I have seriously neglected my writing over the last several months. I have gotten on to write a blog post and nothing seemed to come to mind that was worth writing, or at least I thought it wasn’t. Now, looking back at all the things that have happened and the things that I have accomplished, I realized my ·want to· to write just wasn’t there.
I have become a garden grower and chicken farmer in just a few short months. I’m not claiming to have a green thumb at all, because by the looks of most of the vegetables in my garden, you could clearly define that I am far from that. I’ve enjoyed planting vegetables from seeds and watching them grow over time and be able to go out in the yard and pick what I wanted to have for dinner knowing that it is truly fresh and nothing was added to it that could harm myself or my family.
A little •DIY• we did for our garden [as pictured above]: We took a 1×2 cedar board and cut into about 12in pieces to create stakes and then burned the names of the veggies onto it. Turned out super cute and can easily be used for future gardens over the years.
Tomatoes and garden beans have been just two of the veggies we have been able to cook with frequently. All of this Texas rain we have gotten this Spring has just helped these grow! I let Rhett come out with me and pick the veggies that are ready to be harvested; he’s in charge of holding the basket for me to put my veggie finds in. He is most entertained by watering the flowers and vegetables, so I had to go out and buy his own watering can.
The one thing [or 13 things] I am most proud and excited about is my new hobby of chickens. After months of begging my husband to let me get “just a few” chickens, he finally gave in. We started out with 4 baby chicks unsure if they would be roosters or hens. Since then, we have increased our coop size to 12 pullets and 1 rooster. Who would have thought that chickens could be so entertaining? I mean, I seriously could sit outside for hours and just watch them peck and scratch around the yard [and I do!]. We built our own coop from scrap lumber we had leftover from other home DIY projects, so really, it doesn’t cost us anything extra besides the tin we had to purchase for the roof.
I even used my Cricut to create decorative signs for my coop! If I’m going to have a chicken coop in my yard, it’s going to be cute! 🙂
My sweet babies started out as chicks, and are now almost grown! We’ve got three hens that are already laying, and two that are about a month shy from being at the laying age. I’m on pins and needles waiting! About a week ago we got 7 baby female chicks, and with the addition, we had to add on to our coop. I’ll post pictures at a later date. [all of this rain has made it a muddy mess] But for now, here are some older pictures of my first loves.
Seriously! Baby chicks are the cutest things… they are like puppies or kittens, you just can’t stop looking at them!
It is always a joy to go out and check our nesting boxes to find FRESH eggs in there. We are getting about 3 eggs a day at this point, which is perfect for my family of three. In a few months we will be over run with eggs I’m assuming whenever my other hens start to lay. I will spread the love of fresh eggs with my friends and family because as I’ve learned •Fresh Eggs are the Best Eggs•.
“For I know the plans I have for you” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
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