Thursday, April 19, 2012

This or That Rural Thursday

I can't believe it's Thursday already and time for some of my favorite blog hops!  I'm beginning to believe that time really does go by faster the older you get, ha!

Of course, maybe it's going by faster because I've been busy this week...

I've been busy simplifying our financial life by paying off and closing credit cards, combining savings accounts at the bank, etc.  For example, I originally thought that having separate savings accounts for insurance, vacations, emergencies, etc. would make it easier to put designated monies away.  Nope.  Didn't work for me.  What it did mean, for me, was MORE paperwork to file and accounts to balance and I felt like I was in a circus performing a juggling act.  I know many people utilize this sort of set up and it works for them so I thought I would try it.  After almost a year of trying this method I decided this was not simplifying my life so it had to go.

I finished up a cross stitch piece and took it to our nearest Michael's (about 45 minutes away) to be framed.  No photos in case the recipients happen to read this post!  But, while I was in the next county, I also stopped at one of my favorite stores, Lowes, and did some price comparisons.  My Dad, Country Boy and I have decided that the chicken and duck run needs to be enlarged and we're going to add a small pond for the ducks.

female Khaki Campbell
So, I've begun to price the few things we'll need and hopefully we'll get this project done fairly reasonably.  My Dad will be helping me on this project since Country Boy is busy working (to pay off those bills!).  Work has already begun on it.  The area we want to enclose has a gradual slope to it which would be fine if we weren't digging a pond but, since we are, then the ground needs to be somewhat level.  A neighbor graciously came over with his toy, er, tractor and did some grading for me.


These boys love their toys tractors and love any excuse to play, er, use them!  He also started a hole for me and saved me a coupla' weeks worth of work!


I've already enlarged the hole quite a bit more but still have more to go.  As you can see, there are lots of trees around which means lots of tree roots and grapevine roots to cut and dig through so the tractor work was a huge blessing!

The wildlife activity around here has been, well, active!  Lots of squirrels, birds, butterflies, opossums, owls, etc.  I think they're enjoying the early Spring as much as I am!  We've also had more hummingbirds than before.  I have a wonderful view out my office window.  Take a look and see if you don't agree...


I love the metallic green when the sun hits them just right!



They're both male Ruby-Throated hummingbirds.  They love to sit on the tree right outside my window either before or after getting a drink from the feeder right below the tree.  There is action at the feeders all day long.

I've also been helping renovate the church youth room.  More on that later but one afternoon I walked around and took some photos.  I love how our church is surrounded by pastures!




There are still some items on my To Do list that haven't been crossed off but I still have a few days left in the week.  (They're not fun items though, like sorting through receipts, paperwork, filing, etc., so I'll have to make myself do them so I can cross them of the list, woot!)

The family's coming over today to see the front yard transformation.  Unfortunately, the flowers have fallen off and the new buds haven't opened up yet (that's why I haven't posted photos of the transformation yet!).  Oh well, they'll get the general idea!

Meanwhile, I've got a store-bought chicken and some veggies roasting in the oven with a salad, some sweet tea, dinner rolls, Lemon Creme Cake for dessert and voila... lunch is served!

Have a great Thursday!

    

Till next time,




19 comments:

MG Atwood said...

Oh that hummingbird is adorable! I've been looking for ours, and they have been hiding from me lately.Joining you from this and that thurs.

Mamabug said...

How wonderful the ducks are getting a larger pond! Can't wait to see the finished pond. Love those little hummers!

Kim Stevens said...

Yes, I think the older I get the more time goes faster, or maybe because I'm older I know I have less time? : ) Love the hummingbirds and the dof on your barbed wire.

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

I'm over from this or that and I too am a great lover of those hummingbirds though they don't migrate up here to Scotland. I can just admire great pictures of them on blogs like yours.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope that the new financial setup will go more smoothly for you with less paperwork.

Love the hummingbird!

TexWisGirl said...

jealous of your tractor neighbor. we had one, but he passed away, and his widow doesn't run the machinery. :(

Ellie said...

I just had to come over and say I love your hummingbird picture.

Country Gal said...

WOW you have been busy ! Loved your post and photos the parts about boys and their toys er tractors lol was cute I have one of those as well the boy with the toys that is lol ! Duck pond that will be great for them . Our Hummers arent here yet another week or two then they will arrive I cant wait ! Have a wonderful day !

Teresa O said...

Wonderful photos! The ducks looks like he's anxiously awaiting that new pond. The barbed wire photo is amazing!

Betty Manousos said...

wow, loving your stunning photography!

Dottie said...

Good job & delicious lunch!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How nice that the neighbor could help you out, always good to have the right toy, er, tool for the job:@)
PS-lunch sounds great!

Mama Shutta'Bug said...

Wow....that second hummingbird photo is awesome! :)

deb duty said...

Sounds like we are both enjoying hummingbirds through our windows! Your shots are wonderful. I hope I can get closer like this. I love your photos!

Shel said...

Very cool pics. Love the colors you captured in the hummingbirds - beautiful.

heyBJK said...

The hummingbirds are gorgeous! Love your barbed wire shot, too!

Linda said...

Love the hummingbirds!

Nancy Claeys said...

Busy busy lady! Loving the hummers. None here yet, too cold I think.

Lynnie S said...

I see you have been busy as well. I find that this time of the year I have little time to blog and little time to read my favorite blogs... So when I do get a chance to catch up I spend little time leaving comments.. and more time reading.. I hate that I do that.. so.. I am leaving a comment tonight! Love all your pics, awesome wildlife!

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