Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beekeeping videos! :)

The first video is just for those who are afraid of the bee hive to see how close I can get while Big Bear is inspecting the hive.  I don't have a bee suit on and they completely leave me alone.

The second video shows how to feed the bees sugar water in the top feeder.   I love this new hobby of his! :)

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

It's not that I didn't like this book.  It's a good book.  I just had issues with how it was told in reverse.  Made it harder to follow and read.  Each chapter came with a "the day before" ... I don't know.  I give a 3.5 out of 5.  Leaning closer to 3 than 4.  I will say that I didn't see the "who done it" part coming! :)

Summary from
Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Wall Came Down!

For the past week, I have had the little's moved into the chicken pen area.  I had a temporary fence put up to keep them separated from the big's for one more week while I fed them all treats at the fence twice a day.  That way they were eating "together" but had the safety of the fence separating them.
Last night after I closed the coop doors, I took the temporary fence down so that this morning they would all be together from the beginning.
Look at all those pretty chickens (20 for those trying to count). LOL!  In my big's there are 4 Wyandotte's, 3 barred rocks and 3 Rhode Island Red's. In my little's there are 5 Easter Eggers, 3 Buff Orphington's and 2 Blue Copper Maran's.
Here they are...within minutes of being together.  Bully and Becky With the Good Hair are the only two being mean.  Everyone else could care less.

Bubba Bear says, "You need me to help supervise this situation?" LOL!

Week 3 of Summer Break!

This week was relatively quiet...only ONE major chore. :)
Cross the following off the list:
*Garden weeded
*Started collecting some yummy's
*Sunday was Father's Day and we went to the lake to see my brother's new lake cabin with my parents.  Awesome place!! It was raining though, so no pictures.
*Moved the little's to their new area in the chicken run
*Extended chicken run further into goat area
*Put up temporary fence to keep big's and little's separated for one more week
*Wednesday, my dad had surgery and I sat at hospital with my mom ALL day!  
*Had a job interview
*Lunch with old friends
*Bubba Bear turned 5!!  5!!!!  How does time fly like that!?!
*Friday  I had a professional development meeting all day! (only one all summer!)
I had intentions of sitting home at least two days and doing nothing.  I haven't accomplished that yet.  But maybe this week! :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Perfect example of "don't judge a book by its cover".  I would not have chosen to read this based on the cover, but someone recommended it to me and it turned out to be a WWII setting.  That is typically one of my favorite genres and this book did not disappoint.  I can easily recommend this to anyone and gave it 5 stars on goodreads.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Summary from
Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Go for it!

Pop says, "Aim high!  Don't be afraid to reach for your goals!"
Bully says, "If you see something you want, don't afraid to grab it!" LOL!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Chicken Project!

Today was the day we moved the little's chicken coop to its permanent spot in the chicken pen...did I mention, I also decided to extend the chicken pen while we were at it? I thought we could whip this project in no time.  (3 1/2 hours later...we were done!)
The temporary spot in the backyard where they have been:
First step, catch all 10 chickens!  But I was smart and said, "Let's start FIRST thing in the morning before I let them out of the coop so I can catch them in a small space."  Bingo!  Chickens were given water and a shady spot to wait out the set up of their new home!
Next, take down temporary fence that I had up with zip ties! :-)
Hook up the coop with chains to 4-wheeler.  Pray it works!
It DID!!  I drove the coop from our backyard all the way around the front yard, through the goat pen and into the new area!!  Woohoo!!  The bottom of the coop is set on what looks like gliders.
Set T-posts...this time we set one extra because the last time we had two and the goats rub on it constantly.  
Always trying to outsmart somebody around here!  The goats were busting the fence from the post before so we tried to put reinforcement over the fence to help it hold up against that goat weight scratching! LOL!
For the first hour and half everyone stayed a good distance away.  Unsure of what was happening.  But we took too long and soon the helpers ARRIVED!  And, they arrived about the time our patience had worn out! Ha!
Fence up, level up coop, and then I put a temporary fence up between the little's new area and the big girls area.  They have been looking at each other through a fence for two months but now the little's are in the big girl's territory.  Game changer!  
And, then the helpers just went too far!  
Seriously?  The whole box!!  
I persevered! Next step, clean out coop and move food and water over.  Almost ready!!
And, then a big girl got in the little's coop and two more got in the wheelbarrow and almost had it tipped over before I caught it.  At this point, I think I lost it and said some bad words!!!
But even with all the "help", it finally got finished and we were able to release the little's into their permanent home space. They have much more shade and grass and were happily scratching and eating bugs in no time.
Their fluffy butts are happy!!
And for the next two weeks, they will eat scratch right next to each other (big's and little's).  Then, in two weeks the little's will get to free range with the big's.  And, I predict a few weeks after that, we will be getting some gorgeous colored eggs! :)
Look at all those pretty chickens! :)