Archive | January 2014

What’s with the weather?

Are we in South Dakota?  We just had to check.  Sub-zero weather for several days, the thermometer barely making it past 30…but, yes, here we are in the Appalachian mountains  (in honor of my friend, Mary…quick – what’s the capital of South Dakota?  If you don’t know, you can look it up and learn something today).

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It’s cold, but we know how to dress to stay warm, yet stylish.

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Some come equipped with all that is needed to stay warm.

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A snowy day with overcast skies.

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...gives way the next day to colder temperatures and a brilliant sun that reflects off the white blanket

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…and makes an interesting design on our pond.

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So – until the ice and snow melt, we’ve put our outdoor project on hold

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and we are concentrating on plans for a spring garden.  Maybe these guys getting ready for spring, too!

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The Scout Report

Wonderful Winter

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Yes, it’s been a wonderful winter so far.  It’s been really cold – we’ve had light snow a few days and it even got below zero a couple days this month.  I didn’t think it could get much better, but today – well, today has been just swell.

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It’s been snowing steadily since mid-morning.  I got to eat snow – I was trying for a (sort of) straight line about 1/4 mile to the mailbox. 

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But, before we got there we decided to inspect the pond which was full of snow. 

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But, wait – it gets even better….I got to go off leash and run all over the place.  I inspected all my favorite places.  And then… 

Yep, more excitement ahead – I got to help tend to the chickens. 

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In this weather, we need to check pretty often to see if an egg has been laid.  We don’t want the eggs to freeze.  I tried to get under the netting so I could be of more assistance, but someone was too quick for me!

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Mainly, though, it was fun to be out making paw prints in the snow! 

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So, until next time…

 

Your friend,

Scout

 

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Musings from Murphy

Greetings!

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A few stats for your consideration…

….vis a vis the hen house…

 

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  • 79 – number of eggs provided by the five fine and lovely ladies in just one month!  These girls are something else!!!

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  • 5 – achieved today, the maximum number of eggs found in the hen house in one single day!  You go girls! 
  • 8 – degrees Farenheit this morning when the world finally woke up despite my cock-a-doodling for several hours! Note the depressions in the snow below the message – some creature with a rough tongue appears to love eating snow.

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  • 1 – Creature with rough tongue.  Said creature decided it was important to sneak under the plastic fencing to inspect the goings on in fowl-dom.  Please refer to pictorial evidence below.  My watchful eye kept matters under control!

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  • 12 – Number of apple trees pruned today, as reported by a reliable source. 

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  For now, friends, au revoir. 

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Magnificently yours,

Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

Fog and Sun

A few days ago, it looked like this…

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So – yesterday, when we walked out and it looked like this…

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 We did this..  

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And, then we got to work on this…

 

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North deck project

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North deck project

I helped to drill in some screws and as a result please add approximately 52.5 hours more to the estimated completion date of the project. 

 

 

Happy New Year!

To make it a very happy new year, visitors arrived and helped us tend to the chicks – who are producing eggs like crazy!!

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Scout now has a branch of his fan club in yet another city!

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Since the new year, we’ve experienced some snow and frigid temperatures.  We woke up to a brisk -2 degrees this morning.  Here are some of the sights around us…

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Blue sky with half moon in the east

There’s nothing quite as much fun as eating snow.

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Getting ready to check on the chicks and Murphy.

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Magnificent Murphy!

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Well, it’s not frozen enough to skate, but our pond definitely has some

ice action going on…

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We have a few new projects going and we’re keeping a vigilant eye on our progress. 

Until next time…

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I’m missing someone.