Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Oops I did it AGAIN!

Someone has four more baby chicks! Totally NOT my fault though!!  I had two teacher friends who hatched eggs in their classrooms and then needed a home for said chickens.  So...now I have four that could be hens, could be roosters and who knows what breeds!  Luckily, I was working on a grant to have chickens in the courtyard at school.  I believe any hens in this mix will be my school chickens.  This is getting out of control! LOL!
Signed,
Your Crazy Chicken Lady

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

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This book starts with a bang in the two page prologue and then slows WAY down with maybe taking too long to give the background on the main character.  However, if you can stay with it for the first 150 pages, after that, it gets good.  And, once it shifts, it starts moving fast.  It is almost like reading two novels in one.  

Summary from amazon.com:
Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Reading List

Here is a good start to your summer reading!  These are the books I have enjoyed the most so far this year.  I tried to give you my “Top 10” with a little blurb from Amazon or Barnes & Noble about the book.  Enjoy!!  And, please, please share with me if you have read something really good lately.  I am always searching for that next great book!                             1.   A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
In this bestselling and “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
2   2.   The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life—and his destiny—is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

3.  Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (another must read by this author is The Glass Castle)
Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

4   4.    A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

5    5.  Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Non-fiction)
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. The book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward Native Americans that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly riveting, but also emotionally devastating.


6   6.  Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her.
Told with Diane Chamberlain's compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.
  7.  From Sand & Ash by Amy Harmon
Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.
As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.
8. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.
9.     I See You by Clare Mackintosh
The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world...
10.Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (NOTE: I had real issues with the ending of this book! LOL!)
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.” ―Stephen King 

"An eerie thriller…Pinborough keeps us guessing about just who’s manipulating whom – until the ending reveals that we’ve been wholly complicit in this terrifying mind game.” ―The New York Times Book Review

**If you like to read Young Adult novels – The Red Queen series is really good, BUT it is NOT all released yet.  Only the first 3 books are out with one more to come in 2018.
I also enjoyed the YA – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Happy READING!  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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This book is the 2nd book for the author of The Girl on The Train.  It was a good read and kept me intrigued, but it wasn't a great book either.  It's 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 book.  Here are a few of my issues with the book.  1) Too many characters.  In the beginning, I thought "I'm never going to keep all these straight.".  2) The characters aren't ones you necessarily get attached to.  You don't feel yourself pulling for someone.  You don't really even LIKE any of them.  3) It just sort of ends.  I kept thinking oh, here it comes...the shocker.  The surprise...the twist.  Nope.  And I really thought I had a few more pages to go but it was over.  Not very climatic. Like I said, 3 to 3.5 stars.

Summary from amazon.com:
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
 
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
 
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

I did it!

I know you can't believe it either ... but remember how I HAD to order a minimum of 15 chickens from mypetchicken.com?  And everyone thought I'd keep them all!?!  Well, these 5 went to their new home yesterday! I did it!
How was I able to do it?  1) I don't want a bunch of chickens the same age.  As they get older, egg production drops.  I need to vary ages.  2) I don't like white chickens and one was white! ha! 3) I purposely over ordered Buff orphington's because I knew I only wanted a few of those. My main goal was egg color variety and they give the nice normal brown egg. 4) That big black one is a rooster.  We are hens only.  
Luckily, we have some friends that just moved to the country and bought 8 acres.  Hello farm warming gift!  Instant flock and bonus, they wanted a rooster.  He is already named Big Buck and he's going to be a looker!  
Good news is I still get to keep tabs on them.  :)
So, how many chickens does this crazy chicken lady have now?  
Originals: 4
Bantys: 2
2nd spring flock: 6
And now 10 littles
Total: 22  (only 12 are laying right now...imagine about end of July!!!)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My little hunter! :)

My husband said I had spoiled her (true) and she had gotten fat (true) and that she wouldn't hunt (false!).  Yesterday I went outside to find her batting something around under a tree having a big time!
I was hoping for a mouse...but it was a bird!  Can't believe she finally caught one!!
And just like that, she proved her daddy wrong!  You CAN be spoiled, live the good life AND be a hunter! LOL!
Fast forward to the afternoon...under the same tree...only this time she has a salamander!  Go Prim!!
Now...get in that barn and catch me a mouse! 


The Crown by Kiera Cass

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The 5th and final book of the The Selection series.  If you decide to read it, you can stop at book 3.  Those were the best of the 5 and you won't miss anything by skipping 4 & 5.  This isn't a series I would recommend to any of my adult friends but I can see where middle school and high school  would  enjoy the story.

Summary from B&N:
Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.
In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.
Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tonight's adventures...

Pop doing his dance...entertaining the commuters on their way home from work! :)
Strutting their stuff...Crunch and Pop with back up by Jethro & Elly May
Stella has tennis ball over this place!!
And my entourage has grown by two...now in the afternoons once I let the two big goats out, they follow me everywhere.  So naturally when we went to check on the bees.  They followed.  LOL!
Still looking for our queen...
Big Bear switched the bottom to a screened bottom and the transition got them ALL stirred up.  I snapped a quick pic and got the heck out of dodge.  I don't have a bee suit!!  He did get his first bee sting tonight, but it wasn't a big deal.
And, as if I didn't have enough to do right now...these two decided to go broody at the same time!!!  Crammed in the same nesting box!!  So, I moved them to chicken jail for 3 days!  
10 more work days until summer!!  And tomorrow is FIELD DAY!  ahhhh!!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday


The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Now, we are switching gears to the The Bachelorette with the 4th book in the series.  It's a little, ok a lot cheesey, but I like it.  I didn't like this one as much as the original trilogy because I wanted more of the parents story and I don't really like the main character.  There isn't a lot of depth and I just wanted more but I'm invested now so I'm going to read the last book.  Keeping in mind that the intended audience is young adult and I give the author kudo's for keeping it appropriate for teens and even young teens to read!

Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow IllĂ©a's royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.
A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No clever title! :)

My boys! They have really been loving getting out of the goat pen everyday and into the big pasture and yard.  I have been loving the weeds they are cleaning up!!
Crunch is working hard!
My ladies have been working hard too...egg production is rocking! :)  So of course, I remembered them when I cleaned out the refrigerator!
The littles have been separated from the ones going to a new home.  Five are leaving next week...Ten are staying (2 blue copper marans, 3 buff orphingtons, 5 easter eggers).  That will give me a total of 22 chickens total for those wondering.
And this is why we have ticks...they all go in the woods daily!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Big Country Day!

If there is one place I love more than our little farm, it's my parent's big farm!  Oh my goodness...it's SO peaceful!!!  The land is gorgeous everywhere you look...and we spent the majority of yesterday on my favorite pond on the land.
We got there early and went fishing before everyone arrived.  Once again, I was the winner (3 fish to Big Bear's 2)...the size of the fish doesn't matter, it's the number that matters.
Dad came with us so I have a witness!
Also note that Big Bear is struggling with HIS fishing pole, not mine (which is the reason he claimed that he lost! ha!)
Besides getting to be in the peaceful country yesterday and getting to visit with family, we also got to spend the day with both of our parents.  Big Bear's mom had fun on her 4wheeler ride to the pond! I went easy on her! LOL!
Everyone else came out by an old fashioned tractor hay ride!

And now that we are all here, the fish stopped biting! LOL!
This was probably one of the best Mother's day since the whole "infertility" battle began.  I know that so many people were praying for me and I honestly prayed for strength myself.  I did my very best to pretend it was just any 'ole Sunday family gathering.  I just can't let myself get down in the whole "I will never be a mom" thing.  It's too dangerous.  My heart will probably always be broken in that area, but I know that God is good and He ultimately has a plan.  I praise Him for all the blessings He has given me to bring me joy in other ways daily.  :)

The One by Kiera Cass

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The third book in The Selection series.  I read it in two days and enjoyed it more than the 2nd book.  This ends the story of America and Maxon.  You could stop here or read the next two if you are looking for a light entertaining read.  I wouldn't compare it to Divergent like the summary below from Barnes & Noble...there isn't enough "action" and leans heavily on romance.  Think The Bachelor meets Matched series by Ally Condie. :)

Summary:
The beautifully romantic third book in Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series! The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales, and is perfect for fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
Entering the Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she arrived at the palace, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Includes a sneak peek at The Heir, the highly anticipated fourth book in the Selection series!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Snapshots of today...

Community Water Bowl...
Weed eaters...no gas or batteries required: 
Elly May loves a selfie! LOL!
Prim taking a nap break with her sister :)
And the Wyandotte sisters...Henny Penny, Winnie and Pocahontas!
Happy Friday Eve! :)

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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This is the 2nd book in The Selection series.  This was a fast and light read, which is what I need right now at the end of the school year.  But I also got a bit frustrated that the story isn't moving faster.  The back and forth and indecisiveness of the main character is annoying, but so is The Bachelor and it's a bit like that! Ha!

Summary from goodreads.com:
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bad goat!!

Someone has been a bad boy and head butting....me AND Crunch!  At first it was just gentle pushes to hurry up and feed him.  Yesterday I had on shorts and got caught with the horns on my bare leg.  I have a nasty cut and really ugly bruise.  Today, Crunch had a place on his shoulder needing tending...so....enjoy Snap!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Randomness

This weekend we were busy bees! :) I spent Saturday flea marketing with two girlfriends and then we went to dinner Saturday night at our "bee" friends house to inspect and compare their hives. 
After a full day Saturday, we went to another friends house on Sunday that are moving to the country and helped them set up a temporary area for their chickens until they have time to build a coop.  This was an all day task of trying to build an area using things we could find laying around.  The coop is actually a dog house (I should've gotten a picture!).  In making this area, Lady got to go back home.  She was with us for 7 weeks and never laid an egg! LOL!

In other news, so far NO more predators.  All ladies are accounted for and today had a regular ole hen party!
Rex decided he would be the "beekeeper" of the sugar water lid for the bee feeder! He licked that bad boy clean! LOL!
I need to mow the chicken run (because they are rarely in it to keep it worked down) but I can't fit the mower in there, so....
Not surprisingly, Bubba Bear identifies most with the goats...:)
 Farm randomness...

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I resisted reading it for the longest because I thought it sounded a bit "cheesey". It was recommended to me by several people and I am enjoying the storyline. It is a bit like dystopia society meets the bachelor! Entertaining is a good description.  It is just what I need right now...end of the school year equals exhaustion so this is a fun, light series that doesn't make me think too much.  

Summary from goodreads.com:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Respect Your Chicken Day

It's a thing...really!  Who would have thought!?!  But hey, I will play along!  I love my chickens!! :)
So the Littles had a celebration! Look at those pretty colors!  I got flock variety AND egg variety with this batch! :)
And the ladies had a regular ole hen party!
Sadly, we lost Henrietta, a barred rock from my original ladies. :(  We saw a coyote today and it is a hazard of letting them free range.
We think we may have "fixed" the spot we think it came in.  There is a ditch that runs under the fence in one spot...
Hate predators!  Won't feel bad at all if the donkeys stomp him to death...that is what they do!