Wednesday, February 8, 2017
First of all, we lost Pippin. Another shock. Seems the poor guy had some nasty cancer in his jaw, and the most humane thing to do was put him down. It was not an easy thing to do, obviously. We have had a difficult winter so far, but we are still lucky people.
Pippin was our hunter, as you can see. One Easter we woke to a headless rabbit in the bedroom. I think all the moles and mice left in the area are celebrating. We miss him.
We are totally enjoying the new puppy, LulaBelle. She is smart, stubborn, and funny. She loves Boogie, the cat, and Boogie tolerates her pretty well. We have seen the cat rub on Lula, and we have seen Lula give kisses to the cat. Xena, the old lady, is not doing very well, but she likes the company of the puppy. One day we will look at Xena and figure her time is coming, and the next day she runs up the stairs. Ann always says she will let us know when she is done.
One a happier note, we were told how to react with Lula when people come in the house. She is frightened and barks and growls at them. Everyone ignores her and in about ten minutes she stops, and she actually went to Carrie for treats and pets. All good.
She thinks she is a watch dog, as you will see in the photo below. She is not. She is just noisy. She loves her toys too. Just a happy dog.
Only one chick from all six eggs. Two eggs disappeard, three were duds and one hatched. We have no name yet....but we will think of something clever.
Friday, January 27
Three weeks or so ago we had a period of winter, actual winter. It snowed and it was really, really cold. The ground around the chicken coop door froze and swelled, and I could not get in. I could get to the yard and let them out in the morning and in at night, but I could not go inside the actual coop. I had just put in a three gallon, electric waterer, a full feeder of feed and a full feeder of scratch, so they were fine. However, I could not collect the eggs. I could see in though, and I knew they were all there and all fine. This went on for three or four days, and each day I would try to dig out some of that frozen ground in front of the door. The fourth day I got in. They were fine, but two hens were sitting on six eggs. Some of the eggs could have been four days old, and I was afraid that chicks had already started to form in them. So, I marked them all, and gave them back to them.
Side note....It is really better, I think, to enlarge your flock from your flock. There are so many different diseases going around that I never want to take the chance that I would bring in a sick chicken.
The six eggs turned into five, and I have no clue as to where that sixth egg went. They do that if they know it is a dud. I do not know if they eat them or what.
So I figured the babies would be be hatched, if they hatched, this Sunday or Monday, but when I went out yesterday, look what I found.
It is not a great photo, but I had to do it quickly. The mamas were having a fit that I had HER at all. This one looks a bit like the old Butterbean. In honor of the new babies I changed the lights on the coop to a really nice, soft green, but not a Christmasy green.
I will keep you posted. I have not been out there yet this morning. It is very cold out, and I thought I would keep them "cooped" up for a while longer.
PS. As for the comments. I got Norma's and ten spam ones. Imagine the ones I would get if they did not have to that pain in the butt thingie. I think I found where I could set it so that once I approve you, you do not have to wait for me to approve you again before it is posted. We shall see.
Now Sunday, January 29. I tried four times to get that horrible program to accept a comment, and I still did not get to post one. It is crazy, and I do not know how Norma does it. I am going to contact the host again and see if anything can be done. I delete at least five spam a day, so it is a good thing, but it is so hard to read.
Sorry for the delay. Having a new dog is a lot of work, and she has to be watched every minute. Luckily she is asleep next to my chair right now, so I know she is out of trouble. Here is her story.
Since Brando died, we have felt a hole in the house. We started looking about two weeks ago, but really only half-heartedly. We were still so wounded by the loss of Brando. I called on a few dogs and for the most part they just did not fit in with our family. We had very few requirements, but important ones. 1) a year to three years old 2) Dog and cat friendly 3) not tiny 4) not a pure pit 5) there is no #5.
One day Ann was looking and saw this dog named Spuds. She was in a shelter about an hour and fifteen minutes from here. I emailed the woman who ran the shelter out of her home. Seemed like a good fit. So, we went to meet her last Sunday.
When she came out we both laughed, because she was the funniest looking dog we had ever seen. She honestly looks as if she was put together with spare parts. Her legs are short and her body is thick and long. She took to us right away, as we did her. She jumped in the car, long before we were ready to leave.
She was great in the car on the way home. Ann had chosen a stuffed hedgehog that grunted instead of squeaked, and the dog got that thing all slobbery. It is her favorite toy now. She kept sticking her head into the front seat to snuggle each of us.
Once in the house she got on every piece of furniture, went out the dog door to investigate the yard. Then she came in and saw the cats, Boogie at least. She chased Boogie up the stairs, but at the top Boogie stopped and stared Lula down. Lula gave up and has spent the last week trying to play with Boogie. Boogie is not afraid, but she is annoyed. lol Pippin has refused to come in the house. He is really mad, not frightened, just mad.
We have to watch her all the time because she is very mischievous. She wants to chew everything. Today it was the downstairs phone. But it has been the rug, shoes, lots of paper, and a dvd.
She is the most affectionate dog we have ever met. She weighs 46 pounds, but wants to sit on your lap at all times. It will be one week tomorrow, and it seems as if she has been here for a very long time....in a good way.
I think you click on these photos to enlarge them.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
We got hit with major snow last Friday night, and we have not been able to get out since. It is suppose to go above freezing today, so me may try to get the Jeep down the mountain. We are fine, food wise, but would love to just get out.
I hung a feeder off the clothes line this year, and the squirrels have not been able to get to it. I can take photos from the upstairs bathroom window, which makes it warmer and easier for me. Some of these are from the front yard though, as I always have my camera handy when it is snowy and birdy. (I think I made up the use of that word)
I am working on a craft....denim bags. I will try to post some photos tomorrow. I am going to try to do this blog again, like I use to do it.
Most of you know that we lost our Brando just before Christmas. It was very fast, and it was way too soon. We are still broken hearted. Xena is almost 16 years old, and she is not doing well, so that is sad too.
I do not know why I have not blogged. I use to see something, and say "Oh I could put this on my blog!" and now I do not think of it. I am going to make an effort to continue this bog, but will be moving it to possummanor.org sooner or later. Will keep you posted. I actually have a second blog for today, but I am going to keep it for tomorrow to give Brando some press time. lol
A Christmas blog is coming.....
I have been told that leaving the blog with the mention of a plague, tells everyone the plague got us. lol We are fine.
Here is my commitment: one blog a week, with a now and then extra one. I think we are also going to take it from my name, to Possum Manor, and then we would include crafts and recipes and such. More on that when we figure everything out. Ann wants to incorporate Facebook and get a lot of readers.
Brando wants you to see his new photo, which Ann was did something creative.
Xena does not want to be left out. She is going to be 16 years old, and gets very confused, but she is doing fine. Love that girl.
Saturday, August 13
Some kind of plague has hit Possum Manor. I have been in the house and sick for ten days now. I did go to the doctor only to be told it was a virus. Gave me some pretty heavy duty cough medicine though, because I was, and still am, coughing until I gag or pee. I hope to get to a new blog in a day or two. I shared the plague with Ann, who is about three days behind me in the run of this thing.
On Monday we decided to take an eight hour road trip through the high country of North Carolina. High country is the area north and east of us. It borders Kantucky at one point and Tennessee at another. Great ski country, but in the summer it is pretty quiet. Beautiful is certainly the word for it. Because of the way the state is situated, we drove through parts of eight counties. We stopped for lunch in Valle Crucis and ice cream in Black Mountain.
It has rained almost every single day for the last month, and Monday was no exception.
In a normal year we have a handful of summer days that reach 90 degrees. This summer most days have been near or above 90, and it has been miserable. The humidity has been very high, and our garden is suffering. Too much rain. We picked green tomatoes yesterday in hopes they would ripen in the window, as the plants are turning yellow. The tomato plants are about five feet high, but the rain is damaging them daily.
Today it thundered, and we lost power for a couple of hours, but no rain. Hot but no rain.
July 13, 2016
Seems I am not able to put a photo in the blog, write about it, and then put another. This is the only way I can do it. I think. I have not had to learn new software for ten years, and this is coming very slowly.
I just figured something out. I can make a new title for each posting, and I just do not call it a blog. That might work. If I can put a photo under this one, instead of always having to put it on top. I will try it now.
July, 8, 2016
So, have you missed my artsy fartsy photos? I will post a few I have recently taken, and then I will catch you all up on things. This is the underside of a dragon fly. Pretty cool.
Couple things about this new web software....first if I edit or add to it, you will get the construction page. It takes a while to publish. This is the free software, and they do have a Plus software that costs five bucks a month, and I think I will try that out. With the software I am using, I cannot make that damn spam code thing any bigger, and it is horribly small. I also cannot set it that I do not have to approve each of your comments each time you comment. Maybe the Plus will allow it.
Also realized I have to put my own date in the text. Not use to that. I will go play with the Plus version. I think they give you a week free to play with it.
When I was hacked, I was really hacked. I have nothing left, and I am startiing over. I no longer have WordPress, into which I just plugged photos and such. To be honest, I have no idea what I am doing.