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Either way they are all cute when they are little 🙂

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It was just nice to have a couple nice days of weather and be outside without freezing or having the wind knock me over. Hope your week has started out well!

Wrangling…

Since we got our Christmas tree I have been trying to get all the boys in front of it at one time to get a picture. Usually the two boys will be laying in front of it…

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Or the cat… but not usually all three. But if they are all in the vicinity, by the time I get my camera, one of them is moving…

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But today I must have been on my game and it may have helped I was giving them their treats for the day and they all sat still just long enough for this picture…

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But as soon as Grayson got his treat he was gone off to play. Its tough wrangling a cat (you know what I mean if you have one). Once they had their treats I made a treat for hubby and I…. some yummy gluten free cinnamon rolls.

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They turned out pretty good for me doing them this way, I know they aren’t that beautiful but they taste a lot better then they look. It didn’t involve any yeast as I didn’t have the time to let them rise, etc. They will make a different yummy breakfast or mid day snack like today.  Hope you will treat yourself to something special this week that will make you smile.

 

Wrapping all the way…

Traditions are important to every person I know or have come into contact with. Our traditions usually come from our families, but once you get married you usually come up with some of your own. One tradition hubby and I do is try to have all our gifts bought by Thanksgiving or the week after and then have them wrapped by this time each year. This year hubbys family was here right after thanksgiving so we sent all that side of the families gifts back with them last week (saves on postage). Usually the pups hang out with me while I wrap, and this year I had a little extra help…

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Its been a fun and interesting experience to have our first cat as a married couple. Our Grayson has his own crazy yet sweet personality and he is like a little kid… he has to be in the middle of whatever I do.

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I have been having to figure out how to wrap when he gets on the paper and decides to take a nap or use the paper as a scratching area….

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Even with something that could seem like an inconvenience I find myself finding it funny and hubby and I giggle at all his antics (except scratching the paper… that’s a bad habit to let start). So the tradition hubby and I started 8 years ago now has a new twist with Grayson in the mist and we have to be okay with things sometime take a little longer when he decided to “help” 🙂

Hope your Christmas season has started out with traditions, old and new, people you care about, and memories that will last.

Fall brings Thankfulness

We have one tree out by the road that always is so pretty when it changes colors. We love this tree as it signals fall and is just pretty to look at.

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It also reminds me that Thanksgiving is on it’s way and it helps me to remember what I am thankful for.

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Even when it seems thing aren’t going your way, things could always be worse and there is always something to be thankful for.

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My boys are ready and waiting for Thanksgiving. They tried on their bandanas and have picked out a prime spot to watch the family eat.

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The boys are just two of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hope you are going to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, no matter what your plans are.

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