For those of you who are new to From My Hear to Yours,
this is my
Happy Husband Project.
A dear friend started this when I had my forum for wives and she was gracious enough to allow me to use this title for my blog posts! It’s my time to brag on my hubby and share a glimpse of who Mr. Handsome is with you! Mostly it’s just something I love to do – where ever I can praise him, whether here or in real life to anyone who will listen – I do!
It’s a habit I’m all too happy to have formed!
Some of you know that I’m not that fond of birds – I love them, they’re pretty and all, I just don’t like it when they fly. As you may recall, Booker had to do some SERIOUS talking to get me to agree to having turkeys…but for the most part I enjoy them. We had a great year with them last year and no major incidents of any kind. Last week I went outside to check on the turkeys (they’re already about 15 lbs and taller than my waist) and there was one little hen being picked on…they’d pecked her neck until it was bleeding.
There was NO WAY I was going in there!!!!
I am such a bad ranch wife…
so I screamed for Mr. Handsome to hurry up and rescue the poor turkey. He ran in and scooped her up and we isolated her from the big meanies. 😉 So she’s been in the barn healing. Miss Songbird said we should name her
(even tho we’re going to eat her).
“Mama, what should we call a bird that everyone picks on and that’s different from all the other birdies?” She asked. Hmmmmmmm. “Ugly duckling?!” No, that was not met with enthusiasm, “MAMA!!!!!” Songbird LOVES this book called Crysanthemum written by Kevin Henkes. It’s about a little mouse with a long name and all of the children in the class tease her and make her feel awful about her name….until she meets Mrs. Delphinium – whom all of the children love! Mrs. Delphinium exclaims how she LOVES the name Chrysanthemum and in fact, she names her baby after her! It’s Songbird’s FAVORITE book of all time.
“I think we should call her Chrysanthemum.”
…and so we did.
Now, Mr. Handsome broke his ribs in July and he’s been ever so careful since then to allow them time to heal (as much as he can while building a house). However, yesterday he re-injured them and spent a good portion of the day resting. Before he injured himself, he let Chrysanthemum, and her friend Penelope out of the barn to join the others outside catching grass-hoppers. Her debut back into the crowd with a big scab on her head (sorry I know that is gross…but it’s life on the ranch). I was pretty worried the others would be mean to her again, and I checked on Chrysanthemum 100 times thru the day! 🙂 In the evening, sporting a re-injured rib, Mr. H couldn’t pick Chrysanthemum up. I had to catch said bird and CARRY her to the barn.
I do not carry turkeys!!!!!
However, I took one for the team and put her and Penelope in the barn with fresh feed and water. It was then that I noticed her huge scab had fallen off and it was all raw and icky looking.
…come bed time, I was really worried that Penelope might begin to look at her dear friend Chrysanthemum as a pecking bag (with her fresh wound sort of open again). I could see Mr. Handsome was tired, and sore…but I gave him my best – pretty please – look and he grabbed the flashlight and walked out to the barn with me to check on Chrysanthemum and Penelope. 🙂 I love him.
Yes, they were perfectly fine….sleeping big birds. I wonder what Booker is going to say when he gets home to find out we named two of his birds?! Oh, I can’t wait – he’ll roll his eyes and pretend that it’s ridiculous but he’ll be happy we took such good care of them.
Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever, that he was willing to walk out to the barn with me and check on the birds?
Mr. Handsome is my favorite husband!!!!
Songbird always tells me “Mommy, he’s YOUR ONLY HUSBAND!” Giggle.
Yup. A Happy Husband…
and I love him!
If you like this post, you may enjoy some of my other silly stories about one city girl gone rancher!
Check out my categories on the right and see “City Girl to Cowgirl”.