Game of Throne

Hi Fans of Fifty Shades of Green Acres!!

When we last posted pictures, the west and east driveways to the shop were being poured.  Now, they are complete.

Looks quiet, but, inside the shop, there is a world of activity.

What could this be behind the door?

Yes, a private bathroom…all wainscoted and tiled…

…with all the essentials handy.

Not too many months ago, it looked like this…

The wainscoting is wood pulled off the little house on the property.  Mr. Fifty Shades planed each piece of wood and then applied stain.

Next stop, behind Door Number Two…

Come into the office…

…where there are cabinets installed on each side of the window…I thought maybe Mr. Fifty Shades would fill them with fun things like seasonal decorations but instead he is using them to store paints and stains that might be affected by the lower temperatures in the larger room.  There is a portable heater in this room on a thermostat that kicks on at 45 degrees and turns off at 50 degrees.  This is also the room where electronic equipment is kept.  

The office is waiting for the wainscoting treatment and tiled floor as well.

But, first, the area around the sink will be finished.

Cabinets under construction on either side of the sink.

And, then second, another project will be built and transported to someone else’s home.  Because you know you want to know, we’ll share pictures as it’s being constructed.

Until next time, friends,

Hey – where is Mr. Fifty Shades?




Greetings from Fifty Shades of Green Acres!

Mr. Fifty Shades has been working on finishing up some projects.  The Mower Garage has been usable for a while but not complete.  Mr. Fifty Shades wanted to enclose the ceiling on the porch so the birds could not get in and make nests.  A handy new piece of equipment made that job much easier.

Here it is.  When I look at it, I think it looks like one of these…

But, Mr. Fifty Shades is not trying to fly.  He just wants to put up a ceiling on the porch.  Lifting the plywood above your head isn’t a cinch when you’re working on things by yourself.  So, this lift assistant machine makes this type of project a bit more doable.

It’s pretty nifty.  Now, the ceiling is in and a light fixture installed.

It looks great!

Yesterday work started on driveways to the shop.  It’s going to be so fancy that we’ll need to call it The Shoppe.

Finding someone to work on this job was a little challenging so we’re very happy that the work crew arrived.  They won’t be able to pour the concrete for a while due to rainy weather here.  We’re pretty sure they’ll come to finish, though, since they left their equipment here.

In other news, our new barred rock chicks are over four months old.  They grow up so quickly.  Sniff, sniff.  They are nearly as big as the other hens and should start laying eggs in a couple months.  Yay girls!

That’s it for now.

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team





And Then the Tornado Came…

Our new Barred Rock Chickens are growing.  As baby chicks, they need to get settled into their new environment and require protection from the weather extremes, so we kept them inside the little building where the riding mower is usually housed.  When they are about eight weeks old, the chicks are ready to begin experiencing the great outdoors.

We moved them to a portable cage outside near the chicken coop that will eventually be their permanent home.  The new birds need to be carefully introduced to the already existing flock or there will be problems.  Let’s just say that pecking order is a real “thing” and the older flock of hens would not welcome the new birds with open wings if they were just thrown into the coop.  We’ll move the Barred Rocks into the coop in about four to six weeks and even then they will only be able to see each other (and smell each other) until they’ve all become acclimated to their new living conditions.

The young chicks received a rather extreme exposure to the outside world on their very first day.  Mr. Fifty Shades moved them in the late afternoon.  Later on, it became Dark.  And Stormy.  And, then it was Night.  Yep, it was a dark and stormy night…and then the tornado came.  It was a bit scary for a while.  Sage and Mrs. Fifty Shades huddled in the bathroom as they were both a little freaked out by the wind.  Mr. Fifty Shades and Scout stayed in the bedroom to monitor the weather.  The tornado blew threw in about 15 minutes and we considered ourselves lucky to have no damage to the house although the bluebird house got a little wind tossed…

…and a few trees branches fell…

We lost electricity from about 9:30 p.m. on Friday until about 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  So, our generator came in handy.

We appreciate our generator so much we just had to take a picture!

And, for those of you who’ve never been through a hurricane with Mr. Fifty Shades, rest assured that we had plenty of coffee to help us get through the day!

We’re all back to normal now and Mr. Fifty Shades is continuing on with this newest project – a “pavillion” that will allow us to work on all sorts of projects under a roof near our square foot garden and chicken coop.

We’ll leave you with a few pictures of our hummingbirds who are going crazy feeding on the nectar we make for them.

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team


A New Toy

About a week ago, we acquired a new toy.   A Cement Mixer!  Wow!  Whoopee!  Yay!

This cement mixer made the completion of Project 42.A.(4)f(25) possible and we are so happy to include it in our power tool and equipment family.

Since you are breathlessly awaiting the description of our little endeavor, let’s get to it….

About a year ago, Mr. Fifty Shades of Green Acres installed a hydrant near our chicken coop and square foot garden to make it easier for us to clean the coop and water the garden.  To be expected, the area around the hydrant began to get a little soggy and muddy whenever we worked around it.  So, Mr. Fifty Shades decided he needed to learn how to pour concrete so that he could make the hydrant location sturdier and less messy.

To start, there are directions right on the mixer – and only five easy steps.  This looks like a cinch to do – might be easier than putting a veneer finish on furniture, which is pretty easy to do (according to my mother-in-law who saw it done on Martha Stewart – the veneer, that is, not the concrete).

Once you have read the directions, you get down to business…

Turn on the mixer, add water in the drum and then several 50 pound bags of premixed concrete…every 20 pounds of dry concrete mix yields about a bit over 1/7th of a cubic foot of poured concrete.

Let it get nice and gooey, and then…

…pour it in the mold.   Although, Mr. Fifty Shades says it isn’t gelatin so it’s pour it in the forms.

Spread it evenly into the formed area then repeat several more times.  You must do this when it’s at the hottest point of the day – because – well – just because!   Throughout the process, the concrete gets tamped down with this tamping down tool.

Once you’ve got all the concrete in, you use this handy tool called a float that Mr. Fifty Shades made because he did not want to (yes, you guessed it) spend the money to buy one.  You pat down the concrete and this tool helps to work the rocks down into the mix and bring some of the cement, sand and water to the surface.


After the cement sets for a while, you can come back and do this..

and then sweep…to create texture and prevent slips and then trips to the hospital

This pad needs to set for a bit and in a couple days the forms can be removed.

Of course, as with all projects, cleaning up is a must…

Now that we’ve tackled this one, other cement projects await!

In other news,

…our first tomatoes have emerged…

and we are trying out reflective tape (a gift from our VIC – very important cousin!) to see if it keeps the birds away.  We love the birds but we don’t really like to share our vegetables with them.  We’ll let you know if it works!

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team


Life in the Slow Lane

We’ve been here for a little while now and thought it was time to install a few amenities…maybe a screened indoor pool would be nice…

….Mr. Fifty Shades thought it would be a good idea to add some chicks...

He always said he was a chick magnet…and, well…after a trip to the post office, he returned with proof!

Each of these little fuzzy little creatures needs to be taught to drink water first thing…

…and then they kind of figure things out from there…

Gathering at the water cooler


Ah…here’s where the food is!

The heat lamp is attached to a thermostat that is on its way to a temperature of 95 degrees, keeping these chicks at the warm and cozy temperature they need to thrive for their first few weeks.

In other news, our neighbor’s cow and her calf are grazing on a section of our property for a little while and they are always ready for a photo op…  

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team


First Day, Second Day

Greetings from Fifty Shades of Green Acres!

Yesterday, the first day of Spring… 50 degree temps, sunny skies, and signs of what awaits us as the earth warms up…

Blossoms on Peach Trees

Pear Tree Blossoms

Grape Hyacinth


We also noticed a sign that we are hoping will entice the blue birds to take up residence.

Mr. Fifty Shades built a second blue bird house this year because for the past couple years, tree swallows moved the blue birds out of the one house we set up.  We read that if there are two houses the two types of birds will live happily next to each other.  So – here’s hoping!!!

Today, the second day of spring – the world looks much different…

Even so, we’re working on various projects in anticipation of the season…these are tomato and pepper seeds that have germinated in our basement. These babies will be going into the ground in May.  

Also, Mr. Fifty Shades is working hard in his workshop to enclose his office and he’s making a lot of progress…

Until next time, friends…enjoy your spring!

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team

Might As Well Face It….

I’m Addicted to Sun…

I do love the sun and if there’s a sunny spot to find, you’ll find me in it.  So, today suited me just perfectly with the sun streaming in through our front door.

Last week, snow, ice, snowy ice, and icy snow  and it was slippery.  I know this because, during our walks, Mr. and Mrs. Fifty Shades said to each other, “Be careful, it’s slippery.”  Scout and I didn’t have any problems, though.  These pictures look like they’ve been taken through a filter or screen but this was the way it looked when we stepped outside.

On Saturday, Mrs. Fifty Shades tried a new dessert recipe, resulting in Mr. Fifty Shades seeing the dentist on Monday morning to repair a loose crown.  We won’t go into all the details, but caramel was involved.  We’ve tossed that recipe and we’ll be looking at something less dangerous for dessert this week.

Cupcakes, Wallpaper, Paper, Background, Seamless


Robins visited for a while this morning…maybe spring is on the way!

Until next time,

Sage & the Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team