Well I certainly didn't mean to be gone so long but the antibiotics they gave me in December for strep throat only killed the sore throat and not the strep. By mid-May I was down for the count with Rheumatic Fever. So far it doesn't look like there is heart damage, the kidneys are recovering and the joint pains seem to be back down to pre-strep levels so it's painful but managable. I'm just now getting some energy back and decided to give Verve's September 3rd Mojo Monday a shot. It only took me 6 days! LOL
Would you believe I haven't put ink to paper since my last post? I've been learning the ins and outs of Photoshop Elements 10 and I am really loving it, especially the Organizer. Speaking of organizing, I have organized my craft area again! I think I have finally gotten it to where I want it. Just a few final touches and I should be ready to post photos.
It hasn't been all fun and games unfortunately. Elvira, my Black Australorp hen, began laying her eggs internally, developed peritonitis and had to be put down. Didn't find a vet who treated chickens so had to do the deed myself. Not fun but I couldn't let her suffer. I ended up buying 2 baby chicks to cheer everyone up. OK, to cheer me up but I think Hazel and Penny are a little happier too. This is my first time raising chicks and I can tell you that I will never buy another chicken already raised. It is such a joy to watch them grow and develop.
Here is Wanda and Dotty at 4 1/2 weeks old. This is an awkward stage with their sleek grown up feathers coming in but their fluffy baby feathers still on. They are most likely Easter Eggers and should lay either blue or green eggs. When I bought them I didn't really care what breed I was getting. I picked the two who were the most people friendly. Wanda is darker in color and has the dramatic eyeliner. Dotty is lighter in color and doesn't have any markings on her face but is more friendly.
They will need to be kept apart from Hazel and Penny until they are about 5 months old but I have them in a very large dog cage out in the chicken yard on warm days so they can all get used to each other.
Hopefully I will get time to stamp in the near future but in the meantime I am having a blast learning new things and raising my chicks.
That's the theme for todays Waltzingmouse Blog Hop but it applies to my life and this blog as well. I can't believe it has been nearly 5 months since my last post. Life has been a rollercoast, full of ups and downs and will take a few posts to get everyone up to speed.
The card I am showing today was made for one of the recent "ups" - my son and daughter-in-law's new home. They are just over the moon and we are all so thrilled for them. I started with an old Stampendous cottage image, colored it with Copics then built the card around it. Not my usual method but it worked.