Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today Leggs and I made a trip to the Spokane area to pick something up that I found on craigslist. (But that's another story!)
Since I'm pondering the idea of getting a new camera for myself, I had asked my son the other day if I could try his Canon out. Thankfully, he agreed. So with his camera in hand, we headed out. And I just thought I'd share some of the pictures I captured along the way.
The morning was certainly frosty!

Waiting for the ferry.

Here she comes!

God's handiwork
I told the driver to smile. He said, "I am."

Fort Spokane

I can't believe I live in this beautiful part of the country!
My "ride" home.
The Columbia River aka Lake  Roosevelt.
Hope you enjoyed coming along on our ride!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's that time of year!

I have some chickens. And I love my chickens. I enjoy watching them scratching around looking for snacks to eat, happily roosting in their house and popping out those farm fresh eggs. Plus they're great for helping to till up the garden in the spring, scratch through all the dead plants in the fall, and the added fertilizer for the garden if helpful.

But I don't have a rooster anymore. So obviously we don't have babies each year. One year we had a rooster and our hens hatched out some babies. I think we had thirteen chicks hatched out that year and eleven of them were roosters! Yikes! Do you know when you have that many roosters, they will have a crowing competition pretty much all night long. So, we got rid of the roosters.

A couple years ago, I bought six pullets. For those that aren't familiar with chickens, pullets are baby female chickens. They've been sexed so you're almost guaranteed you're buying females. (It's not a 100% guaranteed thing though). So I ended up with five pullets and one nasty, stinkin' mean rooster. He's gone now, but that's another story....

I do like to have new chicks around each year. Because when winter comes and the older girls are slowing down their egg production, the new girls are just maturing and starting to lay. Plus, you can't beat the cuteness factor!

So I've been debating the issue with my self. Do I get another rooster, therefore have new chicks each year and not have to buy any (but possibly get stuck with a bunch of roosters I don't need) or buy some pullets and have a better chance of getting what I want?

I finally decided on buying some. So last week I week to our local feed store and picked out some babies. It's a fun place to visit in the spring even if you're not planning on buying any. They have the cutest little assortment of fuzzy chicks, ducklings, goslings and guinea keats to look at.

I decided on my favorite breed; the Ameraucana. This chickens come in a variety of colors and lay bluish-green or pinkish colored eggs. Some people call the "Easter egg chickens."

I picked out four different colored ones and they're nicely settling in at the "Pinewood Chicken Nursery".

And, yes, that is a dog crate.

Friday, March 9, 2012

I've been totally slacking! I didn't realize how long it had been since I'd blogged anything here. (Except for my last eggceptional blog;) hehe

Oh, for those of you who don't know, I have another blog too. It's all about dogs! Come join the fun and check it out! ( Ok, done with that advertisement.

The house is quiet tonight, two guys on the other side of the world and two guys on the other side of the gulley. So it's just me and the critters and it's so quiet.

 I decided to go read some friends blogs that I'd missed reading when they were first posted. Then I decided to go to my own blog page, hence finding out how long it had been since I wrote anything. And while there, I decided to play around with my page and customize it a bit more. I hope you like it. I do.

Shhh...don't want to wake them up. You know how the saying goes, "Let sleeping dogs lie."

Sunday, March 4, 2012


What? Is there a robin in my hen house?

Seriously, which one of you girls popped this little thing out? I mean, I do have three banty hens, but it's been a long time since I've seen anything this small.  I almost didn't see it nestled in the straw! (And the regular sized one next to it, isn't the biggest either.)

Any one for a teeny tiny omelet?