Monday, November 30, 2015

It's the little things...

 We have had nothing but rain here for 3 days...no break...just steady rain and temps dropping.  It's been miserable.  You can imagine how my poor drenched chickens and donkeys felt...I mean look at that normally pretty, fluffy chicken!  Pitiful!
So today was just a drizzle and times of no drizzle or rain and that is what we call being grateful for the little things.  
A break in the rain AND our first taste of hay!!  My donkeys were happy, happy, happy!
Look out!  Elly May likes it so much, she's going to make a break for it and keep it all to herself! :)
 That's right.  We are so darn cute and happy that our momma just can't stop taking pictures!  
Ok, see that black container in the corner below...that is horse height and the feed container that was left in the stall from the previous owner who had horses.  Tonight, I got my drill out and made our miniature donkey hay feeders at mini height (green containers).  What a difference!!

 Meanwhile ... across the barn ... in baby chicken land.  Our now, 6 week old, baby bantam are living it up and starting to get past their hideous stage. :)
No rain in the forecast tomorrow!! woohoo!  We may have a party here!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Last Thanksgiving Celebration of 2015

My family Thanksgiving was yesterday.  It would be too hard to get this HUGE crowd together in the middle of the week!  This year we were stuck inside with nasty rain and flash floods all day. :(  But, it worked out ok.
Big Bear had to rush off back to the golf course because the clubhouse was flooded, but other than that, it was a good day!
My Bubby, Mom, me and Dad :)
The immediate family - minus Big Bear

Now...no more sweets until Christmas for me!

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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This was one of those random book picks at Barnes & Noble.  I had never heard of it but the cover and summary intrigued me.  Turns out it has won an award and has gotten really good reviews.  I read it in two days.  It's not one of those fast paced, high action books.  It is set in the early 60's and is written really well about a family and life in a small town.  It just happens that tragedy strikes this small town a few times that summer. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

Summary:
From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Kevin always works on Thanksgiving day, and I usually use it as a good reading day.  But, my parents my mom had a major to-do list she wanted done at the Beebe farm and Thursday was the only no rain day, so I decided to go lend an extra hand.  Sometimes it just helps to have an extra hand, plus I love it there.  It's so peaceful.

Mom added this beauty to the farm.  He is gorgeous and appropriately named Tank!  He is supposed to be one of those horses anyone can ride.  We'll see...I'll let someone braver than me test that theory! LOL!
 Our first task after loving on the horses was putting up barn walls on both sides of the hay to keep the horses out of it.
 We also got mom's tie rings in the barn and checked the fence line for the pasture the horses are in.  I know they are loving Beebe.  Now they have about 20 acres and a pond - before 8 horses shared 10 acres.  Gotta be heaven right?
 How could I forget the butt boards??  I learned something new yesterday.  Horses like to rub their butts against the boards, so you put a row of "butt boards" up to keep them off the barn walls that they could bust through.  One side was already done, but we got the other side done.
 Now, that's a drill bit!!  Lastly, we got one of mom's gates up.  She should be happy. :)
 Mom might be happy, but I'm not sure about the horses when they realized they don't have access to the all you can eat hay buffet anymore!
 It was a good day.  There is always a sense of accomplishment with finishing up some farm chores!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A day in the life...

A day on the farm equals...
A friendly game of chase brought to you by the boxer brothers...
A good dog and a burn pile...
Constantly chasing donkeys OUT of the burn pile...
A little mole hunting success...
Being followed around by these two...
Ruby Rue getting braver and venturing out further under the watchful protection of her dog brothers and sister...
Rex relaxing after a day of hunting moles...
Cats and donkeys trying to figure each other out...
Relaxing by the fire...
And, of course, letting the ladies out for a little free ranging...
Everyone loves it around here when I'm off work.  They all get more time out and more attention.  I've even cooked the past two nights!!! (gasp!)


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

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I really like this series.  It seems to get better with each book.  I really enjoy the characters and hated to see it end until next time.  If you like mysteries/crime solving, then give it a try.  I think the 2nd and this one are better than the first, but you need the first one for some character development.

Summary from goodreads.com:
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. 

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Redneck Handy Work

 The babies were getting a little too big for their brooder box.  It was getting a little crowded, so this afternoon, I turned it on its side and made some make-shift walls to give them LOTS more room!
See those two above with the red on their head?  I think those are my roosters. :(  The two light colored ones on the left are my fave.  Please be hens!!!
 I love it when I pull off redneck engineering without having to bother Kevin.  It's all in the new compact drill we got.  Woohoo!

All hens get to stay forever...even if they stay ugly! LOL!  

My taste of happy :)

 What makes me happy?  Being home all week!!!!  Leisurely getting to do all my farm chores and spend time with all my fur babies.  Ahhhh!!!  A whole week at home = bliss to me!
Ruby Rue just isn't too sure about the donkeys! LOL!
What momma?  You got a treat?
I love that they are getting more winter "fuzz" by the day!  I think Jethro is cutest when his face is fuzzy. :)
Below is a video that you need your sound for...the picture isn't great because it was after dark, but I finally caught them braying.  If they get separated, they bray until they find each other.  Elly May is more like a "wheezing"...but it warms my heart that they love each other so much.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Eventful Weekend

 We headed out Friday for Kevin's family Thanksgiving.  This is his grandmother with all her kids. She's just shy of 89. This year, Kevin's aunt Tish hosted and their place was in the country and gorgeous!
 Luckily, we decided to head back Saturday and not spend another night.  As our house sitter was in the driveway getting ready to leave, she hears a loud crash.  Long story short - she called 911 immediately and that was a blessing that she hadn't left yet because her quick call helped keep the fire under control.  A car hit an utility pole directly across the street.  It fell across the street and into a pine tree on our property and started a fire. (Praise Jesus for that big pine tree that kept it from landing on our fence!!)
 This was literally steps from our mailbox, so we had to get home the back way in and talk ourselves in.  Then, came the great animal round up.  I wanted the curious donkeys as far away from the action as possible.  So, I immediately went into "round up donkeys mode"...almost had them in the back yard and then Elly May spooked at the last minute and ran off.  Well, when they get separated, the braying begins.  In the end, I left them out and kept a close eye on them.  But the street in front of their pasture was lined with fire trucks, police and electric trucks, so Elly May was having none of it.
 To add to the "excitement", turns out the car was stolen and when dude hit the pole, he jumped out and ran.  So, we were surrounded by police but still did all our animal round up with a loaded pistol on us at all times.
 It was also supposed to drop below 30 degrees that night so we rushed around in the dark and got the windows of the chicken coop covered and then had to bring the baby chicks inside.  They have to be under a heat lamp and we had no power.  So...in the craft room they go!
 We ended up with no power until 2 am.  Sleep was spotty.  Animals were all safe and well.  The drama could've been a lot worse.
This morning the chicks moved back to the barn and Kevin told me I better not tell anyone he let me bring them inside!!! Ha!  Well good grief, it was special circumstances!!
 And, on my first morning of breaking up ice on water buckets, I discovered this:
Looks like we move to plan D! LOL!
Now, after all that, I'm ready for a nice, calm relaxing week off! :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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This is the third book I have read by this author and I have really liked all of them.  I will give one word of warning on this one.  It can be hard to read at times if you have gone through infertility.  However, if you have a friend going through that battle and you just can't seem to figure out what is going on with her, this author pretty much hits the nail on head with the struggle and the thoughts and the distance you put between yourself and others.  I just wish she had kept it real right up to the end and not wrapped a nice bow on it.  Not everyone gets the nice bow at the end.  That's not real life.  But, it isn't the MAIN topic of the book.  It's the sisters struggle.  Alice loses her memory and it's funny to see the difference 10 years can make.  Made me stop and think about how "busy" we are and how we need to just slow down and not let the little stuff get to us.
I also recommend The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies by this author! :)

Summary from goodreads.com:
 Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.
 


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Farm Update

It's been a week of mostly rain - which makes it harder to get cute pictures and spend time with my babies! 
Today I managed to get some pictures of the "still ugly teenage stage" baby chicks.  I am still sticking with 2 roosters and 3 hens.  This cream color one is turning out to be maybe pretty...so hard to tell right now! LOL!

And, then this one...oh my!  PLEASE let it be a hen!  Just cause it's so interesting looking!!  But, see the one behind it?  See how big and red its comb is?  That has to be a rooster.  Darn!
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And, there they are...in all their glory!
In donkey news, Elly May managed to reach the mums over the fence and eat them!  The battle continues!
And here is a picture of teamwork (and yes, it made Kevin mad that I took a picture rather than putting a stop to it, because Ruby knows she isn't to be on the counter!!)  Ruby was knocking down crumbs and feeding her brother! Haha!
ONLY ONE MORE WORK DAY and then I get a full week off!!  Yeehaw!!!