Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Break - Week 7

We started the week by entertaining guests.  Look at those smiles!  The farm just does the heart good!
I spent two days this week at my new job just trying to unpack my stuff and get the library cleaned up so I can work when my contract starts on the 1st. 
We also had time to relax and enjoy the little moments. :)
 On Thursday, I got to have a mother/daughter day.  We spent the day hitting flea markets and we stopped by the farm that I got Pop and Crunch from.  This little cutie is her show goat this year.  So, he may be my next baby!  Yeeee!!!
And, I finished the week (and started the next one) by having our 5th annual Summer Scrap Camp with my BFF.  We were at Maumelle Park again and the view was so nice!  (Not that we went outside much!)  We did eat at the picnic table one night when Big Bear brought us dinner.
Scrappin' selfie with the bestie!
See we do fit it all in!  I managed to scrap 72 pages in 48 hours!! Woohoo!  I'm now caught up to February 2017.  Feeling better about it since I really only scrap twice a year these days.
One week from tomorrow, I am back at work...it's been a pretty good summer!  I can't complain.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Protector of Chickens!

Who would have thought that Bubba Bear would be a PROTECTOR of chickens? :)  He makes me proud though!  He's hard headed and it takes longer to train him, but it's worth it in the end.  He's caught TWO opossums in the past two weeks!!  Opossums kill chickens.
The Little's say thank you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Say it ain't so!

Only two weeks of summer left!  Ahhhh!!
Enjoy the moments!  It's going to be a crazy year with a new job! :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A night on the farm

Yesterday was a full day and the best way to relax is to just sit back and appreciate.  
Cap'n Crunch has been limping since Friday and today was the day to decide if we were going to the vet, but he is better.  Only limping now if he starts running.  I'm pretty sure he just got rammed too hard by one of his brothers.  I love these two!!
As we were sitting in the glider enjoying our furbabies, 3 men on horses rode by.  NOT something you see everyday around here.  We look like we are in the country but really we are just one of 4 houses with land before a ton of neighborhoods start, so our road is really busy.  Horses aren't something we have ever seen until today and the donkeys were on full alert!
We managed to get the yard mowed and the pasture bush hogged before the 110 heat indexes of later in the week.  Looks so good freshly mowed. :)
Enjoy the little moments! :)
Now...I gotta go clean the chicken coops!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

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Wow!  This is not a book for the lighthearted.  It is really good, but really deep and in depth and is set in Mississippi and going back and forth between today and the civil rights era.  It's fiction but historical fiction/mystery/crime all tied into one.  And, it's a trilogy.  So, it's an investment.  It's not one I can read back to back though.  I need a break from the heaviness of it, but it was really good.  I wonder if they will make a movie from it?  Or if they already have.  I'm usually behind on those type of things! LOL!

Summary from goodreads.com:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet—Natchez Burning—the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage

Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor is accused of murdering Viola Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father.

The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past—into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. Now Penn must follow a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one—black or white, young or old, brave or not—is ever truly safe.
 

Summer Break Week 6 Highlights :)

**Sorry for the blog header -  currently under construction**
This week was a LONG week and LOTS going on!!
We worked on the chicken run off and on most of the week.
I got a new job a few weeks ago.  I'm still an elementary librarian, just at a different school.  So,
I packed my office at my old school and moved all my stuff into my new school this week.  In 100 degree temps.  It took both vehicles, but we got it in one trip.  It was an emotional day.  Glad to have that step behind me.
New library:
I got my first egg from the little's this week!! So far, only Rosie, a blue copper maran is laying.  BEAUTIFUL!

We finally finished the little's chicken run addition to their coop.  LOVE it!
Add to all that a few caterings and you have a full week!  We rewarded ourselves on Saturday with a day together of flea marketing and a nice lunch. :)
Two weeks of summer left.  We are going to make it last!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 5 & 6 of the Little's Chicken Run

Day 5 and 6,  I was on my own.  Big Bear was busy catering and I just wanted it DONE!  We were one 1x4 short of having enough so ONE more trip to Home Depot.  I got that board cut and started lining up the tin to screw down.  I love that Big Bear decided on the tin roof slanted to match the coop!  :)
Then, it was on to the little touches...making sure the door wouldn't blow closed and lock my girls in or out.
Covering the space left open above the gate and the roofline.  Nothing a little 2x4, 1x4 and hardware cloth couldn't fix.  Good thing I'm handy! :)

Install gate latch.  It will have a pin through it so no coons can open it.
And, almost there!  I get to hang the feeder outside the coop since we put a roof on the run!  Yay!!  So, I rigged that up and presto!!  What I was told "would only take 2 days"  took 6 but looks great!  It also cost double what I thought!! But for about $300, you can do this too.  If you have scrap metal laying around. Otherwise, it's gonna cost you more!
And now the littles have a predator proof chicken run off their coop.  This morning was the first morning that I could guilt free keep going back to sleep because they weren't trapped in their coop until I got up to let them out.   It's the little things!
 All done!



Friday, July 14, 2017

Day 3 & 4 of the Little's Chicken Run Project

Day 3 consisted of finishing up the predator proof hardware cloth around the bottom...
Building the gate...
Gate up and quikcrete (sp?) around the bottom to help predator proof.
We need about 2 more bags to finish the quikcrete...that's an easy 5 minute job. :)
Day 4 was measuring out the 1 by's and cutting them.  We also laid out the tin (that was spare tin left from the previous owners) and cut it to size.  It was 100 degrees and we were miserable and it was getting dark, so we stopped for the day.
Almost there!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 2 of Little's Chicken Run

Day 2 was Sunday and consisted of shopping for more materials...how many trips to home improvement stores come with a project?  :)
Our nephew is living with us for a few weeks so we had an extra set of hands.  
We got the hardware cloth installed.  We come out at the bottom for added predator security.  Those fence tacks are a pain!  I had forgotten!  
 And going around the bottom of the actual coop was a little tricky.
So...the project that was supposed to take 2 days continues...
It's a small space but it's going to be predator proof and will let them out of the coop at sunrise until I wake up and let them free range rest of day. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 1 of Little's Chicken Run

So the "littles" are now integrated and technically able to free range but they mainly stay in the chicken pen.  I bought them their own coop, so we missed the hassle of integrating flocks into the same coop (nightmare).  However, they are stuck inside the coop until I wake up each day.  So...of course, I love a project and wanted them to have a predator proof run like the big girls so they can come down out of the coop into the run until I get up to let them out.
So...here is BEFORE:
And in typical fashion, we started this project in the heat of July!  Oops!
Day 1...we got it framed up!  And, Big Bear decided to take it a step further than I asked for and match the coop roofline and add a tin covered top!  :)
Disclaimer:  Day 1 was actually Saturday.  It's Wednesday.  We still aren't done! LOL!  We worked on it Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, skipped today.  It was supposed to take 2 days....hmmmm!



Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer break Week 5!

The week's are flying by!!  We started this week on Sunday with a church picnic at Lake Nixon.  Of course, Big Bear manned the grill to cook burgers and hot dogs for 250 people! :)
And, then of course, the 4th of July.  Basically, about 5 days of idiots shooting fireworks and scaring my furbabies. (insert eye roll!)
This is also the day our nephew moved in with us for 6 weeks while he does an internship locally this summer.
Most of our week was spent in the camper.  (see post below for that adventure!)
It was Big Bear's birthday week but as he pointed out, I somehow manage to get a full birthday week while he is lucky to get 12 hours! LOL!
So, of course, I put him to work on my new chicken run as soon as we got home.  Chop! Chop! :)
And....drumroll...after 2 years of looking for an entertainment center to go with our country style, I finally made the leap and decided we would never "find" it, so I paid someone to make what I wanted.  And, it was ready for pick up Friday.  Coolest part is that ALL the barn wood and the tin came from my parents place.  LOVE!!
It's perfect!  I filled it up quick! ha!
Only 3 weeks left of vacation :(

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Birthday Camping :)

We did a little mid-week camping this week for Big Bear's birthday.  We headed out Wednesday and came back Friday, so we basically had our weekend in the middle of the week.
This trip will always be remembered because it started out almost disastrous.  We were unhooking the camper (always makes me nervous anyway) and we were in a very unlevel spot that slopped toward the back.  So....Kevin sets the front bar (whatever its called) on the big board and has the camper rolled up to get off the hitch.  Then, gets in his vehicle to move forward and realizes his suburban is overheating.  So, he drives off to let it cool down. (circulate air)  I notice as he pulls away that a) my cell phone is in his car b) I sat his cell phone on the back bumper c) the big board at the front of the camper doesn't look right.  Looks tilted, unsteady.  I sit down with Bubba Bear and wait for him to return.  It's all I can do.  Luckily I noticed the camper didn't look right and didn't go inside it.  As soon as he got back, I said check the back bumper for your phone.  Bingo!  There is was - no damage done.  I then pointed out the big board (block) and how unsteady it looked.  He agreed as we went to try and fix it, it started tilting and we knew the camper was about to fall off of it. And it did.  Imagine 10,000 pounds falling and rolling backward!!!!!  SCARY!!!!!  One of the chaulks was crushed.  But, we were able to get it back on the vehicle (with me standing on the hitch for it to go low enough to go under the hitch on the camper!!!).  No damage was done except the crushed chaulk.  We sat it up on our unlevel spot that we will NEVER visit again.  And we praised Jesus A LOT!  
Look at that view because it's the last time you see it! LOL!  Not camping here again! 
This is how Bubba and I relaxed!
Not quite the swimmer his sister is! LOL!
 BBQ nachos was the winning meal! 
After a rough start, it did turn out to be a good trip.  We hit a few flea markets, explored, watched some old movies, played Gin Rummy and relaxed.
July 5th - July 7th - Arlie Moore #86