Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gratitude...Working On It

You know it's hot when it's too hot to wear jewelry.

My cute butterfly necklace...........too hot!

My watch......too hot!

But as you can see it is not too hot for my wrinkly, light as a feather favorite shirt from Walmart.

It's just like this one....I know....they are not cute....but light as a feather and you don't have to iron them.

I may or may not have 3 of them......and I wear them.....all.....the.....time....(my poor family)

I am off of the subject....now.....what was I talking about?

Oh it's hot!


I have decided that I shall not complain.....

I am going to be more purposeful in my gratitude of everything!

I mean if we did not have this heat then our gardens would not produce, the flowers would not bloom or the trees would not flourish.

Just like for the last few weeks we have had rain.........down pours........drenched in rain.

Who am I to say that is not exactly what we needed?

Thank goodness I am not in charge!

I am going to turn it all over to God and be so very grateful for every bit of it!

Abundant sunshine provides food for our families....

We need to learn to swim in the rain.....

Do you have troubles?

Of course!  We all do!

That's all I need to hear.

I will not fear....I will not be dismayed.

Then what in the world would I complain about?

I'm not saying I won't slip up every now and then and let out a complaint...

but I am saying that I am going to really, really try to be more grateful about everything!

Oh how I love this one!

she laughs....

without fear of the future......

Now doesn't that sound much better than complaining?

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day that God has made.

“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.” 
― A.A. Milne

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another Project....

What do you do when your laundry room is torn apart from your attempts to clean from top to bottom and organize the entire space?

You go outside of course!

And your little A.D.D. self starts another project......umhmmm...that's right.

It's okay....there's an itty bitty trail to the washer and dryer....it's all good.

So here is a little peek at the latest project to be finished by the year 2020.

Yep....I took an old iron headboard, spray painted it red, made a banner and a sign and Bam!....a designated area for the chickens to scratch.

Now all I have to do is teach the chickens to read.....:(

Get back to your area Aunt Bea!!

Millie, you are such a smart girl!

Does anyone know chicken language?

There is more to this project but I'm still working on it.....

Oh look.....

I should plant some trees and bushes over there....

and make a trellis on my deck..

and maybe I could ....but my laundry room.....

2020 should be a great year....

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Coopville Diaries - Episode 6

Welcome back to Coopville Diaries!!


This episode is all about these three.

A very rare appearance of these three all together.

Let's start at the beginning....

A year ago these girls loved being together and they loved to sing and dance.

They would entertain at Christmas parties etc.

So I named them the Supremes!

But then they broke up and wanted to do their own thing so then the name didn't seem to fit them anymore.

Now, you all know that one of them loves to think that she is a Russian spy and she wanted to be named Natasha.

She thinks we can't see her......she likes to sneak around.

But now since the girls all have their own personalities but are full of drama I have the perfect names for them.

Courtney, Cloe, and Cim

the Cluckers!

You know......like the Kardashians....except with a C.

Of course Courtney and Cloe love the names!

They get along with each other just fine.

But Cim a/k/a Natasha.....well this is a problem.

When she heard that I was renaming them she threw a fit!

What is this Kardashian? (in her Russian accent)

Is stupid name!

I am Natasha!  Is beautiful name for  Russian spy!

I just ignored her and thought I can name them what I want....

I don't have to listen to a chicken.

But do you know what came in the mail a few days later?

A letter from the Russian embassy!!!

Insisting that I cease and desist from renaming Natasha!

To Mrs. Tucker...owner of the Cluckers.

You must cease and desist from renaming Natasha!

She is  good agent..umm... chicken and Natasha is good name.

What is this Kardashian?

Is stupid name!

Can you believe what I go through for these chickens?

Of course the drama is all the other chickens are talking about.

But other than the naming fiasco the sun came out finally and everyone was happy.

I am Natasha....not Cim...is stupid, stupid name.

Okay, okay Natasha.....let it drop already.

And we can't have an episode without pretty boy Rod Stewart!

Sheesh!!! Women and drama!

I need a man cave!

So tune in next week for

Friday, July 26, 2013


Yesterday it did not rain.

I did not know what to do.

I couldn't wait to get outside with my camera.

Coopville Diaries is due today and I had no photos.

I grabbed my camera and went in search of the chickens.

I ran outside to find my chickens and the first thing I ran into in the back yard was a 

giant snake.

Where is the photo...you ask?

I turned my camera on and it fogged up inside and out.....did I mention 100% humidity today?

So no photo of the snake........no killing of the snake.....I was looking down at my camera and when I

looked up the snake was gone.

Which made me extremely nervous and them my cat rubbed against my leg and I had to go back inside and change my pants.

So Coopville Diaries will be a little late....

and awwww....ain't that a shame about the camera because now I can't show you

photos of the progress of the laundry room....

let's just say it looks like this....


if you know me AT ALL

then you know it does not look like this...

but let's pretend that it does.

So maybe tomorrow I can get back on track....

I hope you all have a great day!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

An Update On My Laundry Room!

So here is an update on how my weekend went....

A lot of rain!

Like cats and dogs rain!

Like a river in my backyard rain!

I got soaked trying to get Baby Kitty inside.

So I left you Saturday with this mess....

And I've worked 92 hours and have this much organized...

What can I say.....I'm slow.....and easily distrac......oh what a cute top that girl on t.v. has on....

And now that my house is turned upside down and will take weeks to set straight again....my sister is here visiting and we are going to lay by the pool and go shopping all the while pretending like I'm Martha Stewart with a clean and organized house.

If an emergency arises at our home and people show up for said emergency then I will just have to claim "I've been robbed!" "Looters!"  "Look what they did to my house!"

If for some reason you think you need to come by my house in the next week...month...year I will pretend like I'm not home even if you are standing at the door looking at me through the glass.

These are called coping skills..........or denial......it keeps me sane.

So if you will excuse me I'm going to pick my way, ouch, darn boxes....grunt....shove.......streeeeeetch and reach the dryer and get my beach towel and hop, ouch, stubbed toe, ouch, ouch, hop, screeech move table...bam!...knock over books, sigh......turn sideways,...wiggle, wiggle and out the door....yea!

Have a great day......I plan to....:)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Farm Fresh Feature

Did I ever tell you I was featured on Old Time Farmhouse?

It was the first of June.

I had never been featured before and I really didn't know what I was doing.

I didn't know if I was suppose to put it on my blog also so here I am just getting to it.

Cindy is such a wonderful person with a great blog.

She is always bringing others into the spotlight.

She's had a rough couple of months and she is taking a blogging break right now but be sure and visit her later.


So here is the feature......I really still don't know what I'm doing....lol.

What would you like to share with us today?

Well first I would like to say thank you Cindy from Old Time Farmhouse for featuring me.  

When I told my husband you wanted to feature me he said "you told them we had a farm?"

Haha..(nervous laugh)

So we don't really have a "farm" but we live in the country in a small, rural town in Southwest Alabama on a few acres of land.

I married my high school sweetheart and we have two grown sons.

This was our Christmas card....:)

We also have three dogs, two cats and eight chickens.

Baby Kitty



Breesy (we call her the "teenager" because she stays in trouble)

And the oldest is Pook (name not my fault...husband named him)

These are my precious chickens...

Do you have a name for your farm?

No..I don't have a name for our place but......the chickens do.

We are the Tuckers and they are the.........Cluckers....:)

What country life style are you currently embracing?

Well I blackmailed  asked my husband and boys to build me the chicken coop last year and now we are enjoying our home grown eggs.

I loved decorating the coop and really enjoyed it at Christmas!

It was quite a task (the coop building) and I did an entire post on our chicken coop wars...lol.

Then I cried, begged, pouted asked that he build me a clothesline and he did!

I started canning two years ago and really enjoy looking at the jars on my old shelf and enjoy even more eating the fresh vegetables.

I am currently in the process of building my own raised garden beds. (One of many projects.)

 We cut our own firewood and we cut wood for some of our older friends.

We planted apple trees, fig trees, pear trees, and peach trees.

Do you have future goals?

Yes....a lot of them!

I plan to expand my raised beds and can a lot more vegetables.

I really want to pen in behind the coop and get a couple of goats.

Paint, paint, and paint.....fences, doors, and trim.

I'm hoping to remodel the inside of the house and lighten it up.

Some rooms are good but I'm hoping for a kitchen and living room remodel.

So, yes, a lot of plans.

What do you cherish most about farm life?

All of it!

We love living in a rural area.

We spend a lot of our time outdoors...

I love sitting on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea.

I love that my 3 guys get to share quality time in the woods...

I love riding the dirt roads and seeing views like this...

 and this...

I love that my chickens have a sense of humor on April Fools...

I love the view out my window of a squirrel on my chippy red swing...

My roses in bloom

Boots in the rain....

I love dirt on my hands and the sun on my back...

I love everything about My Ordinary Country Life...

and I've really enjoyed sharing it with you.

My blog is My Ordinary Country Life at http://www.smile99999.blogspot.com/

You're welcome here anytime.