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Monday, August 2, 2021

A few teeny tiny thoughts from Henny Penny Lane

 


We mowed and mowed and mowed today! Poppy on the riding mower and me, walking my legs off with the push mower. Wouldn't have it any other way...I like walking behind the mower.

But HOT! My goodness, and HUMID! I do a lot of thinking while pushing the lawn mower and today I thought of Mama and the funny things she used to say. Tell you what I was thinking in a minute, but first...


The chickens, enjoying a big clump of grass. Funny how this ball of grass grew. It was in the half barrel where last year the Bee Balm grew. The Bee Balm was looking awful so I pulled all the plants then dumped the whole thing and found a big nest of black ants living in the bottom.


hated to break up the ant's home but left the ball of dirt and ants in the edge of the woods up at the garden where it sprouted nice green grass. Had to get Poppy to help me lift the big heavy thing. The chickens sure enjoyed it.

Oh, look who hung around with me at the garden...


Anyhow, guess it was because of being so hot and sweaty today that I was remembering a time back in the 1950s...Do you remember the glass water jugs folks used to keep in their refrigerators?

Ours looked something like this, but I was thinking ours had the metal cap in the center...that was a long time ago!


Anyhow, it would make Mama so mad to come in hot and thirsty and go to the refrigerator for a cold drink of water and the jug be empty. I remember Mama saying one time, "if the durn house would catch on fire, that water jug would be the first thing to burn"! 

Dear sweet Mama. I miss her every day.

Was thinking too about the early 1960s, two men, named Henry and Bishop...they both were bulldozer operators. In fact, they built the ponds on our farm....but they used to stop by the house after a hard day's work to see Daddy and have a drink with him. You can probably imagine how dirty they would be after running a bulldozer all day. Anyhow, one day after they had stopped by, Mama said to me, "Lord Melba, they were both so dusty and dirty, you couldn't see anything but the whites of their eyes".

Good grief! I started this post on Saturday and here it is Monday afternoon. Why didn't I go ahead and publish it?

Anyhow, here's Eli and Ellie, rushing Poppy to get his shoes on and out the door for our early morning walk...


Sometimes it's hard to see your feet. I will leave you with a very short little video of Eli walking. Wish it had been longer...He has always had the cutest little twist...


Ellie girl and I were walking behind. Sure sppreciate your visiting. 

Love,

Henny

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Garden vegetables, mostly


I know, our garden is just a teeny tiny garden and that's why my dream of filling the pantry shelves with jars and jars of canned vegetables never works out.   But we have certainly enjoyed a bounty of fresh vegetables for the table this summer...


Why, last summer the eggplant and bell pepper plants refused to grow; not even one pepper or one eggplant did I harvest. But look this year. This is the fourth big beautiful eggplant off just two plants, and I've been slicing and freezing the bell peppers. Aren't eggplants pretty!


Have plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers too. Most days I have a tomato sandwich for lunch or maybe a salad of just tomato, onion, and cucumber with a little Ranch dressing. 


Wish I could take credit for growing the corn but afraid not. The farmer that sells watermelons up the road also has a cornfield. We bought three dozen ears to put in the freezer. Need to be working on that instead of on the computer. Needed a little break. :)

Oh, and the green beans have been simply delicious. Don't know why I didn't get a picture. Guess we couldn't wait to get to the table once the cornbread was done and taking a picture was the furtherest thing from my mind. 


but you can see how big and healthy the vines are...hardly a speck of the wattle fence shows. 

Have been meaning to show you...


Dear friends, do you remember Wilder, the wild rabbit I raised three or four years ago? Well, he is still here! I find it hard to believe that he has survived all these years but Poppy says, "Mel, no wild rabbit is going to hop right up to your feet. This is Wilder"! This rabbit watches for me and actually comes up to me.  He recognizes my feed bucket. Wilder loves apple peelings. Sure makes me feel good.

Just got to show you how tall our sweet Ellie is getting...


Still not as tall as our big Eli but she is beginning to fill out and gain some weight. 


Eli patiently waiting for us. We should have named him Job. Seriously, You can say to Eli, "wait here a minute" and he will stand there and wait. There will never be another Eli!


Two sweetie pies!

Well, for sure you're bored and tired of all this. Thank you, if you are still here. :) I will leave you with the most recent  (taken tonight) picture of Eli and his bear...


Love,

Henny


 




Friday, July 16, 2021

Watermelons, Georgia, and catching up

We put two of the watermelons on the wood pile then cut one for the refrigerator...


 The farmer who lives on Hwy. 39 about 10 miles from us opened his roadside stand on July 4th. We've waited all summer for this. He grows these watermelons in a field  behind his house. These are the best! Big heavy sweet watermelons!

Remember way back when country folks, during the summertime, would keep a watermelon or two laying on the ground under a shade tree? Several years back Poppy and I went way down in Georgia...never seen such long country dirt roads...so I could meet some of his kin folk. Poppy's brother Joe and some of Joe's family drove down too.

After driving for miles and miles down a dirt road, we pulled into the driveway of Poppy's Uncle Bob and Aunt Weeda's home. They were not expecting us, so we visited in the yard. After a while Aunt Weeda said, "there's a watermelon over there under that shade tree y'all can cut if you want to".

I looked through an old picture album and found these two pictures...


Uncle Bob, Aunt Weeda, and cousin Johnny. All three have passed on now. 


and their little farm house. We didn't visit with them long, but went on to other places. There were miles and miles of old country roads Poppy wanted me to see. Poppy and his brothers and sisters were born in this little section of Georgia and would probably still be there if his Dad had not been killed in a truck accident. Poppy was four years old when his Mother packed them up, all five kids, and moved back to North Carolina, into a small two bedroom house next to her parents. 

Time sure flies, doesn't it! and the days are so busy...I've had dreaded doctor appointments, the garden to look after, and the dogs...

one being a big overgrown puppy who loves to tear up socks but she is such a sweetie pie. We've had dry weather, then all of a sudden a storm that drops five inches of rain in just a few hours...


and did you know that Guineas do not have sense enough to get out of the rain? See them in the bottom left corner of the above picture and sitting on the fence below...


There are more than enough shelters for them to get under but they refuse.

Shelby and I enjoyed the Bee Jubliee held in June...think it was the 26th?? Anyhow, here we are...


Don't know how in the world Shelby keeps all these jams and jellies made...and there were boxes and boxes stored behind us, plus she brought the usual baked goods. Shelby's goods are always a success. 


It was lots of fun and the best part was spending the day with Shelby...so much to talk about and so many good laughs. 

Oh my gosh! Here it is 9:45. Poppy will be headed this way, yawning and cutting out lights. Guess I'd better end this. I will be around to visit and catch up. One of these days I'm going to blog the right way and stay caught up. 

Love,

Henny 

Oh, and the computer was in the shop for a couple of days this week! :)




Sunday, July 4, 2021

A little catching up

Yay! Happy 4th of July everybody!! It sure is quiet down here in the woods...no fireworks, nothing, and here it after 9:00...almost bedtime.  Guess I should be thankful...

On our morning walk with Eli and Ellie I carried the camera. Here's how the teeny tiny garden looked as we passed by...


We are getting tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers so far. Tomorrow, there should be enough green beans to pick and cook.  Looking forward to that.

And we did have our first bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich...made with a juicy red tomato from the garden. I know, most folks call them BLTs. I just can't bring myself to abbreviate anything. It's strange. :)


Should have fancied up the table a little before taking the picture and I can't believe the big jar of Duke's Mayonnaise is still in the refrigerator...and no napkins along side the plates...and no bread! Eli was in a hurry.

Caught Poppy fishing...


slipped up behind him and sat down on the picnic table...just in time to see hime catch a small one...


Seems like everything has been so green and lush lately...maybe because we finally got a little rain last Friday...


Kind of a ragged looking picture. Sometimes it feels like living in the rain forest. Why I don't have houseplants! Here's looking out the bedroom window...


Anyhow, Eli and Ellie, after a long walk...


and Smokey too...


Guess I could have looked under the sewing table and got a picture of Dumperoo. He sleeps on a big red pillow there most of the time.

Well friends, it is now bedtime and still no fireworks to be heard. 

Sorry I've been away so long. The days are busy...if there's any good thing about winter coming, it's the shorter days and more time at night. By the time I wash the supper dishes and close the chicken house door and dip the ice cream...why, it's 9:00!  Hope we are still friends. 

Love,

Henny


These two are getting closer. Ellie is a sweetie pie for sure. 





Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Porches and color

Well, it's that time of the year when the pond clears up and looks pretty enough to bring us out to sit on the back porch...


and from the porch we can look down at those red lilies that grow 7' tall! I've never in my life...


Today we got a little rain and the tiniest bit of a breeze blew the tallest of the lilies over.


Couldn't leave the lilies lying on the ground so I stuck them in a vase, without a lot of arranging to make them pretty...


Anyhow, the back porch! Our neighbor Ann called and asked if I wanted their two old highback rocking chairs. She said Fred was carrying them to the dump, that I might want them to sit up at the garden...how cute that would be...

Well, it sounded good to me so I said yes! The old chairs never made it to the garden...


Oh, old and worn and comfortable. That's just what this old back porch needs...One of the chairs was blue so I've painted it brown.

The old green rocking chairs that we've used for 30 years, I moved to the other end of the porch...where they fit in pretty good...


Oops! almost forgot to show you the old chair I painted brown...


Looks like a terrible paint job, but there were spots of blue where glue had been used and the brown paint would not cover it. That's okay. The chairs sit good.

While on the subject of porches...again! We finished working on the front porch and got the little half screen door painted. Got to show you...


Remember back when we had the new french doors put up and  bought paint, the color "sweet tea", to paint the doors?? Well, I am so thankful we decided to leave the doors white. The little screen door is painted in "sweet tea" and it would have looked awful on those french doors. It still almost clashes with the red logs...but not quite. There's something I really like about the colors. 

Almost forgot, but here's a "before" picture of the little door...


It is an unusual color. Sometimes it looks almost pink. So glad we didn't use it on the new french doors!!

Our Ellie girl is growing, isn't she? and always keeping an eye on me...


Sure appreciate your visiting. Hope to be back soon.

Love,

Henny



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