Friday, July 31, 2015

Hot, dusty, and dry...but a cool pond

I've been outside pouring buckets of water on the poor wilted plants. It is so very hot and dry here.

Again last night there was a chance of a thunderstorm or a shower of rain, but for some unknown reason when the clouds get to Franklin County they split and go on either side of us. I'm sure Poppy will say it's something I've done. 


This Poplar tree is losing it's leaves, looking a little like fall with all the yellow and brown. It may just be this hot dry weather. Surely I can't start raking in July! Good Grief!

Poppy has mowed since this picture was taken last week. Even today the grass is beginning to turn brown.


 So the rain stops and with no muddy water running down the side road, the pond has cleared up. Guess we can't have it all. 


It looks nice and cool anyway.



I told Poppy just this morning, there would be no complaining from me about the cold weather this winter.

I kind of enjoyed building that big snowman last winter and I'm certainly looking forward to playing with Eli in the snow. Let's just see if I make it through January and February without a complaint.

Better start supper. Hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Love,
Henny 








Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A day for visitors

Today neighbors have stopped by from up the road...
and neighbors have stopped by from down the road...
which was fine and dandy. I enjoy the neighbors stopping by. But then these two visitors showed up...both at the same time.


I went in the chicken house to check on a hen that was cackling awfully loud and gasped at the sight. No need in running for the gun, I can't shoot a snake so I ran for the camera. Three times I held my breath and peeped in to get a picture of the snake eating the eggs...

then slowly backing out I happened to look up and saw this above my head...



My friend Nellie was just telling me about a black snake chasing somebody she knows. I closed the chicken house door and ran back to the house. Poppy will be home in ten minutes. 

It has definitely been an unusual day.

Okay, here it is bedtime again. But surely you will want to know what happened. Poppy got home and I told him there were two big snakes closed up in the chicken house. He got the shotgun and went in...He fired one shot, the door opened and Poppy brought out a six foot rat snake. The second snake had totally disappeared. :(  We searched and looked and raked the straw, but no snake.

Whew! What a day. Snakes don't crawl at night, do they? Sure hope the chickens are safe. 

Thanks for visiting. 

Love,
Henny







Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lucille's baby

Oh my goodness! This is the longest I've stayed away. I don't have much to post this morning, but wanted you to know that I am still around. You were probably hoping I had taken my silly blog and disappeared. But no, not yet.  :)


This picture was taken Sunday night. Thinking it was unusual that Lucille and her baby were sleeping on the ground, I ran inside and got the spotlight. Could there be a snake or some predator hiding in the little bantam's home. Nope, nothing. I picked up a stick and moved the hay around to be sure. Nothing. 


Lucille's little hillbilly looking husband Festus was on the roost next to the box, like normal. I felt a little uneasy but decided everything looked okay. Maybe Lucille wanted to sleep on the ground with the baby under her wing.


Out early Monday morning with my feed bucket I was absolutely devastated to fine the baby missing. Totally missing, without so much as a trace.  Why did I leave them? Poppy brought his gun out and searched every crack and crevice, but found nothing. If it was a snake, it will come back said Poppy...I'll get him! 

We also lost five new born baby guineas last week...or the guinea parents lost them. Better move on and try to cheer up. I could still cry over all this. 


This was Eli and Smokey playing on the bed yesterday. Looks like Smokey wanted to nap and Eli wanted to play.




We are really needing rain. The teeny tiny garden is dry as a bone, but still producing. I have picked pan after pan of big red ripe tomatoes, but the tomatoes are not that good this summer. Seriously, the tomatoes are too watery tasting.


The yard long beans and the okra have been the best vegetables so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed these long beans stir fried in olive oil and garlic. I hope to grow them again next year.

It's looking a little cloudy now. Maybe there is a shower coming. That's about it for now. Suppose it will take me a while to visit and catch up reading all my favorite blogs. Hope to be back real soon. Thank you for visiting.

Love,
Henny











Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cleaning house!

Sorry I am behind again. Has it really been almost four days! What a week!

Today I cleaned house. Really cleaned! We have company coming for the weekend and my little sewing room needed to be turned back into a bedroom.  Everything is put away. In fact, everything but the bedroom furniture is packed into the closet. It's amazing how much will fit into a closet.




Before closing the doors I added a little more.



Shazam! We have a clean bedroom!



Even cleaned out the old wardrobe and added a few wooden hangers.

Now, as mama would say, I am simply worn out. The rest of the house had to be cleaned too.



How the kitchen looks when I'm cooking supper. :) I wouldn't have it any other way!

Here it is bedtime! Better get all the critters all settled in for the night. :)

Love,
Henny

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hillbilly chick and other things

Sure hope this video plays. It doesn't show a lot, but is the best I could come up with in these last three days.. 


video

I've been trying awfully hard to catch that little hillbilly bantam chick climbing up that tall ladder and going into the box. All I can say is this chick has had to learn mighty fast. When he was only two days old I heard him chirping like something was wrong. I ran out to check and found the mama, Lucille, way up in the box clucking and coaxing the baby to find his way up that ladder. By four days old, he was going up the ladder and sleeping in the box. She even pecks him on the head in the video...did you see that?


Eli has a vet appointment at 2:30 today. His left ear is bothering him again. He is a sweetie pie! I love this dog! Can't wait to find out what his weight is now.  Weetie is going along too for her three year Rabies vaccine.




There is no shortage of help around here. I can always count on Weetie and Smokey to come along with me, even in the hot garden.

Better get busy. It's a thirty minute drive to the vet's office and our appointment is in one hour. Need to get all the animals rounded up and situated...and find Weetie's collar and leash. 

Hope to be back soon. Thank you for visiting. 

Love,
Henny





Friday, July 17, 2015

Housework, chickens, and meeting Miss Ann

The older I get the more I hate cleaning house. Seriously, What's happened to me! Things are nice and tidy here now except for that dreaded, dragging out the vacuum cleaner. Don't know which is worse, dusting or vacuuming. Probably dusting. 



However, guess what I accomplished this morning! Got the living room windows and screens washed. Clear bright shiny windows are beautiful! Kind of like the pond when it clears up after being muddy all winter.



When I think of all that needs to be cleaned in this house, I get overwhelmed. If I try to get one of those dreaded jobs done every day, it 's not nearly so bad.



Late this afternoon around the edge of dark I plan to hide and watch for that tiny baby chick to climb that high ladder. It's a mystery to me how he gets five feet up and into that box on the back of the chicken house. For the last three nights that baby has been with its mama up in the box. It is surely a mystery!




Update on Jewel's baby that hatched back in the month of May. Look how she has grown...and thankfully it is a hen, not another rooster.

And now would you like to meet Miss Ann modeling her 1920's inspired flapper style dress?



Actually this picture was taken in May at their son's wedding. The event was held in their yard...just down the path. In case you are wondering about the expression on Ann's face...when asked to pose with her husband for a picture she hesitated and asked, do I have to? It's very cute, rolling her eyes that way. Looks like Fred thought it was funny.

Miss Ann is the neighbor who recently gifted me with a stack of lovely fabrics. And that's not all! When Ann decided she no longer wanted to deal with chickens, her husband Fred caught and brought their entire flock to me. Oh, and remember the many many truck loads of pine straw that I spread in the yard last winter...all that straw came from their yard...raked and hauled free of charge...and unloaded at my doorsteps. Yep, that's our neighbors.



Here with their son, the handsome groom, Trevor. Sorry I didn't borrow a picture of the bride. She was beautiful. 

Since Miss Ann is mentioned occasionally on my blog, I thought you might like to meet her. So now you know.

Good grief! The day will be gone! I am getting busy, right now! 

Love,
Henny

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Around the teeny tiny farm and garden

It is so hard to catch up with everything once you get behind! I have a minute here. Should I visit my favorite blogs, reply to friends who left comments on my last post, or quickly do a new post? Decisions, decisions!



I'm tired tonight since Poppy and I were up at 4:30 this morning. Wednesday! Poppy's "early to work" day. 

Smokey has the best idea...just get somewhere cool, stretch out and relax. 

Okay, here it is Thursday morning. I was simply too worn out last night to stay on the computer. Now that Poppy is off to work, I need to get out and feed the chickens, the goats, the guineas and ducks. Then check on the little hillbilly bantam family with their new baby. Still haven't named this little fellow. 


This tiny chick the size of an English walnut is already following his mom up this five foot ladder to sleep in the box that is nailed to the back of the chicken house. I never would have believed it, but know it's true. I saw it with my own two eyes.

Ahhh, some of you may remember our last little bantam family, "Popeye, Olive, and their baby, Sweet Pea" and how they died suddenly one by one. It broke my heart.


I will always, always, believe it was the medicated starter feed that killed them. After testing the feed, the manufacturer claims that it was fine. It took six months to hear back from them and that was after calling them twice.

It was a year ago that I posted their sad little story. If interested, you can click on "popeye" under "labels". 

Have you ever seen such a squash vine!


Seriously, the stem is as big around as my wrist.


and bunches of little squash.


Kind of freakish looking. I've never seen a squash vine grow like this. Hope it's not getting ready to take over.


The squash vine has filled this entire corner of the teeny tiny garden. If I disappear from up in the garden one morning, well, tell someone about the squash vine.


Sometimes the volunteers turn out to be the nicest. These are the little wild Black-eyed Susans that bloom along the roadside. This plant volunteered and came up in just the right spot, so I left it.


Volunteers know where they want bloom.


The little patch of Spider Flowers are blooming.


and the tall Phlox.

Gosh, if you're not careful, thirty minutes at the computer can quickly turn into three hours.

Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny