08 November 2008

Week in Review & Rotten Roo!

What a week-
When we got our little chicks- 28 of them between the two of us- we knew there was a chance that at least one in five could be a rooster. I took eight and my friend took the other twenty. She lost two in the first few weeks. I won the lottery and got the one Roo- and he's a big one! This has been a mixed blessing. Where my girls are now laying (two to three a day :) my girlfriend's not only are not yet laying, they are attacking the fake eggs she put in the laying boxes (to show them where to go...) My girls also have a defender. He is a very good protector. Unfortunately, that leads to the down side. Often the one he ends up "protecting" them from is ME! He likes to hide behind the bobcat and go for my ankles. Or if I turn my back too long I will hear him gearing up and or flapping his beaky way toward me. Our coop door was in two parts a 1/3 top that was sticky so I generally left it shut, and a 2/3 bottom that I used to get in and out of the coop. Well, to get in that door you have to duck down under the top. If you have chicken under your feet and take your eyes off of Elliot Roo for even a second he thinks you are fair game and goes for it! I got this when he jumped at me last night as I was making sure Dorey didn't get stepped on. Silly me- I put my hand up to try to stop him! If I bring Art he doesn't do it. Otherwise I have to remember to wear pants- thick pants!

Polar and Zoi got sick this week. I had switched Zoi's food to a blend for healthy urinary tract and she had insta-flu shall we say. In one end- out the nearest and every exit! Switched back and she is much better now. We store the dog's food in a plastic bin. This helps keep the mice out of the food, and looks better than a big ole bag of food in the middle of the living room. We were scraping the bottom of the barrel as we have been too busy to go grocery shopping in the last couple of weeks. Insert pic of our sad empty fridge... Polar was very sick, too. I think the food at the bottom of that barrel had gone rotten causing the problems. Something to note. We threw it out and cleaned the bin before starting fresh. He is back to happy and bouncy (just as it started to rain for days in a row, of course ;) Hubby's been gimping around after a hard working sweating lift evacuation training session for ski patrol. He also learned where to cut the umbilical cord- so all you eight months pregnant skiers out there will have a friend in him ;) ???

We finally pulled the trigger and (cross fingers) purchased property for the business. It is a great flat 2.5 acres with two buildings that has an office between. It is on the corner of two busy roads in a town South of our shop. Of course, I have been up late every night this week, and up early to try to get reconciles done to give the bank some clean numbers.
The election. I am still a little (lot) cranky about this. I did not vote for Bush, and I did NOT vote for Obama. 2012- here we come. I don't think people know how much money Obama will take from their pockets to fund all of his social welfare programs. I also don't think he realizes how the people he advertises that he will take the money from are not only the ones who help create and provide jobs, but if they wanted to they could take their money and leave this country so they get nothing! I think Art's getting a new gun- while he still can! His x-mas request is a closet full of ammo.
Date night. My wonderful hubby and I went on a date last night. After we finished the P&S paperwork for the property we headed to Bertucci's for dinner, then off to the IMAX to see the long anticipated Madagascar 2. I loved the first movie and couldn't wait to see the second. Those penguins are the best! 'Smile and wave boys, smile and wave!' Of course, the monkeys were good too, and the lemurs, and the other characters... Yeah, a little sad. We loved the second one, too. We were early because we weren't sure we would find it so we went up the street to 99 for a pre-show beer and a wine (him beer, me wine). The IMAX is the way to see it. When the Mummy movie came out this summer they recommended IMAX but we saw it in the regular theater. Not the same. It was only $4 more for the ticket so it was well worth it. Plus it was date night. We even got Reeses Pieces to snack on. So if you haven't seen it yet, You need to Move it, move it. I like to move, it move it. We like to move it, move it...

12 comments:

EXSENO said...

We used to have chickens years ago. I liked having the Chickens but there are a lot of snakes where we live all kinds. Once I started to go into the hen house and out came a snake from under a hens nest I was petrified. I have a terrible fear of snakes, all I could think of was oh God what if I had stuck my hand under that hen before he came out of there.

nikkicrumpet said...

I was laughing about the Christmas present of "a closet full of ammo" I'm starting to think I might ask for the same thing! I keep telling my hubby it's time to get another gun...and quick! Our drain seems to be working great...not a single drop of water in the basement since we put it in. Fingers crossed that it continues. We had chickens growing up...dang those things can be REALLY mean. I had one that used to chase me everytime I stepped out of the house. I hated that damn chicken!

Shannon said...

Snakes love eggs! The snakes up this way are pretty teeny. You'd have to give them your pinky finger if you wanted them to try to eat you- anything else wouldn't fit in their mouth!

Wondering what to give the one who has everything! Looking for a one size fits all? Family gift? Ammo. I think I'll give this for the yankee swap!
We don't have water above the floor anymore, but man you should see the water flowing out the drain pipe! Almost three years later and still probably two gallons a minute!

Uncivil said...

Hey, that looks like a Mossberg 835 pump that your friend and hubby are shootin'?

EXSENO said...

The snakes that people here call chicken snakes are big and very long. They sneak right up in the nest with the Hen in it and she doesn't even act like she is aware of it.
We have lot's of snakes some non-poisonous and some poisonous. Even in residential areas. And I'm petrified of snakes.

Shannon said...

Remington 870 actually, but thanks for lookin' ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey, I don't see any eggs in that fridge!
Yvonne

Uncivil said...

I should a known it was a Remington. Wiki says the "Remington 870 holds the record for best-selling pump gun in U.S. history". Cool!!!

Shannon said...

LOL! That's good Yvonne- The eggs are in my tummy and the rest are on the door!

Uncivil- A good friend of hubby's told him it was the best for the money. I sure think it has the best Bang for the Buck. Ha ha! I crack myself up!Ruger is up here in NH- I wonder if they give tours?

Karen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I've enjoyed reading through yours! My grandpa had lots of chickens and a rooster that terrified me as a child. But I loved all the different kinds of chickens he had and loved going to collect the eggs. Never encountered any snakes, thank God.

I especially enjoyed reading your post about your time in Colorado -- Longmont, Broomfield, Greeley -- those are my stompin' grounds.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh I LOVED the first Madagascar, Shannon- I can't wait to see this one.
Ouch on the rooster... make sure to keep his spurs trimmed!!

Shannon said...

Paula- If you loved the first you'll love this one too :)
Re: Elliot... Sorry- lost my chickens for dummies again- His whos are what?? Are we talking nail clippers here? I think I might need a picture.