Month: September 2020

The Continuing Saga of the Never-Ending Coop

The grass in the run was gone within a couple of weeks. The chicken bank was empty so we couldn’t build the extended run I wanted. What will we try next to keep the chickens in grass? Ta-da! With our leftover chicken wire, 1x2s,… Continue Reading “The Continuing Saga of the Never-Ending Coop”

Coop Evolution

The never-ending coop has been a constantly evolving project. We saw an A-frame coop on You Tube and adapted it with our own modifications. We wanted something we could stand upright in, and, we liked the idea of limited measuring and cutting. Each leg… Continue Reading “Coop Evolution”

Cheep-cheep, Where Will We Live?

Even though we started building the chicken coop before acquiring hatching eggs, it was not ready by the time the chicks hatched. It was not finished when they were one week old. It was not finished when they were two weeks old. I had… Continue Reading “Cheep-cheep, Where Will We Live?”

Apples to Applesauce

Last Saturday I bought a case of apples from my favorite apple orchard, Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur, NC. I have been getting my apples from there since 2012. I enjoy visiting with Beverly, the owner, each year. On my first visit, I learned… Continue Reading “Apples to Applesauce”

Well, there’s a sight I didn’t think I’d see again

As I went to my favorite apple orchard, Millstone Creek Orchards, this weekend to get apples for applesauce, I came across a sight I didn’t expect to see again after leaving Wyoming. Bison! As you enter Cheyenne from the south there is a Bison… Continue Reading “Well, there’s a sight I didn’t think I’d see again”

Knowing is not enough

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Hatching

The first chick, one of the Laced Blue Bells, hatched about 3:00 a.m., June 28th, and announced her arrival vociferously.  The cheeping was So Loud, it woke me up!  I got Oscar (eldest grandson) and Emmett (youngest grandson) out of bed to ooh and… Continue Reading “The Hatching”

Lockdown! (of the chicken variety)

“We can see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?” — S. Parkes Cadman Friday, June 7, we started 7 eggs in the incubator.  Friday, June 26th, was lockdown.  Two days to… Continue Reading “Lockdown! (of the chicken variety)”

Labor Day

As many women know, when you work full-time and a “holiday” comes up, it’s not usually a day off. That’s when you get things done that need more than an hour or two of effort after getting home from the job, already exhausted.  Sometimes… Continue Reading “Labor Day”

Storing Summer Sweetness

Seedless watermelons were on sale at the grocery store, so guess what I did?  That’s right, I fired up the dehydrator! Eating dehydrated watermelon in the middle of winter is like having a blast of summer in your mouth.  The flavor is concentrated and… Continue Reading “Storing Summer Sweetness”