Monday, August 2, 2010

I.am.alive

Please excuse my unplanned absence. Somehow life got in the way. Thanks for the well wishes and concern! I’m really just fine, just a bad blogger these days! I’ll try to do better.

Several things have transpired around here:

1) We have new, faster internet as of today. Yay.

2) I turned 50.

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3) We traded our dune buggy for a four-wheel drive farm truck. How’s that for practicality? We were both a little sad to see the buggy go though…

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I have about 1000 pictures and other things I want to share, but first I promised Mr. W I would finally post updates of his wonderful chicken coop. This is his project and I think he should be very proud. I am! There is more to be done, plus the Aviary/Run has to be started soon. The coop will be red, just like my little coop. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. He also added the niftiest little chicken door today. I’ll have to post it later. Ok, no more chit-chat from me… here’s the coop from almost beginning to present.

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And, the journey to the permanent location… which will be near the Donkey Barn.

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I will be repaying the neighbor in eggs for quite awhile (once they start laying). He donated the wonderful, insulated tilt-out windows. Too fancy, and much fancier than what we have in our old farmhouse.. hehe!

Since I have a better internet connection, I don’t have that excuse anymore… so I DO plan to be back soon. In the meantime, a few gratuitous critter pictures.

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And the garden ~ doing well, but oh so muddy.

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See you soon!

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45 comments:

Kilauea Poetry said...

First, Happy Birthday Tammy!!
Sometimes you have to just take care of business and besides..blogging takes some time! Sorry about that shiny buggy but your coop and critters are fabulous!! Love Gracie and your kitty's expression- priceless! Good to know your garden is doing well- have a wonderful day to you all!

Elle Bee said...

Happy birthday to you! The coop is just over the top unbelievably amazing!! I love the black and white checkerboard floor. And the red screen door. Those chickens are living in style!! Love all the critter pictures. Oh, and all your comments written on the photos. Funny!

Diana said...

Happy 50th!!! Good to hear from you....

Snappy Di said...

Love Banjo and Hazel photo.. lol

The chicken coop is really neat.. love the black and white floor and the red door! It's pretty classy!

Di

katie said...

I like the farm truck.
That chicken coop is just so sassy. Your chickens are going to lay twice as many eggs as normal chickens.

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Happy Birthday Tammy! Glad you posted as I was getting concerned as well.
LOVE the chicken coop - it's so very cute and they'll just love it. And, of course, I absolutely adore the critter photos.
-Staci

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday and welcome to the 50 year old club.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Tammy! Wow you've sure had a lot of things happening in a short amount of time. I LOVE your new coop (especially the screen door!) and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures when you're all done setting it up. Love the pictures of your critters especially Gracie...what a sweet heart! Have a wonderful Tuesday...Maura :)

Rural Rambler said...

Tammy what a great post! The pictures are so much fun. I want a Hazel kitteh! The coop is great, darling. I want that red screen door on my house :)

The Urban Cowboy said...

Happy Birthday to ya! Was beginning to wonder bout ya, glad to hear you were just busy constructing chicken coops and such.

~Tonia said...

Happy Birthday!!
WOW @ the coop! Talk about a palace.. I will NOT let my chickens see that. They will run away to your place. Cant say that I blame them though..
Yeah for faster internet! that is always soooo awsome!lol

Country Dreaming said...

Hello--
Good to see you are ok.
Looks and sounds like you have been busy.

See you soon.

Melinda

Lana said...

Happy Birthday and welcome back!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Happy Birthday!!! The gig 5 0. I got another year to go and I'm right with me. You have an awesome coop there, makes my chickens feel like white trash - thanks alot. : < >

Feral Female said...

Happy Birthday!

We all understand,life must always come first. =)

Justina said...

Happy Birthday Tammy! Hello Gracie!!! :) Your coops are just over the top awesome! Love the floor, the screen door and the star! Glad you're all doing well.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a fun year!
Am jealous of MUD (too dry here) and your birds - they have the screen door I'm trying to make for my odd sized pantry! ;-0

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday beautiful Tammy!

Oh, girl, you have so much energy I figured you were in your 30's.

You are amazing.

Oh my stars, that is an amazing chicken coop!

Rachel said...

I could just eat that Gracie up! So cute. And I simply adore your coop!

Down On The Farm said...

I was worried about you too. So glad to hear it was just busy-ness!!! First off, Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had an absolutely WONDERFUL DAY!!!! Now to the chicken coop. OH MY GOODNESS!! That is like the Bellagio of chicken coops. My poor chickens live down in the trailer park compared to yours (and I am NOT bashing trailer parks, I lived in a trailer until I was 5 years old!) You guys have done a GREAT JOB and it looks just beautiful! Please keep the pictures coming! Welcome Back!!!

Catherine said...

Hi Tammy! nice to see you back! this is just beautiful work!!! and "HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY" love Catherine

Donna said...

Happy birthday! 50 is a good age to be.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Now that coop is just wayyyy toooo cute! The blacksmith was even impressed with the checkered floor and the red screen door.

It's needs to be featured in Country Living magazine!

Our garden too is muddy, but I think you all had more rain than us.

Tomatoes are slowing down, pumpkins are all vines, no pumpkins. Patty pan squash are about the same way.

Oh I remember those 4-H days. Our kids had steers until they realized you make more $$ and spend less time doing hams.

Mom's auction is sunday, house closing is next Tuesday. Then I hope to have some ME TIME!!

Tell PW hi, (like he isn't reading this)

Deanna said...

Happy 50th Birthday! The 50's are wonderful - take my word for it.

I'm very impressed with that chicken coop - window and all! Our son has chickens and loves messing with them. He's made some pretty impressive coops too.

yoel said...

Happy bday! Gracie and all the others are so dear. The coop is nicer than my own house--wow!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Happy Birthday, Tammy!!!...no worries about being late in posting...life happens!!! I always enjoy your posts :) :) :) The chicken coop loooks great..and those chickies will have a tile floor, too? That's luxury :) :) :)

The gratuitous cute animal photos...no, I'd say those are absolutely necessary!!!! My favorite was Banjo & Hazel :) : :) :) Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Dandy said...

Happy 50th! That chicken coop is incredible- how on Earth did he do those stars?

Mary Ann and Rosalie said...

That coop is just way over the top wonderful!!! Wonder what the hens will think when they enter into the gorgeous house!!!!!

The Wife said...

That's an awesome chicken coop! And I love the addition of the star. Very cute!

Happy belated birthday!!!

Callie said...

Happy Birthday! Love the new coop and love the photos. Glad I found this blog. Glad you got the fast internet connection.

The Chicken Keepers said...

Love the blog! Glad I found it :) I am going to put you on my blog roll and become a follower! Happy Birthday! Check out our blog at thechickenkeepers.blogspot.com

Jody Blue said...

Happy Birthday!! Way cool coop...and critters!

Gwenieann said...

You tell Mr. W. that he is an awsome Coopsman! aka Craftsman! I Looooove that screen door! And of course his new ride is nifty to! I think he can haul more feed in his new pickup than he could on the Dune Buggy. :-)

Cheryl said...

Welcome back I've missed you! That coop is wonderful....I want black and white flooring in my kitchen and the screen door is cute. I would love to have a building just like that for a garden shed for all my pots and such...or my chickens! Love the critter pics. Hope you had a fantastic Birthday!!

Nezzy said...

Happy happy birthday Tammy! My baby sis has her 50th today, oh did I say that out loud!

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed weekend!!!

Linda Stubbs said...

Happy Birthday to You!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How fun! I had to laugh when I saw White Lightning on your photo. That is the name the boys gave my honey's truck. Then one of my friends said every time I said that she thought it wasn't nice, because that is what they used to call moon shine. Hmm, never heard that before. I still like White Lighning, not the moon shine, the name!. Now there are two of them!

Another coop, I am making your curtains tonight!!!!!! Can't wait to see the pictures you are going to send me.........right?

Love you friend and hope your day is soooo special!

from my front porch... said...

Happy Birthday, Tammy!!!!

Here is my B-day card to you, friend :)

http://youtu.be/MjF1bG5LUcs

xo, misha

p.s. love the chicken coop. it looks like a mini guest house! Ha!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Happy belated birthday, friend! Remember, 50 is just a number :D

Pretty snazzy coop!

Carol............. said...

Happy Birthday!

You have a busy life!

Janean said...

happy birthday, you pup, you!

the red screen door just sent me. adore it!!! the star cutouts are way darling too.

i think the chickies area gonna get the big head living in such a mansion! *wink*

Mountain Woman said...

Love, love, love your coop!!! The floors are to die for and the red door is just adorable. Happy Birthday!!!

Q said...

Happy Happy belated birthday.....
Wonderful coop the chickens live better than I do!
I so understand being busy. Life has a way of being so very full...hope you are staying cool it is very, very hot here...
Love the photos....say "hi" to your butterflies for me.
Sherry

Lori said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We're almost the same age. I turn 50 in March. Love the new diggs!

Karen said...

A very belated Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a whole year full of blessings. 50 is wonderful, you'll love it!

That chicken coop is just so cute. I love the red screen door:)

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

I think a lot of us are "guilty" for being a little absent from our blogs this summer...so much going on. LOVE the new chicken house - heck I'd move in there. And happy belated Birthday to you! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. Stop by again soon.
Bridget

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