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    Chicks, Chickens and Flowers at the Homestead.

    Chicks, Chickens and Flowers. Just a peak at the new Chicks, Chickens and Flowers that are all fancy on the Homestead. Yes, they have hatched and what the big girls have to say about it. Starting off with the chicks from the first incubator hatch. These two have been outside for over two weeks now… ohhh, how the time flies!! I removed the divider on Saturday evening. There was chasing and pecking, but not to much. No clue as of yet, if they are hens or roosters. I promise to keep you posted! Here is the second incubator hatch… Just two again. These two are from white eggs. So Polish…

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    Growing, Smoking and Exhausted at the Homestead

    Growing, Smoking and Exhausted … Ohh yes.. I bet your are wondering where I am taking you today… Growing, Smoking and Exhausted?? What the heck is that?? right?? Keep reading… A quick peak because we have not looked at the garden for just tooo long… The picture at the top is Sugar Baby watermelons… I have 4 on the four vines… Ohhh yes I am super excited! Dare I admit that the weeds have been getting way to crazy and I need about 24 + hours to keep this in check… YIKES!! You guys have kept me super busy!! And I am sooo not complaining! Yummmmm, this is baby broccoli……

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    Homestead Chicken, Kitties and Mom

    Homestead Chickens and Kitties… It has been just too long since we have checked on the Homestead Chickens and Kitties. These two are getting ready to head outside. They will not go directly with the big girls, but will soon… Can you see the screen?? That is what is separating them from the full size chickens. I am not sure if we have hens or roosters yet… time will tell! Fingers crossed. They have really been running around and figuring it out. White Sox update.. White Sox has been enjoying life at home and hangs out with me a lot in the Studio. All the tests have come back and…

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    Fun Time at the Hamscher Homestead

    Fun time at the Hamscher Homestead!! These two have been running around after each other. I would say that they are having a fun time at the Hamscher Homestead. Wouldn’t you?? Hide and seek was the first game. Secondly, we move on too.. King of the mountain. They play this one often.. every once and a while you will see feathers through the tub cover. I do have to laugh because they are really finding out what is going on around them. Check on visitors when they arrive too! Still quiet most of the time. Just a reminder of two weeks ago, just a huge different from two weeks ago……

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    A very sick little kitty and they grow so fast

    Happy he is home! I ended up taking White Sox to the emergency vet on Saturday night. Please someone explain why this happens on the weekends instead of during the week?? Anyway, due to a couple things on his blood work they decided to keep him for at least 12 hours. I just hate going home with no pet. The pets in the house freak out and get all depressed. And it has been about a year since the last time I came home empty handed. ugghh. Thankfully they checked his blood work again about noon on Sunday and it came back more normal. After doing a small cheer, I…

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    Kitties and Chicks

    Thursday morning…. Joe is off to work and I can actually sleep in! The house should be relatively quiet, right?? Apparently NOT!! Mooch woke me up snoring in my ear. geezz, I know that I snore, but holy cow. I can not fix his snoring. Their feathers are coming in… Joe told me the other day… “So, Amazon dropped off their legs today?” It truly is amazing how quick these babies grow. As you can see from the top of this photo, the tail feathers are starting to come in. They are still very quiet. Except once… Joe and I were at the kitchen table and heard some loud chirps.…

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    Wanting to say hello…

    The wanted to say hello… Here are the two baby chicks… it is kinda obvious… the extra large brown egg, is the chick out front. The medium white egg is the mop head in the back. Not sure what is what yet, I still have my fingers crossed that they are both hens. The little one was not sure what to think at first, but they was very curious to what I was doing… They are the quietest chicks I have had to date. Not much peeping, but I would imagine that will change in time. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    A visit, my new salon and Summer Fun Time

    It was GREAT to get to see my parents! Brought my mom a new planter full of pretties and just enjoyed our visit. So much to talk about! The new babies, the kids, the family, the beautiful weather and plans! Big plans! haha Love you Mom and Dad! This is from you favorite child… just saying! Yes, I know! Ohhh, Sooo much fun with my nieces… I need to remember to tell Jen over at the salon that she has two super cute future workers… Full mani/pedi done by these girls. Payment was HUGS!! Which was my favorite part of the day!! I have missed seeing my family the last…

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    A post and a prettier view.

    Here is my post… hahaa I have been meaning to share this with you for a couple weeks. Dang, I am sorry. This beautiful cedar post make all those, not so little anymore, veggies plants much happier. The red hose waters the veggies, the black hose is extra. Why extra?? because we have been using the fire pit and it is always good to have water near by!! Just in case! Starting with the left. This is the future home to this years fairy garden. This ground cover has completely taken over, but is a perfect spot for a fairy or two to take refuge. Secondly, the right. Have you…

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    Warmer weather, growth, weeds and a baby…

    With the last bit of warmer weather, the pine trees experienced a POP of new growth color. However, the oak trees did not want to disappoint either… Holy Cow, the street is well shaded now! I did forget to share this… it has been two weeks now since the dump truck came and delivered our first round of gravel. Now the area up by the house is stable and ready for all to drive on. We have several more deliveries to make before the whole driveway is done. And it is my understanding that the next one could come this month.. we will see?? I am happy for this one.…

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    Just simple shenanigans… well LOTS!

    I know, I am not the only one missing out on bakery treats. WELL good bakery treats. What would you say?? I think… I NAILED IT!! These are blueberry lemon donuts. Just enough in the recipe to make 6.. perfect!! Needless to say they were GONE by the next morning. yummmm! Right now there are 7 little eggs hoping and dreaming about being BIG someday VERY soon! On Day 10 which is this coming Sunday, I will be “candling” the eggs. Any guesses on how many will have baby chicks?? Em and Ad (my nieces) have been after me to have some baby chickens. It has been a year since…

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    Chickens, gardens, trees, more garden, fire pits and water.

    Well, let me start by saying Joe came home from midnights on Wednesday morning full of energy. Determined not to waste a beautiful sunny day. Off to the races he began. Starting with the chicken coop. What am I talking about, well, lets just say that all the “fertilizer” was creating an issue with drainage. And doing it by hand with a shovel was just too big for either or both of us. Off came the side of the pen enclosure, in came the tractor. Now, there is a nice pile of “fertilizer” to spread around the trees. The small area is left, but the rain needs to quit to…

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    Crunch Crunch….

    Joe is home AND…. Ohhh YES!! He made the first batch of caramel popcorn… Sorry but my fingers are just toooo sticky!! Crunch Crunch CRUNCH!! Guys he is home for the next 9 days… hummm, do you think we will be getting into trouble?? I can pretty much guarantee it! Check back on Monday to see what has been going on here. Well, besides pop corn eating!! Ohhh, one more thing! Are you on Facebook?? If you are you will want to head over and see what is going on in the… This is an invite only event!! And if you are half as much of a shopper as I…

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    Birds, frost and more birds

    Darn bird decided to make a nest in the broken soffit above the nesting boxes of the chicken coop. There are now babies in this nest. I have not tired to take a picture, it has just been too cold. Sorry! I am sooo bummed!! My Magnolia was getting ready to POP open, but this darn frost… killed them all! Ohhh, I am soo bummed. The bush was just loaded with flower buds. However, there is always next year. Here is another update on the Clematis, soo much more growth this last week! WoooooHooooo, at this point I am saying that we are safe! I took a chance moving this,…

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    More flowering trees and a fire

    But first.. An update on that clematis, that I moved closer to the fence. I know you can see all those little shoots… YEAH!! Still, keep your fingers crossed that it keeps growing!! Two of the four apple trees are about ready to POP!! However, I sure hope that the weather cooperates. Adding all those little worker bees that I have seen. Are they hungry, yet?? Could you imagine all the apples we are going to get?? One of the other apple trees bloomed last week. The plum was right there with it. I can say with all the flowers that it had, the poor thing will be snapped if…

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    What a Great Day!!

    It is a great way to start the day …. When you have a little, drop off flowers for your Birthday! It was just amazing. But the day started with a video chat from my nieces. Was able to get what I needed mostly for the garden too, Now to plant. YEAH! Hummm, what all do I need to plant?? Suggestions? Well, Off to relax and enjoy the last few hours of my birthday. Thank you everyone for the Cards and Birthday wishes. You have helped make a great birthday during this crazy time…. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    A big surprise package??

    Hummmm, what could it be?? Joe called me out of my “office” to talk about this box that got delivered. What the heck?? He told me that it was one of my birthday presents. Let me just say this thing was up to my waste. What the Heck?? We had been talking about a toaster the week before, but no way was it a toaster… NOPE!! I was really trying to think … hummm, What big thing has I suggested for him to get me?? hummmm.. I had nothin’. However there was a way… Open it, right? OHHHHH YEAH!! A new popcorn machine… Remember everyone, the old one. It quit…

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    Flowering Trees…More then one build going on…

    The top two are my magnolias… The one on the left is out front. The one on the right is out by the back forty. I am sorry, I thought the bottom left was a better picture, that is the plum tree… ohhh please hold off until it gets a weeee warmer! However, the bottom right is one of two Redbuds out front and they are about to BURST. Five brand new straw bales… ready for planting!! Joe was moving the BIG dump truck today, which means the garden edge needs to be tilled again. Good thing the discs are still on the tractor! hummmm I went to check on…

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    Spreading Sunshine

    Have you done a walk about in the yard yet?? I sure have and ohh sooo many changes from day to day. Have you noticed? Woke up this morning felt the sun on my face and decided it was going to be a day to be outside. So the Sunshine I will be spreading today is… the organic kind. The above photos were from this evening. The fruits of my labors…. It sure does not look intimidating, right?? That clump of stuff has been haunting me for two seasons. This spring was the time to move the Clematis. Not far, but that was what made it questionable. Did I really…

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    More Spring found everyday…

    Have you noticed?? Mother Nature is still marching on … In her normal crazy fashion. Last year I decided to see if the irises will truly grow any where. Out by the street we have several old oak trees. One of those has a “hole” just at chest height. While “thinning” out a batch of these crazy tubers, I wanted to see if it would even be happy here. Apparently happy enough to sprout. But the big question will we get a flower?? The Red Delicious apple tree is getting ready to show off for the neighbors.. Thankful that this cooler weather came now before the flowers opened all the…

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    Enjoying the Sunshine

    The girls loved being able to run around this past weekend!! Spent the day outside and enjoyed every minute of it! Even got some extra eggs out of the happiness! Earlier in the week I was able to take a few minutes to cover the chairs that go with my new craft room table!! I found thee perfect fabric in my stash. WoooHOOO!! Sooo, looking forward to when you can come stamp with me SOOOOONNNN, fingers crossed! The first window sitting of the season… there were some very happy kitties on Sunday, windows and doors open, slight breeze. I was sure that more of the windows would be full, ohh…

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    Could it be, signs of Spring?

    But first and update… For those that inquired and worried. The pen area for the chickens is once again secure. The smaller gauge wire is secured ever so fancy. Yes those orange zip ties, do the trick!! Even the kitties have enjoyed having the windows cracked open. Snuggling together and all. From left to right, White Sox and Mooch, Penelope and Gabby (sister), Mr Bigglesworth. Here are some interesting prints… the top possible Duck?? and the lower come of find out is a dog. However, the dog owner has officially been advised of the coming consequences, if this is to happen AGAIN. I hear you… The paw prints were located…

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    Ducks and Ducks, a Treasure and Cleaning

    Ducks are back! Soooo excited, because this was day 4. These were taken on Sunday morning. There are 8 couples. Three Wood Duck couples and One Mallard set. Joe and I are beyond excited!! We decided that we are going to make duck nesting boxes. However, maybe not for this year. Really not super excited to go out to a store right now. Boy ohhh, boy we need a barn! Why?? So that we can have a space to have a stash of supplies for times like these. Right?? Joe has been spending some time in the basement to find this treasure. Do you know what it is?? Did you…

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    Snuggles, Funny, Pretty and more Funny

    Furry Snuggles… These two have been on top of me this weekend. I can not sit without one or both of them on my lap or up against me. I do love the snuggles, but I need some space too!! What makes you feel FABULOUS?! She is sooo cute!! I do see some shopping in my future… however, it will be online shopping. When was the last time you got a surprise in the mail?? A friend in Canada mailed this to me!! Soo beautiful right?! Check out my post on Instagram (link at top of page) tomorrow I will share her account! She sells on Etsy too! Lastly, one…

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    New to me, LuLu, a new kitty?? and wind powered…

    More room! This new to me table is just what I was hoping to find! Can easily fit 5 people! WoooHooo! I do owe a friend of mine back in Illinois a HUGE favor, but she knows I am good for it! Now to find fabric for the four matching chairs! I do NOT know what someone was thinking putting white fabric on kitchen chairs YIKES!! I sure did enjoy the sunny day Sunday. LuLu and I relaxed by the bbq while Joe was cooking. All of the chickens enjoyed being able to run around and take sand baths. Some even went foraging by the bird feeders for seeds. Here…

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    SNOW, a kitty and a kitty…

    Tuesday the snow started…. the above photo is from Wednesday morning! We for OVER 24 hours of snow! You bet I was loving it!! You know I was enjoying the snow STILL on Friday! Sat with my coffee, some tunes and a kitty on my lap! However, Penelope sure was not friendly on Thursday morning… ALL the kitties took a trip to the Hamscher Salon. Penelope sure was MAD at me! She did not want to even look at me, left photo. She sure changed her tune later when she was ready for a snack!! Figures, right?? Meet the outdoor kitty… no name yet! He is warming up to the…

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    Slow week…

    Good Morning to you! Gabby wanted to say good morning to everyone. She was enjoying the sunshine while we had it! I can be honest with you guys, right?? I did enjoy the peak of “spring” we had over the weekend. Did a couple things outside. Joe fixed the truck, YEAH! Again actually!! Finger crossed it’s all good now. Big Plans are coming… Joe and I even found time to play a few games of scrabble. Three rounds and both parties won. WoooHooo. The only left to do on his long weekend is to get tamales. However we have three days left! Well, plus some more relaxing!! This mess will…

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    They are DONE, Snow and buddies

    taxes, Taxes and TAXES They are done and Penelope will be very happy because she NEEDS more attention! Hahaha The big snowflakes covered everything! And yes I enjoyed every bit of it! My coffee was extra fabulous. Enjoying this view! New Friends? Gabby and Penelope right net to each other. The best part NO hissing. You can not see Mooch in the second picture but he is under the blanket and White Sox decided he wanted to lay there too! Fingers crossed that they keep snuggling! I will leave you with funny!! Does this apply to you too?? Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Baking and Kitties

    Found what I thought would be a pretty good recipe! AND OHHHH BOY!! It sure was. Poor Gabby she really wanted to try some too!! I can not make this too often because it has 3 sticks of butter. But soooo worth it! One sleepy boy (Mr Bigglesworth) and one of the Snoopervisors (Penelope). She was following me around all day. Apparently Paula did not talk with her enough! Poor Penelope all she wanted was a few pets! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!