Friday, April 15, 2016

Bits and Pieces- Madilynne

   Madilynne is having a birthday soon.  Several of her aunts and her grandma has been asking what to get her for her special day.  I wrote up a short email and sent it to them.  Madilynne saw the email and said it would be a fun blog post!  Here it is and I didn't even change the mistakes!

Ok, Madilynne is hard to buy for! Really hard! K already asked about gifts and I had no idea what to tell her. After pondering it some more since WE have to get something for her I have some thoughts. These are not actual gift suggestions but something to look for if you so desire. I mentioned gift card or money to K and that is still a strong suggestion but some things she likes are:

 Anything Vintage/vintage looking

Anything chicken related- she loves her chicks. I found a pair of rubber boots with chickens on them and she went crazy over them.

Anything recycled, environmentally friendly... She found a rug made of recycled material and just had to have it!

Anything vegetarian themed. She is loving finding pro vegetarian stuff!

If it's different, she will most likely love it

Amazon! She finds a lot on Amazon so gift cards to there is good!

Anything music themed

Cats! She still loves her kitties!

Again, don't worry if you can't find anything like this- it's hard. Go with money or gift cards. I just thought that since some of you like to shop, you may want to know some likes. She truly likes the odd stuff. If you see it and think "why would anyone want?" it's a Madilynne gift! LOL

And just to be clear- in our family it is perfectly ok to ask for money or gift cards.  No one will take offense at that suggestion. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What Was I Thinking? 10 Chicks!


 We decided to get several chicks.  My thought was 4-5 chicks. I figured we didn't need anymore hens than that until we saw them!!  These chicks will grow up and lay eggs (usually around 18-20 weeks old) and I didn't think we needed more eggs than that per day but....the cute factor outweighed need!  LOL

   As all things go, we arrived at the feed store and looked at those cute, adorable little peeps and Madilynne fell in chicky love!  She picked out 6, Ryder (who didn't want any) picked out 2 and I got 2 for Pappy B.  They are so sweet! 

        The totals are:
        4 Buff Orpingtons
         2 Barred Rock
         2 Cuckoo Marans
         1 Red Sex Link
         1 Rhode Island Red

  These little chicks are adored already.  Watching the chicks grow is fun and they really are cute. We are enjoying our little additions!

This chick is Madilynne's favorite.  Her name is Egythba.  Don't ask for a pronunciation because I can't say it!  LOL  She will be known as "G"! 

She will fall asleep in your hands. 

Here G is almost asleep!

Now this picture was on the "I'm not sure I should post this but...." list.  I decided to post it anyhow.  If you look closely behind her little leg.... she left a gift on the car hood! 

Monday, April 11, 2016


   Madilynne has been debating getting more chicks.  We have been having discussions about purchasing them lately.  I am so torn.  I want the chicks because they turn into chickens that lay eggs but they are work and they do have an expense.  Madilynne will be the one taking care of them for the most part and Ryder will help when needed but it is still work.

   We have three hens at the moment but they are getting older.  Henny Penny is the oldest and I think her egg laying days are almost done.  We will keep her though because she is more of a pet than anything else.  ;-)  The other two hens are each laying an egg a day.

   IF we decide to get more chicks we have to keep the numbers low. I am thinking no more than 4-5 but we haven't made a decision on that yet.  I guess we will have to see how cute they are when we go to get them!  I will update with some pictures if we decide to get more chicks!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I haven't participated in the Hodgepodge for quite some time.  Life has been busy and some of the questions lately have required more thinking than I was able to give!  :-) 
1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it? We are "sorta" planning on retirement but not really focusing on it.  As with everything in life it will be here soon enough!

2. It's International Guitar you play? Does anyone in your family play? What's a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar? I do not play the guitar but Madilynne, Ryder and Jeremiah all do.  I do not have a favorite song to hear played on the guitar but I really like to hear the family playing together.  It's beautiful.

3. What's your comfort food? I like fresh baked bread and spaghetti.  Stand alone or together.

4. What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate? Absolutely never those are strong words to a procrastinator! I have been thinking on this for quite some time and I can't think of one thing that I don't do at the last moment.

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do you like someone packing your groceries? I do the grocery shopping for our family. It isn't a chore that I enjoy either. I shop at several different stores.  My favorite store is Aldi and I bag my own groceries with Madilynne's help.  We work very well together and have a system for bagging them.  We think it is very effective!  I do have to go to another store that bags the groceries for me in those junky plastic bags.  It is okay but they only put two or three items per bag. I am not a fan of those bags because several years back we were carrying in the groceries and a bag broke.  I had two jars of spaghetti sauce in that bag- both jars broke and was a mess to clean off the driveway! I started to take my own cloth bags to this store afterwards.  The cashiers aren't very friendly to those bringing in cloth bags. Apparently it is more work for them to put the cloth bags on the turn table....  I wish that all stores would go to a bag it yourself system. 

 6. What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature? A black bear or a fox.  However there are very few things seen in nature that I don't enjoy watching.  This morning I heard a Ringneck Pheasant in our back yard by the swing set. He has been around a lot frequently.  Last week he even visited our front porch. 


 7. Share a favorite quote about home. Home is where the heart is.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  I have a very simple thought today...It's chilly outside and I am having a cup of tea thinking "Spring can't come soon enough. I am tired of cold!"