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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Explaining why!

Dear friends,

I'm feeling very sad this morning. Got to thinking about and missing the bunnies, especially...


 "Chief, Son of Bun". Never told you this Bonnie, but turns out "Chief" is a girl, so I called my little Indian girl "Poco", short for Pocahontas. The name "Chief, Son of Bun" always made me smile. All my bunnies were dearly loved but this one had really attached herself to my heart. 

Anyhow, you all probably wonder why I let my beloved bunnies go. Well, several reasons; there was lots of lifting and cleaning, and not only was I feeding bunnies, but mice too. Oh I recently lifted the top on one of the bunny huts and found a stash of feed and enough fur to make another bunny.  Also had the worry of my bad back, osteoporosis, and arthritis. 

and something else! It was discouraging to constantly hear, "those d... rabbits. We can't go anywhere because you have all these animals". 

and most of all, the heartbreak and sadness of animals getting sick or being injured or killed or wounded by a predator. Oh, the number of sick or hurt animals I have cared for over the years! Chickens, ducks, guineas, kittens (thrown out), birds, wild rabbits, squirrels, and even a baby opossum, once upon a time. After Weetie's horrible accident, well, sometimes I feel like my heart can't handle much more.  Even now I am caring for a sick hen, and our old duck was near death when Poppy pulled her from the pond a couple weeks ago, waterlogged and half paralyzed. 

We wondered if she was bitten by a snake. Guess we'll never know. After a few days care, we filled a big No.2 tub with water and put her in to make sure she could use her legs. She is back on the pond, back to normal, splashing and swimming like crazy??

One thing for sure; Mr. Murphy has the means to care for the bunnies. He loves animals, and he asked us for the bunnies. We didn't ask him to take them. I just wish I had kept Poco. But is she happier there with her family?

Okay, bet all of you signed off long ago...but if you're still here, thank you for listening. Blogging friends are extra special, aren't they?

Love,

Henny



Thursday, June 10, 2021

A little building, a little cleaning, a little sad

We walked Eli and Ellie up the path to the paved road. I picked a few spindly wildflowers...


 Our latest project has been putting up new wire on our teeny tiny front porch.


Way back, seven years ago when Eli was just a puppy, I had the bright idea of tacking garden fencing around the little porch. That way I could work outside and watch Eli too...

We enjoyed the little fenced-in porch so much that now, seven years later, Poppy decided it was time to give it a little more of a professional look. We cut and nailed 2 x 4s along the edge, painted them brown, and installed the nice new fencing.  Tomorrow I plan to paint the little half screen door and also get the porch floor painted soon.

So, while in the cleaning mood, I polished the old cupboard then washed all the old pots and pans and rearranged it all...


I absolutely love this old cupboard and will always be grateful to cousin Pat and her husband Mike for putting it in my care. 


Have I ever shown you both ends of the teeny tiny front porch? Why it's so small I can't back far enough away to get a full picture of the old cupboard. But here's each end of the porch...


Oops, pardon the dirty old boots. I've put many a mile on that pair parked in the back.


I suppose this little porch is just right for Poppy and me and the dogs. 

Got a bit of news I've been meaning to share with you. Just hated to mention it, you see, it makes me a bit sad...

All our sweet bunny rabbits have gone to live on a big hay farm just a few miles from here.

So strange how it all worked out. For some time now I've been trying to find homes for a few of the rabbits. Anyhow, Poppy was out at Mr. Murphy's Hay Farm buying feed and casually commented that I needed to get rid of some rabbits. Mr. Murphy spoke up and asked, "what kind of rabbits does she have? I'll take them all!" Said he used to have rabbits and still had a big lot with a rabbit house for them to go in. 

I spoke with Mr. Murphy on the phone and he assured me these rabbits would have a good home. Just recently he told us that his granddaughter loves the rabbits and when she visits says, "Grandpa, give me some food. I need to go feed the bunnies". 

I do know that Mr. Murphy loves animals. He used to have sheep and now has cows. He also has kitty cats and a big friendly dog that greets all the customers, and...he had a sweet little donkey that hung around near the store. Oh, wait! You may remember my post several years ago about Mr. Murphy's bull...

He was shy at first and wouldn't come out to see us...yeah right!

and this is Mr. Murphy's store where you drive thru to pick up hay or feed...


I sure miss my bunnies, every one of them. Glad to know they are all together and have a good home. 

Guess that's about it for now. Looking at Smokey makes me sleepy...


I just may go curl up with him. This has been a busy week. Appreciate your stopping by...and always appreciate seeing a new follower. Thank you! 

Love,

Henny


Ellie Mae



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Polka Dotted Bird Feather...and other things

Guess what! It's raining! It really is! and we really need it! Funny how we've just come through the wettest winter on record and now going through the driest spring on record...heard this on the news recently.

Have you seen the playhouse lately?


Been moving stuff around again. Stole the green rocking chair off the back porch. One day I just might sit here and watch a car go up the dirt path. A sweet little bird has claimed the long-legged tower and every night, roosts way up high over the old straight back chair.  I'm afraid the pink flamingo cushions will now have to go in the trash. 


and the teeny tiny garden lies just behind us...Here...


The bean vines (half-runners) are beginning to climb the wattle fence...


A wattle fence! Who knew something as simple as a wattle fence could make me so happy? :) 


These pictures were taken this morning before we got a shower of rain. The soil is so dry.



have a neat litle row of kale growing...but look at the dry soil!

Well, enough of the teeny tiny garden. Got a few really strange looking pictures to show you. 

Yep, it was that evening sun going down again, making strange shadows on the little red chicken house...


Pretty but kind of eerie too, don't you think?



I raced in for the camera, knowing how fast this look would change.


Guess I should have saved these for my Halloween post in October. There's just something in these darker pictures that frighten me. 

Okay, now a sweet little picture...


This teeny tiny polka dotted feather...only three inches long was lying in the grass in our front yard. I've never seen anything like it. Poppy went searching in our bird books and found that it is a feather from a woodpecker. It's just so pretty!

and speaking of pretty and sweet and all that...


I'll leave you with a picture of our Ellie girl. She got the last of her puppy shots today. The vet said she weighs 62 pounds now. That's pretty hefty for a five month old. 

I do appreciate your stopping by. Hope to be back soon.

Love,

Henny


 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

About Ellie

 

Dearest friends,


Miss Ellie...


with a set of kitty cat ears in the picture.  I haven't posted nearly enough pictures of Ellie. Gosh, back when Eli came home with us it was a full time job taking pictures of every cute move he made.


But with Ellie, it's different. She was almost four months old when we brought her home and already out of that cute, sweet, adorable eight week old ball of fur stage. 

Oh she is still adorable, but more into the lanky, long-legged stage...She looks the same in all her pictures...

Her favorite toy is a sock rolled into a ball. Ellie is a very smart dog...she is housebroken! Totally! She goes to the front door, scratches, and then sits and stares until one of us walks her outside. 


a little clumsy too, but a sweetie pie. She sure makes us laugh.


Eli still hasn't taken to Ellie like we hoped he would. Oh he tolerates her but only for short periods of time. Ellie's wagging tail swatting him across the face and too many wet kisses and Eli is ready to take a nap on the back porch...alone. The vet thinks it's the big age difference. 

Guess who is not at all impressed with a new dog in the house!

Woo Woo, such a grumpy look!

Boring!

Can we please talk about something else?

Well, that's my post for tonight. Thank you Savannah for requesting Ellie pictures. Thank you all for visiting.

Love,
Henny


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Kitties and old dog houses and stuff

Thank you for the nice comments on my "hen" post. The little bitties are doing well, and mama too. No ad on Craigslist, yet anyhow. 

You know what Victoria...I would love to set up a table at the road and sell eggs. I believe it would work, but I bet Poppy would say "no". Oh, I delight in doing things like that. 

Friends, would you look at this solid color purple Iris...


I found it growing near the little cemetary where our little Weetie is buried. 


I do believe this is the prettiest Iris I have ever seen, here anyways. We have Iris spread hither and yon...at some point in the last 30 years I must have slung a bucket of rhizomes out across the yard. Would help if some of the grass and weeds were cleaned out.  Maybe one of these days. :(

The evening sun setting sure makes for some pretty pictures...

I had walked to the kitchen sink to wash my hands and noticed the sun shining on the pink roses and Heidi. Kind of special, I thought.

We've worried so about Eli missing and grieving over little Weetie, but sometimes I think Smokey misses him most of all. Smokey and Weetie were always with me at the garden...

Smokey and Weetie were big buddies. They were the same weight and height and boy did they play together. 

Smokey checking out the raggedy old dog house...

It was funny to watch Smokey hiding somewhere waiting for Weetie to come trotting past...

Then Smokey would jump straight up, and the chase was on...


until Smokey went up the side of a tree, leaving Weetie behind. But then, Weetie would lay waiting for Smokey to come back down...payback! There are two old dog houses in the yard and Smokey found a snake in the other one.

Was in the goat lot a little while ago and turning around to close the gate...thought the colors looked pretty...so I got the camera...



The teeny tiny garden is beginning to grow. I've built the wattle fence and used bamboo for tomato stakes (thanks Windy and Brian). I'll post pictures soon. 

Can you believe we just came through the wettest winter on record...and now we are having the dryest spring on record. Heard that on the news this week. I'm having to water the garden to keep the plants alive. 

Well, that's about it. Hope to be back here real soon.

Love,
Henny






Thursday, May 20, 2021

Hens on Henny Penny Lane

Oh goodness, I was going to tell you how crazy the hens go in springtime, but then, who am I to talk! I go just as crazy. Every day is packed with happy stuff to do outside and crapy stuff to do inside. 

Why, there's no telling how many steps I walk a day. If only there was time to stop and put my Fitbit on. :) 

So about the hens...


Way over a month ago, three hens decided they wanted to set (as we used to call it). Every day it was a fuss and a fight over a nest box and a few eggs. 


and all the while Poppy preaching, "don't let those hens set. We can't sell the eggs we have now. We sure don't need more chickens".

So, without Poppy knowing, I met with the hens and here's what we decided...Each hen got a nest box and two marked eggs. I then put up one new nest box for the other laying hens. Finally! Peace and quiet in the chicken house, until...


Chicks began hatching.  Time flies, doesn't it!  Two mama hens, each with two baby chicks. Had to get busy and find them all a safe place, so I divided the little covered guinea pen into sections, making homes for the two mamas and their babies. 

Then Poppy found out...not to worry I told him. My plan is to sell the whole lot on Craigslist. My ad reading..."Mama hen and two chicks $15.00. Take them all; Two mama hens and four chicks $25.00."  Got immediate response in emails...so I called the first one. Turned out to be a nice couple with a young son who live about five minutes from us. How nice!  I worry too much about animals and want them to be cared for properly. They bought them all. :(

Now the third old set'n hen has been a worry. Three time, I've been in the chicken house to gather eggs and caught her off her nest and sitting on the fresh eggs...while her three marked eggs lay cold and unattended. Forgot to tell you I gave this hen one extra egg. Anyhow, I would pick her up and put her back on her marked eggs. 

So Poppy, once again, "you need to throw her eggs away and take her off the nest. She'll get over it. Those eggs are not going to hatch. Just throw them over the fence in the woods".

But I waited, and late yesterday while gathering the eggs, found two teeny tiny chicks under mama hen. Checked again this morning and there were three. :)


Don't know if I can part with these. I've worried so about the others having to leave home.


We'll see.  Long ago, women folk talked about what they bought with their egg money...I bought mulch and plants with my hen and chick money.

Appreciate your visiting. Hope to be back soon...

Love,

Henny

Poppy holding the babies...


 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

More good luck, hopefully!



Hey dear friends,

Well, I'm back, and intend to stay back! 

What's the weather like where you are? Where did May go? I made a useless trip to Lowes in Henderson this morning for a few gardening things and almost froze to death. This weather!  47 degrees, raining, and windy. The cashier in Lowes garden center was bundled up in a coat and had a little space heater running full blast.

Oh, about the picture of the rough dry hand and the four-leaf clover...I always wondered if the big type clover ever grew one with four leaves...and now I know. Found this one in the teeny tiny garden. I sure did! 

As for the dry rough hands...


it's the dirt in the teeny tiny garden. But that's okay, plants are beginning to grow. 

Looks like I'm cutting the rows off too short on this end. Shoot, there's room for more beans and peppers in these two rows. I'll fix that tomorrow, Lord willing. 

Back to Lowes...they were out of wooden tomato stakes, the main item I went for, and no eggplant! Guess I can cut a few tree saplings from around the pond to use for stakes. 

Can't go without showing you Eli and Ellie...


Oh Ellie is a big sweetie pie just like Eli. She is so smart and is already housebroken. Like Eli, Ellie responds to kind words and telling her what a good girl she is. 


This is how they both looked after chasing each other round and round the living room furniture three or four times. ..in this teeny tiny house. At first, I thought it was thundering! You should have been here!



Oh, just one more thing. There are lots of big poplar trees out here. Aren't the blooms unusual...




Such wild colors. Can't resist picking them up when the wind blows them off the tree.

Well, thanks for being here, for putting up with me, for being my friend. 

Love,
Henny

PS...The kitty cats are fine too and send their love.