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Take a Peek at our Week November 26 – December 2

The country kids are back in school!!!! I am thankful that Thanksgiving break is over. I’m sorry, our family loves each other, but we should not be made to spend so much time together. Seriously, the noise level in this house was just bad. The critters were freaked, the children fought, my hubby became comatose to it all near the end. Let’s just say I am not looking forward to so much together time any time soon. Too bad Christmas break and hubby’s vacation time are right around the corner.

I can’t believe we are already in December. This year has been on fast forward. And I can not believe we still don’t have snow on the ground. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of cold and snow, I mean who want to drive in that stuff anyway!?!? But if we have an unseasonable warm winter, our Maple Tapping Season will be affected. And as much as I hate collecting and cooking, I can not go back to store bought “maple syrup.” So here’s hopping the freezing temps arrive soon. Please don’t hate me!

So what made me smile this week?

Oh for crying out loud, stop scratching the straw out of the shed!!!! I am so tired of raking it back in. Time to switch to the pop door for the winter months (and my sanity). Let’s see ya try to move the straw outside then you naughty little buggers.

The little stray kitty that wormed her way into our house on Thanksgiving has wormed her way into our hearts too. She and the littlest country kid are thick as thieves. Whenever I want to find Ginger, all I have to do is look in his room. I don’t think he minds her hanging out.

** Squeals of joy ** Finally!!! One of the hens actually laid her egg in the new nest boxes I built! Here’s hoping this means the end of the daily egg hunt. I am also happy to report I got 3 chicken eggs and 2 duck eggs!!! So there are still a few slackers, but ever since we got the opossum out of the shed, production is going up. The egg drought is over. I can’t wait to start all my holiday baking. Home laid eggs just make baking better!

Mr Bill is a man of few words….. maybe because he is surrounded by a bunch of women.  I sometimes wonder if he needs another guy to hang out with. Ya know, hit the feed bowl with, do whatever guy poultry do……

One should never turn the coop light on before the hens are off the roost. How do I know? The look in Buffy’s cold dead eye after I did it. I offered her some coffee but she just stood on that bale of straw and staired at me with anger in her eyes. Time to just back out of the shed slowly……….

Fifi was reminding Ester to always read safe usage labels on products. Those darn lawn chairs are tricky to use! We have established that more than one hen on the same arm of the chair will cause said chair to fall over. Don’t worry, no birds were injured, though there is a rather nasty poo glob on the seat of the chair. No one will confess to depositing it, but I have a feeling it was the result of the surprise felt as the chair began to go over.

Haa haa! I did it!!! I got my ducks in a row!! Finally my life is falling into place!
It’s a little chilly in the mornings, but that doesn’t stop Wanda from hitting the yard hard, looking for any last little bits of goodness the yard still has to offer. Peck fast Wanda, I hear next week it’s going to get even colder! Before long that green grass will be gone.

When your hens are all on the roost together, NEVER say “Hey ladies, let’s take a family photo!” It’s kinda like trying to take family photos if you have kids involved. Buffy ducked down behind Cinder. Ester tried to exit the frame to the left. It was total mayhem! It’s slightly out of focus, but hey, I got all the chickens in one photo, which is an amazing achievement, even if they all did act like a bunch of dork. 

Remember to take time out of your busy day to find your own things to make you smile!

6 thoughts on “Take a Peek at our Week November 26 – December 2

  1. Isn't it lovely when the kids go back to school, Mindie? It's funny, I always looked forward to the holidays, and was so excited before they started, and really enjoyed them, but it was always a relief when everything was back to normal! Your photo op with the hens really made me laugh – although you did get a great shot in the end. Thank you so much for sharing this little glimpse into homestead life with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope this week is going well!

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