I'm a little late on my weekend re-cap, but, better late than never.

My garden is doing very well despite the squirrels, chipmunks and woodchucks constantly raiding it.  Apparently they think I've planted the garden for all of us to enjoy.  All strawberries are missing.  I did not receive one.  They were looking beautiful - green with just a hint of pink.  I covered the entire patch with netting.  That didn't work out.  The entire patch was raided within 24 hours.   I'm thinking those darn chipmunks.

The chicks are doing very well and continue to grow by the minute.  Poor Mama Claire - they still want to sit under her so she sits, wings spread as far as she can, to try and accommodate as many babies as possible.  The remainder sit on her back and next to her. 

Grouchy Lizzie.....Queen of the nesting boxes

Jay put up the coop within the coop so they would have more room to roam.  Once he finished and moved Claire and the babies in, Little Lizzie, who'd been watching the whole thing {she's STILL broody}, got out of her nesting box, went right up to their new home, puffed out her feathers in anger and started yelling at Mama and babies.  She carried on like a child.  Mama Claire, not impressed with Lizzie's antics, hissed back and pre-occupied the babies with scratching for food.  Eventually Lizzie gave up and marched back to her nesting box to spit and hiss to her self.  I guess she told them off.

I made 2 different recipes of homemade Pop Tarts.  One recipe from King Arthur Flour and one recipe from the book Make The Bread, Buy The Butter.  The recipe from King Arthur Flour most resembled a Pop Tart, but the dough recipe needs some work.  The recipe from the book was great, but was more like a hand pie.

I tried a recipe for Bacon Bourbon Jam.  It sounded intriguing.  It was disgusting.  What a bummer.  I didn't think anything with bacon in it would be bad.  Boy was I wrong.

Jackson went for his annual visit to the vet yesterday.  He was very angry when the thermometer went into an end he thought nothing should go into.  He growled, hissed and told them all off.  Ms. Sarah was there and tried to comfort him with a dog cookie {because he's a dog, not a cat......wink-wink}.  He was too angry to have an appetite.  The big guy weighed in at 13.8 pounds.  He yelled at me on the way home but by morning seemed to get over it.  I promised him no more field trips like that.........until next year.

Lastly, Mary at Barnbug Studio has presented us with the Inspiring Blogger award.  We are so grateful - thank you Mary {Jack has begun preparing his acceptance speech}.  Please, if you haven't checked out her blog before, you will love the stories of Nigel, Scout, and the other crazy tales.  I love looking at what new art piece she's working on too!

As the award goes, you're supposed to tell 7 things about yourself and pass the award along to others.  I will tell 7 {boring} things about myself, but am opting not to pass it along because I hate leaving anyone out.  I follow so many truly wonderful blogs, so consider this passed on to all of you!!

Here we go:

  1. I'm left-handed
  2. My "day job" is as a Director of Human Resources at a not-for-profit organization.  I oversee HR, benefits and payroll.
  3. I love to write and have always wanted to write a book.
  4. I don't like sappy romantic movies.  
  5. Although I love seeing different places, I'd rather be home than travel.
  6. My craft room is currently a mess and has been unused longer than I care to say.
  7. I like to be happy, laugh, have fun and look at things in a light-hearted manner.....no time to be stuffy, cranky, or too serious.
That's it!  Happy Tuesday!!  {and if I needed to tell you 8 things I would add that I like exclamation points!!}


Snooks said...

Your garden sounds wonderful Staci. I am still waiting for produce. Love your Jackson, such a handsome guy. What a sweet picture your Mama trying to fit all her babies under her wings conjures up. Such a Mama. Congrats on your Blogger Award. Hope you have a great week.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

daisy g said...

Oh, that's too bad about the strawberries. Everything else looks so good!

Those poptarts look mouth-watering!

Congrats on your award.

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

I don't like sappy romantic movies either, with the possible exception of Love Actually, our holiday fave! Poor Jackson, did you offer him some of the bacon/bourbon jam?

Meg said...

Too bad on your strawberries! Everything else looks wonderful. I made poptarts this week too! I used a recipe from Alton Brown's blog.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all for the comments and the sympathy regarding the strawberries. Mary - that is too funny. I did not offer Jack the jam but what a great idea! :)