Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grandparents and Veteran's Day

Olivia did a school project for Veteran's Day this year. Here is her tribute to her great grandparents. 


 My great-grandpa served in World War 2. He drove the 1st jeep leading the tanks in the war to storm the gates of Dachau Concentration Camp to free the Jews. He was in the 11th armored division. My grandpa signed up to serve because he believed all people had dignity and rights. Even outside of his military duty he worked hard to help people. My grandpa died in April 2006. I am happy that he had a chance to do things he was destined to do, my grandpa saved many lives. I am proud of my grandpa and how he risked his life for others. THANK YOU GRANDPA!  


My great-grandma worked for the Federal government during World War 2. She worked one year at Camp Carson, which is now called Fort Carson, and at bases in Denver and California. My grandma typed and sent orders for trains to where they need to go; she also drew portraits of her bosses for the company news paper. My grandma enjoyed the women she worked for and with. When my grandpa was assigned to the base in Kansas my grandma had to get there by herself, so she learned to drive at age 21. My grandma had a small official part in the war the effort, and a big part supporting her husband who fought in the war. Without women like her the war would not have been successful.    

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

First Egg!

The chickens laid their first egg!!!!! It was an Australorpe. More? Just thought I would share.

Monday, November 8, 2010

feathered friends

Well, those feathered girls out in the yard...... they are growing up into the finest looking flock you ever saw. But, no eggs yet. Come on girls! I guess they are only at the beginning of when they could lay. I close them up sometimes. They are Dave's project and hobby. And when I do if I wear Dave's coat they are nice and friendly. Come right up to me saying "Hi ya big Dave, got treats for us? Water?" One of them even let me pet her soft feathers. If I go out in my coat they run away. They know their "shepherd".  Sort of like us Christians. The frequency and amount of time we put into knowing the Father is in direct relationship to us being able to follow him in life. I am partial to the "pretty" Amerucaunas. Dave loves them all, even the plain black Astralorps. Sure am glad God is not like me, playing favorites on such silly notions as what fancy feathers I have. He loves me from the inside out and loves my outside too, after all he made me this way on purpose.

Here are some pictures of the feathered girls.

The other day there was a huge bird outside. It was early, I did not have my glasses on yet. A friend of one of the girls was being dropped off. I saw the flutter, I saw it hop along the front of the house near the chicken coop. It was the size of a chicken, variegated feathers, fluffy neck, hopping, flapping. I thought one of the chickens had gotten out. I called for Olivia, expert Chicken Catcher, to go get it. She dutifully went out and snuck up on it. Within about 8 feet of it, she thought, this is no chicken and just as suddenly it flew away, a great huge hawk. Well, we felt pretty silly, but really, hopping along and flapping from that distance it really looked like one of our variegated chickens. Same neck feathers, head, size, behavior.Since then we have seen the beautiful creature swooping over the chickens, sitting on the end of the house by them, trying to land on their house. Being that the coop is half covered, there is not enough room for a big bird like that to get in and out, but hey, she can dream, just don't try it! Please. 
Here is a photo of Her Royal Beautifulness. 
Doesn't look anything like a mere fluffy chicken, as pretty as they are. Silly me. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Some projects go fast and others..... well, take their time. Time. We built our house and moved in in 9 months. We built the playhouse in 3 years. Well, deadlines and banks do tend to make you hurry up a bit. :) So, the playhouse is done today! Moved in. Here are the pictures. The girls picked the inside color a bright lime-ish green and did the paintings too. The color reminds me of my elementary classrooms. Everyone's hand print is represented even Jigs got in on the action.My dad donated the lumber from various projects and the paneling too. Dave did a great job building it and even did the concrete pad himself with help from a good friend. I found the hutch at a garage sale and it matches the shelf and rug we had at our first home. Funny how things like that work. They have all been donated to the playhouse or hang out house now. The material I found for the curtains matches the colors in the art and walls perfectly. And I used 97cent coat hooks to hang them with. Now, let the fun begin.

Phoebe's new room

My little first born baby girl is growing up. She will be 13 this next week and well, it is time for a room fitting of such a wonderful young lady. So, we re did her room! Started in September and finished this weekend. Yippee!!! In time for her birthday. Here are some before and after photos for you to enjoy.
Before: a sky complete with rainbow and clouds, a picket fence and clothes over the windows drying on the line. Head board Daddy made. So cute and sweet for a sweet little girl.

 And now........ presenting the room of a very wonderful 13 year old! She picked it herself, Chocolate and Pinkalicious.  I found the quilt at Ross, made the valances and chair cover and bulletin board and new inserts for the baskets from fabric she chose. The closet curtain I rigged up from a clearance window sheer.  She did get a new bed too, scored on line for less than half price with FREE shipping from Sears, good quality too. The lights around the top, I bought after Christmas sale last year. I thought she would like them, and she does. :)  My mom even helped with the painting the weekend before double knee replacement surgery! I used drawer pull knobs to hang the valance. Cute, creative and affordable! Welcome to teen hood my dear, sweet girl, who is likely the most wonderful teenager to ever live, and yes, I tell her often.

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Keep on the Sunny Side

The Whites - Keep on the Sunny Side
(Depression Era song)

There's a dark & a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care