Monday, May 4, 2015

Breaking The Mood

While I was building I had the radio on listening to Christian speeches and songs. Vince Gill came on singing "High On That Mountain" not sure that is the title. Anyhoo these girls settled right down.... Thank you VG!

Let me start by saying I truly love my chickens. When something isn't right in the little flock it shows right away. About a week and half or so ago my girls were trying to tell me that something wasn't right in their coop. I paid attention but couldn't figure it out! I freshened everything up meaning I dusted (bug killer) and cleaned their coop. I put a new larger feed pan in the coop. Opened it up for some freshness. And still was having issues! Each time I noticed a hen who was a bit stand offish. Crabby. Told me that she wasn't wanting me to mess with her. At first I gently lifted her and stole the eggs from under her. Then I noticed she wasn't leaving that nest and I had fewer eggs everyday. She had got in the "mood" to sit on the eggs. Broody! As the days passed she got worse and the girls who were just trying to lay an egg were fighting with her over that one box even though there are 11 more boxes to choose from.
These two ended up fighting for space
Well as I said a week and half later I started to really pay attention. I would go out 2-3 times a day to pick her up to get her out of the nest. This turned into something not pleasant for either of us. 
I decided I needed to look up a solution. We do not have a rooster so her sitting on eggs was pointless. The other girls were definitely upset!
Lot of bickering going on right here
I googled broodiness to see the official meaning (something I do a lot) then noticed that The Chicken Chick had a blog on Caring for a Broody Hen .

I popped over to read her blog and of course found all kinds of great info. Then something caught my eye The Brood Breaker .
I did not realize that this was possible! Then again I have never had a flock without a rooster before. This was great for us right at this moment. She took a rabbit hutch and turned it into something to hold her broody hens to change their overall mood. The whole meaning was to make them uncomfortable not miserable. Changing their atmosphere got them out of the mood. My solution!
Do you remember the goat crate Mtn Man made for our trip to pick up the buck. Well I took that and added some wire to the top then turned it upside down. Added wire all around the sides cuz it was mostly slates and didn't want the chance a critter could get to my girl.

On a farm you do a lot of creating if you have supplies for it. Nails, screws, wire and a few boards. Tools I used was a cordless drill, wire cutters, hammer and a cordless rotary skill saw. I added a roosting bar, couple of corner boards and some smooth wire to weave in the cracks were the wire mesh met or overlapped.
Little side note....Shorty got a haircut on Saturday and there is a lot of hair left over from that. So in my brain I thought well maybe if I throw some under the crate it would deter the critters from trying to get my girl too! Never know!
Ok so the one thing I see I left out was I lifted this crate off the ground set it on a couple of logs. 
Now I had to make a door for this box. I had to think on this a bit but I came up with a solution. I am not a handy craftsman just want it to be useful and practical. It doesn't have to be purdy! I took 4 slabs of wood , some wire, a few screws and nails.

Added a few more boards to keep in place and we had a Brood Breaker of our very own!! 
I added our Broody Hen and she made some noise now!

I had to close the front door of the chicken house and open up the back so the girls wouldn't be to upset. About half hour later she settled down 
The other girls were so happy! They gave me 7 eggs yesterday! Wahoo!

Happy Coop Makes For A Happy Mama! Love My Girls!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Passage

 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.…
Ephesians 2:5-7

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Saturday, May 2, 2015


If ya get a chance check out my first post on Missouri Women Bloggers site. 
It is official I am a guest writer there! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Garden Is Planted

 So today we were very productive!

I know I put a graph of planned planting but it seems to always change when I actually get out there.
I also had to re-evaluate as some of the goods will not be put in until the fall garden. I just get so excited! 

So from the top on the right below the strawberries..... green beans x2 rows and some snow peas to finish off one of those rows. Red onion seeds x 1 row...1/2 Row( about 4 places of Orange tomato seeds (experiment) then 2 Roma tomato plants next row 4 Big Boy Tomato plants  2 Roma Tomato row Pepper plants both green and jalapeno 4 plants each.
 Next row Walla Walla onion plants.....

Red Onions in the next row...

 2 mounds down towards the bottom with pumpkin and watermelon.
From the top on the left below the asparagus.....5- 10 ft long mounds of potatoes...bottom end is mounds of zukes, yellow squash, lemon cukes, 2 varieties of acorn squash and up the fence line is Sunflowers.
This is the only thing left to plant...Okra will go here again this year. Will plant at the end of the month. I follow the moon signs and tend to get a bounty when I do. I tried to follow it the best I could this year but weather had us delayed on some items. I have faith that God will still bless us with a bounty to share with others! 
Even got the car washed and vacuumed today.....

Thinkin I will treat myself to a little cranberry home made brew......been one productive day!!

Until tomorrow.....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sample Writings

 This is a sample from my book I thought maybe I would share a piece with you all.
Warning You may need a box of Kleenex.... 
Please be considerate and DO NOT COPY! This is my true life experience and is mine and only mine to share. I am writing for a future book. Thank you gracefully!!!

Tuesday- March 25, 1997
I heard his keys rattle at the door of our apartment as he slowly opened it. His head hanging low and his face as white as a sheet I asked him, “Why are you home early?” I jumped out of the lazy chair I was sitting in watching the late night news.  I grabbed the remote and turned off the television. From the expression on his face I could see that it was something terrible. Kenny said, “I have some really bad news about Rick and Tina.”  I was instantly sick to my stomach when my intuition kicked in, the kind that only a mother can feel. I immediately went into hysterics screaming and crying back at him “NOT MY BABIES, PLEASE GOD, NOT MY BABIES.” He tried reaching for me but I pushed him away. He reached over again just in time to catch me as I was falling to the floor. Collapsed in a heap on the floor where my knees had buckled under me, I felt my life energy draining out of me. My mind was racing trying to digest this news that he has yet to finish telling me. He was cradling me while on his knees and said, “They were in a bad car accident and nobody survived.” In my garbled hysteric screaming cry I demanded how he found out. He replied, “Henry called me at work.” I then sucked up my sobbing tears and whatever strength I could muster to stand breaking free from his hold. Frantically grabbing for the phone to call Henry, Rick’s brother. I wanted to hear the news for myself. When I first tried to call him the line was busy so I called my best friend, Rebecca. She answered the phone; I started screaming, “PLEASE TELL ME MY BABIES ARE OK.” She replied crying, “I’m sorry sweetie, but I can’t” (Henry had called her only a few minutes before while he was trying to reach Kenny, so she knew what had happened). We were only on the phone for a minute before I hung up to try calling Henry again.
 Finally reaching Henry at his mother’s house, I asked softly crying, “Henry is it true? Please tell me that it isn’t true.” He said “It is.” I dropped the phone screaming, “NOT MY BABIES, PLEASE GOD NOT MY BABIES!” I picked up the phone again while on the floor cradled between Kenny’s legs and asked to talk to my father who was there with the grieving group of family. “Hello,” he said. I replied crying, “Daddy this hurts badly. What am I going to do? Is this for real? They can’t be gone. Are you sure that Rick isn’t playing a really bad joke on us?” He said “No, it is true and if you had just stayed in the church (Jehovah’s Witness) this might not have happened.” To which I replied with shock in my voice, “What? You didn’t just say that.” In the background, I could hear my stepmother yell, “Don, No, No, No” and I hung up the phone. In my private thoughts I was wondering if I was really that bad of a daughter that he felt compelled to blame these deaths on me? Turning to look at Kenny, crying, I said “Can you believe he just said that to me? How could anybody, especially a father, say such a horrible thing to his daughter who just found out that her kids are dead?” My body was trembling out of control, tears and emotions I had never felt before now. My heart was aching so bad that I thought it would burst right out of my chest.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Simple Home Remedies

I stole these from the blogger listed below. If ya get a chance check it out. Great info! Be sure to check out the medicinal link....
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Clearing The Brush

This for me personally is a challenge in this part of the country. Between the snakes, bugs and the poison vines I really have a hard time mostly mentally (not because of work) but sometimes physically!

We worked on the spot across the creek that was obstructing our view of the goat pen.

 It looks much better...


 I ended up with a good dose of poison oak, ivy something! I can only guess that a vine swiped me across the face when we were clearing....doggonit! I woke up the first morning and I looked like somebody punched me in the face...then comes the ooze! This is the beginning of a long season...I have attracted the poison vines all my life! If they are about well I end up with it....I have had it so bad in the past that I ended in the emergency room from oozing from the Inside Out (Throat, Nether regions, lungs etc) ! 

It is getting better but will take time.....I have used vinegar & baking soda (burned like hale), Tecnu seems to be my go to stuff most days. The other that is healing this pretty good is Ivy Dry. It stings pretty good on some parts of it but it drys it out real nice. I look forward to better days without this stuff!
I will not be participating in any brush clearing for a bit unless I know for sure that there is no poison vines anywhere!!!

Off to mow at JG's will take a look at the cemetery may not mow it today maybe tomorrow we shall see.
Have a great day everybody!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Passage

Yesterday I was thinking and for me sometimes it means having a chat with the man upstairs. I was walking to the chicken pen and asked out loud wonder what scripture I should share in tomorrow post. And in popped Prov 3:10. Couldn't recall what it said but said alrighty will send it out.

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

May all your efforts be blessed!
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Friday, April 24, 2015


Some like it Some hate it! 
I personally don't mind laundry I just don't like to fold it...
I also am allergic to most detergents so I buy the free of everything kind. This includes the dryer sheets too!

I learned a trick years ago from my bio mom that I still do to this day. I add vinegar to the wash. Vinegar has all kinds of great properties that help enhance the wash. Such as red clay comes out of clothes, takes awful smells out of the clothes and overall makes them more brilliant I think. When I use vinegar I just add about 1/4 -1/2 cup of it to each load whether I use bleach or not. Gets them clean!!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Preparing The Potatoes

 I am settling into the new schedule and so is everybody else.
Today I want to talk about pre planting. I have come to realize that there are those who have no idea that you can or should do certain things with certain items before planting.
For instance, when planting potatoes you really should prep your seed potatoes before planting.
What I mean is this...Seed potatoes have eyes on them and most times they are already putting on sprouts from those eyes. Take a knife and cut the potatoes in to pieces leaving at least one eye in that piece. Doesn't matter the shape or the size really. I prefer leaving some meat on with the eye so that my potatoes have a little something to get them started. Like this....

Place them on newspaper or in my case paper plates and in a warm spot not necessarily a sunny spot just warm(60*). After a couple of days I will turn them up so the meat can harden off (they may turn a dark gray and they look like a bad scab on them-DO NOT CUT THIS OFF!!). You want them to harden off before planting in the ground so the bugs don't eat them up. They tend to shrivel up a little too this is ok. This process takes about 3-4 days. Now they are ready to plant!


The other one I prepare is my sweet potatoes for "slips". I had some from last year still in the box. I found some that felt firm not mushy or shriveled. I washed them off. Found my jelly jars because my SP are small added water and placed them in the jars. The ones that were to small I used toothpicks to hold them up out of the water like you would do to an avocado seed. 

When the green grows to about 3-4 inches you pull them off and put them in a bit of water to grow their roots. Then they are ready for planting! Will keep ya updated on the progress!

Have a great day!

Ps. Can you believe it 500 posts? Boggles my mind that I have had that much to say! LOL!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


 A few days ago we woke to a heavy fog in the valley.

About a day later these beauties showed up again and I was ready for them!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Garden Plan

Tomorrow I will finish planting with what I have. I need to get beet seeds and sweet potato slips. I am going to try to grow my own slips from last years sweets.Garden wont be as full as last year.Planning on having a fall garden for canning.

UPDATE: Still frosty here this morning so will limit what I plant until after the first of May.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Passage

 But the natural, non spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaning-less nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them (of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them) because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. 
 1 Corinthians 2:14

If ya get a chance stop over at this address and give it a read!

Remember to say your prayers....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


I finally got the bug to plant! I did get three rows planted of beans and onions. Wahoo! So it starts.

Last weekend Mtn Man tilled the garden up after the garden sat fallow all winter. The dirt is beautiful! We made comment that only a farmer would comment on how their dirt looked! LOL! I wasn't the only one making comments about the dirt....kind of funny if ya think bout it!
Today FIL brought his little tiller over to till a section for me so I could plant a few seeds. Worked up so nice! Very happy to have started at least.

Red Candy Onions

Tomorrow we have some storms poppin by so will wait to plant my tomato and pepper plants I picked up this morning at the market. I also picked up some seed potatoes, red candy onions and red onion sets at the farm store today. Oh I can't forget I picked up more contender bean seeds. These all will have to wait until these storms pass on through. Don't want to take the chance they get destroyed by hail.

MIL mowed my yard today am so grateful to her. FIL used the trimmer for the yard while I planted. They are wonderful folks so fortunate to have great Inlaws as Inlaws go! Yesterday I mowed both of my paying jobs (JG & Cemetery) spending most of 8 yrs of the day. I was tired!! 

Ok I am off to rest my weary head! But first I have to go finish my chores....put chickies to bed and the goats in their pen. They love that freedom of grazing these days! I look forward to getting the fence up so they can graze freely.


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