“When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candle lights flicker where the air is deathly still — that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!” That is the beginning narration in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride; did you recognize it? It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I started being able to go through the ride with my eyes open… I still have difficulties – it’s scary! Well, we don’t have much cause to be scared here, unless it has to do with rattle snakes, scorpions, or some spiders -the three scary s’s – but I thought I should at least try for a Halloween themed post today. Shall we take a quick tour of the halloween farm? “There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from creepy old crypts all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here — but there’s room for 1,000. Any volunteers? (Bwahahahaha) If you insist on lagging behind, you may not need to volunteer. And now, a carriage approaches to take you into the boundless realm of the supernatural.Take your loved ones by the hand, please, and kindly watch your step.” Continue reading
As the days grow shorter and the egg production begins to decline, people have been asking, “Well, what else is there for you to do?” I think I say this a great deal in the blog – or I used to; there is never an end to what needs to be done on the farm. We do a heck of a lot of maintenance, all the time – but especially during the slower months. After the fall and winter maintenance, then comes Spring cleaning… just like in your home. Continue reading
I don’t know how you felt when you were a teenager and had just received your driver’s license, but when that happened for me, I was scared. I think I may have been an odd kid, but I really didn’t want to get my license. Yes, it was going to be good to be able to drive myself to choir, and youth group, and play rehearsals so my folks wouldn’t have to schlep me around all the time, but I was honestly afraid of driving. Don’t get me wrong, I was a fine driver, my dad taught me well and I had driven many things on the farm – drove a Caterpillar tractor starting at 9 – but not on public roads! You can hurt people!!!! Driving is a form of freedom, but it is also a major responsibility. I was scared, but I did have the courage to use my newly given freedom. I think maybe that fear made me a better driver; I certainly wasn’t cavalier about it —- until much later. Freedom is scary. Continue reading
The last few days we’ve been experiencing some of the wet, clear, cool stuff that falls down from the sky, i.e.: rain. We may have had more rain over the last few weeks than we had all Monsoon season. Please understand, I am not complaining. We will take the rain whenever we can get it. It saves on us watering, helps us to recharge the aquifer, and allows us to see how our rain catchments are working. It also helps to keep things a bit more green – even during the winter – and therefore, less of a fire hazard; however, it does make for more mowing/weed whacking work. Continue reading
The days are getting shorter and shorter as we get closer to the winter solstice. For those of you outside of Arizona, you may not know that we do not observe Daylight Savings Time, so we never change our clocks. That also means that for 1/2 of the year we have the same time as my folks, and our friends, in California. This November, California will be voting on whether to continue to adhere to Daylight Savings or not. If that passes, then we will always be an hour ahead of California. Interesting times. Continue reading
It has been a wicked long week and we are so glad it’s finally Friday! It seems like Monday was about a month ago. Rather than pick one thing to write on, like I did earlier this week, I thought I’d do one of those general run down things that we sometimes do to catch you up on what’s been happening around the farm. Shall we get started then? Continue reading
Yes indeed! I wasn’t here for the excitement , so the story you are about to hear is coming to you second hand. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. Unfortunately, I left my laptop at work -again- so I am typing on my phone which has minimal formatting options; please bear with me. Continue reading
Just taking a quick minute to let you know that we’re only doing a short post tonight because we hope to be able to report on the righting of the RCW tomorrow. If the weather can hold after the morning, Tom will be here to help us out. I’ll be in Scottsdale most of the day, so I won’t be able to be part of the excitement- but hopefully everything will go well. For now, we’ll just leave you with the weekend egg report and call it ok.
Until tomorrow, then, as always~ thanks for reading!
Today’s weather: Started off as a beautiful morning. Mostly clear and warming. Then clouds came over around 1:30 And we started experiencing scattered showers and some thunder. High today was 70. Currently, at 6:37 p.m., it is 53. We are expecting an overnight low of around 43. Rain off and on tonight until around 6 a.m.
Egg report: Saturday- zero goose, 0 duck, 23chicken. Sunday- zero goose, 1 duck, 9 chicken. Monday- zero goose, zero duck, 11 chicken.
The rain has come. It began as a mist coming over the mountains, then seemed to pick up in intensity during the morning hours; it has remained with us through out the day. There are long strings of minutes when it holds back, only to pour again as if making up for this lost time. I believe it has settled in and decided to stay the weekend. Monsoon season is over, now we must be into the fall rains. We always welcome the rain, but were hoping that it would have held off until tomorrow, or even just until later this evening, so that we could have had Tom come to help us right the RCW today. As it was, the day was too wet. Continue reading
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s the short blog day. Which is kinda good because there really hasn’t been much time to do a whole heck of a lot. We can update you a little bit on the general goings on.
1) We heard back from Ron and Kathy regarding the best way to get the RCW back on its feet. We have a few things to do tomorrow and Friday in preparation. Our friend and neighbor, Tom, has offered his help and the use of his tractor, which is a great deal bigger than Sue’s, to help set the thing up. We’re hoping that it is big enough to more or less set it down, rather than simply pull it over – which is what would probably happen if Sue used hers. Just trying to minimize any harm if we can. That can’t happen until Friday afternoon though. So we’ll use the next couple of mornings to get things ready and then hope for the best. Today, while it’s still on its side, Sue squeezed some caulking around the screws holding the roof on; they leaked a bit in the last rain.
2) Bob went back to the vet today and was given a gold star for his healing progress. We are definitely starting to see new growth around the open wound areas. The Dr. took out all the remaining stitches and told Sue just to snip and remove any others that she came across. This is all very good news. We’ve also started weaning him off the sedation pills by 1/2 a pill at a time. When we ran out for a day, he just started to get out of control so we thought we’d begin to back him off slowly so he can remember what it’s like to be normal again. He’ll go back to the vet in a month and we hope his healing will be so much more progressed that we can let him free of the cone and off the leash. Yea, Bob!
3) Either tomorrow or Friday, sometime, we’ll take another look at Leggs and see how her infection is progressing. Poor dear, she rather took a back seat in all the excitement that’s been going on. Also on the DL front, Nudie Booty continues to do well with her crop and continues to grow her feathers back quite nicely still. The two hens that are with Vicente have almost all of their bald spots regrown as well. (Vicente continues to be a sweet little rooster who enjoys being picked up and cuddled – a new experience for us.) The two Easter Eggers that we put in the RCW with the Layers are having a more difficult time adjusting, but I think – after the traumatic toppling – are slowly finding their place. The final two that we placed with the oldies have been assimilated into the flock just fine… they almost have all their feathers grown back as well. I’m not sure if splitting up the flock is the final reason everyone started to do better, or if they’ve all just been in one spot now long enough to settle down. Something happened that let them relax enough to feel secure – and I’m pretty sure it was simply some type of stresser that kept them from regrowing their feathers. We may never know. All’s well that ends well.
Guess that’s it for today. I’m hoping that by Friday we’ll be able to report that everything has been set aright. Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading!
Today’s Weather: Still a bit on the cool side this morning. I think it was 50° by the time I left around 7am. Currently, at 7:17 p.m., we’re at 65° with 42% humidity; our overnight low is forecast at 49°. Now we’re looking at getting some rain later in the week from Tropical Storm Sergio – currently set to reach us sometime on Friday. Today’s sunrise was at 6:19 and our sunset was at 5:51.
Egg Report: Tuesday – zero goose, zero duck, 20 chicken. Wednesday – zero goose, zero duck, 21 chicken.