Monday, April 21, 2014

Where On Earth Have I Been?

All these long months I have been wanting to blog again, but where do you start when you've been gone for so long?  Finally I decided to just start.  So here I am! 
Our logging operation finished last summer, leaving us with a nice stack of firewood. (About 16 cords.)
We ended up with three very large slash piles to burn, but could not begin the burn until almost Christmas because of the fire danger.  The neighbors were very patient, but quite relieved when the smoke finally died down.  We had one pile that smoldered for 3 months.  Every time we thought the rain had doused it, there would be a curl of smoke coming out of the top like a volcano. 




Then the red sofa and pink chairs that I brought home from my Mothers house, became the blue sofa and  yellow chairs, complete with a new yellow rug.  Mothers furniture was beautiful in her large house, but putting all of it into my limited space required a more peaceful color scheme.  I'm partial to blue and yellow because of the many months of gray skies in Oregon.



As Thanksgiving approached I realized that my black and white china would look ridiculous with the new dining room set.  So I spent weeks combing Craig's List until I found the perfect replacement.
It worked out beautifully.

Now a new chicken coop is in the works to house the 8 old hens, the 14 new chicks we bought at the feed store, and the 6 tiny chicks that one of our hens hatched.  No, we do not have a rooster.  We bought 6 fertilized eggs from a friend and slipped them under a broody hen.  She turned out to be an outstanding Mama.  What fun we have had with it.  You would think that we were new parents by the way we have carried on about it.  Everyone in our family has been sent videos of the babies every day!

We are really looking forward to summer. There is still so much to do to prepare the land for planting grass.  No grass, no  cows!  As soon as the mud dries out we will begin dragging it with a rake on the tractor and then picking up all the limbs and sticks.  Sadly, I'm afraid it will take us most of the summer, so no cows until next year.
Till next time...