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Archive for January, 2011

postheadericon OWOH 2011 – One World One Heart – My Blogiversary

Today is a very, very  special day!  First and foremost, it is the start of the
5th Annual One World One Heart (OWOH)

 

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Welcome or welcome back to MoonCat Farms Meanderings.  This is a husband/Mr. MoonCat and wife/Jules endeavor (though as in most good marriages the wife is the one doing most of the talking/blogging 🙂
Our place is called MoonCat Farms ~ did you notice the cool logo that Mr. MoonCat designed?  We have a large number of animals who call these 10 acres in the California boonies home.  They include cats, dogs and chickens right now.  We have horses and cattle as well, but they’re at Dad’s ranch a few miles from here.
Gardening, photography, riding, sewing, cooking and reading (see my other blog: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf for our book reviews) are just a few of the many things that keep us busy around here ~ besides all of the critters.  We try to live as green a life as we can and lessen our impact on this Earth in as many ways as possible.  I hope you’ll stick around or come back and see what kinds of things we come up with to “Make It So” ~ I’m a closet Trekkie..
OWOH is the brainchild of Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian.  She created this event as a way to give bloggers all over the world a chance to mix and mingle.  She dreamed of people meeting others they might never have crossed paths with except through One World One Heart.  Lisa started what could only be described as a phenomenon.  It has increased immensely each year with more bloggers worldwide taking part.
I started my blog TWO YEARS AGO TODAY because I was encouraged by several bloggers that I met through One World One Heart.  They basically held my hand as I jumped into what would become a large part of my life ~ a very important part.  So I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Lisa for dreaming up OWOH and also to those lovely, lovely ladies who told me I could do it! One World One Heart started me on the blogging highway.
Happy 2nd Blogiversary MoonCat Farms and Happy 5th One World One Heart!
I’m sure you’re well aware by now that each of the bloggers participating in OWOH is offering their visitors a chance to win a “door prize”.  It is a way of saying Thanks for stopping by and looking around.  Y’all come back now ya hear?
I haven’t really decided what I’m going to give away.  I love doing surprise or mystery prizes so I think we’ll go with that.  Entry into the drawing is very simple.  You must be an active blogger ~ sorry, but this is a blogger to blogger event.. and you must fill out this very short form.  That’s it!  I will draw a winner using the random number generator and then email the lucky number holder.  They will have 48 hours to respond or I’ll have to draw another winner.  Comments on the post are appreciated, but only entries on the form below will count for the drawing.
To continue on your adventure through the blogisphere, please click HERE to be taken to the list of participating bloggers.  Have fun!

postheadericon Fowl Food

Like many of you I spend hours upon hours this time of year drooling over the newest seed catalogs and planning the garden’s future.  There’s a big difference for us at MoonCat Farms this time around though, we’re also deciding what kind of crops to grow for our chickens!

Since becoming the chicken mama to my feathered friends, I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about what I can feed them – especially at this time of year.  The ground is bare and there aren’t many tasty bugs to be had so I need to supplement their fare.  Trying to give them fresh produce is costing a fortune!  They’ve been eating some very interesting concoctions that I’ve been creating in the kitchen as well.

For the most part, I’ve gathered that if it is natural and healthy for us ~ it should be pretty much the same for them.  They have been enjoying A LOT of fresh spinach, cooked peas and beans, various fruits, a bit of fish or other proteins on occasion, homemade suet cake treats, etc.  This is of course on top of their chicken mash, scratch and pellets.

When the garden was still in full swing we discovered that tomatoes and watermelon are their top choices.  They’d line up like little inmates at the fence and beg for tomatoes.  Squash and peas were OK once they’re cooked by the chicken mama, most greens were welcomed as well.  Strawberries and blackberries were another favorite treat along with cucumbers.

Besides the normal fruits and veggies that we’re growing for ourselves, I’m trying to figure out what we can add for the chickens.  I will be doing a lot of canning, freezing and drying of our own foodstuffs and things such as comfrey, spinach and other greens for the birds.  I would like to get any suggestions that some more experienced chicken keepers might have as to what else would be good for getting us through the winter a bit cheaper..

Anyone?  Bueller?

postheadericon Our Other Selves

My friend Susan pointed out that I needed to post a few pictures of Mr. MoonCat and I in our Renaissance Faire garb.  I’d been writing about all of the new outfits that we would like to make with our LA Loot and she requested some photos.  So here are some from the last few years; I hate having my picture taken, so there aren’t an abundance of me 🙂  Hubby on the other hand is a ham, so I will have even more of him in the near future.

I think these are in order, timewise:
Me, left.  The lovely Aimee, right. (2006)
My first faire in (borrowed) WOOL garb,
105 degrees – miserable.
 
Dressed as Pirates for a charity event
2nd Pirates of the Caribbean movie premiere (2006)
My man at my feet (2007)
notice his long hair
Our Big Day (2008)
He cut his hair to surprise me!
I loved it 🙂
Our tavern garb (2009)
he helps behind the bar – I shop
Some of his old, old garb in need
of replacement (2010)
So that’s it for now.  I’ll dig up some more photos in the near future.  You can see my hubby in his Nobles (fancy) garb where he portrayed Lord Huntley, George Gordon.  I renamed him Lord Pompousassedness as he played his character a little too well!  I still call him that when he gets a little too regal, royal or flat out obnoxious 🙂 

postheadericon Rugs to Rags and Back Again

Growing up on a working ranch meant we didn’t really have a lot of frivolous decor in the house. Things needed to be useful, practical, and most of all, easy to clean. The hardest working “decorations” were the rugs. They took a major beating. Especially the rugs near the back door where we came in from the barn. We usually had one of the very colorful, very durable old rag rugs placed there. They were workhorses!  They kept the majority of the mud and other things from going further into the house.  I still have a couple of those old beauties that I try to keep anyone from stepping on because they’re getting some age on them.

 

Old Rag Rug section

 

Here at MoonCat Farms we have our own share of mud and gunk from the gardens and the chicken runs. I had a cheap little throw rug at the front door that was doing a fairly good job keeping the muck out until Pippi ate it.  As in there aren’t even pieces to show you!

She is one of the most destructive little dogs I’ve ever had! She eats my shoes (notice I said mine, NOT Mr. MoonCat’s), books and whatever she can get her little pointy teeth on. I have to be sure to get to any packages from UPS or FedEx before she does as she REALLY likes to open boxes and mail for me. Please note that she has more toys and chewy things than a puppy or child could ever want to gnaw on – she just prefers things that belong to moi!

The only time Miss Pippi/Peepers isn’t
eating my stuff!
Isn’t my sweet big boy Chandler a cutie pie??

So back to the rug issue. Little Miss Peepers has given me the excuse I’ve needed to replace the rugs in the living and dining rooms (it’s actually more like a great room all combined).  I’ve decided I want to go with somewhat more modern rugs than the plain older rugs we’ve been using. One of the other concerns besides the dirt trapping is keeping the wet doggy paw prints from being left on the hardwood floors. Here are two examples of what I am looking at:

This one is an indoor/outdoor rug that is handwoven. It’s hoseable, scrubbable, bleachable and designed for high-traffic, muddy areas. I like that the design and colors combine to add a little punch.

Vine & Leaf RugThis lovely vine and leaf design fits well with my living room/great room colors and I think it would hide dirt well. It’s also indoor/outdoor and said to be super easy to clean.

Both rugs are water resistant and could be hung out over the fence or big clothesline to dry when washed – not in the machine, but by being hosed down 🙂  I am a lazy housekeeper as I’d much rather be in the garden or out at the ranch with Dad and the horses. Ease of cleaning and practicality are VERY high on my requirements for things around here.

So what do you think, any suggestions? I admit I’m leaning more towards the leaves at the moment, but I always let the Mister put in his 1/2 cent – since I get 1 1/2 hee hee..

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postheadericon You Are My Sunshine – Sunday Selections

I’m famous in our family for my lack of singing ability. It’s a sad fact that I was absent when talent and tonality were being handed out. Of course, this hasn’t stopped me from belting out a song now and then – much to the delight chagrin of my critters. You Are My Sunshine happens to be a favorite.

You are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine with Toot, Celie, and Hammie

Toot, Celie, and Hammie

You make me happy….when skies are gray

Kitties in the Sunshine at Red Barn Blue Skies

Lily, Celie, Porkchop, Toot, Hammie

You’ll never know dear…

Porkchop at Red Barn Blue Skies for You Are My Sunshine

I swear, Porkchop really is a cat – NOT a potbelly pig

How much I Love You

 

Sheena at Red Barn Blue Skies for You Are My Sunshine

Sheena aka Sha Nay Nay aka Old Lady

Please don’t take… my sunshine away.

 

You are my Sunshine at Red Barn Blue Skies cats on quilt

Badger, Tory, and Bugsy

For those that may not enjoy the melodic renderings such as mine, here are a few other ways to enjoy the song and the message.