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Three Four Things This Thursday (Fisher Cat Slayer, Fort Knox, Shred update and more)

Hi there! If you are new to my place.......welcome! Thursdays are the day I ramble about three random things. Sometimes I share a new recipe, bits and pieces of what's going on in my crazy not-so-random world, or maybe a new homeschooling tip. I try to keep everything as real as I can......and I keep my eyes fixed on God! So if you want to join in......grab the button over on my sidebar, add your link/comments below and jump right in~!

1. OK, so after our devastating loss......Josh is determined to do two things. Become the Fisher-Cat Slayer and build Fort Knox. Josh is normally a very passive man......this is the guy who dove under the camper to rescue the blind baby rat. But if you witnessed what our barn looked like after that attack.......it might send Mother Theresa looking for a Rambo outfit.
So, knowing Josh's quirky version of a type A personality and giving everything 100%.....I am guessing this transformation will include a Conan the Barbarian outfit, a bear claw trap and some weird tribal face painting. He believes his Native American heritage (he is Pocasset Wampanoag) will come through as he is determine to trap and kill this predator. He also has deranged thoughts about hanging the victim in the woods (think The Village) to send a message to all his fisher cat friends or any other predator who thinks about stepping foot near our farm.

*sigh*....yes, he can take things to an unhealthy level.

2. He also started Fort Knox......well, that is what he is referring to our new chicken coop. I originally had planned on calling it the Cluck Cluck Inn or something cute for my feathered friends.....but after said attack.....Josh is determined to make this the most secure housing that can survive a nuclear attack.

I have to say.....Josh is a pretty talented well rounded guy. He looks completely professional in his "monkey suit" as we call the suit and tie he is required to wear for his job. But he sure can jump right into jeans, workboots and a tool belt and get that any construction job done too.
So here is Stage One of Fort Knox. I have to say.......he whipped this badboy up pretty quick all by himself (with a wiped out back, lol) with no plans drawn out. We recycled an old bookcase for the nesting boxes too. bonus!
He is going to try to get the walls up over the next few days (after work) and then we are heading over to Habitat for Humanity ReStore to maybe get a window (back by chicken wire of course!!!) and some shingles for the roof.

This will soon be a great new SAFE home for my sweet hens.......

And I told you Josh was a softie.......he came home with these little fluffy friends to keep "Rocky" company. I wanted to thank you all for all your great suggestions for a name for this little survivor.......I loved the spiritual meanings and encouraged N to choose one with a nice strong Biblical meaning. I loved Destiny, Silas and Maia. But she was dead set on Rocky because she believes (s)he is the fighter who wouldn't give up. Now if I can only get her to stop humming the Eye of The Tiger song everytime she holds it.

3. Shred update! I am on Day 23 (skipping only Sundays) of The ShredFest and I have to say that this workout gets results! Although I've only lost about 3 pounds, I have toned up significantly and definitely lost inches in my waist, arms and thighs. WOOT! I am guessing I lost at least an inch or more in my rib/waist area.......and my arms are certainly less jiggly.

I am quite certain it has to do with being in that brutal plank position for most of Level Two and Three....and I think I was sweating from areas that I never even knew had sweat glands with all the cardio. But I have to say......I had the confidence to wear a tank top this past weekend. And get this.......I even had the guts to wave to my neighbor when she drove by and I didn't have half as much flab flying in the wind. *thumbs up*

So if you are up for an intense, but effective workout......I am def. recommending The 30 Day Shred! And it's only $8.99 at Amazon.com. Heck, I can spend that on a bag of blue corn tortillas and salsa!

I have had this on my heart and I want to add one last thing.....

4. This week's event taught us such important lesson(s). Life is short and at any time your world can be turned upside down. The enemy, at anytime, can swoop in and steal from you (and your life).....we need to always be on guard and protect our mind, heart and body. That fisher cat killed for the thrill.....it's main goal was just to destroy and move on to the next victim. That is how Satan works. So remember to be prepared and protected . I want to share Ephesians 6:10-18 with you:

The Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I hope you have a wonderful day.......please join in and leave your links and comments below!!!



amanda said...

hope your hubby catches the fisher cat. and i think rocky is a nice name for the chick. i totally have eye of the tiger stuck in my head now thankyouverymuch. thanks for the scripture. spoke to me this morning. the enemy doesn't win.

Kim said...

Glad I found your blog. I enjoyed your post.

I, however, must be a ninny.

I did the shred on Tuesday, went to the gym yesterday and can barely walk today.

Wow. I guess that extinguishes any illusions I had about how "fit" I actually am.

Now I have to work on getting my nerve up to do the shred again. Who knew simple jumping jacks could be the straw that broke the camels back?

Sarah said...

I love the 30 Day Shred. I don't diet - just can't do it, I gotta eat, lots and often - but these workouts are great for calorie burning and toning.

One year, while teaching biology, my class hatched ducks. We had a gaggle...that slowly dwindled as ducks went off to their forever homes/farms/ponds etc. I had two left that I had to take home on the weekends and would keep in a cage in our backyard. A racoon got them. It was a horrible site, that after I came crying into the house, my husband had to go clean. I can relate. So sad.

Lynds said...

Wonderful update with the shred! I just looked at it again on amazon, and totally LOL'd with the tortilla and chip (so true!).

So sad about the chicks :( The new structure looks pretty amazing, they are going to be living the good life when it's all complete.

Karen said...

I'm still sad about your chickens, but it's good that you guys are moving on and doing what you can to make sure it doesn't happen again. How awful!

TheShredFest sounds...really intense! I don't know if I could handle that! But since it's only 9 bucks, you're right. I might have to give it a try. At least it would be one less meal out or something, right?

Denise said...

Sorry to hear about your chickens, I hope the new coop keeps them safe & your hubby catches the fisher cat.

Congrats on toning up, I'll have to check out that book.

christy rose said...

Rocky is a great name!

Alicia said...

Oh..your poor chickens!! The new chicken coop looks good though!!!

And I love those verses on the armor of God!! You're right, we have to always be prepared for battle!!

Sarah Dawn said...

Delighted to meet you. Just found your blog! Love the realness of your words. Homeschooling mom too, living on the mission field. Raised chickens, amazing coop, let me tell you. Ever done goats? Their a kick, literally.

Looking forward to getting to know you a bit more,
Sarah Dawn

Shanda said...

Congratulations on your Shred progress!

So sorry to hear about your barn attack. I did love the deeper thoughts you shared from it though. Your husband's "Fort Knox" looks like it will be a wonderful solution.

I too loved the name, "Rocky!"

Kris said...

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