museum mural sketch by EAGHL

museum mural sketch by EAGHL

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GOT MOUSE

It happens once in a while.  This is only my second mouse of the year.  He has been leaving a trail and I decided to try a new trap.  It worked quickly and cleanly and was indeed "No touch - no view". The D-con Trap I bought worked like the one in the video but mine was white. Some reviews complained about the cost of the trap but it was worth it to me to pretend nothing happened and the mouse just disappeared. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

IF ONLY A CAR

Question Of The Week, February 23, 2015

I bought shoes out of necessity.  I hate shoe shopping!
 
What did you purchase 
the last time you went shopping?  
(Groceries don't count.)

Friday, February 20, 2015

ICE WIND AND ............ SNOW

We had sleet the night before and then awakened to a heavy snow covering.
The normally busy highway through the center of our town was quiet.
My neighbor cleared path to the barn for me.
video
Never had good neighbors like this when we lived in town.  The country spawns an entirely different breed of people.  They don't crowd you but they are there when you need them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEVILISH GOOD LOOKS

One of my roosters is a serial rapist and I fear the sentence must be death if I cannot find him a new home.

It seems that because he is at the bottom of the pecking order, he waits in seclusion to attack the hens while the dominate rooster is out of sight. His attacks are so severe that he ends up killing the hen. 

The first hen I found dead had been fearful of going inside the hen house and I would literally pick her up and carry her in, having no idea she was a victim.  I thought the extreme cold got her while actually I had carried her to her death. I would never have believed the rooster was a killer until I caught him in action last night.

This time I managed to stop the attack and rescue the next hen, very near death. I put her in a cage away from the rest. This morning, after reading MY ROOSTER IS A PSYCHOPATH RAPIST, at Backyard Chickens online, I better understand the problem. 

I hope my damaged hen is still alive this morning but I doubt she will be. Her comb was raw and bloody and it looked like her right leg was broken. After 16 years raising chickens, it is still a learning process for me.
J.T. is a Rhode Island Red and is a gorgeous rooster but looks can be deceiving.

Monday, February 16, 2015

SLEIGH RIDES

Question Of The Week February 16, 2015

What favorite stories have stayed with you that your grandparents (or other older relatives) told you when you were growing up?

Friday, February 13, 2015

NO GAIN

What do you do when the shot to your hip wears off and you can barely walk but your hands have been fixed? You sit still and crochet scrubbies.  (Or, as my son suggested, you walk on your hands....)
Yesterday my neighbors came and helped me take care of the animals. It was a wonderful feeling and a horrible feeling at the same time. Many, many people my age are struggling with daily pain and they work through it. Even these neighbors who helped me have their own medical problems. 

Who am I to think I deserve to let others do so much for me? I just see my darling Ron, in pain since the age of 35, and getting so much work done, despite the pain. I am ashamed. 

Today I vow to move forward and do my own work, no matter how slowly, and get it done. I cannot just sit until March 3rd, when my next shot is due. I cannot hold still waiting for the hip replacement. Here are two inspiring quotes to get me going:

“Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“Ummmmmmur Ahhhhhmmrr, Uhrrr Alddamur Aaaarhg...”~ Chewbacca

Monday, February 09, 2015

NOT GREY

Question Of The Week February 9, 2015

What is in a 10 foot diameter 
of where you are right now that is purple 
or some shade of purple? 


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

HAVE YOU HEARD

HARPER LEE
This morning I turned on my computer and the homepage news announced:

Author Harper Lee will release a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 55 years after the release of her only novel it’s been confirmed by her publisher. The 88 year-old will release Go Set a Watchman on July 14, Publisher Harper has confirmed, which was actually written before she completed her iconic novel. 

I absolutely cannot wait!!! 

Harper Lee said:

My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became 'To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout.

"I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

Monday, February 02, 2015

QUE SERA SERA

Question Of The Week, February 2, 2015

How did you make your career choices?


Sunday, February 01, 2015

SUPER OR SOUP-er BOWL

Today is The "Souper" Bowl! The Second Annual Soup-er Bowl soup cook-off and dessert bake-off at our little church.  Many will be entering their favorite soup or dessert. Everyone will have a chance to vote for their favorite, and new winners will be crowned! We do this to raise money for our Backpack program which provides food to select local children to take home on Fridays.  This way we know they will have food over the weekend. 

Did I mention we get to eat as much as we want of all the entries?  I am entering our favorite dessert, Sopapilla Cheesecake. 


Ingredients:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent
rolls
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Directions:
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and press pieces into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.