Before the Leaves Leave


Cooler temperatures, vibrant colors – delicious!  Before the leaves float away on the fall winds, making their annual descent to cover the ground, here are a few of the sights we’ve been admiring:

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These little guys are taking in the views as well:


Blue Jay found himself an acorn!


Do you think the birds will pose for me one day?  I’d like to get some close-ups better pics!

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres



What’s Been Happening

Sage Words

Hi Everyone!


We’ve had a lot going on the last couple weeks and I am EXHAUSTED!


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A couple weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Fifty Shades took Scout and me for our early evening walk.  We explored the pond area as usual, when Scout conducted one of his jobs by grabbing  a copperhead snake.  In turn, the snake lashed out and bit him on his lower jaw.  We were all pretty stunned, most of all Scout.  We hurried back home but Scout was so dazed he had to stop a couple times and sit.  When we got inside, we called the emergency vet clinic and they said to “bring your baby right over.” Little did they know they would be getting a two-for-one since I needed to come for moral support.

Scout and I hopped into the back seat and I did not take more than my usual 3/4 of the space.  On the ride over, Scout’s lower jaw started to droop a bit and it began to swell.  When we got to the clinic – oh boy!  The Smells!  The Sights!  We rushed into the building and Scout and Mr. Fifty Shades went into an exam room.  I was shaking so hard with all the Smells and Sights that Mrs. Fifty Shades took me outside to calm down.  When we saw a cat prancing around the building, she said, “Oh no,” and ushered me back inside.  Wow!  Did I mention the Smells?  Fantastic!  My quivering continued as strong as ever and the nicest lady wondered if a treat or two might help me.  I certainly thought that would do the trick.  The treats were very tasty and soon thereafter, Mrs. Fifty Shades and I went into the exam room with Scout and Mr. Fifty Shades.  When the vet came in, he told us that Scout was the second copperhead bite he had treated that night.  The vet seemed so nice and I felt I needed to show my appreciation for his looking after Scout.  So, I licked him all over his face to thank him for taking care of my best buddy in the world.  For some reason though, I had to go back out again.  There was talk of someone being too excited.  So, we went back out to the lobby where the Smells were wonderful – have I mentioned that before?  There was a cat there, too.  But, I tried to ignore her.  Then, lots of people came by and said how pretty and sweet I was.  I really liked this place.  When Scout emerged from the exam room, he had been given some antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and pain meds.

On the ride home, I insisted that Scout use up his usual 1/4 of the backseat.  He was so out of it that he just leaned up against the door and dozed on and off.  I was able to sleep all the way back and had a couple nice dreams about the Smells and the Cats and the Nice People and Treats!  When we arrived home, Scout ran to a corner and laid there all night.  The next several days were tough on my BFF.  We could all tell he was still in pain and his jaw swelled up something awful.   I think he was a little scared, too.   Throughout the first few days, Scout darted from corner to corner and room to room trying to escape the pain.   Mr. Fifty Shades lay down next to him through one particularly rough night so that he wouldn’t be so anxious. We all fretted over that boy and wished we could make him feel better.  Especially me – I really wanted to get him into our new play pen (fenced area), but, we all thought about it and thought the best thing I could do was to give him a little space and breathing room.  It was difficult, though, since Scout and I are used to playing and cutting up all day.  I think Mrs. Fifty Shades was feeling a bit confined, too, because one day she said something about running off some excess energy.  I wanted to help her with that, so we went down to the play pen and I showed her how to play a new game with a tennis ball.  It worked this way – she threw the ball, I retrieved it and then I ran all around while she tried to catch me and get the ball.  How much fun is that?!!

Gradually, our brave Scout got back to normal.  We knew he was on the road to recovery when he wanted to play with me again.  Yay – I am so relieved that my dearest friend is back 100%.  He is the best company ever.  I love you, Scout!

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In other news…

Mr. Fifty Shades continues the work on the “Mow-rage.”  Here you can see that the garage door got installed.  Fancy, fancy.

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He’s working hard now on the ceiling, insulation, and on the electrical and lighting systems.

So, now you’re up to date on what’s going on here.  Now that he’s feeling better, Scout is working on a Scout Report for you.

A comment to the former Hurricane Matthew – so glad you did not hit Florida as hard as expected, but, did you have to go and create havoc for our loved ones in North Carolina?

Well – that is about it for now.  Until next time…

Lots of Love and kisses,

Sage from Fifty Shades of Green Acres

P.S.  Copperheads have been plentiful and on the move all around the southeast.  It’s been dry and they are apparently looking for water.  Mr. Fifty Shades wanted me to share this picture of one he killed about two months ago.  This one is about 18 to 20 inches long and it is nowhere near the length or girth of the one that attacked our Scout.




Florida Family and Friends

To all of you in Florida…

We are watching the storm and thinking of you and your safety.  Prepare well and stay safe.

Please let us know that you are ok when you can.

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Happy Fall!

Hello!  Happy First Day of Fall!

This picture is our western view about 10 minutes into the fall season.


This week we’ve enjoyed morning temperatures in the high 50’s, but the highs are in the mid-80’s so it doesn’t feel quite like fall yet.  For now, we’re settling for some beautiful signs of autumn..

The goldenrods are plentiful this September, brightening up the landscape around the pond and at the edge of the woods.

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I just read up on them and they say they are edible.  I think I will resist, though.  I already like too much stuff.

Bright red berries on our dogwood tree signal fall as well as…

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… just a tease of color looking up into our woods…

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In case you are wondering, Mr. Fifty Shades has been working diligently on the “Mow”rage for the tractor/mower.  As you can see, the roof is coming along.

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Until next time,  Fifty Shades of Green Acres




A Big Day

Mr. Fifty Shades and I have been hanging out with each other for a good long while.  Through the years, he’s turned to me from time to time and asked…

(please hum The Beatles song, “When I’m 64” as you read this)

When we get older, gray in our hair

Many years from now

Can we maybe make a big move to a farm

With dogs and hens and a rooster alarm?

We will be happy

It will be fun

But, I just gotta know

Will you still need me, will you still feed me

when I’m 64?

Yes, Mr. Fifty Shades – and if we are so lucky – and just because it rhymes, you’ve got me through 84 as well!  

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I love you, Mr. Fifty Shades – Happy Birthday!

and lots of wet nosed kisses and purrs from your four legged family @ Fifty Shades of Green Acres


My Midsummer Night’s Dream

My midsummer night’s dream…

Getting ready for our evening walk with our well behaved dogs…


…Mr. Fifty Shades went outside before me.  A few minutes later, he stuck his head in the door and said, “Honey bunch, you better get a sweater, it’s a bit chilly out here.”

…And, then I woke up.  It was all a delirious dream.  It’s hot and steamy here and has been so for FOREVER.  Has it been hot where you are?  Part of our desire to move up here was to enjoy the cooler weather.  In wishing for a cool down, we know we’re not alone – the whole country has been enduring the high temps. The heat must be due to the nonexistent climate change.  That’s all I can think.

Just for something fun to occupy his time, Mr. Fifty Shades began a new project.  This mower has earned its keep and should not endure the indignity of having to share space in our garage…see how pathetic this is?…


After it was determined that this tough little mower deserved a building of its own, Mr. Fifty Shades designed the building and began laying it out. The Deere’s new digs will feature a garage door and two additional doors, electricity, three windows, a 50 inch television, and a spa.  Ha!

Coincidentally and concurrently with the planning, our 14 year old (soon to be 15) friend was looking for a way to earn some money this summer.  Wow – don’t you love coincidences?  Mr. Fifty Shades and his young assistant tackled the job…

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…and the rest of the summer is kind of a blurry, humid, impossibly scorching span of time.

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Here is the status as of today:


…still some work to be done, but Mr. Fifty Shades believes it will be move in ready in about six weeks or so.  We are all so happy for Mr. Deere.

In milestone news, these are the three little chicks that hatched on June 12th.  They grow up so fast…

Time will tell if they are hens or roosters (they aren’t saying).


Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres





It’s felt like summer for a while.  Officially, though, summer arrived in all its sweltering glory on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. (thank you Farmer’s Almanac) and this picture was taken about 30 minutes following the start of summer.  It looks pretty steamy out there!


Random Happenings at Fifty Shades of Green Acres…

  • We are expanding the chicken coop…

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…because two of our hens hatched some adorable chicks.

Aren’t they cute?


Oh, wait.  The pictures come out better if you remove the lens cap first.

Here they are!  Two Momma Hens are taking care of three little chicks.  They are a week old here.  They were a bit camera shy for their first week and the Momma Hens were quite protective.  We learned that the Momma hens need to be kept apart from each other while they tend to their chicks, as well away from the other hens and rooster for about a month, so they are in temporary quarters for now.

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  • The hummingbirds are back!  They stay busy sipping nectar all day.  We often see four or five of them vying for position around the feeders.

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  • I managed to get into some poison ivy.  It was an itchy mess, but, I only complained a little…only once, really…for a three week period of time.  :)  I’m all recovered now.

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres