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Not so fast with the flip-flops, said old man winter.

Winter weather made a comeback this week, here in our neck of the woods.  I’m back to wearing layers and breaking up frozen waterers in all the coops.  A short but heavy snow shower came through on Friday morning.


I dried the daffodils that I brought in last week.  I’ll turn them into some project.  Or perhaps I’ll just keep them in this little bowl and enjoy them as they are.


Another shipment of chicks arrived on Wednesday.  Boo was quite excited and welcomed them to the farm right away.  I thought they looked good and healthy, unlike the ones that we got the week before.

The excitement of receiving them was soon dampened, as these started passing away within a day.  Of the 31 we received 10 have died.  Beyond heartbreaking.


In other pet news.

Peanut, developed a lump on her snout.  Overnight it went from a lump to her whole snout being swollen and the skin broke open.  I thought it was an abscess, which I tried to drain unsuccessfully.  A trip to the vet and lot of money later, I had to make the decision to make her as comfortable as can be for whatever reminder of time she has because really that is all that I can do.  She could have two weeks or it could be two years.  She has a mass on her saliva gland, but because of her other health problems combined with her advanced age, it is too risky to put her under to do a biopsy much less surgery.  Oddly enough, this is the same location that the tumor was removed from Mr. Cottage just a few months ago.  Hmm…

Peanut and Winter.  Little Winter adores Peanut.


So, I will double up on the hugs and kisses, and maybe the treats too.  She will know that she is loved and that we are glad she is our little Peanut.

You know what this has just been a horrible week.  There – I said it.

While trying to cope with sweet little chicks passing away right and left and our sweet little Peanut in crisis.  I’ve been down most of the week with a particularly ugly case of the flu.


Winter sat on my legs most of the days watching murder mysteries on TV with me.


I said, hey Winter, listen closely – (s0 she leaned in for a good listen) I said – you are a chicken.  Chickens don’t hang out inside the house watching TV.  Chickens do outside stuff.  They scratch in the dirt, eat grass and worms and poop.  OUTSIDE.


This is the look I got.  Seriously, is this a stink eye or what?


Spirea – one of my favorite bushes is beginning to bloom.  I believe it to be the Bridal Wreath variety.  Something beautiful to look forward to next week.

Thank you for being here today.

xo Kim


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7 thoughts on “Ramblings of a crappy week

  1. Weather is so unpredictable this time of year but I have to say I love the idea of dried up daffodils in a dish. You might try Mt. Healthy for chicks – I’ve had the best luck with them for years and think you can order in bunches of 25 or more. This indoor chicken of yours cracks me up – company is good though. Hope this new week is a good one.


  2. Lisa says:

    Sorry for the crappy week. Losing our furry and feathered friends always suck. Love to Peanut. And, I think Winter is one smart chickie!


  3. Pam Kaufman says:

    So sorry to hear about Peanut. It is so incredibly sad to lose our fur babies.


  4. says:

    Hugs for peanut! I love seeing the chicken laying on the dog bed. Makes me laff! I don’t think Winter knows he’s a chicken. Probably thinks he’s a dog.


  5. LaDy says:

    I’m so sorry for your losses this week. Give Peanut a big hug for me as I know his last days and/ or even years will be amazing in the household.


  6. Debra says:

    Oh dear-I’m so sorry this has been such an awful week for you and some of your critters. I do hope you are feeling better! With a friend like Winter-how could you be down for long?? I’m still laughing over ‘stink eye’! You crack me up. Love the photos as always. Love to you and the whole farm…


  7. Inga says:

    So sorry for the loss of your chicks. And your sweet old pup having a hard time. And the flu too? And you still made time to post, AND be funny? You are an awesome woman my dear. I’m a bit late here. Two and a half weeks later, I’m hoping all is going much better for you and your animals. How I love that Little Winter! Too cute. I think she was just trying to cuddle and help you feel better! 🙂


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