More Coop Progress

Vince has spent most of the day working on the second coop, after I pushed his lazy butt out of bed at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning.  It was so nice and cool outside right around daylight.  I love that time of morning.  Too bad I love to sleep late too.

He’s still telling me the chickens can be moved into the new coop by Sunday night . . same thing he’s told me the past three weekends so I’ll believe it when we move them in there.

This picture shows the proximity of the coop to the rail fence.

Before you ask, the rail fence is not our property line.  There’s a bit less than 1/4 mile (but I’m a terrible judge of distance) between that fence and the highway and our property goes to the highway.  Just because I have to say it . . isn’t it just so pretty out here?  The pile of rock there is what is on the outside of our house so if ever we want to add something else, we have extra rock.  There are several other piles here and there.

Vince is busy working.  These are the laying/nesting boxes on the back side.

Vince is showing how nice the nesting boxes are that he built.

Vince: How did you get on that side of the fence?
Me: I crawled through.
Vince: You crawled through the rails? I always walk around to the gate.
Me: I have on flip flops . . I’m not walking through all those weeds to get here.
Vince: You really crawled through the rails?
Me: Yes! I did.
Vince: I don’t believe you .. crawl back through.
Me: In your whole life, you have never spent ONE day on a farm, have you?

I was cracking up.  He didn’t think I had crawled through the rails.  When we were kids on the farm, the first thing we learned to do was climb the fence . . over, under, through . . however you had to do it because gates were never where we needed them to be.

Then, Vince’s favorite cow came up to the fence.  Can you see her in the distance.  She’s been here four times begging for treats today.  They know he’s so easy!

Vince thinks the new coop looks like a little tiny church!  It’s so cute!  I sure hope the chickens love it as much as we do.

Instead of back yard chickens, the ones living in this coop are going to be front yard chickens.  I guess when you live out here, it doesn’t really matter . . back yard or front yard . . no one is looking and no one cares.


Sweet Treat Top Is Done

The Sweet Treat, aka May Color Palette Challenge top, is done!

The backing is pieced and I hope to get it all loaded on the longarm this evening!

Half Empty or Half Full

We’ve heard that saying . . the glass is half empty . . all our lives.  Vince borders on being a half empty kinda of guy and I’m usually a half full kind of girl.  Sometimes I’ll say to Vince “Do you see that you’re being half empty?” and he’ll often respond that it’s easy for me to be half full because I never take off my rose colored glasses.  Fine . . get yourself a pair!  Life is too short to see the bad too often.  Yes, we have to be realistic but I can hardly think of a situation that’s all bad.  Yes, I can think of a few and I don’t want to bring them up but even those, if I think about them for a few minutes,  I can mostly find something good that came of those really bad situations.

Please don’t think I’m living in la-la land and don’t have a clue what’s going on in the real world.  I do . . to some degree but I don’t dwell on the bad.  Sometimes, bad things are just going to happen . . nothing we can do to stop it.  But, then . . we have a choice.  We can let it keep us down or we can pull ourselves up, find something good . . even if it’s really small, put a smile on our face and brighten someone’s day.  You may be crying inside but I find it makes me feel better to wear a smile instead of a frown.

Yesterday on Facebook, a friend, Carol, posted this:  The worst part of a breakup is the knowing that you are not wanted, needed, or missed.

My response to her:  Or, it could mean that there’s someone out there who wants you more, needs you more and will miss you more than the current person!

You know what?  I’ve been there!  I’ve felt not wanted, not needed and not missed.  I’ve gone through breakups, being so in love and knowing Mr. Right is who I’d spend the rest of my life with, only to have my heart broken and find it wasn’t going to work and then to later realize I’m so glad it didn’t work.  Remember Garth Brooks’ song that says “Thank God for unanswered prayers!”?  I tried everything available to doctors back in the 80′s to get pregnant, only to get pregnant and then have a miscarriage.  I thought I would die.  I still have the calendar on which I wrote everything — the test was positive, first doctor’s appointment . . and then it didn’t work.  But, had I had that baby, we would not have adopted Chad and you know how much I love that young man!  Yes, I would have loved the baby I had just as much but it would not have been Chad.

Sometimes the only way we can keep on keeping on is to try to find something good in even the worst of circumstances.   Probably every one of us has experienced illness, death, financial woes, family disappointments, and worse!  It happens and we can’t control it but we can control to some degree how we react to it.  And, we can be a “half full” kind of friend to help lift the spirits of of our friends in need.

What kind of person would you rather be around?  Half full or half empty?  What kind of person are you?  (Don’t tell me . . just think about it please.)

I want to smile and find ways to be happy and help my friends to be happy.  Can you do something this weekend to cheer someone up?

Pep Talk Time

From time to time I get asked enough questions that I feel the need to sit down with some of my blog readers and have a heart to heart talk.  It’s time!  :)  Nothing serious . . don’t sweat.  This reminds me of some mornings when I wake up and I’m waiting or Vince to stir so I know he’s awake and I say “Vince?”  So often that means “I have a great idea that’s either going to cost you money or cause you lots of work!“  Now, when I say “Vince?” instead of saying “Yes, dear wife?”, he says “NO!  Not if it’s going to cost me money or take any more of my time!”

One night . . maybe night before last, we were outside and Vince said “Did you really ever think we would have a place like this?”  I thought about it for a minute and I said “I never thought we wouldn’t!”  I generally don’t set my mind to getting something that I know is impossible to get.

This week a reader mentioned that she couldn’t do the feathers on her quilting machine because of the throat space.  Folks . . this was my first quilting machine and I did feathered wreaths.  This is an old picture but it’s a feathered wreath that was done on that old machine with about an 8″ throat space.  Not a great picture but it’s from 2001!

Do you know that until the end of 2004, I didn’t have a stitch regulator?  Every ribbon I’ve won was done prior to getting a stitch regulator.

When I got my first machine, that old used short arm, all I wanted to do was make feathers.  Thank goodness, I had no idea I “couldn’t” do it and that 99.9% of the quilters would have told me it was impossible had I had the sense to ask.  I didn’t ask . . I never thought I couldn’t do it it and therefore, I did it.  In so many aspects of our lives, we’re limited only by the limitations we place on ourselves.

Another blog reader wrote yesterday that she had never had a fresh yard egg.  This isn’t about whether or not you’ve had a fresh egg so please don’t get into a debate here about whether fresh yard eggs are better than storebought eggs.  They’re different.  Some like them better and some don’t.  We’ve always been able to find fresh eggs, though like a whole lot of other things, sometimes it’s easier to buy them in the store than try to find them.  As I was out watering last night, knowing that I rarely run up against a brick wall and I never give up, I thought . . what would I do if I really wanted fresh yard eggs and couldn’t find any?  Before you read my answer, think about it for a minute and think about what you would do.

If I had exhausted all resources, I would go to a local feed store and stand around in the chicken feed area til I saw someone who looked kinda normal come in and buy chicken feed.  No one buys chicken feed unless they have chickens!  I would tell them that I’ve heard so much about fresh yard eggs, I’ve never had any and I want to buy some.  Can you help me?   We’ve learned a whole lot about chickens just from talking to other shoppers in the chicken department at Tractor Supply.

When I wanted to knit socks and couldn’t figure out how to get started, I went to Hobby Lobby where we lived in Kentucky.  I stood around the sock  yarn and waited for someone to come in and pick some up.  I figured anyone buying sock yarn might know how to knit socks.  Bingo!  She told me about a group of ladies that met on Tuesday at the local Methodist Church and that’s exactly what I needed.

My question for each of you (and I’m not really asking for an answer . . just asking you to think about it) is:  What do you really want and how hard are you willing to work to make it happen?

I’ve given you examples of my first quilting machine which was really so difficult to use that many would have given up.  I worked hard, mainly because I didn’t know any better, and I really wanted to make enough money quilting so I could buy a better machine . . and I did.  You know what we went through trying to find a home with acreage here.  How many would have given up and bought in town?  How many would have given up and moved back to MO when our house there was sitting empty?  We worked so hard and met so many obstacles that many of you couldn’t even believe what we were going through.  Looking back, I’m not sure what kept me sane (don’t say a word!) but . . oh, my . . it was so worth it.  This place is so perfect for us and honestly, if it had been for sale on Day 1 of our house search, due to the size of the house, we probably would have passed and not even looked at it.  Turns out, this house is just right!

I just don’t see how any of us can ever be truly happy or truly content unless we know what we want and begin working towards getting there.  It isn’t always easy.  It isn’t always economically feasible.  I truly believe that when we’re where we need to be and we’re doing the things we need to be doing, we’ll either achieve our goals or we’ll have a peace about our efforts and maybe see our goals heading into another direction — something more “do-able”.

But the very first step is that  you have to know what you want and commit to doing whatever it takes to get there.  I wish you all the same happiness and contentment that we have found!