This Mama Chicken!

This mama chicken is trying my patience. My rooster is as sweet as he can be but I guess a mama hen with ONE baby is a force to be reckoned with.

Mama Hen

Mama Hen

Sorry for the blurry photo. Either she was moving or my hands were shaking. The other day I went to put fresh water in the coop and she puffed herself up and came charging at me. I ended up jumping back and dropping the water, which thankfully went all over me and not all inside the coop.

Mama Chicken

Mama Chicken

Look at her  . .  she loves giving me the evil eye!

She only has one baby and he works her butt off. He is all over that orchard and she’s right beside him. I almost feel sorry for her that she only had one egg hatch and then I remember that she stole the whole nest from the bantam hen about 6 days before the eggs hatched . . after the bantam had been sitting for about 15 days. I took some of the eggs and gave them back to the bantam and she now has 3 babies. She’ll squawk at me if she thinks I’m getting too close but this big mama . . she wants to kill me  . . and the feeling is mutual right now!

But, isn’t that little baby cute?

Leftover Roast Beef

Never wanting to waste leftovers, I have to get creative sometimes when we have large items like roast beef . . something I don’t really want to freeze.

Lunch

Lunch

Yesterday I shredded the last of the roast beef, poured a little gravy over it and added some sliced small purple onions.

I roasted that til it was nice and warm and then put some grated pepper jack cheese on top and stuck it back in the oven. Vince had his over a slice of bread but I ate mine without bread.

Lunch

Lunch

I served it with potato/beet salad. I would liked to have had more beets but I was out pulling beets in the rain and decided I had pulled enough and ran back inside. The roasted beets are sweet and kinda take the place of sweet pickle relish, which has added sugar, and the beets have natural sugar.

Flashlight Recommendation

There are so many flashlights out there and several that I love for one reason or another. This one, I’ve loved for a long time and didn’t realize how much I loved it til it went out recently. When mine went out, we began looking for another one and it was kinda hard to find but we found them at Amazon. You can get one here or three here. It’s $19.99 for one or $49.99 for three. I’m thinking these would make great Christmas gifts and it’s never too early to start buying gifts!

Flashlight

Flashlight

I love this particular light because:

  1. It plugs into the wall, and the wall plug in part is a charger so it’s always charged.
  2. It has a sensor so at night, when someone or some thing walks past it, the light comes on.
  3. If the power goes out, it automatically lights up.
  4. It can shine out the end like a regular flashlight or has a pretty bright LED panel on the side so you can turn it on its side and let it shine.

In Kentucky, we lost power fairly often so we had these in several places throughout the house. In MO, I had them plugged in here and there. When we moved here, there’s a little short hallway on the side of the house where the two extra bedrooms are and there was no overhead light in that hallway. We had the electrician add an overhead light but Vince gave directions on where to put the switch and it’s in the middle of the hallway. He was thinking it would be easily accessible from both bedrooms but for the most part, I go down that hall from the family room and the switch is halfway down the hall. It isn’t that I’m afraid of the dark but the floors are dark wood and with Rita’s bad bathroom habits and scorpions . . I do not like walking in the dark. By the way, Rita has not had an y accidents in the house in several months. I know what will happen now that I’ve said that but I’m thinking she’s pretty darned trustworthy.

When we moved here, I searched and searched through boxes looking for this little flashlight and finally found one. I know we had at least 6 in MO. Who wants to bet that Chad has 5 of them at his house?

The one here went out a week or so ago and I asked Vince to change the battery for me but he said it was more than just changing the battery so he found them on Amazon and ordered more.

I had forgotten how much I relied on that little light in the hallway and am most happy to have it back!