New Bed and an Update

I got the pups a new bed a couple weeks ago as their old one is falling apart. They seem to really enjoy it an take turns sleeping on it. It’s so cute to see them cuddled up on it. I especially love watching their late afternoon naps where the sun is shinning thought the window and the rays fall on them…

Chase new bed

Its nice to see them enjoy something new and it’s nice not to have a bed with hole in it laying on my living room floor ;) In other news we had a setback with our sick chicken yesterday so we isolated her again inside and gave her lots of rest, electrolytes in her water, and good food with extra calcium and nutrients in it. Today after I got home from Church she was walking around inside her pen eating and drinking. So I decided to let her back outside since the weather was nicer today. She seemed to do okay all day and was out pecking around. I let her stay out with the other’s girls tonight and had her sleep in a separate little box we have for the chickens when they are sick, but left the door open. Hopefully she is back on the mend. Hope you all have a beautiful and blessed week :)

Summer Walk

As most of you know hubby and I love to find new places to take the dogs for a hike. On one of our explorations this summer we found a neat place to hike that even had an apple tree we could pick from…

Apples in skirt

Chase was especially interested in what was in mommy’s skirt…

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He took his time in checking it out…

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I think we have a good new walking spot that even provides dessert once we get home ;)

Encourage

I found a Bible verse the other day that was very encouraging and I thought I would share it with you today:

2 Samuel 22:31 –  As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the Lord proves true, he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

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I hope it encourages you today and helps you get though the end of your week :)

Chicken sick… poor girl

We have a sick chicken. I tried what the feed store lady suggested and only minimal improvement. The poor girl :( About a week ago I noticed her crown had slumped over and she was not as peppy. When I picked her up she was skinny and when I watched her I noticed her potty was runny. The feed store lady suggested goat dewormer and I had seen that suggested several times on Backyard chicken site. So we tried it and I see minimal difference.

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So today I tried other things like checking for egg binding and crop impaction. I didn’t see she had either, but gave her a nice Epsom salt bath and gave her some mashed carrots that had crushed calcium and olive oil in it. I figured it wouldn’t hurt. She seemed to like the mixture and ate some of it. She took a nap and I saw she actually drank water. So now I am out of diagnosis and ideas… Any of you have any ideas? I can post pictures if that will help or give you more information if you want to know something specific. I just hate to see her sick. None of the other girls are sick so that is good :) Thanks for any help you may have ;)

Gods sunset

We have had some beautiful sunsets lately. The sun has had so many colors and the flow is like an artist painting on a canvas.  I like to think of them as a reminder God is still with me.

Sunset

Life continues to be tough and it doesn’t see a day goes by without a real trial. Some days it wears on me and then I see this sunset…

Sun Set

And I remember all the things God has given me and I try to be grateful. The beauty that God places in this world is a reminder despite the storm there is hope that God provides in his hands.

Happy 4th Birthday Chase!

Today Chase our youngest pup turns 4!

Chase smile

I can’t believe we have already had him for 4 years (well minus 3 months ;) )

Chase snow

I wanted to make a list of all the things I love about Chase, but that would be one long blog. So I will focus on a few important ones.

Chase n the chicks

First he is a love bug :) He always wants to be petted, loved on, kissed, and hugged. He always wants to be by your side.

Chase love

Second, he is such a happy pup. Always smiling and making you smile.

Chase face

Third he is a bundle of energy. It’s hard to sit still when he is up. From the moment he gets up until he naps or goes to bed he is on the go. Playing with his toys, playing fetch, running like a mad man all over the yard or house, or keeping a lookout for intruders from the front windows.

Chase run

Fourth, he loves every one he meets. He is anxious for attention, is a great host, and pays close attention to his guests needs.

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Fifth, he loves to spend time with his family. Whether it is a ride in the truck, a family vacation, a hike in the woods, or a simple trip to the park. He is up for anything.

Chase truck

Finally, he sleeps in the cutest positions. Sometimes it’s all curled up in a ball on his bed, other times in sprawled out on the wood floor, but I love it when he sleeps with his head hanging over the chair.

Chase sleep

So, Happy Birthday Chase, Mommy and Daddy love you :)

Chase Verses The Sea

A couple weekends ago we went to beach to visit my mom and stepdad. This was Baxter’s 4th or 5th trip to the beach, but only Chase’s 2nd time. As much as Baxter loves the beach, I have to say Chase is enthralled with it. He loves to run and play on the beach and makes up his own games like “chase the wave’.

He watches for the wave to crash on the shore and then chases the surf back out and then runs again when the next wave crashes.

He watches for it…

Chase 1

It’s almost here…

Chase 2

He ran into my mom the first time he played this game and as you can tell Baxter was giving the wave a stern bark for scaring Chase…

Chase 3

He chased it back out…

Chase 4

Then waited again…

Chase 5

Woops it almost got him…

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He got brave and got closer…

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Then checked out the foam from the wave…

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Look Mom I’m not afraid and I chased that wave back into the sea

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What a happy and brave pup ;)

Chase 10

I love this dog.

Chicken Flowers

Over the weekend hubby and I decided to have a yard sale. Our neighbor down the road decided to join us with some of her stuff. After things were cleaned up and the remainder of our stuff was donated and my neighbor had me come up to her place and she gave me some of her zinnia flowers and she gave me this really cool chicken pitcher. So I put them together for this great flower arrangement :)

Flowers n chicken piture

This week is back to work after a few days of a “staycation” where hubby and I got a lot done. Hope you are having a great start to your week :)

Dinner and a Lot of Work

Between thunder and lightening storms with lots of wind and torrential rain I tried to get a lot done inside. I got a lot more of the house organized, cleaned, etc. and then made a FREE dinner (well almost). I had a bunch of stuff from my garden and my mom and step-father’s garden. I was trying to figure out what to do with them for dinner and it came to me… a frittata :)

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This one I made by sautéing onions from my garden with peppers from mom’s garden in a large cast iron skillet. Then I added in some garlic (free still because my mom shared some she had excess of). Then I added in squash and zucchini from mom’s garden and kale from my garden. Sautéed this till it was all tender. Then I added 18 scrambled eggs from our chickens and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then I put goat cheese I had left over from another meal on top and it went into a 375* oven for 20 minutes until the eggs were set. I served it with a few spring onions and tomatoes from the garden on top. Delicious :)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that... silly me ;)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that… silly me ;)

In the mean time I put some peanut oil in a deep cast iron skillet and cut up two green tomatoes I had fairly thin. Then I coated them in a rice flour/ corn meal mixture I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (these things I always have on hand, but yes the only other things I had that were store “bought”) I let them sit while the oil got hot (about 350*) and then fried them till they started to brown about 2-3 at a time so the oil will stay hot enough. I turned them a couple times so they would brown evenly. Once fried I put them on a plate lined with a paper towel and then sprinkled them with a little extra sea salt.

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This meal came out great and hubby was surprised he enjoyed it so very much. He is usually a meat and potatoes guy ;) You can make the frittata with any garden vegetables you have on hand and can add meat like ham or bacon (those would be delicious). You can also use a variety of cheeses. I hope you can make your own summer frittata and enjoy a little taste of summer in your home :)

 

 

Sunday… Sunday… la la

Hope you are having a blessed and beautiful Sunday. It is a hot and humid day here, but we are getting things done despite this. I have even gotten in some baking including two new loafs of bread, a fresh batch of granola bards, and some scones for this week. The dogs were outside for a while with me and then came in and crashed under the ceiling fans to cool off.

Bax n Chase

I am hoping to get some more inside chores and organization done now that I am inside for a while hiding from the heat. Makes me grateful this Sunday for AC and fans ;) I am also grateful for the new visitors that came to our church today. As some of you know hubby and I joined a very small rebuilding church last September and are very active with this church ever since. I play the piano, help with the kiddos, bake for events and Sunday service, and help wherever is needed. Because hubby works he can’t help every Sunday, but shows leadership in other ways like though handyman work, helping at bible studies, and pitching in where he can and is asked to. This weeks project for us is repairing the current church sign as well as sanding and repainting it. The current sign is just basically two old doors hinged together that we can sit outside of the school we use each Sunday. It will be nice to give it a face lift :)  We also have church friends who are moving soon so we will be busy helping them pack and move before August 1st. We have a busy week ahead and wish you all a blessed and “cool” week :)

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