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    This That and the Next BIG thing.

    This That and the Next So last Tuesday I had a visitor. Logan is a 6 year old, very busy boy. And no I do not expect anything less. He and I did a bunch of this, that and the next. This “little” is home schooled and was on Fall Break. How lucky am I get have him visit? Super lucky, because we made all kinds of fun stuff. Chicken and potatoes for dinner, Chocolate Chip cookies and Wednesday morning we made Apple Coffee Cake. Let me just add he is a super helper!! Cleaned as he went along and everything. And yes, of course we did enjoy the spoils…

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    A trip to Illinois plus other fun stuff.

    A trip to Illinois Due to the vehicle “situation” a trip to Illinois calls for a vehicle rental. And if you saw my little post from yesterday… YES, I sure did enjoy the Ford Expedition with the panoramic sunroof!! However, though… so many buttons and weird things…. Like this… I know I am kinda old school, BUT what the what?? This should be illegal.. really!! No wonder no one knows how to drive stick shift either. ANYWAY, it got me to and from with out a single issue and was returned last night. I guess, back to no vehicle …. for now. It is always a good day when Mom…

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    When you have a sunroof and a nice day…

    When you have a sunroof AND a beautiful day, you take advantage, right?! Sorry guys, it was a crazy couple of days, lots of travel and “classes”. With all that being said, I took the day off! Join back tomorrow for all the fun stuff going on around this CRAZY house. I look forward to having you join me! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!

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    Kitchen and Chicken’s scenery changes, Ohhh WOW!!

    Kitchen and Chicken’s scenery. This is what I left home when I went to visit my parents on Wednesday. Will the kitchen or chicken’s scenery change?? But you guys know Joe… He likes shenanigans as much as I do. Apparently though the new cabinets and coffee bar was just the start of this adventure!! What are you guesses?? Ohh come on take one!! While I was gone he decided Thursday was the day to take that last section of wall out. You can see it on the photo on the right… it is the darker part. Yes, I will now need to paint. See the gap in that same picture??…

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    Saying goodbye to Gabby – we will miss you.

    Saying Goodbye to Gabby. A tough decision had to be made today. Joe and I had to say good-bye to sweet Gabby. Joe is devastated but knows that it was the right decision. She has many many buddies over that rainbow bridge. However, saying goodbye to Gabby and ANY pet is always difficult. Which includes her partner in crime and sister from another mother Maggie. These two needed a sister. When Maggie moved in 2009 they hit it off. Immediately!! Maggie has been gone for a few years. I remember how lost poor Gabby was. Now poor White Sox just does not know what to do. Remember we talked the…

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    Updates Gabby, kitchen, and the outside kitty.

    Updates Gabby, Kitchen too. Fingers crossed that this update is a GREAT sign. It started with kitten milk. The vet said she can eat anything and I have been been trying a LOT of different things. Finally found a couple things. But the key I think has been the kitten milk. She was not sure about it at first, but now she is hooked. Hopefully this is a upswing! Did you miss the beginning?? Check here. More updates Gabby, and Kitchen. Kitchen is next… Adding more Red, White and Blue to the wall. Guys, shhhh, I have more stuff still!! I am just loving how it all came together. I…

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    All about the Updates, Gabby, Chicks and Kitchen.

    Updates Gabby, Chicks and Kitchen. Buckle up… There are a lot of updates, Gabby, Chicks and Kitchen too. Starting off with Gabby. After the X-Rays, blood work and vet visit/conversations. It is believed that Gabby has had a couple of mini strokes. Joe really has been worrying and stressing too. As expected she has good days and bad days. The photo above was from the other day, a good day for sure!! Thank you for your positive thoughts it has been appreciated! The day finally came for the six littles from the craft room to go a a HUGE adventure!! I packed a big lunch for them and off they…

  • Craft Room,  Hamscher Homestead

    Craft Room work and a poor sick kitty.

    I had some help from Logan today! We did a bunch of cleaning dusting and reorganizing! Logan’s Mom sat by and just supervised us… haha. Thank you guys for ALL your help today. I think it ended up pretty darn great!! Added to the BOGO pile, which is ALWAYS a good thing, right?? Still more to do, but I am exhausted! Besides… Gabby was not feeling very good again today… She wanted to snuggle tonight. SOOOO, I made a point of staying put to be sure that she got what she needed! I hope you don’t mind… Have a good night! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Tomatoes, Chicks, Hello and other stuff

    Tomatoes, Chicks, Hello and… So much to tell you from the Homestead this week. Not just Tomatoes, Chicks, Hello and some rearranging too! Thanks to a friend who had more then she needed, I was able to can just a few quarts of Tomatoes. The house smelled so yummy, Joe even kept coming into the kitchen. Why could you smell it?? Well, because I boiled the tomatoes to get the skin peeled off. Dad was also happy to see that I was using the family spaghetti sauce pot. Not for sauce, but just the same. LuLu and her three little chicks are sure not easy to get photos of. The…

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    Flowers Chicks Veggies and Visits with the P’s

    Flowers Chicks Veggies and Visits with the P’s So much going on here on the homestead. All kinds of Flowers, Chicks, Veggies and Visits out to my parents. Starting with the sunshine that the sunflowers are bringing to the edge of the garden. The birds are in for a great treat. Sooo, many seeds to be had this fall. Joe spotted these red leaves this weekend. I do not know if I am ready for this just yet. How about you?? So I found these four baby chicks that needed a home… Really, I found them. hahaha. The Frizzle and Silkie are actually ready to go out to the coop,…

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    New chick, chickens and squash surprise.

    Chick, Chickens and Squash Here is the Chick of the Chick, Chickens and Squash…. Remember LuLu was setting on 5 eggs, right?? Apparently once the twins started running around… She got up from the eggs with four still to go. As a diligent mom myself, I was checking frequently on the progress. Cold eggs will not hatch. A quick check of the four when LuLu was off the “nest”.. they were not warm. Quick action taken… I brought them in the house candled found two were empty. While checking this white one I accidentally cracked it. Heard a peep. Placed it in the incubator. There appeared to be something in…

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    Tomatoes, Chicks and Babies have arrived.

    Fresh from the Garden. Gotta love all the new stuff going on around here… Tomatoes, Chicks and Babies to just name a few. So dinner the other night was just soo good! Tomatoes from the Garden … yes, they were still warm. A quick rinse, some salt and pepper paired with some cold tuna casserole. Perfect for a summer evening dinner. Mom used to put peas and cheese in it, when we were kids. How about you?? More tomato good dinners to come. I am super excited too!! Tomatoes, on to Chicks and then Babies. This is the one that was getting picked on in the chicken pen. Apparently hanging…

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    Hit by a whopper storm at the Hamscher Homestead

    Keep in mind we have 18 acres. Joe and I went out to visit my parents yesterday, Monday. A good storm blew through there, but I did not expect to come home to the damage that we found. No damage to the house or vehicles. The Whopper Storm at the Hamscher Homestead pulled huge trees out of the ground. Though not all of the trees did cooperated. This is what happened… Just as a reference the bottom right photo you can see the hood of the pickup truck. However, the top left will give you an idea how “tall” the tree actually was. This was a heart breaker. Joe is…

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    Fancy baby chickens on the Homestead

    I can hardly contain my excitement because BOTH of the latest babies have feathers on their feet and legs. Fancy baby chickens, YEAH!! To make the excitement even better. I think that one might even be part Frizzle. Yes, I am clapping!! Fancy baby Chickens! I am sorry the pictures are not the greatest, but … Can you see?? The feathers are just starting to grow on this one. There are also feathers on the second one. Second picture is just how the feathers are starting to curl on the wings. I look forward to seeing how the rest are going to grow. Now, trying to figure which of the…

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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,…