Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
In her defense she has been staying in the box most of the day, just coming out every so often to dust herself and eat and drink. The other hens usually take advantage of that time to sit in her nest box and lay their eggs, even though there is another nest box they could be using. Except for the brown hen. She has been loafing for several weeks now. The two white leghorns have been pretty regular. Every afternoon I carefully lift the banty up and pull out the one or two white eggs. When she does leave the box I keep an eagle eye on her to make sure she returns to setting within a decent amount of time (from what I've read it usually should be within thirty minutes).
I started with eight eggs and just a few days ago all of a sudden I noticed there were only five dark brown eggs in the nest box. I don't have a clue as to what happened to the other eggs. I can only guess that maybe with the other hens getting in and out of the box they may have broken the eggs and then eaten them. I've moved the nest box to the floor of the house so
I also can't help being a little worried about my moringa seeds. I got a packet of ten seeds and planted five of them in peat pots. I've kept them moist and nothing's been happening. I took three of the peat pots and planted them in a potting mixture and they aren't doing anything either. So far the only thing growing there is a mimosa that somehow must have blown in. About a week ago I took the remaining five moringa seeds and followed directions on a website that recommended soaking for 24 hours then placing the soaked seeds in a plastic bag. The bag is then put in a dark drawer and they are supposed to start sprouting in three to fourteen days. It's been about 7 days now and so far I haven't seen any sprouting.
Another seed I bought recently was from a plant called the "shoo fly" plant. As the name implies they are supposed to help get rid of flies. The tiny seeds I planted in the little peat pots about a week ago still show no signs of sprouting. I can't help being a little worried that they won't. I'm not sure what's going on but even though I increased my order over last year the fly predators I've been getting every month don't seem to be working.
At least my tomatoes are going crazy.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
You too can join the Secret Order of the Squash Hat Society! It's so easy to join. Simply grow any type of squash until it's big enough to carve out and place on a person's head. Although the feather decoration is not required it is highly encouraged (click on the top picture to see the feather better!). Squash hands are for fun only!
If you'd like to have an inductee's photo on my blog attach a jpeg photo to an email along with their pertinant information and I'll post it here. If you'd also like a certificate (suitable for framing) include a virtual $5.00 and it will be sent right out by me, the chairman of the Squash Hat Inductee Team.
You know what they say... the Squash Hat Inductee Team happens!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
When her mom came to pick her up she saw the sticker and wondered aloud, "I don't remember going to Pakistan for vacation!"
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here he is all marked up and ready to go.
The ewes always freak out the first day he is with them. They just don't know what to think of the freak with the mask!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The other good news I have to report is my husband's job will continue at least until August, instead of the expected lay off at the beginning of July. Now we can pay for the electrical work! (That was a bad joke!) Actually, every little bit helps.
Also, Wil's Coast Guard stuff is moving along. We've already helped him fill out probably about 60 pages worth of miscellaneous government applications. Slowly but surely...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When I went to Hart Park the other day I also took some pictures of some of the other things there. One of which is the old mill house.
Then I went out to feed my leftover biscuits to the ducks and geese.
Friday, June 12, 2009
This was a beautiful male. Unfortunately he was in the shade. Look at his gorgeous train. I did enhance it just a little so it was more visible.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here they are cut open and you can see the typical meatiness of the plum, and the plain good lookingness (?) of the beefsteaks.