Sunday, July 13, 2008

First Egg!


Yahoo! We were out putzing around the yard tonight (harvested my first radishes!), and I decided to check and see if we got an egg from our chickens yet...and we did!! I couldn't believe it! Here is the first one...pretty small, but a nice hard egg (I've heard that the first ones can be kinda soft). I was so excited, that I tossed my fresh radishes into the coop, thinking they were the dandelions I meant to toss in for a snack for the girls. Dang! Then, I didn't really want them back :(. Not sure which gal gave up the egg, but Myrtle, Agnes, and Gladys were all 3 happy little cluckers tonight. Gladys, the black one, is definitely the boss of the flock...she's got the other doing what she says. It's pretty funny!

In other news...I'm so happy that Michelle and I went in on a grain mill together this week! I whipped up my first batch of freshly ground whole wheat flour and baked up some bread... and it was delicious! I know, some of you, including my own mom, think I've gone off the deep end. First the cloth diapers, then the chickens, making my own granola bars and bread, and now, with my little grain mill. But, I am loving it! I always wanted to be like Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie (which I still watch, occasionally on the Hallmark channel). I am feeling great about the food I'm giving my family...I also picked up several boxes of canning jars for a great deal at the same sale, and am so looking forward to canning tomatoes, applesauce and pears again this year!

I kind of had a little melt down this morning. I got all weepy on my way to church...I realized that just flat out did too much this week, and my hubby was gone all week...my allergies are making me seriously miserable, I was wiped. So, my sweet hubby dropped me off on the way to church at my moms, which always makes me feel better (going to mom's, not skipping church). I sat and chatted with her and after lunch I took like a 3-4 hour nap! It was awesome! I felt so much better. My allergies really wipe me out...I can't wait for fall! This week, I will be better at staying balanced with my commitments.

13 comments:

lee ann said...

Wahooo! An egg. I truly am excited about that and the mill. I'm just a few steps behind you girls. I so want to bake bread, but I just can't...when I'm done moving :-)

So glad you got some rest and some "mom" time.

Tamara said...

Allergies are such a bummer - I've been feeling that pain the past couple weeks, too. Funny how ready for summer I am by February after all of the rain, but then when it gets here and my allergies flare up I am ready for cooler temps and no allergies... can't win. Congrats on your first egg and I LOVE your chicken girls names - very fitting that Gladys is "in charge".

Julie said...

yay for your egg! As much as it sounds great to do cloth diapers, eggs, and grain...I don't think I have it in me. Totally wish I was motivated in that area.

Julie said...

PS...glad you got some REST!

Denise Crawford said...

I don't think you are off the deep end, Honey - I do enjoy my little Laura's earthy attempts! And I do love your homemade stuff, although I didn't even taste your freshly ground flour bread. My mom, your Grandma Gladys (yes, Gladys, the reason for the namesake chicken in charge), is watching you from her special little place in Heaven with a big ole grin on her face loving your home cooking and your canning endeavors.

You know, it makes me feel better when you stop by and we get some mom/daughter time too. I'm so glad you slowed down and recognized when you'd reached your limit. You make me so proud, I love the way you give of yourself to so many, AND I want you to take care of YOU too!

Love,
Mom

Oh...and nice job with the egg(s)!!! They are lovely chickens, as chickens go...

~*Spindelicious Handspun*~ said...

Well I don't think you've gone off the deep end at all dahling. ;o)

Lee Ann said...

Oh I have GOT to set my mom up so she can leave me comments like that! (She doesn't get along with computers.) Keep commenting Eryn's mom. We all LOVE a good cheerleader.

Eryn said...

I do have the best mom a girl could ask for! She knows and loves me so well...and is not only a great mom, but a wonderful friend. I LOVE her. Thanks mom!!

~*Spindelicious Handspun*~ said...

They probably would think I'm a bit nutty, but I think growing yr own veggies and all that kinds of stuff is more "sane" than not! lol!

I'm still around Just lots of changes up here...we are getting ready to move, Will is done with grad school, and I'm back to doing hair full-time for the time being (no comment...) and I volunteer at the birth center and I'm trying to get all this midwifery school stuff in order, and , and...in other words I feel spread pretty thin. And I try to spend as much time outside as possible before rainy season hits and unplug from cyber-land as much as possible! haha...I had turned into quite the computer addict and I needed to break the habit.

the kicker is... said...

you ARE Laura Ingalls Wilder :)

Um, and I just got done watching an episode of Little House :)

Keep your chin up, my friend. And keep leaning into the Lord, the fam, and whoever else you need. We weren't meant to do it all alone, were we?

And yes, you do have one awesome mom!!!

Dee said...

How EGG-citing! Guess you don't need to buy any eggs from me...sorry I didn't get to you sooner. I was so busy last week with VBS. MISS You!

Michelle P said...

Congrats on the egg! It IS an exciting day when that happens. Can't wait to try out the mill! So glad it is working great!
M

Sara said...

you have chickens?! We have been thinking about getting chickens for a while now. How is it working out for you? Do you live in a rural location? Do your neighbors complain? is it a lot of work? Do you have a dog and does he/she terrorize the hens? These are all the things I worry about with chickens...

Sorry for all the questions - don't know many chicken keepers. Can you tell? Looks like Meleea might have been right. Maybe we do have a lot in common! :)

Sara (theinnermostbox)