Archive for September, 2011

Well, What Have We Here?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

When I went into the turkey coop to check on Tanya and her baby, I found her out of her nest, and in the middle of the coop floor.

And she didn’t seem especially happy to see me.

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I peeked under her wing and found a baby.

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Then I checked all underneath her, and couldn’t find another thing. The last egg was broken open, but I couldn’t find another baby.

I was disappointed.

And a little worried.

When all of a sudden, another baby popped out from under her!

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Sweet little siblings.

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Tanya is mighty proud of her new family.

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And I couldn’t be more proud for her.

Turkey Coop Surprise

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The past few months have been a blur and, although I remember giving Tanya two eggs to set on, I completely forgot when I gave them to her.

As it turns out, it was apparently 28 days ago.

Look what I found when I went into the turkey coop this afternoon.

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Just look at that precious little face.

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I didn’t get any pictures of the new baby with her mama, but Bernie got a picture of the proud daddy.

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Jake is finishing up his molt and I think he’s looking quite handsome.

Tanya is still setting on the second egg. I let her keep that one a couple of days after she started setting on the first egg, so we’ll see if she will continue to set on it until it hatches.

Remember Sarah’s little baby from earlier this year? We’re still unsure if we’ve got a jake or a jenny, so we call her Turklet for now.

And Turklet’s not much of a baby any longer.

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Turklet’s to the left of Jake, and Sarah is to the right.

So right now we have five turkeys.

I think we’re gonna need a bigger turkey coop………

Ready……Aim…….

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

While Mama was visiting with us, she asked Bernie to give her a little refresher on shooting shotguns and handguns. Bernie was more than happy to oblige. They spent quite some time discussing gun safety, and going over how the guns work that she was going to shoot.

When the time came, Bernie gave her a quick demonstration before he handed her the shotgun.

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Bernie gave her a few tips.

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And in no time at all, she looked like a pro with that shotgun.

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Look at that target swinging!

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She really seemed to enjoy shooting that shotgun.
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And she did pretty darn good!

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Then Bernie showed her how to shoot from the hip.

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Mama really liked shooting from the hip.

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Then Bernie gave her a quick demonstration of shooting a handgun.

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And mama got the hang of that pretty darn quick, too.

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My sister, Debra, came up the last weekend mama was here, and she brought mama’s great-grandson, Christian, with her. Daddy left a shotgun and two rifles for Christian and asked Bernie to teach Christian how to use them.

Naturally, the first day involved a lot of lessons on gun safety and dry firing.

The next day, Bernie started Christian out with a .22 rifle, and Christian was very eager to learn.

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And when it came time for Christian to shoot, he did not disappoint his Uncle Bernie.

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It took no time at all for Christian to get very comfortable shooting the .22.

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Bernie set up a target that can be challenging for a first time shooter – especially one that is only 10 years old.

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But Christian did amazingly well.

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In fact, it was very rare that he missed his target when he shot.

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And how cute is it watching him load his gun?

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That boy is such a joy.

Not only can Christian shoot, he can cook too! He helped me make an apple pie from apples he picked at an orchard.

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It turned out deliciously perfect.

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And a wonderful way to end a long day of shooting.

Diesel’s and Dolly’s Most Excellent Adventure

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Last week Mom and Dad put us in the truck.

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We figured we were going to the vet.

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We started out on the same big road we usually drive on.

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There’s the old school house we always pass.

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But then we turned down a road we’ve never been on.

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And before too long we were on a really, really big road.

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We weren’t too sure what we thought about that big road. Especially when we saw the truck in this sign.

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We were sure hoping that wasn’t a picture of OUR truck.

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But after a while the world got a little flatter.

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And we relaxed a little.

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And then it got hotter.

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We knew we were far away from home when we saw these trees.

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And this river.

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And then when we saw this sign……

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We got very, very happy.

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And soon we were at my Mamaw’s house!

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Our cousin, Oliver, showed us around.

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We played for a good, long while.

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And then, after such a long day, we rested.

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Boy, oh boy, did we ever rest.

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And before we knew it, we were back in the truck.

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But this time, we had our Mamaw and Oliver with us!

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And having Mamaw and Oliver with us made this trip go very fast. Before we knew it, we saw this sign.

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That made Daddy smile.

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And that made us smile.

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We’re not sure how Oliver felt about it.

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But we *are* sure that now this is Oliver’s most excellent adventure.

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The end.