Another Productive Day In The Empty Nest

I was feeling rather good today so I spent it cleaning the house, including the carpets (yay!) and even washed the new couch covers which were covered in dog hair despite our strict ‘no dogs on the couch’ rule:

It goes along with our strict ‘no dogs in the kitchen’ rule (see last post).

I wasn’t the only productive one. Our happy little layers are up to 10 eggs a day now!

In the dead of winter! Our handy, dandy lighting system is definitely working. I am quickly running out of room to put them all and have been giving them away to family and friends who come by, which I’m sure they appreciate.

Who doesn’t love free eggs?!

Who doesn’t love free chicken, either? We picked up three free-ranged cornish crosses recently and immediately saw why this breed is the best to raise for meat. The hubby butchered one of our Rhode Island Reds with it for comparison:

They were so delicious. We will definitely be ordering a few dozen of these babies in the spring purely for filling the freezer. We’re also adding some quail and pheasant, too, which will be fun (and delicious).

This week we are ordering our dog sled, so we are super excited about that. The dogs will be too, when they realize it’s for them. I’ve been showing them videos of sled dogs and they get excited watching, and even howl at the screen, so I imagine they will be thrilled when it comes and they finally get to do it, too.

We have plenty of winter left for dog sledding fun. Once spring comes we’ll have plenty of time for other things, like painting the front door and planting more lovely flowers! I can’t wait for my flowers to return.

One more sunset down and only 48 more to go until then…


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Cross Stitch Saturday: The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

It is snowing and blustery out there today, which makes for a great excuse to pick up my needle and thread!

I’m hoping to finish this lovely little “Home Sweet Home” sampler I’ve been working on soon. I haven’t decided if I’m going to gift it to my lovely little daughter who is in the process of buying her first house now (!) or if I’ll add it to my sampler wall collage I’m working on:

Either way, days like today make me feel nesty but it also makes for miserable egg collecting. I trudged out to check on the girls first thing this morning and was shocked to find 9 lovely eggs before 9am! I think that’s a new record for these girls.

I did a lot of baking and cooking this week so I was running low but not now! In two days I’ve gotten more than a dozen:

My blue egg layers have been quite busy these last few days which makes it look like I have a collection of Easter eggs.

The hubby has been, too, with his new chicken plucker. Both our big freezer in the garage and the littler one in the kitchen are filled to the brim with fresh meat now (and not much else!):

Because of my strict mast cell disease diet I can only eat fresh, organic meats and produce so this works really well for us. The hubby doesn’t seem to mind fried duck breast with steamed white rice and carrots or duck noodles with broccoli and fresh basil or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

We will be eating this latest batch of chickens and ducks until spring!

Which is probably when I’ll have this sampler finished, at the rate I’m going (grrr). Same with Hucklebeary Bear, who I’ve been neglecting for no good reason.

So, back to stitching I go.

Happy crafting!


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