Hello friends! Thank you for stopping by for some coffee! Life can be chaotic. Have you ever had one of those days that you had to make three trips to school in the morning, one to drop off kids, then back again with forgotten football cleats, and one more time for a paper you were helping with that ended up buried under a pile of papers on your desk. Can’t a teen remember anything? UGH!!
How about the day you were watering plants and left the hose on a slow drip on a plant, went inside to take care of a load of laundry, the phone rang and you forgot all about the hose, until you let the dog in and there was mud everywhere. What about the day you went to the grocery just to pick up a few essentials, and your debit card was declined, then you remembered that you had an automatic payment that went out, and tomorrow is payday.
How about that day someone left a gate open and you were chasing chickens down the street? Does any of this sound familiar?
A better way?
What if there was a better way, simple, yet organized? Take a break, pour yourself that cup of coffee and relax with me while we get the day back on track with organizing tips, cleaning ideas. decorating help, easy money, DIY and even some Teen talk.
I used to have lots of Chaotic days too, and to be honest, I still do sometimes. I just give myself some Grace.
First off I am married to my best friend Greg, and I have two teenagers. My daughter is 19, and my son is 16. While my daughter Allison has stopped skating, she was a competitive figure skater for 8 years, and Nate my son is into football and track. My hobbies include crafting, decorating, and figuring out ways to save and make money around an active family schedule, and of course my chickens, and ducks. Notice I didn’t say cooking, I don’t like to cook, so all the recipes I share with you will be a simple down home easy.
I feel your pain.
One of the reasons I am writing this blog is because, well my teens are not angels all the time. I have what seems like more than my share of frustrating moments with them, I have often thought that nobody understands what I am going through on a day to day basis with teens. Turns out as Moms of teens we all have these kinds of feelings. I hope I can be your virtual shoulder to cry on, as we try to understand the aliens in our homes.
And then there are the gardens that are always in need of something. Animals that have to be fed and watered everyday, even if you are sick.
Experience with Chickens and Rabbits
I am sort of obsessed with all things feathered. We have about 30 chickens, 6 ducks, a turkey and a parrot. I am a licensed Serama (type of chicken) table top judge. The little cutie with me in the picture is Brownie. (she is not a Serama) My experience with chickens comes from having had a flock of around 300 that were used as brood stock for showing. Serama roosters reach a top weight of about 1 pound, and hens about 12 ounces. I was a founder of the American Serama Association. I was a judge at the Serama Council of North America show at the Ohio National show, the biggest show in the US in 2000.
I have also shown Nankins, another small breed of chicken, that is an endangered heritage breed.
I spent about 20 years living in the world of show rabbits. While I dabbled in several breeds, my true love of the rabbit world is Holland Lops. Another small animal Hollands are just 3-4 pounds as adults. I started the Arizona Holland Lop club, and served a term as Vice President of the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club, our National club.
Both of my kids were involved in showing rabbits and or chickens, but they never loved it like I did. I have retired from showing now, but still sometimes judge 4H shows at a local level. My interest in rabbits and chickens now is purely for my own enjoyment.
Other things about me:
Along with all the feathered pets, we also have 2 dogs, a cat, a goat, and a frog. We have also had horses, donkeys, and even a pet Tarantula. (it was Greg’s, and it lived to be about 5 years old.) My daughter and I used to will that spider to disappear, it gave us the Heebie-jeebies , when it finally died I did feel a little bad. When I was little I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I grew up.
I live on about an acre and a third of pure desert rock. Container gardening is my friend.
I admit that I can’t butcher and eat my own animals, but their milk and eggs are a whole different story. Goats milk Ice Cream is the best!
I am a licensed Real Estate Agent in Arizona, and I serve the East Valley of Phoenix, mainly Queen Creek. I have been doing this for 6 years. You can find my Real Estate stuff at Amy Bullock, The AZ Realty (are you ready for it?) Chick. Well of course. You can see my Real Estate Facebook page here.
I have spent more of my life doing accounting and book-keeping than any other job. I am still the book-keeper for my veterinarian, and have done her books for over 20 years.
Are you a polished writer? Not me. I probably use waaay too many ( ) in my writing, and also a heck of a lot of !!!
Quirky, yup. I am terrified of heights but, I love Roller Coasters One of my chickens is a house chicken.
I was a redhead most of my life.
I hope to get to know all of you through your comments on my posts.