Friday, July 30, 2010

new ducklings & duck happenings

Taylor finally hatched out 7 little ones,mostly chocolate and white in color, all carrie`s eggs were not fertile, so she didn`t hatch out any and is off the nest.

Mascara is thinking about setting again though, she has been laying the same place where she hatched out last time. She was laying down by the garage but elizabeth who was also laying there was setting there and wouldn`t get up , even thoug mascara pleaded with her severval times ,lol mascara went back to the tree stump to lay her eggs, in which are covered up. Elizabeth has since left her nest thanks to some varmit who got her egg, yes, one lone egg , and she is no longer setting on it or on the spot where so much discussion took place.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

ten commandments for good living

I was cleaning out the back bedroom and run acroos this is one of my many cookbooks.This comes from a cookbook called Treasured Recipes by Clark Convalescent home.

Ten Commandments for Good living

1. SPEAK TO PEOPLE- there is nothing son nice as a cheerfull word of greeting

2. SMILE AT PEOPLE--it takes 72 muscles to frown ,only 14 to smile.

3. CALL PEOPLE--the sweetest music to anyone`s ears is the sound of his own name.

4.BE FRIENDLY and helpfull, if you would have friends, be a friend.

5. BE CORDIAL--speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.

6. BE GENUINELY interested in people--you can like almost everybody if you try.

7. BE GENEROUIS with praise--cautious with criticism

8. BE CONSIDERATE with feelings of others--there are usually three sides to a controversy; yours, the other fellow and the right side.

9. BE ALERT to give service--what counts most in life is what we do for others.

10. ADD TO THIS a good sense of humor, a big dose of patience and a dash of humility, and you will be rewared many-fold.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

rain, finally......

Finally got some of that watery stuff that falls from the sky. We got about an inch of rain last night. I stood out in it, until the rain got heavy, I was in the middle of doing chores. Our heeler pup( bandit) was attcking the rain dripping off the porch and barking. I tell you this pup is crazy, attacks the water in a mud puddle, I can`t wait until snow starts flying just to see what he does.
The muscovies stood out in it as well, except blue eys and her brood, which are starting to get feathered out.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

busy, busy.....award winning

This has been a very busy week. we took a trip to springfield for youngest therapy session and took the oldest in to the doc as well. The oldest had a nose bleed that lasted 30 minutes, so Labs were done and she is A-OK and I need to stop worrying. She did not like the labs being drawn, but the nose bleed she had gave me a flashback from when the youngest had hers ( hour and half).I am so glad she is ok
Afterwards went to incrediable pizza yumm, kinda of made up for the poke in the finger. The oldest soooo looooovvvveees pizza. She ate her fill.
I entered the local fair with 3 jars of my jelly, blackberry , plum, peach and my squash and zucchini.. The blackberry took second place , the plum took first and the peach took first as well. The summer squash took first ,the zucchini didn`t get a ribbon, poor thing.So I can now say that my jellies are award winning. I made som zucchini marmalade today with the prize winning squash and the zucchini, yes I mixed the two squash together, it taste very good.
I also rehomed my pair of turken chicks I had traded for, I have decided to just keep my cochins, and my dark egg layers and my course my silkies( which are good moms), of course my old english game pair.I lost one of the little polish chicks from the heat we have been having, ....... soooo neeeed rain, you know the water stuff that falls from the sky.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

scorching heat....

It has been sorching hot, we have had a few rain drops here and there. Thursday night at vacation bible school it came a down pour, but at home not one drop. We heard the thunder and could see lightning ,but no rain. I have been watering the tomatoes every evening.
Today I pulled up the green beans, I think next year I will grow the bush kind instead of the pole. This years crop has been stringy,when cooked. The corn is coming up nicely and have gotten one little ear, which the youngest ate raw. I have been watering them as well.
All of the animals have been getting watered at least 3 times a day.
One of my little black cochin hen is wanting to set ,I put 11 eggs under her.
The incubator is shut down until next year, I want to make sure the chicks are fully feathered out before winter hits,It will probably be cold ,since it has been very hot, heat index of 105.
All of Blue eyes babies that we have kept looks like gonna be all drakes, except for one little chocolate ,which we named lucy. The youngest named the others as well,
shrek, donkey,prince eric and last but not least prince charming. The other two chocolate babies are hens as well they are violet and lulu bell. I don`t know if the all of the drakes will stay here or not, we will have to wait and see.
Lavender is still setting under the porch.
I am gonna try my hand at making plum jelly for my hubby, which is his favorite, I have never made this kind before so we will see.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vacation Bible School

We have started the Vacation Bible school in our area. The girls are currently going to small church where my father-in-law preaches at. The theme is deep Sae adventure and having so much fun. My teenage daughter is the oldest in her class, but is having fun ,even though she won`t admit it.The youngest is having a ball and she will admit to it, lol.Their is water games and all children that attend do crafts.
Next week they will be attending a bigger size church`s vacation Bible school, where the older children don`t do crafts ,just the younger ones.

My incubator hatched out 2 welsummer chicks, 3 Golden Lace cochins, and a couple of Barred cochin chicks, one of them don`t look barred as of yet, yellow with some black on it.It would be nice to have all 3 golden lace be hens, but I will have to wait and see. I would like to see if I could come up with a blue lace red cochin, I need to find some more blue cochins. That`s all for now.

Monday, July 5, 2010

week full of events....

This July 4 week has been eventful, celebrated the oldest birthday, by going to the McDonald's in Oklahoma that is over the I-44. Yes, that`s right we drove all that way to eat at McDonald`s ,we did stop on the way back at precious moments, which is such a beautiful place, I recommend it to all vacationers, the chapel is so beautiful, Samuel Bucther ( I hope I spelled name right) is such an artist.

I picked over 3 gallons of wild blackberries, to sell some and make blackberry jelly. I have sold 2 gallon of them thus far. some of the blackberry briar's are starting to dry up, we sooo need rain, anybody out in blog land has any extra, please send it my way( rain). I took them to the farmer`s market, along with jalapeno jelly and Root Beer jelly, Yes, that`s right root beer jelly, along with four dozen eggs. I sold 2 jars of jalapeno and 1 jar of root beer and 1 gallon of blackberries and 2 dozen of my eggs. One customer stated she likes putting the eggs in the frig door and opens the frig door just to look at the eggs, I told her I soo liked looking at my eggs as well ( the dark brown ones, welsummer and Maran)
I got me, I know I should have but I did a couple of black copper Maran chicks and a batch of new potatoes

We went to a firework display in town and as always it was excellent. I took A blackberry cobbler, all I bought home was my empty dish.This is an annual event that this family puts on, everyone brings a dish and fireworks are shot over looking a pond. The youngest had another swelled up area on the back of her ear again that day, we drained the pus out of it.
The next day I took her to the ER so we can get some antibiotics in her and we had no water at the house, called the guy who fixes wells and he fixed it temporary and we have to replace the pump this week. When it rains ,it pours.