Who wants some cake?

Happy Sunday Everyone :)

Hope your week has started out well and you are refreshed and ready for the week. I don’t know if I have blogged about this yet, but I have started to make cakes for my friends kids and the kids at church. I am trying to perfect my skills and learn new techniques. I have done many cakes including flower cakes….

Dafodill Cake

Basketweave cake

A golf cake…

Golf Cake

A swimming cake…

Swim cake

A clown cake…

Clown cake

A cupcake cake…

Cupcake cake

A bird cake for my mom’s birthday…

Bird cake

And today I did a baseball cake for one of the boys at our church…

Baseball cake

It’s been fun to figure out the kids likes and use their interests in a cake. They have all been a success so far and I have done many others. Each time I do a cake I figure out how to do it better the next time. I am working each time to perfect my skills. I hope I can keep getting better and keep making kids smile when they see their cakes. It is a joy :)

Changing…

It’s been a long time since I blogged. So much has been going one.  Hubby got hurt at work and is now off work for 6 weeks minimum, my Uncle died, we lost two chickens to something we aren’t sure what, hubby is sick now… whew… and my brain has forgotten all the other changes and business…

Chickens

On the positive we are sticking this all out together and our dogs are cute helpers to me since I have to do all the chores etc. Its been a busy last few weeks. Today is a beautiful Sunday, cooler and sunny. The boys are out on the deck sunning and barking at the neighbors horses who are more active today. The chickens are out pecking in the yard and sunning their feathers.  It’s a beautiful way to start the week. I hope you are all having a beautiful Sunday.

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…

Chase n apples 3

He took his time in checking it out…

Chas n apples 2

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.

2 Dalias

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.

Yellow dalia

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…

Chase 6

He got brave and got closer…

Chase 7

Then checked out the foam from the wave…

Chase 8

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

Chase 9

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 :)

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