Wednesday Hodgepodge # 193

It’s another October Wednesday, which means it’s time for another edition of The Hodgepodge.  You can join in the Hodgepodge fun by clicking the button at the top of this post! Here are today’s questions, provided by our hostess, Joyce, along with some answers, provided by me:

1. Do you manage your own money or do you have a financial planner who helps in some way? Do those kinds of conversations stress you out? A lot or a little?

Ed’s taken care of the majority of our financial planning, but he’s also had a little help with it over the years.  Ed has discussed a few financial things with me, but I don’t know or understand a lot about it.  Our conversations stress me out just a little,  but watching what’s (or should I say what’s not happening) with our money stresses me out a lot!  Remember the good old days when a person could live off of the interest their money earned? Ha!  That’s not happening anymore!

2. The second week of October is Pet Peeve Week. Off the top of your head, share TWO of your current pet peeves.

(1) People talking on cell phones in public places. Spare me from listening to your personal conversations, please! (2) Unruly children in public places.  Some of them act like they’ve escaped from the zoo!

3. What is one thing you’d like to learn right now, this very week if you could?

Well, Joyce, now that you’ve brought it up, I think I need to learn more about Financial Planning!  Actually, I’d rather learn more about photography though.

4. How concerned are you about the recent health related news concerning Ebola? How about Enterovirus D68?

Since my husband works in the healthcare field, as well as our daughter-in-law, I’m very concerned!  I don’t think the public is getting the whole story, either, which concerns me even more.

5. Garfield, Nemo, or Tigger-your favorite orange cartoon character?

I really like cats, so, of course, I’m going to choose Garfield.  Nemo is okay, but Tigger really gets on my nerves!

6. I’m going to see Gone Girl with my neighborhood book club this week. So often books made into film are disappointing. What’s a book turned film you thought was well done, in that the casting was ‘like you pictured’ when you read the book, and the film plot remained mostly true to the book plot?

I remember reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, and thinking Miley Cyrus would be perfect in the leading role.  She was, but of course, the book was more detailed, and a lot better than the movie.

7. What is one story your family always tells about you?

There are probably several, but the first one that comes to mind is the story of how I used to ration the Heinz 57 sauce when the children were growing up!  We ate Heinz 57 sauce on pork chops, and the boys were notorious for pouring out more sauce than they needed. I didn’t want anyone wasting the stuff, ’cause it was expensive, and my budget was tight!  It still is.

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If you read here on a regular basis, you know the struggles I’ve had with the baby chick named ‘Della’, who turned four weeks old, Monday.  The first week she was fine, then she came down with a condition known as ‘pasty butt’.  Della lived for two weeks in isolation, with a glass separating her from the rest of her sisters.  Finally, last week, she was well enough to move back in with her sisters, and had been doing better.  She was so happy to be back with the flock, and they readily accepted her.  Although she was much smaller than the others, she was feisty!

Della was fine all day Monday, but that night, when I made the final check before going to bed, I found her huddled in the corner of the box, in a strange position.  I immediately knew something was wrong with her. Her head was tucked down between her legs, and she didn’t appear to be able to hold it up.  Once again, sadly, I isolated Della from her sisters.

All day, yesterday, Della remained in this odd position, with her head drawn between her legs. She was unable to eat or drink, although I did try to forcefully dip her beak into water several times during the day.  Della could only scurry backwards when moving around because she couldn’t lift her head.

After doing some internet research, I discovered that Della had come down with a condition known as ‘wry neck’, which can come on suddenly, and can be caused by several different factors. I have no idea which factor may have contributed to Della getting ‘wry neck’.

Della was special from day one.  She was the little white one who chirped at the top of her lungs when I first opened the box containing the eight chicks.  The ‘feisty one’, I called her.  I believe that’s what kept her going these past three weeks, when she had to endure so many painful bowel movements and butt cleanings.  Della was a fighter!

Sadly, Della’s condition of ‘wry neck’ continued to deteriorate throughout yesterday, and we finally had to make the difficult decision, that nobody ever wants to make…  Della is no longer with us today.  She’s finally found peace at last, but I sure am gonna’ miss her.

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Published in: on October 8, 2014 at 8:05 am  Comments (11)  
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Running Behind…

I’m afraid I’m running a bit behind, this week.  I knew if I took the time to write a post yesterday, my house would suffer–again.  This time, housework won out.  I never even turned on my computer until nearly ten o’clock last night, but I got a lot of [much-needed] cleaning done!

We had another one of those crazy busy three-day weekends, since Ed was off on Friday.  Unfortunately, on Friday, Ed got a phone call, from work, concerning an issue that had come up during his absence, so he had to mull over a solution to the problem all weekend.  Not a great way to relax, but we gave it our best effort.

It seems there’s never enough time, these days.  Something always needs doing!  Poor Ed needs a clone of himself, especially now that he’s not feeling his best.  We’re trying to prioritize and do what needs doing the worst–and, these days, that would be finishing the chicken coop!  Can I tell you I’m beyond ready to get these birds out of my house?!  The amount of dust they are causing in my house is unreal!  Ed didn’t have a chance to finish the chicken coop, but he’s probably three-fourths of the way finished.  Maybe he’ll get finished this coming weekend, in plenty of time to move them outside at age six weeks.

It was a different kind of weekend since our oldest son’s wife and family were out-of-town visiting a friend, and our daughter was having a yard sale.  There wasn’t much time for ‘family time’.

After almost eight years of holding onto most of her baby stuff, daughter,Brandy, finally decided to let it go.  She sold a lot of stuff, and made a lot of room in her storage building.  Brandy says having the yard sale was “bittersweet”, and I totally understand.  I recently sold some of my ‘grandbaby stuff’ and it made me sad, too.

This weekend, Ed and I did something a bit out of the ordinary, and took a test drive of a ‘Town & Country’ mini van.  We stopped by the dealership, just to look, and discovered they were open on Sundays!  We liked what we saw, but I don’t think the time is right to buy, just yet.  We just want to get a ‘feel’ for what’s available.  After all, it’s only been thirteen years since we went car shopping!  I’m a bit nervous at the thought of making such a big (and expensive) decision again.

We had our first real taste of cold weather, on Sunday morning.  We woke up to a chilly forty-seven degrees!  I knew Ed’s thyroid was definitely ‘out of whack’ when he walked out of the house wearing only short sleeves!  Ed usually wears a coat if the temperature drops below 70!  Our cold spells never last long, and the temperatures are already rising again, although I did have a chance to open the windows and let in some fresh air yesterday.  Gotta’ love doing that!

Brad and Jennifer were in town for a birthday party, so they stopped by on their way home, Sunday.  It’s always amazing to see how much Evan grows in two weeks’ time!  He’s gotten two more teeth, has learned how to hold and drink from his sippy cup, and walks like he’s been doing it all of his life!  Only about three more weeks until he’ll celebrate his first birthday!  Where has the time gone?

I think that’s pretty much what’s been happening around here, with the exception of another ‘issue’ that’s come up concerning ‘Della’, the baby chick, who’s had so many problems since birth.  Now something else has happened to her!  I won’t write about it, yet, except to say, it’s not looking good for her…  Bless her little heart!

That’s it for today, but I’ll be back for The Hodgepodge tomorrow!  Have a blessed Tuesday.

 

Published in: on October 7, 2014 at 11:30 am  Comments (5)  
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Friday Fragments…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Oh, my!  It’s been another fast week.  The weeks are going by so quickly, I find myself unable to keep up with the pace.  Another Friday, means another edition of Friday Fragments at Mrs. Fours’ place, so here goes…

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‘year round’ tree

It took me two days, but I got the Halloween decorations out, and the ‘Year Round’ tree decorated for Halloween.  I still have to put up the outside decorations, but I’ll do that over the weekend, while Ed is here to help me.

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teddy bear trick-or-treaters

My daughter, my granddaughter, and I had a girls’ day out on Wednesday.  We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday.  We had lunch together, shopped a bit, then came home and enjoyed some birthday cake and ice cream.  It was a good day.

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the birthday girl

The baby chicks are getting ridiculously large!  They’ll be four weeks old, on Monday, and they are already out-growing their ‘chick condo’ again.  We will probably have to add another box within the next few days.  Two weeks from tomorrow is the target date for putting them in their outside coop.  I’m beyond ready!  ‘Della’, the chick who’s had so many problems, is now living in the ‘condo’ with her sisters, even though she’s much smaller than they are.  She continues to have ‘issues’, but she’s tough little bird (otherwise she would’ve died by now).

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chicks are getting so big

Ed’s still not feeling well.  He went back to the doctor, this week, but didn’t find out much more than he already knew.  He’s still taking anti-inflammatory medication, and waiting for this thyroid thing to run its course.  He’ll be having a few more tests, to rule out other possibilities of his problems– just in case something else is going on.

I’m sure everyone is aware, by now, that Ebola is now in Texas.  I figured it was just a matter of time.  This concerns me greatly, especially since two members of our family work in hospitals, directly in healthcare!  I wonder how long before this horrible virus will begin to spread…

Ed’s off on another ‘mandatory’ vacation day, today.  He’s outside working on the chicken coop.  He hopes to finish most of it today, if his stamina and the weather cooperate! (it’s cloudy) I sure have been missing our trips to St. Simon’s Island on those ‘mandatory’ vacation days… (can’t go because of the baby chicks)

I don’t know why, but I’ve been sleeping really good this week.  This is a rare treat, since I rarely experience restful sleep!  I’m usually up and down, at least two times per night, sometimes unable to fall back asleep for hours.  I don’t know what caused this sudden change, but I hope it lasts!

Someone posted the following saying on Facebook, this week, and it really struck a chord with me.  Now that I’m older, I ‘get it’.  I just wish some of these younger folks, who are up to their eyeballs in debt, could understand what really matters in life.

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That’s all for me today, folks! Have a blessed and happy weekend!  I’ll see ya’ back here, on Monday.

Published in: on October 3, 2014 at 11:43 am  Comments (9)  
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This-N-That On Monday…

Another weekend has quickly come and gone.  It was a cloudy, dreary one, but at least it wasn’t hot!  Believe it or not, we haven’t seen the sun, in our neck of the woods, in almost a week, but it hasn’t bothered me since the temperatures have been mild.

Baby, the cat, survived her spaying surgery, and was back at home late Friday afternoon.  Baby didn’t look so good when I picked her up, but she was fine by Saturday afternoon.  She spent Friday night in the laundry room, again, but went back outside the following day.  I’m so glad the surgery is behind us, and so thankful for the ‘glue’ they use, these days, instead of stitches!

Ed got a little work done on the chicken coop, but not much.  It took us a while to decide how we were going to build it, and, by the time we figured all of that out, we had to quit.

You see, Ed and I were scheduled to keep our two oldest grandsons, on Saturday, while their parents attended a wedding.  Of course, there wasn’t much ‘keeping’ to it.  Chase took a nap, while Caden and our granddaughter, Madison, who lives next-door, watched ‘Super Mario World’ videos on YouTube! Eventually, Chase woke up, they all played with each other, ate supper with us, then went home.

Speaking of grandsons, this weekend,  I saw a video post, on Facebook, of our grandson, Evan, taking!  He said, “Da da. Da.  Bye bye Brad.”–just as plain as day, and I almost fell off the couch when I heard it! Evan’s not even eleven months old, yet!  Both of Evan’s parents like to talk,  so I guess he is destined to be a ‘talker’, too.   It’s times like these when I’m most thankful for social media, and the fact that Jennifer keeps her iPhone handy 🙂

Much of our town spent this weekend mourning the loss of three of its citizens.  Two members of one family died, in separate incidents, on Thursday, while a third, unrelated person, passed away Sunday morning. The first lady passed away from a fatal blood clot, following recent shoulder surgery, while an elderly, gentleman relative passed away from causes unknown.  A young high school teacher died of complications from Schleroderma (an autoimmune disease), yesterday morning. I didn’t personally know any of the deceased, but know some of their family members.

In other news, Ed had to add another cardboard box onto the ‘chick condo’, this weekend!  These chicks are growing like wildfire!  They’ve quadrupled in size, with no end in sight!  We now have three large boxes hooked together, and could actually use a fourth, but we’re out of space.

The chicks are three weeks old, today, which means it’s time to lower the temperature in their ‘chick condo’ by five degrees (to 80 degrees).  I had to switch to a smaller wattage of bulb, but only had yellow bulbs in 60 watts, instead of the usual red ones I’ve been using.  What all of this means is, last night was another sleepless night!  Since the yellow bulbs are brighter than red ones, the chicks thought they were supposed to stay awake all night!  There’s nothing quite like listening to chicks pecking and scratching all night…  I wonder if they are feeling as tired as I am!

I’m happy to say, the pears are almost gone!  We’ve picked up literally thousands of pears over the past month or so, and I’m ready to be done with them!  We gave away pears to anyone who would take them, but we threw away more than we could give away.  I made pear cobbler and pear tarts, and I put pears in the freezer.  I’m tired of pears!  It was the same way with grapes, this year.  We couldn’t pick or use them all.  I’ve fed grapes to ‘the girls’ (my hens) until they’re sick of them!

Before I go, I just have to say…  Just when I think this world can’t get any crazier, it does!  On Saturday, I looked on Yahoo and noticed the #1 trending topic was…are you ready for this?…Vagina Cookies!  Of course, being the curious sort, I had to click on the topic to see what the story was.  According to the story, some mother, thought it was a good idea to make and decorate cookies resembling  vaginas, then sent them to school for her child’s second grade class to have for a Friday snack!  Oh my word!  Of course, the teacher told the mother she couldn’t serve this inappropriate snack, then the mother got mad, ranted and raved, and even demanded that her child be removed from this teacher’s classroom!  In the end, the story said, out of desperation, the teacher scraped the decorative frosting off of the cookies and served them anyway…  If this story is true, I’m at a loss for words, except to say, What is this world coming to?

That’s it for me, this cloudy Monday!  I need to get up and get moving.  It’s already time to redecorate the ‘year round tree’ for Halloween, and get ready to celebrate my daughter’s birthday on Wednesday!  Where oh where did the month of September go???

 

 

Published in: on September 29, 2014 at 8:38 am  Comments (4)  
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Friday Fragments…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

What a week this has turned out to be!  All I can say is TGIF!  I’m a bit late in posting these fragments, but I figure better late, than never.

Ed’s off today, and I would have loved to have spent the day at St. Simon’s Island–but we couldn’t! When you are raising baby chicks, you can’t leave them unattended for very long. Instead, we made a speedy trip to Lowe’s to pick up building materials for the new chicken coop and run.  We could have spent the entire weekend on St. Simon’s for what we spent at Lowe’s! Ha!

Speaking of chicks, I’ve been up and down with ‘Della’, the sick baby chick, all week.  She continues to have ‘pasty butt’ (constipation) issues, and continues to be in solitary confinement, for her own protection.  I’ve tried, twice, to incorporate her back into the flock, but the others peck at her mercilessly.  (Chickens are notorious for picking on the weak flock members.)  At this point, I’m not sure what Della’s prognosis is.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleaned poor Della’s ‘pasty butt’!  She’s become well acquainted with cotton balls and Q-tips, often needing help during the middle of the night 😦 Every time she needs to poop, she makes these pitiful little sounds that remind me of the noise a dolphin makes.  When I hear those little chirping sounds, I usually check on her to see if she needs any help.

Della outgrew her shoe box home,  this week, so Ed made her a larger home from a cardboard box.  He even put Plexiglas in one side of her box so she can still see her sisters, but they can’t peck her.  It’s been sort of sad to watch Della sleep beside her flock mates, with that piece of glass separating them.  She seems satisfied just to be able to see them.

In other news, I’m finally feeling better!  I began taking some cranberry gel caps, and drinking extra water.  Within two days, I began feeling better, which tells me the back/abdomen pain I was having must have been kidney-related.  I plan to continue this treatment for another week, then see what happens.

Ed, on the other hand, isn’t feeling much better.  His thyroid levels are low because he has inflammation of his thyroid.  He’s already taken one round of anti-inflammatory drugs, but they haven’t seemed to help.  After 9 days, we finally heard back from the doctor’s office, telling Ed his thyroid levels are low…excuse me, but we pretty much knew that already! My question is, what do they plan to do about it?!  (Their solution: retest!) These days, it’s become a sad situation concerning proper medical care 😦

We have a dozen cats, we have a dog, we have eleven chickens, and now, apparently, we have a skunk hanging around our yard!  Our daughter saw a skunk eating out of one of the  cat’s feeding bowls yesterday–in the middle of the afternoon!  She said the skunk was eating, then rolling around in the grass–like a cat would do!  YIKES!

Speaking of skunks, this week, my hair dresser told me, if I decided to let my hair color grow out, my hair color would be the reverse color of a skunk!  My sides are gray, but the top and back are still dark.  Ha!  I think I’ll stick with coloring my hair for a while longer:)

Speaking of gray hair, yesterday, I received my first little retirement check!  Hooray!  (I haven’t worked in nine years, but just now got old enough to draw the retirement I’d paid in when I worked.)  When I opened the check, I immediately noticed that no taxes had been deducted from it.  When I called TRS to ask why no taxes were withheld, they told me it was because my income was so low, the taxes wouldn’t calculate!  Now, that is sad!  I guess I’ll be dealing with the tax man in January.

That’s about it for today’s fragments.  I’m linking up with Mrs. Fours, at Half-PastKissin’Time.  Have a great weekend!

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm  Comments (8)  
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A Little Of This And A Little Of That On Monday…

Monday sure comes around often, these days.  My stomach is churning and my head is whirling because I’m running on two hours sleep (see reasons below).  Can I have a weekend do-over?

I mentioned ‘love bugs’ on my last post, and several blog friends didn’t know what love bugs are. Lucky them!  Love bugs are these small black flying insects that remain ‘hooked together’, even when they crawl or fly.  They travel in swarms, and seem especially attracted to certain things. They splatter all over our cars whenever we travel, and if they’re not washed off promptly, their residue will mess up the paint.  Here’s a picture of some love bugs:

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Aren’t you glad you don’t have love bugs at your house?

Here’s what our front porch has looked like for four long days.  All of those disgusting black specks everywhere are love bugs, and we even had a fan blowing on the door to discourage them! I think it’s safe to say, love bugs are attracted to our front door.

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disgusting love bugs are everywhere!

In weekend news, Ed and I didn’t really do anything special, but we did go over to our daughter’s house, Friday night, for some pizza/family time with our daughter, oldest son, & their families. I think everyone enjoyed that!  The three oldest grandchildren get along very well, and always have a good time when they are able to play together, which is usually quite often.  I’m glad the three of them live close to each other (and to us!).

Ed and I still weren’t feeling our best, but Ed managed to forge ahead and do some prep work on the future chicken run for the new chicks, while I watched.  I gave him my moral support, and kept him company on his frequent breaks.  It’s about all I felt like doing.

Ed’s prep work involved removing the old top soil from one section of our existing run, and replacing it with new top soil from the garden–one five-gallon bucket full at a time!  It was an all day job, and Ed would never gotten it done without the help of his little tractor, ‘Allis’ and her dirt scoop!

We’re now ready for step two, adding a tin roof, which Ed will probably do next weekend or the next. I hope we’re both feeling better by then!  The last step will be building a small chicken coop for the chicks to sleep in.

Speaking of the baby chicks, they had been doing great, but I ran into a problem Sunday.  I’ve been very diligent about checking on them every hour or two, but Ed and I needed to do a bit of shopping.  We were gone a little longer than we’d intended to be (6 hours) and when we got home Ed noticed that the white chick named ‘Della’ had developed a case of ‘pasty butt’.

I picked Della up, and cleaned her little fluffy bottom, but I quickly discovered that Della had major problems.  Apparently, she’d gotten very constipated during the day.  This is what happens when pasty butt goes unchecked, and it can be deadly.  Poor Della wasn’t looking so good, so I pulled an all-nighter, checking back and forth, and cleaning her bottom with a Q-tip when I need to.  Her little bottom looks horrible (think hemorrhoids) from all the straining, so I’ve had to isolate her from her sisters, who would gladly peck her to death because of her red bottom.  Sigh.  Times like these are the ‘down side’ to raising chickens.

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poor Della, in isolation (at least she can still see her sisters)

The good news is she made it through the night, and after seven hours, of stressing and straining, I think Della got herself cleaned out.  I have no idea what today will bring, and she’s still in isolation.  She looks a little better, but not much.

The other good news is, ‘Pixie’, (named by Cathy of Tales of the TCKK Family) the runt of the flock, is hanging in there.  At least she hasn’t suffered from ‘pasty butt’–yet!  Last night was the night to lower the temperature in the brooder by five degrees because the chicks are now a week old, which was another reason I pulled the all-nighter.  I had to keep monitoring the temperature, and raising or lowering the heat lamp accordingly.

One last bit of news from the weekend.  I participated in my first Facebook yard sale!  I decided it was time to let go of some of the grandbaby items I’ll no longer be needing.  I listed a total of six items, and managed to sell all but one.  It was an interesting experience.  It turned out that one lady, who bought four of the five items, works at the hospital with Ed!  This morning, Ed left for work with a car full of baby stuff 🙂

That’s it for today!  I hope your weekend was less eventful (and less stressful) than mine, and I hope we all have a good Monday!

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 8:04 am  Comments (6)  
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The New Arrivals…

The baby chicks arrived safe and sound yesterday morning!  They made their journey from a hatchery in Ohio, to our house in Georgia, in about 40 hours.  (What a way to begin their first day and a half of life!)  The post office called me to pick them up just after 8 a.m.  I could hear my babies chirping in the background, so I knew[at least] some of them had survived the trip!

I quickly filled the chick dispensers with food and water, turned on the heat lamp in the brooder box, then headed for the post office.  The post office had only been open for 10 minutes when I arrived to pick up my new baby ‘girls’.

After filling out and signing a little paperwork, I was soon headed back home with my new babies.  On the way home, I prayed I wouldn’t discover any dead little bodies when I opened the tiny box. The baby chicks chirped during the entire trip, and I marveled at what a sweet sound they make.  I noticed one chick chirped much louder than the rest, who seemed to be chirping in sweet harmony.

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 box of chicks, before I opened it

Upon arriving home, I took a deep breath and prepared to open the box, which turned out to be a somewhat difficult task. Once I removed the four staples holding the end flaps down, I removed the lid, then let out a sigh as I admired what was inside! There in the box were eight precious baby chicks, all living and breathing! God had answered my prayers.

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 chicks immediately after I opened the box

The baby chicks were nestled in a bed of straw-like material, and the inside of the box was surprisingly warm to the touch.  I’d worried that they might be cold during their journey, but they seemed to be okay.

The chicks hadn’t seen the light of day since they were hatched, on Monday, so it took them a few moments to become acclimated to their new surroundings.  I quickly picked each one up, and examined it before gently placing it into the warm brooder.

Before I put each chick down into the brooder, I dipped its beak into the drinking water, to show them what water is.  Some began drinking immediately, while others were a little slower to catch on.  Within thirty minutes, everyone was eating and drinking.  What a miracle, that each chick somehow knew what to do!

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 chicks warming up under the red infrared heat lamp 

Upon opening the box, I noticed one chick appeared to be a little smaller than the others.  This chick was the last one to drink and eat, and was a little unsteady on its feet for part of the day.  This chick will probably be the runt of the flock, and will probably be the last in pecking order, if it survives.

Much of  yesterday was spent going back and forth,  trying to regulate the temperature of the brooder, and trying to keep the chick’s water supply clean. (They’re not choosy where they poop!) By mid-afternoon, after changing to a larger watt bulb, I finally manged to stabilize the temperature around the light to around 95 degrees.  Keeping the water clean will be an ongoing process!

I’ve read that chicks bond with the first thing they see, after hatching, and will consider this thing their mother.  This might be true, because the chicks seem to have no fear of me at all. (The chicks I previously bought at Tractor Supply were afraid of me, at first.)  The book Are You My Mother? comes to mind 🙂

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chicks doing what they do best–eating and drinking

Yesterday, the chicks ate and drank a lot!  In fact, they ate and drank more than they slept.  As they continued to eat, I could almost see them growing, believe it or not.  Wing feathers are already beginning to sprout and grow.  These babies won’t say little and fuzzy for very long!

The new flock consists of three different breeds of chickens.  There are three Australorps (black chickens), three Plymouth Barred Rocks (black/white speckled chickens), and two Delawares (white chickens, with just a touch of black).  All of the chicks are supposed to be females! (there’s a 10% chance of sexing error)

Personalities are already beginning to emerge, and it appears that the two white Delawares are going to be smart and feisty. I’ve read a few reviews about Delawares being a bit aggressive to other chickens, but I read some very good reviews about them, too.  I decided to take a chance.  I sure hope these don’t turn out to be ‘mean girls’!  Worse yet, I hope they don’t turn out to be ‘mean boys’!  There’s nothing meaner than a white rooster!  I’ll keep you posted with future developments 🙂

Morning update:  I’ve discovered who my loud chirper is, and it’s turned out to be one of those feisty Delawares!  (Wouldn’t you know?)  She woke me up at 1:30 this morning.  When I went to see who was making the fuss, there she was–standing among all of her sleeping sisters, while chirping at the top of her lungs!  I’ve decided to call this lively one, ‘Della’. (short for Delaware)  I’ll call her sister, ‘Dixie’. (short for Dixie Chick)

The smallest baby chick is still with me, and I’m hoping she will catch up and begin to thrive.  Any suggestions for a name?  If she makes it, she’ll grow up to look like this:

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That’s about it for today’s news on ‘the new arrivals’.  I’m sure more news will follow…

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Listening To That Still, Quiet Voice…

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I couldn’t wait to get some new baby chicks, when spring came.  Little did I know that baby chicks would go on sale in February–when the outside temperatures were hovering around freezing!

The first time Ed and I encountered baby chicks, at Tractor Supply, it caught me quite off guard.  I wasn’t expecting to see chicks for about another month!  I stood and admired the great selection of fuzzy babies, then we left.  An hour or so later, we made our way back to the store to buy some chicks!  (I tend to do things like that, sometimes.)  I went back because I remembered what a fiasco I’d had the last time I decided I wanted to raise chickens, then couldn’t find any baby chicks for sale.   Anyway, by the time we got back to Tractor Supply, most of the pullets (female chicks) had already been sold, and only a few ‘runts’ remained.  I decided to wait for the next shipment of pullets.

The following week, I tried, repeatedly, to catch a new shipment of pullets whenever they came in at Tractor Supply, but I wasn’t successful.  Either the shipment of chicks hadn’t come in, or the pullets would have sold out whenever I called.  I never could get my timing just right.

Then, I began thinking about how much work goes into raising baby chicks, and I began thinking about having to keep those chicks inside of my house, for six long weeks, with all of the dust and mess it entails.  I, also, began thinking about having to enlarge our current chicken run, to accommodate the new flock. (I‘d planned to temporarily use our dog kennel to house the new flock, but, in the meantime, our daughter began using the kennel to house her dog.)  Then, to top things off,  Ed received the news about his pay cut!  I began to seriously wonder if the Lord was trying to tell me something.

About the same time all of these things were happening, our current hens began to ramp up their egg production again!  After several months of molting and resting, ‘the girls’ were back in the egg laying business!  All of the sudden, I had three dozen eggs in the refrigerator again!  Finally, I came to the conclusion that the Lord really was trying to tell me something, and, this time, I was going to listen!  I decided there wouldn’t be any new baby chicks at our house, this year.

You know, it’s kind of funny, but I went back to Tractor Supply, a couple of weeks ago, and guess what they had gotten in?!  More baby chicks!  Guess what two things they had left?  Pullets and ducklings–the hardest kinds of birds to find!  Do you think the Lord could have been testing me?  It was hard, but I came home empty-handed.

However, I did purchase some new baby chicks, the other day, and here they are:

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 They’re not nearly as warm, fuzzy, and fun as the real thing, but they’ll have to do–for now:)

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The Wednesday Hodgepodge…March 28

Hello there!  Once again, it’s time for the mid-weekly meme known as “The Hodgepodge”.  Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions!  She always does a great job.  Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

1. What’s the last job you did that required elbow grease?

About 3 weeks ago, when I removed the old wax from the kitchen floor, and put a new coat of wax on it.  I was exhausted when I finished!

2. March Madness, aka the men’s Division I basketball championship, is nearing an end. What sort of ‘madness’ has your house seen this month?

The current “madness” in our house is in the form of six  baby chicks, who have been living in a very large box (actually 3 boxes joined together), in my husband’s pool room–for the past two weeks!  There’s a lot of noise and mess going on in that box, but they’re so darn cute!  See them stretched out taking their siesta…  A couple of them are really snoozing!

3. What’s your favorite shop for browsing?

Call me crazy, but I enjoy browsing in the gift shop section of The Cracker Barrel.  They always have a neat assortment of “stuff”, and I can always find something I like!

4. Is there ever a time when giving up makes sense?

I believe there is.  It depends on the situation, and what is involved, but sometimes you just have to “throw in the towel”.

5. What’s a song you love that contains the name of a city, state or country in its title?

There’s an old melancholy song called “Rainy Night In Georgia” which was popular back in 1969 when Ed and I first started dating.  I loved the song back then, and I still love it today!  Hearing it takes me right back through time.  I spent many lonely nights listening to this song while Ed was away (in the army)…

6. When did you first begin using a computer?

I’m not really sure when I began using a computer on a regular basis, but I believe it was sometime in the late 90’s.  We had a computer in our home, for several years prior to this, but I never really cared about learning how to use it.  Besides, I would have had to fight our children to get a turn!  Eventually, I was forced to begin using a computer, as a part of my job.  By then children had grown up and moved away, and I had the computer at home all to myself.  And so began my adventures on the computer…

7. Did you buy girl scout cookies this year? What’s your favorite?

No, I didn’t buy any girl scout cookies this year.  My favorites are the chocolate mint ones.

Random:

Eighteen years ago, today, I became ill with what would later be diagnosed as “Rheumatoid Arthritis”.  It has changed my life, but over time I’ve learned to deal with it.  This form of arthritis is very different than regular arthritis.  In addition to joint pain and destruction, it can make you feel ill in many other ways, too.  There are stomach issues, headaches, fevers, and a type of fatigue I can’t begin to describe.   If you still have your health, you have a priceless gift.  Don’t ever take your good health for granted!

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Meet Me On Monday…And The Weekend Wrap Up

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Whew!  Is it Monday again already?  It is?!  Then I guess that means it’s time to join Heather for “Meet Me On Monday” again!  Here are today’s questions:

1. What movie or movies do you have to watch when they are on TV? (submitted by@rndmcrftyGAgrl)

I can watch “Pretty Woman” or “Steel Magnolias” over and over.  I never grow tired of either one!
2. When you have out of town visitors, what fun places do you take them to in your town?  (Or where do you play tourist in your own town?)

Sadly, there are no “fun” places to go in our tiny town!  We have two red lights, about fifteen gas stations, and three dollar stores.  That is the extent of our “fun”–unless you care to visit our “Welcome Center”!   (I’m still not sure why we have a Welcome Center!)

Savannah, Georgia is located about 60 miles east of us, and it’s where one must go to find entertainment or “fun”.  There’s plenty to do in Savannah!
3. What was the first album, CD, Download you ever bought?

I don’t remember the first album I ever bought, but the first album I ever owned was one by The Kinks.  My mama bought it for my 12th birthday, to go along with my new stereo!  I’d never heard of The Kinks, but I played that album over and over, and became sort of fond of The Kinks!
4. Do you speak more than one language and which ones?  If not, what language would you like to know?

I took two years of Spanish in high school, but I only remember a few words.  I’m quite happy speaking English only.
5. What is your dream job?

I’m currently working at my “dream job”, as a home maker.  All I ever wanted to become was a wife, home maker, and a mother.  I’ve successfully done all of these, including raising all of my children into adulthood.  To have received a large weekly paycheck for being a wife, mother, and home maker would be my “dream job”!

Weekend Wrap Up:

Where has the weekend gone?  It seems like a few hours ago that it was Friday!

Our weekend was much like last weekend.  Ed spent a great deal of time working on the “chicken palace”, but still didn’t get finished.  Maybe next weekend…It’s still a little early to put the baby chicks outside anyway.  I’ve come to enjoy their chirping and chattering, and they’ve come to enjoy my hand–which brings them a small piece of bread (for a treat) each day!  Pine shavings are keeping the smell and mess down to a minimum, thank goodness.

Part of the reason Ed wasn’t able to finish the chicken coop was because of our garden.  We had to take out time to plant more seeds !  We planted three kinds of butter beans, seventy-six tomato plants, and one row of peas.  All of this took FOREVER!  Our garden rows are one hundred and twenty-five feet long, and we planted every seed by hand!!!  In fact, Ed dug 56 holes with post-hole diggers, for some of the tomato plants.  (We’re putting potting soil in some of the holes, as an experiment.)  Needless to say, today, we have sore muscles in all parts of our bodies(especially our backs!)–and we still have more planting left to do!

At some point, Monday will find me back out in the garden, planting more seeds.  Only two more rows to go–more peas and some corn.  At least the corn seed is planted farther apart, and will go faster!  Oh, no!  I forgot about peanuts and watermelons!  We can’t have a southern garden without some peanuts and watermelons!   I’m getting tired just thinking about it!

Happy Monday, everyone!

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