Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Quick Catch Up

I know my blog family has missed me – I’ve missed me too.

I’ve been struggling with the depression a bit over the last couple of weeks.  I ended up with a chest cold after Black Friday – totally explained the massive headache I had that day that I blamed on only one mug of coffee before we left instead of the whole pot!  My SIL and niece were really great about my pooping out – I literally fell asleep on the floor at Loft while they shopped!  Karra kept saying, “Mom, Mom!” so that I would wake up and not fall over and drool or something else equally as embarrassing.  I’m having a deja vue moment – have I told you this already?

Anyway, I saw my doc this morning and she’s upping my dosage  a bit to see if we can bring me back to a more normal level (for me anyway) and get me focusing again.

So . . . .   I have the Christmas cards almost done and I took pictures to post for you (we’ve exeded our Exede, but I’ll try to get them online anyway) and was putting the inserts in last night and then folding the Christmas letter and I ran out of 2-sided tape.  Ugh.  So I sealed up the ones I had gotten done and then realized that I needed to put Kurt’s and Kristen’s birthday pictures in – so I pulled out all of the ones that need pictures so that I can open them up and insert pictures.  I had to find some stickers to help them reseal afterward :p  I’m reduced to using a glue stick to put the rest of the inserts into the Christmas cards.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and in the future I hope I will remember to only print enough Christmas letters to go in the cards that I put the letter into and not for the whole stack of cards I send out!  It cost $40 to get the letter printed – because she cheerfully used a glossy paper stock without asking if that’s what I wanted!!  I should have bought the ink and done them at home – that would have only cost me $45!  Of course, the paper wouldn’t be as nice and I’d have to clean the print head every 10 papers, but I would have only printed the 25 that I need – see, I told you I was having trouble.

I did talk to my Mom late last week and she sounded much better than she did a few days after her partial knee replacement.  She had gotten so discouraged about the therapy machine – 6 HOURS A DAY! and finally told the therapist she wasn’t doing it anymore.  Once the staples were out and weren’t pulling on her skin she could sleep better and she doesn’t have a cane or a walker, so she’s moving around their small house much better.  My Dad sounded really relieved that she was more cheerful (after all he’s the grumpy old fisherman!).

Which brings me around to today.  I was leaving Meijer with a few groceries after my chiropractor and doctor visits when the old phone rings.  “Mom, did you let the chickens out today?”  Um, no.  “Well, Lexi has the rooster and it looks dead.”  Which rooster?   “Not the silky one.”  Ok, breathing can return to normal.  I arrive home and Kristen tells me that Big Foot is okay, but when she found him he was lying on his back with his feet in the air and one leg was shaking.  I was sure I was coming home to a rooster with at least a broken leg.  So, we start investigating to find out how the dogs got the rooster, and it turned out that someone hadn’t pulled the chicken coop door all the way closed this morning after he filled the feed tubes.  The cows had decided to go in and visit the chicken coop – isn’t that a sight, cows INSIDE the chicken coop!  And when the dogs wanted to go outside to run around and bark at the world, they went under the gate and into the pasture to look for tasty morsels of poop and found an open chicken coop with live chickens!  On the positive side we only lost one Barred Rock – it was gross and she was eaten.  The real trauma came when we couldn’t find our silkie, Brik.  He had simply vanished.  We couldn’t even find a feather!  We looked and looked and called and called and no little silkie rooster.  I was about to give up when he sauntered into the barn as calm as could be.  We have no idea where he was hiding out, but it was a good and safe spot.  Big Foot is a traumatized mess – I should get a picture – with a bare spot on his back and only one long tail feather left.  I don’t know how Lexi didn’t kill him, but he must have put up a pretty good fight.  Maybe he won’t flog us anymore.  The hens may not lay for a few days, but most of the harem is still here.  From the original 15 chicks, 2 were roosters, Lady Grace (the surprise bantam hem) died when the weather turned cold, and we’ve lost one hen to dog terror.  11 hens and 2 roosters.  I should look for a couple of Easter eggers to fill in the gaps.

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

Jumbles

It’s been a long week that went really fast – is that an oxymoron?  Long but fast?

Kurt had swim lessons this week, so we were up and out of the house at 10am Monday – Thursday.  You would think that 10am wouldn’t be a problem – especially if you’re laughing yourself silly because you leave at 6 or 7am every morning.  Let’s just say that I’m 17 years out of practice at leaving the house every morning looking presentable to the world.  And then there is the warm, cozy pool atmosphere that makes me very sleepy.  So, here I am nodding over Winston Churchill at 11am!  Good grief.  Or was it good night?

We survived and this morning found me out the door at 10am to grocery shop.  Why is it when you cut back to regular weekly shopping from the once-a-month monster shop that it still took 4 hours?  I did take Kristen’s pretty blue guitar in to be re-strung and the nice fella said to give her a hard time about not wiping the finger prints and smudges off the guitar EVERY time she uses it.  He was good natured about it really – they like her there since she took lessons from one of their staff.

Joel and I did our Chipotle and Sam’s Club date tonight and stopped at Home Depot (to look at little copper solar post tops for the deck that Joel is refinishing) and ended up buying two plum trees on clearance.  We planted them in a gentle rain tonight and are really happy with the purchase.

I’ve been working on getting the schoolroom switched over for the new year – the kids decided they want to start on August 20th.  Karra wants to finish at the end of May and I’d really like to actually wrap up the other two by June 12.  It’s going to be a very full year and everyone is going to need Mom to be involved.  Good thing I’m on the anti-depressant and feeling so much more in control and in the present.  Tomorrow is the day to get the bookcase inside – the one my Grandpa built.  I mopped (don’t faint) the schoolroom while I have all of the old bookshelves out.  The room is so sparkly right now.  I have two big boxes of books waiting to be unpacked and eager kids ready to see their cubbies full.  Hard as it is, I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING!

The animals are all doing well.  We love listening to Brik in the mornings.  A farm just isn’t a farm without a rooster crowing in the morning.  He’s so gentle and calls to the girls and helps them find little treats in the grass.  Sadly, two of Kristen’s three Ameracuana’s are roosters.  One of them we’ve named Eaglet and he’s a reddish and white (really pretty, but not good tempered) and he is already getting rough with my Buff Orpingtons.  The other is a pretty black and white and much calmer.  Kristen wants to try to sell him before we take the two roosters and the geriatric chickens to the butcher in the fall.  I can’t believe I’m going to give Sarah the ax, but I know that there will be other favorite chickens and it will be easier to save them if they’ve been part of the main flock all along.  The old girls just aren’t giving enough eggs to justify continuing to feed them.  I’m okay with it now, but the first morning I go out and there are no old chickens to feed and no Sarah to let out, I’m sure I’ll cry.

And I end my jumbles with the news that Karra’s BFF got married yesterday in Texas.  Good old military planning/necessities canceled the pretty wedding and opportunity to be a maid-of-honor.  The bride will be coming home on Monday and joining her groom in September – in Germany – once he’s out of tech school.  It’s bad enough when your own kids grow up too fast, but do their friends have to do it too?  I’ve known her since she was in her Mommy’s tummy!  Despite the fact that they are young, it is a match made in Heaven.  God has moved in so many ways and brought such growth to these young people in the last year.  I know that they are going to have a truly wonderful life together.

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

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.

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