Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Today I went out to let our seven year old drake & three eight year old hens out of the duck house for their daily roam of the homestead. There was a fourth hen I named Lily. She was such an extra sweet duck. All of the little flock follows me around where I go but Lily would jump or fly up on the lawn chase & sit in the sun with me or stay by mt side in the garden. I was sad when she passed. I was told ducks only live around five years. I figure I have been lucky to be blessed with so many years. Today I had some stale biscuits for the ducks. It was funny to watch drake slide down the hill on his belle while trying to nibble a bite as the biscuit slid down the hill in front of this little yellow beak.
After a fast swim no one is roaming far. Just huddling with their little web feet tucked under them. Time to give them some TLC. I hold them each & stroke their feathers as I talk to them. They just cackle cackle & cackle.
After being out & about today I tucked the ducks into the bunny hutch with warm fresh water & cracked corn before dark. Can you see the drake is standing in the opening of the straw sleeping area. Looks like he wants to be sure & get the best spot in the sleeping area. It is to be even colder tonight so they will be warmer in the small bunny hutch bedded down in the straw sleeping area.
You may see that while the feeding frenzy continues they lose much of the cracked corn they fill there beaks with. They have little manners. Not to mention they cackle while eating.
All beaks but one gobbling. She just had something to cackle about. When done eating I closed the solid wood door & put a tarp over the top & sides of the bunny hutch. Now my little feathered friends will be shielded from the cold winds tonight. They are spoiled.
Today was shopping day a the school store. Each elementary student can earn school cash by helping the teacher clean the classroom, doing homework & good test scores. Well Sam spent $25.00 on this little football & $5.00 for each pack of gum $4.00 on packs of nerds he ate on the bus. At those prices it don't take long to use up the school cash. My sweet boy gave me my very own pack of gum.
Sam wanted his favorite chicken tonight. Crispy Chicken! This is something I came up with & he eats well when I make it. Sam is a picky eater. So when I find something he will eat it is so worth the time to make it. Chunk 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, Mix in a 9X13 cake pan 1/4 cup of flour - 3/4 cups of instant tatter flakes - 1 teaspoon of baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon each of salt pepper basil & garlic powder. Roll each piece of chunked chicken in the dry mixture & fry in about an inch hot cooking oil until golden. Chicken will need turned a few times to cook even. I make a honey mustard sauce to dip the crispy chicken in. Equal parts each of honey & brown mustard. We had southern string beans to.
A little salad & dressing!
My sewing basket is full of projects I am working on. A little prim doll I call my Stubby Little Bubby. I drew her out on news paper then cut her out of an old t-towel. She is my work in progress. The little mice & pin cushion I have rescued from the waiting to finish sewing basket. I put the little doll dress into the waiting to be finished sewing basket. Later to be rescued. I am trying to dry a pineapple too.
This is the wood project I have Lucas working on. I used a picture in a Country Sampler Magazine to help Lucas see what I had in mind.
The angles have been cut & fitted. Stay tuned for the next step. Much studying to help Sam with tonight.
Of late I have had little time to read the many blogs I enjoy. If time allows tonight I will be able to catch up with you all & do some more chicken research. Oh Nen. Your in put on the chicken breeds were very thoughtful. Thanks & if you have anymore info it will be welcomed.
A thought to ponder: To have a good friend you must be a good friend first...
Blessings Til Next Time!