Friday, April 30, 2010
I called the school and long story short, Mrs. Wanda Daily, the schools amazing librarian and mother of one of our closest friends, asks us to take these two adorable, lost little duckies. It turns out they followed a child to school and lost their way. Part of me is glad that we can offer them a suitable home and that we're brooding other chicks right now so these little ducks can grow up as part of a chicken, turkey and duck family. Another part in me, a large part, feels just horrible knowing that there's most likely a duck mommy out there, missing two of her clutch, searching and worried.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I found Calvin, the goose. He might just be the coolest goose I've ever laid eyes upon. Calvin is friendly and sounds like a dinosaur. Gretchen didn't seem to take any notice of Calvin until he waddled over to poke around the pool, at which point Ms. Gretchen chased him away with squawks and head jabs. Since then, they seem to be getting along just fine. Right now, until it's time to plant the corn, squash and beans, they're in the Three Sisters Garden.
There was like, a million kids over this weekend. I think we had 8 spend the night and 10 during the day on Saturday. The only kid to offer his assistance to Nik was little 1 year old Leroy. Great job kid! You build a mean fire pit!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
We get a ton of birds, pretty much year round, around here. Suet can be expensive to buy and it's wasteful given that you can reuse what you already have and lessen your impact on the land. First, you need to pull out that old grease and find a small tinfoil pan to use. Our neighbor made us some yummy rum cake this last Christmas in this tin pan and we decided to reuse it.
Melt the grease in the oven, I did this in the tin can we were saving it in. I then poured the fat into our little tin pan and then poured in the wild bird seed. We bought our wild bird seed from our favorite organic farm supply store, Naomi's. Though in the future I'd like to use extra seed that I have after harvest. After you've poured the seed in, you want it pretty full, pop it in the freezer overnight.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This video is so disturbing to me. I remember when I was working at the Ronald McDonald House and we'd get free tickets to the Ringling Bros. Circus, I was so excited to hand them out and the children and families were so excited to get them. And this is what the "trainers" at Ringling were doing before, during and after a show! I'm disgusted.
No personal joy is worth the agony of another living being. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do believe in cherishing life and I do believe that every being should be treated with respect. This is why I will always respect and admire what PETA does.
Oh yes, and they also passed along some tile glue. And voila! Here's my kitchen counter top. Although I loved the tile very much, it reminds me of petrified wood, I love rocks and agates and arrowheads and such just as much. So I glued and cajoled these rocks slices and clumps and pieces down before the grout process. I then decided I needed a built-in incense burner, because I burn just that much incense, and a pretty stained glass centerpiece. I also put in a beautiful Mother Goddess bead and some crystal pieces. I just love my new counter top and the fact that there's nothing else like it on earth! Hope you enjoy too!
This is Gael Garcia Bernal, so named after one of the most handsome and talented actors of our generation. As you can see, he takes after his namesake in appearance! Absolutely adorable!!!
This is Daniel. Daniel is 2 years old and the son of a stray we picked up for a little while. Daniel is extremely playful and only really enjoys the company of Joshua, Jason and Stella. Daniel got in a fight recently with another cat while we were away on vacation in Death Valley and needed surgery on his face for an abscess that formed. We're so glad he's okay!
This is Che Guevara. I'm sure you thought you knew that Che was killed years ago, as a revolutionary gorilla fighter in South America. It is not so! Well, he was killed but he was then born again into our little Che. Che is 6 years old and is my little sweet pea. Bernal is Che's brother and the two have a love hate relationship. He loves everyone and will randomly jump on people for some lovin. He especially loves cuddling with Stella Moon at bedtime.
Now these two little beasties are Simon and Theodore. They love sunflower seeds and being left alone, although they're starting to warm up to Stella because she insists on holding them everyday. They've never bitten anyone and give us nice bedding for our compost!
And here, the pièce de résistance... the love of my life (other then my partner Nik and our children, which of course is assumed), Wyatt. We adopted Wyatt awhile ago and he's become my constant companion ever since. He's an 8 or 9 year old yellow lab and he's the best dog ever!!!
Introducing... Slim Shady! Slim is, I believe, a 15 year old ball python. Slim came to us a couple of years ago when a friend of mine went to travel in South America for a year. We offered to foster her because I was deathly afraid of snakes and I correctly surmised that I'd soon get over my irrational fears if I had a lovable snake in my home. She's been family ever since! She's really the greatest snake you'll ever meet!
This lovely lady is Big Mama. Big Mama is Arwen's mom. We got Arwen a year before we adopted her mom and Mama's a little standoffish. We believe her to 10 or 11 years old as well. She's very loving with Arwen and at this time, she's trying to teach Arwen how to head butt. It's very sweet to watch.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Introducing Roselia! Our third and final golden sex link, Jason and Joshua named her after one of their favorite Pokemon characters. And yes, she totally kicks butt!
Nineve here is a black australorp. Jasper is her sister and the two used to be inseparable. Since Nineve found the love of Ojos Negros, to be introduced soon, Nineve has eyes for no one else. Nineve lays beautiful brown eggs and for the most part, chooses to avoid everyone; goat, chicken and child alike.
Ojos Negros means black eyes in Spanish. Ojos has the most beautiful eyes; they look like they've been lined with black eye liner. She's a little standoffish and enjoys only the company of Nineve, though she lays the most beautiful blue/green eggs.
Ojos Negros' sister is Chippy, so named for her apparent resemblance to a chipmunk. The resemblance ends with her coloring, as she's a broody chicken through and through! Like her sister Ojos, Chippy lays beautiful blue/green eggs. Chippy and her sister Ojos Negros are mixed color ameraucanas.
Sasa is the second in command for our backyard flock. She's a robust Rhode Island red and she's an absolutely wonderful layer. As she was one of the first batch of laying chicken we brought home, she's quite patient and comfortable with Joshua, Jason and Stella's affections. Sasa is named for the children's Godmother, Sasa Austin. She lays really neat round, dark brown/almost red eggs.