Chickens – Part 1

Chickens – Part 1

So we decided to have chickens. There is nothing better than fresh eggs! It will be a good experience for the grandkids. In a few weeks we will be getting one day old chicks. They come in the mail. Yes – the mail. After they have some time to grow and mature we will be able to put them in the coop and chicken yard.

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This is Flash. We think he is a rooster. Time will tell! He is a Partridge Cochin.

Perry has been working on the chicken yard. We’ll also have a larger coop built in time for the next set of chickens at the end of May.

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The big coop will be going next to the smaller one. We have it on the side of the Quonset that will block the wind and snow the most. Most of the chicken yard will be covered to protect them from predators in the area.

 

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This is the neighbor cat who was assisting Perry – with what I’m not sure….

 

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You can see Flash on the left and his lady friend is Elsa. Elsa is an Araucana and lays blue/green eggs.

 

On the first morning after introducing Elsa to the coop we found our first egg!

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By the way, Joey insists he was not eating the Cool-Whip

More chicken fun to come…..

Spring is Sprininging!

 

This is the first spring in our new home. I’ve been told there is a glorious perennial flower garden hidden in the yard and I think I see it starting to peek out.

I can’t wait to see what else grows! Its like a surprise everyday, Watch for more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter

Easter is always a favorite time for me. We were blessed to have the whole family together this year.

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The Easter Bunny visited Cailin and Joey. They had fun searching through the house looking for their baskets!
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Cailin modeling her Easter dress

Joey and Cailin had a blast with the Easter Egg Hunt. It was nice to see them making sure each other found the same amount. I have some very fond memories of egg hunts when I was a kid! I hope my kids and grandkids have the same memories to smile about.

Seems JT likes the chickens…as long as they are in the coop!

 

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And of course sweet Addie. She makes us all smile! Joey and Cailin adore their baby cousin. Its going to be fun having them grow up together.

We hope you all had a blessed Easter with your family!

A Boy and His Papa

There was a day our granddaughter wasn’t feeling well and needed a little quiet to rest. We took Joey, age 4, with us for the day.

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Climbing the corn bin to get treats for the horses.

 

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Wingnut loves to hang around with Joe.

 

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Joe and Wingnut playing fetch with the ear of corn.

 

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Climbing in the hay mow helping Papa pull bales for the horses.

 

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Supervising as Papa feeds Bubba

 

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A quick trip to Walmart where Joey took a trip on the Flinstone’s car

 

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A boy and his papa heading home after a long day
A Horse Named Bubba

A Horse Named Bubba

One day I saw this

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This is the ad from a  local group of rescuers who re-home horses that are bound for slaughter. Yes, they do that. No, I won’t even say anything more.

I kept looking at him and looking at him. And I looked more. Because it was urgent that he be rescued “bail was being” collected to offset the price and I jumped at the deal.

On February 11 we brought home the newest member of the family – Bubba.

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See the van in the background? That’s how we brought him home. He fit perfectly and it was easier than using the horse trailer. Mostly. Let’s just say there was a moment of “oh crap” when we heard the van doors lock after shutting the van doors behind him. Yes – I had a 2 year old stallion locked in my van. By himself.

 

So Bubba is home. He’s doing well. Cailin and Joe adore him and he thinks they aren’t so bad themselves.

 

Green Beans Galore

Green Beans Galore

‘Tis the season for green beans to be picked and canned and picked and canned…. first canning complete with a grand total of 40 pints. Today we begin the canning of picking #2. And yes, there will be more. Thankfully I have a good teacher being only my second time doing beans.

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Washing the beans – each little greenie gets scrubbed to make sure there is no guck.

 

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Ends are snipped and the beans cut to size.

 

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Blanch the beans in boiling water for 5 minutes. the smell is amazing!!

 

Beans are hot packed into sterilized jars and into the pressure cooker they go.
Beans are hot packed into sterilized jars and into the pressure cooker they go.

 

Don't they look good! The finished product.
Don’t they look good! The finished product.

 

 

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Round 1 of green beans complete!

I’ll let you know how many pints we end up with this year!

The Journey Begins

June 30 was the official last day of my full-time employment at OP. I am now “on-call.” I like “on-call.” I can still have some hints at what the folks I grew to care about are up to.

Perry and I now live in Racine, MN.  Population of 476 (OK, so now 478). 0.67 square miles of peace and quiet and good people.

As of right now we are living in the lodge (a.k.a. travel trailer) on the farm. The purchase of the house is moving into is in the final stages so its just a matter of waiting.

What are we up to?

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Perry and Wingnut

Perry has been keeping busy mowing and general doing “guy stuff” with his side kick Wingnut.

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I’ve had puppy duty! Ch. Rabbit Run Angelina had 2 pups and I’ve had the honor of watching them grow.

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The farm has a visitor. Gertie (mini donkey) arrived and is currently hanging out with Trigger (mini pony). Love is in the air!

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The horses. Always in need of some scritches and scratches behind the ears.

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Ruth, Oscar, Julius, Summer, Mariah, Toby, Major, Lady and the yearling.
Ruth, Oscar, Julius, Summer, Mariah, Toby, Major, Lady and the yearling.

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Gardening. I’m not a total fan of weeding. Planting is fun. Weeding not so much. But the harvest and afterward! THAT’S what its all about. Canning and freezing so we can enjoy some fresh veggies once winter is upon us. The farm hosts an amazing garden!

 

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Potato plant
Onion
Lettuce
Cabbage

In a nutshell Perry and I are in a holding pattern waiting until we can move into the house. But we aren’t complaining. Its easy to keep busy on the farm. Not to mention the good company we get to share. Until next time…enjoy some random scenes…

Sunset

 

A Weekend at the Farm

We spent the weekend at the farm. It was a much needed get away. We loaded up the hounds and off we went.

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Bones is not impressed with having to share a crate with his sister, Crystal. “MOM! She’s touching me!”

The dogs were especially grateful when we arrived at the farm.

20150523_102203It was a pleasantly busy day on the farm. Tractors to fix. Fields to plow. Gardens to plant.

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Bed time was cozy. Slept in the trailer and had the hounds with for a little cuddle time.

 

 

 

 

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Great Night for a Walk

Springbrook Nature Center is a place I love to go walking through. Its 127 acres virtually in the middle of a pretty developed area including industrial, commercial and the railroad. Even so it is blissfully quiet and a chunk of heaven.

In 1986 a tornado spent 16 minutes ravaging the nature center. Even today you can still see some of the destruction.

Today presented an amazing opportunity to go exploring the nature center. The snow is finally gone (for the most part) and love is in the air…as you will see

 

As time goes on I will share with you the photos of the passing of the seasons. Enjoy some of the wonderful sights we got to see!

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