Showing posts from March, 2008

50 Tons of rock and 1 Happy Hubby.

One of the projects around the farm that we worked on while Hubby was off from work last week was a gravel road leading up to the barn. We've had no way to actually drive the truck up to the barn since we've lived here, so all large items, such as bags of feed, hay, gas cans, etc. had to be carried up the hill by hand or wheelbarrow. (And in the mud after a rain!) This was something we've needed to do for a LONG time, but we just haven't had the extra money to spend on... well... rock. Lots of rock. Two dump truck loads, to be exact. But Hubby is happy, and we both agree it's money well spent. And it's one more project we can mark off our never-ending list. (*Whew*)
And now I would like to introduce.... Belle, Beau, and Cecil!

I shortened Kathleen's suggestions of Annabelle and Isabelle into "Belle" because we are thinking now we have 2 roosters instead of 1, but if "Cecil" turns out to be a girl, she'll be "Cecilia".
Thanks …

Chickie Love

People have asked me on occasion how long I've had chickens, and my answer is always the same.. "All my life." And it's really the truth- I've had poultry in some form or another since I was very small. And my love for chickens all came about as the result of one sweet old man.

There once was an elderly gentleman who went to our church named Cecil, and everybody called him the "Bird Man". He kept chickens, turkeys, and birds in general in all colors, sizes, and breeds. My Daddy kept chickens, too, usually no more than 10 or 12 at a time, but we were regular visitors to the Bird Man. When I was about 5 years old, Mr. Cecil came to me before church started one Sunday morning and said, "I've got you somethin' in the car, so see me after church." Well, I couldn't imagine, so I spent that whole service wondering what an old man could possibly have for me. Candy? A toy? After enduring an entire church service wondering about this myste…

We have a winner- and I've been tagged!

Hubby took some time off from work last week so we could work on some projects around the house, so I didn't get to "blog" as much as usual. It's nice to be back, and I'm excited to have a lot of new places to visit, as well as some catching up to do with my "old" friends as well! You'll be hearing about those projects Hubby and I have been working on in some upcoming posts, along with some pictures of my new baby chicks for spring. (Be patient, Cottage Rose... you already know the inside scoop on the babies! LOL)
I hope everybody had a blessed Easter- we had Communion at our little church yesterday, and I always enjoy it so much... it's such a special service.

The biggest news today is to announce the winner of my drawing. So Hubby did his part, and the winner is...

Jennifer from JandJ Acres! Congratulations to her. I'll be putting 5 of the 6 items in my ETSY shop this week, as soon as she lets me know the item of her choice. Thanks to everyon…

Sneak peek #3, and Tomatoes!

Well, this is it....
The "Friday Finale" of my first GIVE-A-WAY!
First off, let me say that I've loved the comments from everybody this week- it's not only great to hear from all my special blogging friends I've known for a while, but I'm thrilled to have met some new ones, too. Chores on and off the farm have kept me pretty busy this week, so I can't wait for things to settle down so I can visit everybody's blogs!
I'm really happy for everybody that has entered, and I wish I could give each and every one of you something! But, since I have to pick just one, I've got all the names (so far) ready in my little egg-gathering basket. I'm going to make Hubby reach in, because drawing a name out makes me a nervous wreck. (I have no idea why I get nervous, but my hands will start shaking, then they will sweat, and then there will be a bunch of little pieces of paper stuck to my palm. Not pretty.)

The last two items are:

Item #5- A Pair of "Sunflo…

Sneak peek #2 and.....Lettuce? Yes!

I had a big surprise waiting for me when I tipped the lid of my little greenhouse this morning.... I'll let you in on that in just a minute, because the first order of business today is the unveiling of two more items that you have a chance to win. To all of you who have entered my GIVE-A-WAY so far- thank you, and good luck! If you entered on Monday, you don't have to enter again since I've already put your name in the egg basket, but you can still leave a comment if you'd like. And I do appreciate all the comments on the first two items... I love making things that I would enjoy having for my own, and I'm always glad to hear when other people like the same things I do! And all the comments on the photo of Hubby and I were very flattering, but I only posted it to see who would kiss up the most to win. (LOL-just kidding!) I also want to thank those of you who posted on your blog about my give-a-way... that is so very sweet of you, and I can't tell you what it m…

An Award, a Giveaway, and more!

I had already planned on doing a lengthy post for today, but it got a little longer when I heard the big news- I have just been given my first award as a blogger! (squeal, blush) I was one of the lucky recipients of a "You Make My Day" award from my kindred southern soul De at Bowls-n-Annies. Thank you so much darlin'- I love ya! I think I am supposed to pass it along to 5 (?) people now...(bear with me, I'm still learning the rules of Blogdom...) but narrowing down my favorites would be nearly impossible, so how about I just list a few in no particular order:

De (Bowls-N-Annies) - De is one of those rare people that if I ever met her in person, I know it would feel like we'd known each other all our lives. De, you ALWAYS make my day!
Katy (The Country Blossom) - Katy just bubbles with so much enthusiasm for EVERYTHING from her Bible studies to cleaning her toilet! Katy, you are so much fun! Lea (Farm house Blessings) - Lea is another one I feel a special kindred to…

Stand-Off Over... Gardening Begins

Smokey is smiling because all is well!
A peaceful (and anti-climactic) ending came to our Hostage Crisis this morning when our little terrorist hopped off her captive eggs and never went back. Apparently she decided she was not ready for motherhood after all..... or maybe her circulation was being cut off from the rather large objects beneath her. Either way, life in the hen house will be getting back to normal shortly. (Well, as normal as can be expected around here.)
We're one step closer to having the garden I've been dreaming about for a couple of months now. I've started off my indoor greenhouse project with head lettuce, bell peppers, and heirloom Brandywine tomatoes. Hubby ran a disc through the garden yesterday, and the ground looks ready to plant in now. I love going barefoot in the spring and summer, so I can't wait to feel the cool dirt between my toes. (I hate shoes, and yes, I am a Redneck Woman.) I'll be keeping you updated on how the greenhouse is comi…

Hostage Crisis!

We've had a rather delicate situation developing in the hen house for a couple of days now. One of our little Banty (or Bantam) hens has decided she wants to become a mother. Problem is, she wants to sit on everybody else's eggs. (Notice the size difference? No way those behemoth eggs came from that tiny rump.) And now, when the larger hens come to the nest to lay their eggs, she starts this ferocious shrieking sound and scares them off. I've raised chickens since I was a little girl, so I have seen just about every trick a broody hen will try. I also worked as a dental assistant in a very busy orthodontic office for 12 years, so I learned how to quickly diffuse stressful situations. Still, I don't think either one of those qualify me as a hostage negotiator. . . I tried gathering the eggs before she had a chance to kidnap them, but it was too late. Now she is sitting smugly on two huge eggs. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out, so stay tuned.
As o…

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

This is my Hubby's special day, and he gets to be the poster boy and the topic of today's post. (I'm sure he'll be thrilled.) I was 31 and had never been married; I was still living at home helping to take care of my Mom, who was in a wheelchair by that time. I had already resigned myself to the fact that I might not ever find "Mr. Right". I read a book on prayer once that said if you wanted to really see God's infinite power at work, then be specific in what you asked Him for. Well, I sort of scoffed at first, but then the more I thought about it, I said, "Why not? " So, one night I prayed that if it was God's plan for me to meet a good Christian man someday, this was what I wanted. I proceeded to tell God everything I wanted my dream man to be, and I mean I got real specific, right down to the dark hair and moustache. (swoon) Six months later, we met. One year to the day of our first date, we were married. And, best of all, God went above…

Take me home, country road.

Hubby and I are always talking about how sometimes we feel like we were born in the wrong time... kind of like the way of life we enjoy is outdated by about 50 years. We love our slow-paced, simple lifestyle, and have no desire for lots of material things. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by new technology and the fast-paced world around us. We don't want newer cars, expensive gadgets, or a bigger home. We don't take vacations, because we can't afford them for one thing, but also because we just love being at home. Home. The place we've worked so hard at making our own. The place where all our little animals live and seem to be so happy to see us in the morning when we feed them. The little place in this great big world that God has blessed us with. Why would we ever want to leave, even for a day?
I took this photo last fall at a local plow day. It's one of my favorites because every time I look at this picture, it makes me think of time when the world turned a little …

Don't just stand there, feed me!

Good Morning. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Sarge. I'm in charge around here. Nobody does anything until it's O.K. by me. We've got a little problem here. See, there's this chick in overalls and funny-looking boots that comes in here everyday with the good stuff- you know, corn?
Anyway, she won't let me have any until she talks to me first. Then, she wants to pet me. And I'm not a touchy-feely kind of gal, either. But I go along with it to humor her. And also because she feeds me corn from her hand.
Jeez, when will these stupid humans ever learn.