Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SunSHINE!!!

Finally!  Finally a SPRING day!! It was 32 degrees yesterday morning and today at 3 pm, it was 83 degrees!!!  Wowzer!
So, of course, I stayed outside and spent some bonding time with the new babies.
Tater oozes coolness!
And, Tot is a bossy one.  But today I made him let me hold him and I scratched and loved on him.  Secretly, I think he liked it! LOL!
Just chillin' and chewing the cud!
I may have just yelled at these two for constantly being under my feet.  These are the looks I got! (insert eye roll!) ha!
Oh sunshine, we loved ya!  Even Ruby Rue, the indoor cat, got to enjoy some time in your presence today.  Please come back tomorrow! 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week In Pictures

I added speed walking this week to our new "healthy" living plan.  The goats were on board and followed along cheering me on! LOL!
The baby goats (Tater and Tot) started exploring the outside.  They are in the backyard and barn for now. 
There were "meetings" through the fence. (closely supervised)
There was a little sleeping on the job....
And some relaxing...on the two days that the weather was actually nice!
Lots of cuteness!
Spike decided to go broody right in the doorway of the Hen House...letting no one pass! 

Her sentence was 3 nights in chicken jail.  She was released this morning with a stern warning!
Baby Kix got to meet the new babies through the fence.
The ladies gave us eggs galore!
We had some face to face meetings with Bubba Bear.  He is the one that takes the longest with any new addition.  The other two could care less.
Last but not least, the new chicks are almost 4 weeks old and growing (and going through their ugly stage!) LOL!
Add to that, husband recovering from knee surgery all week and me trying to move everything OUT of one bedroom and stack it in another so the floors can be tiled this week and that wraps up our week! :)











Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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This is a thriller and I love a good thriller!  This one kept me intrigued throughout and I couldn't put it down this weekend.  It is worth your time in my opinion to check it out.  

Summary from amazon.com:
Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar, in this evocative, suspenseful drama from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell—perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Liane Moriarty.

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a cafĂ©, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Lake House by Kate Morton

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This book is SO good!!  But it would be hard to read in short spurts.  It's a book you need to read when you have lots of time to sit and read (like your hubby having surgery).  I say that because it jumps back and forth in time with different characters a lot.  It can get hard to keep straight if you read a few chapters and then try to pick back up in a few days.  But if you are on vacation at the beach, a long plane ride, summer vacation, then READ it.  It's a GREAT story.

Summary from amazon.com:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Keepercomes a “moody, suspenseful page-turner” (People, Best Book Pick) filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets.

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Welcome Tater and Tot!

It's springtime in the barn even if the weather isn't cooperating!  First baby chicks and now baby goats!
Welcome to the farm Tater and Tot!  They arrived yesterday and are SO adorable and little!!
These are both fainting goats from the same farm we got Snap and Crackle.  (Liberty Hill Farm if you are interested she has a website and still has some available!! www.libertyhillfarms.net )
Tater (front) and Tot (back)

Look how little they are!  Bless them...yesterday was traumatic.  First they traveled 3 hours in a crate in the back of a truck on a SUPER cold day!!  Seriously, it was snowing in NW Arkansas where they traveled from on April 7th!!??!! What the heck!  Then, new place, new people, only each other.  The farm they came from has 80 something baby goats right now!
So, they are a little unsure right now, but I'm a patient momma!  I will win them over.  I've just kept them in the barn yesterday and today, because it's been so darn cold.  And, I wanted the barn stall to be their "safe place".  Tomorrow, I am going to let them into the backyard.  They will stay in the backyard and barn until they are a little bigger.  Then, I will introduce them to the rest of the herd.

For now, I just go out in spurts and sit and try to make friends.  
Made major progress tonight...grain always talks! LOL!
You two little boys hit the jackpot and you don't even know it yet!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

R.I.P.Tina Turner Ridings

Today, Tina finally gave up and went to chicken heaven. (Yes, I am sure there is a chicken heaven!)  She is one of our original girls, so she was 3 years old.  I think that's pretty good for a free range chicken.  But, I also feel like if it wasn't for that stray dog attack back in February, she would still be around.  She just couldn't get over it.  :(
Picture is from her younger days...she was one of our favorites.  
Rest in Peace Girl...you were a good chicken!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Bees and Chickens :)

Today we got the new bee area ready.  With Big Bear having knee surgery this week, we wanted to be ready for bee arrival with no "work".  After losing our first hive this winter to hive beetles, we decided to relocate the bees to the garden area.  So they will be in the very center of the garden and we made new benches for them to sit on where there will be more air flow into the hive.  We used cinder blocks and 4x4's.  Thanks Pinterest! :)
Both of the hives will be able to sit on this one.  The first hive is coming in through the mail around April 20th.  The second hive is Big Bear's Christmas present from me and will be picked up at Bemis Bee Supply in May.
Hopefully having two hives will help us "bee" more successful!  It will give us something to compare to at least! STAY away hive beetles!
Bully says "Hey!  What's going on over there?"  
I just love this chicken!  She's one of my originals and 3 years old now and still super sassy!  
March chicken stats:
354 eggs laid with an income of $92 (that's with 17 laying hens ... one is still injured from the Feb. dog attack and not laying).  Way to go Ladies!!!

We appreciate all our egg customers!  You help keep the farm running!!