Saturday, December 29, 2012

Little Friday Blizzard

We were supposed to get some ice and a slight chance of flurries. The Ozarks got 
almost 5 inches of the white stuff.

Putting up the poultry in the snow along with Zilla in tow.

As the sun sets our world is covered in white flocking.

Finally, the tiny LED tree looks full dressed in snow. It is so bright you can see it from space.

Osa thinking about running in the snow.

My husband posing in the thickening snow and ice.

Snowy Cardinal

We feed black oil sunflower seeds in the winter. All the wild birds come and empty the feeders daily.



So pretty in the snow.


Christmas Ducklings

I did not have hope for a broody duck in winter to have a viable hatch. Well, she did and we got 5 ducklings freezing on the coop floor. I put then inside my brooder box and 4 survived. I needed to clean the brooder box so our ducklings got a bath. They were supervised by our alpha cat, Ump. She used to be small, so we called her Imp; but she gained weight, so now we call her Ump. After a few minutes we moved the ducklings back under a heat lamp in the clean brooder. Everyone was happy after bath time.





My adult ducks have discovered the heated water bowls. Why go to the cold pond when there is a hot tub in the poultry yard? So I have to chase them out of the bowls now. We now have 20 adult ducks and four baby ducks.

Monday, December 24, 2012

White Christmas Wishes

May everyone have a wonderful Christmas. And may everyone share in the joy of the season.
Poppy wished for snow and is sharing it with us.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hedgehog Pillows

I made these for the people who performed my surgery last month. Just a thank you handmade in the Missouri Ozarks. The hedgehog is the name I gave the pain I felt from a calcified fibroid. I felt like I had hedgehogs inside my abdomen. And when they were removed I felt so much better.

I used suiting samples to make the spikes.

Wool and silk sewing on top of cotton makes for soft little hedgehogs. No more uterus means no more fibroids and no more pain. I am so glad I finally found a doctor who correctly diagnosed me. I had gone through several Ob's over the last 13 years in Houston, TX and none got it right. It took a small town GP in the Ozarks to figure out what was wrong. And I went to Baton Rouge to have the surgery. They have very talented experienced OB surgeons there at the Woman's Hospital. Funny how life can turn out. 

Spring Plant Planning


I have been taking note of what made it this year and what I want for next year. I will add beans to my expanded garden. Peas, butter beans, snap peas, pole beans are up for space in the garden. Zucchini is now my favorite squash. Easy to grow and several summer meals from just a few plants. They just take up a lot of garden space. Lettuce did well until the heat made it bitter. Tomatoes ruled this year for me. I had a ton. My potatoes and yams took a hit from Mr. Mole, but I still have plenty. Next year I am planing them in cages. My cucumbers did great until the heat got them. This summer might be just as dry and hot as this last one. I will add more heavy mulch and use the shade of the trees if I can. 
This year I will plant Wisteria for my chickens, protecting them from eagles and the sun. I love the smell and the color those vines give. Dahlia's did very well for me, they are a no work flower to have in the garden. I was able to have several bouquets to share in spite of the beetles. Growing plants without pesticides will test your skills and patience in the growing season. But I was happy with this years bounty. I'm looking forward next years garden.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snowy Train Town

Last week I got to go to the local Habitat for Humanity resale store and this train village was set up and running. The owner of the store has collected these trains and figures for years. He displays them every Christmas for all to enjoy.







Mushroom King

Here is a huge gold mushroom found on our land. It was growing out of an old rotten
oak tree. It was nibbled on by the forest critters.

Here is my smallest rooster, Little King. He is the exact copy of his grandfather rooster
except 1/2 the size. Little King is about the size of a tissue box. He is always on the move
protecting his hens. I've heard that bantam roosters can be trouble, but he is a great rooster.

Frosty Morning

Chicken breath frozen on the inside of the coop. They had a heat lamp on and 
the glass froze into a neat pattern.

Scrub grass

Frosty oak leaves



I had to break the pond ice so the ducks could swim.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gracie

Here is 9 week old baby Gracie a red border collie pup. She will be a pal and a farm dog for our neighbor.
I am sure she will be joining my dogs Osa and Zilla around our farms soon enough. 

T-Shirt Time

Several T-shirts arranged on my design wall waiting for approval from the owner.

Here is my friend approving her shirt layout for her quilt.
I am showing another quilter how to put one of these together. It is a fun way to use up old t-shirts.
About 36 shirts were used for the top and the back of the quilt will be the shirt backs. She gets space in her closet and the shirts get recycled into a usable quilt.