Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Gardening: I wanted to try saving kale seeds from last year's plants. The raised garden beds are not tall enough to be safe from rabbits and I had to fence in the plants they haven't already stripped.

Book 2 is coming along nicely. I'm not a fast writer so it won't be done anytime soon, but it feels good.

Weight loss: why can't it be linear? I would avoid so much frustration and discouragement if the weight came off at a steady pace instead of nothing, nothing, nothing, whoosh, nothing, nothing...

The chickens think it's spring already (apparently they don't see the snow) and are laying very well. Also eating loads.

Forward momentum!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter weather - the pretty kind

I hurried to take pictures of the frost and it stayed all day.

Monday, December 12, 2016


We're in another cold snap here; the lows tonight are expected to be at least -6F. It was well after dark when I got home from work and when I went out to shut up the chicken coop I found a buff cochin hen sitting outside. She had got the idea to spend the night in the small, old coop and went into stubborn mode when she found the door shut. I scooped her up and put her on a roost with the other chickens so she's safely tucked in.

These are the type of dramas I like; where nobody gets hurt and the problems are easily solved.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Hello, Winter

Yesterday I dug up the gladiolas; the wind was chilly, but everything was still green.

Now they are hanging out in the basement with the plants I brought in before the first frost.

And today we have:

The footprints are from my venturing onto the deck to measure the snow depth on the table...11"!

The chickens haven't gone outside at all today. I can't really blame them; I had to change into dry pants every time I did.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


These are the hens I hatched out in my incubator last spring and that have been living on my parents' farm all summer. This week all nine of them moved into my big coop with my flock for the winter. So far they are keeping to themselves, but I expect them to integrate with the others eventually. At least there is plenty of space in my pen.

The cat stayed behind. :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mid-life Crisis?

It was a beautiful weekend which gave me a chance to enjoy my new toy before winter shuts it down.

Fueling up

Ready to roll

 It's a 2016 Zero SR + Power Tank. It goes like the wind and is silent! I am loving every minute on it, even with the bug splatter on my helmet.


My lovelies.