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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DWARF CRAB APPLE TREE11111

 

 





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

 

 





CHRISTMAS CARD-FAMILY CHRISTMAS-MORTICIA

27 12 2015

GREETINGS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I have been either doing shows or getting ready to do shows so I wasn’t quite prepared for Christmas this year.  Presents and cards were late and some cards not at all because my printer stopped working.  Well there is next year to plan better.IMG_6203

From Cosmo and everyone on the farm 

We wish you Happy Christmas and a 

Joyous and Happy New Year

FAMILY CHRISTMAS

There were 8 of us around the large table and 6 at the teenage tale.  A full  house.

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MORTICIA

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Last night was cooler than it has been so Morticia had to keep her feet warm.  Her son Eddie is next to her.

FAMILY PICTURE

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The first child on the bottom row left is my Grandfather.  The picture as taken in Chesterfield, Mass. The picture was probably taken in the late 1800’s I presume as he was born in 1885.

Chris and Lilly Pad are here for the week.  We are planning to get a few small trees cut up and some of the big tree cut up tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have wonderful holidays.  And for my logger friends in England I hope the flooding stops quickly and thing are all okay.  Carole

 





EXCITEMENT ON THE FARM-MORE HAY-MAKING SALVE

7 09 2015

GREETINGS

Heat and humidity coming back.  

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A truck load of watermelon at the hay farm.

EXCITEMENT ON THE FARM

last night while putting my side yard chickens to bed I heard the sound of a coyote in the back .  This is the first time that I have heard that sound on this mountain range.  Often they are heard howling on the mountain range across the river.  Well I expected this sooner or later.I will have to do some researching before winter comes.

This morning the sheep were out munching on  my son’ts lawn.  Somehow the gate was unhooked.  They came right back home when they saw my son.   I wonder how that happened.  That is the first time that has happened in all the years I have lived here.  Something else that has to be checked.

How dare someone accuse me of being out I would never do such a thing!

How dare someone accuse me of being out I would never do such a thing!

A skunk is visiting the farm and I am very glad when skunks are around there are no mice or rats.

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MORE HAY

Betty and Dylan came on Saturday and got more hay and Cindy and Chris got hay on Sunday.  My barn is almost full.  The hundred bales of hay are for the spring April through June.  I will keep buying hay throughout the winter but in those spring months there is often not much hay around  this way I should be safe till next haying season.  Thanks so much.

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Cindy with a bale on the front seat

SALVE MAKING

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Yesterday I made another batch of salve.   Still have another batch brewing and the Poison Ivy Salve which I hope to make this week.

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MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Yesterday everyone was making hay.  Great weather for it.   I think that there will be a good supply of second cut although it’s pretty pricey.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful summer day.  Carole

 

 

 





MORE HAY-GOODBYE CHRIS=OPEN HOUSE AT THE FIREHOUSE-SAM

10 08 2015

GREETINGS

The whole house and yard is encased with the smell of skunk.  Its as though he was in the house!

The weather is still nice and cool but more humidity and some needed rain will be here in a day or two.

Chris left yesterday.  We got so much accomplished while he was here.  He will be back in October.

MORE HAY

Cindy met us in Greenfield and we put 18 bales of hay in her Mini Van!!!!!!  And loaded 4 bales in my car.  The total in the barn is now 42 toward my goal of 100.I won’t start using the 100 till mid march to insure that when I run out the new hay will be ready.

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 Thanks so much Cindy.  Chris and Charlie got it into the barn in no time.

SAM AND MOM

Sam the man has been here a year.  He was two yesterday.  He has changed so much and come into his own.

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 I am so happy that i got he and Owen  Although Owen didn’t have a long time here he to came into his own before he passed away.

Yesterday was another anniversary.  It was one year since my Mom passed.  Time has flown by.  I miss she and my Dad so much. If you still have parents  be sure to ask them things about your family and their lives.  I have so many questions unanswered.  When Cindy got home last night she has an old clock which belonged to my Dad’s family.  It’s never touched or wound up yet yesterday it was ticking, how interesting.

THE FIREHOUSE OPEN HOUSE

My son so enjoys being a volunteer fireman.  It’s a rewarding job   Yesterday was there annual open house.

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Good friends and family Lil meets Sparky her new hero

 Food was served, all the equipment was out and there was a smoke house that you could go into.  What a fun and educational day for adults and children alike.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a lovely day.  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