3 Variations on a Chicken Run

by frazzledmama on April 16, 2014

Some of you may have seen my dismal failure at creating a temporary chicken run for Little Man’s 3 pullets that were cooped up all the time.

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It really was a disaster. I was hoping to reuse one of the kids old play tents, just to give the poor chickens some room to stretch, even if it was only temporary.  When this happened, I went to plan B.

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The feathered ladies were glad to have room to scratch and take their dirt baths.  But, when Mr. OverKill got home he kind of shook his head and sighed. I’m guessing his inner thoughts ran something along the line of, "Wow….my wife is….a keeper."

Ha ha. Whatever his inner thoughts were, Sunday after church we went straight to the Big Orange Box store and he gathered some supplies, for this….

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Isn’t it awesome?!?! It’s a chicken tractor….well…maybe a better name would be a chicken litter. Litter, isn’t that the word???? Yes, I believe so.

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The point is, this coop is light enough for us to move around the yard with the nifty built in poles. The theory being that the hens won’t totally ruin the grass, and our yard will get fertilized naturally. ;)

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Garden Makeover 2014

by frazzledmama on April 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, Mr. OverKill and the boys gave my garden a much needed make over.     The wooden end caps had rotted off and the last batch of potting soil we filled them with was subpar at best.

It was time.

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Mr. OverKill made the new end caps out of aluminum.  These shouldn’t rot ;)

And they shoveled out all the yucky old dirt, and filled it up wit new potting soil from my favorite nursery.

Then, Mr. OverKill tackled a project I had wanted to do for a while. We added some river rock around the edge of the patio.  We’ve always had the worst time getting the grass to grow right there, so it becomes a big sandy mess that everyone, including the dog, tracks in.

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Additionally, the dog assumed that was his bathroom.

Not cool.

As you can see in the picture, he wasn’t too sure about the rock. To this day, he still won’t step on the rocks.

Yeah!

Until I discovered where he decided his new bathroom would be…..my garden walkway.

Grrr…

Then, I heard that Lowe’s had mulch on sale. Hmmm…

So the kids and I went and got mulch and liner, and filled in the garden walkways with mulch.

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Which he doesn’t like.  Yes!

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It wasn’t long until we had some sprouts coming up.

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I’m very hopeful that we will have a great harvest this year.  And I am ubber thankful for my men, big, medium, and little, that care enough to help this Frazzled Mama out.

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Hidden Gifts

by frazzledmama on April 1, 2014

Sunday Mr. OverKill took the children to get ice cream.  Since we haven’t been allowing much sugar in their diet, you can imagine there was a need to burn off some energy when they arrived home.  We decided to take them down to the lake and let them run while we walked, dipped our feet in the water, and watched the sunset.

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It was beautiful, cool, and breezy.

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And the photo ops were amazing!

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See?

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It was such a nice relaxing time, just to be…

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For the kids to run…

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to play….

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and be silly, even!

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It was a hidden gift

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Today I was given another hidden gift.  It came wrapped in trappings that immediately had me viewing this gift as a curse. Test results, declaring that I have not only gluten to contend with, but 16 other “protein-similar” foods, including rice, sorghum, and….coffee.

Sigh…..

I was very discouraged.  I thought one was bad enough, but 17!  But as I went to my Heavenly Father and poured out my heart, He ever so gently reminded me that I asked for this.  Five years ago I asked Him to help me be healthy, and it has been a long winding road that, honestly, I thought I was at the end of.  And so, I thanked the Lord that I was able to have this testing done, that I was able to identify the foods that are making me feel horrible, and hinder my work serving Him as I serve my family, friends, and community. 

I thanked Him for the hidden gift or knowledge that is going to help me be better able to serve my King.

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