Saturday, April 28, 2007

What is THAT ???

A couple of days ago Ed called from outside and said: BRING YOUR CAMERA!!!! I didn't know what was going on, but when I caught up to him he said look over there! And this peacock was in our pasture walking around! Wow! where did He come from? Our chickens were scared and were all squawking and making a lot of noise! They had never seen such a big chicken! I tried to get close to it, but it was too wary. I threw some corn out to it and it started to eat it, until the dog spotted it and gave chase. then, it flew up onto this electric pole that is in the pasture. It sat there for a couple of hours. Then while we were busy with other things it flew down and started to eat the corn again. (we had put the dog in the house). A couple of our uphill neighbors came down and it turned out that the bird belonged to one of them. She lives on the next road to the north of us. But she couldn't get him to go home either. He walked way down to the woods near the road and we think found a tree to roost in for the night. No sign of him since. No feathers either, so hopefully he went home.
Here is a closer look at him. He was very pretty. He has a loud, raucous call, and he would make that call while sitting on top of the power pole.

That was the only 'out of the ordinary' thing that happened all week.
I bought some vegetable plants for my garden yesterday, and hope to get them in the ground tomorrow. Tomatoes, zucchini, sweet peppers, cucumbers, and I want to plant some herbs this year. I've never cooked with fresh herbs, so this will be an experiment. I'll keep you updated.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Where is Spring?

I think everyone is fed up with this lingering winter. I know I'm tired of being cold and having to bundle up to go feed and take care of the horses. And they say there is global warming? Not in my neck of the woods!

Last Sunday our banty hen hatched out 4 chicks.It has been so nasty outside that they have been confined to their little house. The hen is getting stir crazy and wants out! Now if she can just hold on until Monday or Tuesday, it will warm up somewhat. They are as cute as can be! Sorry, no pictures yet. I will try to get some as soon as we can get her out of her house.

The spring bulbs that were given to me last fall, are coming up now. Since they were put in the ground late, they are later than everything else so they missed the major freezes. I expect some lovely flowers soon.

Here is a photo of father in law's Windmill Ranch. He repairs or builds them. He and E can be see on the corner of the back porch, grinding horseradish roots for sauce! This was taken a couple of weeks ago.

My truck let me down the other day. The electric door locks had been a bit sticky, for the last couple of weeks but would always open. Then, I was at the grocery store in the rain, and uh oh! it wouldn' open. The drivers door wouldn't open with the key. Thankfully the passenger side did! But I had to climb over the seat from the passenger side for a couple of days. Talk about turning me into a pretzel!! Anyway we got it fixed, at least for now. It did this once before, a long time ago and now if it ever happens again we are going to unhook all that electronic stuff and just use the key to open it.