Thursday

Reasons to Smile....

 Reason number one.
Red barn, and old farm equipment.
Picture taken in Midway.
 Reason number two.
I finally finished the hutch that my friend K. gave to me.
I really love how it turned out.
 Reason number three.
We are now down to seven 'girls', from twelve.
We sold five of the 'girls' this week.
I really only wanted six 'girls'.
But, seven 'girls' are OK too.

Because of reason number four.
Poor Grace.
We just couldn't bear to part with her..
She's such a character, and has such determination.
She eats up-side down.

She jumps up on the feeder, and turns her head up-side down and scoops the food into her mouth.
It's the only way that she can eat.

She's keeping up with the other 'girls', and I hope that she's a great layer!
Her beak is becoming a bit more twisted and bent, and the bottom part of her beak is growing longer.
Poor Grace.

One of our 'girls' is becoming quite 'nesty'.
We've had the 'girls' since early June, and so I imagine, that they are getting ready to start laying.


Attitude of Gratitude:
~I'm grateful for a warm and cozy home, and my heart and prayers go out to those that are not so fortunate at this time. Especially those that have been affected by 'Sandy'.
~I'm grateful for sweet friends that give me a call on the phone, or stop by for warm visits.
I so appreciate them and their kindness. How nice to hear the doorbell, and see a smiling, friendly face.
I received a phone call from a dear friend this week, she uses a translator, because she's deaf.
The best news from her... her oldest daughter is getting married in December.

48 comments:

  1. Aw...poor Grace! Sounds like she's lucky to be living with you! :)

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  2. You have lots of sweet reasons to be grateful and glad you take a moment to share them with us.

    Blessings,
    Nancy

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  3. Good Evening Kerin, Poor Grace, bless her, what an achievement to be able to eat upside down.....such determination.

    I just wanted to say I am sorry for tagging you. I really should have paid more attention and notice you were a no tag blog. Of course it was the first thing I noticed this evening.... isn't that always the way.

    Have a warm and cosy evening. Best Wishes Daphne

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    1. No problem... I completely understand.

      I was honored that you thought of me :)

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  4. Well your blessings certainly made me smile.Thanks for sharing them.Poor sweet Grace,she has a survivor's spirit.All of your girls looks so shiny and healthy.Have a wonderful day,Jen

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  5. Thanks for sharing your reasons to smile! I especially like the red barn & the sweet hutch. Have a wonderful weekend Kerin!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  6. I love this! May I pin the old barn to my pinterest board, Covered Bridges and Old Barns and pin the girls to My Chicken C
    Coop? Love Grace.


    Betty

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    1. Yes.. of course you may, Betty.

      I'll have to check out your pin boards :)

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  7. Such a sweet post, Kerin. I love all the things you've shared here in your photos. I would love to know more about that poor hen. xo

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  8. I really like old barns. Great photo.
    The hutch turned out super nice.
    I think Grace is lucky to be living there with you. : )

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  9. Lots of things to be thankful for! I love, love, love that hutch!

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  10. The red barn makes me smiles and so does your hutch. Poor Grace...she is lucky to have you and that makes me smile too.

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  11. Barns are great, especially red ones. Lovely hutch! And, I do so love Grace. She's the kind that tugs my heartstrings.

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  12. That beautiful barn brought a smile to my face, as did your hutch!! Love how it came out Kerin! So pretty! Sweet friend are a blessing! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  13. Those are really good reasons to smile.

    Funny Grace. :) Poor thing I hope that her beak doesn't get so twisted that she can't eat.

    She sure is lucky to have you to take care of her.

    Have a fun day my friend. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Take care, Janet W ((hugs))

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  14. You are SO sweet ~ I look forward to your new posts. I was born and raised in my SoCal beach community, but my mother was an "Okie" and I have many fond memories of childhood summer trips to my uncle's farm. I think I have a little bit of red-barns-and-chickens in my dna (: Blessings.

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  15. I LOVE OLD BARNS BUT I LOVE that sweet little GRACE! She isn't mine, but my HEART goes out to her....Roxie

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  16. Kerin, you can trim Grace's beak.. use a snipper that you would use for dog nails, the "guillotine" style... you can get them at almost any pet store... just slide it on the beak while holding her firmly, and clip off BELOW the quick, you should be able to see the line. That way you can keep it short enough that she can still shovel food into it. I had two chicks born like that (we rehomed the rooster we believed responsible to someone who doesn't breed) and I was able to keep one alive for a while by trimming the growing beak. I trim my Polish girl's beak regularly, it is the fastest growing of all our hens, and she literally can't eat well if it is not trimmed... just stay below the quick.

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Mary Ann.

      When we first got her, we did trim her beak, however...it didn't seem to help.
      Perhaps we should give it another try :)

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  17. I agree...poor Grace is blessed Grace to have a "Mom" like you to take care of her and love her. Your hutch turned out gorgeous! Wow! What a pretty and cozy room too. I have a "thing" for barns...always have. Take care sweetie and always good to stop by here.

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  18. Hi Kerin. That is a gorgeous old barn and the cabinet came out beautifully. Poor little Grace, she is quite something. She certainly has compensated for her shortcomings, hasn't she. She is lucky that you care for her..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  19. Oh, I want some girls, too, Kerin.. I keep asking and asking.. grin.. Love your barn and the hutch turned out lovely..
    Luv ya..

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  20. Hi Kerin, great job on the hutch.
    It turned out lovely:)

    Connie :)

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  21. Hi Kerin!

    Your post gave me reason to smile today!! I love old barns, beautiful furniture, and special needs chickens!! What a sweet girl she is...I think that chicken needs a hug... :0)

    What a fun post!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  22. You are such an example to me. I love your grateful attitude about small and large things alike. You always make me smile.

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  23. Your hutch looks wonderful! It's so pretty.

    I'm glad to hear that Grace is doing well.

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  24. Hi Kerin--
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my post. I LOVE you hutch. It is beautiful You are an inspiration!!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Julie

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  25. So many reasons to smile, for sure.
    I do like that hutch!

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  26. Well I'm smiling to know that you've still got Grace! I wonder if she knows what an inspiration she is??

    ~Lynn

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  27. Kerin, you did a great job on your hutch!! Love it! The girls are all so beautiful and Grace... well, Grace is something else. She is a wonderful example of overcoming. I'm glad you have kept her. You make me smile. ;) Blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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  28. I came right back to visit you! I was a highland dancer from the age 0f 5 until I was in my twenties, I taught the little ones while in my teens!!My kilts were also made in Scotland and I know the thrill of having them arrive, did you have the socks knit to match the kilt?I'm not sure if they still do hat!! I'm so glad to have found you too, love those chickens!!! You are a busy lady, its so nice to meet you!!I have joined as a follower!

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  29. Oh, I love that red barn...what a beauty! And you did a fantastic job, Kerin, on the hutch! Poor Grace, she is hanging in there...bless her little chicken heart.
    Take care and enjoy your day and the weekend!

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  30. Nice to have an update and I am so happy that Grace has a forever home with you! Enjoy the weekend.

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  31. We can always find something to smile about! Glad you kept Grace. Looks like she's a flexible kind of chicken! Have a great weekend. Mimi

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  32. Wow, I am impressed! You got right on it and finished that lovely hutch already! It looks wonderful.

    :) Hope

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  33. Kerin,
    The Hutch came out perfect, I love it, also love your little cottage. 1918.
    NANCY JO

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  34. Your hutch looks great! Super job!

    Lots of great reasons to smile.

    M :)

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  35. Awe these are such wonderful reasons to smile!!
    I love the red barn! When I see barns, farms, animals, etc. as I am driving through new places I always smile!!
    God Bless you as you count your blessings one by one.
    ~Deanna
    @ theheartshunger.blogspot.com

    PS- pretty and peaceful music playing here at your blog:)

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  36. I sure enjoyed hearing about your "girls", Kerin... chickens never cease to amaze me, and Grace sounds like quite a little character! Your hens are gorgeous by the way~ you are a good chickie momma. :)
    I LOVED your reasons to smile and all the things you are grateful for~ they made me smile too.
    Smiles are contagious! ((hugs))

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  37. I didn't know they took time to lay. I would have been expecting them to lay eggs the first day I had them :) I adore that hutch. It looks awesome and much less flaky than when you brought it home.

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  38. So many reasons to smile INDEED! I love your hutch! Nice job! Very talented you are! Sweet little Grace...what a fighter. Stopping in to say HI and to let you know my daughter found out she is having another boy. Sending you hugs and smiles and grateful we have become friends.

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  39. You have many reasons for gratitude, and I must say, I like the red barn and the way your hutch turned out.

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  40. I love the colour you chose for the hutch! I think it looks fabulous! I did receive your letter and I am sending one your way today! :) I am so glad to be pen friends!

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  41. I love the old red barn and I LOVE Grace...so much! :)

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  42. I am home back from Utah.. I still want a red barn someday so when I saw the photo I did smile -- even a fixer-upper..can get me to smile --wink!
    hugs..

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  43. I LOVE old red barns. I did a post last year on one. Your hens are lovely and when they start laying you'll be so excited. I'm still waiting for my husband to build a coop for me. Stay tuned, hopefully in spring. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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