Zucchini and more zucchini…

 

It is that time of year if you garden you have zucchini everywhere.  I have 3 refrigerators (yes, I know that is extreme) and they are full of zucchini.  I have made it lots of different ways. Trying  to eat it up but the family favorite that seems to win is good old fried zucchini.   Our days have already turned cooler up here in the north so I know the end of the zucchini will happen soon but in the mean time I will keep making zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini lasagna and good old fashion fried zucchini!  What have you be up too?

Squeezes,

Laurie

 

New baby…

Last post I wrote about how grateful I was for answered prayers.  Drum roll please!  We have a new granddaughter. She was born 18 minutes after she was considered full term (37 weeks).  After 13 1/2 weeks of bed rest she made it to full term!  My daughter is doing good and little Penny is a whooping 6 lb 11 1/2 oz.  My heart is so thankful for this blessing.  Several of our grandchildren have been preterm and it is a long road to get them to a healthy place. Thank you Lord for this miracle 

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You have blessed us with.

Squeezes,

Laurie

Wow where have I been….

I broke the cardinal rule in blog sphere land.  I haven’t posted in, well, forever.  I guess this spring just got me.  Our family has had some let’s call them events going on.  My daughter is having her 3rd child and she was put on bed rest 11 weeks ago so needless to say I have been a little busy with my grandkids.  My niece (really my cousin but she calls me Auntie Laurie) had a major surgery a few weeks ago.  She has a TBI so I help her with her medical visits so I was at the hospital for almost a week. Then my dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to take her to her chemo treatments. You add chickens, horses and planting the garden and wham it is summer! Spring is history.  With all these health related events going on in life, a person really has to think about what are the most important things.  For me it will always be my relationship with God through His son Jesus.  The next is those I love.  I have always tried to serve the Lord by lending people a hand when they need it. DIY projects, my blog and those things I enjoy have to take a place on the “back burner” when I know of people in need. So when it is the people I love in need I just turned the “stove off” so to speak. Not to let this whole post sound like a pity party let me tell you how some of these events have turned out.  My niece’s surgery was a success and her doctors are very pleased with the results.  Her post op visit went wonderful yesterday.  My dear friend has truly had a miracle for God.  She went from stage 4 cancer that was inoperable to being able to have surgery in 1 round of chemo.  That alone is a miracle but after they did the surgery her scans came out clear.  Yes, I said clear.  They had thought it was in her bones and other places but her scans are clean.  My daughter is 8 days away from the safe zone to have her baby.  As I write this blog post I am humbled by the way God’s hand has been upon those I love and I am so thankful for the miracles He has blessed us with!

Squeezes,

Laurie

“I have a hawk”…

Today was not one of my usual busy day.  Unless, I usually hold alive hawk in my arms.  While waiting for my granddaughter’s kindergarden bus a hawk flew into the power line above our heads.  It made the wire make a weird twinging sound. As I looked up the hawk was being catapulted off the wire toward the ground head 1st. It landed 10 feet from us.  I shoved the mail into my grandkido’s hands and ran to the poor bird.  It’s butt and legs were in the air. The face was on the ground with it’s mouth open and tongue lying in the dirt. I thought it was dead but than it blinked it’s eye. I took off my sweat shirt jacket wrapped it tight around it’s wings and covered the head with the hood.  I put the talons under my arm and held it tight as I headed to the house.  After putting my granddaughter on the school bus of course.  I came in the house and told my daughter “I have a hawk”.  She said ” a what a where?”.  I said I was holding it.  She flipped open her ipad and said “who do I call?”.  Like this was an everyday thing we do.  She tried the DNR but just got a voice mail.  I called my friend Melinda but got her voice mail too.  Her boy friend had rescued an eagle this past winter so I knew she would know what to do.  My daughter called the Minnesota Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.  Again a voice mail.  This time she left a message.  By now I had put the hawk on a foot stool and had picked up my phone to place calls too.  The Raptor Center called back and instructed us on how to transport it to the Raptor Center for treatment.  I needed to get my jacket off it so I grabbed a beach towel and a hand towel and started to unwrap it. This was the scariest part. I couldn’t get my jacket loose.  It was then that I realized the hawked had wrapped it’s talons around the string tie on my hood. I covered his head well and started to get the tie out of it’s grasp.  The talons were so sharp and the feet so rough it took a minute to pull the material away. We used our dog pet carrier and I placed the bird in tail and feet 1st while keeping his head covered the whole time.  We loaded it into the van just as the bird started to come back around.  It was flapping and hitting the carrier hard. My daughter said “cover the cage”. I grabbed another towel laid it on the carrier and we were off for an hour drive with a hawk in the van. The bird settle down right away.  So much that I keep saying “it didn’t die did it?”. We made it to the Center fine.  They were ready when we arrived.  After asking what happened the carrier, with the towel over it, was rushed to the vet.  We filled out an information form and were showed around on a tour for a few minutes.  Before leaving I asked if it was a red tail hawk because I hadn’t seen the red feathers in it’s tail.  She told me it was a red tail hawk but it only was about a year old so it didn’t have the red yet.  The hawk was doing well when we left.  They informed me that on 1st exam it didn’t look like anything was broken.  They would nurse it back to health and then they invited us to the next release because if it was well it would be released then. Being a photographer I have always loved raptors.  Watching and photographing them has been a passion of mine.  So much so that my dear husband and I go “hawking” in our spare time. I am sad that this poor hawk was hurt but it also was wonderful to hold and see this fabulous bird up so close.  I pray it recovers from it’s fall.

Sqeezes,

Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pinterest inspired project…

Being a grandma I love all the pictures and love notes I get from my grandkids.  Wanting an easy way to display them , besides the fridge door, I have been tossing ideas around my noggin for a while.  A few weeks ago I found a partial old screen door on our local facebook garage sale site.  One of the decor ways I have been trying to go is move toward “Farm Chic” instead of my “Schnadig Chic”.  So chicken wire and the old door seemed to be made for each other. A few staples later and a “new place for all that art work” came to life.   The rooster was a buy at one of our local occasional sales shop. My grandson (7) said “we have to buy this rooster Amma!”  So of course we did.  He was a cute center piece on our Easter table. What is your latest project?  Come on show me!

Squeezes,

Laurie

I need a garden sink…

My chicks are doing great.  The broilers are really getting big.  I love feeding the hens out of my hand.  They come running to me now as I come in the coop.  Really, raising them is more fun than I thought it would be.  I thought this would be to teach the grandkids that food just doesn’t magically appear but someone had to work for us to eat it.  We have had a couple of hen parties in the coop.  The grandkids love to bring their friends over and show off their hens.  I made way to many potatoes for Easter but my girls helped me out.  They ate a whole pie plate full and were looking for more.  My dear husband did a great job with the coop.  The fence is up and on warm days the chickens have been outside.  He likes things  more rustic then I do but for a coop it is a cool rugged look.  With watering them twice a day and washing up their feeding trays I think I need a garden sink of some sort.  After looking on the web and thinking about it I have a few ideas.  I need it for washing veggies, potting plants and now for watering the chickens.  I have always held to “form follows functions” but with a garden sink I think it might be more like “form follows FUNKtion”.  Got any ideas you would like to share? What is your latest project?

Squeezes,

Laurie

So sad…

I have been a bit behind in my posts.  Just a quick update.  My chicks are doing wonderful.  With this unseasonal warm weather we are having they are all having a great time in the coop already.

The sad news I have is our 10 month old dogs ran away on Sunday.  I have been using every spare moment I have to post to lost dog sites like http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/lostandfound. We miss them.  If they weren’t such good bird dogs they would be safe and sound in their dog house right now but that goose was too good looking for them not to chase.  Off they went leashes and all.  For now their dog house sits empty waiting for their return!

Squeezes,

Laurie

My new peeps…

Yesterday we loaded up the mini van with the grandkiddos and took a little road trip to Runnings farm store.  We came home with 3 boxes of chicks.  I can’t tell you who was more excited the kids or me.  The kids each had a choice between Black Sex Link and Buff Orpington pullets.  They giggled as the gal tried to catch the ones they each chose.  I chose 25 Cornish Cross Broilers for meat.  We went home with 31 chicks.  3 of each of the layers and 25 meat birds.  On the way home the kids talked about names that they wanted.  I reminded them that we shouldn’t name the meat chicks because it would be harder when it was time to butcher.  They all argued because they thought they all should have names.  My oldest granddaughter came up with a solution.  The meat chicks would be named Dinner #1, Dinner #2 and Dinner #3… That way they would remember they would be eating the chickens when they grew up.  Pretty smart huh?  Well we all thought so.  I had taken the large dog creat we have for our big dogs and took it apart so I had two halves.  My dear hubby had cut plywood to be placed where the door goes.  After a few tries he came up with my tripod to hang the brooder light from.  We put the water and feed tray in and then the kids put in the chicks.  All this was in the bathroom.

The windows were put in the chicken coop on Saturday.   My dear husband just has to frame up the other side that will be the covered outside roost area.  Then the run.  I think this project is coming along nicely.  I only hope raising the chicks will be as nice!  How’s your projects going?

Squeezes,

Laurie

Transformation Thursday…

I have had a few people ask me what inspired me to start blogging again.  I have to say it was two different blogs I was following.

One is Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.Photobucket

The other one is Tiffany at

http://www.thefancyfarmgirl.c0m

Both these gals have great style.  Gina throws an awesome party on Thursdays.  Now this gal knows how to get things done.  Check out shabby creek cottage

on her blog and you will never run out of ideas.

Squeezes,

Laurie

Wait that’s my tree…

Our outdoor projects are coming along nicely.  My dear husband finished his little barn.  It is just waiting for some warm weather to be stained.  It turned out to be a really nice size.  I’ll have to get out and get some updated images for you to see.  If your following this blog I don’t think you will even recognize the chicken coop.  We decided to go over the outside instead of finishing the inside of it.  My dear hubby added a steeper roof line for the metal  roofing too.  He wanted it to be a bit more rustic so he went into the woods looking for a couple of trees he could use as posts.  He came back in ranting and raving about someone taking his trees.  I couldn’t imagine who would steal our trees.  When I looked at him bewildered he told me to come out and see.  I found some boots and followed him into our woods.  The evidence was clear.  Beavers  were clearing our land faster than we wanted them too.  It was amazing they have built-in measuring tapes.  The trees were gnawed into 8 foot lengths.

beaver damage

They had even started to drag them out to the pond.  With the warmer weather coming all projects were put on hold.  My dear husband revved up the 4 wheeler.  He was going after his trees!  No beavers were going to beat him at this game.  We started to think of ways to protect certain trees from the beavers.  We talked about using wire to wrap the trees in.  My daughter remembered a pin I had pinned on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to protect the trees.

Still toying with this as a next project but I thought it was a cool idea she had to put the “ghost dresses” around the trees.  What do you think?  How are your projects going?

Squeezes,

Laurie