Yesterday was a monumental day. I turned a great big 50. My plan was to simply spend the day in my sewing room. However, the weekend has gone like this:
Thursday – Joel came home from Minnesota. Happy dance
Friday – Joel and I had dinner with our friends John and Debbie and stayed out until 1:30am!
Saturday – I spent a lazy morning online
(my birthday shirt to myself)
then I went down to the sewing room and enjoyed myself:
(finished Kurt’s Christmas present sleep shirt)
(covered a couple of cardboard boxes with contact paper)
Promptly at 4:30 I had put on a little makeup because Karra’s boyfriend was coming over for presents. My first present was a blindfold and a note that the best presents can’t be seen. Uh oh. They drug me out of the house with a little makeup, bad hair, and a blindfold.
We arrived at my Bestie’s house for a surprise 50th birthday party. Bumble themed, of course.
(Kristen made a cake for me)
(She cried when it was time to put candles in it)
And there were balloons and presents and my closest Ohio family to celebrate. It was a WONDERFUL birthday! There were balloons, too, but I didn’t get a picture of them before Catnip found them.
And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.
Our Spring Break sure was busier than planned. Kurt’s birthday was fun and the Lego Stop-Motion Movie Making kit was a big hit. Now I just need to download Windows Movie Maker so that he can load everything onto my laptop instead of doing transfers to Kristen’s. I spent the day making Kurt’s requested foods: Waffles for breakfast (Um, Mom, I like the old kind better) with sausage. Lunch ( a late lunch because I had to run errands) was broccoli potato pancakes and smoked sausage – yum. Supper was sliders with french fries. And the final touch . . . .
the Lego Ninjago cake. Kristen did a great job, but we forgot to put the eyebrows on.
The next day was a shopping trip with the girls that scored their Easter outfits and jewelry. I even found a shirt to wear with my outfit.
Thursday brought us to Lexi’s Gotcha Day.
Meet our newest addition . . . Lexi! She’s named in honor of our friend Penny’s German Shepherd that was kicked by a horse and had complications and had to be put down. Penny has the most awesome dogs and when we saw Lexi and how German Shepherd she looks we had to name her after our friend’s dog. She’s 1/2 boxer, 1/4 German Shepherd, 1/4 Norwegian Elk Hound. She is a real cuddle bug. Her favorite place is curled up beside you getting her oh-so-soft head rubbed.
Luke didn’t know what to think at first but he’s coming around quickly and Lexi is teaching him how to be a dog instead of a person.
Right now she looks like a donut hole on her big round bed, but it won’t be long before she looks like the cream cheese covering the bagel. I can’t believe I was once so adamant against another dog. Of course, I cant’ believe I was once so adamant against ANY dog!
I have a picture of Luke in this same position as a puppy. They’re the same size in the pictures but they wont’ stay that way for long!!
Saturday found us at the bowling alley for Kurt’s party and he and the boys had a wonderful time. I have a great picture of them, but don’t want to put other people’s children online without their consent. It’s a wonderful momento for Kurt of his first official birthday party.
And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm
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