Monday, June 06, 2011

Everything is Still Alive!

I just know y'all have been itchin' for an update on all my livin' critters!  Can a plant be called a critter?  I say yes.  Otherwise I'd have to say "critters and plants" and that is just so dagblam cumbersome.

I bet y'all are just super excited that I'm fixin' a talk like this for the entire post, aren't you?  Bless your heart...

Okay, I'll stop.  It's tiring to type like that for too long anyway.  My brain just started to go cross-eyed or something.


Oh yes, updates on living things!

The Chickens

Can you believe they are already 10.5 weeks old?  Crazy, right?  Yeah, as if you were keeping track of how long we've had them. Don't lie!  I can hear that glazed tone in your eyes.

But I'm going to tell you about them anyway because, as you know, this is my blog and I do what I want.

Wait, have you ever seen those old Conan O'Brien episodes doing size comparisons of his height in relation to enormous novelty shop items?

In that spirit, here is my attempt at comparing the chickens' size to Cecilia so you could see how big they've gotten, which of course makes no sense, because you don't know how big she is.  But isn't she so adorable?  And aren't their butts huge?  Good times!

And here is a close-up of one of our Buff Orpingtons Daffy, our maybe-a-surprise-rooster (darn it!).  Sometimes I tell myself that he's just a big hen, and then he tries to crow (sounds like a feeble bat at the moment...) and I'm all "darn it!".  We'll just have to wait and see.

Happily, I've still not managed to kill our vegetable garden and now there are actual BLOOMS on some of the plants.  The flowers turn into the vegetables, right?  I mean, that means it's working, doesn't it?  Can you even TELL how astounded pleased I am?!?!  Check it, yo.

white flowers on our snow pea plants
yellow flowers on our tomato plants
Go out and buy a lottery ticket folks.  It's a lucky day in America!

It is so lame-tastic that school is not out yet.  The weather has been toasty warm, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it doesn't get dark until 9:30 p.m.  Yes...9:30!  As in 21:30.  Needless to say, we are so over reasonable bed times.  And homework.  And eating something other than watermelon and popsicles for lunch.

Only six more school days left, so git out your calendar and your red marker, folks.  I can see the freedom light at the end of this scholastic tunnel!

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  1. Love all your pictures and the fact that all your critters are still alive! I often feel quite proud myself that I've managed to keep mine (plants included) kickin'. Oh no! Is Mr. Hen going to have to be neutered? LOL j/k. I bet if there were a vet who could do that though? He'd be rich.

  2. Also love that Texan drawl, I can hear it when I read you! But can you really hear a glazed tone in my eyes? I swear it's just because I haven't slept for 36 hours. Your chicken stories ROCK! ;)

  3. School is out here, but no blossoms on the peas yet (but actual tomatoes on a few of the plants. The tomato plants-not the pea plants.

    No chickens (except the ones who hate the swimming lessons they are starting this evening).

    I realize I owe you another homeschool post-but I haven't had the heart thanks to our school issues. how's that for irony. it's coming. . . .

  4. Here in NJ, school won't be out until the month's end. But just six more days of school school until finals. Not that my student and I are counting or anything!

  5. I had the same reaction to seeing flowers on my pepper plants! My kids are in school until the end of the month, which is kind of a blessing and a curse.

  6. Someday we will have to have a real life conversation. Or skype or something. Because I want to know if you say DAGBLAM for realz :)

  7. I love to hear about your garden and critters!! As you know, I am growing a garden for the first time this year and it is SOOO exciting! It's indescribeable until you actually do it....kind of like having kids. We're considering moving to Vermont in a year or two and I think I might have to get me some chickens!! I'm jealous!

  8. I wanted to pull out a banjo when you got your 'twang on, but I decided to just leave you with a "Guess what - chicken butt" joke instead.

    Those critters are huge!

    My Own Private Idaho

  9. How would you like a Rooster? Not just any Rooster, mind you, but one that freaking "cock a doodle doo's" from 4:30 a.m. and throughout the day?

    Will send him to you because I luvs ya, totally free of charge.

    Just as soon as I can sneak over to my neighbor's house without getting caught so that I can bag the bugger.


  10. Now that is just awesome. Virtual high five!

    Seriously, though, because of your blog, I think I have found the inspiration and energy to tackle our jungle of a backyard and make it into something we don't feel embarrassed to have people see. So thank you for that.

  11. Yay! I'm so glad. "Inspiration" makes me feel quite fancy :)

  12. I'm glad you gave an update on the 'lively-ness' of yours kids. I was worried! lol. So glad the whole clan is doing well. Although I am starting to think that you are injecting the chickens with steroids. As long as they don't go on to become homerun leaders for the MLB, I think ya'll are in the clear ;)

  13. Yay for keeping the human critters, feathered critters and blooming critters alive! No visits from the child~protecting~animal~petting~tree~hugging folks for you guys. I'm so proud of you. *fist bump*

  14. So glad everyone is still alive. Good job, Dweej. I think I forgot to feed the boyfriend all last week. whoops.

  15. did you decide if you are homeschooling next year? and chickens?!?!... seriously.... you are wonder woman.

  16. Cecilia is gorgeous and super cute. The chickens, thank god they're still alive. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of plump tomatoes. And I love, love, love the last picture of the kids all lined up int their respective chairs. Awesome!

  17. The chickens, plants and kids are all impressive. We have been getting tomatoes and cucumbers like crazy, but it's 103 here so I'm sure everything will soon wither up and die.

    How are your kids still in school? We've been out for two weeks!

  18. I'm very impressed with your abilities not to kill things. In murder news around my house, I think I killed our Japanese Maple, so you're doing WAY BETTER than me. Of course, I have that whole romance novel to fall back on if planting things doesn't work out for me, so yeah...

    Your school's still in session!? That's CRAZY talk. For realz.

  19. I KNOW!!!!!

    p.s. Say hi to Fabio for me...


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