Monday, May 30, 2016

Peaceful day

We had a little "oops" with the playground, so today first thing, I went out there and made it more sturdy.  It's all better now!
Pop jumped right on to test it out! Ha!
I also added a seesaw to their playground!! :)
 I am pretty sure they were happy with me today. 

This is one of my favorite views!
All in all, today reminded me and the pups that we are ready for summer days!  Do a few chores, go inside, cool off and read a little, do a few chores, go inside, take a short nap, do a few chores...:)
 7 more work days!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Let me introduce myself...

Saturday was one week of the littles and the ladies looking at each other through the fencing, so I decided to sit out in the chicken pen for awhile and let the littles OUT of their tiny coop.  
Below is a little walking along side one of the ladies, Jackie.  The littles have the height, just not broad yet. :)
Ready or not...here we come!  We need to stretch our wings!!
For the most part, it was uneventful.  The littles all clustered together on one side of the pen and the ladies all clustered together on the other side.  It was like a Jr. High dance with the boys on one wall and the girls on the other and no one making eye contact!

Bubba Bear made sure to keep an eye on things just in case things got out of hand! LOL!
LOOK at all those chickens!  Exciting!
Fresh eggs daily! :)


The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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This is the final book in The 5th Wave trilogy that was released on Tuesday.  I really liked this series.  I hope to watch the movie tonight of the first book but somehow I doubt it lives up to the book.  I would recommend this trilogy for 9th grade to adult. :)

Summary:
They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Every goat needs...

...a playground!! :)
We took some pallets we had laying down at the shed and some scrap 4x4 posts and before you know it, we had the start of the goat playground!
Not bad for FREE!  And, it just the start!  I plan to add a few bridges and some cable spools. :)
This picture is taken through my bedroom window because I knew if I walked out there, he would get down.  But, the first full day of having the playground, when I got home from work, Pop was chilling on the top pallet. :)
I haven't caught the little's on it yet, but it's only a matter of time. Goats like "up".  I'm thinking about painting that blue pallet red to match their shed and writing Snap, Crackle, Pop on it. What do you think?
8 work days until SUMMER!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wordless Wednesday


The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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This is the second book in The 5th Wave trilogy.  The third and final book was released yesterday and for the first time ever, I raced to Barnes and Noble to make sure I had a release on the day it came out.  I recommend this series to those who like fantasy fiction and dystopia society reads. :)

Summary:
 How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fun Facts


  •  My littles are now outside in a little coop (borrowed from the bantys) beside the ladies big coop.  To acclimate chickens to each other and integrate the littles into the group of big ladies, they have to see each other through fencing for a week or so.  Then, you let them free range together for a week or two going back to their own coops at night to sleep.  AFTER all that, they are supposed to live happily ever after.  We will see...they are going to have to peck it out and figure it out because Big Bear ain't building another coop.
  • REALLY FUN FACT:  The ladies are feeding us and all the other animals (except the dogs).  The money from the sell of their eggs has been paying for everyone's feed!!  Yay!  I bet once my littles start laying, the chickens can even cover the dog food!  


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time Served

These two broody jail birds are getting out today with time served.  Apparently, banty's are more likely to go broody than some other chicken breeds.  What is broody?  Broody means they won't get up off their eggs because they want to hatch them.  Well, with no rooster, there isn't a chance of it hatching anyway.  So, you have to get them up off the next and in something that lets air under them, like a wire dog crate lifted off the ground.  After a few days, the air cools them down and they are back to normal.  Until the next time...then you repeat jail time! 
What's funny to me is that broody hen jail is in the chicken stall with the "littles".  The littles are now the size of the banty's...maybe even a little bigger.  They almost seemed to bully them while they were behind bars! LOL!
I'm going to try to move the littles out to the big girl chicken run this weekend. :)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I wasn't sure about this series, but I loved this first book!!  It's actually a movie now, so I plan to watch it too.  I hope they did it justice.  This is a trilogy and is marketed for teenagers.  There wasn't anything inappropriate - except the F bomb 3 times.  I only noticed because I have it in my elementary library for some of my high readers and the F bomb IS inappropriate for 4th/5th graders in my opinion.  
This book has really high ratings and is worth the read.  

Summary:
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This and that

Oh, just chillin' at momma's feet! :)  Be still my heart!!
This little bliss was short lived.  For some reason, Jethro lost his mind and decided to start chasing the baby goats.  At full run!!  There was much screaming, yelling and fainting (on Crackle's part), so the donkeys are banned from the goat pen until the littles are big enough to defend themselves.
Hello blue eyes!
Today's farm bulletin is that both banty's have decided to go broody IN THE SAME box!  For the love of fresh eggs!!  
Into the broody hen jail they both go tomorrow!
 And, yes, he's still here.  He's still adorable.  He's still my baby boy.  And, he is not sure about those goats! LOL!
Bubba Bear!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My afternoon bliss (in pictures)

 Big Boy Pop got a new collar and was strutting his stuff!
 These two cuties get closer every day...Snap has piercing blue eyes.

 Oh, you know, just chewing up some cardboard from the burn pile...
We decided to let the donkeys in the goat area to finally meet without the fence between them.  Initially, Pop put his head down to head butt Jethro and then did a little buck type dance...and then they all started eating.  No drama.  No fuss.


So of course, I said, "Let's go ahead and let the chickens out too!" Pop chased them a few times.  I think he liked hearing them squawk and watching them run.  But all settled.
I took some "before" pictures of the goats area because they are some serious brush eating machines!!  Look at them GO in that hot mess of briar's!
And, that's a wrap on a relaxing afternoon. Even Bubba Bear was good (on the other side of the fence for now...but he was good! ha)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Making friends...

 After weeks on end of coming home from work to do chores, we are trying to take it a little easy and just make friends with our newest additions.  Plus, Kevin has a bum knee and can't get around very well. (Surgery in June) :(
The little fellas take turns still going in the dog crate so I put it in their goat house and they still go in.  I guess it's theirs now. LOL!
Everyone all lined up to see what all the fuss is about! 
Stella is the only dog allowed in with the goats for now.  Imagine that!  The only dog that minds gets to go first!
I'm taking it easy on the fainters until they trust us!
Why did we want goats?  Exhibit A:
(We have about an acre and a half that needs MAJOR clean up.  Enter goats.)
I wish everyone could meet this guy in person.  He is literally a big dog!
The littles are hanging out with us but not letting us pet them yet.  Remember it took about two weeks with the donkeys?  It will come.  
Now, what you can't see very well because of the shadow is this spoiled boy has his head tucked into my arm pit while I scratch his chest.  He fell asleep that way!!!  LOVE!

In the Woods by Tana French

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Skip it!  I am so disappointed.  More than one person recommended this book to me so I had high hopes.  It failed on many levels.  #1) I didn't even like the main character #2) The only reason I kept reading was to see how the mystery was solved.  There are two mysteries in this book.  ONLY ONE GETS SOLVED! Seriously?!?  #3) Super slow paced in my opinion.  
Skip it.

Summary from goodreads.com:
A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Horse Show Season

It's horse show season and I missed the first 4 because we were spending every spare moment getting ready for goats! But I was finally able to go this Saturday! That's my niece on the right...she brings the flags in for the pledge to start the show.
Family day...actually GIRL family day!  It was me, my mom and my niece. :)
Isn't she gorgeous?  Inside and out...she's just beautiful!
 Ride 'em cowgirl!
Saturday, May 7th - Newport show