Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Musing - Attitude Adjustment

Winter was difficult for the animals this year. Sunshine is appreciated as well the new growth. The Hope Flowers have faded for the year. Ruby Tuesday feels that they may as well go away; she doesn’t get to eat them. What good is a flower a goat doesn’t eat?

Little Peep has survived the seemingly endless winter and remains a happy chicken gal. She appreciates the new grass and knows where to find the best worms. The sunshine feels especially good to her these days. Finding the proper place for a good dust bath is a fun job, of course her Chicken ADD causes her to stop and stare off into space until something catches her attention.

We have decided that our Gertrude the Goose is actually Gus the Goose. Kevin is the enemy now and Gus feels that he must keep Kevin away from me.  

The springtime changes that occur in the animal world leave me watching in awe. A harsh cold winter doesn’t stop things in their world. They each emerge into the new spring world looking forward to warm days and will find delight in the pleasures we ignore. They accept their place in the cycle of life and seek to create the best life possible for themselves.

Little Peep isn’t concerned that she is no longer a spring chicken. She doesn’t look in the mirror longing for the days that her face looked young again. Ruby is unconcerned about aging as she is still a young goat and finds there is nothing worth worrying over. Gus doesn’t care to fly north and is content to protect me from Kevin; perhaps he enjoys treating Kevin as the enemy. He simply wants everyone to know that he is a handsome goose.

Once again, I am reminded that there is much to learn from these animals. They spend their time enjoying what they have, rather than fretting over what they do not have. They each look for ways to create the best life possible for themselves with the circumstances they have been given. They consider each day a gift and an opportunity. They will use each day as the gift that it is and maximize each opportunity to the best of their abilities. They remind me that my attitude needs adjusting and life is as sweet as we choose to make it, no matter what our circumstances, life is a good gift.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Musing - Spring Secrets

   Spring has finally arrived! We waited for so long, and wondered if it would really happen. Spring brings change, often in our homes. We have this need to freshen our homes and I am not the only person freshening up. A Facebook friend posted that she had rearranged the furniture in her living room. That surprise was waiting for her husband when he came home.  My husband could empathize with this feeling, as he has experienced it many times. One day I half expect him to nail his chair to the floor so it can’t be moved.
My husband has learned to expect changes. He told me years ago that he just wanted to keep a place to sit and watch TV, a place to eat and to sleep. Those words were accompanied by music in my head. I was free to rearrange and change as I saw fit. Perhaps he figures that this was one of those things that not worth disagreeing about. I will remind him of this if he does nail that chair to the floor.
The spring changing fits have begun here. The dining and living room have been rearranged. We are expecting some out of town guests later on, so it was time to give the guest room a scrutinizing look. Would you like to know a secret? It won’t be a secret when Kevin reads this.  The guest room would be pretty if it were painted a pale robin’s egg blue.
This is what will happen when Kevin reads this.  He will be sitting in his chair holding the paper up. His hand will tremble a bit and with one finger he will pull the edge of the paper down, watching me. I will pretend not to notice. He will speak slowly and say “so you want to paint the guest room” I will turn and sweetly say “yes, we have company coming”.  Kevin will say “Robin’s egg blue? Now what kind of color is that” and I will reply “yes and it is a lovely color”. He will then sigh deeply and the paper will return to its previous position.
You now have a glimpse of what will be happening in our home early Sunday morning. Kevin will then know why he has had his favorite meals this past week. Looks like I will be frying chicken and making mashed potatoes Sunday.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring's First Random 5

The calendar says that it is here, so it is spring right? Just checking because it is colder this morning than it was yesterday morning. The endless winter wants to hang around as long as possible.
1. There have been a few afternoons that I could open the door for awhile. It was so nice!
2. The back porch will get the annual scrubbing this weekend. Let the decorating begin!

3. The back door will get a good rubbing down with Linseed Oil. It is planned for this weekend. It should be warm enough to keep the door open long enough for it to dry. The door hasn't been painted, ever, how many decades? I couldn't bear to put a brush to it! The painter and I discussed it last year, but glad that it did not get painted!
4. We candled the eggs this past week. This is always amazing to me! We skipped last year. We wanted to have fresh eggs this coming winter, and knew that we had to incubate. Store bought does not compare.
5.  Days are busier now. There is more to do and I am glad of that. Spring is a lot of work! The girls need a new hen house, Murphy (the duck) wants a female companion, Ruby could use a new house, the list goes on and on it seems. Such is spring at our house.
Linking to
A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Old Ladder

The amount of creativity in blogland amazes me. Simple projects, complex projects, budget projects and elaborate projects, there is no end to the creativity found in blogland. The only limits are imagination, if it can be dreamed it can be created.

There are a number of these ladders on blogs and many appear to be antique, this one however is new. Handy husband made it for me!
Diana at Our Vintage Home Love shared a tutorial. The materials were inexpensive, and it did not take long for Handy Husband to complete this project.

The tutorial was well written and easy to follow. The project cost under $20. That is less than an antique ladder, if you are lucky enough to find one.

Dianna gave her ladder an awesome paint treatment, which I had planned to copy. We stained the ladder and once the stain dried, I loved the look and left it that way. Should I change my mind, it can be painted.
This is the second project I have completed this season. Two down and hundreds more to go!
Linking to
Deborah Jean's Dandelion House

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Musing - My Inner Child

I have read that inside each one of us is an “inner child”. I can tell you that there is a little girl inside of me. She emerges on the first warm day of the year. She waits for the first strawberries, first flowers, first baby birds, first rainbow, longer days of summer, and the most important event of all, the first day that she can get in the pool. The first day that the weather is warm enough to swim, is an event and my little girl inside dances on this day! She walks outside barefoot and feels the grass underneath her feet, holds her head back to feel the warm sunshine on her face spreads out her arms and twirls around until she falls on the soft grass, giggling the entire time. She gets up and runs and jumps into the cool water. Summer has arrived.

That hasn’t happened yet. My inner girl however, has noticed the warmer days that we have had. She walks outside and feels the warmth from the sun. She hears the birds singing and the animals in the yard seem to beg her to stop and play for awhile. Ruby calls from her pen and it is as if she is saying “come and play, we can romp around and you can scratch me between my horns”. Gus the goose calls as well as the chickens and other animals. The soil is still cool and the wind reminds her that it isn’t time to take your shoes off yet.

The long bitter cold days of winter found her sitting beside the window dreaming.  She dreamed the dreams of warm days on the porch swinging, breezes that cool warm skin and vegetables and fruits fresh from the garden. Those dreams will slowly become a reality.

We have been teased by a very few days that were warm enough to open doors and allow fresh air to move through our homes. There are more birds outside and the Hope Flowers returned. Warm weather can’t be far away. The hope that winter will not last forever is becoming a reality.

My “inner child” is delighted to see the changes happening. She knows what warmer weather will bring. Her eyes dance as she thinks about it. The temptation is too much and she slips her feet out of her shoes, feeling the cool ground beneath her feet. Spring is almost here meaning that summer can’t be far behind.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Random 5 Fridays

Spring hasn't completely arrived, she has given us a few teases though. These were welcome, even if they were only a tease. Allergies didn't wait, they are here now! No escaping that part of spring is there?
1.  My Bridal Wreath Bush will be in full bloom soon. It will be covered with delicate white blossoms.

2.  I wondered if the Camellias would bloom this year. They are a tad "burned" by the icy winds. Despite the seemingly endless winter, the blooms did appear.

3.We have put eggs in the incubator for the year. This past winter we barely had enough eggs, don't want to do that again this year. We have 15 eggs in the incubator right now.
4. Porch planning has begun! I plan to use lots of geraniums this year. I bought sheers for the side porch, can't wait to get them up!
5. We have had one day this year that I could open the doors and let the fresh breezes in! It was delightful! Atticus sat in front of the screen door enjoying the sights. I think he was as excited as I was to have the door open.
Linking to
A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs!

The girls have been working hard, getting ready for spring. Egg production has increased.
It was time to get the incubator out. We will "candle" these eggs and watch their progress. I am always fascinated to see the chick forming, growing and changing inside the shell. Before they hatch, we will hear their peeps, and then we will see the chick attempting to hatch.
The hardest part comes when the chicks are trying to hatch. It is hard work for them and I want to help them out. That is the worst thing I could do! The chicks must do this on their own.
The chicks should hatch at the end of this month. It is amazing to watch and find myself sitting beside the incubator cheering them on! I will watch in awe as they stand up for the first time, on tiny legs.

Linking to
Dandelion House for Farmgirl Friday

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Spring Project

 The weather here has been lovely for the past 3 days. That should change Wednesday. I was itching to get outside and play! I needed instant gratification, this quick simple project satisfied that need.
Last year, I picked up this pot at the thrift store. It was deep and it would be great to use as a dish to keep water in for the outside animals. It was. They have another dish now.
My husband drilled 3 holes in the sides and holes in the bottom for drainage. He added the chain from last year's basket.
There were flowers available at a local hardware store, I couldn't resist them. Real living flowers available to purchase and enjoy! It seemed like we would never see them again!

Linking to

Dandelion House for Farmgirl Friday

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Musing - That Q Word

Preparing meals for picky eaters can be a challenge. My husband is one of those picky eaters. The name of the food is important. It can’t sound healthy or fancy. Understand that my husband ate a steady diet of canned biscuits and French fries before we met. I on the other hand question if canned biscuits should be considered food.

Eating at our table was a shock for Kevin. We ate vegetables and there were no canned biscuits. It was my mission to introduce this man to a world of food that could be enjoyed. He has learned to try different foods, there were some he liked and some he didn’t. I learned that presentation was as important as the name of a food and learned to give a good description and often a name change to food before each meal. My fried food, canned biscuit eating boyfriend became my “give it a try” husband.

Kevin eats vegetables and has tried fish. He was very upset when I told him that French fries aren’t considered a healthy vegetable, even if they are fried in vegetable oil.

Quiche is one of those foods that he said he would not eat. He does however, like my bacon, tomato and cheese pie. He would never consider eating anything from a French cookbook. There are chicken dishes that he enjoys. Chicken Piccata and Beef Burgundy sound strange. Captains Chicken and beef with  gravy are delicious.

This made me wonder if I was dishonest with my husband. Were these little name changes an act of deception? It was time to confess that the Q word had been served in our home. Nervously I prepared his favorite bacon, tomato and cheese pie. It was served with a salad and fruit. Kevin commented that he liked it. The opportunity had arisen for the truth to be shared. I told him that it has a fancier name, it is quiche.  He turned and looked at me, registering the deception. “Huh, really that’s what quiche tastes like?” He then began talking about something else.

The Q word had been revealed and without disastrous results.  Why had I waited so long to tell him what it was? Many questions come to mind. Do I now reveal the truth about the cauliflower casserole? Will he eat asparagus? These questions remain, and the Q word is not longer taboo in our house.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Musing - Seasonal Changes

This weekend brings changes. Meteorological spring begins, paving the way for the official start of spring later this month. The Hope Flowers are back again this year and the pollen has provided a blanket for vehicles.  These changes prompt me to think about our home. It happens yearly, my husband has learned to dread this annual event.

This year is no exception; standing up from the dishwasher the first wave of creativity hit me. My eyes rested on the hutch and table. The what if’s began. I walked toward the dining room as the ideas began washing over my mind like the waves on the shore. I spotted the bookcase and it may have gasped and began to sob. If it could talk it would proclaim that it liked that wall and didn’t want to move. The plan was forming and I would need to prepare the perfect proposal for my husband as his muscle would be required.

It was shared that evening after supper. He sat quietly listening to the details. Experience had taught him that it would be a waste of energy to attempt changing my mind. Kevin is a man that simply wants a place to eat, watch television and sleep. It is irrelevant if the furniture is shuffled around.

He sat quietly, asking few questions as I lay my idea before him. His body took the familiar defensive position as his mind weighed the options. The recliner moved back and forth. Time stood still for a moment, the dog sought refuge in her kennel and Atticus napped with one eye open. We waited for his response. The rocking stopped and Atticus opened both eyes. Kevin looked at me and said “okay if that’s what you want to do” and picked up the TV remote.

Was this a seasonal change? The ocean of ideas began washing over my mind again. Sensing this, he said “one at a time”.  I shared this story with Katie. She replied that her husband doesn’t “know how lucky he is” . I laughed silently because my husband may think that his son-in-law doesn’t know what he is in for either. The realization will hit him slowly. My Daddy may have thought the same thing about Kevin as he knew about the seasonal changes first hand.  Change may be the wrong word, perhaps it is a refreshing. Whatever the word, it is happening again much to the dismay of husbands everywhere.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Sight

This was a welcome sight today. It is my bridal wreath bush.
It will be covered in white flowers soon. This is one of the first things to bud in the yard. Spring is coming!