Friday, May 31, 2013

Ducks, hens and the new rooster

Just before Easter
I bought
6 chicks and 2 ducklings.  Babies are so cute!  Here is a picture of them in the pool where they used to live when they first arrived at our house.
Fast forward  a few weeks and... oh my how they have grown!  When I brought them home, I left them in the car while I got the pool ready for them.  My husband went to get the 50 lb. bag of food and left the back door of the suzuki open while he brought the bag around to the hen house.  Our little min-pin must have heard some peeps and by the time I got there she had killed 3 birds.  Originally I had purchased 3 white and 3 black.  Now I was down to 2 black and 1 white and very sad about what had happened.

A few days later I went back to town to get 3 more chicks.  They no longer had white chicks, so I got 3 tiny little red chicks.  Even after just a few days my little birds had formed a tight bond and were not too friendly  to the new "peeps" I had added to their group.  Once again fast forward a little more and they are still growing like weeds!


You would think that a duck would want to get in the water when he has his very own pool, but not this one.  Here Riley tries to show him how much fun it is.  Maybe he's remembering that he actually grew up in this pool and thinks his home is now flooded.  This is the first day outside of the hen house and the temperature might be a little colder than he likes.  Both ducks like to play in the water now, but they prefer when I turn on the sprinkler. 
Now it has been 2 months and the ducks appear to be full grown.  The chickens may get a little bigger, but they seem to have all of their adult feathers.  It's funny how much personality a bird can have.  We love to watch the things they do and the way they interact with each other and the humans.  On memorial day my daughter found someone on facebook that was looking for a home for their rooster.  He was just learning how to crow and was making this pitiful screeching sound every morning.  It was only a matter of time before the neighbors started to complain.  Now this little guy was purchased at the same time from the same place as my birds.  I figured that he would fit right in.  I hoped that he didn't realize what that delicious smell filling the car actually was on the ride home.  You see, I had purchased our dinner on the trip to pick him up.  FRIED CHICKEN was on our dinner menu!  He seemed pretty calm in spite of it all.  When we got home I put the pet carrier with him inside of it into the chicken run.  He saw all those beautiful girls and desperately wanted out of the carrier.  I think he thought he was in chicken heaven and he (being the only guy) could rule the roost.  It would probably be chicken love at first sight.  So I opened the door.  I believe that being locked up together for most of their little lives, this group had developed a gang mentality.  They immediately ran for him and attacked!  Even the ducks charged him!!!  They chased him around and around the chicken yard!  I had to catch him, soothe him and seperate him from the others.  They must have come to some kind of a settlement after sleeping together in the hen house that night, because although he isn't being mistreated now, they aren't trying to beat him up all the time.  That's a good thing because I have quilting to do and don't have time to referee these little feathered friends.

This is a good example of how small this guy is compared to the ducks.

He pretty much keeps to himself.  I don't blame him!

All finished with the blues

I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of May!  This month was just kind of a blur.  Since blue is my favorite color, I had to hurry to get a picture of all my blue blocks posted for the RSC13 over at scraphappy Saturday before we change colors for the month of June.  I was happy to complete over 32 blocks this month, bringing my total count of "cracker" blocks to 215!  Only 185 to go.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sherwin-Williams $100 gift card

Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times is offering an opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Sherwin Williams.  In exchange for writing this post, I will be entered in this promotion.  So many rooms at my house could use a redo.  I sure hope I win.  Wish me luck!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

February Lady Sweater

The February Lady Sweater is done!!!  Well... it still needs to be blocked, but the knitting is finished!  This was a VERY popular pattern on Ravelry and so I figured it would be good for my first adult size sweater.  So far I love it.  After I block it I will need to find 3 large buttons.  I need to show it off at Judy L.'s Patchwork Times now.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

UFO finishes

This month I had high hopes of getting a lot of things done.  My first goal was to complete the "birds"  top.  I auditioned several different corners and ended up with blocks that have become more UFO's.  I finally settled on something that is fairly simple.  It creates open space for quilting.  The center is now completely sewn, so I did accomplish my goal.  Now it will have another "time out" until I decide whether to finish it as it is or add borders to make it into a large quilt.

I didn't like the churn dash quilt blocks on the corner.  Maybe I will make some more and put them into another quilt.  It has now outgrown the wall, so on the floor it goes.  I am so ready to see something different on this wall and there is probably some a lot of you that are really sick of seeing these bird blocks too!  The corners appear to be really dark, but the print is actually just little clusters of flowers on a white background.

I'm linked up to Pigtales and Quilts for this post.  My other goals for April were to
  1. finish 2 flannel baby quilts    I finished 1
  2. finish the string quilt top      I finished the top
  3. finish 10 customer quilts       I finished 7 
I have also linked up to Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link-a-finish Friday.  You should go check out what everyone else is finishing!