It’s a new week and she still doesn’t know!

Good morning. I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Our dear friend Roda messaged me a few times this weekend to mention she’d arrived safely and snapped some incredibly great photos of the landscape. Two things I know already… she had an encounter with a moose (who does that???) and is visiting the tundra today. I didn’t know they had tundra in the lower continental United States. I thought you had to go to Alaska, Canada or the Arctic. Maybe she’s not really where she said she was going… hmmm…. and another thing… it’s going to be 95 degrees in New York today (where I live) and Roda knows I hate the heat. How come she gets the cool weather of the tundra and I am stuck here? Eh, maybe I should stop complaining and start enjoying that she’s finally gotten a vacation and a break since… like February… when she came to visit me in NY.

So… back to farm life while she’s away. Baxter and I had a conversation with a few of the animals this morning. Oh, in case you don’t know who Baxter is… he’s my new puppy (13 week male black and tan shiba inu – see below). I can’t share the pictures of the sheep as we have to pretend ‘it never happened‘ but the sheep at Indigo Acres have been eating up all the grass. The odd thing is they spelled a message for me with their eating pattern. I’m fairly certain the message said “Give Us More Food Please” which is kind of humorous. Not only because they’re smart enough to tell me they are still hungry, but they can spell. Who knew? Sheep can spell and communicate. Maybe it’s not Roda texting me all day long when she’s on the farm. Perhaps my days are spent discussing things with sheep?

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I’ve just sent a note to the barn cats to snap some photos of the chickens so I can see how many eggs were laid today. I’m trying to convince them to pile up all the eggs in one large mound so they block the door to the chicken coop and Roda can’t get back in when she returns home. I think she’ll love the challenge of trying how to break in without making an omelette large enough to feed a small army. On that note, since my humor is quite bad this morning, I’m gonna sign out before my presence on the blog becomes known. Happy Monday!

Live at the Indigo Acres farm with… SURPRISE!

Good morning! Please adjust your computers, laptops, phones, and any other device you use to read the posts from the GrowingSelf blog. It’s about to get interesting over the next week… why, you ask? Well… maybe you should start by asking “who is this?” especially when the last post you read from here mentioned something about Momma Roda going away for a week on vacation.

I’ll answer that last question first. My name is JJ and I was named after my supposed doppelganger, mom’s brother, my Uncle Jay, probably better known to you as that guy who runs the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog. In case you’re curious what I look like, here’s a recent photo. I’m not looking my best (mornings are rough with that other rooster starting at the crack of dawn!) as she was busy when Uncle Jay asked for a new photo. Oh well… I’m still quite the attraction here at Indigo Acres.

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If you’re now wondering how a chicken could be writing a blog post with feet like those, well… that’s for another day. The better question is… who’s helping me? For anyone who may not have noticed a little something peculiar exactly one month ago today, the wonderful woman who runs this blog had a little fun with my namesake and took over his blog for 2 weeks while he was away on vacation. Here’s the post where she diabolically planned the evil. Since Momma Roda’s fond of little phrases like “when the cat’s away…” I thought I’d help Uncle Jay exact his own revenge, after all, they say “payback is a…” Right? Psst… don’t tell her I almost used a bad word. She won’t give me enough feed when she returns.

So… for the next week while Momma Roda is away relaxing, I’m going to help Uncle Jay wreck havoc on GrowingSelf… or as I like to say… peck it to death! I’ll be kind and give the weekend a little quiet time, especially since she is just leaving in a few hours. But stay tuned and check in again Monday. I’m gonna dish on what really goes on around the farm that Momma Roda conveniently forgets and/or leaves out in her posts! But first, please enjoy a friend’s latest new dance crave…

The New Chicken Cottage

Over the past week, we have spent much time constructing the new chicken cottage. Yes, I know, my bird addiction continues!  This will be our 4th chicken structure, since Indigo Acres was established in 2014.  Last summer, we constructed the geriatric chicken condo, for the retired ladies.  They live happily there, basking in the sun and occasionally laying a few eggs.  Read more about that project here:   https://growingself.blog/2017/03/08/the-geriatric-chicken-condo/

For the past week, we have been focusing on our new structure.  Although it does not have a formal name, for now I will call it the “chicken cottage”.  I think it has a nice ring to it!  This structure will house our polish, silkie and bantam chicken breeds.  Oh, and a few quail, too!   As you can see, we have made some great progress in one week…

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I think it is safe to take the wreath and bells off the barn. It is finally Spring in Michigan!

We still have to add windows, finish the roof and trim out the walls. Then, the fun part – painting!  Watch for more updates, soon! The goal is to have the outside complete by this coming Sunday! Cross your fingers!

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This cottage has been kitten approved!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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