Friday, March 16, 2012


These were a gift from my oldest who knows how I love reference books especially on gardening.

I have been pouring through them when I get a chance. See that area behind that little white gate. That is the future home of my chickens. I am hoping my hubby doesn't get cold feet before I bring them home. I hope he sees my wisdom in wanting fresh eggs and a new project. He should trust me right?

I think it is the farmgirl in a lot of us that makes us women want to raise chickens. It goes back to our ancestors and we have this primal yearning to have chickens clucking in the yard and to gather fresh healthy eggs for our families.

Some days I have the wisdom to just grab a chair and sit while I push Q on the swings. Yesterday was one of those days. I think the time change is kicking my behind and it just seemed I was putting out fires all over the place. A problem here, a needy kid there. You know the kind of days. If you have raised kids then you know where I am coming from. Normal family stuff.

So you know I spent a lot of time outside de-stressing and you know what else I did? When I dropped my kid off at church at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, I just drove right on down the street to the nursery and bought just a couple more flowers for my garden. I know I know, impulse shopping but boy it felt as if I was in Heaven when I was walking among the flowers and greenery. It calmed me and gave me strength to get back in there. Wednesdays always wear me down for my car, with me driving, must leave the driveway about six times. My neighbors must think I am nuts but really I am just a mom, with four busy kids that need me. I am never going anywhere, for this is my world, but today is a new day and I shall take my walk and then mow the back lawn and all will be right with the world.


Beth said...

you have such a gorgeous backyard. i just love the bee bird house. i sure hope you get your wish of chicken. think of all the great blog posts you will have. (giggles) (:

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Elaine,
Enjoy your books and flowers-you deserve a treat for all you do. Some times all the running around we do wears us out! Chickens! That sounds like a fun and healthy idea. Hmmm, the last few sunny days I've been hearing a rooster crowing in our development! Sounds like someone has a chicken coop somewhere. Can't wait to see some pics! Have a great weekend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your yard looks so pretty and the new flowers are beautiful I am sure. Enjoy your day outside, it is always a good thing. Hugs, Marty

Rita said...

This is the most cheerful blog. I'd love to have a bee birdhouse like yours. Is there a chance you could tell us where to buy one? I'm moving to a smaller home and I'll have chance to put out a few bird feeders and have a little garden area. Wouldn't that yellow bee birdhouse look wonderful!

Lois' Laughlines said...

I am so excited that you are getting chickens. Your yard is so fun. The beehouse birdhouse, darling. Enjoy your rainy weekend.
Blessings to you.

Diana said...

Love that post! I have a favorite nursery that I like to go to just to wander around and look (I don't take money, otherwise . . .). It's a major de-stresser for me, too.

We are having a morning thunderstorm, here, and I'm just drinking some tea, listening to rain (comforting the dog who is scared of thunder), waiting for it to let up to go to the grocery. Taking moments through the day is so important, I think.

Suzan said...

Hi Elaine,
Husbands should always trust us because we have mother wisdom! Your back yard is beautiful and I can hardly wait to see your chickens. You know mothering never stops, I still worry about my grown children.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I know those days all too well. Do you go to Rainbow Nursery? I have that exact yellow birdhouse. Happy weekend friend. Let's get together next week for an early lunch. Patty

labbie1 said...

I remember the kid days...I often wondered why I even had a house--why not just live in an RV so that I could park wherever I was needed and wherever the games were. Wow! Funny thing is, after all of that, we actually did buy a 5th wheel and take to the road! LOL

Sounds interesting about the chickens in your back yard. I am interested to see how it turns out for you.

I am trying to decide where I am going to plant flowers. I have several spaces that could be spruced up a bit...and I want to put in a fire pit too! Hmmmm...and it is time to put up my hammock I think...Ahhhhh...I do love my hammock!

Your birdhouse with the bees is totally cute!

Barb said...

Hi Elaine!

What a charming yard, and a wonderful place to have chickens! I hope that you get them and take lots of pictures for us!


Kris said...

Sounds like YOU are getting CHICKENS!!! Once you have it all figured out, you will be loving it!

All That Glitters said...

I say go for it! I have 5 chickens now! I love my babies! Except for my rooster. He's mean! We have a love/hate relationship. If you need any chicken tips let me know! I get 4 eggs a day! 3 EXTRA LARGE white eggs and 1 special brown egg! Make my heart warm!

It's All Connected said...

Of course your husband should trust that you are right about the chickens! Haven't you always been right? Tell him you want to bond with some fowl ladies who know how to provide for others. ~ Maureen

Dina said...

Can't wait to hear more about the chickens. Hoping some are in my future as well. My biggest dream would be to have some alpacas.

Terra said...

Your backyard is very welcoming and I look forward to hearing chicken stories.

pam said...

Have fun with the chickens!!
I was at our local farm supply store yesterday and they had all their baby chickens and ducks already. You could hear the chirping all thru the store.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

The day before yesterday, Shanley and I sat in the sunshine on our deck and read. It was so blissful not doing anything, and enjoying the sunshine and warm spring weather.

I cannot wait to see your chicken coop and your hens.


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