Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I Like Thursday #60

Oh my when the weather warms up doesn't it seem like time just gets away from you?  Welcome to my fast and quick I like Thursday post #60!  Thanks LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things throughout the week that we like/love.

Jeff used to say that it wasn't true spring until the oaks started to bud.  Well the oaks are budding, which is pretty early in my experience of the 8 years I have lived out here on the farm.  I mentioned my rhubarb is coming up!  Had to share a pic of it, it makes me smile every time I look at it. 

 I should move the leaf litter out, but I have a fear of a late frost and it will help protect it a bit. 

My Daffodils and a volunteer Hyacinth makes me smile.  See how green everything is already?  I need to do some weeding, but it has been kind of windy and chilly as of late.

A couple of I like posts ago I mentioned I have things show up unexpectedly in my yard, like a bicycle planter.  I found something to fill it.

I love pansies, and the hanging basket was the perfect size.  Pansies are so resilient also.  The bicycle planter actually was blown off the berm the other day, and the pansy basket rolled across the yard.  *Sigh* there is a lot to be said for wind breaks.  So the bicycle planter has been moved closer to the house for the time being and the pansies survived their ordeal.

Speaking of unexpected visitors this guy showed up by my chicken house I keep my babies in.

His hat is broken, and he needs new paint.  Maybe I will fix him up.  He is such a happy guy.

I have projects started here and there and some just in the planning stages which means I have the materials but haven't started, much like my quilts.  I loved this can that freeze dried strawberries came in and decided it would be an awesome planter.  I got some clear contact paper and finally covered it. 

Not perfect, but done is better than nothing.  Now to figure out what I am going to put in it.

I like my new flock of chicks but they are at that not so cute stage.  The other day my daughter was at a store nearby called Family, Farm, and Home and mentioned that they had "old" chicks for 50 cents a piece, and they were Golden Laced Wyadottes.

This is what they will look like when they are full growns
 I have Silver Laced Wyandottes and they are pretty chickens, but they are kind of stubborn at times, not as sweet as my Buff Orpingtons.

See she is a pretty girl.  I thought 50 cents though, that is a pretty good deal.  So I added 10 more chicks to the flock.  It is funny because they are still chicks, even though they are labeled as "old". 

Hopefully they won't need therapy months from now due to the "old" label  They have tiny wing and tail feathers.  They make me laugh, and smile. They are almost big enough to allow them to venture out into their run. 

About 3 years ago Jeff and I took a couple of trees down that were too near the house, and we dug up some volunteer trees growing in the yard, and planted them.  I swear they were maples.  But this year this is what they look like.

They look like pussy willows almost the little catkins.  But I know it is a maple.  I am calling it the mystery tree right now, and wondering what the heck is going on. 

Finally the book I just finished was The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen.  I will say once I got into it I didn't want to stop reading. 
This was an oops download, I had selected another book to read, but this one downloaded instead.  I am happy it did.  I am now reading the original one that I wanted to read, and again a great story which is keeping me enthralled.

Now head over to LeeAnna's and check out the other I Like Thursday posts.


  1. Lots to like on a Thursday. Love your new chicks

  2. Hi Colette! That sure does look like a pussywillow along with a branch from a red dogwood. All those chicks look so cute - how can they be labeled 'old'?? Happy Easter to you, friend. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Aren't those golden hens lovely colors? They seem to glow....that does look like a pussy willow for sure...
    Your pansies look lovely in the bicycle basket--so cute...need to get me some pansies this weekend at the garden center...
    love those purples...hugs, Julierose

  4. Good Morning, Colette ... I like visiting your chickens. The other day we went to tractor supply to buy more bird seed and they has chicks for sale. They were hard to resist. My city lot is too small and my neighbors would not be pleased. When I was a kid, we had a coup against the garage. For all I know there may be a city ordnance against it now. So no chickens and fresh eggs for me. I shall enjoy my time with yours. I love pansies. I fill my windowboxes every spring and they last until the hot weather and then I move them to the shade against the house. A few usually bloom randomly the second year. Happy Spring ... <3 Pat

  5. Plant some strawberries in the strawberry planter! :) Spring is definitely in bloom around you. I like the little gnome fellow. Hope you have a great Thursday and wonderful Easter weekend.

  6. Lovely little things around your garden of interest. Still no growth here but the gardens are uncovered. A robin is making a nest just over our back deck so spring is moving along.
    Love that planter idea and your hens and chicks. SIL just picked up his chicken...4 of them and they got eggs the very first night. Don't know the kind of hens but the eggs are bluish green. So pretty.

  7. Wonderful I like list! I love the chickens.

  8. Spring is finally here, too, but still too chilly and cold to enjoy it much yet. We have had a couple of nice days, not not enough!! Enjoy your new "old" chickens!

  9. I think you have a bit of a mystery going on at your house - interesting garden things showing up! I have been looking for a garden gnome for my yard. It would be fun to just have one show up! How fun to get some more chicks to add to your flock, too.

  10. Golden Laced Wyadotte is a pretty bird! I love how each feather is outlined. The pansies are pretty. I love that you found a good book by accident.

  11. What a great collection of likes! I love that you rescued the "old" chicks! I hope they integrate well into your flock. And the mystery gnome is fabulous. Definitely keep him, he can keep a cheerful eye on things!

  12. The chicks are cute. Yes, all of my metal yard art keeps getting blown over by the winds.


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