Randomness! Food, garden, critters

We have once again had several busy, busy days. However, we have gotten pretty good about Sunday’s being for rest, other than the must do tasks. It has been very nice and I think we both look forward to it.

We are starting to get cucumbers from our garden! Funny, neither of us like cucumbers until they become pickles and we’ve yet to make any this year, so far anyways. My Mom however loves them so she was thrilled to get them yesterday! The tomato plants are absolutely loaded….now if they would just start turning we’d be in tomato heaven! When they do, we’ll be overloaded!

This gal keeps paying random visits! I think she’s plotting a garden attack! She doesn’t much mind our presence. ❤

Though none of it came from our garden, this was the beautiful meal we had yesterday. It was so good. Love the fresh meals of Summer! Simple, yet so tasty.

The young chickens are enjoying their 1st taste of Summer’s goodness. They fully approve. 😊

Let’s talk about the bunny cottage! Piper and Annie have plenty of room to move about, unlike the typical rabbit hutch, which I am not a fan of. We had done traditional hutches in the past and I personally will never go back to them. (If anything, we have an interest in doing a rabbit colony). I purchased a used kiddie playhouse cheap, cleaned it up, done some painting and we added mesh over the windows and framed up the bottom to be appropriate for keeping rabbits. There’s small shelf areas so they can utilize the upper space also. We also have plexiglass cut to cover some of the window openings during very cold weather. During the Summer heat, I keep frozen water bottles to put out with them to lay next to so they can cool off. Heat is very rough on domesticated rabbits, so they appreciate it I’m sure. Piper and Annie are pets only at this point. We have tried meat rabbits before and at some point, we might get a buck and do it again. But for now, just pets. 🐰❤🐰

The mobil chicken coop! Built completely out of scrap, the best kind of projects! The top contains roosts and nest boxes, a hatch to allow them access to below, which is where we keep their feed and water, which keeps the upstairs quarters much cleaner and dry! The waterer and feeder are hanging underneath, which has greatly reduced mess in the feed and dirty water to near nothing! WIN! They spend most all their time down below, several even choose to roost there for the night, while a couple prefer the above. Once they are completely full grown, they will be able to free range and only use the coop for nighttime safety. We use the tractor to move the coop to fresh grass each day, little lawn mowing fertilizers! 😊 We will utilize that capability in the garden through Fall and Winter, as well as free ranging time. We have kept chickens several different ways over the years and I will say, this has been the absolute best and most efficient.

A little decor 😂 and fresh herbs hanging for a fresh smell.

We had some business to take care of, or try to at least get some info on taking care of, so we headed to town. While out, we went to the library! I absolutely love library trips! It seems such a magical place, loaded with fun and knowledge to be loaned out for free! It is a forgotten place to many, but we love it and utilize it. We also got 6 DVD, which is great because our 4 antenna channels, with one being weather, does get a bit boring at times!!!!

I am going to learn the art of crocheting one way or another! I have the “Bible” on it now, if that don’t work well…..😏 but I still have hope….a little anyways!

After arriving home and having some dinner, we went out to begin weeding our big garden that is beginning to look more like a forest. We worked for what seemed like forever and hardly made a dent! We were working solely by hand and a stirrup hoe (absolutely awesome tool) because the tiller would not start. We will be making some garden changes soon and many before before next year to be so much more efficient! I went ahead and pulled the onions, not prime time but onions nonetheless! We will hopefully be having our neighbor till over that area of the garden as well as the bean section once we pick, likely this weekend. Then we will replant!

Stirrup hoe! Great tool. We have very rocky soil and it still works pretty well, though much better in the raised bed.
It’s been a good day when you finish with dirty hands 😂

…and that is your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩

OH! One more thing! Some tomatoes are starting to ripen! That was an exciting sight! 🍅🍅🍅

Snack size! 😊
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It’s One of those days where you realize your underwear are on inside out

You know, you wake up in a rush to unexpected events! You quickly clean up and dress yourself and realize at a later time, YOUR UNDERWEAR ARE ON INSIDE OUT! 😂 Yes, this is me today!

It is headed for noon and I’d like to say that things have calmed into a relaxing Sunday but instead, I literally just got the text, “mowing hay Tuesday”! Which means we are now moving stuff that requires the big John Deere 🚜 here at the house before taking it down to the hay fields later today. The trip one way is about 45 minutes!!! We have the pleasure of mowing hay with 1 of my nephews on the farm that was once my Great Aunt & Uncle’s large, beautiful dairy farm, long ago. I spent a lot of time there as a child and love the opportunity going back though it is no longer in the family. Wonderful memories! ❤

We also ran today to pick up the beautiful painting I won in a raffle yesterday at the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash at Stonewall! I was so thrilled to get the call that I’d won! It is absolutely beautiful work and couldn’t be more perfect! I love it! I am so grateful! 🐮

I am also filling up a big inflatable pool as I am typing this ! It will be nice after a long hot day! Well, once the water heats up that is! Well water is super cold, so we’ll wait to enjoy it once the sun works its magic! 🌞 (we tried a large 22 foot above ground pool last year! It didn’t stay the entire season lol! This is just perfect and quite manageable!)

We got the John Deere to its destination! An hour and 10 minutes! Top speed of 15 MPH, average of 13 MPH! He drove the tractor and I hung back in our vehicle with the flashers going. People are so impatient! That’s all I’ll say about that subject!

Grabbed some Taco Bell on the way home and relaxing for a bit now! I think as of today, we have decided that Sunday will be used as it is intended! A day of rest! Unless some emergency comes up! A big home cooked meal, instead of on the fly fast food and a day to visit family. ❤ Which we do a lot of both, but to have Sunday set aside will be something to look forward to.

Babe got some of the garden tilled. I watered plants and blogged a bit here and there. I kept a few heirloom tomato plants for my raised garden by the house and they are doing fantastic! I love my little bed! Going to expand it! 🌻🌱

…..and that’s your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩