Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We aim to please! :)

That moment when your neighbors calls you and leaves a message that this may seem like a crazy phone call, but all their daughter wants for her birthday is a unicorn at her birthday party...so do we think one of our adorable donkeys could be a unicorn?  Well...no.  Unfortunately, our donkeys are not halter trained (we won't talk about how many halters I have that DON'T fit!!!!), they are moody at best and won't tolerate being separated.  It is pitiful!!  But don't give up!  Where there is a will, there is a way!  And, where there is a goat as awesome as Pop, dreams can come true! :)
Let the brainstorming begin...can a goat be a unicorn?  The proof is on the internet! LOL!
We can be just as pretty as this horse! 
Today, we had a quick practice session before weather hit (tornado warning), but we are going to practice daily for the next two weeks.  We have a little girl turning 4 who is counting on us!!  No pressure! 
No Pop, the beads are not to eat!
Don't let him fool you.  Pop is a retired show goat.  He's just out of practice!
Me with two of my three knuckleheads:
Wish us luck and feel free to send any ideas on the making of the unicorn horn!

Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer

I have slowly read this book over the past few months.  I know I started it before Christmas, but I used it as a daily devotional because I wanted to take my time and really let it sink in.  The power thoughts that stick with me the most are 1) I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me. 2) I will not be easily offended. 3) I trust God completely; there is no need to worry!  4) God meets all my needs abundantly. 5) I live in the present and enjoy each moment. 6) I put God first in my life.
This is a book I highly recommend.  Joyce Meyer has a way with words that is easy to understand and Bible based. :)

Summary from amazon.com:
Joyce Meyer has a knack for coining phrases-her fans call them Joyceisms-and one of her best loved is "Where the mind goes, the man follows." This was the basis for Battlefield of the Mind, and in her latest book, Meyer provides "power thoughts," bringing the reader to a new level of ability to use the mind as a tool to achievement.
In POWER THOUGHTS, she outlines a flexible program to turn thoughts into habits, and habits into success. Sections include: 

· The Power of a Positive You 

· 5 Rules for Keeping Your Attitude at the Right Altitude 

· More Power To You bulleted keys to successful thinking in each chapter 

· The Power of Perspective

Nobody has more of a "can-do" attitude than Joyce Meyer. Now you can, too.

Beekeeping for Dummies

We are trying our hand at beekeeping this Spring and I knew absolutely NOTHING!  After reading this book, I am now on information overload.  There is a lot to know and learn about beekeeping, but I feel like this book will be a great resource to keep on hand.  Easy to read.  Nice chapter bullets at beginning of each chapter.  Good charts that are easy to read and understand.  I'm excited about our next farm adventure (and a little nervous)!

Summary from amazon.com:
Beekeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition reviews the tools of the trade, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives; offers detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production--including harvesting, bottling, packaging and marketing your honey; explores theories into the recent unexplained collapse of colonies and its environmental and economic on society; and provides new information on mites and diseases and recommend changes in bee medication and treatments.

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

First, I thought this was a trilogy and it's NOT!  It's a 4 book series and the last one doesn't get released until 2018!!! NOOOOO!!!!  I actually waited for this one to be released before I started the series thinking it was a trilogy.  Ahhhh!  So, now I wait a year to see how it all ends.  It is a good series and held true to MY opinion of what is appropriate for a young adult audience UNTIL this one. :(  Be aware that there is sex between the main characters who are teenagers.  There is  also a teen pregnancy and a relationship between 2 girls in the this book - the third of 4 in the series.  Just FYI.

Summary from amazon.com:
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quiet Weekend

Friday was still spring-like weather so we were all in the barn getting it cleaned up and re-organized.  Katniss has been doing so good on these nice days going outside. :) 
We just had a regular 'ole hen party at the barn Friday night. 

Now the rest of the weekend decided to let winter show up.  I had to actually hunt up my gloves and hat Saturday morning.  But the cold temps kept me inside and I actually got the house cleaned Saturday morning. :)
But then it was time for outside with the furbabies.
Because I had a project I really wanted to work on...getting the chicken stall in barn ready for...yep!  Baby chicks!!! Their ship date is a week from Monday!
In getting the chicken stall ready, I move all the hay across the barn to a different stall. Simply because I want zero hay or straw anywhere near the chicken heat lamp.  Heat lamps and straw/hay are a big barn fire hazard.  I guess there was something the chickens liked about the new area for the straw and hay because yesterday I found 3 eggs in the straw and today I found these two in the hay stack! LOL!
It's going to be a busy week so I'm taking it easy today while the hubby is on the golf course. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Front Porch

Since it was 80 degrees today, I couldn't stand it anymore...the blah winter front porch had seen its last day.  Time to get ready for SPRING! (and it's still February!?!)
Before ... winter blah:
Ready for SPRING:
Before winter...blah : (although I do love my new rocker!!)
Ready for SPRING:
(I think I'm going to add a few more pillows now that the donkeys aren't out 24/7...and I'm going to paint that table between the rocker and the pew.  Any color thoughts?)
LOVE!  One of my favorite spots to relax!
(and yes, if you look closely you will see Ruby Rue and Katniss)
This one...Prim...aka the chosen one, has also decided the new rocker is the place to be!
It's official...winter is GONE! LOL!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Got secrets?

I think they are both up to no good!  What do you think Elly May?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Afternoon on the Farm :)

Today we got off work at noon (parent conferences), but tomorrow we have to stay late.  So, today I enjoyed my nice afternoon on the farm, but tomorrow I won't get to see my babies at all.  It will be dark when I get home. :(
Once again, I have several pictures of the cuteness that surrounds me daily.  Enjoy an afternoon in pictures:
Katniss got to hang out in the barn this afternoon and be a barn cat!  Progress!

If anyone can handle a little crazy kitten stalking them, it's Bully.  No worries here.
This might just be my favorite winter EVER! ha!
I got the bee area gate built today...only had help with the angles on the back brace. :)
And I got the stand for the bees made.  All FREE from wood found in the barn or shed! Bam!

And then there is this...just a dog chillin' with his ladies. :)
So proud of this one today.  She explored and climbed the tree but didn't get stuck! :)  I plan to start increasing her time outside as long as the weather is nice.  It's hard because I have to "watch" her.  Outside is still too overstimulating for her and her balance is horrible.  

 They are everywhere...and I love it!

Meanwhile...this one...still in the middle of the ladies! LOL!
I hope these pictures make someone smile as much as I did because they were a PAIN to upload!  Either blogger or my computer are having issues tonight, so peace out! :)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

This is the 2nd in the Red Queen trilogy.  Not as good as the first one, but still good!  And of course the ending leaves it so that no matter what you thought of it, you have to read the last one!  That's the sign of a good writer!  And, so far, so good on staying appropriate for the young reader. :)

Summary from goodreads.com:
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Fun Day!

Winter?  What winter?  It's was sunny and 75 degrees in the shade today!  Time to get outside and WORK! (Except for Rex who is passed out in the middle of the donkey pasture!) :)
We made a final decision on our beekeeping location and cleared a few small trees.
There is a nice little clearing on the other side of the back fence, so we are going to repair the fence there (from deer jumping over, but they don't come around since the donkeys) and install a gate to that area.  Today we managed to clear trees.  Fence and gate maybe tomorrow???
Meanwhile, while we work up a sweat in our SHORT SLEEVES in February, everyone else is just looking for a shady spot to nap!
Big Bear and I weren't the only ones working though, the ladies gave us 9 eggs today!  Woohoo!!  Extra treats all around! :)

Enjoy the 70 degree temps all week!!  I even cleaned out both coops today and lowered the winter window coverings.  It's all I can do not to get the front porch spring ready...I'm afraid as soon as I do, it will try to snow!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weekend so far...

The weekend started Friday afternoon to beautiful weather and so I let the "indoor cats" out to get some fresh air and was rewarded by Katniss getting stuck up a tree for nearly 2 hours.  Look at her with her balance issues up WAY HIGH in that dang tree!
She didn't fall out of it.  Almost did, but she caught herself with her claws.  In the end, her fat sister, Ruby Rue went and sat under the tree and she figured out how to climb down to her. Who knew?!?  Maybe they like each other after all!
 Today's adventures included a trip to go hit a few flea markets with my mom.  (Love her being so close now!)  And, one flea market is an outdoor market with chickens, ducks, peacocks, rabbits, goats, pigs...you pretty much name it, they have it.  Today this cutie was there.  SO CUTE!!!!  Had it been the start of my summer vacation and I could have bottle fed her everyday, I would have brought her home!  
Good thing, I didn't spend all that money on a goat, because once we got home, Big Bear's vehicle broke down on his way home from grocery store.  It had to be towed to the shop.  I guess we figure out the fate of that adventure on Monday. :(  Praying for a "no big deal".  We need to stay with NO car payments for at least 3 more years.  
What to do when life throws you a lemon?  Hang out with the chickens...
 And the donkeys :)
Now, I didn't bring home a baby goat today, but I did bring home a new bird house.  We had it leaned up in the corner of the fence and then noticed several blue birds going in and out of it, so we hustled to get it set in the ground so they could build without us disturbing them.
Love it!!!
Build away blue birds!  Build away!
Oh, and Big Bear bought a juicer, so for dinner we had fresh squeezed orange juice with fresh eggs!
Aside from the broken down vehicle, a great day!  I am loving this Spring Winter we are having and next week is in the 70's all week!  Yeehaw!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A good, good day!

What a good day!  First, a BIG praise Jesus...
We have been paying on doctor bills for a full year now for Big Bear's knee.  He started physical therapy this time last year and ended up having surgery in July and then more physical therapy.  Well, we had everyone paid off except the physical therapist.  I have paid them something every month for a year.  Sometimes as much $200 or $300 and sometimes as little as $25.  It just depended on how much was left over after all the other bills got paid and how good of a month we had catering.  Last month, I sent in $100 and thought I had the balance owed down to about $250.  We were getting to the manageable stage...and then, yesterday, I get an updated bill and it somehow jumped back up to $500!?!  What!?!  I asked Big Bear to call them to see what happened and what the extra charges were so I would at least know what I was paying.  They looked at our account and decided we had diligently paid for a year and THEY WERE WIPING OUR ACCOUNT CLEAN.  PAID IN FULL!!!  Praise Jesus!!!!  A big 'ole weight lifted of these shoulders! :)
Now, how else to celebrate than to sit on the church pew on the front porch and pet your chicken? LOL!
And, in garden news...we have 3 rows of onions in and one row of cilantro in the ground.  I think it's a bit early but it's so hard not to think it's spring when it's going to be in the 70's all next week.  And, Big Bear promises that it's ok to plant onions, lettuces and potatoes right now.  Time will tell, I guess.
And, I got SIX eggs today for the SECOND time this week!!! Woohoo!  Goodbye egg slump!
And in case you missed this cuteness I got from a co-worker:
Yep, a good day.  A pretty good week.  
May we now all have a GREAT weekend!  Get outside and enjoy this weather!