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Well, it’s been so long since I’ve posted that I pretty much had to learn how to do it all over again! Life has kept us very busy here at MoonCat Farms since I last checked in many moons ago. There’s too much to cover in one post so I’ll just start fresh with one of my favorite and frankly, most time-consuming interests. My chooks…
Mr. MoonCat’s parents call them their “grands”. When they come up for a visit, they enjoy helping me with the little feathered fiends. In fact we’re looking forward to a visit next month when I will be enlisting their help in vaccinating the flock and accomplishing a few other chores that seem to need a few willing extra hands. Plus, we just have fun playing with the birds and spending time outside. The chickens reward their “grands” by sending them back to Arizona with a bunch of beautiful farm fresh eggs!
|Rudy Roo – Barred Plymouth Rock|
Rudy Roo is called a Barred Plymouth Rock or just a Barred Rock. He runs with my laying flock of mostly Rhode Island Red hens and a few girls of questionable parentage. He’s a very gentle bird that takes great care of his girls and is pleasant for us to be around. (His neck shouldn’t look all fuzzy like that, he’s been sticking his head through the fence to reach the rosebush and messed up his feathers. I will be putting up more chicken wire soon, as Mr. MoonCat accused me of trying to strangle poor Rudy!)
|“I’ll Be Back…” Iowa Blue hen|
This little gal giving us all the stink-eye is an Iowa Blue hen. She’s a smallish bird that lays a small creamy colored egg. They are a personable breed that is enjoyable to be around and as you can tell by the up close and personal photo, very nosy! (BTW, they aren’t blue..just those Iowa people coming up with a name for their birds… 🙂
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)
Wedgie had a lot of firsts this week – he was FINALLY weaned from his mama, he got his first big boo boo, his first haircut AND he had his first hoof trimming. All pretty much within 48 hours. Little guy’s world was turned upside down.
We had planned on weaning him a couple months ago, but the unbelievably wet weather the last two months made it difficult. We didn’t have any spare stalls or inside pens that were dry, so the pasture was the best place for him and his mama.
|Walking the Wedge|
|Boo Boo wrapped in blue|
|Wedgie’s 1st trim|
|Wedgie’s 1st haircut|
So that’s pretty much Wedgie’s traumatic week. He’s doing fine and starting to enjoy being in the middle of everything at the barn. He has already learned to pull the lid off of the grain bin as he goes by and tries to snag a mouthful of hay when passing the bales. One thing is for certain, Wedgie will be in the middle of things on a regular basis.
Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. We’ve been pretty darn busy. This week was a great one as my Ant (intentionally spelled-she’s very short!) and my Unk came down to visit from Idaho. We had a lovely time with them. Their stay went too quick though. It seems like the time just blows by during the summer months and I can’t seem to get everything done that I’d like to.
Mom is doing ok, not great, but ok. Last week we had a 112 degree day with dangerously unhealthy air. It just knocked her for a loop and she’s still just starting to recover a bit from those three or four really bad air/heat days. We’re a bit cooler now and soooo ready for the fall.
The garden had such a whacked out spring and summer. We are just now getting the bulk of the tomatoes ripening. We planted them in stages hoping to spread the harvest out a bit, but NOOOO they’re all hitting at once. I’m up to my eyebrows in tomaters! Of course, we’ll be loving it in the winter when we have those sun-dried tomatoes and the sauces..yum.
Your regularly scheduled “What I See Wednesday” has been pre-empted..or is it hijacked? Instead of the garden and other photos you’re eagerly awaiting – today you will see CHICKENS!!!
Stella – The Ringleader – Ms. Attitude
|Midge (on right) & her Poultry Posse|
|HeartyGirl aka #19 aka Trauma Chicken|
|Thelma or Louise – The Spies|
|More of Stella’s Minions|
|Stella – rallying the troops
from the TOP of the pen
|Training on the gangplank|
|Sgt Stella shows them the correct way|
|The coop – Headquarters|
|Stella biting (pecking) the hand that feeds her – mine|
Sorry about being pretty quiet for a whole week! I’m back to spurt-blogging (that sounds almost nasty, but it is pretty appropriate.) It seems like we are outside most of the time now and I have tons to do before I can take the time to sit in front of the computer. So I’ll give you an all-around update on life at MoonCat Farms where, as the picture below shows – all is well:
|The MoonCats doing what cats do best|
Mom is doing pretty well. She has gained some strength and has decided to take up scrap booking. She’s making lists (and lists and lists) of supplies she wants from the crafts store. My niece and nephew were here on Friday and they all three had their heads together plotting their next few projects. We’re really looking forward to them being around a lot this summer while they’re out of school. They’re great kids and a lot of fun to have around. Mr. MoonCat and I took advantage of them being here with Mom and ran off to do some shopping together and take in a show (Prince of Persia – cute movie and even cuter Jake Gyllenhaal.)
I am way behind on my crafting, my photography, my letter writing, my blog visiting, my bookkeeping, and pretty much everything that isn’t related to the garden. But we’ve been eating some yummy squash, peas and onions the last few days. Of course dinner hasn’t been until 8pm or after 🙁
I have a book review coming up that you’ll not want to miss. I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a TLC Book Tour for Jean Davies Okimoto‘s The Love Ceiling. My stop on the tour is scheduled for June 23rd when I will post my review and GIVEAWAY ALERT: the lovely, lovely author has generously provided a copy of this fabulous book for one lucky MoonCat Farms reader! It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down so I’m tickled that one of you will get to enjoy a copy for yourself. Be ready to get your entry in!
Speaking of upcoming giveaways…For my 200th post in the next week or so, I will run that contest I mentioned to officially name Wedgie. Keep your eyes open and you could win a special prize! (I really do enjoy giveaways – especially ones that involve wearing thinking caps..) Lemon Verbena Lady has already put her hat in the ring with the very creative “Phantom” which could be very interesting when combined with the parents’ registered names…..More info coming soon.
Here’s a gratuitous photo of Wedgie who is becoming quite the little ham – notice the swishing little broom tail:
|Is this my good side?|
Mr. MoonCat got to spend some quality time with his folks last weekend as they were visiting in the area. We’ll all get to see them sometime later this week and return the pan that his mom brought filled with delicious lasagna. YUM. I’m not a big fan of regular over-tomatoed lasagna, but his mom’s is the bomb. We always look forward to it and it never lasts long! Mom really enjoys it too which is great since her appetite is still more off than on.
The mad scientist, aka Cindy my sister-in-law, is coming up for a day of soap and paper making. We’ve both been gathering supplies like crazy so we’ll have many hours of crafting and creating. We’re really looking forward to it and then to going out for sushi that evening with our hubbies.
So that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Tomorrow I am getting back in the groove with one of my A-Z Herbs posts: E is for Elecampane. I may just get to the middle of the alphabet by the end of the year 🙂
While Linda was here, some other dear friends also came for dinner. Mr MoonCat outdid himself with some fabulous ribs which made my side dishes pale terribly in comparison. We all really enjoyed the visit, especially Mom.
|Beuford – The Roping Dummy Steer|
|“It’s the other direction, dear..”|
|“Thank goodness he has no aspirations to ride bulls..”|