A Full Life

My life is pretty full right now.

I have dogs, chickens, guineas, horses, family, the house, the yard, and lots of books I need to read.

The little mini horse.

The newest little horse in these parts.

My husband does most of the taking care of the horses. The young one is a rescue, and the mini is one my husband got cause my mom wanted one. They both need to be worked with, and now that it is starting to dry up out there, that might happen.

Eggs from my chickens.

My chickens are all laying again now, and I’m getting piles of eggs. The neighbors are taking some, and we are eating lots, but looks like they are starting to pile up on me. Might have to open a booth on the side of the road or something. You want some eggs?

The guineas are wandering all over the place now. They have gotten in the road once, and I hollered at them. I hope they don’t keep going out in that direction. The other three directions are pretty safe, so they really don’t need to go in the road.
Some of my guineas out in the yard.

They have started laying eggs too, but I have only found two of them. I hope they will all be laying in the coop so I can get the eggs and hatch them.

The flowers are doing good so far this year too. Lots of daffodils, and those little purple ones, and bluebells.

Flowers in my yard.Lots of these little flowers in my yard.

My tomato plants are coming along nicely too. As soon as this cold spell is over I’m gonna transfer them outside.

So how is your spring going this year? Is it still cold in your area?

Cold Weather Can Kill

Ice on the walkway to my porch.

It can kill animals.

It hasn’t actually been icy yet this year (at least not here) but it has frozen the last few nights.

Animals left outside without adequate shelter can freeze to death. And since their water will freeze, you need to check that too.

My chickens water froze and they were really happy to see me bringing them some this morning. They have a closed coop but not all of them seem to want to roost in there. At least not yet.

So far they are surviving fine, but they have feathers to keep them warm. Dogs might not fare so well.

Please make sure any animals around you have a warm place to sleep, and if you see some that don’t, call the police.

It can kill people.

Lots of people may not be quite ready for the cold this year either. I have seen people going outside without adequate clothing for the cold weather. All it will take is one fall, and if they are stuck outside too long, it will kill them.

Make sure all your family knows this, and put their coats on before going out in the cold.

It wouldn’t hurt to have a blanket and/or extra coat in the vehicle too, just in case. You never know when a breakdown might occur, and it is much better to be safe than sorry.

It can kill cable.

My cable anyway. I have no idea what (exactly) the problem is, but you would think after having the same thing happen several years in a row, that the cable company would have it’s duckies all in a row. But do they???

Apparently not.

My internet has gone down, in the evening, for the past two days. It goes down about 4:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon, and stays down till about 9:00 in the morning. The cable company folks say it is the cold weather, and they are working on it.

I don’t get it. Does this happen to you guys who live up north?

Anyway be careful out there. Have some books handy in case you can’t get online.  :)

Lunch At Linga Longa Coffee Bistro

A very good lunch today at Linga Longa Coffee Bistro.

Lunch at Linga Longa Coffee Bistro.The special is a half sandwich and soup for $5.50.

I went for the ham and cheese sandwich. The soup of the day was Broccoli and cheese, which is one of my favorites. It was good.

They also have turkey and Swiss sandwiches. And at least one other kind (I can’t remember what it was).

They have salads too.

And Coffee! All sorts of coffee. My husband loves the caramel frappes. I had a Mocha.

A really good lunch for the price (especially if you are not the one paying for it :p). And it was quick. Really good service. Very nice people in there.

They do have internet access available too so you can go in there and sit and troll Facebook while you have lunch.

It would be a nice place to read a newspaper and have some coffee in the morning too.

It is located in The Biz Center on Kingshighway (412) just down from Wal-Mart (on the left if you are heading west). It is in the big old  building that used to have a dry cleaners.

There is an area in the building there that can be rented out for meetings, receptions, reunions, or whatever. It looks real nice inside.

If you haven’t been in there yet you should check it out. Get some coffee. Sit a while.

Tell ’em I said hi.

It’s Either Feast Or Famine Around Here

Orpington Chicks about 12 days old.Remember those cute little bitty chicks from this past spring?

There are not so little anymore. I happen to think they are still sort of cute, but a lot bigger for sure.

Anyway, the hens had all been laying their eggs either in the box just off the ground, or out in the yard.

Chickens, young one in back.

The young hens have not apparently figured out how to tell when they need to go nest. I have found eggs all over the place. One was in the dust bath area, one was just out in the grass, and one was hidden under a little bush.

So I had not thought to check inside the closed part of the coop for a few days. Yesterday I did check inside and guess what I found???

A huge pile of eggs. There were 19 eggs in there! I was starting to worry about some of the hens because I thought they should be laying and I wasn’t finding that many eggs.  I had only been finding maybe 4 or 5 a day, because the older hens have been moulting. Now I know what happened to the eggs.

So I have a lot of eggs. Anyone need some? I gave some to my mom, but I still have too many.

These are brown eggs, and the hens are free range to an extent. They can go out in that yard whenever they want, and they eat grass and bugs, and whatever else they can catch or dig up, as well as the commercial feed I get for them.

If you live anywhere close and would like some eggs just holler.

Early Christmas Shopping?

That is a great excuse isn’t it?

I have been buying a few things lately that we don’t necessarily NEED. Like these Hotter shoes –

My Runba shoes from Hotter USA.I didn’t really NEED any new shoes. I could have worn the old ones I have, but I really really wanted some shoes that would not hurt my feet(or at least hurt them less).

The Neon shoes I got from Hotter to review were very comfortable, and all of their shoes are supposed to be very comfortable.

I went looking at their website and they have lots of nice dress shoes. I fell in love with the Rumba and amazingly enough they do have them in wide (on the black ones anyway), so I could not resist. I bought a pair of the black ones in wide.

I did get the discount for it being my first purchase from them, and they had a sale going on, so I got the shoes for much less than the regular price, which made me very happy (not to mention the hubby).

The new shoes arrived in time for me to wear them to my father-in-laws funeral, and they are the most comfortable dress shoes I have ever worn. I spent much of the day standing up and while my feet did start to hurting later in the day it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

If I had been wearing my old shoes I would have had to take them off part way through the day, because my bunions would have been screaming at me.

So I am really happy with the dress shoes. If you are looking for some new ones (or a present for someone ) be sure you check out the Hotter USA website.

My husbands cell phone was not working right anymore, so I also bought me and the hubby new phones from Tracfone. The android phones they came out with recently.

We already had phones from Tracfone, and didn’t want to lose the minutes we already had, and we couldn’t find other phones that we could afford that would actually work where we live.

This area has lots of dead zones, and the only reason it works at our house is because we have wi-fi. We switched to phone service from the cable company because it was cheaper than the land line, and my Cap-Tel (captioned calls) phone would still work. My Cap-Tel Phone for captioned phone calls.

The new phones mean that I am finally able to get an Instagram account. If you are on Instagram would you please follow me? Pretty please? With sugar on top? If I throw in a cherry?? Thank you!

I’m still learning how to use the phone, and the camera.  I didn’t think it would be that complicated, but it is going to take me a while to figure everything out. I am loving the camera on the phone. It is much easier to use than that old digital camera I was using.

I told my hubby that all this stuff is our Christmas. He seems to be ok with that. We will see.

Have you done any Christmas shopping already? Regular shopping? Halloween?

Respect Has Changed, Or Disappeared

Picture of a cemetery.

My father-in-laws funeral was Monday.

We drove from the funeral home out to the cemetery. Most folks going the other way still pulled over or stopped but a few did not.

Not too long ago it would have been every single one of them.

And even twenty years ago people would not have even thought about going to a funeral without dressing up.

These days no one seems to care.

It used to be seen as a sign of respect. For the dead and the mourners. I guess these days you are supposed to assume that everyone has respect. Or maybe just assume that they do NOT respect anything.

The lack of respect seems to be the most likely explanation. Most folks don’t dress up for church or lots of other special occasions either.

The few weddings I have attended even had a few folks show up in jeans and t-shirts. One of the brides was definitely not happy with that…the other didn’t seem to care.

The times have changed and are still changing. I think they have changed for the worse.

What do you think? Do you dress up for funerals?

photo credit: inkognitoh via photopin cc

Improving The Chicken Yard

My chickens have always had a separate yard because my dog wants to chase them.

They have to be in a fenced in area because there are lots of dogs in the area that would just love to have a chicken dinner.

There are also foxes, coyotes, racoons, possums, and who knows what else out there that like to eat chickens.

A fence won’t necessarily stop all predators but it does stop a lot of them and it gives them another barrier to get through before they can get to the chickens.

Of course the chickens are only allowed out in the yard during the day. At night they are in the coop with the door shut.

So far I have not lost a chicken to a predator so it seems to be working.

The chicken yard had no trees in it though and only gets shade in early morning or late evening. So I had planted a couple of trees in there when it was first set up but one of them died (the only one that would have shaded the coop).

So this year I planted a few more. One Althea tree, one that we think is a pecan, and a willow shoot that I took off my willow tree.

The willow shoot I planted.

The willow is already getting some leaves on it! It will be a couple of years before it really offers much shade out there but it is a good start.

New Chicken Yard

We also expanded the chicken yard since we have 10 new hens. This area doesn’t get shade either. I will have to find some more trees to plant out there.

Or maybe we will expand it some more but go out toward the gulley where there is lots of shade. That will have to wait a while because we ran out of old fencing.

Maybe next year.

Stray Dogs Or Possibly Abandoned

A couple of dogs showed up in my neighborhood (near Walcott, Arkansas) the day before yesterday. My neighbor across the street came over yesterday to find out if we knew anything about them.

One looks to be part dachshund and as you can see in this picture he looks almost starved. He is a pretty dog and very friendly. He has a swelling on his side that might be a tumor but he doesn’t seem to be in any pain.

Stray or abandoned part dashund.
The other dog has sort of wire hair terrier look to him. He has cateract in his right eye and looks to be blind in that eye. He is also friendly and these dogs seem to be companions and stick together.

001It is possible they just got out of a yard somewhere and someone is looking for them. I hope that is what happened. I posted their pictures on Facebook and I would appreciate if you all would share them so we can either find their people or get them some new people. Definitely share with any rescue organization that might be able to help these dogs.

We have four dogs already and just can’t take any more. Especially if they might need veterinary care.

They would make great companions for some lucky person though. You maybe?

Please share so we can find them a home.  Thank you!

Pretty Colors Of Spring

There is green coming up all over the place of course and it looks good after the brown of winter.

But what I really like is the BluesSome blue flowers in my yard.

And the Purples

Purple Flowers in my yard.

And of course the Yellows!

Some of the Daffodils in my yard.

Daffodils in front of my porch.

Even the ones that have just been peed on.

Daffodils and the dog that just peed on them.

Those green clumps you can see scattered here and there will be bunches of little white flowers before too long.

Just looking at them makes me feel happy!

Do you have any flowers blooming yet?

More Wagon Wheel Decorations

I finally got out and took some pictures of the other wagon wheels we have out in our yard.

Picture of a red wagon wheel on our barn.This is the same wagon wheel as the one in the picture I posted on my Old Wagon Wheel post a couple of weeks ago. In the old picture it was on a post in the back yard with trees and flowers growing up around/on it.

My dad took it and put it up over the door of his barn a few years ago. You can’t see the chains that are holding it up in this picture. He used some pulleys and hoisted it up pretty easy. It looks nice.

We have several other wagon wheels around the house.

There are two down at the end of the driveway.

Wagon wheels holding the house numbers.My dad made the baskets out of landscape timbers and the signs with the numbers he made. The baskets have flowers planted in them.

A wagon wheel in a flower bed.This one is on the edge of one of moms flower beds beside the driveway.

An old wagon wheel on our gate.This is the old one that is falling apart. It has been on our fence since the fence was put up(I think). Not sure how long that has been…more than 8 years for sure.

I wouldn’t mind having a few more. Any kind of wheels really. Maybe get a bunch of small ones for edging the sidewalk.

What do you think? Do you have any wagon wheels in your yard?

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