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Sorry for my absence. Life has been zooming by. I don’t even know how long it has been since my last post. . . .
Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? We did. My mom and her husband came down for a visit. We had dinner at our house, so my in-laws came over as well. I think Munchkin was in his glory, he had all his favorite people under one roof. We took the boys to go see Wreck-It Ralph that Saturday. They did great and it was a cute movie.
I have been working on my WIC peer counselor training the last few weeks. It is exciting. I get to talk about breastfeeding with pregnant mamas. The boys have been spending a lot of time with Grandma as she has been watching them for me while I do the training and when I clean that house once a week. I am very grateful to have her so close. The boys enjoy going over there. Peanut has an easier time with my leaving then Munchkin does. As soon as I get back to bring them home though, Peanut wants his milkies (which he calls “mine”) immediately.
Peanut has been talking up a storm and repeats everything he hears. Luckily he hasn’t repeated any of the less than nice words that have escaped my mouth on occasion. It is cute listening and watching him copy everything his big brother does.
Munchkin is still in the in-between phase where he wants to be a big boy, but whines and cries because he wants you to help him do everything too. It keeps things interesting. 🙂 I love it when he tries out new words he hears and new gestures too. Today he gave me a thumbs up when I asked him if something was good.
On the animal/homestead end of things, we lost two chickens. I am not sure if it was Lily, who I caught eating them, or if it was the neighbor’s dog that Hubby had chased out of the yard when he caught him going after a chicken.
Lily went into heat and we tried to be diligent, but said neighbor’s dog managed to get hold of her and so now we should have puppies around Christmas. *sigh* Not especially happy, but “c’est la vie”
I was telling Munchkin that Lily has babies in her belly so he needs to not be so rough with her. Tonight he was talking about the babies in his belly. He has 5 or 6 of them in there. We are going to be busy 😉
My sister’s rabbit is hilarious. Nothing phases him. He quickly adjusted to the chaos that is our life. He gets free time in the house when the dogs are out. He hops onto the couch, pushes open doors if they aren’t shut tight, steals food off the kid’s table, begs when you are cutting up vegetables. He acts like a one of the dogs or the cats. I got this cute pic of him washing his face. Looks like he is saying “Oh no, what have I done”
I figured I would say “Hi” to you all while I wait for my cup of tea to finish steeping. I should be going to bed because sleep has been hard to come by with this stupid cold making the rounds. But, I seem to have a frog in my throat that just doesn’t want to move on. So tea and Hello it is. 🙂
We found Rocky a new home. He is living happily on a farm. He has his own little flock of Barred Rock hens to look after. Before we left the farm I picked up two Australorp pullets. I have no pictures yet because the girls, who we have named Dorothy and Rose, have been a little on the shy side. Yes, we have Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose. We just need a Sophia now.
Today Hubby and I started digging out the drainage culvert that divides the property. It was almost flat in some areas. We got about 40 feet of it cleared out today. There is still a lot more to go though. I am already pretty sore, I am hoping tomorrow won’t be too bad.
Munchkin has been super whiny for the last 24 hours. He hasn’t been able to verbalize why he is feeling so sad or angry. Everything has been setting him off though. I’ve been doing my best to keep my cool, it is hard at moments though. I am hoping tomorrow is a better day for him. I hate to see him having a difficult time.
Peanut started saying “sorry” today. Then when we were having some silly time before bed he started saying “I love you”! It was so sweet. That really made my night.
Blah. My throat is getting scratchier by the moment. I don’t want to be sick again! 😦
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I have been playing around with the online photo editing program Pixlr Editor. It is pretty cool and easy to use. My favorite thing to do is to do a color splash in a black and white photo. Is that the right terminology for that? Oh well, either way it is fun. Here are some samples of my recent editing adventures.
This week has been busy.
K started her job at the Montessori School. We have been adjusting to the early wake up time and the driving. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes round trip. We do this in the morning and the afternoon. The boys end up napping when we go to pick her up, so it works out pretty good. I have been trying to take advantage of the trips and attend playdates, hit up the playground, etc. Yesterday we met up with some friends at the splash pad and played in the water for three hours. The boys had a blast and both crashed on the way home.
We had a decent storm roll through on the way home yesterday. Just as we were getting into town it started pouring and the wind picked up. Visibility was low, everything was the same color gray. It was crazy. Luckily by the time we reached the house it had died down so we didn’t get drenched trying to get us all unloaded from the car. The animals were not happy though. Lily somehow got loose from her tie-out and was just running amuck. The goats were yelling at the top of their lungs.
And, we were missing a chicken. The White Leghorn, Franny. I searched everywhere and could not find her. Hubby went out later and looked too, but she was nowhere to be found. We did find her this evening. Unfortunately she was not alive. She was in a place Hubby and I had both looked already. We aren’t sure what happened. . .
Today I came to the realization that Ms. Rocky is actually Mr. Rocky. (“Chandler’s a girl!”, lol thanks K for that Friends memory). His tail feathers are starting to look long and curvy. He and Buffy have been puffing out their neck feathers and kicking their feet up at each other. So now I am starting to wonder about Buffy too. . . .The other morning when I was in the shed and all the chickens were still sitting on their roost (yes, they all now go up there on their own and stay there all night!), someone crowed. I was feeding the goats so I had my back to them. I wasn’t sure who it was and if it was just a fluke. Guess not.
I am excited to see the Perseids tonight. We should have clear skies here in North Mississippi. I love meteor showers. I have fond memories of sitting out in the wee hours wrapped in blankets watching in them. I tried to take Munchkin out before he went to bed to see if we could see any, but he is just entering the “scared” phase. So at every noise he was clinging to me asking “What’s that?” and “I’m scared”. Poor kid. I hope this doesn’t last too long.
Munchkin keeps getting upset with the chickens because they keep running in and eating up the grasshoppers and crickets he is trying to catch. Sometimes it doesn’t bother him and others he comes running to me bawling. I feel bad, but at the same time it is funny.
He has started to put words to his emotions! This is very exciting. We have been trying to help give him those words right along. Lately even more so because he has been physically showing Peanut that he is mad about something. We keep reminding him that we need to use our words not violence. It is paying off 🙂
He has been “reading”, and cutting, and gluing. He can trace his letters and numbers very well and is starting to recognize his numbers. He is such a big boy.
Peanut is turning into a little hellion. He is throwing food around more than eating it now. At least he puts his empty dishes in the sink. He will take things and then run off with them so that you chase after him. It is annoying when it is happening, but as I am typing this I am shaking my head and smiling.
He had an episode the other night of what appears to have been “growing pains”. It was awful. He woke up the next morning perfectly fine. I was very relieved.
As I am typing this out this post, I am listening to bump, thump, crunch as Isis, the cat, is walking around on the roof. I suppose I should go get her down.
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Hubby and I worked on the goat (and now chicken) shed Saturday evening.
It sits in a really bad spot on our property. All that rain that we just got (sorry to all the folks experiencing drought right now), the shed ended up with an inch or so of water in the bottom of it. Luckily I had a good layer of bedding in there (I have been using oak shavings and hay) so Hazel and Willow didn’t get their feet wet.
I cleaned it all out and then we laid down some pallets that we picked up at the electric company’s warehouse. We had some peg board lying around that wasn’t being used, so we laid that down on top of the pallets so that the shavings and hay would stay on top and we wouldn’t fall through the pallets and have injured legs.
I put down fresh shavings and hay. We moved the goat’s bowls to the back of the shed. We realized hanging them on the door where the rain can come in, wasn’t really that smart of a plan. Doh!
Then we took one of the smaller trees that Hubby had cut down and trimmed that up and stuck it inside for the chickens to perch on. Yeah, they have officially moved into the shed. I guess they feel safe with the girlies and they have more room. The chickens have been crowding Hazel and Willow up on their shelf, so I thought a perch would be nice, that is where they are supposed to sleep, right? Not my chickens. They like snuggling up with the goats apparently. We even put a nest box in there for them, but Claudette and Georgia walk back to the old coop and still lay their eggs in there. Still nothing, as far as I know, from Rocky and Buffy. It has only been a few days though, so maybe they will come to like their new perch and nesting box. I still feed the chickens back there though because I haven’t figured out a better solution so that Hazel won’t raid the chicken food.
Everyone seems pretty happy with the set-up.
What kind of set-up do you have for your goats and/or chickens? I am always interested in getting new ideas for them.