Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Dear Friends,

I'm sure that I am not alone in my celebration of the first day of Spring today. It has been a long, cold winter, so we all are hoping for a beautiful, warm (but not too hot) spring! Evangeline has been begging for a cat for a quite now, so we relented and got her one, whom she named "Puff" after the Dick and Jane kitten. Puff is quite the male cat already, trying to kill birds and having his first fight in the front yard. Oh, the joys of cat-parenting!

We've had a few snow days that have brought the birds in to have their portraits taken, which makes the darkness easier to handle.

We were given six Leghorn chicks that needed a home, and we're still waiting to see what sex they are. Roosters aren't allowed in town, so hopefully they're all hens.

Hyrum is enjoying his amber resin teething necklace, which seemed to be working more at first than now. Perhaps they wear out after a while? We'll have to do more research to find out!

I used my Christmas money to buy an ALICE pack to use for a bug-out (emergency prepardness) bag. It's been fun filling it with all the fun "girly" things like fire-starters, head lamps, and wind-up radios that you never know when you'll need (I still need a hatched and folding saw. . . ). I am passionate about preparing everyone in the family to handle various emergencies, so we spent lots of time watching survival programs and invest in tools and accessories to help everyone be prepared and confident in any situation.

I bought several native wildflower starts at a native plant sale recently, and have lots of pea, fava bean, and other early veg seeds to get in the ground within the next few days. Thankfully today is nice and sunny, so we can all go out and get our vitamin D while doing so!

Blessings to you and your family today~




  1. Finally got the post to show up! Love the post, and the kitty is so cute--maybe when we move I can get another one, especially if we get the place with the barn. Hyrum is growing so big, and cute!

  2. We are longing for spring too. This winter has just been...too much, lol. I hope your chickies end up being females. We're allowed roosters but my preference is still to not have one. Been there, done that and it wasn't worth it, lol. But I love my laying hens.

  3. Enjoy your first day of spring. I hope too as well....blessings to your sweet Birdsong cottage and brood

  4. Marqueta, Happy Spring! Love the picture of your cat. He looks so at home. :-)

    Love survival anything. Good for you!

  5. Springtime blessings to you all!

  6. Puff is a cutie male cats are quite funny to have around. My Pippin even though he was fixed at 6 months old is so much different than Ashley's Amelia who is so dainty, though sh is definately the boss LOL. Spring is springing here too the cool nights are ok but the warmer days are just right I hope the heat is slow at making its appearance but the bitter cold doesn't decide to come back for this winter at least.

  7. I LOVE your "Girly Pack"!! I agree that you should always be prepared!
    My Marine Daddy taught me to always have a pack ready and also the car trunk with a survival
    pack blankets water and all!! And like a good girl I do! Hee!
    Blessings and Love Linnie PS kiss the baby's toes for me ;-D

  8. Dear Marqueta, I loved reading your update. I feel I sort of live out my dreams of a little homestead through you since my own dreams never did come to fruition. Of course, I carry my good memories with me and I adore my children, but lovely to see that you are carrying on with the fun, innocent and lively things that solid families do! Much love! Lynn


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