Thursday, November 22, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Close encounters with a strange looking egg!

I just had to show you all this egg that we gathered today from one of our chickens. Have you ever seen such a thing?? We've gathered hundreds, no make it thousands of eggs over the years but this is a first. I've never seen one that had this texture or waviness to it. I wonder what caused it, do you know?

 This egg won't go into the pile that we eat but I am anxious to crack it open to see what it looks like on the inside.


I joked with my youngest son and told him that I knew which chicken had to have laid it. He asked how I would know such a thing when we have 36 chickens. It's easy, it's the one that doesn't have as many feathers as the rest of them, that she must have been cold when she laid it and was shivering. Ha, Ha!! We have had some fairly cold days lately. I don't know if he believed me or not but it sounded good to me. I did get a smile out of him though.

Really though, if anyone knows what would cause this, please let me know. I'm curious..Also this is not from a newly laying chicken either. She's been laying for two years now.

From the Heart,
Jana
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Old window frames~New opportunities

I've not had a lot of time to blog lately but that doesn't mean things are slow around our place. New opportunities are on the horizon but I don't want to jink anything by spilling the beans to early. Just know that I'm super excited and nervous at the same time. Isn't it amazing how one can be so excited but so nervous when new things head their way? I suppose it's the fear of the unknown.
I'll share more later when I'm for sure that this new opportunity is a reality.

For now here is a project that I'm working on. Remember my stash of window frames, well I've pulled a couple more out of the stack and have been working on them. Can you believe that the frame below had five, yes 5 layers of paint that must be about 50+ years old on the frame? And just look at all the paint on the panes! I've gotten off all the paint and I've now added my own chippy style back to them. My husband ask me why on earth am I removing all the old chippy paint if I'm only going to put a new chippy look back on them. Maybe I'm the only one that does that, I don't know, but having old paint, lead based paint at that, chipping in my home is not what I would want. Plus I've ran into a couple of spiders and silverfish while cleaning off all the chipped paint from the frames. Don't want those in my home either!

old window frame chippy paint
The top left photo is the new chippy finish that I'm putting on the frame. I really like how it's turning out.
Anyway, I'll photo the finished frames when they are complete and show them to you later.

Here's another project that I'm working on. Isn't she a beauty?! Picked this chair up a GW last week. She has definitely seen better days. Looks like she might have been in someone's paint studio.
Lots of sanding to do on her before I can start painting.

 What color should I paint this one? I'm thinking something soothing and a little detail work on the back. Inspiration will hit when I start working on it but first I have to finish the window frames.

Thanks so much for stopping by~I hope you'll visit again soon.

From the Heart,
Jana
  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Walk Across Texas Final Update



Well, it's finally over. The last eight weeks have seemed like a marathon of all walks. It's been fun some days and hard others to find the time to walk. 
When my daughter and I first started walking for the WAT program, we decided to divide up the 830 miles that it would take to walk across Texas, giving each of us 415 miles to walk in 8 eights. If you know anything about the program, it's normally divided with 8 people/walkers. Being just the two of us, it's been a hard goal to reach on my end. I'm still not even sure how close I made it, even as I am typing up this post, I've not added up all eight weeks yet.

I will continue to do daily walks even though WAT has ended, though I believe 3-5 miles a day will be a nice exercise program to do. Some days it's just plan hard to find the time to do more than that. I've got it down to a fine art of walking 4 miles an hour. That's a pretty fast pace for me.


My total for Nov. 3rd thru Nov. 9th were 58.08 miles!

If this is your first time reading about our Walk Across Texas eight week adventure, you can catch up reading more about it below.
Here
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7

Now for my grand total from the beginning, Sept 15th thru Nov. 9th was 371.75 miles!!

Well, I didn't make my goal of 415 miles, which is a bummer, but I did get fairly close. Sure makes me wish that I'd done more walking earlier in my first couple of weeks. Life gets in the way I suppose, toward the end I was walking 2-3 hours a day most days, which is a lot of time spent trying to reach my goal. It's hard for me to fit in those hours when there's always so much to do. 30/45 minutes a day walking, I can do. I sure hope that others that read this can find the time to put in a little walking/exercise each day. It does make you feel good and it's good for you!!

I hope that you've enjoyed reading about our adventure. My daughter, Molly, has been a real joy to walk with. We've shared some great times and lots of laughter on our walks. She has been my biggest supporter and encourager the entire time with her "Go to attitude". Pop over to read her blog to see how see did when you get a chance. I'm sure she will have her stats up soon, if she doesn't already. She would sure appreciate your visit.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!

From the Heart,
Jana
  
 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Walk Across Texas week 7 update



Well, seven weeks down with one more to go in the Walk Across Texas program. To say that I'm ready for the end would be an understatement. My daughter and I have been walking a lot these past couple of weeks trying to get as close to our goal as possible. 415 miles each is a lot to do. Will I make my goal? I haven't even added up my totals for several weeks because I know it would be just too daunting to see how many miles I would need to walk to catch up. I will know what my total miles are next week.
Anyway, my grand total for the week of Oct. 27th thru Nov. 2nd were 57.34 miles!!

If you've not been following along, you can catch up reading about it below.

Here
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Only one week left~Whoo hoo!!
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!

 
From the Heart,
Jana