Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bats and Why do people do that?

Every evening I make it a point to be outside to watch the bats. Amazing little critters!

After hundreds of pics I finally managed to capture one! Ever try to photograph a bat in flight? All I can say is it is hard. They move so quickly and quietly. I have counted a dozen or more that swoop in and take care of the bugs every evening. And in case you are wondering, yes, the bats get very, very close sometimes!

What is it about donkeys in a field that people in cars just have to bray at? On a daily basis there are at least four or so cars that go by and passengers hang out there windows and bray at the donkeys! As if the donkeys care! If it were the same cars then they would be locals. But they are different cars so am thinking tourists. All I can do is laugh because knowing how intelligent donkeys are, here it is people are making fools of themselves. If only the 'brayers' knew how wonderful donkeys are!

Yesterday a lady who adopted two donkeys from me three years ago contacted me telling me that she has to give up the donkeys ( the two she adopted and one she raised from a baby). Her husband passed away suddenly and now she is in financial difficulties. I had to let her know with a heavy heart that I am unable to bring them here ( explaining my own situation about losing my house), but I would contact some donkey people I know who may be able to help. I feel so bad because I can't bring them here and help her out. Sigh.

Also yesterday I found out that some friends are in foreclosure of their home. Another big sigh. I wish I could help more than just having a shoulder to lean on and letting them know I really do understand what they are going through. It is devastating! And it takes a long time to get over it, if ever. Life gives you lemons and you make lemonade, but really, how much lemonade can one person take!!! Lol!!

Until next time...........................

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

She's mobile!

Grace is a few days away from being six months old. My goodness the time has gone by. And she is mobile now! Now she is really keeping me on my toes!

This is the first Anaheim pepper that I picked  last night dinner. I love Anaheim's. It was grow, pick, roast, stuff, bake and eat! Yum!  

Have to say once again, I am getting a kick out of the Guineas. They are hilarious.

This doe is out in the field every day. She has a fawn now, which is hidden in the bushes. There is something about deer that every time I see one I just smile.

Last week the Internet was off and on and the down for the count. The technician came out and found out that the signal was being blocked by some tree branches. Now I am back up and running.

I'm sure you have a read or heard about Amy Whinehouse passing away. In my humble opinion, I found it not shocking to read about it. After what she did to her mind and body it really was only a matter of time before this happened. May she find peace on the other side as well as all the others who have passed at such an early age due to poor choices.

Last week there was a tragedy here locally. A father of four stabbed his wife and two of his four children then set the house on fire to cover up the crime. The community has been in shock over this. The children ranged in age from age two up to nine years. I will never understand how anyone can harm a child. The piece of shit father is in the hospital and as soon as he is healthy enough, his ass is getting arrested. Personally I say bring back public hangings for crimes like this!

There has been so much more going on but this would turn into a lengthy novel.

Time to round up Grace who has made it into the dining room.

Until next time.......................

Monday, July 18, 2011

Video of my old cat

Turn up your sound so you can hear him. Wanted to share a video of what my old 16 year old cat, Mr Smith Big Fat Cow Cow, does when he gets petted. He doesn't have many teeth left which makes it that much more funnier when he is enjoying his petting.

Until next time........................

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Helicopters, Keets, Yard Sales,Reminders

Earlier this week I heard a helicopter very, very close to the house. Upon investigating where it was I found it hovering right above one the hills on the property. It hovered for awhile, then slowly made it's way down the property onto the next property. After several phone calls I found out it was a Sheriff's helicopter and that they were looking for marijuana grow sites! I don't have a problem with that at all, however I do have a problem when they spook my horses and donkeys! A few days later there was another helicopter on the other side of the road on the hills over there doing the same thing. After asking around a bit I found out that this area is a hot spot for illegal growers! Personally I don't care if you smoke the stuff or not, but when comes to a safety issue, well that is another thing.

The Guinea keets are growing so fast and they are hanging out with the older hens and Stew Pot the rooster. I have to admit I am really thrilled with the keets and their sense of humour. The other day I watched one keet jump up onto the car trailer, settle down, then looked to the left and saw a pine cone right next to him/her and that pine cone scared the bejeebers out of him/her! I laughed so hard.

Yesterday we stopped off at a few yard sales. This is one of my finds. An old dial up phone. One of my daughters asked me if that was a real phone and I had to laugh. Yup, sure is real. Had one of these when I was a kid. She laughed commenting that it would take forever to dial out. Oh, and I actually remembered my Grandmothers phone number when she had a dial up. Goes to show you how old I am!

This is another yard sale find. An Outback hat which is going to come in very handy this winter. Best part was I hardly paid anything for it and it is already broke in!

I would like to say a big thank you to Tina over at for the surprise in yesterday's mail. Tina donates her time to the Donkey Sanctuary in Canada. And did you know that for only $50.00 a year you can become a Guardian of the Sanctuary. They do wonderful work for all longears! 

The garden is coming along beautifully. Everyday you can find me checking those tomato plants for the first ripe tomato. Not yet, but there are a few who are getting close. Come on tomatoes!!

Speaking of gardens, are there things you look at that remind you of people you know whether personally or through a blog? When I look at my garden I think of Flartus over at
When I see my Guinea keets I think of Lynn over at Chickens I think of John and Danni
When I see something beautiful I think of Jim at as well as Ron and Sophie at
When I see a cow I think of Jim at
When I think about family it goes naturally to my Sister at
Well, you get the idea. There is something everyday that reminds me of all of you.

Oh, of course my blog wouldn't be finished without of course and animal awareness bit. How's this one for you. Did you know that horse thieves are now using moving vans such as UHaul trucks to move stolen horses! I bet you won't look at another moving truck/van the same anymore wondering if there is a stolen horse or another animal inside of it!

Okay, time to get some chores done. Always know that I think of each of you daily!

Until next time.....................

Monday, July 11, 2011


Wow, a lot had been going on! We have been trying all week to get the irrigation pump to pump the water out of the canal onto the pasture. The pump is ancient but it works great. Two of the risers that are in the pasture are broken ( the risers let the water out to irrigate the pasture). Fixing those won't be to hard.  Problem is the foot pipe that leads into the pump itself keeps getting plugged with debris. We have tried digging the water hole deeper but that doesn't seem to help other than to bring more debris up. I don't know alot about irrigation pumps and pipes, but hey, I'm learning! 

Troy, the one black Frizzle bantam is finally growing feathers all over his body. As soon as I know how many Frizzle roosters there are they will need to go to new homes. As it is I have three roosters now, don't need anymore.

The Guinea keets grow bigger everyday. I am getting such a kick out of them. They stay together all the time and move like a school of fish. I am learning a lot about them.

With the warmer weather comes a true growing season! A month ago you could see the door leading into the barn, but now you can't even see it behind all the bushes and vines. Have to find the time to start cutting it all back. Between weeding the garden and cutting blackberry bushes back is a chore in itself!

Speaking of blackberry bushes, I learned how to freeze them so we can have blackberries in the winter. Wash the berries, dust them with powdered sugar, place them on waxed paper, freeze for an hour or so then put them into freezer bags. That way when you get some out they won't stick together and become a mushy mess.

The blackberries have all flowered and have little berries on them now. So long as I can get my fair share of them before the bears do then all will be grand!

This is the garden. There are lots of green tomatoes so I watch look everyday for that one ripe one which means the others won't be far behind. I am so looking forward to eating that first fresh tomato! Oh, and I am going to try to make some fried green tomatoes this year. Have never tried them before and this season I am!  Well, that is after I indulge on the ripe ones first!

And speaking of trying something new, eggplant is also going to be tried. Have never had it before so have no idea what it tastes like, but hey, I'll try just about anything once!

Okay, you all know me by now when it comes to animals. I have just learned that Nike has signed on Michael Vick again! Can you believe that! Nike drops the piece of shit when he was found guilty of dog fighting, torturing and murdering dogs, but now they have picked him back up. Does Nike really think we, the animal advocates have forgotten what he did? And what is the icing on this cake is Nike is based right here in Oregon! Yup, I have written and called Nike letting them know how I feel about their decision. There response is less than acceptable in my book! Basically what they say is that Vick paid his dues and it is in the past. And I still stand firm on that he would still be torturing and brutally murdering dogs if he hadn't been caught. I mean come on, he thinks his shit don't stink and that he could get away with anything because he is some hot shot football player. Grrrrrr.

Alrighty, there was my two cents worth on that. 

Until next time.............................