Sleepers

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Going…

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Going…

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Gone.

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Gone, the Sequel.

 

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Spotted at a friend’s workplace

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Weight lifter

No sooner had I cleared out a corner in our bedroom of the assorted detritus that needed to be gone through, than Mr. Caffeinated promptly filled it with weight-lifting equipment.

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This set is getting a lot more of a workout from the junior members of the household than by its purchaser.

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I think he’s going for double or nothing…

 

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Winter mornings

It is beautiful out today!  We’ve had a week or more of foggy, soggy mornings, and I am enjoying the gorgeous sunshine for once.

Our hens gave me  five eggs today.  Generally, hens eggs weigh right around 2 ounces, but that big bruiser weighed 3.625!

One of the hens was just squatting down to lay hers when I opened up the nesting boxes.  I swiped it out of there before she even got a look at it.  Talk about fresh!  She spent a few seconds looking around, as if to say, “I could have sworn I just put something down here…” – and then she hopped out to go eat breakfast.

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During the cold weather, we give the hens a hot ‘mash’, comprised of black oil sunflower seeds, chicken feed (both grain and pellets), kitchen scraps, all mixed with hot water.  This is their favorite part of the day, and they will yell like crazy and mill around when they see me coming with the pan.

Of course, when I returned with the camera, most of them had to run up to the wire and mug for me.  But there were three that decided to forget the moment of fame when there was hot mash to be had!

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Pepper also enjoys a bit of warmed up food during the winter.  We warm up a serving of his canned cat food each morning, and top it off with brewer’s yeast flakes to help keep his coat healthy and to keep the fleas away.  He polishes it all off.

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I’m hoping to get a walk in today… this weather is too beautiful (and rare) to waste.

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FOUR deer

I believe we can now claim we have a HERD.

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I get texts now from neighbors, when the deer wander into their yards.

“Your lawn ornaments are over here.”

I knew I should’ve gone with the shorter extension cords.

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Toddler sampler tray

Years ago, when Natter was a baby, I saw this idea for how to get picky eaters to try new foods.

Natter ended up being the toddler equivalent of a bottomless pit.  Also, Rosebud and the Moose.  So the idea was shelved in Mental Archives for a decade, and collected dust.

Enter Junior, who positively hates new foods, and equally hates being spoonfed, unless it’s his idea.  The Idea was resurrected, dusted off, and given a shot.

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The Ice Cube Tray Sampler Plate!

I have no idea who came up with this originally.  It certainly wasn’t me.  It does seem to be effective!

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He got an assortment of fruits, veggies and cold (cooked, obviously) meats that were in the fridge, and a variety of dipping sauces.  I think we had peanut butter, cheese sauce, hummus, ranch dressing, Asian salad dressing and barbeque sauce.

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He didn’t clean his plate, but he did try everything, and most things got tried in multiple sauces.  I’d say this one’s a winner.

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Deer, deery me

The lawn ornaments are back.

I have to admit, with the new grass, it looks pretty awesome.

 

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This one is Madame Bold.  She will stand in, or right beside, the driveway and give you the Evil Eye if you want to do something so rude as to, say, drive to town.

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Baby really isn’t much shyer than Mama.  I think the bat ears also tell him that we’re unarmed and too busy to chase him.

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And then there’s the contortionist.

 

 

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“Dratted fleas…”

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“What?? Not again with the camera!”

 

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“Nothing to see here.  Move along.”

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