Good stuff

I love my alliums. And bugleweed. And Snow-in-summer. And all my sedums and ground covers.

IMG_3458Last evening we found a mama Blanding’s turtle in the backyard. Ken picked her up and moved her to the front so the dogs wouldn’t bother her. Later that night we saw her lay eggs in the ground right by the driveway..at the base of the alliums you see in this picture! SO cool!

IMG_3476Ellie was very gentle, but curious.

IMG_3477I need to lay some eggs, Peeps.

Luna goes outside to sit on the potting bench on the porch. Then comes inside. That’s adventuring for her. I guess living life on the streets and giving birth to seven kittens at Animal Control was the extent of adventure that she wanted in her life.

IMG_3478And one more. The baby chicks…much bigger!

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Busy few weeks and some crappy real life stuff.

I am going to put this all out there at once. It’s crazy and bipolar and makes my heart and brain hurt, but it’s all life. And everyone is dealing with something.

First of all, beginning of May two of my kids and their spouses and Ken and I were able to meet down in SE Ohio at Hocking Hills for a couple days of awesome hiking, campfires, grilling, hot-tubbing and fun. That was great.

IMG_3197Nice Smartwool socks.

IMG_3223IMG_3285Such a great weekend!

Then, Memorial weekend. A lot of the family was able to make it to north Michigan to help my dad put the docks and boats into the lake. It was a great family weekend. Also, Aaron was able to bring Zeek and we took Ellie up for their first lake experience. That was a lot of fun.

IMG_3385IMG_3391IMG_3404My mom’s second great-grandson, Gavyn. Ellie loved him.

So, the weekend was fine.

Real life crap. Minor….a raccoon killed three of my chickens in the last two days. We live trapped it last night. That was the biggest effin’ raccoon I have ever seen. It probably weighed 40 pounds and it dug about 10 pounds of dirt into the trap with it while trying to escape. I drove it far away and released it this morning. In the never-ending fog of rain and mosquitoes.

Real life crap, major.  My parents asked to come over to talk to us one night. They told me that my brother, 53 years old, with prior “improper touching” arrest (nice euphemism) for abuse of his daughter and a neighbor girl 17 years ago, has now been caught with child porn on his computer and is going to prison for at least 10 years. Actual sentence is 12-13 years. This guy (my brother) had an excellent up-bringing. My sister and I shared that and our parents were very churchy, but otherwise fantastic parents. He is married, has two married children and two beautiful grandsons. This caused me to think that he was probably at a point in his life where his past was past and the best part of his life was coming up.

Wrong. So, after the initial shock and a lot of suffering on behalf of my parents (who probably won’t live to see their son out of prison) and, of course, the pain caused to his wife, children and grandchildren, NOT to mention whatever evil has actually been done to any children that no one knows of…..I am glad he is going to prison. Actually, he is glad, too. He said he belongs there.

So…I didn’t want to blog it at first, but I don’t like secrets. And this is not exactly something that will be kept secret, no matter what. So, that’s what’s been on my mind for the past three weeks.

A lot of good and some really bad.

And that’s life in a nutshell.

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Baby Chicks outside for the first day!

I moved them into the chicken house about a week ago, but they were blocked inside because it was too cold for them. Today was a bit warmer and they are delighted to get outside. They are tearing around their yard, doing laps around the chicken house and having play fights. Eight girls, four Amber link and four Silver Lace Wyandotte.

They are approximately 6 weeks old today! The photo in my header is when they were 24 hours old!

Frost/freeze warning for tonight. The babys will be cozy in the shed with their heat lamp!

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A day at the park

Last week a friend and I headed down to Kensington Metro Park in the Detroit area. It’s a great place with miles and miles of biking, hiking, horseback-riding, wetlands, lakes and tons of birds and wild life.

We hiked, and had handfuls of shelled sunflower seeds for any hungry birdies.

ChickadeeI had a chickadee, and tufted titmouse and a red-winged blackbird all take seeds from my hand! The titmice were the most skittish…zip!, seed and gone! The chickadees would sit and fill their beaks with seeds before leaving.

Luckily my friend is an excellent photographer, she actually caught the titmouse as it swooped through.

Kensington TitmouseRedwinged BlackbirdThe red-winged blackbird was all laid back.

We watched a female osprey on her nest and were able to see the male osprey catch a huge fish! A lovely day!

Osprey closeup

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Babos like chicks.

I let Baborui and Little Babo visit the baby chicks to see they would like each other. First off, chicks say “Nope” to the Babos.

Nope to BabosA bit standoffish. Rather rude, in fact. But within a minute the more curious moved closer.

Babo WalkbyPretty soon another brave baby strolled by.

Babo checkin out the chickAnd suddenly Little Babo’s eyes began to look like tasty bugs.

Babo eyesBabo eyes 2Maybe Baborui’s eyes, too!

Ok, I guess chicks like Babos, too!

Babos are okSheldon likes chicks, too!

Sheldon likes chicks

 

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Starry starry night.

For M——l!

Lego Van Gogh

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Spring Peepers

Eight new little peepers, eating, drinking and sleeping. The stress of their first day of travel doesn’t seem to have done them any harm!

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Bye bye, March!

Let’s see if I am posting this to the correct blog this time. :P

Hey we finally got rid of a lot of our snow! I got the backyard cleaned up after 4 months with no snowmelt. That means I actually have a blister on my thumb from using the pooper scooper. How bad is that? But, thank goodness, that is one huge job done!

I am so excited for my youngest son, Aaron, and his girlfriend, Laura.  Aaron bought his first house this past weekend! It’s a 3 minute drive from his work. They moved in on Friday. With his two dogs and her two dogs and cat, it will be never a dull moment.

0453 bedrooms, 1 bath, built in 1955. All new flooring inside! Very nice! And best of all, a half an acre fenced in back yard!

Leo, Kida, Zeek and Zira will make good use of that!

047One of their neighbors has two dogs and the other has three, so there won’t be any dog haters around!

Ellie was spayed last Monday and is doing just fine. She’s not embarrassed by her stitches.

039And Orion likes using Sheldon as a pillow.

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Michigan State is winning!

Lauri:

Well, I somehow posted this on the wrong blog. One that I accidentally started. Lol. Now I am trying to move it to the right blog. Oh, intranets.

Originally posted on My Blog:

They won the Big Ten championship by blowing UofM out of the water. Wheee! And they are beating Delaware handily in the first game of the tourney. I love a game where I can sit back and relax….not nail-biters.

I found some pics that I took 8 days ago in our last snowstorm. We got nine inches that day and the birds were definitely asking where their seed went.

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I made pasties tonight and totally cheated. I used already rolled out pie crusts and dried minced onions and frozen hashbrowns for the potatoes. They turned out to be  delicious!

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Luna from her perch on the hutch. Safe from marauding puppies.

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Dogs and Eli hogging the couch.

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Dogs waiting for supper tonight!

That’s all, folks!

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Random Shtuff….

Hi, all!

Today the temperature was in the mid 20s and the sun was out. All three dogs and I went out for a walk under the pines where the snow was less deep. It was actually a very pretty day. 033Ellie is getting to be a big girl!

018Ellie and Orion chewed on sticks while Sheldon looked for stuff to pee on.

I have been in many various crappy moods, but realize that genetics is a lot of that problem. I let myself nap when I need to. And try to get outside whenever I can.

So, now I took up a new hobby. It’s needle felting…you take a blob of wool and, using a needle, poke it into shapes to resemble “sculptures”. LOL…..these are my first four efforts. It’s a lot of fun and I will keep trying to improve! Needle feltingI have really been keeping myself in solitude….another aspect of the depressive genes. Yes, most of us understand this very well. No matter…I am very excited about ordering baby chicks for the spring. I have to put the order in next week and I plan to order 4 Silver Lace Wyandottes and 4 Amber Links. Pics from Google to follow….here they are!

silver-laced-wyandotte-henThis is a Silver Lace Wyandotte. Isn’t she pretty?

amber linkAnd these are Amber Links, which look like Honey, who was killed (or flew into a wall by herself) by the tiny hawk. Aren’t they pretty? I am looking forward to getting these new girls in my flock and getting some youngsters to lay eggs.

All is well. My youngest son is in the process of buying his first house! He is SO excited! It’s in a fantastic area, with a full half acre all fenced in for Leo and Zeek, his dogs! He learned his priorities well. I can’t wait to take pics of the new property!

Ok….much work is coming my way, so I am off to bed. Love to all of you.

 

 

 

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