Fall, Why Do You Hate Me?

It is most definitely fall here. You want to know how I know?

It isn’t the the pile of leaves I need to rake out of my front yard. It isn’t the heavenly apple and pumpkin scented items on sale at the stores. It isn’t even being able to purchase my beloved apple cider.

It’s the fever, runny nose, headache, cough, and sore throat I have going on. It’s being home sick due to lack of sleep and having to make a mad run to the bathroom¬†everytime¬†I cough for the second time in 2 weeks (okay, so last time it was a fever, but you catch my drift).

So now I’m begging mother nature. I love fall. I love jeans, hoodies, and comfy boots weather. But why do you insist on making me feel this way every year? Why?

Can’t I just enjoy you in peace? Please?

New Layout & Life In General

So I’ve been quiet because I’ve been working on my new layout. Which I’m sure some people may have noticed since my site has been in maintenance mode off and on for going on 3 weeks now. It took me a while to get to a happy place with this layout, but I think I finally achieved it. I really like the setup so far, though I am sure I will find a few more things to tweak here and there.

So what has everyone been up to? I’ve been knee deep in work things, but I finally launched the site I was working on the past few weeks and honestly, I’m really excited about it. You can find it at BeAVoice.me. It’s an adoption advocacy/fundraising site that my boss had the idea for and I designed and tweaked into working.

Outside of work, I’ve not been doing much. Bill and I quietly celebrated 3 years of dating on the 6th and our 2nd wedding anniversary on the 9th. We’ve both been super focused on work recently, and outside of that the only other thing we have been working on is our budgetting system. Which is mostly Bill working on it and then showing me what money we have each week. But it works, and it’s getting us to where we need to be for our next “big step”.

We’ve also dealt with crazy amounts of cuteness from our furry little angel Clover. When you have 3 cats all under 1 that are siblings, you are in for kitten overload. I mean seriously, what do you do when you come inside to get online and you have to move this to do so:


I’ll tell you what you do. You coo at them, take pictures, then go back outside or upstairs because you don’t have the heart to disturb them. Thats what you do.

However, Clover isn’t happy just taking your seat as the prime cuddle spot with her big brother and sissy, oh no! She also has to help you Facebook:


Because you simply cannot Facebook without Clover.

And before you ask, yes, she is asleep. This is the view I had of her:


So yeah. Thats what I deal with on the regular. Not to mention one super clingy Momma’s boy named Nefarian.

So what has everyone else been up to? I’m sure someone must have a more exciting life then I.

About Those Chickens

So sometime during the winter Bill mentioned wanting to acquire chickens. At first I thought he was crazy, but when he explained why, I saw his point. His basic points were that they are inexpensive to keep, they are very low maintenance, and we get egg’s from them. All good points. So I told him why not.

Around May we actually started looking and we ended up finding someone selling cold weather hardy heritage pullets just south of us. Turns out when you order chicks online, it’s cheaper to buy them in bulk and then sell any extra’s to other people. So we grabbed our $30 and drove down to get them.




Because of the wildlife in our area (raccoons, skunks, possum’s, coyote’s, etc…) we have converted our mudroom into a chicken coop using plastic sheeting and pine shavings. And it turns out chickens are pretty cool. This is my first time having any kind of livestock (Bill spent stints as a kid with personal livestock like chickens and pigs) so I was kind of on the fence about it, but it is pretty nice. Now I just wish they would start laying (they are of age to lay, but it could be anywhere from today to 4 months before they start regularly producing).