Showing posts from March, 2023

Blog 365 Destroyed , but Feeling Better

 Well, after a long time of being sick with some kind of infection that spread throughout my body, I can finally say that I am feeling better. I have to apologize though as I was really trying to do the Blog 365, but I just destroyed that plan as I was too sick to write.  I intend to write daily again, but we will see how my health allows that. The doctor truly is not sure of what was going on, but I have taken 6 different antibiotics and here I am feeling a bit better, but not 100% myself. I am thankful that I was feeling well enough to do something with my granddoll while she was on spring break! Well, I better close this and rest again, but I wanted to do a quick update on my health.

Mar 16 - Sick Again

 Hello! It  is Thursday and I am sick again. I have some kind of infection that seems to be attacking multiple places at once. I have a UTI, swollen glands in my neck, and multiple other issues. I feel really bad and I have been sleeping a lot. I am supposed to go to a hockey game tomorrow with my daughter, son -in-law and my oldest granddaughter. I am super excited about going as I have never been to a professional hockey game. I hope to go, but we will see how I feel tomorrow. Antibiotics all day today and drinking water and cranberry juice and I hope I will feel better.  I need to be busy planning my daughter's baby shower, but I am just not feeling up to it at this point. I have to get it done before we get so busy that we can't get it planned or worked into the schedule. Summer gets busy with vendor shows and all that comes with that.  Well, I will leave you with a thought for today.

Wednesday Craft Day - Easter Rabbit Tray

Pink Zebra has offered me a job for 8 years that allows me to travel with my grandkids and enjoy being home. It has allowed me to homeschool my grand for one year and it has given my family an added income. I love the company values and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a way to make some extra money.    I decided that I would use the garden rabbit shade to make a nice Easter tray for a centerpiece for our table. The above photo is the finished product. It shows just how versatile these shades are. Remember our shades are made to go over our Simmering Lights, but I gave it a whole new look doing this.  I started with this. Our amazing Garden Rabbit Shade. It is a rather large shade and I think there are many options for it. I have seen people use it as a kitchen gadget holder, a flower vase holder , and just as a nice rabbit decoration. I had other ideas though.  This is how it is normally used. You simply place it over one of our Simmering Lights. It just changes the

Farm Chores for the Day

 With all the new happenings here on the farm, I am finding that I have more chores to do. We got two new roosters last night and so they needed to be added to the chicken coop today, but one of our roosters had to be taken out as he did not want new roosters in his pen. So rooster sitting was added to my list for a bit.  The new coop requires that cleaning is done more often and it also means that we check the heat lamp daily and we check for eggs a little more often now as well. I don't need to, but I just enjoy checking them more often. I finally got an egg gathering apron and I was anxious to use it!  We have 24 baby chicks as well, so that means that we must do a little more feeding as well. It also means checking that they are all thriving in their new homes. Just like having a small child- they need to be checked on a fairly regular schedule. There is medicated feed to be given to them and fresh water more often than the bigger chickens.  Of course, there are still many chor

Happy Homemaker Monday - Mar. 13,2023

 Good Afternoon! What a busy day it has been here on the old funny farm. I am exhausted just thinking of all that I have accomplished since 6 a.m. I realized that I had to get my Happy Homemaker post written though or it would be Tuesday instead. Happy Homemaker is a series of posts by women that are proud to be homemakers and it is hosted each week by Sandra at  Diary of a Stay At Home Mom *** THE WEATHER*** Cold, snowy and truly not looking like it did just a week or so ago when it seemed as though spring was here. I am very disappointed with the weather, but I know Mother Nature is testing us to see how upset she can possibly make us before spring gets here. I just hope that she has not destroyed all of my beautiful flowers that were starting to bloom.  *** AS I LOOK OUT MY WINDOW *** Gloomy, snow flurries and windy. What more could you possibly say about winter. It looks cold outside. I do see a cardinal on the bird feeder and I believe it is shivering where it sits.  *** RIGHT NOW

Sunday Smiles

 Good Sunday Morning from the farm! I am happy to say that I am feeling better , but not happy to say that we woke to snow. Only a bit and nothing on the roads, mainly just wet and on grass, trees, and other surfaces. It worries me that we have flowers blooming and now we have snow on them. I pray it does not kill my tulips or lilies, as I did not get them covered last night. Anyway, Sunday is about God and family. I like to share something to make you smile here on Sunday so I hope this helps.

Still sick - 3-10-23

Still sick and have my first vendor show for tomorrow, so I guess today is all about letting my daughter take control and do the work that I would have done.  I wish you all the best of good health. It is hard to be sick when so many people need you and you know that you need to be more accountable. I have learned that I must rest when I am sick though. So off I go back to bed to rest.

Changing Directions on the Farm - Saturday 3-11-23

 Change is usually a good thing, correct? I certainly believe that for the changes we have in mind for the funny farm here. We have decided that we are going to raise more chickens than we have in the past and I have decided that I want to get into selling plants and other farm related items as well. Many things will need to fall into place for this to all happen, but I believe it is exactly what we need to do in order to make the farm into a money-making venture and take us into our next season of life. My husband and I are getting older and we don't really want to have a full blown animal farm with large animals anymore. The horses were fun, but hay is such a chore these days. I am sure that neither of us will miss the hot, hard work of putting up hay. I also am aware that we need to make some money towards keeping up the upkeep of the farm, so I have set a plan in motion to raise more small animals to sell. My husband purchased 24 chicks today as well as 2 turkeys and we have or

Thursday Talk 3-9-23

 It is almost the end of the week and I woke up feeling like I have been ran over by a truck. I have a horrible headache and I have a bit of a sore throat. I feel a little stuffy and I feel sick to my stomach. I hate it as I have had the grand doll for the week, but I did not feel sick yesterday, but last night felt bad and today I feel awful! I am not running a fever and for that I am thankful. I hurt in my joints, but I don't feel like it is the flu. I just don't feel good. I am hoping it is a 24 hour bug because I have so much work to do and I have the girl to care for. Her mom said she can come home today, but she really does not want too. Plus, she is such a better child here with us and she is not in trouble like she is at home often.  Well, this will be short due to me being sick. Hope you have a great day and I will see you all tomorrow with news that I am well, I hope. 

What a Week on the Farm! 3/8/23

 As many of you are aware, I am very close to my oldest granddaughter and I am so thankful that they live next door. With that said though, her mom is a little on the lazy side when it comes to cleaning and other household items. Maybe more overwhelmed than lazy, but it becomes a problem when she allows the clutter to take over the home. We have talked many times and I tell her that it will be more of a problem as the kids get older and aware that not everyone lives like that.  My grand doll has become aware and so she has decided that living with me is better than home. Plus, she has gone from making A's and B's in school till suddenly her highest grade is a low C. Something is wrong and I find out that homework is not being done as it should be. So, I made the decision that I would allow her to stay with us for the week. I am happy to say that we have not had many issues and no arguments on doing homework as she is eager to learn.  She actually told us that she does not want

Tuesday Book 3/7/23

 Well since I really am not sure what I intend to read next and I am still finishing up the book I was reading last week. I am just going to update you on the reading of Stuck Together  by Mary Connealy. Being the third in the series, I am finding this one just as interesting as the other two in the Trouble in Texas series. The storyline is a little slower at first, but it is not too long before the story gets really good. This book centers around Vince and his family that suddenly show up in Broken Wheel. His father has an evil deed in his head and it suddenly is known to everyone just what it is.  I have about 10 more chapters to read, so I hope to finish it this week. 

Another Spring Day

 Well, with temperatures near 75 degrees today, it looks to be another spring like day here in the Midwest. As with all the other days with temperatures like this, we are to have a cold front move through and it is to turn much cooler tomorrow with highs in the mid 40's and possible wintery mix on Friday.  It has been nice to do some work outside though. I added some solar lights to our front flower bed and I cleaned some bird feeders as well. I put new suet cakes out for the woodpeckers and other birds. I rearranged some of the outside décor and just tidied things up a bit around here. It seems as though winter has given us so much wind that many things are out of place and need to be cleaned up. I have enjoyed the new chicken coop quite a bit and look forward to spending time watching the chickens once we get our bench set up and we get my office, which will be near it completed. I am more than ready to move into that office!  I planned to do a Happy Homemaker post today, but it

Sunday Smiles - Mar. 5, 2023 - Father-Daughter Dance

 Hello and Happy Sunday!  I wish you all the best for today. May God's love shine through and show itself all around you. I am sharing a post each Sunday morning that hopefully makes you smile a bit. I know we all need more kindness and love in our lives and a smile always helps my day to be better.  On Wednesday night, my husband took our granddoll to a Father-Daughter dance at church. This was the second year that they have gone and my what a fun time they have. It is like a mini date as there is dinner, dancing, and fun to be had. This year was centered around a Hawaiian theme and I think they done well with getting dressed for the occasion. My husband does not like to wear anything but jeans and a shirt with a pocket (preferably a tee shirt), so this is good for him.  They had fruit cups to snack on as well as some tropical freeze style drinks- she had pina colada. There were photo booths and a place to do stickers on one of your photos. There were photos with surfboards in the

New Animals on the Farm

 About a week ago, we brought home new animals for the funny farm here. Now, you might expect a cow, pig, more chickens, rabbits, etc. but of course, you would be wrong. I named our farm the funny farm for a reason. We have pet hedgehogs and a parakeet.  Yes, hedgehogs with quills and all. Yes, two female African Pygmy Hedgehogs. They are super cute and we have enjoyed them a great deal. The grandkids love them and I will say that they are interesting to watch. They can hurt a bit if they spike and you attempt to pick them up, but as long as you are careful and catch  them at the right time, they are very easy to pick up.  Here is a Google Image of them as I have not been able to get one yet.  My oldest daughter found these at an auction last Friday night and my husband bought them. I was shocked, but he thinks that they are a good idea for the grands. I will say the oldest is a bit scared of them, but the youngest loves to hold them and will ask often.  Then we also got a blue and whi

Friday Lunch - Tuna Casserole

 What did you have for lunch today? I made tuna casserole and must say on this rainy day, it was delicious! Here is my recipe: 1 can tuna 1 cup of cooked macaroni noodles 1 can corn 1 can peas 1 can cream of mushroom soup Milk Shredded cheese Combine the cream of mushroom soup and milk together in casserole dish. I use the can the soup is in to add my can of  milk. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. Add about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to this and stir well. Top with shredded cheese and bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. So delicious and perfect for a windy, rainy day in March. 

New Chicken Coop

 Good Thursday evening! It is late so I will schedule this to post tomorrow morning. I am happy to say that we have some very happy chickens as we have a new coop today with a nice size run for them as well. It is going to be predator safe and filled with a couple of new feeders and a new water system.  We have several nesting boxes and it is going to have bedding on the floor to make cleaning easier and faster. We have wanted one for several months and finally made the decision to purchase it. We added a large dog kennel to it in order to provide a safe and dry place for the chickens to be in during the day and be outside to eat bugs, etc.  This is a close replica as to what it looks like. I will take actual photos after the torrential rains we are to have tomorrow.  Have a great day!

Happy Wednesday

  It's late and I am just finding time to sit and post, so to keep this one short I am sending this cute goat with his Happy Wednesday message from the funny farm to y'all.