A break in the rain for some tractor time.
Audra purchased a hoop skirt with her birthday money. She was in another century at 6:30 am this morning, sporting her hoop skirt and all her accessories. I just cannot get enough of her and her old fashioned style. Come along as I follow her as she takes a loop around our yard.
My big kids have been completely independent with chicken chores for a quite a while now. To be honest, I rarely even enter the coop lately. They do everything.
Chickens don't live forever. I knew it would be a matter of time before one of the kids discovered an unfortunate surprise.
That was this morning. Audra (the one who loves the chickens the most and names them) came to me and said in a quiet voice, "Kate the chicken died, mama." "Oh, Audra, I'm so sorry, I will be right out." Bless her heart, my Audra had already gotten a shovel and removed her beloved hen from the coop, all on her own. She had a solemn face. No tears. I hugged her and told her again how sorry I was. Wise beyond her years, she said, "I know these things happen, but it's still sad." Audra went to grab a pullet to snuggle. And then wanted me to take her picture with said pullet. This girl pushes my buttons all day everyday some days, but on other days, her caring nature and mature relizations remind me of the amazing girl she really is.
Someone has the stitching bug. I couldn't be happier. She loves filling up these hoops. I cut up an old wool sweater and gave her some wool yarn. Before long, she's going to have stitched me up a quilt!
I finally hung the vintage nature posters my dad collected when I was a kid. He gave them to me ages ago. I put four in the living room, had four more than I meant to hang. I guess it's good that I waited because I found one (that isn't vintage) that is specific to Maine that I added. I love them, my kids love them and I love our stairs. Oh, and that shelf at the bottom? That's part of my expansive collection of field guides. Because I apparently collect all the field guides. I keep them handy because we use them just about daily.
It is summer, but Audra has the layers thing down. I don't know how many layers she has on, but she is ready to go back to 1777!