Category Archives: Daily Happenings

Bath Time

Bath time…..and Wylie really doesn’t care for it!

But he turns out pretty well.

I also washed his toys, he didn’t like that idea!

Growing Up

Kids grow up so fast, grandkids grow up even faster, and I’m how old, when did that happen?!?  My little chicks are growing up fast too, so fast they change by the hour!!!

Isn’t she adorable. Wylie and I spend so much time just watching them and of course I handle them quite a bit, but I don’t think they are getting any calmer. They’re fast little critters when I’m trying to catch them. They are becoming more adventurous too. Look at this little one up on their water.

Then another one flew up and perched on the feeder.  Next thing you know, they will be flying out.

Mr. Farmer designing a top for the nursery to keep those young ones in!

Remember I told you about the hawk that killed two of my hens? We met yesterday with the man who put the fence up for the chicken run and came up with a plan to cover the whole area. They are hopefully going to be able to start that project next week. I’m so glad as that will really protect my flock. Look what was in the chicken run today when Mr. Farmer came home today. He was able to snap this photo of a Cooper’s hawk, not the Red Tail that got the hens, but we definitely have a hawk problem.

Look closely over the back of the tin rooster, he’s sitting in the chicken run. The hens are in a temporary pen, so they are protected from him.

It’s COLD Out

A quick powerful winter storm moved thru yesterday. Started out with freezing drizzle then changed to snow along with 40 mph winds. Made for some pretty good drifts.

Please use the back door, I haven’t shoveled the front walk.

 

A great day to stay inside and bake some bread. This is a starter that my mother had used years ago. She gave it to a friend of hers and he has been making bread for years. After she passed away, I called him, he was still using her starter and he gave me some. I bake bread weekly and also make a wonderful chocolate cake. Makes the best pancakes too! I love the end of a loaf for French toast and also make Panzanella salad.

Stay warm

Oh my gosh, I am still learning how to post on my laptop, I think it is easier on the phone (Jessica!).

Turned Into A Quick Walk

The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Kansas.  A perfect day for a walk in the sandy area just a few miles west of home.  Such a perfect place to walk, very isolated and so peaceful.

 

 

Perfect weather for everything to be out.  When I saw this track,  I thought “this is no bicycle track”  I picked up Wylie and we loaded up.  We’re out of here……………SNAKE

Finally Butterflies

They aren’t quite butterflies yet, but I was so excited when I found the monarch caterpillars!!  I planted the butterfly garden a few years ago and this year we have SO many butterflies.  I also found 10 caterpillars on my parsley.

 

We haven’t had the monarch butterflies yet, but we have hundreds (and hundreds) of Painted Lady butterflies.  They are enjoying the Rough Blaze Star, one of the native plants that I bought at the Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS at their spring sale.  Their fall sale is this weekend.  You can bet I will be there!!

 

New Flock

I started my flock all over again this spring, with 6 Red and 2 Ameraucana chicks.  The Reds were sexed so I knew they would all be hens.  The Ameraucan were straight run.  I picked out my Ameraucanas with the hopes that they would be hens and give us colorful light blue Easter eggs.  Of course my girls have names…..the 2 Ameraucana are Lucille and Ethel.

Meet Ricky, formerly known as Lucille

And Fred, but sometimes I still call him Ethel

Ricky and Fred with Reba and Midge

I enjoy sitting out surrounded by the zinnias watching the chickens (hard to see them thru all the honeysuckle).

Last year when I clean up the hollyhock bed, I scattered the seeds along the fence by the hen house.

We are still waiting for our first harvest of eggs.  Hurry up girls, we are ready for Farmer fresh eggs!