Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's All About the Chickens!

Dear Friends,

I never really saw myself as wanting a chicken farm, but it seems one has found me, anyway! We have our own three girls to take care of, and now in addition we have almost three dozen Malay/Naked/other Asian chickens that we are raising up for a man we gave some roosters to last year. He's paying us five dollars each for them, but with all the feed they're going through, we'll be lucky if we make a few pennies off each!

A mix of Malay and Half-Nakeds (mixed with another breed, but missing lots of feathers)

It has been a fun thing for the children to help out, though, and we've learned a lot about Asian-style chickens that we never knew before.

This is the biggest Malay rooster, whom we call "Gentle Ben." 

This is a Malay hen, half-grown. 

They start out so cute and fluffy!

These are our own two hens, Madeleine (Duckwing Bantam) and Hickey Pickety (Black
Australorp). Taking care of them is nothing now, after having all the others!

And here is our silly Polish Crested Phyllis Polly Peacock, who is helping us see if our new raccoon trap works right!

Tune in next time for more homestead adventures!



"Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens"

Jack Prelutsky, 1940

Last night I dreamed of chickens,
there were chickens everywhere,
they were standing on my stomach,
they were nesting in my hair,
they were pecking at my pillow,
they were hopping on my head,
they were ruffling up their feathers
as they raced about my bed.

They were on the chairs and tables,
they were on the chandeliers,
they were roosting in the corners,
they were clucking in my ears,
there were chickens, chickens, chickens
for as far as I could see...
when I woke today, I noticed
there were eggs on top of me.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Evangeline

 Dear Friends,

The first family birthday of the year has come already! Evangeline has turned 11, and is becoming quite a young lady. It seems like just yesterday that she was toddling around and playing with way too many baby dolls.

We had a fun time celebrating her special day by opening presents, then visiting the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum.

 This little girl admiring a dollhouse is only five inches tall!

After the museum it was back home for birthday cake, which featured a pecan "cave horse" with blueberry eye.

Here's to a wonderful year!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Blessings for a New Year

Dear Friends,

We had a nice little "good riddance" bonfire on New Year's Eve, to say goodbye to the old, and move on to the new!

The children were given headlamps for Christmas, and used them for a little night-time sledding, as well.

Hyrum is ready for a New Year full of fun!

On New Year's Day, the children treated Mr. Graham and me to the annual Graham Family Nutcracker, which was loads of fun.

January is already starting to slip away from us, each day full of moments and work and moments of play. One of my resolutions is to hold my children and husband closer each day, and not let a day go by being so busy that I forget to look into their eyes and tell them how much I love them.

May your year be blessed as well,  my friends.