Category Archives: personal

When the grandkids visit the farm

All of our kids and grand kids were back this week to celebrate  grandma’s birthday.  (It was a good week) As things were starting to wind down,   one of the  granddaughters asked, “Can I check on the chickens  one more … Continue reading

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Now that had to hurt

Gathered  these, this morning from our new  pullets. In case you’ve never had chickens before, when a chicken first starts to lay, you will  sometimes find an egg with a double (or even triple) yoke. I think we have a … Continue reading

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Artisan bread making for a beginner

The smell of onion flakes, sour dough, caraway, black poppy and sesame seed is in the air….the darn stuff smells so good. I am on a bread making kick (again). For years my go-to recipe was a rye bread recipe … Continue reading

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Solstice Day After 2018

The house is full of microbial activity this morning, much more than normal. I like that word…. microbial. Sauerkraut in the basement…. Bread raising in the oven. A new batch of sour dough starter on top of the frig. And … Continue reading

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Gone

I miss my cat. Pretty sure the coyote’s got him. He’s a neutered tomcat, so that impulse to travel the neighborhood  in search of love  was not there. The longest he has ever been gone before this was  4 days. … Continue reading

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Trying to BEE Careful. Bee Hive update 9/2/2018

I am right in the middle of putting the apiguard mite treatment in the bee hive.  (ie. 5 minutes ago) I was standing there in my bee keepers suit.  Had the top off the hive, was filling the tray feeder … Continue reading

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Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. 😉 Our honeybees  from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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