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I am a 50+ yr old stay at home wife of a scientist/Military man.  I raise chickens for eggs, rescue dogs & cats & spoil them all.  I am a silver/metal smith & stained glass artist.  I, at one time was an secondary art teacher & Social Studies teacher.  I am sorta a eclectic earth mother who recycles everything I can get my hands on.  Enjoy working with power tools & even built my own 10ft by 6ft chicken coop.  am pretty much interested in learning everything I can thur books, magazines & friends. I enjoy veggie gardening & doing gardens just for the chickens. I also sew & love making pioneer style comfortable clothes for myself & adding vintage lace when I can find it. I am pretty easygoing, but need my coffee first before I am ready to face the world & day.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I am awake so I shall write

                                                       Fall 2010

Good morning everyone, I woke up at 1:30 a.m. & am just sort of messing around on the computer & decided why not write a bit.  I have always been a night person, even as a child there was something nice about the dark & quiet that always appealed to me.  Now with the change of life sometimes its really hard to lay in bed when you are so hot you feel like you are in sauna, & no matter how hard you try you can not go back to sleep.   

My husband got the Norovirus & passed a mild case of it to me so I have been battling a low grade fever just over 100 for the last 3 days, not wanting to eat & sleeping whenever I can.  Nice about being a stay at home wife I can lay down when I want or need to.

Today is the day my husband goes into Military lock-down & will be on a plane tomorrow to Texas before heading to Afghanistan.  They are having a lunch for all of the military families at the Elks Lodge & the guys get to leave until 6:00 p.m. then I have to say goodbye for the time being.  & yes, me who can't drive in the dark will be coming home after dark, so it should be a lovely long drive home as I will surely miss a turn or two....lol....

But the good news is we got my military insurance taken care of so I can finally go get new glasses, which I know will help greatly.  In my middle 40's I had to have bi-focals & they seem to go the quickest for me...my distant sight is still pretty good but being a silversmith I need to see all the little details when I work.  Its funny they have no line bi-focals & they tried to get me to use that, but I said I worked hard all my life & I deserved to have the lines on my glasses.  Did I get some funny looks over that one.  I told the lady I was not vain so I didn't care if I had lines on my glasses or not.  Its amazing as you (me) gets older the less we care what we look like....I mean I still have days I miss the pretty me but overall I think that I am lucky to just be alive & if the wrinkles, ect bother you, then don't look at me.  I do have a problem though when I am said to be Thomas' mother instead of his wife...darn man has a baby face!...lol

Bowzer, my little rumpless hen who lives in the basement coop came up to see me in the house when I was done feeding them.  She has always liked having Mommy time where I hold her & she tells me about her day.  Well Porgie saw that there was a new girl in the dining room & showed off for her.  It was so cute to see him jump up on a chair so she would see him as he pranced, puffed up his feathers & looking at her crowed. This is the first time I have ever seen my boys do this.  Anytime a new female comes around they run over, circle them & then jump on them to mate....no pretty prancing or crowing or showing off.  I was quite proud of him, such a gentleman he was & never did he try to attack/mate with her...but then she was in my arms so that was a determent. 

I love the fact that I have chickens who really want to spend time with me, that they like to be held & enjoy it.  Bowzer has always been that way with me & even when its nice outside in the run she will come stand on my feet so I will pick her up so she can talk to me.  & of course I always talk back to her....lol

I finally got my garden seeds ordered last night from the company in Canada I use.  $47 worth!!  but most are herbs that will come back each year & a few special lettuce blends.  I use herbs a lot for medical needs so I love when I can get something that will grow here that I can use.   I also ordered a winterberry plant that will have to be potted & brought in in the winter, but I have always wanted to extract the oil because I love the smell of it.  But its one I will have to make sure the chickens can't get to since its considered a poison for them.  It will be nice to try & grow it though...we will see if it can handle my cold house this next winter.I also got some patio blueberry bushes that can in time be planted out in the ground & are good in very cold weather areas.  I got into a good deal with one company I use that gave me a 50% off coupon on everything I ordered so I got the blueberries, 2 raspberries that survive below freezing weather & one of those strawberry round frame thingies that is tiered with a sprinkler......I am not planting strawberries but the herbs will go in this as it will have its own watering system & since contained won't go all out over my yard...not that I mind that but it would be mowed over & that would be such a waste.  I love flowers, but with chickens I have to be careful of everything I grow that they can get into.  Hopefully when I get in the privacy fencing I can plant the so called dangerous flowers & bushes on the outside of that so the chickens can't get to them but I can enjoy them.  I adore foxglove, with all its beautiful blooms but its one that will have to wait until next year.  Its kinda nice though, because once the fencing is in I can spend next winter going through the seed/plant catalogs & have great things to plant next spring.

I am sure with all that I want to do this spring & summer I will not have time for planting those flowers....I tend to get a bit crazy when the sun is out & I can be outside.  I want to do everything but my poor old tired body says you aren't 21 anymore & there are limits to what I can get done in one day.  But it is nice to get up & know that you have fun things you want to get done.  For 2 years now I have been wanting to build a 6 foot metal Rooster that will be looking over into the chickens run...I have a lot of the stuff...all recycled...for it but since I can not weld I have to use nuts & bolts for it plus there is this great thing called engine weld that I fould years ago that if you heat up with a torch will fuse the metal together...not as tight as a normal weld but good enough for what I want it to do.  I have the pattern/design all drawn out but most of it is in my head....I see things in my head & am lucky that I can copy them with out drawings....but since this is a 6 foot sculpture I did the basics so I could understand the balance of it so the big thing doesn't do a nose dive into the chicken run with a strong wind.

I have also been wanting to make my own lye & I just got a copy of the Foxfire book that shows you how they used to do it, which is how I wanted to do it.  There is plenty of information on the web, but like everything else I try to do, I want to learn how my great grandmother did it...not the modern way.  Foxfire books have always been some of my favorite books & I had a good collection of them, but over time they have been misplaced or borrowed & not returned. I remember getting into these in the late 1970's thinking they were wonderful along with Mother Earth News.  I think I have always been backwards when it comes to the way things are done....Teach me the old way & I never forget.  There is something so pure about learning that way for me.  I do enjoy the reading of things but if you take the time to show me I am in heavon.  I also love to teach things to others that are considered lost arts.

Well I guess I am done for the moment, so will close
have a great chicken day !  M'

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