And then there was snow…

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The Upper Peninsula got slammed with snow in November. Some places got over 4 feet in 48 hours. Yes, 4 feet! It was awesome! So much snow, that I had to go buy a snowblower. My back couldn’t take anymore shovelling. The snow did stick around, but we haven’t had any huge storms since then. A couple nights of 6-8″, but nothing crazy.

We love snow up here. It means skiing, snowboarding, snow biking and not having to clean the dog poop in the yard. Luckily the temperatures have been much more mold than last year. Our pipes have not frozen yet and we only had a week or two of sub-zero temps, which is tolerable. Continue reading

I’m Back!

My followers keep asking me where I have been! I know, I am slacking on keeping up with the blog. But I’ve been busy. With my wedding, volunteering, and working my butt off to pay for the wedding! You know…unimportant stuff like that.

1965611_10100807257611477_6529853279313024162_oI will start by catching up with the fall. We had a great season of mountain biking. I got a new Giant Trance Advanced 27.5, which I love! We made a couple trips up to Copper Harbor with friends and of course took advantage of the incredible trails in our hometown, Marquette. We had some good days of fishing and lounging on the beach. Although the temperature of Lake Superior was extremely cold all summer and fall. Maybe the icebergs that lasted into June has something to do with that…

At my annual summer work party, Nic and I killed the costume competition. The regulars at the prestigious golf course gave us some funny looks.

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Mackinac Island, a wedding and other fun

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Whoa. I keep forgetting to update and post photos.

Nic and I went to Mackinac Island the last weekend in June. We stayed overnight at Straits State Park in St. Ignace. Beautiful campground! I reserved a site right on the straits and we had a fire with the Mighty Mac glowing in the background.  Continue reading

Transgender Chicken

We have three 13-week old laying hens. And just recently, one of the Rhode Island Reds started to crow. Not a full cock-a-doodle-do, but more of a strange, coo-coo! She even puffed her feathers out and crooked her neck. You may think that roosters crow and hens do not. That is what we thought too. But she is a hen. I have been researching this for days.

Apparently when you don’t have a rooster in the flock, a dominant female can literally change into a male. They will start to crow and grow spurs and even get the rooster strut when they walk. They will even stop laying eggs. They say that infections in the ovaries can also cause the hormones to switch, but we don’t know if that is the case.

Our beloved Juniper was making the switch. She has a small crown, but no signs of spurs or aggressiveness. She is our favorite. The most friendly and curious of the bunch. But we absolutely cannot have a crowing bird in our backyard, for the sake of our neighbors.

We immediately started to watch videos on Youtube on how to kill and clean a chicken. We were even planning a BBQ party. But I decided to list her on Craigslist first to see if someone would take her instead. I had a lot of replies and within 12 hours, she was picked up. She will now be living with 2 ducks and another chicken on a family farm. Farewell Juniper. Her sisters seem sad and confused that she is gone :(

Another Busy Summer

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The reason that I have not been posting as often, isn’t because I don’t have things to share. In fact, it has been the opposite. I have so much going on! 2014 is turning out to be one of those whirlwind years. Continue reading

Floor Remodel

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10299585_10100670584270947_3839407701436392410_nNic and I have been talking about redoing the floors in our living and dining room for a couple years now. The cat has peed everywhere and even steam cleaning it monthly doesn’t help. Plus the dirty dog feet and dust was making the carpet really gross. I think it used to be white at some point?! We pulled up the carpet in one corner and just saw grey – thinking it was particleboard.

So we did some researching online on budget friendly wood floors and ended up buying some “floating” snap-together stuff with an oak top layer and HDF core. The night before we were going to install it, Nic started reading terrible reviews about it online and I was all freaked out. But we didn’t really have the money to do anything else, so I proceeded on moving all of the furniture and started ripping up carpet by myself after work. Continue reading