our most impressive icicle!

my kitchen helpers - Oliver and Emerson

flavored salt directions coming soon!

We've had a dusting of snow added to our 6-8 inches both Saturday and Sunday.  Emerson, of course, assumes the snow came just for him.  He loves it.  Running, jumping, eating, playing and then hurrying in to sit next to the pellet stove when his little paws are too cold.  We have icicles all around our house, forming as the snow melts off the roof.  You can see from the photos above that they are beautiful in the sunlight.

This weekend was not productive at all.  I've been battling a sinus infection and I'm hoping I'm winning.  I guess only time will tell.

My kitchen helpers, Oliver and Emerson, made sure to supervise my every move while working in the kitchen this weekend.  I don't know how I could do it without them!

The chickens are not happy about the cold or the snow.  They dread them both.  Last week they had to spend a couple of days in the coop - the temperatures were negative at night and only 11 to 12 degrees during the day.  Just too cold for them.  When they finally were let out again they chattered, cooed and were sincerely thrilled.  It was too cute.

Oliver was going through a phase the past month or so where we weren't sure if he was sick, in pain, or what.  After trying a couple of other things, on a whim, my vet had us try a diffuser with D.A.P.  Have you used this?  I'll write more about it in the next day or two but it seemed to have done the trick!  My little man is almost back to his normal self and I can't tell you how relieved I am.

Jackson has been wearing his naughty pants around the house again.  Yup!  The guy just can't stay out of trouble.  More on that tomorrow.....

Thank you to all our new followers and visitors.  Welcome!!  I am working on a few things to write about this month - flavored salt recipes, a story about eggs (cleaning, storing, using, etc), more about voluntary simplicity, more baking from the Bread Bible, organization, and more homemade dog treats.  I hope you'll check back with us!

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!!


Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

So sorry you've been having sinus-y trouble. I'm a veteran, having had 3 surgeries on mine. Ugh! No fun, and I hope you're feeling much better soon.
Happy to hear Oliver is feeling better as well. Sounds like you have lots of great plans for the new year. Looking forward to seeing what you're up to. XO.

Dee said...

I really look forward to your salt recipes! I currently live on property in the country where we garden extensively but don't have chickens. We aim for a lot more self-sustainability than we have now, though we're planning a move back to the city where in some ways, that will be way easier than here! Love your blog!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Mary - thanks so much for stopping by! Dee - I'm so happy you found us. I hope you return again!!

Unknown said...

Hope your feeling better Staci!! Have you tried a NetiPot? Works wonders? Also, were planning our chicken coop and I REALLY like yours, do you have a link to more photos and building info maybe? Thanks!!

daisy g said...

I know that sinus trouble can really be tough. I've recently started drinking plain hot water in the morning, and it does help to clear the sinuses. Hope you're feeling better.

Those icicles are stunning!
Looking forward to reading about your goals being met.

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

I enjoy everything you write about, especially the animals. I hope to one day be in a situation like yours where we can have a few more animals like chickens. Keep up the great work. Happy New Year! Cathy

Unknown said...

Wow, the snow looks great. But I also know from experience how much the chickens hate it when it snows. Grace of course is holding out hope that we will get that one great snow a year that happens about every other year for us in January or February. The dogs look very cute in their photo. Looking forward to your upcoming posts that you discussed.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sue - unfortunately, I didn't take photos during construction. Only during the framing, but if you have any questions or would like to see something specific let me know. I'm assuming you checked out my "13 lessons learned" about chicken coops?
Daisy - thank you. Yes, anything warm is so soothing. Thanks Cathy - my crazy crew of animals is hard to resist writing about. :) Diane - well looks like Grace's snowfall is about due if it's this month or next month..... :)

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh they are large icicles. Jumped over from farmers blog.
I am sorry you are not well take care. B