Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Got secrets?

I think they are both up to no good!  What do you think Elly May?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Afternoon on the Farm :)

Today we got off work at noon (parent conferences), but tomorrow we have to stay late.  So, today I enjoyed my nice afternoon on the farm, but tomorrow I won't get to see my babies at all.  It will be dark when I get home. :(
Once again, I have several pictures of the cuteness that surrounds me daily.  Enjoy an afternoon in pictures:
Katniss got to hang out in the barn this afternoon and be a barn cat!  Progress!

If anyone can handle a little crazy kitten stalking them, it's Bully.  No worries here.
This might just be my favorite winter EVER! ha!
I got the bee area gate built today...only had help with the angles on the back brace. :)
And I got the stand for the bees made.  All FREE from wood found in the barn or shed! Bam!

And then there is this...just a dog chillin' with his ladies. :)
So proud of this one today.  She explored and climbed the tree but didn't get stuck! :)  I plan to start increasing her time outside as long as the weather is nice.  It's hard because I have to "watch" her.  Outside is still too overstimulating for her and her balance is horrible.  

 They are everywhere...and I love it!

Meanwhile...this one...still in the middle of the ladies! LOL!
I hope these pictures make someone smile as much as I did because they were a PAIN to upload!  Either blogger or my computer are having issues tonight, so peace out! :)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

This is the 2nd in the Red Queen trilogy.  Not as good as the first one, but still good!  And of course the ending leaves it so that no matter what you thought of it, you have to read the last one!  That's the sign of a good writer!  And, so far, so good on staying appropriate for the young reader. :)

Summary from goodreads.com:
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Fun Day!

Winter?  What winter?  It's was sunny and 75 degrees in the shade today!  Time to get outside and WORK! (Except for Rex who is passed out in the middle of the donkey pasture!) :)
We made a final decision on our beekeeping location and cleared a few small trees.
There is a nice little clearing on the other side of the back fence, so we are going to repair the fence there (from deer jumping over, but they don't come around since the donkeys) and install a gate to that area.  Today we managed to clear trees.  Fence and gate maybe tomorrow???
Meanwhile, while we work up a sweat in our SHORT SLEEVES in February, everyone else is just looking for a shady spot to nap!
Big Bear and I weren't the only ones working though, the ladies gave us 9 eggs today!  Woohoo!!  Extra treats all around! :)

Enjoy the 70 degree temps all week!!  I even cleaned out both coops today and lowered the winter window coverings.  It's all I can do not to get the front porch spring ready...I'm afraid as soon as I do, it will try to snow!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weekend so far...

The weekend started Friday afternoon to beautiful weather and so I let the "indoor cats" out to get some fresh air and was rewarded by Katniss getting stuck up a tree for nearly 2 hours.  Look at her with her balance issues up WAY HIGH in that dang tree!
She didn't fall out of it.  Almost did, but she caught herself with her claws.  In the end, her fat sister, Ruby Rue went and sat under the tree and she figured out how to climb down to her. Who knew?!?  Maybe they like each other after all!
 Today's adventures included a trip to go hit a few flea markets with my mom.  (Love her being so close now!)  And, one flea market is an outdoor market with chickens, ducks, peacocks, rabbits, goats, pigs...you pretty much name it, they have it.  Today this cutie was there.  SO CUTE!!!!  Had it been the start of my summer vacation and I could have bottle fed her everyday, I would have brought her home!  
Good thing, I didn't spend all that money on a goat, because once we got home, Big Bear's vehicle broke down on his way home from grocery store.  It had to be towed to the shop.  I guess we figure out the fate of that adventure on Monday. :(  Praying for a "no big deal".  We need to stay with NO car payments for at least 3 more years.  
What to do when life throws you a lemon?  Hang out with the chickens...
 And the donkeys :)
Now, I didn't bring home a baby goat today, but I did bring home a new bird house.  We had it leaned up in the corner of the fence and then noticed several blue birds going in and out of it, so we hustled to get it set in the ground so they could build without us disturbing them.
Love it!!!
Build away blue birds!  Build away!
Oh, and Big Bear bought a juicer, so for dinner we had fresh squeezed orange juice with fresh eggs!
Aside from the broken down vehicle, a great day!  I am loving this Spring Winter we are having and next week is in the 70's all week!  Yeehaw!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A good, good day!

What a good day!  First, a BIG praise Jesus...
We have been paying on doctor bills for a full year now for Big Bear's knee.  He started physical therapy this time last year and ended up having surgery in July and then more physical therapy.  Well, we had everyone paid off except the physical therapist.  I have paid them something every month for a year.  Sometimes as much $200 or $300 and sometimes as little as $25.  It just depended on how much was left over after all the other bills got paid and how good of a month we had catering.  Last month, I sent in $100 and thought I had the balance owed down to about $250.  We were getting to the manageable stage...and then, yesterday, I get an updated bill and it somehow jumped back up to $500!?!  What!?!  I asked Big Bear to call them to see what happened and what the extra charges were so I would at least know what I was paying.  They looked at our account and decided we had diligently paid for a year and THEY WERE WIPING OUR ACCOUNT CLEAN.  PAID IN FULL!!!  Praise Jesus!!!!  A big 'ole weight lifted of these shoulders! :)
Now, how else to celebrate than to sit on the church pew on the front porch and pet your chicken? LOL!
And, in garden news...we have 3 rows of onions in and one row of cilantro in the ground.  I think it's a bit early but it's so hard not to think it's spring when it's going to be in the 70's all next week.  And, Big Bear promises that it's ok to plant onions, lettuces and potatoes right now.  Time will tell, I guess.
And, I got SIX eggs today for the SECOND time this week!!! Woohoo!  Goodbye egg slump!
And in case you missed this cuteness I got from a co-worker:
Yep, a good day.  A pretty good week.  
May we now all have a GREAT weekend!  Get outside and enjoy this weather!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Day of Love

For those that know us, you know I am not the lovey dovey one...that falls to my husband.   And he knows I don't put a lot of stock into Valentine's Day.  I don't want to go out to eat because it's insanely crowded and honestly, I feel like he spoils me daily.  So, today I came home to him saying he was cooking me a lobster ravioli dinner and I didn't have to do ANY farm chores!  I'll take it!  (Bonus is it was actually cold and raining and I hate doing chores in the rain!)
I piled up in bed to watch an episode of Outlander instead.  This is what happens when I lay in bed to watch tv:
Besides some good doggie and kitty cuddles, and a yummy dinner, my chickens decided to give me SIX EGGS today!!!  Oh, happy day!