Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wow, it's been a week since my last post...

Well it's been raining.

NOTHING was planted this last weekend.

I got a lot of lounging/relaxing in though! :) And I even started reading a BOOK! (looking for the bright side of still being cooped up in the house, due to NON STOP RAIN.)

My hubby left for Eastern Oregon on Wednesday night of last week, for a Spring Bear hunt. He came home on Monday. So it was just the kids and I hanging out over the long weekend. Like I said, it's been raining and I ended up coming down with a cold on Saturday that had me lounging in bed most of the day on Sunday. It hit me pretty hard. I'm still a bit under the weather, but hopefully soon I will feel back to normal.

I've started reading "Gardening When it Counts" by Steve Solomon. The first couple chapters had me a bit, well how do I say it....bored. But now that I'm getting further into the book, I'm very excited about what I am learning. What it comes down to is....being wise about how you garden. I even think I will go back and read those chapters I got bored with and look at it differently, and gain some more knowledge.

Since I can't get out in my garden yet, I might as well read about gardening. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A picture of our muddy Betsy

Today the weather is back to rain :(
We were blessed with a few dry days. It really helped with drying out the garden. It's ready enough that I will get some things planted, rain or shine this Memorial Day weekend!



Here's Betsy. She is one of Big Mama's offspring.

I actually snuck out to try and get a picture of Sally (our newest calf) and Mable. But they were still a ways out in the field so I couldn't get a good picture of them. They looked like 2 little brown and white dots in the picture. So Betsy kindly let me take her photo. Our Steer, Curly tried to get in on the photo shoot also, but all the ones of him turned out blurry. He was actually to close :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spoiled

My husband Kris calls me spoiled.

I don't wear designer clothes, or carry Coach purses, or drive the newest, fanciest car. But I do have 4 fantastic children, a fixer-upper home that we are putting our blood, sweat and tears into, land around us to raise our animals on, a garden that will feed our family, and Praise the Lord, our health.

These things make me feel rich in many ways.

When my husband takes an afternoon, (or days) to do something for me, like till the garden, fix up the chicken coop, etc. I feel spoiled. So even though he's not showering me with store bought things, I feel giddy when he does something around our home. Or the time, we lost our first chick, I text him while he was at work and told him the sad news. When he walked in the house after work with a box of 3 more chirping chicks inside, I melted. To me, that is love.

I am blessed.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wearing flip flops.....

in the chicken coop........................not a great idea.

I had 9 of them gang up on me. Maybe it's revenge for not giving them their yogurt treat in awhile, I don't know. But what I do know is, I will stick to wearing my Romeo shoes while tending to the chickens! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Renewed Excitement!


My green peppers and basil! Basil didn't grow for me last year and I've never planted green peppers before. I can't decide if I want to keep the basil in the house, in the window. Or put it out in the garden. Hmm?



I thought this picture was funny. She was really checking me out.




It's not a very good picture of Sally our newest calf. But Big Mama is VERY protective of her little one. And if she spots me at all, she takes off. Because behind me is Chloe, and she doesn't want Chloe ANY WHERE near her baby. Big Mama is a great mom. Not only does she watch out for her little one, she's taken Mable under her protection. It's neat to see the 2 little ones "hopping" through the field together.


I have all sorts of plants coming to life.
I have flowers on my strawberries (the ones I planted last year, not my recent transplants), potatoes are starting to push through some leaves! :) I transplanted 3 cukes today ( I hope they do well, they were looking a little rough). Our sweet peas are growing......my chives are starting to show some green. My parsley is doing well, my cilantro is really filling out. I have spinach and lettuce growing!
*CAN YOU FEEL MY EXCITEMENT*
It makes me sooooo happy! I can't WAIT to get my garden going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The carrots, zucchini, acorn squash, corn, peas, green beans................I could go on and on! It's going to be great.

This winter has been a long one, and I'm OH SO READY to get my garden planted. Today the weather was beautiful, and they are predicting 2 more days of sunshine. I'm hoping it dries out enough to get the garden area prepped, and ready to plant!

Okay I will calm down now. I better go tuck the children into bed, and close up the chicken coop for the night.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sneaky Kitty

Yesterday afternoon I spend about a half hour cleaning out the other side of the chicken coop. I was going to move my chickens into the bigger area because I decided they are ready to graduate to the "adult" side.

There was one board I was a little concerned about, and an old wooden box I needed my husbands help moving. But Kris was at work, so I decided not to bug him the moment he got home to help me, I'd bug him another day.


Later that day, I went to close up the coop for the night and just as I was shutting the door, I saw 2 eyes looking at me. There was Baby, our barn kitty. Hanging out in the rafters, watching the chickens. I thought to myself "Whew! I'm glad they are still in the brooder pen." So I left the door open for a bit thinking she would mosey on out of there when Chloe wasn't around.


About an hour later I went in the coop and looked in the rafters, and glanced over the coop seeing if Baby had made her way out. No sign of her, so I closed up the coop for the night.


This morning I go to check on the chickens to feed and water them and I hear, "Meow." Here's Baby, crawling out of the laying box! She was locked up in the coop all night. Just as I'm going to open the door to the bigger pen to grab her, Chloe runs in behind me, and so Baby crawls back in the laying box. So I ran in the house to grab the camera. I'm glad I saw her do this BEFORE I moved my chickens into the bigger pen. Kris and I have more chicken eater proofing to do before we can move them.
Sigh.....our list keeps getting longer. Oh well. Baby steps right?!