Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Bit of My Life

Life, as always, is full of ups and downs.


Lately, we have been riding a roller coaster that has given us whip lash...we will NEVER be the same.

Tumultuous, to say the least.

But...

...months later...

        ...I think that I can maybe smile again.

I might, someday, write about what all happened...but I might not.  Some things must stay close to your heart for a long time before they are understood by it...or, if not understood, worked through.


That being said...

We have adopted a stray cat.  Showed up here.  I think it was probably here before we came.  His/her name is Autumn Tammy.  I don't know how we came up with the name...just that is it.  It is a he/she because we have only just met and I don't think it is very polite to "look," yet.  And it is tail-less.



I had a cat when I was little who would ride on my shoulder whenever I was outside.  Even when I would ride my bike.  She would wait for me at the end of the lane, with my two dogs, when I came home from school.  Always wanted another cat that would ride on my shoulder!!

Autumn Tammy had been alone for a while and has issues with trust.  But not really.  He/she runs from us, then remembers we pet him/her and feed him/her...then he/she runs back to us for said pets until we move a bit too fast and he/she takes off again, only to repeat the whole thing again.

Our George cat hates him/her.

Can not believe it!  17 already!

We had a birthday this week!  My second born is now 17.  Eek!  I am so very proud of him.  He is truly becoming a man who is after God's own heart.  My heart swells whenever I think of him.  He helped put up the chicken fence with my mom and my oldest son, and me.  And we are working on the duck fence.


Speaking of fencing...
...we have need of putting the chickens and ducks inside of a fence because...

1. Ducks are seemingly clueless when it comes to the weather and will walk everywhere on the property, even when it is -20*C.

Ducks are so cool!

2. Ducks will still jump in open water when it is -20*C...if they can find it and if they can somewhat fit.  Ice forming on feathers is not something I want to see!!

AND 3...

WE GOT A PUPPY!!

Our beautiful puppy, Millie!

I will write a separate post about her but we are putting up a fence because she wants to play with the ducks and chickens.  Not so good.

Pallets are used for wind breaks.

On the plus side, no more duck poop on the deck!  (Just puppy poop!  LOL)

Beautiful here, even in the winter.  I can not believe that I am so blessed as to be able to live here!  My heart sings with joy!


Oh...this happened today!

Hahaha...look at his eyes!!

I mean really!!

I think I am in love!

I can not tell you how happy looking at these chicken photo's makes me!!

This is one of the two babes we have from our rooster and our the hens.  His name is Cocoa!  He was suppose to be a she.  LOL  Our hens won't go broody but a hen from our rooster and our hens should go broody and then they could hatch out chicks for us.  Alas, that was not to be because the other chick that was hatched out is a rooster, as well.  Sigh.


BUT Ducks!  Muscovy ducks are said to be great moms so when they go broody we can throw some chicken and duck eggs under them and they will hatch them out.  We will need to take the chicks away because mom will take them swimming and chicks REALLY don't swim.

And I made these Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites on the boys birthday.  One of his favourite things!  I wish I got a pic of him when he noticed that I was making these!!

Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Guess who my new favourite chicken is?


Awesome looking parrot!


Thank you for barring with me while I get my blogging legs back.  

Life is weird.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chickens are HERE!

So…this happened, yesterday!

How we transported our hens.  5 to a box!





We are in our BLISS.  

The kids are beside themselves.  Always going out to the coop to see the hens.  They like them even more than they like the chicks.  
Kids learning a bit about chickens.

I am tired!  So tired and bone sore.  I knew that there would be more work...and I love it.  Just taking a moment to appreciate that this work is work!  So much worth it!

I woke up so many times last night thinking about the hens.  Over the years the wooden floor of the coop has rotted away in spots.  I am so nervous that skunks or coyote or a fox is going to dig under the coop and get the chickens!

So I bought a solar powered electric net fence.  I got it set up but I was too tired last night to try to make sense of the instructions.  

Finally, at 5:30, I got out of bed and checked on them.  All was well, thank goodness.

Hopefully, I can get the fence powered before night fall and teach the kids how to turn it off and on again.  Don’t want my littles to feel the force of the electric fence by accident.  

I am sure they will each try it out.

I hope I am around to see it.  

13 here...3 more came before we had lunch.

In 24 hours, our 20 hens, have laid for us 16 eggs!  They also laid one for themselves as evidenced by the empty shell fragments.  The waterer was leaking.  5 gallons slowly spilled out onto the coop floor.  I was frustrated.  The chickens loved it.  Yummy mud.  They make me laugh.

And this is now my life!

I can’t believe it!  God is so good!  

Life is not perfect.  I would love my husband to be home.  I would love some more sun.  I would love the finances to be able to buy a second hand riding mower and a rototiller without freaking out inside.  

But life is so much sweeter because of the heartache.  

We lost a chick, last night.  We don’t know why.  It is what happened.  Nothing that we could have done to make it not die.  It is part of life.

We mourn and we change and we grow.
...fried in bacon!

The eggs were so very tasty!!  I mean, I have never had such fresh eggs!  From the chicken to the table in less than 4 hours.  I hoped they would be noticeably yummier, but I was blown away!  

We ate them all!

They were filling!  

I also hung clothes on the line, today.  Then the clouds blew in and it started to sprinkle.  So I took my clothes down and then...it stopped raining.  

Whatever.


Life is still good.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chicks!!

Today…this happened!

I can’t believe it.

Truly, it has happened.

I have chicks in my garage.

Took a while to figure out the brooder and get it warm enough.  Finally, 30 minutes before I left to pick up the chicks I had the temp right.
Me dipping beaks into the water dish.
...then letting them go.

There is newspaper on the floor and rubber shelf liner on the newspaper for the floor.  The shelf liner will keep the chicks from getting Spraddle Leg, where they can’t stand up.  When the liner gets covered with poo, I will remove one sheet and put a clean one down.  I’ll hose off the dirty one and let it dry in the sun to kill off any germs.  Then repeat when necessary.

So…here I am.  Thinking about all that has happened in the last few months.  

I wonder…
…and think…
…and I am AMAZED!

Is this really me?  Is this really happening?  It is right in front of me but…it is a dream.  A dream realized, sometimes, can not be appreciated appropriately in the moment. 

Thank Goodness

We need time to grasp the fullness and the awesome that God has done.  Time to also understand the dream that hasn’t been fulfilled, or fulfilled the way you had hoped.  

Plus, we get to re-live the AWESOM of the moment again and again in our thoughts and remembrances.  

And that is completely the best!

I have chicks!!


Eek!! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Glimpse of...Farm Life Noobs

I thought that I would show some of our farm life…so far.  You know…before all my photos are only of chickens.  

About chickens...I messed up my dates.  I don't get to pick them up today.  So sad.  Somehow, I must wait 3 more days.  


I think I may die.
BUT...
The coop is almost done.  It can house chickens, anyway!  More to be done but we are satisfied, for now.  Off to watch a movie with the kids, now, but I leave this with you all.

It's hard to be a farm cat.

They are sprouting!

Not our eggs...yet!

Trying to charge the new solar powered electric fence...to bad the sun hasn't showed itself in two weeks.

Planting!
Hey, look...a door!

Roosts for the girls.

My son taking a momenst break from doing my bidding/helping me.

7 bales of straw will fit in the back of a Honda Odyssey.

Husband bought me this orchid for Christmas.  Survived the move and still blooming!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tomorrow is Chicken Day!

The laying hens arrive tomorrow!

I am so very excited…if you haven’t noticed.

Still more to be done on the coop today. 

Need to figure out the electric fencing sometime, too.

And this the view that greeted me when I woke up this morning.

Still…I’m getting chickens!!  Eek!

Chicken and chick feed has been purchased.
Wood chips and straw…check. *
Oyster shell…check.
Exterior door, yep.
Interior door, yep…but needs tweaking.

All holes pugged, working on it.
Chicken door…shoot, I forgot a chicken door!
Roosts made…not yet.

Tomorrow, eh?
Coffee has been drunk.
Time to get to work!!



*How 
many straw bales fit in the back of a Honda Odyssey? …7,  seven straw bales will fit.