• spring chickens
    Inside & Out

    That’s a Lot of Omelets!

    We spent a few days in Branson last week and returned to a mound of eggs from our seven feathered friends. I guess we can call them "spring chickens," no matter their age, because these longer days and doses of sunshine have our girls firing on all cylinders after their brief winter hiatus.  While we didn't expect this sort of egg explosion, we did know there would be several eggs awaiting our return, because our sweet little girls, Tater and Tot, never stopped production, even on the coldest of winter days. These two ISA Brown beauties have definitely earned their keep by laying eggs almost every day since late summer.…

  • toilet and tornado
    Mama Moments

    Of Toilets and Tornadoes

    Last week Missouri held a special severe weather test day and sirens blared in sync across the state. There is a notification tower next to my son's school and he has commented that the sirens are super loud during normal weekly tests, but this was a surprise drill, so I thought it might catch the kids off guard. When I picked up my tornado-skittish son from school that afternoon, I offhandedly asked him if that day's siren was loud. I thought the extra warning may have startled him a bit because the entire school did the full-press severe weather run-through. I didn't expect the response he gave, but we both…

  • Winter Hens
    Inside & Out

    Prepping the Winter Hens

    We were enjoying a mild winter here in the Midwest. . . until this week, as we fell into an extended deep freeze that made me really thankful for roaring fires, cozy sweaters and super fuzzy socks. Unfortunately, our chicken friends have none of these same luxuries, but we did bundle them up a bit to face the bitter cold.