You Chick I Chick We ALL Chick for Chicken Coops

Well – it’s finally been done! We came together and built the ladies a nice big coop.  Though it isn’t exactly the coop I had in mind – we bought a nice sized coop from Tractor Supply Stores.  I like to think of it as a temporary coop for my ladies until we can afford a nicer coop. Like a “starter” coop, if you will.  What I loved about this project is that it was a chance for  Nick and his boys to get together and work on a project.

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I did some “whitewashing” and then resigned to baking the boys some chocolate cookies – for all their hard work.  It was really nice to see them work together and know that their efforts as a team would pay off.   Now, the ladies have four nice nesting boxes and a decent sized run to play and lounge in this summer.  I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon and a team of fantastic guys to make my dream come true!

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Thanks, guys! For all your hard work! I’m sure the ladies will appreciate all of your endeavors as much as I do! xoxo

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Out and Afraid, Inside and Brave

My 4 year old wether, Nubbins has been a houseguest in my house for over a month now.

He originally stayed with me at the end of November, for a week, when he went into kidney failure and I found him in the pasture unwilling to move. After 2 weeks at the vets’ office and 2 weeks at home – he went back out to keep Waffles and Persnickety company. After all, who keeps a goat in the house?

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Fast forward to March – I went out to feed and water my loves and Nubbin’s eye looked like it had been struck with a bat. It was swollen, beyond red and oozing pus. I knew immediately what it was – conjunctivitis. Nonetheless, we hoisted him into the back of the Audi and travelled back to the vet – only to be told – what I already knew. It was conjunctivitis! Nubbins was going to be a house guest once again – how exciting. This time we were more prepared and set up the cage in the kitchen with wee wee pads, water, hay and a much needed broom. Nick and I went away for a week and were blessed to have an amazing pet sitter who minded him while we were gone. I was relieved though – because this time it was going to be easy. He clearly was going to be gong back out to pasture as soon as we got home! Nope. His eye looked worse when we returned than it did when we left. Another 3 weeks of medication and TLC finally cleared up his pink eye. I made up my mind – he was going back out the very next day. I even peered right into that nice clear eye and told him so myself. “You’re going out tomorrow and trust me you’ll like it”

But as everyone knows life has a way of not going as planned. Either that or I really have a goat that wants to stay inside and is manipulating me. Because – no sooner did I utter those words – then my boyfriend’s son, Noah, turned to me and said, “Why is Nubbins bleeding so much?”
I swear – I looked into the cage and there was blood all over his wee wee pads. Initially, I thought he may have cut himself, but the more I monitored him – the more I noticed it was only in his urine. Not one to take a chance and knowing his history with his kidneys – we loaded Nubbins up for a 3rd time and went back to the vet. He was prescribed more antibiotics and a daily dosage of vitamin C.

We are now going on just about 2 months straight and my once skittish wether – is a confident glorified house goat. He drinks from the dog bowls, head butts my beagle, begs for tickles when Nick and I are sitting on the couch and insists on getting brushed with the Furminator. I never thought I would say that I love having a goat in my house. After all, who does that? But I do. Nubbins has fit in well and is working hard at being a member of this family. Once it’s time for Nubbins to go back outside – I don’t know who is going to have the harder time adjusting – him or me.

The Frost’s Take a Trip-cation: Introduction

I finally have a moment to sit down and blog. It’s been (as always) a hectic couple of weeks – but I finally have had some time to go through our vacation photos.

As a child (and teen) Nick and his family have taken their annual family vacation to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  As a child, myself,  I was alway super envious of large families that took vacations together.  Though I have a ridiculous amount of fond vacation memories with my mom and dad (I’m an only child) – I always secretly hoped that we could take an extended family trip to Disney or a cruise to an exotic locale. We talked about it – every Easter and Thanksgiving – but it never came to fruition. Time went on, awesome “trips” were to be had but an extended family vacation was never taken.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Selfie

That’s why – when Nick’s (awesome) parents gave us a week vacation with the family in the Outer Banks for Christmas – my feelings were conflicted. Positive Side – I FINALLY was getting my extended family vacation – with Nick’s amazing family and was super stoked.  BUT NOT SO POSITIVE SIDE – as Nick pointed out – it was going to be a (vacation* ) not a (trip*).  Sitting on the beach – all day – in the hot sun – doing nothing – made me a little  apprehensive. Unfortunately for my husband  I’m a walking, talking paradox. I love the outdoors, nature, sitting around and reading.  I love munching on snacks and snoozing on the couch.  BUT – I’m not a fan of doing that on vacation. Oddly enough – I’ve always been “get up and go” kinda girl when I go away. I suppose my folks are to thank for that little trait. From the time I could walk – we were “on the go” every summer.  Disney, Hershey, Williamsburg, Washington D.C., Fredricksburg, Gettysburg (The F.V), Waterloo Village, New Hope, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Busch Gardens … the list goes on and on.  There wasn’t a summer or “trip” we took where I didn’t see a museum, battlefield, amusement park, castle, or historical village. Exhausting – well … now that I think about it – yes. It must have been – ridiculously tiresome for my parents.  But – my father  – well he loved it and I loved it – knowing he loved it.  He instilled the go, go, go vacationing fever in me – and for all it’s worth – I just can’t shake it.  So Nick being the most amazingly understanding man alive and feeding his never-ending Libra need to create “balance” gave me my first (of I’m sure many) of the most memorable trip-cations I’ve ever had!!!!

Stay Tuned for:

  • The Frost’s Take a Trip-cation: Impromptu Delaware Car Show
  • The Frost’s Take a Trip-cation: Chesapeake Bay Crossing/Almshouse Farm at Machipongo
  • The Frost’s Take a Trip-cation:Currituck Heritage Park/Arthur WHO?!?!

 

**Trip – (according to the Sage Nicholas J Frost) – an experience in which one travels and engages in many activities such as sightseeing, tours, day trips etc

**Vacation (once again according to the Sage Nicholas J Frost) – an experience in which one travels with the sole intention of resting and relaxation