Sunday, January 3, 2010


Still snowing...Snowflakes are dancing outside my window and the last bit of balsam fragrance lingers in the air. Our Christmas tree has been placed out doors by the bird feeder where I will hang peanut butter covered pine cones for the birds. The wood stove is cranking away keeping our nest snug and warm. I should also mention the sound of the Patriots football game is in the background where I can hear grumbling coming from my DH, game tied up, oh no... The girls are literally feeling "cooped up" however, a warm treat usually gives them a temporary reprieve. Only Pip and Georgia took me up on the offer of an outing this morning. They had no more gone out the door, when they promptly turned around and went right back in. I guess conditions in the coop were far more superior than the conditions outside.
Speaking of my girls, chicken fever has really caught on at my house. First it began with my new chicken calender. I heard a few "oh my Gods"
Then for my December birthday my brother sent me a musical chicken card, doing what else- the "chicken dance". My brother scored big points finding that card. He better watch out because he has a "big" birthday happening in April. I love having a big brother!
Along with my birthday card was the most creative birthday gift I have ever received, an egg carrier. Not any old egg carrier, but one hand made.
My brother Kris saw the idea in a magazine and put his creative spin on it. Ten egg holes, one for each of my ten hens. He left the finishing to me, he knew I would need to give it that "prim look" that we primitive lovers all strive for. It has two coats of milk paint, now all I need to do is scruff it up and put a coat of wax on it, good to go. Oh, I forgot to mention he made me two of these for me. Always good to have an extra, don't ya know.
This very fragrant smelling wax hen I received in my Christmas stocking.

And these wonderful faux eggs were sent to me by my cousin Eve in Alabama. I made a little nest and added the eggs and now my little hen has a home of her own, eggs and all.

Eve also sent me this sweet little kitchen towel, it reminded her of Gladys and I just love it.

Have I mentioned that Tractor Supply has become my new favorite store? Not only did they provide me with a free fifty pound bag of natural feed for the girls, but I found this Lip Junk. I thought it was a proper gift for our family themed "Funny Thrifty Yankee Swap" that was held out on the Island this year. Wrong- no one appreciated it but me. Hey the stuff works great and to top it off it's not made in China!
Honey you want to try some? " No thanks" was his reply and with that he gave me a little kiss, "gee, that stuff tastes pretty good". Never underestimate the power of a chicken. Oh, and FYI the Patriots lost.


the primitive country bug said...

Hi Julie~
Happy Birthday to you! Your family is so thoughtful and creative as well. I love the egg carriers. How clever and sweet of your brother to make you not only one, but two of them!! Would that be the same brother that gave you that sweet chicken card?

How fun is that chicken lip junk. hmmmm.... did it make you think twice before using it? :)
Have a blessed 2010!

Oh, the picture of PHL is beautiful!
Hugs~ Birgit

Shari said...

I love the egg carrier!

Just wanted to let you know that I found your blog today and took a look around. Very nice. I'll be coming back. :)

Anonymous said...

Cute gifts! I LOVE chicken Poop lip balm, I got some a few years ago, it is the bomb! I'm glad to know where I can find more...

Glad the big storm is on its way out. Back to work for me and Dan tomorrow, no more lallygagging with the hens!


Gail said...

You made out like a bandit! Great idea, the egg carrier and love the chicken poop.

Cedar ... said...

your gifts are wonderful,.. I especially like the towel and the wax chicken. The egg carrier is a great invention, too!

Eve said...

Ha Ha Ha! You got me laughing Julie! I love the poop for sure! That is one high class egg carrier too! And my eggs sure look cute with that wax birdie nesting on them!! hahahaha!
Now take that G10 and make a video of the card and post it!!!

Rural Rambler said...

Julie this post cracked me up tonight! The egg carriers are not only a thoughtful gift but very cute. What a sweet brother you have! Your chicken theme gifts are fun. I am with Eve about the video but I gotta tell you I wouldn't have a clue on how to do it! CH found the poop pretty interesting. We have a Tractor Supply 15 minutes away. Hmmmm.

Lauraslife said...

I love all of the gifts your recieved and I am thinking how long its been since I have been to Tractor Supply, I have to travel about 30 miles to the nearest one but I always enjoy it and come home with new ideas.

miss Potter said...

With joy I see that my blog is in the list of yours preferred, thanks!
I adore your style country, six a very creative person, hopes that a beautiful friendship is born:)

Sandy from Parma

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i popped on my Uggs and came by to visit..are we sisters....our interests are exactly the same...and I LOVE MAINE..I just had a friend of mine who lives ther send me some beautiful...but i bet it is really cold. I have never been in that.

Love your chickens and all your animals..I LIVE for my doggy and kittys around here..I want to get chickens this spring. I am PRETENDING that I live on a farm in maine.....

LOVE your blog and I'll check back again very soon.....

Kary, Buddy and all the kittys

Jenny said...

Sounds like you had a Happy Chookmas Julie! (-: It's fun to buy for people who are totally immersed in a particular hobby! Happy chooky egg New Year to you Julie....PS: really REALLY not sure about that last item!!! (-:

DayPhoto said...

The Bronco's lost also.

I have cabin fever...sigh


Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

The towel is very sweet and I love the "chicken poop" lip junk...I'll have to look for it at our Tractor Supply.