Author Archives: Kate

The Dig Site

Our property has a hill rising up behind the house. The backside of the hill is probably the warmest spot here as the sun hits it at a nice angle. This is where Xander has made his dig site.

Xander digging.

This spoon ain't cutting it, I want a trowel!

Worf helping to dig.

At first he was just excavating rocks but now he likes to bring his cars and a bucket of water up to play with in the dirt. It gets pretty dirty but he sure has fun.

Washing the cars.

Putting more dirt on the cars.

Mud on his face.

We had several wonderfully sunny days last week and we spent the mornings up there. Xander digging and playing with his cars while our dogs, Poppy Seed, McCoy, and new pup Worf raced around him.

I want to build a comfy storage bench up there. A nice under the seat cubby to keep some digging toys, balls for the dogs, and a comfy cushion. That way I’d only have to make one trip carrying our snacks and his bucket of water versus the multiple trips with toys, camp chairs, etc…

Snack time!

Tired doggies.

Have I mentioned that Worf is a chewer?

Do you have any special places in your yard?

Blurry Bunnies

I’ve been trying to get some good photos of the rabbits but so many of my shots are just blurs, those bunnies are quick!

This is Bill. He is the most skittish of the rabbits.

Bill and Margene's butt.

Bill has black circles anround his eyes and nose, polka dots...

and a stripe down his back.

Nicki sometimes will let you pet her but she’s still pretty skittish.


Nicki about to take off and zoom around the room.

I'm not sure what this coloring is called in rabbits, she's calico or brindle, the camera doesn't capture how pretty her coat is.

And last is Margene. She is by far the friendliest and will come over to be petted, not just by me but Xander too (and he is in no way quiet or calm). A very brave and friendly rabbit.


Margene checking out rocking dog, all the rabbits like to set him rocking.

Hi Margene!

Trying to reach the hay. I love it when they stand on their hind legs like this.

They’re doing well and we’re having fun with them but I cannot wait until they are out of the house. Messy, messy creatures! We try to let them out to run around once a day. They really enjoy zipping around and it reinforces the need to build them a bunny tractor so they can have time out of their cage.


The bunny Grand Prix.

Rascally Rabbits

Last Sunday we went to the feed store for chicken supplies (this was before the dog attack) and we came home with chicken bedding, food, corn, and rabbit pellets, a bale of alfalfa, and three rascally rabbits! A buck, Bill, and two does, Nicki and Margene (and for anyone who gets the names we call the wild rabbit in our yard Barb).

We’re hoping to get a hutch built for them soon but for now they are spending time with us in the house. Did you know that rabbits can squeeze through the wires on a dog crate?  We didn’t but we quickly found out, now it is wrapped in chicken wire.

Sadly this is the best photo I have of them. We’ll have to do a photo shoot when Ryan is home.

Bill is white with black spots and a stripe, Nicki is sort of calico/brindle, and Margene is black.

They all seem pretty friendly and they have been amazingly tolerant of Xander’s enthusiasm. He shows them toys, draws them pictures, and of course hollers at them. Since we’ve been asked numerous times, these 3 rabbits are pets but we will be breeding them and their offspring will be “meat”.

Bad Day

Our neighbors dogs dug under the fence and attacked our chickens. Peaches is dead, I found Patty and Ren (seemingly uninjured), but Stimpy, Mariah, Aplets and Cotlets are still missing. Ryan was able to catch the dogs and put them back in their own yard and then fill in the hole where they dug under. Patty and Ren are locked in the coop and chicken yard for now. Hoping we find the others alive but from the amount of feathers I know some of them must be dead or at least severely bald! It’s been a bad day!


Menu Plan Monday

Last week we didn’t have a menu or list prepared before shopping so our dinners ended up being pretty sad. Not wanting a repeat I made sure to get things planned on Saturday for our early Sunday shopping trip.

  • Baked chicken wings (somehow a veg never made it to the plate but we both had fruit after the chicken).
  • Steak with mushrooms, asparagus, and maybe some potatoes.
  • Zucchini noodles with meatballs in tomato sauce.
  • Cod baked with pesto and tomato, with steamed broccoli
  • Chicken taco salad (with no tortilla’s or chips).
  • No bun hamburgers with sweet potato fries.
  • Greek Pizza (I’m using my Greek pizza recipe (spinach, onions, feta, olives) and instead of putting it on a pizza crust I’m going to try baking it in a pie pan)

All the meals are gluten and grain free, and most are paleo/primal. To see what other people have planned this week stop by I’m an Organizing Junkie. Thanks for stopping by.


Happy Easter!

We dyed our eggs last night. Well, not OUR eggs. Our chickens only lay shades of brown and I wanted some white eggs so that the dye would show up more so we bought some eggs. They had seriously wimpy shells, 4 cracked during the boiling process. I actually only got to dye a couple eggs since whenever I put an egg in a cup Xander would reach in and claim the egg for his own. Next year separate dye cups (I love dyeing eggs)!

No spoons for Xander! Even after a bath his hands are still dyed.
Xander loves dyeing eggs too!

This morning Xander woke to find that the Easter Bunny had been here and had hidden eggs and baskets. The Bunny had left some foam alphabet puzzles on the table and then the individual letters were hidden all over in plastic eggs. Xander was a little confused by the big letters and little letters (new concept– all his other letter toys are all capitals) but he had fun finding them and trying to put them in the puzzle.

Now where does this letter go?

We had a great morning and Xander had fun finding all the eggs and playing with his new toys and books (thank you to both sets of Grandparents!).