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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Big Thank You

Dearest friends,


In case you've forgotten, it's me, Henny, posting from our raggedy little farm here on Henny Penny Lane.

I am so ashamed of myself! I keep going back and reading your comments on my last post...wonderful comments...sweet little fairy tales, and comments about the "wish bone", and cutting up a chicken to fry, and lots of good helpful stuff about a broken wrist and how to make it well again. Thank you all so very much. 

Here it is December and we are ankle deep in leaves...


These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago so all the have now fallen to the ground.


I am overwhelmed with leaves. One day last week for more than three hours, I raked leaves and hauled them away on a big tarp, dumping them in the garden or in the goat lot...

the next day a cold front came through with winds gusting to 25 mph...in less than half a day, the little front yard was once again covered in leaves.

I marched in the house and announced to Poppy that something had to be done...raking leaves is hard work! I think we need a light weight battery powered leaf blower. One that I can use! So friends, a little blue hand held leaf blower is on it's way!


We have three leaf blowers in the shed, but two are electric which means I have to drag a big 100' heavy duty drop cord along with me, and the other is a very old gas powered leaf blower Poppy bought 30 years ago. It is big and heavy and loud!

Here it is December and I should be talking of Christmas and pretty decorations...not leaves. 

Yesterday was my first full hour of physical therapy. It was okay. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I plan to go back to my last post and read your comments again and again. I appreciate you all so much. I also plan to come back soon in more of a Christmas spirit. Maybe I'll hang the big Santa poster on the front porch first. 

Love,

Henny





Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Leaf and The Pulley Bone

A golden leaf fell near the pond and landed at Poppy's boot as he walked home from hunting this evening...


He picked it up and brought it home. I've been terribly worried the leaf was meant for the fairies that lives near the ferns. The moon is bright and nearly full tonight, perfect for crossing the pond to the far side where Fairies meet...

Hopefully, they will find a way there.

Seriously, the leaf is huge, and what kind of leaf is it? 

We finished the fried chicken for supper tonight and there in Poppy's piece was the pulley bone, or wish bone.  The only way to get the pulley bone in a piece of fried chicken now days it to cut up a whole chicken yourself...and that's what I did. Poppy said, hey, why don't do a post and call it the leaf and the pulley bone. :) 

Growing up, Mama always cut up a chicken to fry with three pieces of breast meat, one containing the pulley bone. I remember watching her. I must have stayed under her feet all the time.

Always in the kitchen with mama, or standing behind the sewing machine watching her sew. I remember once being in the kitchen while she was busy cooking. I dropped something on the floor, bent down to pick it up and raised up under her dress and apron. She said, "oh good lord"! as she moved from over me, pressing her dress down with her hand. I was very small, not meaning to get in the way.  Dear sweet mama.

Oh, look what's blooming...

trouble is, we have no room for house plants, neither do we have enough light. Log cabins are dark inside.  This Christmas cactus has grown huge. We sat it at the end of the bar where a tiny bit of sun comes in this time of the year. 

Okay, can I tell you about my broken wrist.  Do you think the cast is ready to come off?? 

I broke my wrist on Oct. 10th and wore a splint for one week, waiting to see the orthopedic specialist. The orthopedic doctor put a cast on my arm for three weeks. He then cut the cast off, x-rayed my arm again, said the bones were healing but my wrist would  not be exactly right. He suggested surgery...but still left it up to me. I didn't want surgery so he put a new cast on my arm and told me to come back in one week. He cut the new cast off, took x-rays, gave me a velcro brace to wear during activities, and set me up for physical therapy.

My thinking was...you break a bone, wear a cast for six to eight weeks, the bones grow back together, you get the cast taken off. 

So, I've worn a splint for one week, and an actual cast for only four week. I can't stand to be without this velcro thing. My wrist feel very weak and fragile.  

I also asked the doctor about my shoulder pain. X-rays showed no cracked or broken bones so he gave me a steroid injection in each shoulder. Which helped immediately.

Thank you friends! be back soon...and around to visit.

Love,
Henny Penny



Sunday, November 14, 2021

Blogging Dogs

Dear friends,

Sorry to be so behind visiting your wonderful blogs and reading your posts. I will be around to catch up. Been lots going on lately...plus when our sweet Ellie knocked me to the ground, the impact did more than break my arm. I've had aches and pains in places I didn't know I had.  Certainly haven't felt the best lately. Hopefully, this too shall pass.

My daughter Andee and I share stories and pictures of our children dogs. Seems Andee has outdone me lately with the cutest pictures. 

You've met Bruno, the Golden Retreiver, but don't think I've introduced you to their big overgrown black Lab puppy, Auggie...

What a pair, these two! Bruno has had a time trying to teach Auggie the rules of his ball games. Bruno says, if you don't know my rules, you can't play.  Auggie says he KNOWS the rules!!

This summer, the gnats were really bad and for some reason they were brutal to poor Auggie; even to the point of causing an allergic reaction...something about his skin and shiny dark hair seem to attract the gnats. 

The Vet put Auggie on medication and suggested he wear a tee shirt while playing outdoors. Auggie was fine with a tee shirt...


Mama said I needed the pants too...

Mama, is this outfit like the ones the wrestler wear? Well, I'm teaching Bruno my rules on wrestling.

Auggie, you are a handsome boy! What a shiny coat you have...



Mama said I could bring her comfy old boots outside to play. Are you sure??

Two big sweetie pies saying goodbye. Thank you boys!

Okay, it's going to be hard to top the cuteness of Auggie and Bruno...but yesterday on our walk, we stopped in the back yard to let Eli and Ellie play.

Well Eli climbed up on the picnic table. Wanted to show Ellie...this is how you pose for a great photo shoot...

 How's this mama? Okay if Poppy is in the picture too?



Speaking of big silly overgrown puppies...Ellie!
this is about the best mama can do...mama says  I can't be still very long and my hair is always in a mess. But I'm so adorable!

Look mama! When I shake this stick really hard, it makes my eyes look blurry.




Well, mama says I have a royal look, specially when I pose for the camera.
Oh Eli, you have a very Royal look!

Well, you may look like royalty but sometimes I hear mama tell you to move your big butt out of the way. 

Thanks to all the players starring in my post today...Bruno, Auggie, Eli, and Ellie.. and you too Poppy.

Thanks most of all to you, dear friends.

Hope to be back soon.
Love,
Henny

Friday, November 5, 2021

A very rainy day

Our first frost date is usually around October 15th. This year it's late arriving but by daylight tomorrow  we should have our first freezing temperature of 32 degrees. I dread it. I'll take sunshine and warm weather anytime!

When it rains like this, instead of finding something constructive to do inside...I walk from window to window, staring out at the rain.

It was simply pouring, as mama used to say...


Poppy was working at Food Lion that day last week when the heavy rains came. The house was quiet with just me and the dogs and the sound of the rain coming down. Kinda makes you want to build a roaring fire in the fireplace, doesn't it?


rain, rain, rain from the back porch too...


You know what we need here?? An old fashioned cast iron woodstove on the porch. Been my dream since day one! 


Looking a little dreary on this end of the porch too.


oops! missed the bedroom windows. Need to go back inside and take a look...

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The kitty cats were here too, but under the bed in the sewing room, fast asleep.

Ellie watched from the front porch as the rain washed through the yard...


Guess thats it for my rainy day post, I started yesterday. It was cold when we got up this morning, 33 degrees! Lots of unsettled weather this time of the year, with the change of seasons.

Saw the doctor last Monday. He said in two weeks the cast can come off my wrist and I will then need a little physical therapy. Sure hope that means I can get back to work around here. :)

Thank you dear friends!


Love,
Henny

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Listen to the Mockingbird

Again, thank you very much for the nice comments and get well wishes for my broken bones...resulting from a foolish accident caused by no one but me! I do love and appreciate you, my blogging friends!

Anyhow, while up at the teeny tiny playhouse...moving and re-arranging things with my one good hand, I was entertained by a mockingbird. Have a little video here...


Entertaining at first but then I began to worry, this mockingbird was serious. He was bound and determined this intruder was not moving in on his new home. I decided right then, the mirror needed to be taken down or covered up.

I found a brightly colored piece of posterboard and cut a circle that would fit over the mirror...what really made me feel bad was finding blood on the mirror...this bird meant business! So, all is well now...


As soon as the sun was up and shining yesterday morning the mockingbird was back, sitting atop the playhouse wall, satisfied he had won this fight and the playhouse belongs to him.  Hope he plans on sharing the space with me. 

and the morning glory vine! Who would've thought...


Big pretty blooms keep opening...


and on the subject of birds and such, what kind of bird builds a nest like this...


Actually, that's Poppy putting up new camo netting around a tree stand he plans to use for deer hunting.


All neat and finished. A little covered chair on the side of a tree. 

What was that noise! A deer, maybe?



and here's Miss Ellie. Can you believe how she has grown up?


and a bowl of spilled ice. :) Guess that's about it for this post. Thank you for visiting, friends.

Love,

Henny

still can't figure out why the print size changes and makes the post look so ugly! 


 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Falling oops! Leaves and other silly things

Earlier, I started a post looking out the back screen door...


 saying there were no fall colors here yet, then thought, well let me take another look...


so carrying the camera, I walked around the outside of the house and down to the pond...


and actually found some pretty fall colors, and there on an old log, sat a big frog...

then going back up the leaf strewn path to the house...


past the rusty old yard chairs that need a coat of paint...

and around to the front of the house where the little willow oak leaves are starting to fall...


and friends, this is just the beginning of the falling leaves. Another few weeks and we will be ankle deep in leaves; not a speck of green will show through.

I love the little willow oak leaves that fall in the front yard and enjoy raking them. It's the willow oak leaves I use to cover the teeny tiny garden before cold freezing weather sets in.

While wantering around, I made another picture of Poppy's new carport. I'll tell you why...


In passing, something about it reminded me of a covered bridge...so this will be "the covered bridge" on Henny Penny Lane. :) How's that for make believe? 

Made me remember "The Bridges of Madison County", the book and the movie.  Oh my gosh! But I really wanted Francesca to run away with Robert Kincaid. I mean, how could she not have gone with him! But then, I love Clint Eastwood!

Okay back to the yard, and the dullness of my life. The most excitement I've had lately is breaking my wrist, and the new knobs and pulls on the kitchen cabinets.

Oh, and would you look...


While down at the pond taking pictures, a plane flew over, heading to RDU from up north. I just pointed the camera up and had no idea I would see the plane in the picture. Had to zoom in, but there it is. Takes very little to make me happy. :)

Let me end this here. I'm going in all directions! Sure appreciate you all!

Love,

Henny

  





Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thank You Kindly

My dearest blogging friends,

I feel awful for not getting back and replying to each of you for your nice comments and well wishes concerning my broken wrist. You left lots of good advice and encouraging words and I appreciate that.  Thank you very very much.

Close your eyes! You're not going to believe this...well, except maybe for Connie, over at Far Side...


Yep, this massive morning glory vine that has grown since early spring, covering most of the garden fence on one side, has produced a bloom. Just made my day, even though it's not quite the shade of blue I was expecting. You were right Connie. You said it would probably bloom before cold weather.

Walked around the yard a bit this morning. Remember the row of Beauty Berry bushes I planted year before last...


They have grown really fast and are loaded with berries...


Oh and one of my favorite flowers that blooms in October when other flowers are fading...


Obedient plant (False Dragonhead), a very invasive plant. Why just look down in the woods where I throw the "dead stems"...



Anyhow...

Yesterday was my appointment with the orthopedic doctor...I decided to go with a lovely black cast that would compliment any outfit. :) yeah right...


Not my thinking at all. I chose a black cast that would not show the dirt and filth I pick up out here in the woods, feeding animals and toting buckets of water. 

Oh friends, you know the worst part? This is fall of the year. Time to clean up the garden and rake leaves. I had, just a few days ago, finished my "fall to do list". Big plans, I'm talking about! Plans involving a chain saw, clippers, a shovel, a wheelbarrow for hauling dirt and rocks, muscle!! :(

I have, however, decided on some things I CAN do...Thank goodness, I'm left handed. I can pull weeds with one hand. Vinca vine has invaded one end of the vegetable garden.  Also might try spreading out a tarp and raking the little willow oak leaves from the front yard onto the tarp then dragging them up to the garden. Raking with one hand may be kinda' hard to do. Daddy always said, "you can do anything you set your mind to".  

Guess that's about it for now.  Only 8:30 and I'm sleepy. Didn't rest good last night. Just couldn't find a comfortable spot for this cast. Maybe I will join the crowd in the living room...




Love,

Henny