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.

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Clem

 

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Daisy (possible Roo)

 

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Group of 10 roos that came last week.

 

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

 

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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:

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Sephy 4 months

 

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Sephy 4 months

 

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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

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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

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.

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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

Aarron’s Broken Leg is Healing

The Healing Continues

Well, as of today with Aarron’s broken Leg, we are at month 3. This happened on the 2nd of April when he was out riding his quad. I first told about this in April after we got home from the hospital. You can find that post here.

His leg s getting better, day by day. It’s slow, but it’s happening. He has been driving the Kia because it is an automatic. His truck is a standard. Last night, he checked again to see if he could push the clutch in. He was successful!

 

When this first happened, Aarron had to have surgery to fix his leg. I posted the x-ray pictures at that time, but as a refresher this is how it looked before surgery.

Aarron's Broken Leg is Healing - Before Surgery

It was a very nasty break. He broke both bones in his lower leg. These were not clean breaks as you can see by the picture. During surgery, Dr. Truchen had to put a rod, screws, and even a nail in his leg to fix it. He was not able to put any pressure on his leg for 2 months.

After 2 months, he was able to start slowly putting pressure on his leg again. He said it was pretty painful. We still are not completely sure this was only because it hadn’t been used in 2 months. However, it is getting better. He is slowly able to use it more. As you can see by the clutch test above, he should be able to start driving his truck again.

In the final x-rays done last month, the Dr. says his leg is looking good. Here is how his leg looks now with an x-ray.

Before and after surgery on Aarron's leg.

And the nail in his upper leg looks like this:

Nail and screws up near the knee joint.

All in all, healing is slow. He is coming along and is moving better every day. We are in hopes that he will be off the crutches within the month. However, we shall see. Aarron is looking forward to it I know. He wants to get back on the quad and finish the Odessy which you can see here. He hasn’t been able to work on it, hence no recent updates. I’m sure those will be coming soon though.

Have a great day!

Renee

Healing is Slow

I guess I knew that the healing of a broken leg would be pretty slow. I’m just not sure I was fully prepared for just how slow. Aarron has been driving the Kia in to work every day because his truck is a standard and he broke the leg he needs to push the clutch.

I think that I figured once the doctor allowed him to put weight on his leg again, he would be able to drive his truck again, leaving me the Kia again. (Now I am not without a vehicle, I have been driving my Jeep again which I am loving, but she has some issues and needs some love).

Well, it’s been 2 weeks now that he has been able to put weight on his leg, but he still does not have the strength to push the clutch in enough to drive his truck yet.

 

Aarron’s Healing

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The doctor says Aarron’s leg is healing good however, he is still in a bit of pain. At this point we are not sure if this is something normal for this type of injury or if something went wrong somewhere along the line. Hopefully, it is the former, but neither of us has ever had a broken leg before so we just don’t know what is normal.

He was told he could start putting weight on it again too. He is trying  but he says it hurts still. Not sure if this is because it’s not completely healed or something else. He is supposed to call the doctor today to try to find out if this is normal or not. Hopefully we get more good news from her.

Have great day!

Renee

Better Week

So far this week has been much better. My daughter started a new job (hopefully this means she will continue to live in town rather than moving back out here soon, but we shall see), we haven’t lost any more chicken, and Aarron (the hubby) is able to start putting weight on his leg again.

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The doctor said his leg is healing really well and he is allowed to start using it again. I hope to have pictures of the most recent x-rays later today, but that depends on if Aarron remembered (or was able to) take them.

Kira started a new job on Monday. It is close to where she is living so hopefully she will actually grow up a bit and be able to live on her own (or well at least not at home with me…lol). I have to say though, after 24 years of always having at least one kid with me, it is very strange to now find it is just me and the hubby.

Kira at the lake

My dad also turned 82 yesterday. Surprisingly he is doing real well considering we almost lost him a year and a half ago. He is now pretty well back on his feet and wanting to go back to work. Which by the way he was working full time up until his trip to the hospital in January 2015.

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This was actually taken on his birthday last year, but he still looks the same.

As for the chickens, we still have 6 female and 1 female duck so I am still getting a lot of eggs every day. We still are not sure what happened with the other 3, but whatever it was doesn’t seem to be affecting the others. Hopefully all will continue to go well this week.

Have a great day!

Renee

The Healing Process

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Aarron 5/8/16

Well, the healing process is slow. However, Aarron is doing better. He went back to work this week and so far is doing pretty good. He still cannot put any weight on his leg so he is using crutches and a wheelchair to get around. He is doing much more for himself now than he was a week ago. I don’t mind doing whatever he needs me to, but it is good to see him doing more on his own.

We go back to the doctor on June 1st for x-rays to determine if he can start putting any weight on his leg. The Doctor wants to see healing in the knuckle below the knee before she will allow him to start using it. She said because of the nail put into the knuckle, if he puts weight on it before it starts to heal it could mess up the healing and leave him in worse shape, so he is actually listening to the doctor and not using it.

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Here you can see the nail in the top knuckle of the fibula (the lower leg bone).

After the doctor appointment I will update you again and we are hoping for progress. But while we are waiting, he is back to doing things around the house such as putting a small shelf next to the bed for a charging station for our electronics. He is also working on my Jeep so that I have something to drive while he is using the Kia (can’t drive a standard right now, which his truck is).

Aarron

So, while the process of healing  is very slow, it is happening and he is doing better. Not to mention he is back to making me laugh all the time with the silly things he does every day.

Have a great day!

Renee

Going Back to Christmas!

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Finally got to use our gift from the in-laws. Sadly it has taken us 2 years to get any pictures of us up in the house. There is one from our wedding in the frame that I absolutely adore. Plus other pictures of us in the last few years. I love this! Thank you Mom and Dad for the beautiful picture frame.

Have a great day!

Home

I have to say I love my new trailer. Before we got this one we were living in an RV. Talk about a minimalist lifestyle. There is only so much you put into one of those before they start looking crowded (which ours was by the way). So in the process of moving to our new camp trailer, I went through everything we had (with a lot of help from my husband) and we managed to get our things down to what would actually fit into the trailer. After 2 weeks of working on the inside it is finally starting to look like home.

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I am so pleased with the way it is turning out! It is still a small space, but it fits well with how my husband and I want to live. We have the ability to stay in one place but yet the flexibility of moving whenever we want to. Because for the most part it is just me and him now this place is about the right size (even though it is in reality the same size as the RV we were in) for the two of us. Plus if one of the kids comes over for a night or 2 the couch pulls down into a bed as well. So it really appears to be the best of both worlds for us.

 

Have a great day!

Renee

A letter to Aarron

Aarron,

What can I say that I have not already? I love you! Happy Birthday! I know that I tell you every day that I love you, but I try to show it too. You are the love of my life. I sometimes wish that I met you sooner, but I know that if we had things would have been different. I guess we both needed the time to grow up so that we could be what the other needs and wants. I’ve only known you for about 3 years, but I feel as if I have known you forever and I would not change that for the world.

I have never been very good with the spoken word, so I am hoping in writing this out you will begin to understand just how much I really do love you. You are my life, my love, my best friend. I love that I can talk to you about anything and not get the feeling that I am being looked down on after the fact. I love that you can make me laugh every day. I think this is a big part of what helps us work, not only can make fun of the stupid things that either you or I do, but you see the best in me. I don’t think that anyone else ever has. Even through my bouts of anxiety, you don’t judge me. You try to help with it the best you can. I love you for that.

I know that we will have our disagreements, but I hope that this will only make us stronger. I know that as long as we continue to communicate things will be great for us. I am so lucky to have found you and I will cherish you forever.

Happy Birthday Honey! I love you!

Your wife,

Renee

Home Life

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So this weekend was full of work for me and the hubby. Of course he did most of the work on our chicken coop. I have helped where able such as the painting and helping him with the lifting. We weren’t able to complete it this weekend though so hopefully next weekend it will be done. The picture shows what is done so far with hubby working on the roofing when this was taken. Next weekend we will finish building the roosting box, add a ramp so the birds can get in, and finish stringing the chicken wire around it. I can’t wait for it to be done. Right now when I need to go into the cage I have to bend over as the top is only about 3 feet high. The new section will be tall enough for even the hubby to walk in upright. To see what we have done so far just click on over to my portfolio where I have posted all of the pictures from this project.

As for how the week was, I can’t complain. I always try to find the blessings in every day and this past week is no exception. I am blessed by a loving family and roof over our heads with food on the table every night. Who can ask for more? I feel that I am truly blessed. What are your blessings for the last week?

Have a great Day!

Renee