Candid Reflections

July 31, 2008

From the Garden

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — Tags: , , — candid reflections @ 6:27 am

We’re beginning to harvest the first fruits of our labor in the garden!

Green Beans
Green Beans
Purple Cabbage
Purple Cabbage
Green Pepper
Green Pepper
Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts

We enjoyed green salad, steamed beets, and steamed beet greens on the table last night.  Yum.

July 30, 2008

Lunch With Some Chicks

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — Tags: , — candid reflections @ 12:01 am

The Historian, my oldest little fella at 12 years, has a fondness for a particular group of red-heads.  And I just gotta tell ya, these red-heads have a fondness for him in return… seriously, they flock around him! 

We have a bunch of red heads that live down the hill from us, and the other day the Historian decides he’s gonna prepare some lunch for them.  First he asks if he can take some lettuce from the garden to make a salad from.  On his way out of the garden he grabs a few radishes.  Then he gets this notion to get all epicures and pick some fresh dandelion greens to add to the mix.  I would have served the dandelion in a tea myself, but he didn’t have time to mess with brewing tea.   Did you know that dandelions are quite nutritious?  Honestly, dandelion greens have more nutrition than broccoli, and more vitamin A than carrots.  They also have laxative and diuretic properties.  A weed, go figure!

Anyway, by the time he arrived at the red-heads’ gate, he found them gathered and waiting.  He presented them with the salad he’d made; most of the girls dug right in, and to the ones who were a little more reserved, he hand fed them himself. 


Such a gent he is, he makes his mama proud.








I just had to grab a shot of this pretty little red-head, aren’t her highlights dreamy?  If I could get color like that, I’d definitely go red!

July 21, 2008

One of Life’s Lessons

Filed under: Everything Else, Life in the Sticks — candid reflections @ 9:28 am

I was out the other evening, walking the back forty (more realisticaly – back four, I’ve just always wanted to say that) when I came across these two marked graves.

I’d never noticed them here before, but I was pretty sure that I knew the occupants of these two resting places. 

Do you remember back in May when I posted pictures of our adorable baby chicks?  Well, you can’t tell it from the pictures, but two of our baby chicks came to us deformed.  And if being crippled wasn’t bad enough, they had the rest of the brood attacking them… just because they were a little different and weak… ruthless, I tell ya!  I guess it dosen’t matter what walk of life you’re from, there’s always gonna be a bully… just waiting to come out of the woodwork (or wood chips in this case.)

Anyway,  my kiddos had great compassion on these two little gals.  They made them their very own living quarters, seperate from the others.  They named them (one they called Love , and the other was Club for her club feet), nursed them, held them, and loved them.  Unfortunate for the little gals, this was not enough to keep them in the land of the living… they both passed away leaving my children feeling down troden.  My two eldest set off to bury the little chicks and that was the last I’d heard of it.  Until I happened upon this…

and this…

I just love my little boys, and their great big, tender, compassionate hearts! 

I payed my own respects, then walked away with a smile in my heart.

June 24, 2008

Workin’ the Land

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — Tags: , — candid reflections @ 9:18 am

Living out in “the sticks” is a blessing for the most part.  However, if you’re not careful, you just might turn around one day to find that the sticks and briars are infringing upon your territory… and if you don’t do something aggressive about it soon, they’ll take over every last acre!  These are the kinds of things you might find us doing an occasional Saturday, or two, or three – a little periodic reclaiming of the land.            

June 23, 2008

Country Security

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — candid reflections @ 10:22 am

When you live out in the country with kids, chickens, and a garden to protect, you need to have yourself a darn good security system.  Nothing compares to the peace of mind you’ll find in having a “bad boy” like this around the place.

Not only does this fella make noise, but he turns into a fierce, ferocious fighting machine if his alarm is set off!  Why, just two summers ago he got into a squabble with a cougar that left him with fifty stitches – this boy is a bit territorial and he felt the need to give that cougar a lesson in boundary lines.   

I’m thinkin’ I’m grateful to be a welcome member of his territory.

Good Ol’ Boy.

June 2, 2008

The Hens

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — Tags: , — candid reflections @ 6:53 am

A little up-date on the chickens.  They don’t look like this anymore:

They’re growing up! 

They’ve gone from cute and cuddly to gangly and a little awkward…adolescence?

Soon, we’ll let them out of their box to scratch and explore God’s green earth, and all the bugs thereon.  They are just itching to get out and investigate.   But for now, sorry girls…you’re still too young and vulnerable to fly the coop just yet. 

IN you stay!

May 24, 2008

Beautiful Creation

Filed under: Life in the Sticks, Photography — Tags: , , — candid reflections @ 11:43 am

I was inspired upon reading this post over at Mt Hope Chronicles the other day.  After drooling over the beautiful photographs in that post, I immediately contacted my local library and placed a reservation upon this book.  In anticipation of receiving the book, I decided to take my camera along as I set out to water the vegetable garden this morning.  These are the tiny glimpses of beauty which I encountered along the way.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

May 21, 2008

Country Chores

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — candid reflections @ 8:53 am

Out here on our little plot of country, a person will find plenty to do on any given day.











Just the other day there was a field to mow…

a lawn to mow…

a garden to plant and water…

and trees to climb and jump from!













It’s a good thing we have all these kids, otherwise nothing would get done! 



May 15, 2008

Graduating From Country Girl to Farm Girl

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — Tags: , — candid reflections @ 7:30 am

Well, we’ve been living out here in the country for some time now… I guess it’s time to take it up a notch!

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and CowsBreeds, Care, DairyingPoultry House Construction (Gold Cockerel)

We’ve got the Rhode Island Red Layer chicks, now we need to find a good dairy goat breed.  We’ve heard that the Nubian’s milk tastes mighty fine, any additional opinions out there?

May 10, 2008

Chirp! Chirp!

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — candid reflections @ 10:18 pm

We have chicks – fourteen of them, to be exact!  These little girls arrived yesterday and they’re so darn cute, just like newborn babies.  All they do is eat and sleep, let out a few baby chirps, and then snuggle, sleep, and eat some more.  Well, they do some other business that requires their grass pellets to be changed occasionally, but for the most part, they’re pretty pleasant to have around.  We’ll really be thinking so when we’re cracking open fresh eggs for our omelets one day! 

We took them from their nice warm box out onto the porch for about three minutes today.  They shivered and squawked and begged us to bring them back in and put them under their heat lamp, so we did.  


We’ve been back from our vacation for about three weeks now.  Tomorrow our temperatures are supposed to reach the mid 50’s – we shiver and squawk, where’s our heat lamp?

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