my helper Oliver

Jackson - too pooped to look at the camera
I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have 4 days in a row completely off of work.  It was fantastic!

Friday we began decorating for Christmas.  Me, Jackson, Caitlin, Oliver and Emerson all worked together.  Apparently all decisions required a group effort.  No matter which room I traveled to, the entourage came with.  We have a small house so it was a little overwhelming at times, but I appreciated the concern.

Jack and Cait thought it necessary to chew on any greenery and bat any ornaments.  I'm sure they were just testing everything out to make sure it was ok......  Jack was so exhausted from his supervisory duties that he collapsed in the nearest box - Caity bugs box.  Thankfully she was too tired to kick him out so all went well.

I haven't finished, but I was able to accomplish about 90 percent.

Did any of you shop on "black Friday"?  I've only participated in that craziness once.  That was enough.  I give a lot of credit to those who can do it.  I'm just not a - stand in a large group of people and fight for the same thing - kind of girl.  Just can't do it.  We stayed away from the stores this weekend, opting instead for the farmers market and apple orchard as our outing.  I did a little shopping online and, thankfully, am almost finished.

We were blessed with a little bit of snow misting through the air.  It was truly beautiful.  I'm happy we didn't have any accumulation, but I do love to watch it come down.

The chickens  are back to laying, however, we've discovered we have a chicken who is eating eggs.  Not good.  There's not much you can do to stop this bad habit except, for lack of a better way of saying it, make chicken soup.  Today she ate every single one of them, leaving bits of shells so we could figure out exactly how many we should have had.  The next step we have is to try and figure out which it is.  I believe it's one of the newer girls since this just started happening as they began laying.  If it were one or two eggs a day I could live with it, but not every single one.  Just can't happen.

I must get back to the kitchen......homemade Wheat Thins and Blueberry Muffins for morning are on the agenda!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great weekend!


Meg said...

Sounds like a great weekend! I love that you had a little crew of helpers.

My mom-in-love had an egg eater for awhile, and she fixed it by putting golf balls in the nests. The girls think they are real eggs, but when they go to peck and eat they get a nasty surprise. After awhile they stop. Maybe it will help you.

daisy g said...

What a great suggestion Meg has. I'd love to know if it helps your ladies.

Wasn't it glorious having 4 days off in a row? A person could get used to that! We avoided the stores as well. Just don't understand that shopping mentality. Stuff is overrated.

Have a fantastic week!

Unknown said...

We also started decorating this weekend only on a much more simple scale than in years past. With the kids growing up they are not as interested as when young. I wish I could say my chickens had started laying too, but alas, not yet. I felt sure the Buffs would be laying again by now.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Meg - wonderful idea, however, it hasn't worked. We tried it already and what we found was the "perpetrator" would still keep pecking until she found an actual egg. We found golf balls with egg shells of eaten eggs all around them. :( The good thing is that she's so brazen she got up in the nesting box today in front of me and started pecking away. The bad news is she's left us little choice in what to do.......

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

You are so far ahead of me! We do a real tree, though, so you can only bring them in so early, or they dry out. We will most definitely be anchoring our tree from the top this year, as this is Scoutie's first Christmas, and you just never know. Last year, with no new creatures in the house, the tree fell over, smashing a number of the ornaments I've collected for 30+ years. I envy your early Christmas shopping, but I'm still waiting for wish lists from my grown-up children and hubby, herding cats, I tell you. Your energy inspires me!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Looks like the gang did a good job of supervising...everything looks wonderful!

Sorry you are having chicken problems and it's sad that you have to take that step, but after you exhaust all the other alternatives...you gotta do what you gotta do!

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