Coop Colors

The post about leaving the coop white was a joke. I doubt I ever have anything white!  This post has the coop colors.  We bought the paint last week so it will definitely get painted . . this weekend  maybe.

This afternoon we went back to meet with the CPA again and got to see the preliminary tax returns.  Ouch!  I’m thankful for Vince having a good job and for the income I have but dang . . it’s kinda hard to believe the price tag.  Thank goodness Texas doesn’t have state income tax, even though we still have to file in MO for 2011.

From there we went to eat and as we were walking through the parking lot, I looked down and there was a Blackberry in a case laying on the concrete.  I picked it up and couldn’t even remember how to use it to try to figure out who it might belong to.  It apparently didn’t work inside the restaurant because when we got back outside, it rang and I answered it.  It belonged to an elderly man who was just passing through town.  His daughter was calling the phone to see if someone answered it.  They were almost to Abilene but they came back and met us at Home Depot and got their phone.

Then we went to Tractor Supply and they had chickens.  We were strong and didn’t get any.  We got chicken wire to start building their outside run.

It was a long day . . which included a trip to the dentist.  How much fun can a girl have?

All Primed

The chicken coop has been primed and all the screw holes and spaces are caulked and it’s ready to be painted.

Vince thinks it looks good white.  Do you think he really thinks it looks good or do you think he’s tired of painting?

I’m so hoping that by the end of the weekend, we can have the two batches of bigger chickens in there and can move the bantams into the shop.


I’m no expert on longhorn cows or any kind of cows but do you think these horns would make a pretty good goal post?

And while we’re at it . . look at that green grass and the hill behind the cow.  Who would think Texas would be so pretty?

Kale – How Much is Too Much

Yesterday was food co-op day.  We’re able to order large or small boxes of vegetables and/or fruit or a large or small combo box, plus we can order boxes of all kinds of other fruits and vegetables.  I ordered extra boxes of carrots (23 pounds) for juicing and an extra box of kale (24 bunches).   I always order more lettuce. Here’s what my sewing room fridge looks like . . stuffed to the gills with kale and lettuce.


We love kale!  Last night we had soup with one bunch of kale in it.  Tonight we’re having this chicken recipe.  I can hardly wait til dinner!

My biggest complaint about the carrots in the grocery store is that they’re the size of my little finger so by the time I peel them, I end up with a carrot as thick as a toothpick.  Look at the size of these carrots!

That’s a 9″ x 13″ dish they’re in.  They are huge and they taste good and they’re really juicy for our juicing.  The rest of the 23 pounds is in a box in the sewing room.  There’s no room in the fridge there or inside the house.

Also in our veggie box were two big stalks of fennel, celery, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, red bell peppers, 2 bundles of red kale, parsley and that’s all I can remember but probably not all that was in there.

In the fruit box . .

Some of the fruit is already out and not in the picture so in addition to what you see, I had 5 or 6 kiwi, 4 avocados, a couple more oranges that I’ve already consumed, and maybe something else I don’t remember.

We go through the fruit very quickly but I’m happy to report that we used every crumb of the fruits and vegetables that we got 2 weeks ago and I’m sure we will again this time but we may be orange from all the carrots or green from all the kale!