Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yard Sale

On Saturday, October 22, we had a yard sale. We did good, although we had little customers seeing how it was deer hunting weekend. Rachel really got involved and made fliers and posted them on neighbors doors earlier in the week. So, we had about 5 other homes on our street selling stuff as well. Since it was deer hunting season, we are going to have another yard sale on November 5th. I can't wait to get rid of my iMac, as well as some other things.

Sorry it's a little blurry, but I'm not the one who took the picture... I am the one sitting on the couch to the right.

Also, to let you know, I haven't posted any videos lately because I haven't taken any video. The last video I took and posted on YouTube (but not here) was around the time the girls had their tonsils removed. We will be heading up to SLC for Thanksgiving and I know I will be taking video of family and the girls then. Stay tuned...

OH! And one more thing. We do not have the rooster anymore. He met his fate just like the other rooster, but not so badly. So, no more waking up at 6 in the morning to shut the rooster up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Since I never wrote something in September, I thought I would write about our pet situation and living arrangements.

You should know by now that we have chickens. We originally had 4, but we are now down to 3. Why? If you have not done so, go read Rachel's blog post about what we did with the 2nd rooster. It is a long read, so brace yourself.

Now that you are back, like I said, we now have 3 chickens. The remaining rooster has found his morning voice and it is getting on my nerves since it wakes me up early in the morning. Either we will be getting rid of him by selling him, or he may end up just like the other one... But we'll do it right this time.

Then if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you should know that I found a turtle. Story goes, I was on my way home from dropping the girls off at school and I pulled into our driveway. While I was doing that, I looked over into the neighbors driveway and saw a turtle. I got out and went over and checked it out. It was real. I called Rachel and told her to come out to look at "what I found". She was shocked and so happy. Since she studied up on turtle years ago (when she had turtles), she knew it wasn't a desert tortoise (which you can not touch down here since they are protected by law). She quickly identified it as an eastern box turtle. We decided to keep it since no one around here claimed it. Plus, well, one of the dogs got to it and started to chew on the shell. Poor guy. But he survived... twice, and so we call him "Lucky" Mike.

You can see some of the shell missing near his head area...

Last, as I mentioned back in March, we took in a dog named Daisy. She was the one responsible for tearing a hole in the chicken coop back in June. Then when we got the turtle, we put the turtle in a empty flower box (4' x 4') and Daisy got in and played with the turtle and chewed on its shell. Luckily, the shell didn't crack and the turtle survived. Rachel said we had to get rid of her. So I put an ad on KSL and Craigslist saying she was free, but no one called. So a few days after that incident, we tried putting the turtle in the box again but with wire fencing on top. We took the girls to school, came back and discovered Daisy jumped on it to get inside to play with the turtle again. The turtle shell was chewed on again and was bleeding. That was the final straw. So last week (9/27), I took Daisy to the pound. Hopefully she was adopted by someone who wants just a pet, but doesn't have any other pets.

But we still have Ginger after all this time and trouble of how many other dogs we have tried to take in. Ginger is so good, we can let her outside when the chickens are out walking around and she will get a few feet from them and then walk away. So I know we can trust her. She even is interested in the turtle, but not like Daisy was. She sees a moving object and wants to check him out. We have the turtle in the kitchen most of the time (not outside right now because it is raining outside). So we let Ginger in to sniff the turtle and then she walks out after she has observed him.

And so at the moment, we have 3 chickens, 1 turtle and 1 dog. Rachel and I made an agreement... No more dogs until Ginger dies. When that happens, that will be a very sad day because Ginger has been a very good dog.