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keeping chickens

keeping chickens

sometimes when you keep chickens you have to shoo raccoons out of the pen. came home to this last night – two babies. and boy did they hiss when i tried to get them... read more
my b’day … 2017 edition

my b’day … 2017 edition

very chill day, as i like it. j & i had lunch at wolfe ridge restaurant and brewery with heath and amy, a few drinks (just the two of us) at buckeye lake brewery, followed by a little staining of the deck, and andy & krisa stopping by to round out the day. oh yeah, and m hit two back-to-back homeruns at her tournament in findley!... read more
garden completely in

garden completely in

j & i went shopping early saturday morning in prep for planting the garden this weekend. he got half of it in as i mowed on saturday afternoon. we finished the rest last night. this is the largest garden we’ve ever had, and a lot of the responsibility will fall to me with upkeep. here is everything we planted this year … yellow onions red onions white onions jalepenos yellow bell peppers aristotle (green) peppers king arthur peppers ground cherry tomatoes bell orange peppers garden sage basil heinz tomatoes pink brandywine tomatoes lemon boy tomatoes cherokee purple tomatoes abe lincoln tomatoes green zebra tomatoes goliath tomatoes carolina gold tomatoes better boy tomatoes kellogg tomatoes big beef tomatoes black beauty eggplant black beauty zucchini squash spineless beauty zucchini yellow straight neck squash butternut squash cucumber cheddar cauliflower brussel sprouts acorn squash bravo cabbage (another kind of) cabbage fordhook lima beans blue lake bush beans top crop bush beans incredible sweet corn silver queen sweet corn... read more
getting the garden ready

getting the garden ready

j got home around 6p friday night and we made weekend plans to get the garden ready. it’s rained the last few days so the earth is too wet and mucky to till, but we were able to get new posts in the ground and an electric fence strung. We opted for 7′ posts (so they are 6′ once in the ground) and wire electric fence instead of the string we had last year. we also got new black insulators, as opposed to the yellow ones we used last year. i think it looks great. i am planning to till late on tuesday, as it’s supposed to be sunny the next few days, and the garden will *hopefully* go in next... read more
last day of school and this ….

last day of school and this ….

today was M’s last day of school. she came home, got bodhi and left again. i called to see where she was and told her to check in with me. the next call i got, “mom, i got in an accident.” she was okay and the other boy was okay but it scared me to death. her car is likely totaled. we had to go to the hospital to check out her wrist and collar bone, neither were broken. feeling thankful this evening. cars are... read more
early may sights on the 19

early may sights on the 19

its been a warm, wet spring. we are ready to put the garden in, but the ground is not. here are a few sights around the 19. hopefully we’ll get to till the garden again next week before putting plants in the... read more
bodhi, yori, maya, haize … oh my!

bodhi, yori, maya, haize … oh my!

it’s monday night and i’ve just arrived home after m’s softball game. lots happening around here these days. on april 13th we welcomed bodhi to our tribe. on april 20th yori came to stay with us for a few days as mom re-acclimates back home after two surgeries and a two week hospital stay. though she’s still got a lot of hurdles to jump, mom & dad decided to bring yori back to their house today. she had so much fun here with bodhi and we will all miss her, but i think both mom and yori are happiest together.... read more
signs of spring

signs of spring

we are still waiting for most of the leaves on the trees, but it’s looking pretty green around... read more
our little chicken whisperer

our little chicken whisperer

after an afternoon workshop, we had visitors on the 19 today. i texted a & k to tell them we have baby chicks; tell them they should bring the kids over. ‘how about today?’ asks a. ‘sounds great,’ i reply. and we discovered marley is a chicken whisperer. seriously, a few of the chicks just sat on her lap, quite... read more
adding 12 more to the flock

adding 12 more to the flock

i called around this morning to see what types of pullets tractor supply and rural king had. i want to add some variety to the flock. up until now, we have had four isa browns and two fancy bantams, all one year old. one of the bantams is a roo, so i wasn’t interested in any more of them. i shopped for different colors and sizes, and rural king had the best assortment. m and i went this afternoon to pick them out. we now have four black australorps, four golden laced wyandottes and four ameraucana/araucana birds of some type which will hopefully give us a lot of variety, in addition to our original six. babies and current adults are pictured below, along with images of what the three new types are ‘supposed’ to look like once grown. 5/6 of current flock “the babies”   ameraucana/aurucana adult – gosh i hope ours are this beautiful! (image from chickenbreedlist.com) gold lace wyandotte; so beautiful (image from pinterest) black austrolorps (image from... read more

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