Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring is in the Air!

Today was Day 1 of Spring Break and I knocked it out of the park!  Gorgeous weather day!!!  This morning, Big Bear and I tag teamed the house and got it clean.  Finally!!  I've been struggling all week to get this house cleaned and laundry caught up from being gone last weekend.  DONE!
I made a quick trip to TSC for last minute baby chick stuff and to grab a few things for the baby goats coming.  (TSC has some super cute stuff out right now and baby ducks and chicks, so be careful! LOL!)  I only walked away with the chicken shoes and what I originally went in for! 
I finished my updated brooder box.  We flipped it to open from the front instead of the top.  And, I replaced what was the bottom board and is now the back board.  It was nasty!!  Cut a whole for the heat lamp and we are ready!  Baby chicks ship on Monday!!!! Woohoo!
I had to add a little paint to make it more cute! :)
And, today I added the heat lamp stand to the side.  Just ready for those chicks now!
Next, I made a goat platform for the baby goats to play on when in their stall or lay under so they feel safe and tucked in.  Baby goats coming soon!!!
Chicken coops and nesting boxes are all clean!  Just ask Stella!
What is it about chicken poop?
The ladies are rocking it out!  Getting about a dozen a day! :)

Bliss!  I love SPRING BREAK!!

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

I thought for sure I had read this when I was younger, but I had zero recollection while reading it, so I guess not.  I thought it was a good read for the age level it is intended for.  I always want more depth when I try to read chapter books for 4th grade and up.  But, overall, I thought it was a good story.  I enjoyed the characters and can't wait to see how they are portrayed in the movie.  As always, I think you should read the book BEFORE you go see the movie. :)

Summary from
Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a movie from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Home Sweet Home

I escaped the chores of the farm for a few days and left Big Bear in charge...and everyone survived!  I usually go to Oklahoma once a year to scrapbook with my BFF, but this year I was lucky enough to go twice.  Well, twice in one school year - that's how I judge a year! LOL!  I always secretly worry about my babies because twice while I've gone on this trip, I have had a chicken die in my absence.  So...I was relieved to see them all alive and healthy!

Welcome home Momma!
All chickens are accounted for!  whew!

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I am sad to say I was disappointed in this one.  I really liked the first one, but I just couldn't make myself get involved or care about this story. It has great reviews, so maybe it's just me. LOL!

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Baby Goats Updates

The farm where our babies are coming from sent me some updated pictures!!  This is Tater and she said he thought he was "all that and a bag of chips".  LOL!  Sounds like we have some personality coming our way!

And a side view of Tot...not a great picture but she does have 80 baby goats!!!  Can you imagine? :)
About 6 more weeks and they can come home!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Dr. Seuss '18

It's one of my MOST favorite days of the year!  It's a hectic day for me, but I love seeing the kids have so much fun all day and it revolves around READING!!
These are two of my library helpers dressed up as their favorite book character and ready for their duties of escorting volunteer readers to their classrooms. :)
Dr. Seuss books are ready to roll into classrooms and be read!
This was one of my smoothest running Dr. Seuss days yet!  I sat up readers for the classrooms all morning.  Then, in the afternoon, each grade level came to the library for a showing of "Horton Hears a Who". 
 We also had a door decorating contest (but painters showed up this week to paint some of the doors, so some were beside their door! ha!)
This was 1st place:
2nd place:
It was also dress up as your favorite book character day for the students and teachers! :)  There were some awesome book characters!!!
Here I am telling someone what to do, I am sure! LOL!
This made my day though...this class did "The day the grinches heart grew 3 times"...on the heart, they wrote all the things that make them happy and my name is on there!!!  Wow!!  How cool is that?
I love, love, love when the teachers have fun too!!

And, that's a wrap on another fun filled Dr. Seuss day!
Until next year... :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

LOVED it!!  Felt it could have had more depth at the end...but GREAT book!
Kept thinking, what is she going to do?  How would I get out of that?

Summary from
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?