Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Few Things I've Learned...

These guys are pretty cute.

Even if it is nearly impossible to get a picture of all 3 without at least one of them doing this...

They always behave like perfect ladies and gentlemen. *cough* No elbows on the table, and we never, ever, not ever put our legs up with a skirt on.

This is what a stampede looks like around here.

This one crows....

Greg can build a mean goat playset.
People from the burbs can look like rednecks after only 6 months of living in the country!
In our defense, we were watching the Tour of California from the end of our property. Lance Armstrong rode right past our house!

Lance is in this bunch. He rides for Radio Shack, but honestly, they were a blur, riding past at about 50 mph.

After the riders went past, there were several cars with replacement bikes following.

And last, but certainly not least..... it is a really bad feeling to see one of these. Especially while wearing cute little flip flops. A dead rattler is the only good rattler. And yes, after locking the dogs in the kennel, going down to the house to get my boots (albeit rain boots...), camera and shovel, I personally dispatched this sassy little snake. I hope his friends saw and move on.....

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The post.

Okay, so this will be a random catch you up to date type post. Well, in a brief, Cliff notes version, to save you from death by boredom.
We took the kids to an Easter Egg Hunt in Coloma. It was *perfect* exactly what I had hoped it would be, and look at the beautiful surroundings! They had it set up for the kids to hunt for eggs by age, but we let them all go together so we didn't have to split up and miss seeing everyone. The girls had a blast and Declan was a perfect gentleman, skipping past eggs if he thought someone else had spied it too. They cleaned up with over a dozen eggs a piece.

Next, moving on to the chicken tractor. This is a coop on wheels basically. Greg came up with the design and built it from that! I think it's pretty amazing that someone can picture this in their head, and then to see it actually appear.

It took us (ie; Greg working and me supervising.... and opening beers) just about 4 weekends of work. It began to seem like the chicken coop of the century, but I couldn't be happier with it. And most importantly, the chickens are safe and sound and out of my laundry room.
I sprayed it the same color as the house, which is a pale yellow with white trim. It turned out pretty pale though, and when we repaint the main house, I'll repaint the coop as well.
Here is a random picture of the typical quad ride around here. Kids, dogs, you know. They don't make dog helmets for needle nose whippets though so Greg just has to be careful.
We've had crazy weather, super warm sunny spring like one day, and overcast raining like crazy the next. It's made all the grass grow like mad and we've spent many a weekend cutting grasses, spraying grasses with Roundup and cursing the back 4 or so acres that are full of poison oak and thistle.
I've got the rest of my pictures uploaded onto the other computer that I can't access from the Netbook, so this post will have to be continued.....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Okay, I'm working on a post....

Got lots of photos to upload and lots to talk about. Will be doing my best to update today or tomorrow!