CHRIS CONFIRMATION AND AN UNEXPECTED STOP-GETTING THE CHICKENS OUT-USEFUL TOOLS FOR THE COOP- NEW ARRIVAL OLIVE

16 05 2016

GREETINGS

CHRIS CONFIRMATION AND AN UNEXPECTED STOP

Yesterday my Son and his family and I went  to the Confirmation of Chris.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the gathering of families after the service. Cindy made the cake

 We stopped to pick up their family cat Lilly Pad and were on our way home  we saw an accident that had happened  a few minutes  before.  It was a horrific accident with 2 people injured.  My son who is a fire fighter and First Responder immediately got out to help. We all sat in the car hoping for good outcomes for the two people injured.  It made me think of how we take things for granted in  life.  There were many people there who were EMT’s, First Responders and people directing traffic  who just stopped to help.  It took the police and other emergency personal time to get there after the first 911 call.  It was teamwork in action, everyone working to keep these people comfortable. I am grateful for all the people who give their time and energy to help others in need.

GETTING THE CHICKENS OUT

Its time for the chicken s to all be out.  Charlie and I have been working on the side area.  The hawks and birds of prey are abundant this year.  With warning going out to all  with chickens, cats and dogs to carefully watch them.  In face book today there was a smaller dog who was grabbed by and eagle but the eagle couldn’t lift it.  The dog survived but will carry the scares both emotionally and physically.  I have the area almost covered just a few more places to be secured.  I hope to get them in the yard tomorrow.  Today we will finish up and get the water and food dishes ready.

USEFUL ITEMS IN THE COOP

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These four items I have found useful in the coop. A small spray bottle, a long handled kitty litter scoop  a small covered trash can and a mirror.  The spray bottle can be used here to stop roosters from attacking .  It works well for Eddie, now all I have to do is show him the bottle and he goes on with his business.  I have also used it to break up small arguments between hens.  I use the kitty litter scoop to clean up  the coop every morning.  A 5 minute clean up keeps the coop fresh and saves on bedding.   The mirror has served them well and is useful when a chicken has to be separated from the group.    When Eddie was separated from the  group he spent most of the day preening himself and talking to the big man in the mirror. I use the trash can to Collect the clean up .  All four have proven their use and hang right inside the coop door.

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A new hen will be arriving at the farm on Tuesday.  She will have a few weeks in the side yarn pen and live in the dog house till she is acclimated to the other chickens.  She is coming from a farm in Belchertown where she is alone.  She is 4 and lays every other day in the summer.  I am looking forward to the new addition.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

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HAPPY NEW YEAR-REPAIRING A QUILT-COSMO AND CHANGE-SEED CATALOGS

3 01 2016

GREETINGS

HAPPY AND HEALTHY NE YEAR.  May this New Year bring you joy and happiness.

With immune system difficulties I am sick again and slowly recovering.  I did get over a nasty cold which I had over the holidays.  My resolution this year is to keep my immune system in top shape .  We are getting the coldest weather of the year tomorrow.  I have enjoyed this long spurt of warmish weather.  Got so many more things done outside this winter.

REPAIRING A QUILT

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My Grandmother was a seamstress I am not, but I do love to sew.  My friend Fran and I are so grateful to our Mom’s for teaching us that skill. I started  helping my Mom  treadeling the machine  while she sewed I was around 5 at the time.  She made all my dance recital costumes, slip covers and clothes.

I made this quilt in the late 70’s and now its in dire need of repair.  It was made in pieces and I would sit in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights sewing.  Most of the fabrics are from old clothing.  The red and white leaf is from a maternity dress I had made.  

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COSMO AND CHANGE

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I am getting to know Cosmo in many different ways.  I realize change upsets him immensely.  The holiday week that Chris was here Chris slept in my upstairs bedroom.  Cosmo  got sick and  he is fine now.  This has happened when things changed before.  His life has been full of change last but not least an eye operation and moving here.  I will try to keep things constant for him.

Chris was a big help , bringing in the grain is a big task that I didn’t have to do last week Yea.

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SEED CATALOGS

The seed catalogs have been arriving since before Christmas.  Wonderful to look at and plan

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my log.  Carole

 





FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





BLUEBERRY PICKING-MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR-HELEN-A CAT STORY

17 07 2015

GREETINGS

The hot and hazy summer day are here but Wednesday night brought low temps and a cold breeze.  The days of summer are having me doing things that I love, making vinegar. drying herbs, putting up food and trying to stock  my shelves for the long winter ahead.  Oh how I wish for a couple of acres then I would hardly have to visit the grocery store.  But I will make do and be grateful for the land that I have.

BLUEBERRY PICKING

On Wednesday  Chris and I, Lauren, Charlie  Tyler and Lil went blueberry picking.  Li ate more than she picked.

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 The farm is along route 2 about 10 minutes from the house.  Its located on a hill top overlooking the valley below.

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 The berries were huge and in no time we had 16 pounds and Lauren and family had a little less.

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I am hoping to get 50 pounds picked this summer.  I freeze them on cookie sheets and then bag them up.

MAKING HERBAL VINEGAR

I have been making Herbal Vinegar since I was in my twenties.  I use them and give them away as gifts.  Today I made a Dill/Garlic, a Rosemary/Garlic and a Oregano, Thyme and Garlic .

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HELEN

She has made a remarkable recover and will have her stitches out on MOnday.  SHe is eating me out of house and home, making up for lost time.

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 We are working on her new home today.

A CAT STORY

I had a beautiful white cat named Ernest Dodge.  He was one of the many rescue cats that I had gotten.  He ran and played the days away.  One day I noticed this small black cat looking in the living room window watching Ernest only.  I am not taking any more cats I have way too many I said.

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She was at the window watching  Ernest  everyday with this loving look.  I started feeding her and in two weeks she was at the vets getting fixed.  SHe followed Ernest everywhere, cuddled with him it was pure love.  I found this old picture of Ethel Dodge (both  cats named for a  great Aunt and Uncle who meant so much to me) and all the wonderful memories came flooding back.  Animals come and go in my life, each one is special, each one I am grateful for no matter how they have come into my life, and yes more animals have knocked at my door and I have let them in.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful summer day.  I hope you are enjoying the day.  Carole 

 





CHRIS ARRIVES-FLOWERS AND THE GARDEN

15 07 2015

GREETINGS

July weather is here, hot and sticky.  Today its cloudy with more chances of rain.  Getting cooler tomorrow though.

CHRIS ARRIVES

Chris arrived yesterday evening.  We have lots planned including getting an area ready for Helen and hopefully, getting Eddie’s NO CROW collar to stay on him so he can be out with her. SOme carpentry work computer stuff and fishing.

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UNEXPECTED SURPRISE

Several years ago my friend Lynn gave me some Poppy seeds.  They finally got spread last fall, now beautiful pink poppies are coming up in the oddest of places.  Oh how I love that.

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FLOWERS AND THE GARDEN

SWEET ANNE

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CONEFLOWER

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PATIO PLUMB TOMATOES

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Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





HAPPY JULY-GOODBY GARY-HERBS AND OTHER THINGS DRYING-CHRIS TACKLES THE BATHROOM CEILING

3 07 2015

HAPPY JULY

Sunny today and rain on the 4th. Parades and fireworks over the weekend.  We have had so much rain, lots of it was  torrential. The last rains washed more mud in the barn.  Chris got the barn ready for the next rains.

GOODBYE GARY

Gary Left on Tuesday and may be back for The Crafts of Colrain in November.

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FISHING

I took Chris, Tyler and Charlie fishing over the last two days.

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TYLER AND CHARLIE

TYLER AND CHARLIE

 Otters were frockling on the banks and in the waters, we saw and were very near a copperhead snake and enjoyed watching a duck and her babies swimming up the river.  No fish though.

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DRYING HERBS AND OTHER THINGS

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The dehydrator has been going non stop.I have dried basil, peppermint, rose petals, dill and eggs shells.  Yes I do dry my own egg shells and crush them with some herbs and feed them back to the  chickens.

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  It saves me from buying those heavy 50 pound bags of oyster shells.  I am also drying plantain for the poison ivy save which I will start soon and comfrey for the healing salve.   Now I have to look for some gallon size pickle jars to put all these dried things in.  The house smells wonderful everyday.

CHRIS AND THE BATHROOM CEILING

The bathroom ceiling in this old house was the original ceiling of plaster, the only plaster ceiling left in this house.  The bathroom is a small odd shaped room with a 6 foot claw foot tub, a sink that someone built in the 60’s (someone  with no knowledge of plumbing or stye).

held up with scrap lumber and with plumbing that astonishes the plumber

held up with scrap lumber and with plumbing that astonishes the plumber

he bathroom needs a huge makeover which I don’t have a lot of money for.  The ceiling was sagging in spots and had lost some of its plaster so it was time to take it all down before it fell.  I started it and Chris did the major portion and now its down.  WHen I have some extra money I will have someone put up a new one. 

 

I am still getting my garden in at this late day.  The Farm Stand where I get my plant starts and veggies in the summer is done selling plants and gave me a flat of basil and some other plants including 75 leek starts.  My peas did not do well at all not one pea pod.  Planted too late and then rains and heat did them in.  Beets are up and so are radishes.  I had to replant the string beans as so few came up.  Its and interesting year for the garden.

Hope you have a wonder day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 





MYSTERY ILLNESS IS STILL A MYSTERY-GARY COMES-CHRIS IS COMING FRIDAY -LIL FINALLYS FINDS AN EGG

24 06 2015

GREETINGS

We had another day of crazy weather yesterday.  Heavy rains, thunderstorms, Tornado warnings. Today is wonderful summer day.  This morning Lil found an egg.

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MYSTERY ILLNESS

The medication has not improved me at all so I will probably stop taking it soon. I think I have a form of Lymes disease which is often not diagnosed.  Further investigation is necessary.

GARY COMES

Gary came yesterday to spend some time here and may come back to help me out with the Crafts Of Colrain.  

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Unfortunately on the way home my car overheated and had to be towed home.  David can fix it and  will be back driving around tomorrow.

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Today Gary turns 65 and we celebrated his birthday with a CHrista Snyder Cake .   Lil helped Gary blow out the candles and loves cake.

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Chris is coming on Friday and will spend a week here.  I sure can use his help.  We will be working on the downstairs of the barn and a new website, fishing and swimming.  HIs Mom and friends will visit on Friday too.  How exciting.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole