Friday, January 1, 2010

got leftover's and debt free, frigid cold

Here's our New Years supper today down at Mary's, my mother-inlaw.

Leftover's for the birds

I took the bowl to Franklin and the gang.

Pearl Guinea

In 2009, a big goal accomplished, Mike and I became debt free.
A few hints from this old grandma (Jackie Clay): Get out of debt and stay out of debt. Pay off any credit cards and loans. Actually live simply. Drive a reliable used vehicle and repair it as needed. Stay away from the “must haves” like the plague.

We have to live very modestly, but the feeling of true freedom - being debt free, is amazing.We have everything we NEED and live very comfortably.
This is Spec, a Speckled Sussex.

Cuckoo Marans

A Cuckoo Marans/Ameraucana cross.


Bourbon Red Turkey hen, Frannie


From our local weatherman - Keep the heaters rolling and the path to the woodpile clear as both will get heavy use through next week as we may not get much above twenty until Tuesday....not a typo!

She's on the wrong side of the net, in the hayloft.


Mom L said...

Hmmmm, it's about -1 degree here now! "Feels like" -16....could I borrow some of your animals to help keep Emma and me warm? I'd even like some of those lovely chickens...

And congratulations on the debt-free status - that sure takes will power. Happy 2010 to you and Mike.

Nancy in snowbound Iowa

Anonymous said...

The supper looks good!
Franklin and the others are lucky to have such treats!

I know what you mean about good feelings from debt free life. It is so nice. You can do without so much "stuff".

Happy New Year to you and your family, Joanna.

Kelly or Alex said...

It looks like ya'll had a very tasty dinner. We slept most of the day coming home from work. I love to clean out the refrigerator and feed the chickens. They love it. Have you ever had any problems with keeping your turkeys and chickens together? Alot of people cautioned us against Black Head. We keep them in the barn but seperated. Happy 2010

Melodie said...

Congrads on debt free!We are working toward that goal too,that is why things go so slow on getting our farm and house fixed up.We will not add to our debt to make improvements so that the debt will go away sooner!

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Happy New Year!!

How did you do it....debt free!! of my goals for this year....


Foothills Poultry said...

Great bird pictures. You know they are my favorite subject. The Speckled Sussex is really nice looking. I am guessing she is from 'sandhill'.

The cold weather that is coming looks to stay for at least the next 2 weeks. Try to keep safe and warm.


IsobelleGoLightly said...

OOOh! Yummy food! Lucky chickens to get those leftovers! My lady likes to try to live debt-free too. For the most part she succeeds unless we critters need special doctor's visits or need a bunch of food and hay all at once! She says we are worth it! Happy New Year and goat kisses from Isobelle (who still thinks Pappy is quite the handsome buck!)

Spring Lake Farm said...

I can't imagine the feeling of independence that debt-free living must bring (although I hope to one day). Congratulations!

Try to stay warm this week.

Do you have any hens/pullets that are the Maran/Ameraucana cross? If so, what color are the eggs? I have thought about crossing my Welsummers and Ameraucana's to see what happens.


thecrazysheeplady said...

What a great way to start the new year! :-D

flowerweaver said...

Congratulations on becoming debt-free in 2009! That's quite an admirable accomplishment, one we are working towards. Your girls are lovely. Spec is beautiful, as is the unique hybrid hen.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oooh, I am so glad the holidays are now over, if for no other reason that we don't have to eat anymore ham and beans! ugh! bah!


Your chickens are all so pretty! Your Ameracaunas remind me of one of mine, named Annie. Sadly she has been in the house with us for a week because she almost died from hypothermia when our temps got down into the single digits. She's lost a lot of her feathers from the roosters and from a late molt. So we'll be keeping her inside the house until she grows her feathers in. sigh.

So, what color eggs do you get from your Ameracauna/Cuckoo Marans hen?

My Cuckoo Marans hen lays these unusual looking army green eggs.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh! And I forgot to add that we've been debt free for 3 years now. We paid cash for our house, paid off all our vehicles, got rid of all our credit cards and only pay cash for what we need. It's such a relief. The only debt we have that I wish we didn't is the propane bill and the electric bill. I'd like to look into solar so we can be off-grid one day, too.