Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chicken life!

Ahh my chickens. I have lost many in the past year. One to a stray dog that stopped unexpectedly at our house for a snack! One to a disease which was scary. One died of old age and then the two that were horrifically woken up in the middle of the night by a mean old bear, grabbed from their slumbering bedposts and gobbled up in the woods right by the side of our house!

I have hatched a couple where one had to have a name change from Daffodil to Napoleon! Photo,s to follow once i figure out how to add photo,s from an iPad!

So now i have Dolly the survivor of the bear attack....she was wounded and made it. Napoleon the rooster whose days may be numbered due to his 5.30am cock a doodle doo doo! Coco who is shy and quiet and she should start to lay very soon. Then 4 New Hampshire Reds called, Yoko, Tulip, Spot and Brownie they should start to lay in October.. Meanwhile we are surviving on one egg every other day for a family of five! Not much baking has been done around here lately!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The beginning again!

Wow where do i start? I have done zilcho writing for many many months...the reason why i do not know?

Here is a new beginning:

New season
New recipes
New exercise schedule
New job? maybe?
Write a blog more regularly
Pick up my needles and knit and even more important complete something!
Shall i keep the rooster or not?
Can i really squeeze an indoor soccer team into our life?
Try something new...maybe can some salsa?
Learn to say no more makes life much easier.
Take some down time.
Leara new word every week...need to keep the memory working!

Well lets see if i can really do this!
Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Accomplishments for today....

1. Completed a gorgeous scarf for my best friends daughter
2. Hand washed woolly mittens and scarves and even dried them in the sun on the deck!
3. Using up leftovers like its going out of fashion.
4. Caught up with an old friend
5. Helped out in number 3's classroom...interesting and rewarding.
6. Bought a new hand luggage suitcase... I need to rant here

As a family of 5 we have always travelled and tried to use only 2 medium suitcases for our vacations. Since the "let's rip them off" attitude from the airlines, where they decided to charge you for a anyone travels without a case or change of clothes! Hmm hello there!

It ticks me off having to pay for a suitcase but what really ticks me off is that now everyone takes these wheelie suitcases as hand baggage and totally block all the overhead cabins. I have moaned about this for years however since money is tight these days i have decided it is easier to invest in 5 wheelie hand luggage cases.

Is this more bulky for the airlines...oh yes.
Will they all fit in the overhead cabins...oh no but guess what then they get put into the hold for free!

Do the airlines not realise that they have trained people to do this?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm Back!

Just watched the movie "The Help" and now I have the urge to write again yippee!
That really is a good movie to watch and the book is great too if anyone is in the market for a little down time.

Today felt like Spring!

The sun was pouring down, the sky was blue with a couple of fluffy white ones floating around in it. The ground is still covered with snow however there are patches and I mean minuscule patches of dirt around! My chickens were grateful to stretch their scaly legs and find dirt! I still love them to pieces however they are destructors..trashing the garden and poohing just everywhere all the time. We are going to have to keep them in a coop as I have found them on our road, in next doors garage and worst of all on top of Sir L's car...his pride and glory...Top Gear fanatic!

Just enjoyed a couple of days in Boston.. the big city. Indulging in foreign foods,buying half of teenager, visiting museums...trying to add some culture to my country bumpkins lifes! Best if all we went to see "The Blue Man Group."

My 8 year old had no idea what they were and when we showed him the brochure he was concerned that they were blue. I explained that they were born that way and their parents decided the only way they could get a job was to be performers. After perusing the brochure he said..."oh my they have no ears either!" I explained that it was a double affliction...I know I am so mean! Well at the theater one of the Blue men came up to our 8 year old and gave him a high five...he blurted out.."you do have ears!"

Thank goodness that the Blue Men do not talk! I was safe!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011


So I have been avoiding my blog for way too long for many reasons. I lost my oomph to write. I'm constantly exhausted as I run from place to place every day and flop exhausted into bed. I realised that I do very little for me. Plus the majority of the people that I am running around after do not appreciate me or my time.

So here is my new motto "toughen up Daffodilly, learn to say no more often and make time for you."

In fact I have done something very daring for me. A very special friend of mine is having a large numbered birthday in December and she invited me and a bunch of friends to go to St. Thomas for a week. I wanted to go so badly but could not due to basketball schedules, work commitments all of my animals etc etc. Sir Lancelot told me to just book it & go so I did! I feel like a wild woman!

I have not had a girls holiday since I was a teenager as I always went away with boyfriends, husbands or family after that.

So here I go folks one week in sunny St. Thomas is a coming up.

Details to follow.............

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sadness all around

Not only have we just passed the 10th anniversary of 9/11 which was sad for everyone it seems as if my life is on a sad roller coaster at the moment.

One of my old bosses has just died and I am going to his Celebration of Life tomorrow. I'm nervous. I have only ever been to 2 funerals in my life, the last one was my mums. The Americans tend to do the wake thing when you can visit the body which is just too much for me. I have never seen a dead body and have no desire to.

All the memories of what a family go through are flooding my brain and filling me with sadness.

My 8 year old came home from school to tell me that a little girl in his class is in a wheelchair as she has cancer on the brain.

My dental hygienist has just passed this week from cancer too leaving a 4 year old son to be raised by his dad.

There really needs to be a cure found to save more lives.

The Breast Cancer Walk is coming up at the beginning of October. My children and I will be walking it so please sponsor a walker if you can afford it.

All of us together can help find a cure and save some of these wasted precious lives.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Its nearly over....

Indications that summer is over.....

  • my daughters summer job has ended..just as well she boosted Abercrombie shares this week!
  • traffic......what traffic? hurray!
  • fingers itch to start knitting!
  • wash & put some of the beach towels away
  • guests all departed
  • signs of the first red leaves
  • wearing a fleece to walk Molly this morning
  • evenings spent on the soccer field
  • trying to speed up my life again so that we do have a decent meal at a decent time...a struggle.
  • darker evenings
  • hanging baskets on their last legs
a quieter house when they are all at it!