~ All around the cottage ~

What a week... full of busy and good things, but jam-packed with many things.
We helped our daughter move. She is relocating from Salt Lake valley to Wyoming. She is fortunate enough to be able to telecommute, so she can work anywhere. 
In the meantime, before her new apartment in Wyoming will ready, she is staying with us and working.
It has given us an opportunity to spend time together and we've been enjoying her company.
On Sat. before Easter, we went for a drive up one of the canyons here and showed her this Pioneer era cabin. 
Everyone agreed that the cabin is located in a beautiful area, and the pioneers were men and women of courage and fortitude. 
I don't think I would have made it with a bunch of kids living in a teeny tiny cabin!
Springtime is bringing out the best in our chickens.
We are getting more eggs each day, and one day, we were surprised that we got 6 eggs from our 6 hens. Well, at least they were all trying to lay an egg a day....*smile*.
That is the tiniest egg I have ever seen in my life!

Chives are growing like crazy now, and so I whipped up some chive butter and froze for later use, as well as making some chive sea salt seasoning.
I also made some oven-roasted maple~cinnamon almonds, and some Smokehouse seasoned almonds.
We also made two batches of beef jerky.... one batch was old-fashioned and one batch was orange~teryaki.
It's nice when we are busy to be able to grab a homemade snack to take on the road with us.

Two years ago, we planted around a thousand springtime bulbs...daffodils, crocus, and tulips. They are beginning to blossom and flourish and as they have split, we are enjoying a plethora of spring blossoms.
Another ride and we had to slow down for this turkey on the road. 
I think it is a Royal Palm turkey and about 2 out of 3 times, he will be on the road at this location. 

Like many of you, we have had wild weather this spring. 
Winds have been especially fierce, and in the storm a few days ago the accompanying winds snapped this pioneer- 
era pine tree right off. This is one of two old pines that were snapped off. 
The trees line two streets that are close to our subdivision, but not in our subdivision. The broken tree in the picture above narrowly missed a house.

This week, our pressurized irrigation will be turned on. 
In our subdivision, we are on farm shares of water, and not on city irrigation shares. 
The man that used to own this land, and farm it, retained the water shares and we pay the farm company for our water shares. 
We are not under any restrictions and should have plenty of water for this summer,
 unless things change.

We are getting our garden in shape for spring planting, my husband made a new run for the hens, and yesterday a neighbor was kind enough to bring their skid-steer over and load our trough planters for us, so that my husband didn't have to shovel dirt into them. 
Sure saved his back!

I'm dehydrating apples this weekend and working in my flower beds and borders and we are supposed to get a nice soaking rain this Friday. 

Spring is in full swing!



  1. Wow!! Seeing it all in writing you have been so busy. I love seeing all of these great photos. I don't know, but I think it might be nice living in a pioneer cabin in a beautiful area.
    All of your food preparation sounds awesome.

  2. Kerin, you sound like a Pioneer woman. I love hearing about all that you are doing. We see lots of wild turkeys around on our drives but not as pretty as yours with his white feathers. I bet he is something when he struts his stuff. I think it is so wonderful how the young folks can work from wherever these days. Our grandson is like that too, so they can live wherever they want to..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

  3. Hi Kerin. So glad you could spend a good amount of time with your daughter. Where in Wyoming is she moving? I would like to see that pioneer cabin. There are so many interesting things to do and see in our lovely and beautiful state! I am so glad you are well situated for water. I am wondering how much rain and snow you are supposed to get in your area this weekend. I hope you have a good one. See you again soon.

  4. I like that cabin, but like you, I can't imagine a family in it!
    I'm glad you get to spend time with your daughter before she moves.
    That is one tiny egg!

  5. Yes, that would be hard living in a little cabin with lots of kids! Lovely to read all what you've been up too. So nice that so many people are able to work from home. One good thing to come from Covid.

  6. We live such different lives. Those homemade snacks look delicious but I wouldn't know the first thing about making them! And... what's a skid-steer? Trough planters? The Lord is so creative and made each of us unique to live the life He has planned for us. Isn't God good?!

  7. Everything sounds like fun.


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