Monday, March 30, 2009

Make Hay In The Sunshine

What a wonderful weekend! It was sunny and clear most of the time, all day on Sunday. I even considered putting on sunblock at one point. We had lots of company. It seemed like there was hardly anytime at all that somebody wasn't at the house. I still haven't picked up a new camera but fortunately my Mom's friend Jane came by and took some pics. Unfortunately it was her back up camera and the snaps aren't the best.

Momma, baby and goatboy.

Our friends Lorrie & JP came and spent Saturday night with us. We didn't do anything but sit around the kitchen table and laugh so that was perfect. At some point during the evening we had been talking about the chickens, then poultry in general. JP and Jay got it into their heads they wanted to raise quail. How they came up with quail is any ones guess. Long story short 100 quail chicks will be shipped to us the week of July 6th. My only request was they build a cote to house them in. It's a scary thing when I end up being the voice of reason. They plan to let them go free. I guess they think the birds will stick around, well see. JP & Lorrie have a place bigger then ours with more woods so they'll take most of the birds. Should be interesting.

I spent a few hours in the front yard with a measuring tape and a bunch of rocks planning where the new raised beds are going. Jay's on board with the concept, now were just quibbling about materials. Jay wants to use those textured cider block things that you get a the Home Depot/Lowes. Their fine but not what I'm going for. Those bricks are great for retaining walls and things but I don't want the first impression of the area to be "Oh, you went to Home Depot". Those bricks are to ubiquitous for me. I want something a little different. The timbers I found also at Home Depot are 8" x 8" buy 8 feet - they've been used before and show it. Their labeled as "retaining wall quality timbers" There nice and chunky and roughed up. They look like they were creosoted (new word?) sometime in the past but it's quite weathered now so I think I should be ok with them not contaminating the soil. I thought it was funny Jay was set on the bricks since it's going to be him lifting most of them. Hah! (not really, I will help...point...supervise...what ever...)

I'm chomping at the bit to get planting in the garden. I bought a couple of those cans of wild flower mix to plant in some of the larger, rougher areas of the yard which are to big to make into proper flower beds. I was all ready to get going on that this weekend until I read on the label to wait for the ground temperature to be 60 degrees. How in the hec do you tell what the ground temp is? Stick a thermometer in it? Guess I'll just wait a month and go for it.

Lolli was busy this weekend too. Please take a listen to my beautiful girls, beautiful voice. She's being backed up by her band Atlantis. She rocks my world!

Hope your all doing good!


Kathy said...

Wow! What a full voice! Lolli is fantastic. I wish I could just sing backup for her! Perhaps sometime I'll get to hear her in person.

The baby looks healthy and so sweet; Momma looks healthy, too, and Goat Boy, well Goat Boy is a handsome dude!

Can't wait to see the photos of the gardens (with the quail running around.)

Jay said...

Beautiful voice! Wow!

And that's a cute widdle baybee goat. ;-)

Leann said...

I love her voice! I can see why she rocks your world :-0)

The baby is so very little. Wow, it was a good comparison having her next to mama in that pic.

I would certainly wait till late April before putting anything in the ground. We used the canned wildflowers one year and they were gorgeous and lasted forever.

Cheryl said...

Yeah for great weekends! A hundred quail? Even part of that will be something. Why quail? Just asking. Was this over a bunch of drinks or something?

PW's building raised beds and taking you step by step. Do you read her blog (Pioneer Woman)?

Lolli's great. I wish I could sing. As good as the contestants on Idol. Maybe in my next life?

Mary said...

Wonderful voice. I know she's an interesting person as well.

Baby is beyond cute. I didn't realize how small it is. Now I understand how you can hold it.

fiwa said...

Damn, Lolli is terrific!

Thank you for the goatie girl pictures - she is so cute.

I'm ready to get to digging too, but it's just too cold for me still. Even when it's sunny - because of the position of the sun and the height of our trees, I'm still not getting much sun in the back yard - and it's just too cold. Plus I think we're supposed to have rain for the rest of the week. :(

happyone said...

Baby goat is adorable - what a face!! :-)

Lolli has a fantastic voice!! I am so impressed!!
I sure wish I could sing!!
I pretend I can when I'm driving in my car!

Real Live Lesbian said...

What an amazing voice!

The kid is adorable!!!!!

SOUL: said...

awesome singing voice--

are you gonna get a fainting goat? lol

Golden To Silver Val said...

Oh wow...Lolli has a WONDERFUL voice. I just love it. Please tell her I wish her mucho success. I can't sing.....AT ALL. I've always wished that I could (only in my mind can I carry a tune). Put up more of her songs when you get time. K?
Baby Kid is so sweet. How does Rev. Deeds act toward his offspring? Oh yeah...don't forget to post pictures of the 'church' that Jay built for the good Rev. LOLOLOLOLOL
Have a great day sweetie. xxoo

Boxer said...

Hang in there and try to get those wood planks over the stone ones. I agree with you 100%

This Saturday you'll have your chance to really get out in the yard! Spring is arriving for one day. I'm already putting together a list of things to get at the Nursery and projects for the yard.

Lastly.... that baby goat.

*sigh* Beautiful.

desert dirt diva said...

What a great voice... is is really good, that would be cool just to hang out and listen to her sing>>>

love the pictures of the new baby.....I have new baby kittens born yesterday ......

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