Category Archives: Around the Compound

Happy 4th of July, y’all!

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Wow, this past week has been crazy!!

The Hubs has been put on 60 hour weeks at work, so the one day of the week he is home, this is what I see:

John Reynolds in the garden

I spent the last two days doing up crock pot meals.  Man, what a lot of work!  This time I had a lot of help and everyone kicked in and we all got it done.  But, it was so much more stressful with so many people involved even though, I wouldn’t have got it done by myself so I am very grateful.

All the family (except Justin) was here today and we had a nice meal at noon time and then over in the afternoon everyone left.  Even The Hubs.  He had to go back to work.  As a true testament to the fact that I am tired, I took not one picture today!  Shame on me!  What was I thinking??

My in-laws were here and I was very glad to have them for a visit.  The house always feels extra empty when it is so full and then Wham!  It’s empty.

In other news, there has been lots of mowing and weed-eating going on around here and I’m  hoping for some rain as everything is starting to wilt.  I don’t want another drought like last summer so please, Lord, bring us some rain.  I need things to stay green for my peace of mind.

Mowing the Compound

That’s a pretty good mow job, eh?

Thank you, thank you very much.

Oh, and please pay no attention to the solid bed of weeds where my once pretty flower bed was next to the house.  I just don’t have it in me to pick all those weeds, and almost all of my pretty pink azaleas bit the dust in last year’s drought.  So sad!

This is my child of the corn.  I would say Children of the Corn, but I only had one here for this totally random picture.  Justin doesn’t like to pose like Knucklehead does so here he is:

Knucklehead in the corn

And yes, he has my flip flops on.

Shhh!  Don’t tell him I told you.

And, he won’t be so happy when we have to start picking all the corn.

One thing about Mom with her Alzheimer’s.  Dad is her comfort zone, so where he goes she follows.

Follow the Leader

If they could find a way to drive the tractor and the mule at the same time and hold hands, I’m sure they would do it.

Feeding time around here looks like this:

Feeding Time

They have feed in feeders, but corn is their daily treat.  They love it.

This is frizzie.  She’s a busy body.

Frizzie

But she’s really cute.

Frizzie

As is my Joan Jett, who is definitely not a Joan.  More like a Johnny Jett.  He tried to crow the other day, and it was a very pathetic attempt.

Joan Jett

The babies that were born on my birthday, are getting so big.  Yay! What a great present!

So, I totally have to name one of them Junie.

The Babies

There are five babies, but they are fast and the most I could get in one picture was four of them, along with one of the Mama’s butt.

So, what’s up chicken butt?

Sorry, I just had to.

And the last bit of news from Around the Compound.

RIP Pat Benatar.

Unless you are on a field trip.

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If you have been taken, (stupid Chicken-hawk, or Coyote) Karma will avenge you!

We await your return.

Susie

Wordless Wednesday – Around the Compound

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I’ll have to say a few words I can’t go wordless.

Ever.

I wanted to share some pictures of what’s been going on around here at my house.  I’ve said before we call it “The Compound” because my brother and his family lives across the street and my parents live next door to me.

Now that Mom can’t cook anymore, my brother and I usually take turns cooking meals, but we usually all gather at my house to eat.  This time Jonathan came with his family for a visit and it was sure good to see them.  They are doing so good and we are so proud of them.

Here is a four generation picture of my Dad, Jonathan my nephew, John my brother, and Skylar my great-nephew.

4 generations of HiggInbothams

What dinner time looks like around here these days:

dinner time 2

The men gather together and the girls get together.  We don’t do this on purpose it just seems to happen this way.

Since this past weekend was mother’s day, we went in with John and Addie and got my Mom a bird house.  She loves them.

Moms mothers day present

She was totally surprised.

Mom's surprised

Myself, with my Mom and my brother John on Mother’s Day.

Susie Mom and John Mothers Day 12 May 2013

Knucklehead had a kickball tournament on Saturday.  They didn’t win, but it was fun anyway.

the pink dominators Michael as catcher Michael kicking the ball

All the really fun things are over with and now there’s work ahead, because when its summer around here, it’s work, work, work.

Got the pool opened.  Still a little cool to get in, but it won’t be long.

Pool opened

My roses are growing and blooming.

my roses yellow rose of mt vernon

And so our my chickens.  Did I show you my new coop we spent several weekends working on?  It houses my new babies.

new coop feeding time chicks are getting big

John and Justin got the garden’s planted.  Notice the chickens?  Anywhere there is fresh turned up dirt, the chickens are right there looking for worms and bugs.

chicks digging for bugs John and Justin in garden JT taking a break freshly planted peas and potatoes

Now that the coop is done, we are working on adding an outdoor area for the chickens, once they get a little bit bigger, they will free range with the others.

bugs bugs bugs

I took this picture of Justin and he was like, “Momma, get that camera outta my face!”

Dang Mom move the camera outta my face

But then he was like, “Hold up, let me rock this out.”

Ok hold up let me pose

Michael played with the chickens while the work was going on.

michael with brownie Weirdest chickens ever

I love this picture of Brownie.

Brownie

And this sucker bit the dust, and will no longer be chasing my chickens.  He’s now a warning to his partners in crime.

cant eat my chickens

That pretty much wraps up a weekend around the compound, in a not so Wordless Wednesday, but I couldn’t help myself.

Susie

Around the Compound – Life happens, but so does death!

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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I did a post!  I’ll tell you, life has happened!  My son has been home visiting since January as he is getting ready to join the Army and will be leaving for boot camp soon and then who knows how long it will be until I see him.  So, therefore, I have been enjoying every possible minute.  We have been jumping through hoops getting him ready and paperwork filled out.  One of the things we had to do was get his braces off, and I am happy to report, no more brace face for Justin!  Isn’t he handsome?

Justin Cole, no more brace face

The Hubs is back working in the same state, so he is now home on weekends and that has been wonderful.  This past weekend, his parents came for a visit and brought his daughter and her little friend.

Here is The Hubs, and JT (Justin) working on cleaning out the coop.

The Hubs and JT

Here is my mother-in-law Glenn Reynolds, and my father-in-law Al Reynolds watching all the action around the coop.

Glenn Reynolds

Al Reynolds

Here’s my self portrait.  I love my boots, y’all!  I was taking a break.  I had raked up about six piles of feathers and rocks and other debris.

My Boots

Here is Tori, my step daughter on the right, with her friend Keena, on the left.  Sweet girls, they seem to really get along great.  We really enjoyed having them visit.

Tori and Keena

Knucklehead will be here all next week for his spring break and so we are looking forward to some good times.

I have some very exciting genealogy things coming up soon, and I can’t say anything at all about them before they happen, but please stay tuned.  April will prove to be very interesting for my family.  I don’t want to spoil anything but look for some updates on that coming up towards the end of April.

Around the compound, I’m sad to say that my chickens and guineas and turkey’s have been depleted down to 4 chickens, 2 guineas and my favorite of all Tom the Turkey.

What happened you say?  Well it starts like this….

One day, I spent the whole day gone with my parents and son, out running around doing errands.  I knew my chickens and other birds had been disappearing one by one and I could not for the life of me figure out how.  But, it seemed to be happening in the middle of the day.  So, I put my Dad’s game camera up by the coop and thank God I did.  When we came home that night, this is what I came home to.

Where's my ladies and what happened?

Tom is all walking around wondering what in the h. e. double hockey sticks has happened here?  So, I’m like freaking out and wondering what happened.  I grab the game camera and 147 pictures later, these few can tell the story.

Guineas at the Coop

Life is good, the guineas are checking out the camera wondering what is happening, the coop is covered because a snow storm is moving in the next day and everything is grand.

Chicken Dottie

Dottie is out checking for bugs around the camera, and you can see all my other little chickens milling around in the coop behind her.

What?  Where are you going Tom?

Something is up, because Tom is hauling it out of there.

Danger!!

Danger!  Danger!!  Is that a dog in the coop??

How long will it take to destroy this??

Sure is and he brought his brother, they are trying to figure out how long it will take them to get into the coop.

Whew, I need to rest.

Eating chickens and destroying a coop is hard work, so they needed a break.

This is hard work but we are almost done!

Let’s get this done, Bro!

Total Destruction

Maybe I will rest again!

I had to run to the store and buy all the supplies to fix the coop, and had to do it in the freezing cold and snow, and would never have gotten it done if Justin hadn’t been here to help.  It was redonk!  We had to repair wire and all.

Turns out, they were my neighbors dogs.  He couldn’t deny the damage they did, as I showed him all 147 pictures.  He kindly paid me for the materials I had to buy and since then he has given away both of the dogs.

That still doesn’t replace, Dottie, Goldie, Blackie, Rooster Cogburn, Black Mama, or Amanda .  RIP my little chickens.  The two guineas that went missing, well, they didn’t have names but I’m sure we will miss them when the ticks start coming out this year.

Anyway, I have just been enjoying my family for the past month or so, and it won’t be long until I am back in the swing of genealogy things, and making more posts, so please bear with me.

Later, y’all!

Frosty the Snowman came for a visit!

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Today was the first time I got out of the house in a week, and boy did it feel good.  We had the blizzard and then I got sick and today was the first day I even felt half alive.

The kids made a snowman during all this and I took pictures from the comfort of our nice warm dining room.  Which I was very lucky to do considering many people in Arkansas still do not have power and they have told them 7 days until they will.

making snowman 2012

Jonathan, my nephew, started out making the snowman and as soon as Tori, Michael and Skylar figured out what was going on, they hightailed it out there and had to help of course.

snowman 2012

Frosty ended up with gum-drop eyes and mouth, a cinnamon stick for his nose, gum balls for his buttons, my scarf and Razorback straw hat, and Alix’s gloves.  My tree in the back yard had already donated his arms to the cause.

2012 Snowman

I think he turned out really well.  Here is Jonathan with the snowman.

2012 Snowman and Jonathan

Later on in the evening Addie, my sister-in-law who lives across the street, called me and told me there was a really weird mist outside and I needed to go look.  When I went looked, the mist was only around her and John’s house.

Totally weird.  I kept waiting for the big spiders to come out and crawl all over her house.

Thanks Stephen King.

the mist john and addie's houseI did a really cool Christmas present for some folks involving a pinterest project and some of my great-grandmother’s dresses along with my grandmother’s dress and my Aunt Jane’s shirt.  I still have two people to deliver this gift to and after I do that, I will share it with you.  I think it turned out really cool.

Have you been enjoying your snow?

Susie

Around the Compound

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I’m pretty sure I live on a farm now.

If I leave for any length of time, by the time I come home, I have new animals.

When I was gone on my research trip, I game home to these little piggies.

This is Ham, Petunia, and Bacon.  Petunia is here to stay, she is the cutie in the middle.  Ham, and Bacon, I don’t even want to think about it.  I just know I can’t get attached to them.

 

Yes, they are piggin’ out…  HA!  Sorry I couldn’t help it.

They are actually standing in their food bowl.

I told them, “You sound like pigs when you eat.”

Wait, What?

Oh, yeah, they are pigs!!

Our little chicks we got a couple of weeks ago are actually starting to look like chickens.

Do you think these two are plotting their escape??

Shortly after my husband came home with the chickens, my mother said, “I sure wish you had gotten guineas instead, I’ve always wanted guineas.”

So, guess what?

The Hubs then comes home with these. The suck up!

Thanks Mom!

Who is going to feed all these animals if The Hubs has to go out-of-town on another contract???

Ok, I’ll feed them, but I refuse to clean up any bombs left any where.

Ever.

Amen.

The Hubs has also been busy with my birdhouses.

I’ve had this bird house for about eight years.  It occupied a corner of my garage and housed spiders.  The spiders are no longer happy.  I imagine they were in shock when the first birds moved in and had them for a snack.

I’ve been asking for a long time for him to help me get it put up and so I’m sure he got tired of me whining about how my bird house was being ill-used and he decided to go ahead and put it up for me.

Plus he got brownie points and I quite whining.

Double victory.

But doesn’t it look pretty on the top of that cedar tree?

Then, The Hubs and Cameron made me this bird house for Mother’s Day.

I love my birdhouses, so thank you family.

Michael got me a really pretty hanging basket of flowers for the porch for Mother’s Day. So thank you Michael! (I’m a bad mother, picture coming soon!)

Our garden is growing too, here are a few pictures of it.

And, last but not least, the kiddo report.

Tori had a whole day in the pool by herself before the boys got here.

And it was a good thing, because Tori and Michael left all the toys in the pool on Saturday and when I went outside all the toys were jammed into the return basket and the pump was sucking air.

So they lost pool privileges for a day.

Sadly, I don’t think they cared, but I’ll let you know if I made any kind of impression on them whatsoever about pool rules.  I’ll know by whether they leave toys in the pool or not the next time they go swimming.

So, since they couldn’t get in the pool, they had to be inventive.

The boys rode their skateboards, and Cameron was showing off tricks.  Michael rode his trickless, and Tori stood over by Cameron’s truck and sang to them the whole time! Watch out American Idol!!

Please take a moment to notice that even though I didn’t catch it in the photo, all that dust behind Cameron is from a car that went down the road.  It’s important to remember that before you scroll down, because I swear that it’s dust from the road, and not dirty WIND coming out of Cameron’s rear!

LOL!  Sorry Cam!  It’s just that this photo was too funny not to share!

Well, that’s the Around the Compound report for this week. I hope you have been enjoying your life as much as I have.

Susie

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