“nice to meet you”: integrating your backyard chicken flocks

Last year, after taking almost a year to settle into our new digs, we finally got a small flock of chickens.  We’d missed our girls (and their eggs!)  back in Montana and we were thrilled to have a great spot for a {sub}urban chicken yard.  (Check out the back posts on this blog for more details).  I must admit, though, that I was a bit … Continue reading “nice to meet you”: integrating your backyard chicken flocks

phase 1 of the music cabinet redux

Despite being able to barely carry a tune myself, I married into a wonderfully classically musical family.  And our children, thankfully, are following in their father’s footsteps.  Hence, we are beginning to accumulate sheet music with more to come.   Accumulating excessive piles of music on top of the piano, however,  just isn’t going to cut it around here.  So, back in January, I was trolling … Continue reading phase 1 of the music cabinet redux

swooning over VMD furniture chalk paint

Thanks to a dear California friend, I am now officially enamored with Vintage Market and Design’s furniture chalk paint.  The gesso, chalk and water based paint is tinted with natural earth pigments and thus has low VOCs, no toxins, and no odor.  Whats not to love?  And, the fact that I have little or no prep work for refurbishing wood, metal, glass, rigid plastics, and … Continue reading swooning over VMD furniture chalk paint

the aliens have landed

One of the most challenging aspects of keeping backyard chickens in this region is dealing with the weather.  In the high desert, we have scorching summers but we still get snow and colder temps in the fall and winter months.  (For example, last week we were at 17 degrees!)  Thankfully, our converted rabbit hutch has been great for our micro flock so far.  The openness … Continue reading the aliens have landed