So, after Christmas was over, and cabin fever had set it, I went on a re-organize and clean out campaign that has lifted me up out of my winter doldrums. I pulled apart my pantry and completely cleaned it out and reorganized it; I cleaned out and spiffed up the spare bedroom (ready and available for you to come and see us now), and cleaned out many of the closets and drawers in the house, all of which made me feel a little less like I am living on an island surrounded by snow and mud. Why that is... I don't know... I only know it made me feel better to get everything in order. Spring cleaning is all fine and wonderful, but for me a little winter organizing has really done the trick.
In addition to the winter organizing, the chickens were signed up for an "Extreme Home makeover"... (I guess the show is called "Extreme Makeover Home Edition".... one of my favorite shows) and were given an upgrade... at least for now, since the walls of the chicken house that we were able to purchase late last summer, are still buried under snow, and awaiting the right time and Steve's greater mobility for the final coup raising. So we have upgraded the chickies into temporary housing; from the little dog house to the broken water tank that we used last year for a seed house. I think I will write an article on how to reuse an old water tank... I already have two for my list. Steve turned a couple of old crates into nesting boxes, placed them into the old tank along with some lovely straw, then we all repositioned the chain link fence....placed the chickies inside and with in 24 hours, we had our first egg... Hurray! Homegrown eggs are a lovely sight to behold... I'm sure those of you who have chickens would agree. As soon as the new housing was in place for the chickens, Eddie chanted... "move that bus"... which made us laugh... thus my link above to "Extreme Makeover..."
As for other events.... lets see...Nathan and Himilce are moving to North Carolina, from Phoenix, in fact Himilce and babies are there already, while Nathan finishes his last several weeks of work in Phoenix. He is staying with my Dad as he finishes up, and family and furnishings have been sent ahead. I am happy that Himilce will have another season of living close to her family... although, I feel very sad to have them go... isn't that funny, they live 12 hours from me, and I am all torn up about them moving.... its just that even though they were that far from us, they still felt "close" to us.... as opposed to living in North Carolina, which is "far". But I do entrust their lives and ours in the Lord's hand. He directs all of our steps. My precious little grandson Ezra celebrated his first birthday (what a precious little bug he is. I miss him so much), and also Eddie and my Dad, who share the same birthday, and Russ who is just four days after them. Those are my big events for January; that along with every day living and keeping up with life, we keep pressing in close to the Lord who strengthens us in difficult days and refreshes us as we carry on. Steve is coming along very well, and has been graduated to a boot and a cane, so is feeling more like his old self, and capable of more and more all the time. He still has therapy 2 days a week, and has had to deal with a few issues such as a torn rotator cuff, a few broken pins, and some scar tissue problems, but all in all he is thankful to be more mobile, and I am too. Hope you are all doing well this winter. I am off now to catch up on your news.
|Chickies upgrade into old water tank|
|Some nesting boxes and a roost|
|First Egg! Let's Celebrate|
|Eddie was impressed when I showed him the difference between the pale, nutrient depleted, store bought egg on the right and the bea-u-tiful orange yoked egg laid by our own hens on left.|
|Fried rice for dinner.... the best way to divide up one egg between us. :)|
|Believe it or not, I tidy up this disaster every other week... this time I really cleaned it out and have spoken dire threats to those who would mess it up again.|
|Pulled everything out.|
|Looks so much better doesn't it?|
Have a great Week