Archive for August, 2012

Oak Apple Gall, More Baby Chicks, And Other Stuff

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

For the past several years we’ve noticed these little ping pong shaped balls in the yard and woods.

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They start out more of a white with red speckles, and over time they get darker. I did a little googling on them and learned they are called “Oak Apple Galls” and they are actually contain a wasp larvae. I put it in a jar and hope to see it hatch.

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And, speaking of insects, I captured a nice picture of a Hummingbird Moth last month.

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It’s hard to believe it was once one of the huge Tomato Horn Worms I find munching on my vegetable plants!

This pretty girl stopped by this afternoon.

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And, earlier today, Bernie found this adorable little bunny laying in the yard.

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I brought the bunny inside and warmed him up, and then I laid him on a heating pad. I was sad when he died an hour or so later, but I hope I brought him a little comfort to see him out.

That made me sad. But finding itty bitty chicken eggs always makes me smile.

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And, speaking of eggs, last night I checked under my latest broody for any extra eggs that the other hens may have left for her.

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I found an extra egg under her, but I also found that one of hers was pipping.

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She hatched out three of them overnight.

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If the other two hatch, it will bring us to a total of 18 new peeps so far this year. We lost two to predators, and I know there are two little roos out there that we won’t be keeping. But I’m pleased to think we will go into the winter with more chickens than we started with.

And finally…….. Christmas Spoiler for anyone on my Christmas list………. I’ve been crocheting these neat water bottle cozies for the past week or so :)

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These are a super fast and easy way to use up that extra yarn stash laying around!

We’re still canning garden vegetables, but that is slowing down a little. Finishing the outside canning kitchen is on hold for a couple of weeks as we prepare for Bernie’s family to visit.

We have had a productive and busy summer so far. I hope yours has been a good one, too!

The Canning Kitchen Progress

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

My sister, Debra, was here over the weekend and we put her to work helping us paint the old turkey coop. In a matter of two days, the outside went from this:

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To this:

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And the inside went from this:

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To this:

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Debra and I were in charge of painting the inside. We’re hoping to find a small piece of vinyl flooring to put on the floor. As it turns out, sloppy painting apparently runs in my family :) We also forgot to paint the inside of the door, but…. in our defense…. the door was open while we were painting and we didn’t realize it wasn’t painted until we had closed up the paint cans and cleaned the rollers and brushes…..

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Bernie assured us he would take care of that a little later.

Today he added some shelves, and this afternoon I emptied the spare bedroom closet of the things I stored there and put them on the shelves.

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We still have other things and a large amount of jars and lids in the sea container that we’ll move out there this weekend, but it’s nice to finally have the spare bedroom closet cleared out.

A big shout out and thank you to my sister, Debra, who always brings her work clothes when she comes to visit! She’s always so much fun and so good natured about her “working” visits.

Now that we have the storage area finished, Bernie will start working on building a floor and screening in the lean-to portion to make the canning kitchen. Many years ago a friend gave us a kitchen stove/oven that can be converted to run on propane. We’re planning to use that in the canning kitchen – if we can find and dig it out of the furthest corner of the sea container…..

And look what I found hiding under some cabbage leaves in the garden.

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She was one of the smallest I’ve found around here.

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We chatted a while and then I set her at the edge of the woods to go find her turtle buddies.

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Maybe she’ll be back to check out the canning kitchen when we finish.