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Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

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Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!

Major Progress in the Garden

Dock

Dock

It has been in the 70’s here lately!!! I’m not going to complain about perfect weather, but I am honestly missing that harsh biting cold…ice…snow. I mean, it IS winter, right?!

Dexie helping to demonstrate the "before" in the garden

Dexie helping to demonstrate the “before” in the garden

As you can see, you can barely tell where the garden ends and the lawn begins.

Another "before" shot; note the ,messy garden beds filled with leaves

Another “before” shot; note the ,messy garden beds filled with leaves in the foreground

Butkus and a close-up of how the ground looked in the garden beds; couldn't even see the dirt!

Butkus and a close-up of how the ground looked in the garden beds; couldn’t even see the dirt!

Starting to edge the plots...

Starting to edge the plots…

And rake the leaves (see the pile in the background)

And rake the leaves (see the pile in the background)

Trees budding; crazy!

Trees budding; crazy!

More t-shirt weather

More t-shirt weather

Taking a break

Taking a break

We burned the leaves in all the plots.

We burned the leaves in all the plots.

Burning the plots is such a great way to clean them up and I figure the ashes add to the soil. Some of the plants get a little charred (e.g. mint, lemon balm, strawberries) but in my experience they bounce back pretty quickly. For areas you don’t want to burn you can just rake the leaves around them and the fire passes them by (e.g. we kept the fire away from the lilac bushes and the asparagus patch).

Smoky silhouette

Smoky silhouette

Roasting Garlic; Ha! (smelled divine!)

Roasting Garlic; Ha! (smelled divine!)

Her class is starting a project about fire so she will bring a print out of this for her class to show them how fire can be used in the garden.

She says her class is starting a project about fire so she will bring a print out of this picture to show them how fire can be used in the garden.

AFTER!!!!

AFTER!!! Smoochie gets 90% of the credit for this!

Ahhh I love the look of cleaned up and freshly edged garden plots!

Butkus lounging on the soil

Butkus lounging on the soil

Chasing bunnies

Chasing bunnies

Bun-Bun is the fastest (and for the record, the meanest)

Bun-Bun is the fastest (and for the record, the meanest)

Puff Puff

Puff-Puff

Dexie has been very nice to the bunnies: even helping to herd them around the yard:

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And even more Bunny-love:

Bunny valentines

Bunny valentines

Sunset

Sunset

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Happy 2017!

WOWZA

WOWZA

Wowza; that beach is gorgeous; and is my sister and her husband’s FRONT YARD!!!  Islands in the gulf; paradise!!! Hoping to visit in 2017!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Globe

Globe

Garden Sledding

Garden Sledding

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Playing with toys ("Lila" the horse)

Playing with toys (“Lila” the horse)

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Figs

Figs

Dining room

Dining room

Table

Table

Track

Track

Dexie

Dexie

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Couch

Couch

Lamp

Lamp

Dining room and man cave door

Dining room and man cave door

Just another day

Just another day

At Forest School!

At Forest School!

Purple fog

Purple fog

Window/Fog

Window/Fog

Dusk in the woods

Dusk in the woods

Unicorn Icycle

Unicorn Icycle

Fallen tree

Fallen tree

Driveway

Driveway

Waffles mmmmm

Waffles mmmmm

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Trail

Trail

Matching lights

Matching lights

Moss

Moss

Terrarium

Terrarium

Woods

Woods

Icicle

Icicle

Dry Creek Bed

Dry Creek Bed

Orchid

Orchid

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Happy new year to all! I am praying for adventures and good health; no really specific resolutions in mind this year. How about you?