The coop girls are happy that the snow is finally melting

a whole lot of mud....

Emma enjoying life outside the fence


Oliver enjoying the sunshine

Jack - not happy about being clean

Oliver and Emerson have Jack surrounded

This weekend's theme seems to be Mud and Sunshine.  
We were blessed with a lot of both.

The photos below show what I woke up to Friday morning.......snow.  You can see from the photos above, however, that it didn't last long.

By Friday afternoon the snow that had fallen all night was melting and it the day turned out to be absolutely beautiful as did the weekend.

To celebrate the wonderful weather {upper 40's} all boys received a bath.  Although Emerson and Oliver were ok with it {after all, bath = nana cookie!}, my boy Jackson was less than impressed.  As I've written about before, he's quite smitten with his litter box and typically smells like it.  As if to make sure I understood it is not within my power to change him, within a half hour of getting clean he smelled like the litter box again.  He pranced his smelliness in front of me, proud as can be.

Speaking of Jack, last week we had a woman come out from a company dealing with water filtration.  We have well water that is quite rusty and are looking for a better filtration system.  As can be expected, Jackson came racing down the stairs when he heard a guest in his home.  He, of course, assumed she was here to see him.  He made himself at home in the stool right next to her and basked in the attention.  She told him what a handsome boy he is and he responded with a "thank you, I know" look.    Cait made her entrance and the very nice woman told her what a beautiful girl she was too.  They all put on quite the show and it didn't take her long to laugh in awe at the large personalities of all the Cobble Hill critters.

While she was testing our water she asked Jay if she could have a few of his business cards in case she came across anyone interested in remodeling.  She'd seen his work and thought highly of it, which was very kind of her to say.  Jay put a few business cards on her bag which was on the counter.  Any of you familiar with Jackson stories know what happened next.  A few minutes later I went to check on the dogs and cats and found Jackson walking off with his newly stolen treasures.  Jay's business cards.  He was not at all phased at being caught in the act and continued on as if nothing had happened.  Apparently, anything small enough for him to pick up is fair game.

I've decided that making soap is my next venture.  Because I'm a little nervous about working with lye, I've procrastinated for quite some time.  I just have to pull up my big girl panties and do it.  I'm going to order the products next week and try to get to it by the end of the month.  If any of you have experience with making soap I'd be happy to hear any advice you'd care to pass along.

There are 18 girls at Cobble Hill who are very happy that the temp's have risen and the sun has made it's way out.....the coop girls.  The increased happiness has in turn increased egg production.  Speaking of the girls, we are undecided on what to do with the newest girls.  They are quite mean to the others and have completely stripped the feathers off of Little Lizzies head, neck and back.  One day we found one of them standing on her, pinning her to the ground, while the others pecked and pecked.  We've since learned Red Sex Link chickens can be aggressive......should have looked that up prior to bringing them here.

It's pizza, salad and wings for dinner tonight!  Back to the "grind" tomorrow.....

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend.


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I know your weather is much worse than ours but we had lots of snow yesterday and it is mostly gone. Love seeing all your scenery-it is so beautiful.

Snooks said...

Is it possible to section off the run and give those Naughty Sex Links an old kennel or hutch to call home? Or maybe list them on Craigs List and rehome them? I can't remember how many Sex Links you have. But surly life with them either seperate from the others or life with them not at Cobble Hill would be of some sort of improvement. Who lays the tan speckled eggs? Love those.(It better not be one of those Sex link naughty girls.) Looks like you had a decent weekend despite the snow. We got rain today and supposed to have it through Tuesday on and off.Keep us posted on what you end up doing with the Naughty Girls. Have a great week.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Leslie Kimel said...

I can't believe how beautiful those eggs are. The range of colors is amazing.

Your pets are so adorable. I love your stories about them. They really have a lot of personality!

Meg said...

Sounds like chicken for dinner a few times this week... :P

Soap making isn't as scary as you'd think. I was terrified too, but I've made it twice now and the soap you get from it is just heavenly. I just mix the lye in a jar outside and leave it out there while I melt my fats inside on the stove. Then I bring the pot of melted fat outside and mix the lye into it out there. That way there is plenty of ventilation and I don't have to worry about it. Also, a stick blender makes it trace MUCH faster than beating by hand. And using a bit of coconut oil makes for really nice lather.

Terri said...

What I would like to know is how on earth you keep your white chicken so white during the winter. My poor girl looks as if she has been run through the mud - pretty muddy here in Tennessee....

Terri said...

I just came across your blog and have loved looking at your pictures. And the bios on each of your animals has had me laughing now for several minutes. Thank you for the laughter and for sharing all of your beautiful pictures. :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Noreen! It's finally starting to feel like Spring is on it's way here.

Snooks - good ideas. Not sure what we're going to do. I have my reservations about Craigs list - I just don't want to see them abused or neglected. They don't deserve that kind of life {I could never breed animals for a living....I would worry myself sick). :)

Meg - that's kind of what we're thinking. Not sure yet though. Thank you so much on the soap advice!! I was worried about the lye in the house and your way is the PERFECT solution!

Terri - thank you so much for the kind comments. Our crew are quite the characters so I had to make sure their bios did them justice. :) As far as Daisy (white chicken) goes....it's hit or miss with her. Some days she's a muddy mess and a few days later she's a beautiful, sparkling white!

mountain mama said...

the snow pictures are lovely...love the red barn against the white!!

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

I hear you about the mud...so tired of wiping paws everytime the dogs go out. We had another big rain/wind event yesterday, and now it is sunny and mild but sooo sloppy. I love hearing about your chickens. I had a few several years ago, and we really enjoyed them. We went to Tractor Supply to look at the chicks on Sunday but (un)fortunately they were sold out. They have more now and I am sorely tempted. Jackson looks like he's trying to clean off "the clean." Love that guy!