Chicken Update!

Back in March we got into chickens, we got six baby chicks.

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Over the last few months they have gotten bigger!

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They had to have a coop and a small run because they outgrew the Rubbermaid.

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We used and old playhouse for the main coop.

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They were getting bigger and bigger and soon they would start laying eggs. We had to add-on the condo!

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The condo was a 8′ long by 4′ wide run with nesting boxes in it.

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The nesting boxes were old milk crates.

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I had decided to buy a Dremel a month ago after my friend took hers to Malaysia.

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This thing is FANTASTIC! I love it!

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This is what it looks like now. We still have to add the door to the back to get the eggs without the chicken trying to peck toes or escape.

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Speaking of eggs, these beautiful girls are almost all laying. I think we have one that is not laying yet but she will.

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Here is our first egg, and it was amazing.

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She was very happy she did this!

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BTW- if you open the door you better have a treat for them.

 

Love, Peace, and Cupcakes

Shannon

 

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Thrifty Thursday 4.3.14

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I am getting ready to plant my garden and I am planting green beans this year. I know they need to vines up something.

I am again in a no spend month, same as last month and I knew I had to come up with a creative way by re-purposing things.

When we were cleaning the backyard two weeks ago I saw this just sitting behind the shed.

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I can use the springs inside as a vine trellis for my green beans. This required me taking off the fabric and foam layer.

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One problem…. my dog seemed to think that this was his bed.

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We got him off and one side off, This was the hardest part and the rest came easy.

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We had one spring trellis ready to use.

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I had my box ready to go and placed this behind it and roped it to the fence! All ready for the growing season!

~Live, Love, & Cupcakes ~

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Busy Weekend …….

I had such a busy weekend. I am in this whole cleaning mode and it spilled out into my yard on Friday.

“We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our backyard Independence Day!

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We have more than a 1/4 of an acre but less than 1/2. The lot is narrow and has a creek on one side. My property was the neighborhood dumping ground for 30 + years. Habitat for Humanity NEVER did a final grade on the yard or planted grass seed.

Honestly, how hard can it be to use a tiller. Ok, the time has arrived, may the force be with me and may luck be on my side. I will be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.

TODAY IS MY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Ok, not totally but I made a great start!

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I need no supervision, but my male dog (Winston Churchill) thinks he needs to supervise and help. If I am working he is there.

I got to work with the tiller on the hill. It is very hard to love my neighbors when I have to deal with stuff like this.

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It was all going fine until I ran into this. I buried steel cable.

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It broke the shovel! I didn’t like that shovel anyways.

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Finally after an hour of trying and making a 3 foot hole and getting nowhere, I buried the cable.

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I needed a border for the new garden area. Working with what I have and being creative. Just so you know, a chop saw was involved.

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Safety glasses were involved.

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Hammering those little sticks into the ground is not as easy as it seems.  Oh my god that may be the dumbest idea i ever had. I ran out of branches to finish the whole thing, Fart.

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I also had logs that were too big to use. They met a fiery death in the pit of death.

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Winston settled into his foreman role and watched from a comfortable spot on the deck. He is the only one helping me. And half the time he is taking my sticks.

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It one point I thought a toilet would be a good decorating idea. It was broken and it never took off. Time to smash it.

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It felt good. And look what I found… the Tupperware play cups right where the now 10 year boy flushed them!

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I added steps to help get up the hill. I still have to secure them better but they work. They are just pieces of old wood I put into the hill.

This was my Friday, all by myself my children never offered to help. Husband was at work. I did it and I was happy with my results.

It is not even close to being done.

~Love, Peace, and Cupcakes~

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Thrifty Thursday 3.20.14

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Today is Thrifty Thursday over at LWSP. I have a great way to improve your outdoor life.

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With today being the first day of spring I am going to share my cheap planters. I made these planters for free! I will say that it requires a bit of muscle and time, but I love mine!

Here is what they look like finished.

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Now how to get there. We had some tires with the rims off an old car and I wanted to reuse them.

I drew scallops on the tires with chalk and we cut them out with a knife and a jig saw.

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*If you can push this in easily, the tire will be easy to invert. If you cannot push this in easily, move on to another tire. You may need to check several tires before finding one that is suitable. It does NOT matter if the tire is steel belted or not. The steel wires are only in the tread, which is not cut in this process.

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Cut from almost to the tread (where the steel belts start) and almost to the center hole.

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*NOTE: Cut AWAY from yourself in case the knife slips.

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Turning the tire: this is kinda tricky – turn the tire inside out. Stand the tire up, cut side away, and push in the “soft spot” with your knee, while pulling back with your hands. If it doesn’t invert easily, try again, putting your knee in a different spot.

Once the tire has started going inside out, take your time to pull and push the rest of the tire, all the way around. Do it a little at a time, and it will go faster. Don’t sweat it at first, just keep trying – it will work!

I am not going to lie, turning this thing inside out was hard. It was a harder tire and took us over an hour to turn.

Sorry I forgot to take pictures of this process because it was really funny and I was too busy standing on the rim and being jostled around and laughing to be able to take pictures anyway.

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We did it! We were sore for days, because the first one was a learning process!

Once they are inside out, I started painting…

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I used spray paint on the rims and tire I had laying around …

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I made mine two toned….

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When they were dry, I moved them out front and filled them with dirt…

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*I put pieces of old window screen in the bottom to keep the soil from falling out.

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People always ask where I got these and are very surprised when they find out the are tires!

Continuing to learn for free

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Day 5 finds us learning for free over at LWSP.

 Today your assignment is going to be to learn something new, a new useful skill or hobby or insight…..without spending a dime.
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I happen to be in love with Khan Academy. I happen to have a 15-year-old daughter who cries through math everyday. I never did well with math until I went to culinary school and had to learn these formulas and conversions. I find that doing this help me help them.
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Here is my current progress. Not to shabby.
Personally, I would love to learn how to knit. Here is a link to do just that! I think I have knitting needles in my room…… somewhere. I am starting a purge on Sunday of the bedroom, maybe I find them. While I am on the purge I know I have a book which I used to make a wreath. I also want to make this.
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Spring is coming and I have a beautiful flower garden I want Herbs and Vegetables.
This website will teach you how to start a simple garden. I also want to give this a try.
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Did you know you can take a free class online through the University of Washington? Yep you can, go here!
I am on a mission to get two chickens at my house, layers. I want to learn everything I need to know to raise them and make them thrive.
I will name them Bacon and Eggs!
My daughter is shocked by my choices of names. I told her at least I was not naming them Breakfast and Dinner!
What do you want to learn?