Monday, August 28, 2017

Big Bear's Bees

 Sunday was bee day at the farm.  Big Bear wanted to examine his hive and to add some beetle jails.  He noticed beetles the last time he was in the hive.  
After talking to another beekeeper with extensive knowledge, Big Bear decided to go ahead and add a honey super to his hive.  This means the bees may be able to produce some honey this year.  We can always hope for honey the first year.  The hive is doing really well!

I'm chicken crazy...he's bee crazy! LOL!

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

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I have all 3 of this authors books and was only disappointed in The Woman in Cabin 10.  This one was back on track in my opinion.  I was intrigued throughout.  I liked the characters dynamics.  Overall a good read and worth your time.

Summary from Amazon.com:
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

11 years ago today...

We went on our first date (the second time around in life). What a ride it's been!!  We have survived many big life battles along the way, but we are now in our happy place making it all worth it!  This man can drive me crazy, but at the same time can make me laugh like no other.  He is my biggest fan and I wouldn't trade him for anything (most days! LOL!)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Jethro!

This rotten boy is 3 today.  Jethro loves his food and his sister!!  We have to watch him because he's getting a bit fat. :)  And, if he gets separated from his sister, he hollers until he finds her!! She could care less where he is, but he needs her at all times.  He is always looking for trouble and manages to find it as well, but in the end, we love him!

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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I debated on how to rate this book on goodreads.  I read it in a day, so it kept my attention.  As an adult book, I would have rated it lower, but it's a young adult book so I gave it a 4.  If I were in a classroom, I would use it to teach inferring.  You can get some great discussions out of this book.  It is short on details and I got irritated at how naive the main character was but then I would remind myself he was only 9 years old.

Summary from goodreads.com:
Germany 1942: Bruno's family moves to a new house, where he he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own. Their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The ears have it!

I hear there is an eclipse tomorrow! :)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Child by Fiona Barton

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I don't feel like I can give this book a fair review because I took 2 weeks to read it based on the fact that I started it right as the beginning of the school year hit and me starting a new job.  I liked it but feel like I would have liked it even more if my reading times hadn't been so hit and miss!  It is definitely worth your time and I'm intrigued to try the author's other book.

Summary from goodreads.com:
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Because cute farm signs are a MUST

When you have 3 chicken coops and a big chicken pen, the area gets a name! :)
Inside Chicken Coop Cove, you will find the small coop that the youngest live in...aka MiniCoop, home of Annie and Lady.
And the Hen Den, home of too many chickens, but they are only in there to sleep!  Home of "the littles", Blue, Rosie, Regal, Fergie, Poly, Ester, Reba and 3 unnamed buff's.
Of course, we have the original coop, Cluck Cabin.  Home to "the ladies" - Tina Turner, Red, Bully, Dottie, Teeny, Pocahontas, Winnie, and Becky with the Good Hair.
Entrance for the chickens into their chicken pen from free ranging...LOVE IT!
And not to leave out the goats...very fitting! 
Big thanks to my friend, Jennifer, who made every single one of my farm signs!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chicken Doctor

I guess the more chickens you add, the more chicken drama you add!  Saturday, Big Bear noticed that Ginger, one of my Rhode Island Reds, had part of an egg hanging from her rear end.  Enter drama.  I removed the rest of the egg and cleaned her up.  She seemed otherwise ok.  
Next day though, I noticed she was discharging a fluid.  Rest of egg maybe???
I thought maybe egg bound???  Not sure.  So, I researched and decided to try cleaning her up and soaking her bum in warm water.  

I was able to soak her a good bit.  I separated her and put her in the chicken nursery for the night.  I know I did all I could for her.  But in the end, my skills weren't enough to save her.  She was gone by morning.

RIP Ginger...you lived a good chicken life and we will miss you!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week in Pictures

Started the week off in my new job with a professional development led by Sidney Moncrief!  First week on new job and am loving it!
Our nephew has been living with us for the past 6 weeks and this week was his last week with us. His wife, Allison, was in town some this week so we got to spend some good family time on the farm.  It was bittersweet to say goodbye.  We're going to miss him!
But I love this picture of Allison!  Look at that smile!
Chickens make people HAPPY!  
Bully leading the pack!

Look at those EGGS!  Had to get them ready to sell, so egg washing party it is!
Pop starting limping this week...of course!  But he is already getting better.  I swear him and Crunch just play and shove each other too hard!
I let ALL the goats out this weekend and the little fella's cooperated just right nice going back in.  I was a proud goat mom! :)
Also let my youngest chickens out to free range for the first time.  Success!
And, Katniss pretty much sums up the overall feeling for the week!!!! LOL!
This week is the first week with students...so basically another crazy week of trying to juggle all my duties.  But after this week, things SHOULD settle back into a routine.  Fingers crossed!

Entrusted by Beth Moore

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I love a good Bible Study and I love me some Beth Moore!  I picked this up to be my summer Bible Study, and then a few days later I got a message from Lifeway that it was her summer study with the videos for free if you signed up.  I can easily recommend this study to anyone.

Summary from Lifeway:
We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.

In this 6-session Bible study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Adjusting...

We are all adjusting to momma being back at work this week.  The daily juggling of duties has begun.  Trying to shuffle all my tasks and chores and make sure everyone gets plenty of love.  Week 1 is in the books and I think we had a successful transition week.  It gets harder as the days get shorter.  But for this week and next week, we are focusing on getting to bed on time and adjusting our sleep patterns and morning routines. 
Picture proof that all is well...
Tina Turner enjoying an afternoon rain
These two disrupting my Bible Study peace!!
Filtered water please and thanks!
Feeding time!
My newest layers
Identity crisis
Sharing farm secrets