And the winner is……

I know you have all been waiting with baited breath….
And Big Mama and I would like to announce that….
My WI sissy is the winner! (And she eats an egg every day!)
The ladies have laid 865 eggs!
Thanks for playing!

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A Contest You Say??

Greetings friends and Happy Friday!

We have had the lovely ladies in our yard for a few years now and I can say with all honesty, I never grow tired of the daily surprise in finding out how many eggs they have laid. Everyday when I get home from work I greet the family, change my shoes and instantly go outside to greet my girls and check on the eggs.

Most of the time they are done laying by the afternoon, but every so often there is a late layer….. (She may have given me the ole stink eye when I opened the coop and told me to buzz off..or maybe it was chicken swearing…)

Amelia...wanting some alone time

Amelia…wanting some alone time

And it is always comforting to know that on the nights that you really just can’t bring yourself to plan and execute a decent dinner……

There are always eggs and toast…..

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Since our first group of ladies I have always kept track of the number of eggs we collect and keep a running total…..Which brings me to the…..

FIRST EVER ‘GUESS HOW MANY EGGS THE GIRLS HAVE LAID SO FAR’ WOLOWIKRANCH CONTEST!

Here’s what you need to do…..

Leave a comment on the blog page with your guess on how many eggs our current batch of ladies have laid.  Here are your only clues:

  • they started laying last September
  • there are four hens

If you are local, the winner will receive a ‘wolowikranch’ dozen of eggs (which is 11…not 12…cause that’s the way we roll….and we tend to run one egg short of a dozen round these parts)

If you are not local, I’ll send you something from the ranch.  If you are a knitter…it may be some handspun yums yums.  If you’re not a knitter….well….there may be something a little bit wrong with you…..but you will get something equally cool from the ranch in the mail.

Let the guessing begin! I’ll post the winner on Monday!

 

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Admitting it is the first step, right?

I may have a problem……………….

 

…as in an addiction….

 

 

 …to my spinning wheel……

 

But the yum yums that I make……oh there is no turning back now…..

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Yummmmmmmmm

 

 

 

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Painting

Greeting from seriously the most gorgeous July on record.  Again, we have been blessed with mid 70’s breezy beautiful days that it just puts such a zip in my step.  I mean seriously…the 4th of July was in the low 70’s……..my makeup didn’t melt off my face for the first time in YEARS!

Now, if someone could maybe do something about the abominable mosquitoes in our yard…..jeez they are just thick this year.

The kiddos have been thankfully quite busy thus far this summer.  They did their yearly camping trip with the hubby and it was so much fun to hear them re-tell their tales when they returned.  Someday I will hopefully be able to coax the man into guest blogging about their trips….

Then the kiddos went and spent a week with the grandparents in the southern part of the state.  They had a ball and got lots and lots of attention and again had stories galore of all their fun.  In a few weeks they head to grandma and papa’s up north where no doubt they will be busy busy busy.

So when we finally found ourselves with an afternoon at home, I got the ‘we’re so bored’ blah blah blah

So I had to come up with a plan to find myself some sanity….and get the kids out of my hair….

And boy did I hatch a plan…..

“How about you paint a mural on the side of the storage shed?” I asked them.

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“Um, really??” they replied.

“Yes, absolutely!”

No one sees this side of the shed except for us and I thought it would be fun for them to plan out and paint, and would give us some color during the ucky winter months.

The great thing about paint these days is you can go to the hardware store and for a few bucks they will mix up tester pots of any color you want…..so we were off to the races……and some poor high school kid got to mix up a lot of paint…..

The girl planned everything out…..photo 1.

Then the fun began….

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And of course everyone decided they needed to get on on the action…

Check out the tooties on this pretty lady

Check out the tooties on this pretty lady

 

And WOW! Now we have water front property…with a VIEW!

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For the Love of June

I think I have decided that June is officially my favorite month. Who doesn’t love a nice sunny, breezy 70-ish day?  I feel like I have boundless energy and so much finally gets done in June.  In WI we have had some extreme weather as of late but really what it has equated to is rain, then sunshine….rain, then sunshine….which means the garden is exploding with life and growth!

Here is a recap in pictures of what we have been into the past month.

This is one of the garden boxes that we put in a month ago on Mother’s Day….

IMG_0365And here it is now:

IMG_0402Here are the tomatoes on the day we put them in:

IMG_0366One month later:

IMG_0407All I can say is…chicken sh*^ compost is worth its weight in gold when it comes to the garden!

Here is a peek at my favorite corner on the deck….it just makes me so darn happy

IMG_0399This tuberous begonia is one of the most spectacular flowers I have ever had

IMG_0396The boy and I set up a ‘keep out the chickens’ area in the backyard as they just scratch the poor hostas into the ground….and they love to fling mulch with wild abandon which drives me batty.

IMG_0412In addition to spending lots of time in the garden, the boy, girl and I participated in the Race for the Cure a few weeks ago.

The girl joined the girls running club at her school and they trained to complete this race…which she did!  The boy and I walked with my work team and really had a great time.

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Then a few weeks later, the girl graduated from 5th grade and is now officially in MIDDLE SCHOOL!

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Then onto this past weekend’s extravaganza……the Summer Solstice Celebration.  How we have lived on the east side of Madison for 11 years and never attended this is beyond me as it fully encompasses all the wonderful quirkiness of our dear city.

The celebration begins with a ‘procession of the species’ which of course is lead by none other than Charles Darwin.

IMG_1661IMG_1662IMG_1658IMG_1652The evening was spent with friends and a lovely picnic and then rounded out with a HUGE bonfire all while drumming and dancing.  I can think of no better way to usher in summer!

And then Sunday we took things down a notch and spent the afternoon fishin and knittin

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And it is with a sigh and yawn that we tumble into Monday……

Hope you are all finding June as magical as we are

 

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Last Year in Single Digits

Today marks the day the boy turns 9, and thus we begin our last year with kiddos in single digits.  This realization leaves the hubby and I scratching our heads wondering where the time has gone and how these kids have gotten so BIG!  We just recently watched videos from when the boy turned 1 and oh how things have changed.

Here is what I can tell you about this boy of ours.  He is just one of those kids that everyone wants to be around.  He is FUNNY (oh so funny…I mean seriously really funny) and such a helper I am not sure what we (or the chickens) would do without him.  He is incredibly chill and as a result the cat is generally found in the vicinity of him. He is smart as a whip …just quiz him on his multiplication facts…..!!!!  All in all, he sure is a cool dude so we wanted to make sure we squeezed as much as we could out of turning 9…..

First up…a roller skating party with some friends from school.

The boy learned how to ice skate this winter and was HOOKED, so it didn’t take him long to get the gist of roller blading.

010The girl went all ‘old school’ and got her some roller skates, which made her about 6 feet tall

006The kids had such a fun time and it really took me back to roller skating in grade school with my friends.  I mean seriously, isn’t this what YOU remember? Disco lights, people whirring past you while Thriller is blaring?

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Next up was a party at the house attended by friends and family galore.

There were cousins by the dozens

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And family and friends mixed together

030The adults took to the shade where beer beer and beer was consumed (it was darn hot that day) along with lots and lots of yum yums

033It was so darn hot the kids had to cool off

039036035037And there was even a secret meeting of the kiddos that put together a play for the adults

041I can’t tell you exactly everything that happened in the play, but I confirm it was great and hilarious and we were all thoroughly entertained.

048051053But the best part was seeing this kid so happy to turn 9.

Happy Birthday dear boy of ours!

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Slowly but Surely

Well, I think I am confident in saying that Spring is almost here…well, just about here….um, kinda here…..We seem to get bits and pieces but yet I still seem to have to run the heat in my car in the morning…but I finally took my mittens out of my purse.  Yup, that is probably what was holding Spring up…my mittens…so we are good to go.

At least we have been able to take the yard cleanup at a steady pace since there is no planting to be done yet.  The kiddos and I got the raking done a few weeks ago when Spring peaked her head out for a half day. (Oh and I got to hang my sheets out on the line….dear lord is there anything more glorious than sleeping in sun soaked sheets?  The boy and I confirmed you can most definitely SMELL SUNSHINE!)

Last weekend we had some semi-nice weather albeit breezy and I decided it was the perfect time to paint our outdoor furniture.

11 years ago when we moved to the ranch a dear friend of ours gifted us her iron furniture and while I attempted to paint it once, I ran out of steam and it has sat mostly unpainted for the better part of a decade.

It is a GREAT set of furniture but has SO MANY pieces (6 chairs, 2 tables and a loveseat) I had the great idea of having a auto body shop paint it, but making 10000000 trips hauling back and forth didn’t really trip my trigger. (I still think this is a great idea and may pursue in the next decade)

Here are what the chairs looked like before:

furn6Here was the ‘peanut gallery’ who watched the whole thing unfold and let me tell you, they had some comments all along the way.

Yup, they claimed front row seats, got all nice and comfy and then kept saying “you missed a spot”.

furn7And here they are in all their glory:

furn8Yup, I went with bold color and turquoise seems to be a fav these days (paired with orange and red, it is really really lovely).

When I lamented to a co-worker on painting all the pieces…”oh it is going to take sooo long”…and “oh I am so whiney because of it all”….she wisely proclaimed “paint a few and do the rest later”. Well yeah, why the heck didn’t I think of that?  So I did 4 chairs and a table.  And for now, that is just fine.

Also a new edition to the deck is this lovely beauty that I found on a thrifting spree….reclaimed barnwood, door handles and such had me at hello….

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And this beauty is ready for summer cocktails!

furn3Let me tell ya folks….the deck is shapin up to be an ever greater spot than it was last year.  Bring it on Summer!

 

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