Heat Wave… hopefully waving bye bye

It is so hot again… so hot I want to crawl into an ice bath. On top of the heat our AC went out yesterday and it’s not fixed yet. To keep cool we have al the fans going, extra floor fans on, were going for rides with the boys in the car with the AC going, and opening widows around the house where the sun isn’t shining in to increase air flow.

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This evening it is finally cooling and Grayson has been finding a way to stay cool…

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He has loved hanging out in the windows. We have found him in different windows depending on the sun. I think its not only the air flow, but he has loved hearing and seeing different animals and bugs go by.

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They say the coming week we are supposed to be in the 80’s again so hopefully that will help. When you don’t have AC or a commodity like it… makes you very grateful for it. Praying its fixed soon. Hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods 🙂

Sunset so Bright

There are many nice things in any given day. But one of my favorite things is a beautiful sunset. When I see a beautiful sunset, one where the colors are vibrant or bright… it can make a bad day better or a good day great.

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Hubby and I got to see a beautiful one a couple nights ago coming home from running errands in the city. We were fairly close to home and I looked over and saw this…

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The sun was just setting and throwing beautiful and brightly colored light over the mountain and into the sky. The clouds were wispy, fluffy, and so light. I made hubby pull over so I could get a couple pictures, but he didn’t mind. It was a good excuse for him to take a moment to enjoy it as well.

I hope you had a great week and that the coming week is full of blessings 🙂

4 years

Got a fun message today on my WordPress notifications:anniversary-2x

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Funny how time flies… doesn’t feel like I have been blogging for 4 years but the proof is in the notification 😉

Best Part of Snow

There are many things you can say about snow… its cold, its wet, its messy, its too deep, its too hard to see when it gets going good… You could say all these things, but why not also see the positives? Why not see the beauty? In our recent 3 feet of snow I could have seen many negatives and at times I think the biggest negative was being sore from digging out, but looking at the picture below I see something else…

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I see the beauty in the snow falling softly. I see the birds using the snow as cover to come to the feeders and eat. I see quiet in the middle of a busy world (yes I know you hear quiet, but I can remember the quiet from this picture). I see the trees holding up all the snow powerful and strong. I see a beauty that is not in our world at other times. Snow can be calming, it can be relaxing, it can relieve stress, it can stop a world that is always to busy, to stressful, and to overworked. It reminds us and sometimes makes us slow down and remember that in this world where we live, we need to actually live. This snow gave hubby and I time to do a little living… living by loving on our pets, spending time together, getting some things done for us, taking some time to really rest without worrying about what was not getting done, watching the snow fall so peacefully at times we couldn’t help but to sigh and let ourselves relax. Snow can give you a different perspective and a different view of your own world.

“And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

-Philippians 4:7

Snow Dogs

Our boys love the snow. Especially Chase… Chase would stay out in the snow with us as long as we would let him. But usually we make him go in every so often as his poor paws gets caked with snow so we make him go in to warm up. In the 3 feet of snow we had a couple weeks ago it was a constant fight to make sure he had areas to go out and walk/run in when we went out to check on the chickens.

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As the snow was going down and we were going outside more we dug more and more paths for the boys to go down and have places to move and roam.

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Chase being a bit of an explorer kept trying to go over the snow and make his own paths…

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It didn’t always work out for him as he would get a little ways, sink into the snow, and sometimes get stuck…

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Then he would come back onto the paths with his big brother…

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And run to catch up with him…

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Who was happy to stay on the paths…

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Any they would keep wandering down another path.

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They are so cute together and good brothers 🙂

Helpers

When it is snowy, icy, or windy we check on the chickens a lot as they are usually inside their run. We are making sure they have food, water, and their laying boxes are clean. We also collect the eggs. So when we go outside we have a couple of helpers who go with us. Chase is our biggest helper. He is always up for a walk to the coop, making sure we don’t spill the water when we are taking that out, or that we don’t have any extra treats for him too.

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Yesterday when we took out the water Chase was right there with us. Baxter on the other hand was content to explore and do his own thing.

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He prefers to leave the big jobs to Chase and keep the exploring and snow eating for himself. At least he was out there ‘in case’.

Birds in the Snow

Our birds have been enjoying our bird feeders that hubby has been trying to keep full.

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They have been on the feeders and under them where they had dropped some of the seeds.

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We have had different kinds of birds, but mostly these small little birds and robins.

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They also have been under some of the trees I think eating berries and things that have dropped off of them.

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They have been keeping the kitten entertained as he watched from the window.

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I am glad our trees and feeders have kept them safe and fed in all this bad weather.

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Yahhh for cute little birdies 🙂

Chickens in the Snow

I had a comment about chickens in the snow on my last post that inspired me to share about my snow dare devils. I know most chickens will avoid the snow and not even think about going out in it. I have a couple of chickens who take the risks even in the 3 feet of snow they had to get out…

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And take a look around…

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And get stuck…

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Chase saw this one was stuck and decided to help her out…

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I guess it freaked out the chicken and she tried to get out of the snow as quick as she could…

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So we do have a few chickens who will risk frost bite to explore, but usually they go back in quickly and we usually don’t let them out to protect their feet, wattles, and crown. But when they have been cooped up for a day or two we open the door for them to be able to get out if they want as long as it isn’t too cold or windy. But usually only a couple take us up on it. So today while it is still overcast and windy; after this ice and snow they will stay in and stay warm.

What do you do with your chickens in the snow, bad winds, ice, etc.?

 

 

Snow Chickens

Yesterday it snowed quite a bit and today the ice and icy rain is making everything a slick mess. The dogs were slipping and sliding all around like they were on a ice rink. It made me feel bad they were slipping, but it was cute to see them try to stay upright. The chickens are staying in their coop/run again today. They have a flock block, food, hay, and water…

They started to flock ;)as soon as I put the block down.

They started to flock 😉 as soon as I put the block down.

They get all sorts of treats when there is bad weather to keep them busy and keep them from getting bored. So the flock blocks are a rare treat but has the ability to keep them all busy. They especially like it on top of hay they can scratch in as well.

Even our hurt girl got in n the action (she is the one in the middle here).

Even our hurt girl got in on the action (she is the one in the middle here).

One of our New Hampshire’s was looking at the other girls pigging out for a while, before she finally joined in and had some.

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At least on a yucky day you can still get some entrainment from your flock of chickens. another perk besides the fresh eggs. 🙂

Snow Birthday

Every year it seems on hubbys birthday it snows. This year it was no different as I had told you in my last post. It started snowing Friday mid day and didn’t stop till sometime early Sunday morning. 3ft in total with some drifts that went taller.

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On Saturday we started snow blowing and shoveling. The snow was going sideways, but we knew if we didn’t keep up with the snow, it would freeze and make it impossible for the snow blower to work properly. So while hubby was snow blowing I was shoveling around the vehicles the walkway, and the front porch as that was the only door of the house we could get in and out. This was after we had tracked and shoveled to the chicken coop with water and treats for the chickens stuck inside.

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Sunday brought more shoveling and snow blowing to try to get my SUV dug out and more of the driveway cleared. We had it where the truck could get out… until a neighbor came by in his tractor with a plow and pushed snow all back in front of our drive. Didn’t matter anyways as the road was still so bad we couldn’t get out even with 4×4.

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Monday was more shoveling and attempting to dig out the mailbox, which still hasn’t completely happened.

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Tuesday more shoveling in the driveway so we could get both vehicles in and out one at a time and paths in the back yard for the dogs.

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Both Baxter and Chase had limited times outside as I didn’t want them getting too cold or frostbitten paws. The snow was clumping especially on Chase’s fur covered paws. We decided we may need to look into snow boots for him as his paws just get covered and he won’t come in as he loves the snow so we just don’t want hurt paws. Baxter on the other hand didn’t mind not being outside he enjoyed his bed inside more.

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Grayson enjoyed watching all of us from the windows and watching the birds who came to the bird feeders we had out front.

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So our snow adventure had us snowed in at our place and just chilling where we were warm, safe, and still had power so all went well. Now its back to work and life… If it wasn’t for the shoveling… I miss being snowed in and the world stopping for a few days.

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