Hatching Eggs

Several weeks ago, I began to investigate the possibility of hatching eggs instead of buying baby chicks at Tractor Supply . . not that I stopped buying chicks . . but there are varieties that Tractor Supply doesn’t have and we are moving more towards heirloom breeds of chicken, and those are pretty hard to come by locally.  One of the ladies on a Facebook group I belong to is Bonnie, The Not-So-Modern Housewife. She mentioned that she had some Australorp hatching eggs and I said “YES!”. Then I realized . . I don’t even have an incubator so with a bit of back and forth communication with Bonnie, I ordered my incubator and let her know when it would be arriving and I placed my order for some of her Australorp eggs.

I ordered 12 eggs and they arrived last week. They were clean . . which matters a lot! They were wrapped in bubble wrap and cushioned in a priority mail box. They arrived on Wednesday and were immediately placed in the incubator. They are now in Day 5. It takes about 21 days for them to hatch so I’m anxiously counting down the days.

Incubator #3

Incubator #3

(The photo shows eggs from Bonnie, along with turkey eggs from a friend, and a couple of eggs from my chickens, which will be the “test” of mailed vs. non-mailed eggs.)

Bonnie sells her hatching eggs on her website. She has Australorps, Barnevelders, and Easter Eggers (the ones that lay blue and green eggs) listed as the eggs she has available, or will have available. Because you don’t always know how many eggs you’re going to get, and because there are certain weather conditions when shipping eggs isn’t advisable, you may have to get on a waiting list but if you’re interested in hatching your own eggs, I highly recommend ordering from Bonnie. The Not-So-Modern Housewife!

I will keep you posted on what’s happening in the incubators around here.

No Coincidences

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe things often happen to us, or for us, that are meant to be shared, to help others along the way or maybe to keep others from making the same mistakes we make. So often, as a Christian, I believe things happen that could not have happened except for divine intervention. Sometimes the things are so small that I feel a bit odd attributing the occurrence to God but often, things happen in my life that leave me wondering how anyone would not believe in God. I’m not saying you’re wrong if you don’t believe, I’m simply saying . . in my life, it’s real and cannot be ignored.

I often think back to when we moved here and the trouble we had finding a house to buy. For those who were following my blog back then (2011), it went from being sad, to frustrating to comical  . . we made offers on probably a dozen houses and some failed inspections, some the owners decided not to sell, some the inspections found issues and the homeowner refused to fix the problems but it was a pretty  unbelievable experience and we ended up renting, only because the guy who was doing our inspections had mercy on us and let us move into a house he had for sale that had not sold. Then when we found this place, and in the 2-1/2 years we’ve lived here, I believe without a doubt that this is the perfect place for us and it wasn’t for sale when we first began looking, then when it was for sale, it was only with 20 acres and we wanted more but after a while, the owner was more agreeable to selling more land. Despite all the frustration of having deal after deal fall through on houses, I’m so glad we ended up with the house we ended up with.

A few months ago, I felt moved to write an elderly lady who had been a positive influence in my life when I was very young. I wasn’t even sure what to write but I wrote her and told her how much I appreciated the things she had done for me and how often I thought of her, and that I knew there were numerous folks about my age who had been influenced positively by this lady.  She wrote me back, thanking me for my note, and then a couple of weeks ago, the lady got very ill, and passed away. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity, and took the opportunity, to write her and thank her.

Even something as insignificant as knitting stitch markers . . last week, I was reading a friend’s blog and looking at stitch markers she had purchased. I only have the cheap little plastic round stitch markers, which work fine, but they’re not cute! We’ve had a busy weekend and this morning I was looking at markers on Etsy and there were so many cute ones, I was overwhelmed and then it got time for lunch and I never went back to it, but I really was going to do it. I just got back from getting our mail and the friend sent me a package of stitch markers.

Stitch Markers

Stitch Markers

I’m not saying I hear voices, but I do sometimes feel the urge to do something. I don’t always do it, often I totally forget about the things I mean to do but I’m going to make more of an effort to do the things that cross through my mind . . especially when it involves doing something for someone else. I believe those “urges” are an opportunity to bless someone and in today’s world, we can all use extra blessings!

Design Wall – April 21, 2014

All those One Block Wonders blocks were on my design wall . . til the solar people were here working and they needed to go into my sewing room to hook up how the energy produced by the solar panels goes through the internet to some site where we can monitor it . . I don’t know how it all works but I do know that somehow during the process of hooking it all up, the whole design wall was knocked over, and all those blocks went everywhere! I picked them  up but didn’t put them back on the design wall.

I did put the Tell it to the Stars mystery blocks back up there. I’m loving how these blocks are turning out.

Tell it to the Stars

Tell it to the Stars

Stash Report – Week 16, 2014

Nothing used but I did send 6 yards of fabric to Nicole! :)  Nothing added!

Used this Week: 6 yards
Used year to Date: 46 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards