Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BCFF


Oh if I could have chickens this Chicken Keeping nonsense would just get better and better – I’ve seen these cute little wire basket/balls on line that you put the chicken treats in.  It gives the girls something to play with and keeps them busy while they peck at their treats but you have to buy the dang thing and pay shipping and handling and I would rather just make one of my own from these Strawberry Baskets and some wire and some wire ties.
 
And then my Newest BCFF (that’s Best Chicken Friend Forever for those of you who don’t yet speak cackle) would call me and says she’s coming over with her husband to see my coop! (if I had chickens) 
Yikes I had better comb my hair (get it ~ ‘comb’!!!)  
 So she'd come over here, 
Wateremellon!! for Lucy, Maugret and Helen Elizabeth
Alas, the Pecking Order. 
 and then I'd go there to see her girls and we'd talk coop all morning long!!! 
That's Rachel on the left, Princess Di and Alyssa are the white silkies with Aubrey the black silkie =))
 Nevermind cleaning house or doing laundry, something’s are IMPORTANT
like Her Coop 
Audrey in the back, Princess Di and Alyssa the white silkies
 which is Just Adorable!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

a life worth following...



Yes I like it when people say, "Oh you look like your mom" but The Best Compliment I get is if they say,
 'you Are just like your Mom!'


For Mother's Day I gave my mom a new apron, but She Gives Me a life worth following!  

It’s a funny little truth to tell the story;  you know how they say, 
‘look to the man’s father to see what kind of a husband he’ll be and look to a girl’s mother to see what kind of a wife she’ll be’ 
and when TJ looked at my Mom he thought right away, “yes, this is a good thing” so he married me and found out 
I’m Just Like My DAD!!! 
Bahahaha, it’s funnily sad but true and yet, people still say to me, “Oh you’re just like your mom” which is the hugest compliment I could receive because my mom is kind and sweet and loyal and true and honest and loving and sincere and Hard Working, not-to-mention CUTE!  She always hopes for the best and I work hard ever-day to learn from her example.
So this year on Mother’s Day I bought her a new apron and she gives me the Gift of a heritage that Blesses me and challenges me to be worthy of passing it along.  

THESE were Great Grama Lowen’s.  
 
For Mother's Day this year my Mom gave these to me. 
 Her compact and rouge, and the time worn thimble from her sewing box. 
~ Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised! ~ Proverbs 31:30.

 I gave my mom a new apron, but She Gives Me a life worth following! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BAD Boys


 Say Good Bye to these Bad BOYS!!
This is an Exclusive Club: GIRLS ONLY
No Boys Allowed
If I could have chickens and if I started out with cute fuzzy little baby chicks who were Supposed to all be Pullets, which is what young hens are called, I would Hope that they truly WERE Pullets and Not Cockerels which is what young ROOSTERS are called.
I'd have no idea that that sweet little fuzzy chick WITHOUT the chipmunk stripe on it's head was a sign, or that that very curious white one with fuzzy cheecks didn't belong:
Oh Dear.

Some breeds of chickens are easier to tell the girls apart form the boys.  I was pretty suspicious of "Hazel" early on. "She" was a sweet-natured thing, curious and friendly and although girls typically Like combs for their hair, THIS comb did not look very feminine.  All girls can have waddles, and I mean ALL of us girls, but none the less THESE waddles were just looking a little too bright, a little too early for my taste.
And "Lillian".  Oh Lillian, you're so bossy!  You are outright Mean and WAIT!  Stop that chest-bumping!  That is just not becoming of you.  A proper girl just would not DO that!
So if I could have chickens it would be a Girls ONLY Club, No Boys Allowed because as beautiful as the boys become, I'm in TOWN here remember?  If I had chickens I would NOT have a rooster that might give us away!  So Give Away it is would be with these Bad Boys.
Hazel who might become HANK would be obvious enough and when Lillian grew a Three-Row'd pink Pea Comb, that was would be the 'last straw' as they say.  Off to the farm with you two!!! 
 The most Wonderful folks at Wise Acre Feed and Supply will be a great place for you!  You'll have lots of friends there, and you'll be 'happy' doing whatever Rooster thing you might do but it won't be here in town with me and my Girls no sir-Ree!!
 If I could have chickens it'd Bye-Bye with you Bad BOYS!!!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Ka-Lick went the gate latch.....

 Ooooooh Deeeear....
That's not a good thing.
If I had a chicken coop, my Dad might have installed a really cool, neat rusty old gate latch on the outside of the door to the coop.  He would have warned me I'm sure, about not going in when no one was home because there's no string to pull it open from the inside and I could get locked in the coop if the gate latched while I was in there.  If I had a chicken coop and he had been there to install that gate latch, he would have told me that he didn't have his drill with him to drill the hole that day, to put the string through the hole; he'd tell me that until the string was through the hole, 
I Could Get Locked Inside the Coop. 
 If I had one.

So the very next day when 3 year old Grandson was over in the morning, we might go out to say Good Morning to the chickens, 
 and I'd be careful that the latch didn't latch when we went in, except that as careful as I might be, the coop door might get bumped and I might hear that terrible sound:
Ka-Lick!!!!
Oh No.

Mommy had dropped Christian off to stay with Grama while Mommy went to her appointment.  She wouldnt be back for an hour and a half!

Christian and I are would be Locked In The Chicken Coop?!?!?!  That's EXACTLY what I Didnt want to happen!!! And what would I do?
That coop would be well-built to keep All predators out; No Way In and No Way Out!  The 'girls would be safe in there... and so would Christian and I!!

Luckily, I would have my phone with me and I could send out and SOS
Oh how embarrassing!!!
 I had to ask TJ
 
But there was No Answer so I asked Callen 
Who didnt answer till MUCH later:

And I asked Brett!
 
I wouldn't take any pictures of Christian and me and the girls right then cause I might be a bit nervous knowing we were could-be Locked In The Chicken Coop while we sang songs and played with the chickens and counted and played alphabet games and sang more songs and oh MY how long does it Take for someone to answer an SOS!!!! 
Finally:
Well Im sure that I would stay calm the whole time until FINALLY Brett The HERO would come and Let. Us. Out!!! Followed immediately by Brett The HERO drilling a hole and tying a string to the Inside of the coop.
And THAT would be a story and an experience that Christian and I would remember for a Looooong time.
 
 IF I could have chickens....

Thursday, May 1, 2014

IF I could have Chickens


 IF I could have Chickens in my backyard, which I cant because I live in town where you cant have chickens, but IF I could I would get chickens that lay BLUE or GREEN or BROWN eggs!!!
 I've heard that Ameraucana's  lay BLUE or GREEN eggs.  And that they're super cute with Mutton Chops and Beards!!!
 
and that Rhode Island Red's are super nice chickens and lay BROWN eggs.  
 
THAT's the kind I would get.  Not very many, mind you, cause you're not supposed to have chickens in town where I live so I'd only get a few and NO ROOSTERS, 
 
only Hens which are called PULLETS when they're young.
Of course I wouldnt have eggs right away because cute little baby chicks can't lay eggs.  
 
It takes 20 weeks for a cute little fluffy baby chick to grow up and be mature enough to lay eggs; which on the one hand isn't very long but on the other hand is FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS to wait for eggs!!! which is long enough to Build A Chicken Coop that the chickens would need in my backyard IF I could have chickens where I live.

So IF I could build a chicken coop in my backyard, I think I might want it to look like THIS: 
 
I'd use some neat old fencing that was left over from when we tore down a section of our fence and replaced it with new.  Brett used some of it last year to make a Wonderful neat photo frame for me  that I just Love! 
And if I used old 'reclaimed' fencing wood, it would give my coop character and make it seem as though it 'belonged' in my backyard, right?  Oh and look at this cute little Gothic shaped window!!  
I've had this old thing for years!  
I've threatened to throw it out or yard-sale it, but it's so cute I just couldn't bear to give it up.  The one end of my Coop would be the perfect spot for this old window built into the old wood fencing I would use for a Coop. If I could have one.

My dad is a retired home builder, I'm SURE he would help us build it if I could have a coop in my backyard. He and Tom would study the plans I'd drawn and they would figure out just how to do it!!
 I did look into it and found out that,,, 
Well as long as your neighbors are ok with it, why not?  
So I checked on the West side, and on the East side; and of course the "South-Side" folks were good with it (as long as there's a few eggs in it for them later on if you know what I'm sayin'?...)

It's wonderful to have capable, big, strong grown sons who would come and help build the coop.  
 
But alas, TJ was not all that interested.

"Why don't you put it over THERE, on THAT side of the yard?" he asks.  Oh no, that would never work for me, 'Out of sight - Out of mind, you know!'  No, I would want it HERE, right where I could see the cute thing and keep track of it =)).  
"Well,"  (here it comes, the inevitable TJ question) "how much would it cost?"  Look! 
I'd show him that I'd use this old used fencing and this old super cute window, and my friend Tami has some old siding she said I could have for the roof!  It wont hardly cost a dime!!! 
And he wouldn't answer me.
So I'd move along and check with my dad about the size of the coop and the framing needed for the run and such and, eventually we could be on our way!!!  
 
 It would be so much fun,
and before you know it the cute little baby chicks would be growing up enough to actually move INTO it!!
If ONLY I could...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Early Bird


Things don't always work out the way you want them to, or even they way they should.
I'm sorry to have to report,,,

that our sweet little hummingbird eggs have not, and
 will not hatch.
Something has happened to the momma.  
We noticed she was gone, and when we started paying close attention, we realized she was not coming back. By the 4th day we knew, these precious little eggs just were not meant to be birds.
We don't know for sure what happened to the momma; did a mean ol' neighbor cat get her or did she simply abandoned the eggs?  NO, I'm SURE she wouldn't do that.  Remember how she flared at me before, in defending her eggs? No momma would abandon her babies for any reason!! The ONLY reason she would do that is if she COULDN'T come back, Im Sure of That!!

I've consoled myself with the idea that, really, it's better like This, for her to be gone before they hatched, than if the momma had disappeared After they had hatched.  THAT would've been terrible!! "Those poor babies would be dealing with abandonment issues for years" TJ said; so it's better this way I suppose.

I was so sad that I stayed away from Nancy's house for days.  And finally, I asked her, "If the momma's not coming back, and if they're not going to hatch, can I have the nest and the eggs?"  
Of course she said, "Of Course"!
So Sunday I went to pick them up and on Monday Nancy reads this  in her morning reading, and tells me "NOW I know why you wanted them!"

That little nest was absolutely glued down tighter than a drum.  What's tighter than a drum?  I have no idea, but when I tried to get that little nest to take home, it would not come loose from the branch so Nancy snipped the branch off for me and in the process one of the little eggs popped out of the nest and fell down!!!
Oh No!!
Well we picked it up, and looked at it cause even though I wanted to keep both eggs in the nest, we were  curious to see how far the birds had grown in the egg.  
Not very far. 
It's just a little blob of a would-be hummingbird  in there.  A Very Little Blob.
So these little eggs in this sweet amazing little nest is all I have for this year.

Remember last year?

Dear friend Nancy found a hummingbird nest in her back yard last year too, but by time we saw it, the baby hummingbirds had hatched and grown, and one actually fell out of that nest and DIED, but I got to get a photo of the other one
which was just about to fly the coop which is a silly phrase isn't it?
 
 
 
 
Chickens have coops but Dont Fly and birds Fly, but not from their coops, they fly from their NESTS
which is exactly what happened this year;
 the momma hummingbird flew from her NEST and never came back =((

 So I brought the tiny nest home on the branch that it's glued to, and oh my goodness is it ever Tiny.
Just look at the comparison!!  
On the left are Quail eggs and on the right are Chicken eggs:
"but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Egg Sandwich

Well it's official; TJ & I are in the Sandwich Generation!!
Our life is filled with loved ones on Both ends

On one end we LOVE spending time with our Grandkids playing Checkers and Fish Farts and such.

Oh Man, Papa's really got Bryan stumped now!!

And on the other end we're ever so glad to be helping our folks with what they need these days.
Tom's dad got to go Home 4 years ago and now Mom is ready to move down from their mountain home to the valley where we are, and that means sorting through their life-time of stuff/things/treasures trying to figure out what to take and what to do with what she doesn't need from the house and the garage and the barn and the shed and how must it feel for TJ to sort through his dad's workshop?!?
 

 
This isn't even HALF of it!!  This is after 5 or 6 DAYS of sorting, Sorting, SORTING!!
Being in the Sandwich Generation has it's nuances. I prefer to make my own mayo for my sandwiches which means I put eggs in a bowl of warm water before cracking them into the food processor to make my own mayo. 

Add some salt, a dash of vinegar & S L O W L Y pour in the oil
 to make a smooth magic mayo for the Egg Sandwiches that TJ & I like.

Oh My Goodness EGGS!!! 

My dear friend Nancy found a Hummingbird Nest in her back yard and it has EGGS in it, Im SO EXCITED!!!!  At first there was only one egg but then about a Week later, there were TWO!!

I read on line that a Momma Hummingbird waits to incubate the first one till the second one comes along.  Goodness!  So now there's TWO and she's sitting on those eggs ~ until I come around to take photos and then she flies off to let me see her tiny treasures. It's so interesting and beautiful!! The nest is made from moss and feathers and lichen and I dont know what that tan stuff is but the whole thing is just Beautiful, isn't it?!?!  I read on line that the Momma uses Spiderwebs to hold it all together How Does THAT Happen? and you can SEE how she's used the spiderweb to ancher it to the branches nearby, Unbelievable!!
Then after a bit she comes back and starts to BUZZ me and Chirp at me to let me know visiting hours are OVER! 
My camera can take 3.7 photos in 1 second which is how long it took her to fly in, land on the nest and get snuggled back in where she belongs, all the while she was Flaring her Red Iridescent throat at me:


And then Glared at me!!
She's either an Allen Hummingbird, or an Anna Hummingbird, or a Rufous Hummingbird
or maybe She's A Ruby Throated Hummingbird!  Im going to have to do some more research because Honestly I think she's an Anna even though she does have red on her throat. But it was only red like that when she was Flaring at me.  I think she did that at me, Flared Her Chest Red at me to let me know to Beware!!
Isn't that something?

And Look! At first the eggs were all white, 
and then about a week later there was a horizontal line around the eggs and half of it was ever so slightly pinkish,,, see??  That must mean those are little Girl hummingbirds in there!!  
And then a few days later the pink grew and Now Look ~ 
The Pink Part is getting Bigger Im So Excited!!!
These little cuties are going to hatch any day now I just know it. 

And I'll show them to you just as soon as the little darlings emerge. And even though I have home made mayo at home for the egg sandwiches that TJ & I like so much I Promise you 
 I. Wont. Eat. These!!!