Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Thursday,New Camera,New Chicks

Hello everyone,yes I am still around.What can I say...once more I could and do say that I am sorry that I haven't been around but you probably would not believe it.I could say it will not happen again but then that would probably be a lie.I am not going to say that  at all because right now in my life it probably will happen even though I don't want it to be that way.My main goal for this new year was to be a better blogger,heavens to Betsy, but I've blown that one for sure!There are some hurtful things going on involving my mom and family that have really thrown me for a loop.Things that I would never have dreamed or thought that my momma would have to deal with at her age,it has filled the family with anger.I would ask if you could please put the family in your prayers and that my momma has the strength and health to deal with the problems she has had thrust into her lap.Sorry to be so gloomy but I felt that you all deserved honesty about why I seem to have forgotten you all.I truly have missed you all but there have been many days that my computer has been shut down and time just hasn't  been there for me to keep up.Add to the things happening at home with the devastating events in Boston,the horrible explosion in West Texas and the flooding  conditions in many areas my heart has been to heavy to try for a post.My thoughts and prayers have been with and will continue to be with eveyone dealing with these issues.

As you read I finally figured out my camera dilemma.Canon Power Shot SX500 called my name and I am so happy it did because I love it.I haven't had time to play with it much but the 30 x optical zoom has been so much fun to use.The above pic shows an apple tree in bloom,love seeing that because it is a sure a sign that Spring is here! 
Here is a  close up of a few of the blossoms.

Tabby is my shadow when I am outside and these pics show him being lazy on my momma's flowerbed.

 Now for some more fun! When I was a young girl ,we had some Polish chickens that I adored.Pebbles,one of the hens would come at lunch time to the patio door and peck on it wanting to come inside.When we opened the door and she would come inside to have her lunch of crumbled corn bread,after eating she would peck on the door to go back outside.For years I have wanted to own some more,I could have ordered them from a hatchery but I only wanted a few so I searched locally but had no luck.Well this past Friday I was blessed enough to find some close enough(only a 35 minute drive one way)to make it worth the trip.You bet I was excited!Seven golden lace and three buff Polish came home with me. I have kept them in the house since then as we have had some cold nights,hopefully this weekend hubby and I will get them settled in a new home.Please just look at the chickens and not the mess around them.LOL! I am in the middle of doing a swap causing the craft room to be a disaster.The chicks are all different ages but I don't care.LOL!
Isn't it cute!

They have since moved to a larger box and have much more room. Gretchen is used to different critters being inside and usually takes it all in stride but these chicks have her torn up.She sits and cries and when they were in this tote she would look at them and sound so pitiful.I don't know if it is the chirping or what but she has had me getting up at night just so she can check on them.

Well I guess that is all for today.I thank each of you that continue to  stop by and haven't given up on me.It has gone across my mind to close my blog but truthfully I would miss it.If things hold together and nothing else happens I will be back with more pics in a couple of days.There are several projects that I would love to share .It is my hope that each of you are happy and safe today.


Primitive Stars said...

Thoughts and prayers sent for you and yours......Wonderful pictures of the kitty, sweet and love those little chicks, how great....Blessings Francine.

Danice said...

Oh, so sorry that things are bad for you and your family. Prayers for you all. I totally understand. The chicks are darling also. 'Glad you got a new camera. Great choice- it makes wonderful photos :)

Kim said...

I'm sorry your Mom is having a stressful time. There's nothing worse than family drama to drag you down.
Hugs, Kim

Raymond Homestead said...

So sorry you have been having some tough times lately. I will certainly remember you in prayer. Love the picture with Gretchen and the chicks, so sweet.

Jessica said...

Praying for your family! Looks like the camera is working out for you. The chicks are adorable (I want some too!) That is so interesting with Gretchen! I have never heard of a dog doing that. Bless her heart.

Earlene Landis said...

Missed you!

Raggedy Creations said...

Hey Jen. Good to hear from you again. Please don't close your blog. Life gets in the way sometimes. Keep encouraged. We will be here when you get back. Prayers for your Mom and the family situation.


renee said...

I am sorry to hear about the troubles with your family. It seems like everyone is dealing with "stuff".
Keep looking up, and remember that nothing is too big for him.
Your chicks are cute! I am envious that you have some! I would love to have chickens, but I don't think my hubby would go for that.
Your dog is mothering them, I think that is sweet.
I am not the best blogger either. Don't feel badly, it is called life. Blogging is meant to be enjoyable not stressful.
I have learned~ I think~ that you just can't worry about all this stuff, it doesn't do any good.
The most important thing is to be ready to meet Jesus, because the way this world is heading, his return is not far off. I am sick of hearing about the tragedies and the current President seems to be on his own agenda. I am over it all.
I can't watch the news all the time, I get too upset.
America needs a wake up call!
God bless you.

Shirlee said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your mother is having to deal with unhappy issues at this time. I will definitely add her to my prayer list. It looks like your new camera takes great pictures! That last one of Gretchen peering at the chicks is priceless : ) Hugs to you, my friend.

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Hi Jen,
You know I am praying for your Momma and the whole family.

On a happy note I LOVE your new camera. What a FABULOUS pictures it takes. You made the right choose on the camera you wanted.
I LOVE the pictures of the baby chicks and Miss Gretchen( I hope I spelled that right)!
She is looking out for them and I am loving the pink shirt she is wearing.
Give her a kiss and a hi from Miss Priss!

Big Hugs Girl,
Tricia XO

Paula Fraker said...

Oh~ Jen... I LOVE polish chickens!! I've been wanting some for a long time, but no one around here has any. Looks like I will have to order some chicks too, if I ever want to have them.
And Gretchen keeping a watch over them is precious... :)
Sending prayers up for your family. ((HUGS))

Kendra said...

I will pray for your mom, most definitely. Blood is thicker than water but it all spills the same.
What a good little mom Gretchen is lol! I hope the chicks grow up the have a great personality like the chicken from your childhood :)