Just Another Update

weekend overSometimes there’s not a huge project going on around here, or the weather is so bad that we just can’t get anything done, so we look back and say “What happened to the weekend?” Although Saturday, Sue was able to accomplish a couple of important projects, it seemed like it was just a long drawn out weekend. I suppose some are simply like that. It didn’t help that Sunday the wind started to come up something fierce. It’s difficult to do things outside when it starts up to blow. Anyway~ here’s just a short update on the weekend. Continue reading

More Wings!

IMG_1709If you read our last post, you may have noticed a hint of our newest arrivals. Sue has adopted 9 Ringneck Doves, from an older couple in Bisbee who needed to find a home for them due to health issues. They came to live with us in the middle of this week and are temporarily housed in one of the dog crates. They are dainty, pretty little things, even though some of them are in the middle of molting. They are settling in to their new environment and are even, almost, getting used to the dogs barking. Ringneck doves, also known as Cape Turtle Doves, are a gentle species of bird that have been domesticated for over 1,000 years. Though their original plumage was a mixture of browns and grays, they come now in a variety of colors, including fawn, pied, tangerine, and white. Ring-necked doves sound similar to pigeons in their cooing, and though they are not loud, they can be persistent. Some people find the noise soothing, while others will be annoyed at their cooing diligence — it is said that they rarely cease, but ours are very quiet for long stretches. The ring-necked dove is the most commonly kept companion bird of the dove family. Originating in Africa, these hardy birds can be found living happily in the wild in most of the Southern states. Because they are so hardy, they make a good choice for someone who doesn’t have the time to devote to a more attention-demanding bird. Continue reading

New Pages, New Ideas

DreamSo, we’ve added a new page to this site. Yes, there was more than just the blog! Towards the top of the webpage, there are now TWO titles: About the Adventure and Dreaming Into Reality. At the urging of our secret adviser, we’ve put together some information about what we would do if we had an extra $50, $75, $100 – $3000 dollars. What are our hopes and dreams for the place? What are the projects that have gone unfinished, or not even started, because we just don’t have the funds right now? How much would those cost? We’ve put together something that can answer those questions.  Continue reading

Special Report: Cochise County Fair

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Borrowed photo from the Cochise County Fair Facebook page.

This Saturday we took a trip to the Cochise County Fair.  We weren’t really too sure what to expect, but hoped that we’d be able to meet up with other chicken farms in the area, maybe find out who has baby chicks for sale or the like. So, we went on a beautiful Saturday morning and got there right when it opened. There were few people there yet, only those setting up booths or rides, those who had shown dogs in the morning, or those getting ready for roping competitions. We did end up watching the roping competitions for a few different categories. I tried to get photos of the young men and women, but our vantage point wasn’t the best and mostly my photos showed the fence rails and a lot of dust clouds! These kids were fearless! And quite talented. Plus we learned that you can go to college on a roping scholarship – who knew? How cool is that. Sue said she missed here calling! (Not sure that I’d agree with that.) Continue reading

We’re Just Blown Away!

Full disclosure: this may be a rather short post.  It has been so incredibly windy the last couple of days, we haven’t really been working on many projects. Keeping our nursery of trees watered has been keeping Sue busy.  Not to mention making sure that things don’t blow all over the neighborhood. Generally the wind comes from a prevailing direction, but the last couple of days it just comes from random directions. Craziness. Continue reading

Fall Planting Begins!

img_1663.jpgThe Autumnal Equinox is on Friday, September 22nd this year, but we’ve not been waiting for that date to begin our fall planting. Not that we’ve been going gang busters or anything, but we’re gearing up for our winter garden. One of the great things about Sierra Vista is that the temperatures remain quite temperate late into the year. We had some success with our little winter plantings last year, so we’ll try to expand on that this year. Continue reading

It’s Good to Get to Know People

Making a differneceWe haven’t been in the community long, but I’m beginning to see how we are becoming connected; small connections, but they really help us out. We’ve become somewhat active in the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (I’ve never been a Methodist before, but so far it seems to be working – after I got over the fact that the pastors are changed on a whim. Sah.) and we’ve met some great folks who have helped us get into Outreach in the area. With their help, we will be able to continue finding avenues for the 10% donation to our community; our effort to bring quality, whole, organic food to those who may not be able to afford it. It is still a small effort, but we will be growing. Thank you Holly and Rev. Mark, for getting us connected and encouraging us along the way. Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“I really LOVE completing a project!” That was Sue’s end of the day quote today after we came in from hanging the newest set of nesting boxes in the chicken coop. I concur with that sentiment, actually. It’s always a good feeling when you complete something you’ve set out to do and then you stand back and look at it – and it looks great! Or at least it works, anyway. This project really came together. Continue reading