Friday, June 23, 2017

Henny Penny and Her Friends

I'm posting a few more photos from last weekend out at our son's family's home in central Minnesota, where we stayed after the graduation party for our granddaughter. It was lovely, and of course I had to see the chickens.

I can tell that they are quite fond of these chickens.

The chickens, Buff Orpingtons and Silver Laced Wyandottes, have a really nice chicken hotel (some would call it a coop) and a two-part run, one part with hardware cloth over the grass so that the chickens can't destroy the roots of the grass. Isn't that smart! Yeah, I thought so. Here's our grandson feeding them bites of his sugar cookie. They were pretty happy about that. Actually, I requested it so that the hens would turn towards the camera.

Our son chose these breeds because of their cold-weather hardiness, their egg production, and their nice temperament.

I wonder if the Orpingtons are jealous of the Silver Laced Wyandotte's beautiful feathers.

 Two of the grandsons tending to Jazzie during the graduation party

Panting (left) and Thinking (right)

This was a drive-by shot that I took on the way home, and would have been so much better had that sweet little spruce not been in the way. It looks like the old windmill has been turned into an antenna tower.

Have a great weekend, everyone! It's raining like crazy here, and I'm actually wearing a jacket in the house.



I like summertime better!
and I bet those chickens do too!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hodgepodging A Graduation Party and Summertime

We attended a graduation/birthday party for our granddaughter in Minnesota over the weekend. It was lovely. She's the beautiful and sweet ballerina whose performance we love to watch each spring. Here she's explaining something to Grandpa. I hope he's paying attention.

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1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?
Lake Swimming
Weed Pulling
Strawberry Picking
Vacation Taking
Raspberry Picking
Porch Sitting
Picture Taking
Picnic Making
Walk Taking
Family Visiting
Most likely I will get all of them in except for the Vacation Taking. That will happen in the autumn when Mr. C. is less busy.

When I was a kid, the list was different:

Creek Swimming
Raft Floating
Blood Sucker Removing
Fly Swatting
Garden Weeding
Horseback Riding
Fort Making
Screen Door Slamming
Outdoor Sleeping
Popsicle Eating 
 Mr. C. and our oldest granddaughter
Someday soon she will probably hate that distinction. :-)

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas
There are no seashell-bearing beaches near me, and the last time I was at a beach, I was worried that our oldest son was going to drown.
 Granddaughter and her dad (so glad he made it back to the beach)

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

At a snail's pace would refer to my house cleaning.
 Graduating ballerina granddaugter and her lovely mom

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

Walking barefoot on blacktop.  Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow!
 Beautiful granddaughter
and old grandma who needs to do something about that halo!

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

Paying with cash and Customer service. Both are becoming obsolete and yes it does bother me. 
 Three of the granddaughters,
singing 'Sisters,' after some coaxing from Grandma

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
So I read this book entitled, 'The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.' It proposes the idea of looking at one's belongings and only keeping those that bring joy. So I went through the house, looked at each thing, and asked myself, 'Do you bring me joy?'  So here's what I have remaining, after keeping only the things that bring me joy:

A couple thousand books
Two sweet kitties
One item of clothing - my fuzzy robe
Many knick knacks
Mr. C.
Reminders of England (aka knick knacks)
(not in order of importance!)

So how does that 'keeping only what brings you joy' method work for you??


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