Home Update

What a month it has been! So much has happened around here and of the course the grand baby is growing like a weed. I believe she will be crawling pretty soon. She’s 7 months old now and has captured each one of our hearts, including grumpy ol Papa.  I think this post is going to be a little different. More pictures and less talking. I think the pictures tell the story pretty well. We’ve gone on a couple excursions this month. Of course there will be pictures of the grand baby. And one of my foot, it’s in a boot right now because I fell checking for eggs last week.

We got to go to Nightfall out at Old Tucson Studios this year because it was my homecoming night through University of Phoenix which is where I got my Master’s in Psychology. We got 2 new piglets a couple weeks ago and I’ve gotten several new chickens in through the Chicken Sanctuary.

So here goes. I will try to put them in order so they make some sort of sense…lol.

Saturday night fun with good friends.

 

Saturday night fun with good friends.

 

Saturday night fun with good friends.

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Saturday night fun with good friends. Sephy is learning how to use the camera on my phone…lol

 

Homecoming

 

Before Nightfall – Homecoming

 

Before Nightfall – Homecoming at Sound Stage 2

 

Homecoming

 

Fun at Nightfall – beautiful sunset behind the church at Old Tucson Studios

 

Fun at Nightfall – This guy chased me around a bit

 

Fun at Nightfall – You never know what you will run into around every corner.

 

Fun at Nightfall – Hubby shooting zombies

 

Fun at Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios

 

Fun at Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios – Very Creepy Clown

 

Sephy

 

Persephone Kiahlynn Hawkes
Finally got a smile on camera!

 

Sephy

 

New chickens at the Sanctuary

 

New chickens at the Sanctuary

 

New chicken at the Sanctuary

 

New chicken at the sanctuary.

As you can see there’s been a lot going on here lately. My hurting my foot has not helped anything, nor has it slowed anything down.

Have a great day!

Renee

Clipper/Trimmer Review


I received this Clipper/Trimmer for free or at a discount for my honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. You can see my full disclosure Here.

My husband has been needing a new set of clippers for quite some time now, so I was excited when the review for this one came up. So far, he likes them and they seem to work well.

Clipper/Trimmer http://fave.co/2h852JW

So far my husband likes this set. It comes with everything your man might need to keep all his hair looking good for you women. This set includes: precision full trimmer, stubble comb, vertical trimmer, comb, ear and nose hair trimmer, and detail trimmer. It comes with a base tray that plugs in to charge the base of the trimmer making it easy to use every time you need it. The base trimmer plugs right in to the base tray for charging. The base tray plugs into the wall outlet. It’s super easy to change out the different trimmers also.

Clipper/Trimmer http://fave.co/2h852JW

The only downside I could possibly see for this set is that it has to be charged. If you forget to put back in the base tray, it may not have a charge for your next use. Other than that, so far, it’s worked great for the hubby.

You can get this set on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dbeauty&field-keywords=beard+trimmer&field-brandtextbin=Sminiker+Professional.

Have a great day!

Renee

Multi-Use Breastfeeding Cover Review


I received this Multi-Use Breastfeeding Cover for free or at a discount for my honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. You can see my full disclosure Here.

I applied for this review for my daughter. As many of you know I am a new grandma this year, well almost 5 months ago now. While my daughter was unable to breastfeed, I still saw a use for this for her and the grandbaby.

multi use breastfeeding Cover  http://amzn.to/2hDQbtT

This cover came with a rattle and a matching hat. The material this is made of is extremely soft. It’s also a bit stretchy which is really nice, I think. I received the white cover with red hearts but they have a few other designs as well such as black and white chevron which looks great too.

multi use breastfeeding Cover  http://amzn.to/2hDQbtT

Not only can you use this cover for breastfeeding, but it has other uses too. You can cover the stroller with it or the car seat and the hole on top allows you to still be able to see the baby. You can also use it in shopping carts so that your baby isn’t sitting on the cart itself. Just place the hole where the baby’s feet would slip through on the cart. I can imagine there could also be other uses but these are the one’s we used so far.

multi use breastfeeding Cover  http://amzn.to/2hDQbtT

You can get this item on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073RMM8Q9/a?tag=homandlovit-20. If you purchase(or have purchased) this item I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Have a great day!

Renee

Home Update

Well this last couple weeks has been very busy. We (the hubby and I) ran away from home last weekend which was great! We slaughtered the pig which means lot of meat in the freezer now. I had 4 more chicks hatch. And the sanctuary has a few more residents. It’s been busy, busy, busy here. Of course that (at least to me) also means fun. I really don’t like getting stuck in a rut.  That said, this post will be a little different. There will be a lot of pictures and less words! I know…YAY!!  lol.

Pig

I’m going to gross anyone out by posting pictures of the actual slaughter, but it was definitely a job! But the pig pen looks so strange being empty and I miss Bacon calling to me when I would go out there.

Empty Pig Pen….:(

Family

The family is doing good. The baby is growing very fast. I am still having a hard time knowing that she will be 5 months soon.

Sephy on Grandpa’s motorcycle

Last weekend, my hubby and I got to run away from home. Even though we didn’t go very far, it was still very nice to get out for a while. We went to Benson, Wilcox, and Douglas. In Benson we went to the Singing Wind Bookstore. I have to say if you’re ever in Benson, this is a must visit! The lady that runs the place, Winifred Bundy, is so sweet.

Does any one know what this bush is? Hubby thinks Jasmine.

 

Does any one know what this bush is? Hubby thinks Jasmine.

 

Winifred Bundy, owner of Singing Wind Bookstore, and Me.

 

 

Can you see the bookstore in the distance?

 

Donkey!!

 

Odd building on the property

 

Donkeys!

 

Singing Wind Bookstore

 

We stayed at Motel 6 in Benson. The rooms are very bright, but pretty comfortable.

 

View from the hotel window.

 

From there we went to Wilcox. We were going to hit some of the farms and orchards there, but the weather had other ideas.

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

Texas Canyon – Drive to Wilcox

 

W mountain in Wilcox

 

Since the weather wasn’t cooperating, we went to Douglas to see Aarron’s parents. The drive from Wilcox to Douglas is very pretty, for the desert.

Road from Wilcox to Douglas – Storms a brewin

 

Road from Wilcox to Douglas

 

Road from Wilcox to Douglas

 

D Mountain in Douglas

 

On the drive home we passed Bisbee:

Coming in to Bisbee, AZ
Coming in to Bisbee, AZ
Coming in to Bisbee, AZ
Coming in to Bisbee, AZ
Old car on the side of the road in Bisbee, AZ
Old car on the side of the road in Bisbee, AZ
Rig to move the old cars.
Old car on the side of the road in Bisbee, AZ
Old car on the side of the road in Bisbee, AZ

 

 

Town of Bisbee, AZ

 

Houses on the side of the mountain in Bisbee, AZ

 

Houses on the side of the mountain in Bisbee, AZ

 

Houses on the side of the mountain in Bisbee, AZ

 

Houses on the side of the mountain in Bisbee, AZ

 

Leaving Bisbee, AZ – Tunnel through the mountain.

 

The next town we passed was Tombstone, AZ. These pictures are not the normal areas, (tourist areas) that you would see of Tombstone.

Road in to Tombstone.

 

Road in to Tombstone.

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

Tombstone, AZ

 

We enjoyed getting out and away for a bit so I’m sure we will do it again soon.

Chickens

Last but not least, I had 4 chicks hatch last week and they are adorable. I hope to get better pictures soon, but this is what I have so far.

Then there are the new residents at the sanctuary.

Big Momma

 

Rhode Island Red Rooster

 

Rhode Island Red Rooster

 

Little Momma

 

   Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

 

And don’t forget you can help with these chickens as well. Just run on over to Youcaring Donation page .  Every little bit helps with food and lumber and anything else these chickens need.

I hope ya’ll had a great week!

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Home Update

Home Update – Chickens and family

Chickens

Hi all! I hope everyone’s weekends are going good. Things have been pretty uneventful here lately (thankfully). The chicken sanctuary is on it’s way I believe. I have received 2 donations so far totaling $104.00. I’m thinking this is a great start. That money will go toward helping to get feed for the chickens which is costing me about $50 a week right now. It will also go to purchasing lumber for more coops as right now most every one is together, which can cause problems sometimes.

The last couple weeks I have gotten several new boarders, all of which are roosters.

Chickens 4
Clem

 

Chickens 3
Daisy (possible Roo)

 

Chickens 2
Group of 10 roos that came last week.

 

Chickens 1
Bill and Bob (if they turn out to be roos.)

 

Chickens 6
Another shot of the 10 recently acquired.

Plus, with the chickens I have, I think I am up to about 47 now. I also have 6 more in the incubator that are due to hatch soon.  I will be honest with ya’ll here, when I incubate and get roos, we cull them and use them for food at about 6 months. The roos that come to live with me though will live out their days to the end. I hope that everyone understands why this is.

If you would like to donate to the chicken sanctuary the link for that is: https://www.youcaring.com/unwantedchickensinarizona-860440. 

Any amount will help to make sure I can properly care for these fur babies that have been entrusted to me.

Family

The grand baby is growing by leaps and bounds! She is 4 months old as of the 19th. I still can’t believe how quickly she is growing though. I keep telling my daughter to take a lot of pictures because before you know it she will be 18.

This is her now:

Chickens 7
Sephy 4 months

 

Chickens 8
Sephy 4 months

 

Chickens 9
Sephy 4 months

 

We could not get her to smile for anything! She’s all smiles all the time….right up til you pull out the camera…then nothing! She is just like her mother!

We had to let a couple of our chickens out of their pen to do some renovations to it and hubby got locked in!  LOL

Chickens 5
Hubby locked in the chicken coop.

 

I told him if he wasn’t nice to me I was going to leave him there.

We got the pool up finally too!

 

The water is around 90. Because I burn so easily, we usually go swimming after the sun has gone down, so having the water this warm is amazing! Probably wouldn’t be so great during the day though.

Well I think that is about it for the last couple weeks here. I would love to hear how ya’ll are doing. What are ways you beat the heat this summer?

Have a great day!

Renee

Home Update

Persephone

Well, I’ve had my grand daughter out here for the week and I have to say that I am loving having her here again. We got her in the pool for the first time and she seems to enjoy it completely. Of course, I didn’t think that she wouldn’t because she loves her baths too.

 

She was even kicking her feet and trying to get around in the pool. It was absolutely adorable! Then there’s Grandpa, I don’t care what he says about it, this little girl has wrapped herself around his heart completely!

 

 

He makes faces at her and she just smiles the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. It goes all the way to her eyes.

Chickens

I got a few new chickens this week. Well roosters really. 3 of them. Someone was unable to care for them so they brought them to me. They are Easter Eggers and beautiful. Only a few months old right now. I just need to find some hens for them now.

 

In the bottom picture we also have Sparkle (who was named by my niece). They were trying to get out of the Arizona sun as we have been over 100 degrees for the  last few weeks.

Chicken Sanctuary

I am working on starting a chicken sanctuary where I would take in chickens and roosters who need a new home for whatever reason and allow them to live out their days in a safe environment. The only problem with doing this is money so I have started a fundraising campaign to try to help with this matter. If you know anyone that has the ability to help please send them to my fundraiser at

Anything would be a help. The money will go toward feed and lumber for coops and just general upkeep of the chicken farm. Without help, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do this.

Hubby

Hubby’s shop is coming along nicely. A bit slower than he wanted it to, but coming along none the less. We now have 3 of 4 walls up. Next he plans on clearing the floor to make it all level and then all of his stuff will go in to keep it all out of weather.

 

 

Everything that is outside of the shop is what needs to go in. So there is A LOT! Hopefully, his design will fit everything and still give him room to work.

Finally, I was heading out in the afternoon to check on the chickens and saw this guy!

 

I think this may be the most beautiful lizard I have seen in quite a while. He was just resting in the shade from one of our trees in the yard.

Well that’s about for us this week. I hope all has gone well for you and I hope that everyone had a safe 4th of July. I would love to hear about how you spend the holiday so let me know!

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Water Bottle Review


I received this Water Bottle for free or at a discount for my honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. You can see my full disclosure Here.

This is a double wall stainless steel water bottle that will keep drinks hot or cold. It’s also BPA free and the exterior is powder coated.

Water Bottle http://fave.co/2tFwAP2

This bottle should keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. In the summer time, especially here in Arizona, this is a good feature to have with as much water as we need to drink every day. This bottle also comes with an extra lid and a straw too.

Water Bottle http://fave.co/2tFwAP2

You can get your Water Bottle at Upy-products.com.

Have a great day!

Renee

Home Update

It’s been a little bit since I’ve done an update on what’s going on here so I thought today would be a good day for that. It’s been pretty boring lately, and that I can handle. We’ve spent this last week getting the animals ready for the heat we have coming. Most all of next week is supposed to 110 or higher. I worry about my chickens being out in this heat, but I’m not going to bring them in my house as I have seem some others talking about.

Hubby has started a new (badly needed) project. He’s building a shop for his tools and such. I think it’s finally starting to look like something he’ll be able to use eventually.  lol.

He’s putting the roof on it this weekend and then come the walls. It’ll be nice once it’s done, for both him and me.

I think this is the week that piggy will go down for slaughter. He is more than ready in my opinion. We will use this next few days to try to fatten him up a little more.

Pig Home

I have to say, I really love this guy. He is so sweet and has to be scratched behind the ears every time I go out to make sure he has food and water. I will miss him, but I look forward to having a stocked freezer.

My grandbaby is getting bigger every day. She will be 3 months on Monday. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. I keep telling my daughter she needs to find a shoe box to put her now so she won’t grow anymore..lol Kira doesn’t seem to think that will work.

Is that not the cutest baby around? Yeah….I know. I’m grandma so I’m a bit biased on that opinion.

The best part of the last week was my Dad’s 83 birthday. I had my brothers and sister come over for dinner with Dad. Some of the kids went swimming and we all had a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all it was a really good week. Hopefully next week will be just as good.

Have a great day!

Renee

Home Update


Home Update

Persephone

Holly Cow these last few months have been pretty insane! With the new grandbaby and all the animals it has pretty much been a nut house here lately, but I really do mean that in a good way. I haven’t been able to be stuck in my head very much so my anxiety has been pretty ok, for the most part. Which has been very nice. The time with my grand daughter has been amazing. I find it so hard to know that such a tiny girl has already got me and grandpa wrapped tightly around her little fingers. Of course we aren’t going to tell her this…lol. However, at 42, I’m sure that I’m really ready to be called Grandma yet. I know that sounds very vain, but it’s true. I don’t feel old enough to be a grandma yet. So we have been trying to come up with something more fitting like Nana or something like that. But I have to say, Persephone is really doing well and growing like a weed. The picture below is Sephy (Persephone) and her Great-Grandpa (My Dad).
Great-Grandpa and Sephy Home

The Animal Farm

I think I’m beginning to feel like we have a farm here. I keep hearing about this “chicken math” and I wasn’t sure what it was for a while…until it dawned on me that I have it down great! I started this 2 1/2 years ago with 8 chicks and 2 ducks. One of the ducks was killed by the chickens, so the other went to another home with more ducks. Of those 8 chickens, I have only 1 left, Red who is now 2 1/2 years old. However, I guess they way chicken math works is that once you have a chicken they tend to multiply rather quickly…lol. And they have. I think I have around 33ish chickens now. Some have names and others don’t. Plus I have another 9 in the incubator which are due to hatch in the next few days. The first batch of babies are finally starting to lay eggs which is nice.

They are getting so big! I do love them to death though as they were my first hatch. The only ones in this photo that have names are the one with the cut off head (in the photo, not in real life…lol) that’s McGyver because she managed to escape the brooder right after hatching. The other one is flower because when she was first hatched, she had a white spot on her head and was all black. So Flower, ya know, from Bambi… The next group of hatchlings are almost 4 moths old now. I wasn’t able to snag a picture of them together though, so maybe next post I can manage that. Then there are the babies!

Babies Home

They are only 2 month old right now. It seems that I hatch eggs roughly ever 2 months. Last week I even got a few additions from someone who had to scale down her chickens. They are lavender bantams and the most adorable things I have seen in quite some time.

Pickle Home

They really seem to love having the yard to roam in. As I get more chickens, I have to say that I love each and every one of them. Which is kind of funny because we got them only so that we didn’t have buy eggs at the store any more. They have provided enough eggs that I have not had to buy any in about 2 years now which is amazing!

Finally, we have Bacon!

Pig Home

Oh..did you think the food bacon, well not yet, but he is getting very close. I have a hard time thinking about how little he was when we first got him. Very soon he will be food in the freezer though which is why he got the name Bacon. My daughter wanted to name him Porky Pig. I told her not to get too attached to him because he will be food. I guess I should have listened to that little nugget of information myself…HaHa. He lets me pet him and everything. Very sweet. But he will be leaving soon.

So I guess that’s pretty much all the new news lately. I will try to update at least once a week from here on out. I hope!

Have a great day!

Renee

Babies home update
First Hatch Home Update
Pickle Home Update
Pig Home Update
Sephy Home Update

Dollar Tree Easter Table Center Piece

 

*This post is sponsored by Dollar Tree®, but all thoughts and ideas are my  own. I received the products mentioned in this post for free from Dollar Tree. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.*

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This is an easy Easter table centerpiece idea using Dollartree.com for supplies. Take a look and see the finished product today. Do you enjoy crafts, but not sure how to start or where to get your supplies? Dollartree.com may have the solution you’re looking for. At Dollartree.com they sell bulk items ($1 per unit and up) for crafting and other projects. Check out http://Dollartree.com today!

This is an easy Easter center piece that anyone can do (even those who are craft challenged). I got the supplies from Dollar Tree to complete this project and it only takes a few minutes to make this cute center piece.

Dollar Tree Supplies http://mrgo.co/ujqky @DollarTree

What you need:

Easter grass

Plastic eggs

Easter Buckets

Easter flowers

How to assemble:

  1. Place Easter grass into each bucket(about half full).

Easter Center Piece Dollar Tree Supplies http://mrgo.co/ujqky @DollarTree          2. Place  Easter flowers in the back side of the bucket.

3. Place plastic eggs in the front of the bucket.

When you’re finished it will look something like this:

Easter Center Piece http://mrgo.co/ujqky @DollarTree

 

Just place this on the table for Easter Dinner or lunch  to add a festive Easter look.

I also got some Easter plush animals with my order because my granddaughter was just born. She is too little to remember this Easter but I still wanted her to have a basket this year. So I used some of the items I got from Dollar Tree to make a basket for her and my daughter’s friends 2 littles. For little one’s that are old enough you can add something in the eggs and add other stuff to make it more of an Easter basket. This is how the baskets turned out:

Easter Basket @Dollar Tree http://mrgo.co/ujqky

 

I’m telling you, these are so easy to do! So get on over to Dollartree.com to get your supplies for Easter!

Have a great day!

Renee

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New Grand Daughter!!

So, if you have read my blog lately, I have mentioned that I have a granddaughter on the way. I am excited to announce that she is here! She was born on March 19th at 10:30 am. She is 19 inches long and weighed 6 pounds and 14.6 oz. She is a little bitty thing with a very long name.

I introduce to you, Persephone Kiahlynn Hawkes. Or for short, we will call her Sephy. She came a little earlier than we expected, but we are very grateful that she is here.

The pictures below are from the hospital. Grandpa Aarron swears that she is going to cry every time he holds her, but so far, that has not been the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little girl has already got me wrapped around her fingers. I look forward to sharing with you as she grows.

Have a great day!

Renee

I Got My Pig! – New Animals on the Homestead

What a week! We finally got the pig I’ve been talking about for months. As a surprise, I got two goats with the pig. So the homestead is really growing now. I just don’t think the chickens enjoy having the goats around too much as they keep eating their food.

Bacon - Pig

 

Kira kept asking what we were going to name him. She wanted something like Porky Pig. At first I told her we weren’t going to name him because he was going to be food but she insisted. So I would like you to meet Bacon! I just hope she doesn’t get too attached to him in the 6 or so months that he will be here. I have to say, I didn’t think that pigs got lonely, but every time I go out to the animals, he starts making a ruckus, like come see me! It’s quite cute.

The goats are pets though. No eating them.

Midnight - Pig

 

This is Midnight. and the one below is Star. Again Kira named them.

Star - Pig

 

They are both male. So, if I get a few females I could start raising goats too! Oh, I bet my hubby would love that one!  I almost forgot, we also got some new baby chicks. I will have to get pics of them to post soon. The one’s I hatched in the incubator are growing fast and will be introduced to the flock in the next couple months I think.

So that’s what’s been going on around here. What have you been up to? Leave a comment and let me know. I do read every one and try to respond back as well.

Have a great day!

Renee

Teach Your Children to Sing Songs

December is so full of fun and togetherness – a wonderful time to pass traditions down to our children. Kids love this time of year mainly for the presents and gifts they know they’ll soon be receiving. One way to teach them about the holiday season is to teach them songs. You never know when you’ll find that one of your own is a musical prodigy!

Image from Google Images

There are many programs at this time of year that are open to the public, also. For those who want to have special tutoring in music and even in singing, there are places online that can provide professionally designed courses but to just listen to children singing is a great way to get your own kids involved, too. This past year, there were children singing Hanukkah and Christmas songs at a local park. It was so beautiful. They really put their hearts into it.

Regarding the kids who were singing, I’m not sure if the younger ones understood the entire meaning behind it, but I know the older ones did. I always make sure to explain to my children Hanukkah song meanings. You have to do this to make sure they understand or they can hear a certain word wrong (and it happens to all types of songs, not just Hanukkah ones!) and then you, well, they, have a completely different meaning for that song. And the way the misunderstanding can end up getting sorted out can range from slightly funny to completely embarrassing!

Since kids learn by watching us grown-ups (even if we don’t feel so grown-up all the time, and to think about it, that’s probably when they watch us the closest!), what we say, what we do, what we eat, and just our attitudes in general, we need to pay attention to our own attitudes and actions. Keep promises made to others, and treat others in a decent way, even if they aren’t in your presence. One thing to make sure is to give your kids a thankful attitude, one where they know that they could have less than what they do have, and to always try to help others when possible. Those are attributes that, for too many people, only come out in the last two months of the year. We might not have the music all year long, but a change in people’s attitudes toward others would be a fantastic thing every day of the year!

I Need a Name!

We have had an exciting few weeks here at home lately. We are working on putting up a pen to get a couple pigs. We have been working on a compost pile rather than throwing everything into the trash can.  We have been working on trying to bury the water line we just put in but got caught with freezing temps this week. Needless to say, it’s been a rough few weeks.

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you have also seen that a couple weeks ago we hatched 5 baby chicks. The daddy is a Barred Rock Roo who is gorgeous.

This is Tigger the Roo

Momma of the chickens are several of my hens. I know there is one that is a bantam from Little Bit or Little Brat

This is Little Bit. Little Brat looks identical but all black.

 

Then I have the “The White Ladies” who are 5 Leghorns that I can’t tell apart.

I actually have 5 of these White ones so they have been dubbed “my white ladies” because I can’t tell them apart.

 

There is Momma:

This is Momma

 

And my Rhode Island Red who has been named “Red”

This is Red. She was my first chicken.

 

So, now I have 5 babies from these chickens and they are making their debut today on the blog.

McGyver

 

This is McGyver. She got this name because she managed to get out of the brooder within a few hours of being hatched.

My name is Tweety, because of my color

 

This is Tweety, as in Tweety Bird because of her coloring.

My name is Flower because she reminds me of a skunk with the white stripe on her head. Flower, from Bambi

 

This is Flower. She has a white stripe on her head that reminded me of a skunk, which is what I would have called her. However, my daughter remembered Flower from Bambi so that is how she got her name.

Little Bo Peep

 

This is the one Bantam out of the group. Her name is Little Bo Peep. She got her name because she is always peeping.

I need a name :(

 

This sweet little lady still doesn’t have a name. So I am asking for help with naming her (or I hope it’s a her anyway). She is so sweet and so quiet. She is has such a great personality blooming that I can’t wait to see how she behaves when she gets bigger. I need help coming up with a name for this sweet little girl.

Please leave me some ideas in the comments and I will let ya’ll know what we choose.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

What is Going On? I mean Really People

I don’t usually go into politics on my blog, but something has to be said about what is going on I mean come on really people!! Can we just take a moment to be grown-ups again because I don’t understand. As a grown-up, we are supposed to be responsible people, are we not? Is there anyone who disagrees with this? If you do, I shall warn you to stop reading this now!

Protesting

 

I will tell you right now that I did NOT support Obama being elected as President. However, I did NOT go out and destroy property under the guise of protest because he won. I do NOT understand why this is happening now! When I was growing up, protests only happened because someone’s rights had been violated. Now it seems that when people don’t get their way, it’s time to protest. I mean what the hell people!! That is just throwing a temper tantrum.

I get that many people don’t like that Trump is now our President, but I would like to know who’s rights have been violated since he became our President??? He hasn’t been in office a week yet and everyone has gone insane! Can someone please explain this to me?

I think my cousin put it most eloquently when she stated on her Facebook page:

This whole not my president crap is so stupid. Obama wasn’t my choice, yet he was indeed my president. As with so many things, it is what it is. Crying, hiding, joining support groups, protesting, etc isn’t changing a damn thing. We are an adaptable species for goodness sake! Get over it! Go to work, pay your bills, file your taxes and take care of your families. The sun will come up, tomorrow is another day. Hoping for the worst is absolutely idiotic! Let’s instead, pray that OUR president can and will do a fantastic job these next 4 years instead of predicting the end of the world you big babies!

and this statement too:

What did the women’s marches accomplish yesterday? I’m sure there were plenty out there just celebrating sisterhood, I hope so anyway, it looks to me more of a childish parade of ridiculous signs. A vagina flipping the bird? Vagina hats? The p word everywhere? My gosh, are we grown up intelligent women or are we 6th grade boys? You hate Trump? Who cares? You want equal pay? Do an equal job! You want control over your bodies? You’ve had that for years sweetheart! Those weren’t mentioned on the signs I saw though. The signs could have been thought up by any pubescent boy. Disgusting! I’m ashamed!

This statement says everything that I believe needs to be said. Why are people out there protesting when we should be working together to make this a better country. Trump has not had a chance to do anything wrong yet. Let’s stand together and pray that he does a good job rather than throwing a hissy fit because he made it into office. Let’s work together to make sure that he does what he said would and “Make America Great Again”.

If, and I mean IF he violates someones rights, then I would be out there with the rest of them protesting, but until that happens grow up! Be an adult! and quit crying simply because you didn’t get your way.

Have a great day!

Renee

A letter to my Husband on our 3rd Anniversary

Dear Aarron,

Can you believe we have made it 3 years? I never thought I would marry again, but you changed my mind on that one. I had held fast for almost 10 years on that one and meeting you changed everything. It turned my world upside down, in a good way of course. I was doing just fine on my own, until I met you anyhow. I didn’t need a man to be complete. I guess that’s why we finally met. We were ready, even though we didn’t know it. Now, I don’t know what I would do without you. You are my everything. I know I don’t say it as often as I should, but Aarron, I love you more and more every day. I didn’t think that was possible.

I know things haven’t been easy and I probably drive you nuts on many occasions and I’m sorry for that. I try not nag at you or anything like that (unless you give me reason to…lol). This 3 years has been one hell of ride though and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us. I so appreciate everything you have done for me and for us, like coming out here to the middle of no where so that I can care for my Dad. I feel awful that you have to drive so far to work every day though.

I still find that I look at you and think, “what did I do to deserve you?” It just blows my mind that we are here and doing this together. We’ve come a long way baby!

Our Wedding Day

And I know we still have a long way to go, but man what a ride it has been so far.

Camping and Fishing!

R2D2!!

The demon Quad!

Before and after surgery on Aarron's leg.

kira-sonogram

And, we can’t forget that we are grandparents now too. Who da thought? Well honey, I guess what I’m trying to get across to you is that I love you so much and I don’t know what I would do without you.

Happy Anniversary Aarron. I look forward to more to come.

I love you,

Renee

New Year’s Eve

Do you have a New Year’s Eve tradition that you do every year? I mean something more than setting resolutions that we know we won’t keep (or well I know I won’t keep them anyways).

New Year's Eve

I know that I do like most and start the new year off with the best of intentions. After a few weeks though, routine sets in again and I mean last year’s routine, not the one I have worked so hard on for the last two weeks.  So this year, I am not setting any resolutions. I will be plotting out my goals for the year ahead instead. I tend to actually achieve those. The resolutions not so much.

As for my goals for next year, tonightI will be working on putting them down on paper. I know a few things that I will continue to work on from this year such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Followers
  • Weight loss
  • Slowing down

Other than that, at the moment, I’m sure what other goals I will need yet. I will be working on this tonight though.

New Year's Eve

I am looking forward to the start of the new year. Are you?  I hope so. This year has got to be better than last year was. We dealt with so many things it was ridiculous.

  1. My Dad in the hospital started the year out.  a
  2. Aarron’s broken leg
  3. Kira’s moving out.
  4. Kira’s moving back in.
  5. Kira’s pregnancy.

Should I keep going? Yes, it’s been a rough year and I’m glad to see it go. All negativity aside though, a lot of good things happened too. Aarron’s projects are moving along nicely (finally). Hopefully we can get a few of them done this year. My garden is still growing well in the greenhouse Aarron got me this year. I am hoping to have some pumpkins soon.

Sorry, a little jumbled today. lol. I wanted to talk about traditions for New Year’s Eve. Do you have any traditions that you do every year at this time. We usually have black eyed peas and ham with cornbread for dinner.  This is supposed to bring you luck in the new year. Here’s to hoping it works.

What are your traditions?

Have a great day!

Renee

Christmas Day

Have you ever wondered where Christmas Day came from? Would you believe that it really isn’t the day that Jesus was born?

Where did our Christmas day traditions come from? Well, the holiday started as a Pagan holiday. The winter solstice was a time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun. As the days begin to get longer and the land reawakens in spring.  Of course, no one really knows when Jesus was born. However, some clues given in the Bible seem to suggest summer or fall as travel during winter in that time was very difficult.

So, how did Christmas come to be? Well, the Romans celebrated Saturnalia around this time of year. Would you believe this is where the Christmas tree came from?  It was customary for Saturnalia, to bring a tree inside and adorn it with stars and and suns. One would also hand greenery around windows and doors. Again this was a celebration of to honor the God of Sowing, Saturn.

Krampus http://homeandlovingit.com

The Germans celebrate Krampusnacht. A horned devil, Krampus, punishes the children who have been naughty with a switch.  It is thought that this was a celebration of a horned god of the Pagans. Some stories say that Santa Claus gave gifts to the good children and Krampus punished the naughty children.  I don’t know about you, but I think with the image above, I would have been a good child growing up.

Santa Claus http://homeandlovingit.com

Yule, is celebrated by the Vikings. The yule celebration was to celebrate Odin. Odin would ride around the world on an 8-legged horse to deliver presents. This is where Santa’s 8 reindeer came from. The Christmas ham represents the boar that Freya rides.

Odin, do you see the resemblance to Santa Claus?

St. Nicholas was a bishop in Turkey who would give presents of gold to the poor. One story states that he dropped the gold down the chimney and it landed in a stocking that had been hung to dry (this is why we hang stockings at Christmas). This story, over the years morphed into “Sinterklaas” which later became Santa Claus.

When Christianity began to take hold, Christmas was actually banned because it was a Pagan holiday. However, the priest’s found that if the holidays overlapped, people would be more likely to convert to Christianity. So, Christmas is actually a Pagan holiday and not the day that Jesus was born. Who would’ve thought?

So anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, no matter what you celebrate!

Happy Yule

Renee

References:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/saturnalia/a/saturnalia.htm

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yuletraditions/p/Krampusnacht.htm

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/fatherchristmas.shtml

Christmas Eve

What are your Christmas Eve traditions? I would love to hear them. We usually all get together for dinner and do a present exchange with just my immediate family. I would love to say this is a small intimate gathering, but I have too many brothers and sisters for that…lol.

 

This has always been my favorite time of year. The Christmas spirit is strong within me. I love the music, I love getting together with my family (no matter how crazy we are), and I just love the general feeling of the time of year. I am all for giving this time of year. I have tried to instill in my children that this time should be about what you can do for others rather than what you get.

I know with the way of the world now, this is not an easy task to complete and I have had many challenges over the years in trying to instill this in my kids. Of course, like every other child here, my kids always wanted the biggest and best, newest things on the market. I think that now that my kids are older, they really understand the meaning behind Christmas.

As for the meaning, I am not talking about the birth of Jesus here. I am talking about the good will toward men. I only wish this could be something we see all year round now. Any how, I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Again, what are your traditions for this Christmas season? I’d love to hear them.

Have a great day!

Renee

Great Weekend

Oh my gosh! I got to see my son this last weekend. Now mind you I haven’t seen this kid since he was about 9 yrs. old. He’s the one on the bottom. This picture was taken one of the last times I got to see him. This was a great weekend.

We had such a great time this weekend with him. My husband pulled out the quad for the kids to ride and they had a blast with it.

 

 

 

 

T.J. is 15 now. He has grown into a handsome young man.

After riding the quad all day, the kids came inside to build the gingerbread house we got. This is something we used to do this every Yule because the kids loved it so much.

T.j. wouldn’t let me get a decent picture without his tongue hanging out..lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the finished project. They did a great job on it. Much better than when they were younger. Here’s a video I got of them working on the Gingerbread House.

 

Later, we went looking at the houses that were decorated for Christmas. Mind you I live in a very small town. However, we did find this one that I thought was absolutely adorable.

 

Kira picked up one of our hens, Red, and we found that she likes to have the side of her face and under her neck rubbed just like a dog. I got a video of this too. It was amazing!

 

How was your weekend? Do you have plans for next weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

 

Have a great day!

Renee