Friday, August 25, 2006

This is my greenhouse that I'm turning into a chicken house. There was so much stuff that kept getting put in there that I couldn't even get in there to get chicken feed, let alone use it as a greenhouse. I'm going to cover the front windows on the left with plywood so it doesn't get so warm in there. There's the windows on both ends for ventilation but I still need to put chicken wire over those to keep our little escapees in and the other critters out. I'll cut 2 little doors, one of each side of the big windows, for the chickens to get outside into their fenced area which I need to attach to the greenhouse and expand. Lots of work but it's the best way.

Monday, August 07, 2006

This is my Sicilian Buttercup rooster. He was kind of funny looking when I got him a few months ago but he's getting to be very nice looking. They loved all the long grass in the area I moved them to over the weekend. I need to get to the store and buy supplies to get the big chicken house built! I'm thinking seriously of getting the 5 Rhode Island Red hens, guess they're actually called pullets since they're less than a year old, and I really don't have anywhere to put them. Stephen and I may have to raid Pat's wood pile and put together another temporary chicken coop.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Here's a better picture of the 5 Barred Rock chickens. After they got moved to the shade and long grass yesterday they were so happy! I called on 5 Rhode Island Red hens today. Do I dare buy them? I'd have to get another temporary chicken house ready to use until I get the big chicken house done. I'm thinking I'm going to need a pretty big chicken house!

I moved the chicken yard yesterday over where there's almost always long grass and weeds. The chickens had been in an area that I had cleared last year so there wasn't much in the way of grass or weeds there. None of them wanted to even go in their houses last night, they were enjoying the cool green grass and the shade. I've got to start building the chicken house soon and I'm thinking of building it somewhere in this area except it's a little too close to the clothesline for my liking. I don't want our sheets and towels smelling like chicken poop!

Friday, August 04, 2006

I love this picture of Tim. It was taken last summer when we went to Ruby Beach on the coast of Washington. It's so beautiful there! It took us longer than we thought to get there since Missy, one of our boxers, gets car sick and we had to stop a few times but we got there in time for the sunset.
Here's a picture of Stephen at Hurricane Ridge just outside of Port Angeles. I don't have very many pictures of him, just whatever I can take when he doesn't see what I'm up to. On this day last Fall we went up to Hurricane Ridge visitor center and then Stephen and I hiked quite aways up from there while Pat and Tim hung out around the visitor center.

This picture is from the snow we got this past December on the 1st and 2nd. It stuck around till the 18th and then left. That was probably the least snow we've had in the 4 winters we lived here, certainly less than the 3ft we had the previous winter! Stephen is still complaining about that. It wasn't so bad but it sure stuck with us a long time! It was actually quite beautiful but was getting a little scary on about the 3rd day in a row of it not stopping. I started having visions of it getting so deep it would cover the windows and I was getting very worried about how much was on the roof, especially on the skylights over my bed and over the living room! It makes me feel cold now to look at a picture of the snow but it's not very warm here anyway. We had a few days recently when it was very hot but ever since then it's in the 60's and 70's, not even warm enough to bother opening many windows, makes me feel guilty when I think of all the people suffering in the extreme heat in other parts of the country right now.

Something about this picture that I just love. This is looking from my living room towards my dining room. I wiped out the hard drive on my computer last week and am still reinstalling things on it. I was just going through some pictures that were backed up on the external hard drive and found 2 that are among my favorites, this is one.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Here's Tim on his birthday with Missy watching him open one of his presents, probably hoping it will be a squeaky ball.

I still haven't finished my latest apron! I hurt my back last week and when I went to Seattle for the weekend I ended up not being able to do much but lay around reading and then when I got back I've had so much to do around here that I couldn't find time to sew. Stephen and I are cleaning the chickens houses tonight, taking a break now.