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I hope everyone enjoyed this Labor Day weekend. We had a busy Saturday and Sunday, but today was all about the relaxation.
Mr. MoonCat and I both belong to a fantasy football league. I’ve been a team owner since 2005 and this will be the hubby’s third year. The league is mostly made up of some of my dearest friends from kindergarten to now! We’ve always stayed close and connected and look forward to our annual draft party on Labor Day weekend and the Super Bowl party in the winter. It’s a fun and very competitive way to keep our lifelong relationships strong.
The party is usually a weekend long event with a “pre-party” on Friday night, a golf tournament on Saturday and the actual draft/party on Sunday. It is always an extremely fun weekend, but the older I get, the more tired I am come Monday.
After a way too long hiatus, I’m back. In a way, a lot has changed and nothing has changed – if that makes sense. It will take me some time and many posts to bring you up to snuff. I appreciate you all still being here.
I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and sharing our little world again with you lovely people. I’ve missed you!
Here’s a clue on what I’m still doing….
You know you’ve been a neglectful blogger when the hubby of all people, asks why you haven’t posted anything in several weeks! I didn’t even realize that he’d been paying any attention to “my little blog” as he calls it 🙂 So I have a couple photos for you today..
|Our first flowers of the year|
Needless to say, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside this week. After weeks upon weeks of storms, we’re finally seeing some sunshine. This has been our wettest winter since 1997 ~ we’ve been having extreme flooding and our ground is completely saturated. Since we usually live in a state of near panic due to drought conditions and the threat of wells going dry, it really is nice to see an overabundance of water. It would just be nice if it could rain a few days and then be sunny; then rain a day or two and be sunny….. We had ten days straight with rain at some point so we’re a little soggy.
|Super high grass and weeds|
Poor Mr. MoonCat is asking if I won’t reconsider adding a couple of goats to our menagerie for weed control. We may have to get the mower deck for the tractor for the front and back yard as the grass and weeds have been growing several inches a day. The ground is super wet so we can’t get the lawn mower in there yet and the lovely sunshine is just making everything GROW!
|Our gorgeous Weeping Willow|
The photo below is actually a blossom from a weed. I loved the shading and pattern on the bud.
|Weed flower bud|
|Rose in bloom|
So, as usual I’ve been a flake. I guess my only excuse for not posting is that I didn’t really feel like I had anything to say. I figured I’d better give a brief update on what’s been going on around these parts or you’d think the chickens truly had eaten me. Bad birds.
Mr. MoonCat has been working six days a week, keeping very busy. I’ve been working on my new business which is in the infant stages. I’m excited about getting it off the ground and I’ll have more on that at a later date. The garden is starting to see some activity.
The hubby’s uncle passed away a few weeks ago after a very long battle with cancer. We’ve spent a day up in Sacramento for the last two weekends helping his parents clean out the house to get it ready for sale. While it was a sad reason for us to all be together, we really enjoyed visiting with his parents. Hubby’s best friend/brother from another mother Chris went with us this last weekend to help us move all of the furniture. We were grateful for the help as there was a lot of heavy lifting involved.
Most of the critters are doing well. The dogs and cats are happy that Spring is pretty much here. The chickens are keeping us snowed under with eggs and attitude. We have a great bartering deal going on with my “other parents” – my best friend Becky’s folks. They keep kitchen scraps saved up and I weigh them down with eggs. Everyone’s happy! Especially the chooks – it is hysterical to watch them dig through the goodies. They recognize the large plastic ice cream tubs that the scraps are saved in. When I walk out carrying one of those it is a large squawking herd of mini-monsters meeting me at the gate. (Remember the Velociraptor Chickens?) They get quite rude and scary!
All is not great though as we do have some cause for concern. Wedgie’s leg isn’t healing like we had hoped. Since I posted about his injury we’ve had him x-rayed and found that he had actually fractured his leg. The vet seems to think it will heal just fine in time, but it’s sure making us worry. He has to stay in the small box stall and not move around too much. Poor little guy isn’t taking confinement well, he is horribly bored. It’s really hard for such a curious and mischievous little dude to deal with forced inactivity. We try to keep him entertained, but it’s a challenge. He is such a good baby though. He allows us to change his bandages/semi-cast with a minimum of fuss.
That’s about it around here at MoonCat Farms and the ranch. I will try to post some photos in the next few days – truly. Wedgie really is getting cuter all of the time. I know he sends his love to all of you who love him from afar, especially his honorary auntie Lemon Verbena Lady 🙂 (Phantom kisses being blown your way)
As many of you know (and our new readers will soon learn), we’ve recently joined the ranks of “backyard chicken farmers”. I mentioned my initial desire to have about six chickens in order to provide enough eggs for us and the immediate family. Well, the hubby and the Dad decided if six was a good amount then NINETEEN would be a GREAT amount of chickens to have. Men!
Well, all of this has led to a MAJOR over-abundance of eggs and the addition of “farm fresh eggs” to the things that we are starting to sell here at MoonCat Farms. I am trying to get completely organized and making sure that everything is legal and by-the-book. One of the first things I started looking into is insurance coverage.
It is amazing how much information is out there and just how uninformed I am! I had no idea the different types of insurance I could or can’t get for our little operation. The green things we grow are covered in one area and the birds are a completely different ball game. I’ve learned things I could never have imagined ~ or wanted to imagine knowing. So for instance, do you know that along with credit scores there are also insurance scores? (I found an informative guide to insurance score in case you didn’t and would like to.) Needless to say, I’m doing more homework than anything else right now.
I’ve been filling out so much paperwork lately that I’m afraid I’m responsible for at least two trees being killed. I’ve always known that agricultural pursuits are highly regulated, but OMGosh! I have permantly cramped hands from filling out forms in duplicate and triplicate..blah blah blah… I’m nowhere near done either. Still have banking to go…
On a good note, we have happy chickens who are happily producing lovely eggs. LOTS and LOTS of eggs.
Have a great Wednesday my friends.
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..
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.