Sunday morning I got up and made cinnamon rolls and my oldest baked an apple pie. Apparently we were in the mood to get in the kitchen and do some baking. It was a lot of fun and a great way to kick off our week. At least that was our thought, anyway.
I'm so sad to share this next part with you. On Monday we discovered that a raccoon had made its way into our chicken coop during the night and killed two of our four beloved chickens. We lost Penelope, our Americauna, and Rosemary, our Rhode Island Red. A friend of ours was kind enough to come over and help me clean up the coop, it was pretty awful, and after we loved on Edith and Matilda for quite some time we set them up with a pretty nice apartment in the garage. While we are heartbroken and very upset at the loss of our hens we are so grateful to have our two remaining girls still with us. It is crazy how attached you can get to a chicken.
Unfortunately one of our neighbors insists on feeding the raccoons and buys bags of dog food for them. We've tried to get them to stop, but they won't. Perhaps if they'd had to clean up the coop they might feel differently, but it's hard to say. They really think they are doing a wonderful thing "taking care" of them. Moving forward we will be working on building a raccoon proof hen house.
|Another one of my daughter's beautiful pies|
Easy as it could have been I wasn't about to let our little tragedy set the tone for the rest of the week. I was pretty sad about it, and I still am, but I made myself put a smile on my face and focused my attention on other things and I found that it really helped me a lot to help others and just make them smile. It ended up being a week of service to others and I'm grateful for it. It was also another jam packed week for my girls and staying busy was good.
I got my tax refund deposited into my checking account on Thursday. I'll be sharing with you what I ended up doing with it in my monthly wrap up and I'm pretty excited about that.
Friday we attended my oldest daughter's Honor Band concert at Boise State. Because my youngest is a student she got in for free, but I had to pay which is fine because admission goes directly to next year's program. The concert was really nice.
Saturday I awoke to a snowstorm and boy was it pretty outside. I had to take my daughter to BSU for robotics and fortunately there was hardly anyone on the roads. On the way home I stopped in at Albertson's to pick up some more pot roasts that were on sale for $1.99 a pound. I bought three and when I got home I put one in the slow cooker and the other two in the freezer.
How was your thrifty week?