Thursday, October 29, 2015

Long day...

Today was one of those really long days where I left for work and it was still dark outside...came home and it was almost dark.  I don't like 12 hour days at all.  Neither does Jethro, Stella, Rex, Bubba Bear or Big Bear. I'm pretty sure Ruby Rue and Elly May could care less either way! Ha!
Jethro lost sight of me for a bit and came flying around from the other side of the house...I love this donkey! :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baby Chickens Update

This little one for days has been staring at the top of the feeder for days and trying with all its might to fly to the top of it. Ha!  I caught this little video yesterday.  So cute.  Again, sorry for the red tint.  It's the heat lamp they must stay under.
I giggle every time!  
And then today, presto!  Made it!  Perseverance pays off!  LOL!

Remember this little endeavor is a bit of a science experiment, because we have no idea what we got.  They could be hens or roosters.  So, Kevin and I have a bet going.  He thinks there are only 2 hens.  I think there are 2 roosters and 3 hens.  (And, yes, so far we are still at 5...only lost the one.)  What do you think?
These are the ones I think are hens.  Totally guessing, but I am basing my opinion on their personalities and attitudes towards the others.

We might be able to tell a little better next week.  At about 2 weeks, their combs start coming in and apparently rooster combs come in bigger and bright red. 
To be continued... :)

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Ok, this is the final book of the Hush, Hush series.  I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it.  I'd give it an average rating.  From the reviews I've read, people either loved it or hated it.  I can see where it would be popular with the teenagers and the plot had lots of potential.  But, it also had lots of holes and the main character lacked maturity and just kept making impulsive choices without growth.  I wouldn't say it's a must read series, but I did enjoy it if you are looking for a light read.

Summary from
Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rainy Days

It doesn't matter if it's raining or not, all these cute farm animals still need attention and to be fed.  Elly May and Jethro just stand out in the rain and have been in it for 3 days now, so I tried to trick them into the barn for awhile with me.  I love this picture of Elly May peeking around the barn door for me.  She is so stinking cute, but she is a handful!
 Rain or shine, "the ladies" want out for a little free range action.  They like to follow me around too.  I'm definitely not lonely and there is always some critter under my feet! :)
 Hey!  Got another one of those treats?
 I know it has a red tint because of the heat lamp but I had to share.  It cracks me up how baby chicks just pass out to go to sleep.  They just literally face plant and crash! LOL!
 Rain or shine...I'm a happy camper when I'm home!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

More Mini-Donkey Play :)

What could be more fun than a big root ball?  Ask these two...
Just a little more...

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is the third book in the Hush, Hush series.  I liked it better than the last one.  Less "romance" and more of the meaningful plot.  
Summary from
Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Farm Woes

Well, this little cutie didn't make it through the night.  I really thought she was making a turn around since she went from not able to raise her head to chirping and wobbling around.  I was disappointed to lose her.  I thought she was pretty darn cute.  I really think she was half the size of the others and they may have ganged up on her.  I am still referring to them all as meanies! 
And then there were, how many make it and how many are HENS?  
The baby chicken story continues... :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chicken Doctor

 Today, I was home because I had my own doctor appointment for a bum shoulder.  When I went to check on the babies this morning, one was panting hard and laying on its side.  When I picked it up, it was totally limp.  I thought it was literally going to be dead within the hour.  I tried to leave it under the heat lamp with the others, but they were pecking it and it couldn't even raise its head or move to get away.  So, I created a nest out of hay and moved it out of the brooder box and went to my doctor appointment fully expecting to find a dead baby chicken when I got home.  I really only moved it and made it comfortable to help it not get pecked and picked on in its last moments.
I got home about 2 hours later and it was still alive, so I decided to make a "chicken hospital" and see if I could get it to drink water.

Meanwhile...these meanies weren't worried in the least!  They just all huddled up and went to sleep!

Jethro, of course, was just concerned with what I was doing all day! LOL!
And, baby chicken has made some serious improvements.  She has gone from unresponsive to drinking some water, regular breathing, chirping and moving around some!?!  So, I made a little food dish and water dish out of the lids of my water bottles and kept her in the little tote to keep her separate from the meanies but still be under the heat lamp.  I guess we just see what tomorrow brings and go from there...she is half the size of the others.  Maybe it's just a "runt" issue and the others ganged up on her?

 Who knew one day I would be a chicken doctor? LOL!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Farm Chores

 We are having a little "gathering"/"celebration" in under two weeks and the only weekend we have to get ready is calling for rain, so everyday we are trying to do a few chores around here.  I decided today to mulch since I have been winning the flowerbed war lately. Notice above who kept a close eye on the process! LOL!

And, Mr. Big Ears came to see what I was up to when I was checking on the baby chickens. :)

 Speaking of the baby chickens, they are doing just fine so far.  Everyday I tell them they are all girls.  No roosters.  LOL!
 Whatever gets done, gets done and what doesn't, will eventually!  Because sometimes, you just stop and appreciate. :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Camping Weekends ROCK!

 This weekend we went camping at Old Post in Russellville on the Arkansas River.  We've never been there before and while it was a very relaxing weekend, I probably wouldn't pick this spot again.  I think we were the only people there not retired. ha!  As soon as we got in the camper, Rex immediately hopped up in his bunk. :)
 The river was super low, but it was still nice being on the river.  The weather was PERFECT for fall camping.  Sweatshirt weather!
 I love it when God gives us a beautiful sky to enjoy!
 Just relaxing in the camper with my sweet Rex.
 Our campsite...I did like the cover over the picnic table.  The campground was very clean and nice.
 On Saturday after sleeping in (much needed) and a yummy camping breakfast, we headed out to hit a few flea markets!  Besides camping, that is probably our favorite thing to do.
 And...then we saw a good feed store...I love a good feed store.  LOVE the way they smell.  Always have.  And, this feed store had baby ducks, rabbits and bantam chics.
 Oh the cuteness!!  Please, please, please, can we bring some home?
 Of course!!  We planned on getting 2 or 3 but when we went back the next day we found out there was a 6 buy minimum.  So...what's a girl to do but buy 6? :)
Oh, and here are my ultra cool flea market finds.  Dr. Seuss hat for the library, a $1.50 book that has been on my to-read list, a rooster to put on the coop...well, just a pretty good haul for a mere $50!

October 16-18th, Old Post Campground, site B32

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is the 2nd book in the Hush, Hush series.  I thought there was too much of the "romance" in this one and not enough action.  It was also petty at times about the rivalry between the main character and her arch enemy.  It bordered on cheesy.  But, the third book is starting out strong.  There is a solid story line here if the author will just not get too side tracked with the "boy girl" relationship.  Of course, that is probably what keeps the teenagers reading! LOL!

Summary from
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Meet the Newest Benson Babies :)

It all started with a camping trip near flea markets and an innocent trip to a huge feed store.  My hubby knows I love a good feed store, so while we were out flea marketing, we stopped at one.  And, as I rounded the back I heard chirping that sounded like "momma take me home!" LOL!
On our way home today we stopped and intended to pick up 3 to bring home.  Well, turns out they have a minimum buy of 6.  They actually said it's a state law.  Seriously???  Who makes up these laws??  So, I caved and bought 6, figuring since they aren't sexed, we could just wait it out and see if we had any roosters and sell them and keep the rest.  
Here they try not to get attached, because in the end, regardless of if they are all hens or roosters, I'd like to only keep 2 or 3. :)  Those who really know me are laughing now I know! 
First one...see the feathers even on the feet!
Little lady #2 (let's speak it into existence that they are all girls!)
 This one looks like our two black austrolorp's that the dogs "accidently" killed. 
 This is one of my favorites...I like the coloring.
 This was one of Kevin's favorites...feathery feet.  Reminds me of the Grinch.
 And the best for last...we really, really hope this one turns out to be a little lady (aka hen).  Look at that cone shaped head and feather feet.  We think it might be a buff orphington.  One of those fancy chickens with the fluffy heads and feet. How fun would that be?
Join us on this fun little farm experiment to see just what in the world we bought today.  All we know for sure is that they are bantam chickens, which is basically a miniature chicken.  Now...what breeds and what sex?  That we will see as they grow.  Big Bear's rule is no roosters can stay, so let's all hope we got a group of hens!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mini Donkey Play :)

 These two wrestle and play constantly.  They entertain me!  I just love them...Kevin says they are worthless, but they make me happy! LOL!
A 30 second video of the action for your viewing pleasure...notice the little donkey kick Elly May gets to throw in! ha!

One more ... just for kicks!  They were wound up and making me laugh.  They were running in and out of the trees.  At one point, Jethro took off and started bucking and farted!!!!  I got the biggest giggle out of that!  Wish I had it on video! LOL!
I decided at the end of this one...maybe they needed some privacy! haha!  

One more sleep until the weekend!  Enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Randomness on the Farm

Look at the size of this egg!!!  It was HUGE!
We are easily fascinated by all things chicken around here! :)
 And, it was a double yoker!  Score!
 "Hey lady!  Since you were so excited over that double yoker, think you can share some Sonic with me?"
 And, in big news, after months of gradually walking them in the barn.  We will finally get INSIDE a stall!!  Remember when we started this experiment to try and get ready for winter, Jethro wouldn't walk in the barn at all.  ahhhh!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy 17th!

 Friday we celebrated my niece turning 17!  You blink and suddenly they are young adults!  She wanted a bonfire party at my parents place.  A girl after my own heart.  What better way to celebrate than a bonfire in the country?!?  And, look at that perfect cake to help the celebration! :)
 It hasn't rained in forever here, but Friday it decided to rain off and on most of the day.  However, it stopped right before the party started and gave us this beautiful rainbow!
 I want one of these burn rings my dad has!!  Cause I love a good fire!  (and that would keep my donkeys from getting in it on accident.
I hope all her birthday wishes come true!  She is one amazing kiddo!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

There are very mixed reviews on this book series.  It seems people either love it or hate it.  I was totally prepared to not enjoy it, but I did.  I don't know, maybe I was just really ready for a fantasy fiction type book instead of realistic fiction.  I enjoyed it.  It is young adult.  I would definitely say high school and up though due to some "desires"...if you get my drift.  It kind of reminded me of the Twilight series.  Nothing too intense, just a light, fun read.  I plan on reading book 2. :-)

Summary from

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.