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    Snow Water Chickens and More on the Homestead

    Snow Water Chickens and More This week it is Snow Water Chickens and More, so much more, on the Homestead! Starting with the Snow of course. This photo was just the start. We ended up with about 6-8 inches. The wind was blowing stuff around so I am unsure the actual amount. However, now the temps are warmer and this is what I have… A whole bunch of water. Thankful that Joe can help directed it to where we want it to end up, the pond. Even the front had standing water. Small pond like water. Of course it helped warm up the ground enough to soak it all in.…

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    Eggs, Chickens and Flowers of course this week.

    Eggs, Chickens and Flowers Another week full of Eggs, Chickens and Flowers of course!! Check out the new green eggs that I have started to get. Holy Cow, is what I said when I found them. I know it it kinda tough to see how dark they are here. I will have to put them with a regular green so that you can really tell. More came today. Yes, it is exciting. Can you believe it, the newest chicks are two months old already. I know it is kinda tough to see all four of them. However, they were BUSY checking out the big pen area on Saturday. NO the…

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    Chicks a Bench and Gardening all in one week.

    Chicks a Bench and Gardening Can you believe this weeks is about Chicks a Bench and Gardening. Of course I am going to start with the Chicks. You have not seen too much on them yet. These four little cuties are two Blue Sapphires and two Sillkies. They have had a fun adventure this week. How?? Well, they were getting too big for the little tub that I had them in. So, out to the coop they went. Now do not worry, they are separated from the Big Girls. As you can see they are safe. Joe has yet to remove the winter plywood. Which is a bonus at the…

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    Weeds Flowers Weeds and treasures on the homestead.

    Weeds Flowers Weeds and treasures Starting not with Weeds Flowers Weeds and treasures. I wanted to start with this beauty. Here is my Rose of Sharon “bush”. Which is more like a tree, but still. You can see this this photo that there is still TONS of blooms still to come. I have a purple-ish one, however, I think I need to move it. It really is not happy where it is. With all the new trees in the Memorial Garden I think I will put all of those up on the Hill on the north side of the property. That hill needs a summer bloomer. It is where my…

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    Another weeding week and Visitors on the Homestead

    Another weeding week and Visitors A little catch up and Another weeding week and Visitors. Remember I wanted to keep up with those pesky weeds. Well we had fun over on Facebook. I had them time me to see how long it would take to get this bed cleaned back out. After 45 minutes and then the 30 that I added prior this side was all cleaned out. Now moving on to the other side. So this one was a much quicker job. 30 minutes to tell you the truth. However, it was only a small section but all around where the newest flowers where planted. Dontcha love those Milkweeds.…

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    March Ding Dong Ditch two card ideas

    March Ding Dong Ditch Here are the first of two cards for the March Ding Dong Ditch. The class included Playing with Pattern DSP, Playing with Pattern ribbon and 10 sheets of cardstock. Each Ding Dong Ditch focuses on a bundle. When there are die cuts those are included. However, I can not stamp for you. You can easily add the bundle or even just the stamp set. There is a new bundle every month. The base price usually starts at about $15. This months was $18 but you got three spools of ribbon. DANG, right!! For March the bundle was actually two bundles. No I do not typically do…

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    Chicks and more babies, ohhh my goodness

    Chicks and more babies Can you believe it the Chicks and more babies too. Holy Cow they have gotten soo big. They really need to move outside, but the crazy weather the last few days has me kinda nervous about it. I decided that they will have an adventure on Tuesday and then again on Friday. Friday could be for good. I know I can put the warmer out there, but… it really seems too soon. Plus they have been moving the screen around too. I know I know it is time. I am overprotective and I know it. That comes from loosing a few I guess. Yes, it is…

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    Chicks Kitties and Eggs to start the week…

    Chicks Kitties and Eggs. Starting off the week with Chicks Kitties and Eggs. Ohh but there is always more… Right?? Joe was home the last part of the week, yeah. He decided that Mooch needed a new friend. This little cutie needed someone warm. Yes, they both feel asleep for over 3 hours. I did keep tabs on things, trust me. Snoopervisor and chick sitter, wonder what his next title will be. I am happy to report that both White Sox and Penelope have been sharing. Nicely too! The heated kitty bed. There are times that Penelope is NOT happy about it. However, she does not get nasty about it.…

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    Frozen trees and chickens on the Homestead

    Frozen trees and chickens I am not sure about where you live, but Frozen trees and chickens is what this post is all about. Here at the Hamscher Homestead there is a layer of ice on EVERYTHING! And I really do mean everything, even the chicken coop, vehicles, the poor trees are struggling to hold their branches. Even the poor little birdies where struggling at first to stay on the perches. The storm happened on Friday, all day. These photos were from Saturday and the temp was 37. Holy cow, I see on broken branch I hope that the others do not snap. You can see the one in the…

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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…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Construction update and MORE!

    Houston, we have insulation AND drywall. WooooHooo!! Two full sheets left too…HUMMMM, where can I put that?? Mudding has started too! I will leave that for the next Post. The Chickens say… bring on the fall weather!! The girls sure have been much happier with the cooler temperatures. However, this Sassafras is a reminder of what is to come. They are the first to turn color here. Pretty against all the green, BUT!! This poor butterfly/moth was not “feeling” the cooler temperatures. Joe brought her in for a warm up and an orange snack. Lastly, I NEEDED to take advantage of the tools being out!! I can not wait to…

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    A lot going on here..

    I am so excited to share with you all that has been going on this week… New baby chicks… some more gardening … and a new do. The hubby decided that it was time to get rid of those sassafras trees… Moved a few decorations from the flower bed, he backed up the truck and… a couple tugs… BYE bye to unwanted trees Then baby peeps… they are so dang cute!! The auction is a dangerous place for me… Took the 5 unwanted Roosters…. came home with 7 babies. One was old enough to put outside… more on her next week. Did you turn up the volume? I was sure…

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    A new chicken on the Homestead??

    Yeah, I do NOT think so…. Just another crazy day on the Hamscher Homestead.. Apparently this Red Shoulder Hawk was so hungry she thought she could scare the chickens out… that did not happen. After all The cold and snow…. she would try anything. Cheater. Sent the photo to my dad and said maybe she thought she was in the fly thru lane…. of the chick-fil-a?? but it was closed. The kitties are all back to being toasty and warm…. no hiding under blankets and sitting by heaters. Penelope even decided to help me make some lunch. All the others were quietly sleeping!! We both went back to the craft…