a tom and some flowers

a bouquet

a bouquet

a bouquet

a bouquet

This morning a friend instructed me to spend today day drinking tea and reading.  We hung up the phone laughing over the unlikeliness of that happening.  Meditating over the fact that we have taken off three and a half of the past six weeks, we had a proper school day today.  No sick day for me.  I did manage to curl up on my bed with a new book for about half an hour late in the afternoon. I had so many thoughts running through my head all day that I found myself taking notes, wanting to be able to come back and really write it all out here. Of course the end of the day is when my throat closes and my head gets heavy with this illness, so I’ll have to save all these serious thoughts of mine for another time.

We’ve been letting our chicks out in the run during the day.  If we don’t remember to usher them back into the henhouse in the evening before dark, we find them huddled around the ramp that leads inside.  I don’t know why they don’t take the extra steps to go on inside.  I love feeling for their little feathered bodies in the dark, counting off from one to seventeen as I place them inside the house and tell them goodnight.

The biggest excitement today was without a doubt the male turkey that we spotted walking up through the back yard to the front and then around the garden.  Everyone shouted for me to grab my camera, but I didn’t want to miss watching him.  I am fascinated by wild turkeys, I guess because those that we see around our house here (mainly during mating season) are the first and only that I’ve seen in my life.  This was the second tom I’ve seen in the past week.  Someone asked about the eggs yesterday:  shouldn’t a mama turkey be sitting on them?  Yes, she should.  We were worried by the stray cracked eggs along our path too.  We did hear a female turkey call in the area, so hopefully we had just scared her off, and she’ll be back.  I don’t want to check, for fear of bothering her.  We’ll hope for the best.  Maybe we’ll wait a month and then go check for evidence that the eggs hatched?

I picked flowers this evening.  They made Larkspur happy.  There are bachelor buttons, both white and crimson clover, cilantro flowers, buttercups, and a bit of grass thrown in as well.


  1. Confession: one year my husband found a nest of wild turkey eggs in the woods. He brought home one egg for us to incubate and hatch our own baby wild turkey.

    We nestled that egg in blankets under a heat lamp, turning it regularly. Our kids peeked in and gave the egg encouraging blessings while we wondered what exactly we would do if/when this turkey hatched.

    Unfortunately, the egg never hatched, but it was a fun adventure.

    As always, love your blog in 10 different ways.

  2. You take the most beautiful pictures. I really hope that you are better soon. Praying for you family…please pray for ours as we have something going around too!!!

  3. Hope you get to feeling all better soon. It hardly seems fair that you have to deal with everyone else’s sickness and then you have to deal with your own. But as your last post says, God gives you the grace to get through it. Thank God.

  4. i’m sorry to hear you are all not feeling well. your photos are so beautiful.
    get well soon!

  5. Gorgeous flowers – the blues and the yellows are so beautiful together ♥

  6. Beautiful bouquet! That Larkspur is well named, isn’t she. 🙂 I hope you find more time for resting and reading in the near future!

  7. Everybody’s seeing turkeys lately – even here in CT! Hope you’ll be better soon.

  8. wildflowers are lovely…I miss Queen’s Anne’s lace…used to grow all over the place when we lived in Vermont, not so much here in Ohio ♥ as for the chickens, my 2 girls go up into their house on their own, when the sun sets!

  9. What an exciting visitor. I did wonder about those eggs, but figured if you were that close mama would not be. Such a contrast to our recent hummingbird nest find. Hoping you feel better soon. Perhaps a day of rest is truly needed.

  10. wow. those flowers are amazing.

  11. I’m sorry you’re still feeling poorly. Hope you’re well again soon. I remember what a struggle it was to take care of littles when you’re under the weather — not fun.
    Lovely wildflowers! Aren’t they just the best? I’d rather have a bouquet like yours than the fanciest arrangement from the florist’s.

  12. Doesn’t matter how many times I see wild turkeys, I always like to watch more! And those flowers are lovely!

  13. such a pretty bunch of flowers!!! what is your secret with cilantro? i can’t seem to get it to do anything but die 🙁

    • I plant it late in the fall here. It overwinters and then goes to seed in the spring. It reseeds itself too. I can’t time it so that I have tomatoes and cilantro at the same time though b/c the cilantro prefers cool weather.

  14. Lovely bouquet…you are such a thoughtful mama. Hope you feel better soon.

  15. Good lord, you want to see wild turkeys? We have them around here all year long (though somewhat harder to spot in the summer because they hide in the farmer’s fields)……they’re still fun to watch, though 🙂

  16. I love a fun animal surprise- Parker found a giant earthworm the other day and we are on the hunt to see an owl that sounds as though it is perched directly outside our bedroom window every night. Our neighbor has seen it and says its wingspan is amazing, but we have yet to see it. We will keep trying!

  17. Warm thoughts for a peaceful day for you!

    Lovely flowers. I love seeing photos of your garden goodness.

  18. you are such a good photograph!

  19. Just gorgeouse flowers and lovely photos. I just love those small moments with friends.

    With All That I Am

    Carrie “Forrest”

  20. As usual the most stunning photographs. You always brighten my day. Hope you feel better soon.

  21. beautiful. I thought I saw some sweet peas too? I love sweet peas blooms

  22. those photos are beautiful. the colours remind me of the flowers my Mum and I picked for tables on the morning of my wedding. cornflowers and honeysuckle (in place your red clover) = happy days.

I love to hear from you!