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Terrible Tuesday

I have to say that my husband had a rather rotten day today.  He doesn’t seem grumpy, but I probably would be after everything… It started this morning when Little Chick woke up – and promptly vomited.  As an infant I don’t think she spit up more than 1/2 a dozen times, so this was a strange  ...

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Post-Christmas blahs

I have the post-holiday blahs and we haven’t even gotten to the new year.  Both Papa and I didn’t feel very celebratory this Christmas. Most of that is related to the fact that we lost our dear friend, Charlie. This picture was taken just a few hours before Papa took him to the vet. None of  ...

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Summer crafting 2011

Working on crafts this summer has pretty much been at the same speed since my daughter was born.  S L O W.  But that’s mostly my fault.  When I get home from work, I hate to set her down for anything.  Even knitting and crocheting!  (by the way, please ignore the dust bunnies in the corners  ...

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Predator update

There is one less predator in the neighborhood today.  No, we didn’t kill it.  Papa tried when he spotted a couple of ring-tailed varmints on top of the coop last week, but it was dark, he probably wasn’t fully awake and he was trying to shoot while holding a spotlight.  Instead, we  ...

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Predator!

See all the feathers in the chicken run?  We were fortunate last night that feathers were all that were lost!  At 1am, a horrible screeching sound woke us.  We knew immediately that something must be attacking the chickens.  Papa ran out there with the rifle and spotlight.  Whatever animal was  ...

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March (and Feb) 2011 crafting

I’m finding it’s rather difficult to get much crafting done with an infant to take care of, and the craft room still looks like a tornado hit it, but I did manage to get a few items done in the past couple of months. My sister had a birthday at the end of January.  I wasn’t sure what to get her  ...

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Simple Kitchen Scrubbies

You can purchase netting or tulle at most craft or fabric stores, but I particularly like getting the 6” spools of tulle at Hobby Lobby because it’s “contained” on the spool.  When they have them on sale, you can pick them up for a couple of dollars and they will make 6 to 9  ...

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Vanilla ice cream

I actually made this recipe back in July but wasn’t very happy with the results, so I never got around to posting it. Did I overcook the custard (the recipe warns about not getting it above 180 degrees)?  Was there just too much butterfat in the mixture?  Whatever happened, the flavor was good  ...

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Chicken update – May 2010

What are you looking at?!? I would have thought by now we wouldn’t have much to show you about the chickens on a weekly basis – but they are still growing!  I just can’t seem to keep up on taking pictures and posting. A few weeks ago we bought some leg bands to help us identify individuals  ...

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