Showing posts from July, 2011

Taking it easy

I've been out of commission for a couple of days this week after receiving some kind of nasty insect bite- I'm not sure what it was since I didn't see the culprit but I'm thinking possibly a spider.

The grass needs cutting and the chicken coops need cleaning, but I still don't feel like being outside much right now... so I'll be taking it easy like Lily is in the picture above and visiting my blog friends today.
Happy Wednesday, everyone...

Friday Farm Funny: Chickie Puberty

Remember these cute, fuzzy little chickies from just a couple of months ago?

Well, that has given way to this:


Okay, so maybe it's not that bad....

Happy Friday, everyone!

A finished project (Finally!)

"Rollin',  rollin', rollin', Keep those feed dogs rollin'...."

A few months ago (March, to be exact...) I shared a really cute pattern I found online for a reversible bag. Here is the picture from the website- 

(If you missed that post and would like the pattern you can find it here.)

I've tried to stay out of the heat as much as possible lately, so while indoors I got busy sewing and finally finished my bag:

Although it looks navy blue in the picture, it's actually black.
But the lining/ reverse side? Hang on to your hats:

Here is the close-up:

Is this not the custest fabric you've ever seen? *squeeeal* It makes me smile every time I look at it.
As for the plain black side, I dressed it up with some sunny yellow topstitching.

I've always been intimidated by topstitching although I love the way it looks when it's done right... my topstitch seams always wound up crooked and I had to tear them out and redo them 5 or 6 times before I usually just gave…

Friday Farm Fotos: JUMP!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wordless Wednesday: Cold or Hot?

2/1/11, 5:52 p.m.: 22° F

7/9/11, 8:45 p.m.: 92° F

Friday Farm Fotos: I love......

Unexpected rainbows....

A tree full of pears.

A hubby that likes to landscape.

Making homemade ice cream.

Tiki lamps!

Old hens......

Nature's surprises- like these corn stalks growing behind the barn. (Which we didn't plant, but apparently the birds did... indirectly.) *grin*

BLT's for supper. (With fried bologna instead of bacon- YUMMY!)

Chicks when they start to get their feathers....

And she lives to cluck again

If you live off the beaten path and have animals of any kind, predators are simply a part of life. They don't care that your animals have names, or that you raised them from babies... predators have babies of their own to feed and a meal is a meal.
And when you have chickens, this is the last thing you want to see...

Most days I turn my silkies out for a little 20-30 minute "recess" in the afternoon while I sit nearby underneath a shade tree with a book, keeping a watchful eye out for danger.
Friday was different- I had just arrived home from running errands and had a million things to do, so I decided to turn them out for just a few minutes while I unloaded the bags of chicken feed from the back of the car.

Then I heard it.

The awful noise of chickens under attack.... and knowing I wasn't fast enough to run up the hill in time. Smokey, however, is quick like lightning when "his birds" are in trouble, so he ran up the hill and into the woods with me huffing…