Sunrise over the Appalachians

Having a special place to experience a spectacular sunrise can be both spiritual and invigorating. Watching as Mother Nature awakens to begin a new day, the black starry sky turns to shades of blue. A burst of pink, purple, yellow, orange, and red splashes which are unique with each sunrise and change with each passing second. There is an old saying; “The only thing constant is change” this is very evident in a sunrise. Continue reading

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Homemade Pot Scrubbie

I like to use those nylon scrubbies to clean my cast iron pots & pans. Their not really natural but they will scour without harming the pan. Well, my last store bought scrubbie finally bit the dust.I had read somewhere that you can make your own using the netted bags that produce comes in, so I had been saving them for that purpose. Continue reading

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Chickens in the Yard!

It’s hard to believe but after 5 years of wanting chickens we finally got chickens! Last week Cletus built a real nice chicken coop under the shed lean-to. It’s about 6′x12′, nice and roomy. He used 6′ x 10′ dog lot panels for the outside lot.

While Cletus was putting the finishing touches on the chicken coop, Tony and I went to see Matt the Chicken Man. I’d been talking to Matt through a local Yahoo Poultry group. We were looking for Laying Hens and didn’t want to start with chicks this late in the season.

So from Matt we got some 8 week old Pullets. Originally we had wanted Buff Orpingtons. They have a reputation of being good meat birds and layers. They also have a good disposition. But, since Matt didn’t have any Orps we decided not to be picky. He had some fine looking birds. We wound up getting 5 Wyandottes, 4 Ameracaunas and 1 Barred Rock. They are all beautiful, good natured birds. Since we don’t plan to eat these particular hens, all that matters is they lay plenty of eggs.

We got them home and settled in. They adapted to their new home quickly. After a few days of getting them used to their new home, we started letting them out during the day to free range. They are absolutely loving all the goodies they are finding.

So far we haven’t had any trouble out of predators. However, our dogs think it’s their job to chase them around. They are used to chasing anything that moves out in the woods. I’ve tried to explain to them the difference, but I don’t think they get it. I’m hoping the novelty will wear off and they’ll just leave them alone. Same goes for the cat. I think she’s already bored with them since she can’t catch them.

We’re having a great time watching the chickens and getting to know their personalities. Every day they venture a little bit farther from their coop, exploring their new world.

Now, I wonder where I can get some ducks…

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Romena,There’s a Car in the Creek

Car in the creekYa’ll remember me saying that not much happens around here? Well, yesterday morning we had a little excitement when Cletus was heading down to the blue store. Well, he comes back a few minutes later. I knew something was up cause it takes a lot longer than that to get there and back. Plus, he usually stays & catches up on all the gossip..,uh I mean, local news.

Cletus comes in the house and he says “Romena, there’s a car in the creek.” Continue reading

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Old Computer Equipment

So What Do You Do With That Old Computer Equipment?

This is a dilemma that most of us will face sooner or later. Computers don’t last forever. Just recently I had to come up with a way to keep my old monitor out of the landfill. After doing some research I found out that computer monitors (along with tv’s) contain high amounts of lead. This is not good for our Mother. So what do you do?

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