Monday, November 30, 2015

Worrying and Patching up wreaths


Another rainy Monday here on Henny Penny Lane. What is it with Mondays lately anyhow?  I thought to myself...this is the perfect day to dust the shelves in the laundry room, or paint the bathroom or paint the hallway. But a thought is as far as it went.

Poppy and I, with Eli and Weetie, did go out looking for grape vines. We walked along the edge of the woods behind the pond and found several. 



When we cleared the land here in 1988 to build the cabin, Poppy saved all the wild grape vines and made wreaths. Two of these wreaths are still hanging on the front porch but have become dry and brittle. I'm wondering if we could save them by adding new vines.



See how thin and ragged. I love adding cedar and berries to the wreaths at Christmas time. Poppy has dozed off on the couch. When he wakes up I'll surprise him by having everything needed to work on these wreaths spread out on the living room floor. He will be delighted, I'm sure!


Look! There is a difference! Poppy supervised, I added the new vine.



More worrisome news on the teeny tiny farm. Little Jewel is missing again. This time I'm afraid it's serious. Last night at the edge of dark, like good, well behaved children, all seven of her youngsters returned to their little pen down by the pond. I noticed that Jewel was not with them. After locking the gate, I went back to the big hen house hoping she had gone back with the older hens, but not so.

Jewel was still missing this morning. Knowing her like I do she probably lost her life protecting a chick in trouble. I'll search more tomorrow.



Bless her heart. I feel so bad for her. She has hatched nine chicks since May. 


Remember this was her first.

Better get supper on the table. I put together a big turkey pot pie and stuck it in the oven at 3:30. It's golden brown and done now...and smelling good.

Thank you for visiting. Hope to be back here real soon.

Love,
Henny












25 comments:

  1. I hope Jewel comes home safely! Love the wreaths ....

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  2. So sorry, I hope Jewel shows up soon. Your wreath looks lovely!

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  3. Sending good thoughts for little Jewel. I would be worried, too. :( It must be hard to have so many critters to worry over. Your wreaths are gorgeous. I love hand-made Christmas wreaths. I just hung a few around the mouse house that were store bought. They'll have to do for this year.

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  4. Sending good thoughts for little Jewel. I would be worried, too. :( It must be hard to have so many critters to worry over. Your wreaths are gorgeous. I love hand-made Christmas wreaths. I just hung a few around the mouse house that were store bought. They'll have to do for this year.

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  5. Sorry about Jewel, hope she turns up. Lucky you and the grapevine.

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  6. Oh, I hope Jewel comes back. Your grapevine wreaths are very cool!
    Prayers for sunshine tomorrow!

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  7. Oh hope Jewel comes home safe and sound I bet she is just on an adventure and lost track of time . Turkey pot pie sounds delish . Lovely wreaths , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  8. I'll keep a good thought going for Jewel. I like Country Gal's suggestion that she's off on a chicken adventure. Sounds like a children's story someone should write!

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  9. Your newly refurbished wreath is looking great! I sure hope Jewel surprises you and reappears.

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  10. I'm a lover of grapevine wreaths.....undecorated or brimming with greenery.
    My daughter once made one when she camped out with her son, at a boy scout retreat...just out of needing something to do I 'spect, but it was the most gorgeous wreath I have ever laid eyes on. Must have been the opinion of many others too, because they all offered to buy it from her :)
    I Like your grapevine wreath, with it's new vines.
    I do hope that little Jewel makes it back to the fold unharmed, she is a sweet little moma.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  11. I do hope little Jewel comes home safely. I love the grapevine wreath. Wish we had grape vines around here. I would love to have real ceder wreaths, too, but my allergies would go through the roof!

    Grace & Peace.

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  12. Hope you look in the dog house and find her there. Wondering if maybe the grapevine wreaths need a little water to soften them up? Henny, you are a no-reply blogger on your emails and I would to ask you something. Could you email me? R/sharon

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  13. We have several grapevine wreaths in the attic that we made many years ago from domestic grapes we used to grow. Your rejuvenated wreath looks good.
    So sad about your little hen.

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  14. I hope Jewel turns up safe and sound. It's hard to lose animals; we get so attached to them. I love grape vine wreaths, too. I once made one and stuck artificial flowers all around it to hang on our front door and changed the flowers according to the season. I believe it may still be here in the attic where it got put when we moved into this house with a double front door. I plan to make turkey pot pie tomorrow. We still have some leftover white meat that won't get eaten in sandwiches and pot pie is a good way to use it. I absolutely love homemade pot pies. Good luck with Jewel and the wreaths.

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  15. Oh no it doesn't sound good for Jewel...is that snake around again...I hope not! Your wreath looks great all plumped up with some more vines! :)

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  16. You have done a great job on the wreath, I am looking forward to seeing it dressed. Hope all is well with Jewel!!

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  17. Praying for Jewel. Terry

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  18. Oh no, re Jewel! Really hoping she returns. Could she be sitting on another clutch of eggs?
    Funny, I was laid in bed this morning wondering if I should try to make a wreath from some of our grape vines:) Yours looks good all plumped out.

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  19. I love the grape vine wreath. I just remembered I have one somewhere. I hope that you find Jewel and that she is ok!

    Love you Vicki

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  20. I have made and accumulated many grapevine wreaths through the years and they never so out of style in my book. I love the oval one that you have featured here...so simple...so rustic...so charming!

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  21. I do hope that Jewel turns up and all in one piece (and alive of course!). Maybe she just went on a little vacation, now that her chicks are all big enough to take care of themselves. You know, Mommies do need a little break now and then.

    That rejuvenated wreath looks great. They really do last a long time if they aren't tossed around too much or too roughly. I often make wreaths from the Virginia Creeper that grows on the side of our house ------- have to pull it down every fall to keep it out of the shingles on the house. It makes a nice wreath with a different texture to grapevine. But I think I like the grapevine ones the best especially the little curly bits that stick out here and there around the edges.

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  22. I do hope Jewel finds her way home. The world is a dangerous place for a chicken. I just finished working on our grapevine wreath, which I decorate for every season. I'll have a picture on my blog soon as I love the way it turned out!

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  23. Your wreaths will look lovely when redone! Poor Jewel. I do hope she returns and nothing bad happened to her! Nancy

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  24. So nice to save the wreath rather than get new ones.
    I hope that little Jewel is safe. I will be praying.

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  25. Oh no I hope by now you have found Little Jewel.
    Love the wreath - looks great.
    I've been meaning to try making one. We have lots of grape vines up at Happy Trails.

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