Hot Pad, Hay and One Muddy Boot

Thought I would try knitting a hot pad from some thick cotton yarn/rope I had.
It was off to a good start until I uncovered the giant knot where two ends where tied together. For those who knit, it’s really hard to hide it the stiffer the material.
Overall, not too bad for first one. The next one will be more rectangular (for 9×13″ pans).




Hay jumping is always fun. Even when it’s 20 degrees out. Even more fun when making a secret hideout from cardboard.





“Hey Mom, my boot’s stuck in the mud.” No, really?




Some Chicks, A Potato and A Really Nice Day

You can literally watch chicks grow.  Their little feathers popping out everywhere, replacing their fuzzy coat.

We will have them all named by the end of the week…at least by the weekend…definitely by Monday…


Group Shot (mostly, 8 out of 10)








This one actually has a name… Rocky, the Columbian Rock Cross







No name yet…she’s a Plymouth Barred Rock



Chicken Arm/Wing Pit




This is Potato…What’s Up?



What’s Down?




The weather here in Cincy this winter has been craaazy.  Negative degrees, then a few days later, 40-50’s.  Sunny one day, then the view out the window looks like a snow globe exploded.  The other day it was in the high 60’s and apparently the boys decided to set camp down the hill.  I hated to ruin it with yelling “dinnnnnner” out the window.



here chicky chicky chickies

This past year or so was a murderous year for our flock.  We had seven to start and then we added three copper marans.  Then lost all the marans ( posted under No Mo Flo).   Then slowly but surely we lost five more.  Racoon, Fox, and the very determined Red Tailed Hawk.  

Only Bonnie, the Black Australorp and Pickles, the Americana remain.   

This past Wednesday, however, I picked up my order of new chicks from Mt.Healthy Hatchery. I forgot how small and fluffy they are at first. Four Americanas, two Buff Orpingtons, two Black Australorps, one Columbian Rock Cross, and one Plymonth Barred Rock.





The last brooder we used was something my husband made out of plywood. This time I ordered a puppy play pen from Amazon. ( I saw this suggestion on a blog I follow, but unfortunately, can not remember which one).

It’s great! It even has a zippered mesh top…one of our cats is very interested in the fluffy chicks.

Hello?…is this thing on?

Wow!  I’m amazed its been months (and months) since my last post.  I did get a bit burnt out with gardening, the flock, canning, cleaning…you know, stuff like that.

These last several snowy, truly winter months have definitely given me a rest, and better appreciation/attitude toward whats to come.  Spring is really around the corner.  Yay!

Over the next several weeks, I will do my best to catch up some highlights from last year, as well as move forward into this year 🙂

Also, these posts will be synced with my new Facebook page…soon!