She’s got man hands…again.

Help me out here, ladies! With a baby in the house, I am already washing my hands a million times a day with bottles, diapers, and the general yuckiness that comes with three kids. Now with the chicks here, I am washing them even more. My hands are raw and red every winter. They actually bleed. I have tried so many things in the past to help and have found no lotion or potion that actually improves them without stinging and burning.

 

Give me your best advice on how to stop my hands from looking like I just exfoliated with a cheese grater. PLEASE! And, thank you.

Yay! My first blog award!

I was pretty excited today to see that one of my favorite blogs, A New Path for Old Hooves, was not only nominated for a Liebster Award but that Katie and her owner included me in the list of bloggers she wanted to nominate! I’ve only been at this for a few weeks, but Katie was one of the first blogs I followed. I love to check in with her every morning and see what advice this spunky little miniature horse is doling out. Thanks for the nomination, Katie!

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Rules

This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers…the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another. What to do:
1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
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11 Random Facts about Me.
1. I have had a crush on my husband for 20 years.
2. I can not put a book down once I start reading it.
3. I moved from Pennsylvania to Montana on the back of a Harley with as much as I could fit in the saddle bags.
4. My husband was never my boyfriend before we got married.
5. Trying to meditate just makes me irritated.
6. I sometimes dip pickles in milk before I eat them.
7. I can not take a nap. It takes me at least 2 hours to fall asleep.
8. I am not pleasant in the morning.
9. I am afraid of horses, but not spiders.
10. I chose not to drive until I was 20. I got my license on a Saturday then drove 6 hours and a state away the next morning to a new job.
11. I take walks to relax. Through the cemetery. In the middle of the night.
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1. Favorite music. My husband will tell you that every time a song comes on the radio that I like, I will say it is my favorite song.

2. favorite color and why. Red. I truly don’t know why. It has always been red, from the time I was a child.

3. How many pets do you have? 1 cat, 2 dogs, and 25 chicks arriving this week. No more fish, even if they are free. Especially if they are free!

4. What is your big dream? See my previous post about why my blog is named the Sunday Dinner Farm.

5. Have you been to a foreign land? Where? Why? I haven’t. I would love to visit Ireland, to take some of my brother’s ashes there.

6. Where were you born? In the same hospital where I delivered 2 of my 3 children.

7. What do you want your blog to accomplish? I want this blog to keep me moving toward our dream and chronicle our homesteading adventures along the way.

8. What was your first job? My first job was at one of my father’s businesses once I was old enough to work. He wouldn’t give me the job until I could count change back properly without using the register or calculator.

9. what do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children. And being at my mother’s side as she fought the cancer that killed her. Caring for her when she needed it will always be the hardest things I have ever done, but I will never regret it.

10. What are your goals for 2013? Keep the chickens alive.

11. What is your favorite state, and why? Pennsylvania. It is home and my heart is here. When my husband decided to leave the military to watch our children grow up, we knew we were coming home. The only other place I would ever live is back in Montana.

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11 Questions for my nominees:

1. What color socks are you wearing?

2. What is your favorite book. Why?

3. Can you drive stick shift?

4. Name your most embarrassing high school memory.

5. Have you ever had a “free” fish? Was it still alive a week later?

6.If you could choose to vacation by yourself for a week, with unlimited funds, where and what would you choose?

7. I dip my pickles in milk. What bizarre food choice/habit do you have?

8. What is the most important advice you would give to your 18 year old self?

9. Have you ever sung karaoke?

10. What is your bowling average?

11. Who shot JR.?

I nominate:

http://daysremembered.wordpress.com/

http://heedleyshens.wordpress.com/

http://motheroad.wordpress.com/

http://mytinybroodofbackyardchooks.wordpress.com/

http://themakingofahome.wordpress.com/

http://heartfelthomestead.wordpress.com/

http://anembarrassmentoffreedom.wordpress.com/

http://simplicitybychoice.wordpress.com/

http://daysofhilda.com/

http://stumpsandbeans.com/

http://maplecreekcottage.wordpress.com/

Those last dreary days of winter

Warm and Toasty

Warm and Toasty

Heading into the last stretch of winter now, getting anxious for spring. This year we have plenty of firewood left for the stove, due to an unfortunate change of plans mid-winter that meant switching our wood boiler out for a gas boiler.  Really wasn’t excited about going back to gas heat, but at least we have the wood stove for the chilly days. No need to crank the gas furnace since the Mountain Man can roast us all out with the wood stove in the living room in less than an hour.

The up and down temps have left all of the creeks and rivers in our area climbing their banks. Out on a drive the other day, we saw many roads that had water up to the edges on both sides. Every time we get snow it is followed by crazy warm temps and we are nearly swimming again. The picture below is the creek in our side yard. It is usually barely over a trickle, just enough for the mud bugs to splash through in the summer. It is now running high and full of ice jams.  I don’t know what it is about fog that makes me feel like bad news is coming.

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Johnny Run

Is it spring yet?

Today it is a balmy 14 degrees.

Two weeks ago, we had a bizarre winter thaw weekend and it was 70 degrees in the sunshine out in the yard. Nothing like a warm spell to get your blood screaming for spring and get the kids trying to kick their shoes off all day.

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70 degrees and dandelions in bloom on January 13th.

We took advantage of that heat wave to put up some posts for the chicken coop run.

Let's dig some post holes!

Let’s dig some post holes!

The easiest way to check the hole for depth is apparently asking a two year old!

Almost deep enough!

Almost deep enough!

Always time in the day to make new friends!

Present for you, Mommy!

Present for you, Mommy!