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Puppy Selfie Day – and a new rooster

We had quite a busy week – including my very first riding lesson at the barn (I’m still a tiny bit sore, but much better than Saturday when I had to hike across university campus again).  Kristen’s reining lesson got cancelled on Tuesday due to a misunderstanding, so she was a little bit bummed out.  We went to JoAnn’s and returned my patterns that didn’t sell and bought some of the paint for the new mural in the pantry and then went to Michael’s to find the rest of the paint.  We also stopped by Hobby Lobby just for the fun of it.  They had their Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff out!!!  I know they do the Christmas in July sale, but it isn’t even the 4TH of July yet!!!!  Quit rushing me I’m enjoying my summer.

My riding lesson on Thursday was fun.  Everyone was so encouraging and one of the just-out-of-college helpers (who boards her horse there) gave my lesson.  She was fantastic.  All I did was walk around on Kurt’s “Yee Hah!” horse, but by Friday night I was sore and Saturday when we picked up Karra I was really sore.  Sore and stiff when we dropped her off (from eating bad for me foods for a week) and sore and stiff when we picked her up from having a horsey ride 🙂  She had fun at the camp and made friends and designed a really neat outdoor eating pavillion for their project.  She said the people on her team were really hard to work with and couldn’t make up their minds.  Working with people can be a real drawback.  I encouraged her that not every team she works on is going to be full of difficult people.

On Friday Kristen was getting a little bored so she took puppy selfies.

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Here she is with Lexi (and Dad’s shoes photobombing the background!).  Noticed the one folded over ear on our “German Shepherd”.  Silly puppy.

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And here she is with Luke (I cropped out the messy blanket on the couch – aren’t I good?).  She had a hard time getting Luke to look up until I stood over them.

And also on Friday we got a rooster for our baby chick chicks.

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He’s a black silkie (just what I wanted) and is 5  months older than the baby girls.  A big difference now, but it won’t matter much in a couple of months.  For now he’s living in the little dog crate inside the coop.  When the girls came to inspect him one of the barred rocks pecked him in the face!  Bad little girl.

We had planned to name him Little Joe because Kristen really likes to watch Bonanza, but on the way home he kept saying,  “Brik, Brik, Brik” and I (having an Ah Ha moment) said we should name him Emmett from the Lego Movie because he keeps saying “brick, brick”.  She didn’t like that at all and we had a real back and forth about it.  When we asked the rooster he just kept saying, “Brik, Brik, Brik”.  We finally settled on Little Joe Emmett and Kristen said we’ll end up giving him a nickname anyway.  I said  how about Jemit!?  NO NO NO NO!!!  And so we decided to just name the rooster – Brik.

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Isn’t he purty?  He has the prettiest irridescent green on his tail and some pretty orange around his neck.  He is really calm and has the prettiets “Hello, world.” crow in the morning.  When all of the girls go out of the coop in the morning he always calls someone back to keep him company.  We’re really hoping that he will be a good protector for Lady Grace.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

Ah, Spring Break

Well, we made it; it’s Spring Break.  It might seem a little late for taking a break to some people, but we always try to plan our break for the week of Kurt’s birthday.  I like my parents to come down for a visit at this time, but my Dad announced two years ago that early April is too cold!  Last year because of circumstances they came at the end of May and guess what – it was too HOT!  They’re coming in mid-May this year and then Mom will stay an extra week to try to help me knock out that dreaded garage sale.

We’re off to a relaxing start to our break.  The girls went shopping this morning to get their brother’s birthday presents and go to Whole Foods for some of Karra’s strange and organic vegetarian foods (okay, it was Spanish lentils and poppy seeds, but I’m allowed to give her a hard time since it was my money).  I did have the girls get some Hartzler Dairy milk (low temp pasturized) to try my yogurt cultures that I’ve had for so long they may not even be good.   If the yogurt doesn’t work I’ll order a new culture and give it another go – within a reasonable time 🙂

I crossed a major milestone in my recovery today.  I ordered new chickens!!!!  We’ll be having baby chooks in time for our anniversary in early May.  Joel offered to undo his workbench so I can reuse the crate we brooded our geriatric girls in and I think a good month or two is plenty of time to get the new chicken coop finished up and to have nice weather to do it in.

I spent about a half hour online researching different hatchery’s offerings and the feed store.  I really, really wanted some Buckeye chickens (I know that is so bizarre for a BIG TIME Michigan fan) and there was only one hatchery that offered them.  I almost missed the fact that I could create my own box of chickens.  I was looking at a whole box of single breed chickens and getting frustrated because I really wanted a variety.  Anyway, I finally found what I was looking for at Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Cincinnati – the same hatchery that our TSC girls came from seven crazy years ago.  The minimum order was 15, so I got 3 each of Barred Rock (I love my current girls), Buckeye (I’d love to have a Buckeye rooster and name it Bo heheheheh), Buff Orpington (good brooders), Aracuana (because Kristen loves the green and blue eggs), and Golden Lace Wyandottes (they are so pretty).  I wanted to get a trio of Silkies because the roosters are supposed to be really gentle, but I didn’t realize that Silkies are considered to be bantam chickens.  You can’t order bantams and regular sized chicks together.  A minimum bantam order is 30 chicks!   So, if I get my Silkies I will have to do it locally and get grown chickens.  Who knows what kind of rooster I’ll really end up with.

Kurt and I baked his birthday cake this morning and Kristen just finished decorating it.  It turned out nearly as well as the Pinterest picture.  I’ll include it with the birthday post in a day or two.  I made cookies for us for a change and am being lazy about taking birthday boy for a hair trim ahead of his pictures that I haven’t scheduled yet.  But hey, I ordered baby chicks!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

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