Tuesday, April 13, 2010


We have enjoyed the fresh eggs we get each day from our chickens.  When I'm short on cooking time, there is nothing like a fresh egg sandwich.  We have scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, and I continue to look for new ways to enjoy the bounty.

There is something comforting about the sound of an old hen clucking and scratching around the yard.  The hens just seem so contented as they make their way through the grass.  They don't miss anything that moves.  If I plant a new flower bed they are right there to inspect and eat anything that moves in and around the freshly turned dirt.

Sidney enjoys giving the eggs away.  We haven't even tried to sell any.  He felt that God told him to give them away and he has obeyed.  Every neighbor and friend has received eggs, and of course he keeps our boys and thier families in eggs too.

This year Sidney decided that he wouldn't get any new chicks; but as the spring fever hit, he couldn't resist so we now have 14 new babies and 24 hens and 3 roosters.  This includes our Banties (I love our banties).  So for now, we will be enjoying our brown eggs for at least another year.  If you're in the neighborhood and think you would like some really fresh eggs, stop in!  We'll be glad to fix you up and who knows, maybe you will decide you should get a few chicks too!

Grandma B

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Kitchen Counter Make-over

For years home repairs were impossible for us due to finances, or rather, lack of finances.  My home was built in 1963 and I have never had new counter tops.  They were  way over due, but when I priced new tops they were VERY expensive, due to an inset in the counter.  I was told they would have to be special made and that it was going to cost almost 4 times what ordinary counter tops would costs.   Recently I came across a product called "paperillusions" on the internet and decided to give it a try on my counter-tops.  So far, I am very happy with the results.

Counter before Paper Illusions

This is paper illusions.  It cost me $29.00 per roll and I used about 1/2 roll for this project.  After thoroughly cleaning the counter tops I lightly sanded them.  Then I tore a piece of the paper, dipped it in lukewarm water, and applied it to the counter.  After making sure that it would stick I began to just tear one piece after another and overlap them.  Directions come with the paper.  After the paper dried for 24 hours, I applied 5 coats of polyurithane.  I know that I can't sit hot pans on it and I will have to use cutting boards, but it looks so much better than what I had before, don't you agree?

New and Improved!

                           Now what do I do with these cabinets?