Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chickenblog Changes Weather! Celebrating Continues!

Big headlines in our news today. And if you need a respite from devastating disaster and economic news, then you've come to the right place. Our news is about the weather and about taking small steps to make big differences.

When Maria came to breakfast dressed in her swimsuit, I knew she had an agenda in mind, which she confirmed when she announced: "I'm going fwimming today!"

It's been so hot around these parts, fwimming sounded like a perfect pastime. And it has been a few years since I have succumbed to the Siren's call of cheap plastic pools. I love the hope and anticipation stored-up in a small, backyard pool.

So, we got our pool. It is striped in green and blue. It is small, yet inviting, and it filled quickly and Maria stepped in and sat down even quicker!

Even Chango appreciates the sparkling water of a backyard pool, and he came to show his devotion.

I took a lot of these pictures, but I will limit myself to sharing just 2. I love Chango, and his pink tongue and his neurotic insistence on drinking water from any place except a cat bowl.

Now, about the weather... nothing turns a heat wave into a cold front like investing in a back yard pool. It was not hot yesterday and it's far, far cooler today! Expect to be surprised, right?

I was shivering just watching them. I admire the dedication, their sheer will to have fun in the new pool. Max swam a few laps and did a few flips into the deep end, not! They stayed in for quite a while, and they came in to the house with hearty appetites, then slept very well through the night.

"In for a dime, in for a dollar," er, well, that's what Geoff said when I sighed, and said, "Maybe we should have brought home 3 chicks instead of just 2." A trio of chicks can huddle together in a great fluffy, chicky heap, and they can look out for one another, and look so cute and... okay, okay, I'm looking for excuses.

Gee, can you guess what I've done?

That's Pip showing her backside, and hunkered down in the center is Lola and snuggling in on the right is Betty aka Elizabeth. Pip is an Ameraucana, like Lola. It was a good decision... we've been reading our chicken books and introducing a new chick to a pair of established hens would be traumatic. I knew that I would eventually want to have 3, so I jumped in! In for a dime, in for a dollar.

Thank you for leaving so many nice comments, for congratulating us on our reckless mission. We are having so much fun getting to know these girls, and we know that having chickens is a bit risky and very much an indulgence, but for some families having chickens could mean turning their lives around, making improvements that could save them and pave the way for better opportunities, so I urge you to play along with us and leave comments on Chickenblog. To celebrate our blogiversary we are donating chicks through Heifer International. How many chicks are donated depends on your participation. On May 24th we will tally up all of the new comments and make the big contribution to Heifer International. It's just a fun way to combat the blues, make a difference, share the love and give back... it makes everyone a winner in our celebration.

Did I actually say "Expect to be surprised?" Sigh. Geoff just called. He crossed paths with our landlord. The landlord has family moving to the area; they are looking for a place to rent. Can you guess what comes next? I tell ya, this one is gonna hurt. Sorry, I promised only good news.


amy smith said...

oh my! first of all, pip is adorable... and i NEED to see her face, to see if i love her or lola more. :) second, the lanlord calling is a blessing... you just don't know it yet! remember, a boat in a harbor is safe, but that's not what boats were made for.

amy smith said...

and i meant landlord, not lanlord, my thoughts got ahead of my fingers!

Magpie Sue said...

Brilliant giveaway! And here's holding a good thought for your immediate future :- )

Mama Spark said...

Chango is GREAT! None of my cats drink out of a cat bowl. They prefer fresh water from the tap, thank-you-very-much!

Look at the landlord thing as an opportunity!

campbellgirl said...

Yep, I agree - the landlord thing is a blessing in disguise, the new chickie is cute, and my cats, while they do drink from their indoor bowl, just love 'outdoor' water too!

YayaOrchid said...

You know what they say, things happen for a reason. This may be the answer to your prayers! Keeping fingers crossed for a good outcome!

You pictures are always so much fun to look at. Your babies look so cute enjoying a cool respite in the pool. And those chicks! Oh, to be able to have chicks again. Pls post more pics as they grow.

Tracy said...

Such fun! Pip is so sweet...And LOVE what you're doing to celebrate the giveaway--marvelous! Those swimming photos had me laughing...Chango is a sweet kitty. It's funny sometimes how they will drink out of anything but the bowl of fresh water you put down for them--LOL! Happy weekend to you all ((HUGS))

Lesley said...

OMG — landlord from hell! Aren't there rules and laws about this sort of thing? Don't you have a lease? Don't you have rights?
Well, as many are saying, fate must be playing its part!

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Janece said...

Did I mention I love Max's little horns and striped duds! So awesome!

Actually this whole post is awesome - save that pesky italicized portion at the very end...

Love you!

Tilly said...

Firstly - chicky chicks wahey!
Secondly - the cuteness in this post is almost too much to bear.
Finally -what Amy said about the boats in the harbour. What a wonderful way of looking at this situation.
Hope it all turns out to be good for you.

Missy said...

awww! Loved the pics. I know what you mean about kids being was just 50 here the other day and the crazies er..I mean kids wanted to go swimming!

lifting your family in prayer that the landlords news will transform into a blessing for you.


Tarie said...

Congratulations for your six blogging years, Natalie! And I think you are celebrating in a BEAUTIFUL way. :o) I wish you and Chickenblog all the best!