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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day

Have A GREAT Memorial Day Weekend.  Be Safe and make sure you dance every chance you get!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fun Filled Friday, Chicken Style!!

Today is Friday, do you know what that means?  It's time for another super edition of Fun Filled Friday
                                                                                                                                                                              As you may or may not know, about a month ago I got some baby chickens.  I would like to introduce to the world Daffodil, Daisy and Petunia.  Why didn't anyone tell me that chickens grow so fast? 

A few short weeks ago, these cute little babies fit in the palm of my hand. Let me just take a moment to weep a few tears at how quickly my babies have grown up.  *Sob sniff sniff cry snot*...OK, Im done now. 
This is Petunia, she is different than the other 2 chickens.  I am not aware of chicken varieties, but I think she is a Cornish Hen.  A miniature chicken if you will.  Today while I was taking a shower, Petunia decided to break out of the aquarium I have been keeping the little sweeties in while they grow.  Petunia landed on the toilet seat...and then she pooped in the toilet.  Yes that IS chicken poop in my toilet.  Has anyone else ever had a potty trained chicken?  If so, I would love to hear about it. 
My dad has spent the better part of three days working on this Chicken Coop.  I have been helping him with it and I even got a few injuries today.  Injuries on fun filled friday, how silly.  I managed to smash not one, but two of my fingers while nailing the roof on this place  This is not just a regular old chicken coop either, it is the Hilton of chicken coops.  I think the girls will be very happy in here.  They spent a few hours inside this afternoon and enjoyed it thoroughly.  The coop should be completely finished tomorrow and ready for move in day.  I believe we will have a small party for the chickens complete with refreshments like crickets and cracked corn.  I might even make some cupcakes for the humans!  Come to the party!  It will be fun. 

That is all I have for this week's edition of Fun Filled Friday!  It was a whole day of chicken coop building but it will definitely pay off when my little cuties start laying those yummy eggs. 
Stay tuned for more infomation!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Sunny Day in Columbus

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Columbus with my husband on a beautiful spring day. Hubby and I are often in Columbus, and I am amazed at how much stuff there is to do so close to home. After picking the husband up after another long week of truck driving, we set off to explore the city. Did I mention how beautiful the weather was? It was literally a day out of a story book being sunny, warm and breezy.

Our first stop of the day was a picnic at the Columbus Park of Roses. This place is beautiful. USA Today newspaper calls it “one of the largest and most celebrated municipal rose gardens in the United States.” The park is huge at 13 acres and includes several different gardens with all kinds of flowers, herbs, bushes, trees and of course roses! Whetstone Park which offers plenty of shady places for recreation of every kind is a truly awesome place to take the family for an afternoon or a whole day of fun. The best part is that it doesn’t cost a penny to enjoy everything that this great park has to offer. 

The next stop for the day was the North Market located on North High Street. The North Market has been around since 1876. When first opened, it was located in the north end graveyard! Since then it has been hosted at a few other locations until it found its permanent home at its current location. In addition to a great selection of outstanding local food vendors, the market also offers a Farmers’ Market on Saturday and Sundays are home to the Artisan Sunday’s Handcrafted Market. The market is a great place to pick up anything you need to complete your dinner. From artichoke hearts to chicken feet and anything in between, you can probably find it at the North Market.

While at the market, I picked up the inaugural issue of Edible Columbus magazine. You can pick up the digital edition free of charge by visiting http://www.ediblecommunities.com/columbus/ I was very impressed with this magazine; it has so much useful information about eating locally. Kudos to the Editor Tricia Wheeler who trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, this girl knows her food! There was one article in particular at the end of the magazine regarding a lady who had such high ambitions of raising an amazing organic garden in her first year of gardening, only to be let down by the weevils and rodents who snacked on her tender tomatoes and precious peppers. The article shows us that we are not alone when the beetles eat our zucchinis and that we should continue trying to garden even if we don’t have the most perfect plants.

My day in Columbus really was exciting and full of fun. I can’t wait until the next scheduled service on hubby’s truck so we can do some more exploring in Columbus!