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Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday, Monday......and an update on my Hubby

Good afternoon everyone.
Well, today is Monday and things are finally back to normal around here.  The teachers are back in school, and I am back to watching baby Allison all day.  My hubby went back to work too, after a two week vacation.
The ground thawed enough yesterday that we were able to bury our sweet chickies....it was such a sad thing to do...and so senseless to see these beautiful girls' lives cut short.  The day after they were killed, we caught the mink that has caused all the destruction, and let's just say that he won't be coming back.  It still amazes me that such a small creature can take down a hen two or three times it's size.  The coop seems so empty.   Upon further investigation, we discovered that our two roosters did put up a fight in an effort to save the girls.  The dominant rooster, Hoss, only had one small wound on his comb, but the other Roo, Telly, suffered the most with several wounds and cuts.  I brought him in and cleaned his wounds, applying antibiotic to them.  He seems to be doing great.  Hoss, on the other hand, seems a bit under the weather, although I have found nothing wrong.  He's no longer 'head hancho', and doesn't roost with the other chickens and keeps to himself.  I am keeping a watchful eye on his.  I know during the summer when our son's dog injured his eye, he acted somewhat like this, so maybe it is just a bit of shock, or he was injured in some other way I cannot see.

We are bracing for a very dangerous blast of cold air and bitter wind chills...The chickens are locked in their coop for now and with the heat lamp above, they should be able to withstand the cold temps just fine.  Their insulated coop felt quite cozy this morning when I went out to feed and water them.

Saturday we got to watch sweet Petie while his Mom and Dad went on a movie date.  What fun that was!  He is such a quiet and good boy....here's a picture of him enjoying Greek yogurt and blueberry puree for lunch.   His smiles warms my heart!
Now for the update on my Hubby's cancer.

December 5th Chris had the tumor removed.  He had to recover from that for the past 3 weeks, not being able to lift heavy things, etc.  It seems so fortunate to have Scott, Steph and Allie living with us, because Scott has been very helpful in chopping and hauling firewood for the stove, as well as carrying any other heavy things, and helping me shovel snow.  I don't know how I would manage without his help.
Chris went back to work today after a two week holiday vacation.  He'll try to get as much done as possible there, but next Monday, the 13th, he starts one 3-week session of chemo.  He'll start on Monday with one intense day, then each of the next 4 days will be 2-3 hours of chemo, then, the following two Mondays he will go in for another 2-3 hours on each day.  After the chemo, the prognosis for complete recovery is looking to be about 99%.  All the 'markers' for the cancer have gone down to normal, based on the blood tests he had right after Christmas, and that means that they have most likely gotten all of the cancer...but just to be safe, we opted to have the round of chemo.
Please continue to pray for his complete recovery, and that the chemo will not cause too many difficulties for him.

I want to tell you all once again how much your support and prayers have meant to us both during this trial, and during the loss of our girls.  Although I have not had time to respond to all of your comments, please know that I appreciate them all...God bless you all for your kindness!
 I'm off to work on some new bunnies.....some for my Etsy shop and others for my January update on the Olde Primitive Peddler.


  1. Oh Wendy, so sad to bury all those sweet girls, don't understand why the mink just kills them, does not eat them? So happy to hear hubby is doing well, will keep him in my prayers.......oh that Petie is so cute, what a face....Keep Warm, Francine.

  2. Hi Wendy,

    It's 5 p.m. and the temp is dropping, already at 12 degrees, and snowing.

    I am so sorry that you had to begin your day on such a sad note. I hope you know about The Rainbow Bridge, and that your girls have been greeted and welcomed by all of our beloved pets. Prayers for the "boyz" recovering from the ordeal.

    Each morning when I do my daily devotions I call you and Chris by name and bring you to our Lord. Thank you for sharing the good news about Chris. God is awesome.

    Blessings to you both.

  3. Such wonderful news about hubby! Will continue to pray.You've had a hard few months but you can see your faith and family shining through that darkness. Warm Blessings! Amy

  4. Haven't been keeping up Wendy, WOW. Your grandbabies are so big, and I am very sorry for the loss of your chicks in such a way - I know this can hit hard. And your hubby's health - sounds like a good prognosis for the future - blessings and good luck with his treatments! ~*~Lisa

  5. Will continue to pray for you husband,and believing God for a complete healing. Also I will pray for your rooster. He may be suffering from the loss , :(

  6. Such good new for your hubby. I'm sorry to read of the loss of you hens. Minks are quite nasty creatures. Very sweet picture of your grandbaby. Continuing to keep you and the family in my prayers.

  7. Praise the Lord that Chris is coming along so great. God is good.

    Petie is such a handsome little guy.

    take care

  8. Wendy what a beautiful smile your sweet grandson has!!! I'm also glad to hear that your hubby's prognosis is good. You know I'm sending you both my love and prayers. Hugs!!!

  9. WooHoo! I am so happy, happy, happy for all of you!!! God is soooo good! Thank you so much for the update and sharing the good news! Yes, thank goodness the kids moved in with you two while they prepare for building, again, God knew exactly what He was doing before we have any clue, isn't He awesome?!


  10. So glad to hear that your husband is back to work and better. Will keep praying for you both. Darling photo of Petie. So glad you got to bury the chickies also. Minks can be really destructive, some folks don't realize that. Looking forward to seeing your new bunnies :)

  11. I am glad to hear that things are going well and so nice to have help so your husband can get some rest. Prayers continue to come your way.


  12. It is wonderful news to hear of your husband's recovery. Sounds as if things are going to be okay. I will continue to pray for him and your family.
    Your little grandson is adorable. They are so cute at that age.


  13. I am so sorry about your chickens.I know they were your special pets. Such good news about your husband, I will continue to keep him and you in my prayers! Love little Petie, such a sweetie. hugs, Lecia

  14. Thanks for sharing about your hubby.
    I am praying.
    God is good.
    What a sweetie is your Peter.
    My how he has grown.
    Woolie Love Hugs & Prayers to you Chickie Pal

  15. Sending good wishes for your hubby's recovery!

  16. So glad to hear good news about your hubby! God is great!

  17. so sorry about the chicks!
    good the mink was taken care of!
    Petie looks like a doll!

    hugs, and prayers for his continued healing!

  18. Light, love and hugs to you, your family and your hubby. Good gracious y'all have been through such a hard time.

  19. Been thinking about you and yours. Baby is such a cutie pie! Hope the Rooster feels better soon, Glad to hear your hubby is cancer free. Crossing my fingers that the Chemo will be tolerated easily enough. Prayers will continue for your family. Stay warm!

  20. Wendy, what wonderful news to hear that your hubbies markers have returned to normal following surgery! Sending him healing energy and strength as he goes through his bought of chemo and hugs to you my friend. RIP to your girls and hope that Hoss makes a full recovery. Deb

  21. Wendy, I've been so busy sulking in my own problems, I've not kept up with the blogs. I am so sorry to hear about your husband but I am thankful he has a great prognosis! I'm sending prayers to you all.


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