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Last Friday night Richie but Eggnog outside sometime around midnight.  Since it has been warm he has been sleeping outside.  The next day we were gone all day and got in really late.  I wasn’t really concerned that Eggnog hadn’t come around.  Sometimes if we don’t let him in he will go hide where the dogs can’t find him.  Well Sunday came and went and still no Eggnog.  I was starting to worry.  Monday came, tuesday came and then Wednesday.  By Thursday I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that he wasn’t coming back.  In the year and a half I have had him I can only remember one night that he didn’t come home and it was raining really hard.  Yesterday was our last day of school for the year so I was trying to relax and not think about it.  We went out for Pizza at our favorite place to celebrate the end of the school year.  When we came home we built a campfire, made S’mores and hung out in the gazebo.  I went to bed judt before 11 and I think Richie came in sometime right around midnight.  I was woken at 12:30 by a meowing at the bedroom window.  I was not expecting Eggnog so I was trying to figure out which of our barn cats was out there and why.  I was still half asleep when Richie shot up and shined a light out the window.  He said, “Is that Eggnog?”  I looked and JUMPED out of the bed and ran out the front door in only my t-shirt and underwear!  I ran around the front of the house and grabbed Eggnog off the window and just squeezed him tight.  Eggnog was gone a whole week almost to the minute! It was like he was stuck in a time warp.  I fed him and got back in bed where I just broke down in tears. I was so happy to have my cat back!  Eggnog curled up on me and we didn’t move the whole night.

Here is Eggnog today sleeping on the bed in the guest room.  This is his favorite place to nap.

(don’t look at how gross the pillow is! The sheets were in the wash!)
He looks so tired from his week long adventure.

This morning I also finally got my front garden planted.

You can also see how nice our new windows look in this picture.

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I was recently given a button box.  The woman who gave it to me is older and the box came from her husbands mother who passed away several years ago.  The box of buttons sat around for a few months and only recently was I able to go through it.  The majority of the buttons are very old and interesting but a few really special ones stood out.

These are a few of my favorites.

These buttons all have some type of military insignia.  The top one is a Red Cross Pin dated 1881-1931 marking the 50th anniversary of the Red Cross. 

The U.S actually has a screw back on it but I assume it is part of a military uniform from the 1930’s.

The one on the right is an eagle with what looks like the number 1 on his chest.  He holds the leaf cluster in his left foot and 3 arrows in his right foot. It has a shank type backing. Again I believe it is part of a military uniform from the 1930’s.

These buttons are interesting.  All five are VERY heavy.  I wish I had a gram scale so I could weigh them.  I am not sure if they are made of metal or stone because of the weight and they are so dirty but I am leaning towards metal.

The gold button in the top right also has an Eagle on it but has the letters Buro Co Tyr 1780 X Archid Avst Dcx and as far I can tell it is some sort of replica of a Maria Theresia, Austrian coin.  I have no idea how old it is.

The Yeomen pin apparently came from the secret fraternal organization the Brotherhood of American Yeomen that was started in 1897. 

The Health Standard pin button has the shape of Arkansas in the background.

This pin button has some sort of structure surrounded by the leaves.  It is very cracked and I can not make out what the structure is.  The back is partially rubbed off but the letters  STEM(?)ER Engra_______80!

One other really cool thing in the box was an old Rabies Dog Tag.  The back is dated 1935.

I have enjoyed looking through this old button box!  If you know anything about any of my finds please leave a comment.

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A Chicken Prize

 

Mary will be getting this ADORABLE hand painted plate!

This cute chicken plate comes from Littlepeddler of Etsy.com.  Littlepeddler is also an Arkansan so when I came across this on Etsy I just had to support “local business” even though we are on complete opposite ends of the state.

Littlepeddlers etsy shop is a “link to yesteryears relics”.  On her site you can find anything from handmade soaps, to vintage ephemera, antiques, quilting patterns, primitive decor and a variety of really cute chicken plates.  It is a very eclectic mix of cute things.

Littlepeddler is in the process of setting up a blog! As soon as she has it ready I will post a link in my blogroll. Until then you can still check out her shop at http://littlepeddler.etsy.com

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My “new” Kitchen!

I am so happy! My “new” kitchen is finally done!  Two weeks ago we had all new windows put in the house.  The old windows were so bad you couldn’t even see out of them.  I still get caught by surprise everytime I walk into the living room and realize I can see outside.  At the same time that we ordered the windows we also ordered mew kitchen counters, a sink and a new faucet.  Well today they were installed! When I came home from work today I had a beautiful new kitchen!  Here are the pics!

Here is a closeup of what the counter looks like. It is a little hard to tell in the other pictures.

And of course it is always fun to have a side-by-side before and after.  Picture 1 was taken 8 years ago probably almost to the day.  Picture 2 was taken this evening. I think it FINALLY looks amazing!

 

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I received several REALLY great entries for the Name the Hen house Contest!  The winner selected was Mary G. of Heavenly Angels in Need.  Her suggestion was Outback Chicken Shack!!!  I Just love it!  So Outback Chicken Shack will be painted onto the Hen house and Mary will be receiving a lovely chicken prize from an Etsy seller. (To be announced soon!) 

Here is some info about Mary’s Organization that you might like to check out.

The following except is taken from Mary’s website http://heavenlyangelsinneed.com.  You can also learn more about them from this PDF file http://heavenlyangelsinneed.com/Media/MEDIA%20Kit.pdf.

  

Heavenly Angels in Need’s mission is to serve all babies,children and their families in need. We knit, crochet, sew, craft and more to try and fill every need possible. We serve Children’s hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Pregnancy Crisis Centers, Shelters, Foster care situations, emergent situations and more.

We also help grieving families by supplying them with much needed burial and memorial items and offer resources and a place to come together and talk and share.

 We give clothing, blankets, hats, booties, Special Kids Bags, and more to all babies and children in need. We are reaching out to the World sharing the love of God through giving.

 

Heavenly Angels in Need’s mission is to help every baby and child who need.

 

 Thanks to everyone who entered and took a look at my blog!

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I am now the proud owner of four beautiful Buff Orpingtons!  I have two that are about 16 weeks and should start laying soon.  The other two are about 6 weeks of age and wont start laying until the end of the summer.  I have several names picked out but I need to study their personalities a little more before I settle on anything. I’ll let you know.  Here are some pictures of the girls!

The dogs seem pretty curious.  If I am not outside they leave them alone but if I walk out to the coop the dogs act like it is Christmas! Lily lay there for about 30 minutes just watching them.  Hopefully they don’t decide to eat them!

 

I am also having a contest!  I am looking for a name for my Hen House.  I’d like to paint the name on the side.  The winner will also get a chicken related prize!  If you would like to enter the contest just leave a  comment with your suggestion for a hen house name.  Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. The contest will end at 4:00 Central Time on May 14th.

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FirstGa Monday is an amazing craft/flea/junk market that is held year round on the weekend of the first Monday of each month in Canton, Texas.  First Monday Trade Days is a tradition that “began in the 1850s when the District Judge stopped in Canton on the first Monday of every month to hold court sessions, many brought goods, produce, and livestock with them to buy, sell or trade. By 1965, First Monday had outgrown the downtown square and was moved to six acres just two blocks north of the courthouse. What started by chance more than a century ago in an event you must experience to believe! Now, First Monday Trade Days hosts up to 7,000 vendors and as many as 300,000 visitors.” (Excerpted from www.firstmondaycanton.com)

Last weekend my mother-in-law and her best friend Judy took a trip to Canton to attend the event.  My husband and I were unable to go because of a prior commitment last Saturday so I sent Kathy and Judy with a list of things I was looking for.  I love any type of old kitchen, garden or farm related stuff.  When they cam back they brought me some amazing treasures!


Here is ALL my loot!


This is a “dummy” egg.  It can be used to help encourage new layers to lay there eggs in the nest boxes rather than on the ground.


An old chicken waterer with a galvanized bottom.


These are pretty cool! I have never seen them before.  They are chicken waterers crafted from glass! They fit a standard mason jar just perfectly! What a steal at 50 cents a piece!

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This is a glass, one-gallon waterer with a plastic basin.


This is a really good sized galvanized watering can.  I have been looking for one of these for quite some time so I was very excited about this!


This is my FAVORITE find! Although I am pretty sure it is a reproduction I still love it! It is a Dazey Butter Churn!  I have wanted one of these for AGES!  I get raw milk from a friend and make my own butter.  This is really gonna come in handy!

Hopefully Richie and I will get a chance to go to First Monday in July.  Thanks Kathy and Judy for your great shopping skills!!!!

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