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.

Wish… Deferred?

Have you ever had a wish or do you have a wish… a wish that is so deep down in your heart that you are afraid to say it out loud? A wish that you have wanted so bad and long that you stop saying it out loud and keep it buried inside. Something you have prayed for and hoped for that it seems impossible at times, but others times the hope pops up when you least expect it.

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I have had a couple wishes like this and for a long time I moved between thinking I should give up and then times I know God can provide. Recently I have come upon the idea of thinking of these secret hopes and dreams as delayed. God can provide our hopes and dream when they are in line with his plan for our lives, even when they seem impossible… but sometimes I have figured out in the mean time there are things I can do to prepare or to improve during periods of wait.

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Many times we may think of our unanswered dreams as a yes or no thing… but there is the “wait” option. And during the waiting time we can improve ourselves, our lives, our perspectives, our families, our faith. Its not always easy or fun, but it is possible and often it helps to have purpose during times of wait. It also may be just what we need to be doing to be our best when our dreams do come 🙂 Do you have secret hopes in your heart? How do you cope during periods of wait?

Flowers and Gardens

While we were on our overnight anniversary trip we went to a botanical gardens.

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The outside path was lined with gardens with pretty flower spinners.

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It was a pretty place and a lot of indoor displays, more then I had seen in other gardens like this.

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Some had things in them.

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Other’s were mostly flowers.

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The had ones for kids. (you know I loved the one with the chicken 😉 )

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Many of them had glass sculptures in them.

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One was in a desert…

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And the glass looked like a sun.

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It was neat what someone can do with glass.

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I love to look at flowers and find it very interesting how someone can create something so beautiful with different flowers.

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And they were all beautiful.

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