July 31, 2011

constant changes

We're constantly going through changes around here -- probably pretty normal for most households though =)

Today we go to talk to the pet store lady to see if she's ready for the baby bunnies. She wants to get some of the mini rexs first. I think I'll send one sex at a time, tho I'm not sure yet. A couple days ago we were finally able to sex them properly. None of the grey ones or Speckles are boys =(  Though the all white one is so I may keep him to breed back. We ended up with 5 of one kind and 6 of another -- can't remember which is which now LOL

Another thing is that we keep all our rabbit and chicken feed in the the chicken coop covered in plastic trash cans. Well we just noticed something has been chewing at the top of the chicken feed. Now I knew that may happen but it was far cheaper to take a chance with a plastic trash can for $5 each then to be broke at that time to buy $20 each metal trash cans. I just figured we'd have till early winter before something started chewing on it! Plus I never would have thought something would chew near the top and not at the bottom. Oh well you live and learn I guess.

Still no eggs yet from the girls. I think we're going to have to get rid of the 2 roosters soon their getting pretty noisy! I really don't want the city to try any shady business and make me get rid of them.

My oldest son got a job in the past couple of days. It's an easy job with few hours and little pay but I'm still so proud of him! And his first comment was "now I can help out with bills and stuff"  -- AWWW! Isn't he a sweetheart? =) Of course I'm going to have him use his money on him -- his phone, shoes, clothes, etc. I'll have him help with something small so he feels like he's helping (and he would be!) but not take all his money. He's always been such a responsible boy.

And my oldest daughter has been wanting to help out too so she's been crocheting new dish rags for us! Before now she's not had much luck with crocheting but she's getting pretty good at it now =)  I need to go buy some more cotton yarn though she's used all I had already!

ok that's all for now. gotta get to work on stuff!


July 30, 2011

movie - Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

We watched this movie last week - it was so moving! I was so inspired to try out the same technique because let's be honest -- it wouldn't hurt anyone to try it right? So a couple of days later I get the ingredient list together to do the juice that is showed the most in the movie and go buy the things I need. The next day the kids and I get to work on making the juice (recipe & site links below). Here's what my juicer looked like at the end -

And here's our juice all finished and ready for us to give it a shot -- literally LOL

Ok first off let me be completely honest --- this was some potent stuff! I can see how it's healthy and can make ya healthy QUICK lol

But also I should point out that I HATE cucumbers - tho I didn't taste them in this - and we don't eat kale. In fact this is the first time I think we've ever ate it! And I think that is the main thing you can taste in this -- kale.

We didn't like it. So we tried to tweak the recipe till we did =) We tried it with a little salt -- nope. We tried it with a little agave nectar -- nope. So then we tried it half-n-half with apple juice -- yep! It's way better with the apple juice.

The whole idea tho is to replace your food -- ALL OF IT, eventually -- with fresh made juice only. I really think this idea can work, I believe wholeheartedly in what the movie showed. But there's two things I must do before I can jump into something like this - 1. find more recipes that I like   2. budget so I have money available to buy the ingredients

When I went to the website I realized that there are many ways to implement this "diet" which makes things nice for working it into the whole family. Like I seen on there you can do it for 5-10-15 days or just to supplement your normal diet, whatever you want. Hey I can work that! LOL

Darkside has been having so many stomach problems this last year and me with my blood pressure so we've already been trying to drink lots more juice. I seen this movie and it's message as a little bit of a wake up call to do it more and make it ourselves. Don't know why I didn't think of it myself LOL

So if your the least bit interested then here's

the trailer on YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SGWcZwk7c

the movie facebook (just noticed that there are some great helps on there! go figure I didnt look there first!) -- http://www.facebook.com/FatSickandNearlyDead

the website -- http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

the recipe for the green juice -- http://jointhereboot.com/reboot-program/the-reboot-express/during-your-reboot-express/reboot-express-meal-plan-day-1/

oh yeah and another good thing is ...... the chickens LOVED the pulp left over after juicing all that stuff LOL


July 29, 2011

tomatoes & shooting guns =)

I am in so much love with all the tomatoes we've been getting! Here's some I served the kids with lunch the other day. They all like them as long as I put a sprinkling of salt on them =)

And I know it just a trick of my eyes but the yellow ones seem to taste soooo much better than the rest.

Soon I need to go get my canner checked out at the extension office so I can put some of these bad boys up. I'd like to do salsa. Last time I did salsa something messed up and all but 2 jars was ruined =(  I'm taking any chances anymore and am planning on pressure canning them. I don't know I may give it one more go with a different recipe......

We had fun tonight playing shoot the kid with the bb guns. No we're not crazy just a little wild =)  My son Eddie (#3) got a set of bb guns for his birthday and they aren't very powerful. Plus with the plastic bb's they can't be too dangerous if you put some distance between the gun & target. LOL

It was funny we were having the oldest boy run like he was dodging real gun fire and then we'd try to get him - only did like twice. But that was with the daisy gun and metal bb's. For that we only pumped it twice and put about 50 feet between us. After he got tired of running around we set a pumpkin & can up for target practice. Dontcha know that we only hit those 3 times! LOL definitely need to practice more!

Someday I hope to get some paintball guns. I think we'd have lots of fun with them!


July 28, 2011


In the past 2 years I've really got into makeup. Not that I haven't always like putting it on from time to time, but it was always the same things year after year. Now I do things WAY different =)

It all started when we moved back to Illinois and was staying with SR. See he's a big bar go-er so after about a month or so he finally talked us into going too. The first couple times I didn't even bother with putting something nice on -- I just wore what I had worn all day LOL

What did I have to dress up for? I wasn't there to meet a man or anything. Plus this is the same bar my mom used to go into all the time years ago -- blah, blah, blah. Until I got there and seen that the bar had definitely changed over the years! They now had a DJ there who played mostly dance/hip-hop -- what a change! And later in the night people who came in actually looked nice. But not one of those girls had good make-up on.

Well I don't have any nice clothes - or the body to show off - but I can do my makeup =)  So I went to Walgreens and picked up some new stuff that was on clearance (I'm cheap like that!). One thing I picked up was gel eyeliner, I'd never even hear of this stuff but it was cheap so I figured what the heck I'll figure it out! Once I googled it I seen a YouTube video by Petrilude -- I watched that and seen the other ones in the sidebar and was lost forever!

In the last 2 years I've spent over $1000 in makeup, hair, nails, and clothes. Heck I think that's the most I've spent on those things in the past 30 years combined! And I can't stop I love it so much =) The stuff I've learned in the past 2 years is astounding -- things I only dreamed of doing before.

So there's the story and here's all the best pictures from the past 2 years of makeup (dates ain't all right) -


July 27, 2011


Ok now today is all about the chickens =)

To start off when we bought these chickens we were well assured by the farm store that they were ALL hens and I of course believed them (NOT!!). And surprise, surprise we have 2 roosters! I was soooo shocked =O  In all honesty I believe that the farm store people were just going on what the nursery said, although I had hoped it was a good sexer but I wasn't real lucky with that.

Now for a break down of the breeds we got -

  • 4 white leghorns (1 is a rooster)
  • 2 silver-laced wyandottes 
  • australorps (1 is a rooster)
  • 1 white rock
  • 1 barred rock
  • 1 black sex links
  • 1 cherry egger (RIR/NH cross)
  • 2 golden-laced wyandottes
Not sure what we will do with the roosters yet but we'll have to do something eventually. And we still haven't named any of them except the white rock which the girls nicknamed Snow White =) Any day now we'll get our first eggs -- already got a box with a golf ball in there! Still need to build 2 more boxes and get them put up.

I LOVE my chickens! I love chickens period! I can throw just about anything out there and they'll eat it right up. My sweet piggy girls =)  Although I have noticed that they didn't eat the potatoes I threw in there? (they were potatoes that were bad or got chopped in half during harvesting)

Because I took too many pictures of them and because they don't have names yet - I'm going to have a slideshow to showcase them =)


garden harvesting

We've been harvesting tomatoes like crazy! Yellow, red, black stripe -- big, little, and one split =(  LOVE all the maters! =)

Plus we've been trying to get all of our potatoes out but this takes alot of time and effort. Sadly when we do harvest anymore we'll have to pull out the pumpkins too since we inter-planted them thinking it would work. it won't work =(  But we planted them too early anyhow so we'll just plant them again in the next couple days.

Then there's all the herbs and the onions. Oh! And berries -- blackberries that were already growing here! Their tart but good.

Then tonight I decided to give up on the corn and get it out too. We had a decent harvest 32 ears but they are only half the size they should be. The only thing I can think of is that they were packed in too tight? I may plant more not sure yet.

Still need to plant the fall garden -- brussel sprouts, broccoli, peas. We also are going to try the cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, and green beans again.


July 26, 2011


Well since I haven't shared it here yet --- we're rabbit farmers now! =)

Since neither one of us felt like we could do the slaughtering part, we only do pet rabbits. I have to say I rather like raising rabbits. Right now we're just starting to get into it for the most part. We have decided we're going to name any we keep after singer/musicians.

OK on to the intros!

First is Madonna - she died within a day of us getting her =(  the transport and auction was too much probably. We was told she was bred already. mini rex doe

Next is Janis Joplin - dutch doe
Janis had one litter (6) that all died the same day, not sure what happened. She had them out of the box and it was SUPER hot out so maybe those things are all factors? Plus it was her first litter. Here's one of the babies, I think it wasn't going to have Dutch markings -

This is Dimebag Darrell our mini rex buck -

Then there's Taylor Swift our small mini rex doe. She had a litter about 6 weeks ago - not one died! Five all black and 2 soft grey. Dimebag Darrell is their dad =)

And last but not least is Mama Cass who is a dwarf doe. She was bred when we got her and after the deal with Madonna I figured the whole litter was a loss. Nope! She had a litter of eight and has four still alive so that's not bad! She has one baby that I'm particularly fond of =)

See the white one with speckles on it's face? that's the one I like =) we secretly call it speckles! it comes right up to me when I am by their cage. But keeping it may not be an option so I'll have to wait and see =)  Just like I'm partial to one of the grey babies too LOL

Right now we have 6 functioning cages but the potential for at least 1 if not 2. All the cages need work since we didn't build them and they are quite aged. But it sure beat having to build them from scratch!

In the next week we will be re-breeding all the does (possibly) and sell all the babies to the local pet store. It'll be sad to see them go but make things here a little easier to breathe! The money will help pay our utility bill and the best part is we will be coming out ahead of what we put into the whole operation by about $30 which ain't bad =)

The next set we should make even more money. Although it will all go towards xmas. Then we'll have to take a break in the breeding for a couple months cause I don't want to deal with losses because of the cold. We've also decided that next year we will take a break in the hottest part of summer too because it was hard dealing with the babies in these high temps.

Ok, up next -- chickens!


July 25, 2011


"Accept change and you will survive. Embrace change and you will thrive."

Seen that quote on an email and wanted to save it here, I love it! It's so true!

There's been many changes around here lately -- in the yard, in the house, relationships, and emotional as well. But it is what it is and we'll just go from here =)

Trying to get as much done in the little bit of nice weather we're having and it's hard. All last week we couldn't go out to work until almost dark cause it was so hot. Even that late in the day it still was almost too hot to do anything.

We mowed just 3 days ago and since it rained yesterday for the first time in awhile all the grass grew back already! Had to mow it again tonight. I'm thankful though that we got some rain.

Also had to re-treat the yard with seven dust tonight. I really hate using it but I hate the mosquitos & fleas worse LOL

Got alot of stuff lined up to share here in the next few days so stay tuned =)

oh and it was our 13th anniversary today so this is for you Darkside -
I just couldn’t let today go by without taking a minute to tell my amazing husband Happy Anniversary.  It was thirteen years ago today when I was the luckiest woman alive, who was able to marry her best friend.  I love my husband even more today than I did on that July day when we shared our vows.  I have been blessed to share so much with him including having 4 amazing children.  I thank fate for sending him to me and for blessing me with an amazing life.  I love you honey!