Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
Happy New Year

Monday, March 31, 2014


Question Of The Week 3-31-14

What  is the 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SUNDAY SEVEN 3-24-14 to 3-30-14

My words of gratitude from the previous week.








Saturday, March 29, 2014

R.I.P. Jack

The neighbors came over this morning to tell me that 
Rooster Jack Bauer, Sr. 
died while they were gone last week.  
He sure had a good life here for starters 
and there as the head of their very large flock 
of fancy show hens.

October, 2009 to March, 2014

Click on his picture on my sidebar to learn about the designer of his attire.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


If you have been needing a "kitten fix" here are David's babies 5 days old.  I managed to snap a picture while David was eating yesterday. Only one is named.  The large black father with white socks was seen  creeping in and out of my barn on my surveillance camera and I called him Darth Vader so naturally that darker kitten would be Luke.  You can tell the other three resemble their mother.  We can probably guess from past experience that Luke will turn out to be a girl:)

As an added update, here is Rooster Chicklet who was recently de-throned by Rooster King Kong.  You can tell that he has recovered nicely and is no worse for the wear.  I think he might need to retake the power because last night I came up missing three hens.  We did not lose any hens on Chicklet's watch.  Not looking good for King Kong's initial performance report and I'm hoping the girls will show up this morning.  That has happened before.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Question Of The Week 3-24-14

What one material possession do you own that you could not survive

What is this?  Can you live without it?

It's a One Touch can opener and any can opener would be hard to live without but we could probably survive.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SUNDAY SEVEN 3-17-14 TO 3-23-14

Words of gratitude from previous week. (And a few pictures.)

Rooster King Kong is now the cock of the walk.  He has won the ongoing competition for leadership of the NOL-NOC Estates chickens from Rooster Chicklet.  At least Chicklet has been allowed to retire with his life,  his dignity and a few chosen ladies.
Yesterday David gave birth to her kittens in a chicken nest box where she was born in 2009.  She and her brother Goliath had some celebrity at their birth.  See the story published in Countryside Magazine about the hen that tried to become their mother. David has given birth to each of her liters in this nest box.
Here David has lifted her paw to try and give me a better peek at her kittens.  I don't dare touch them yet but I believe there are at least four and maybe five.  I hope I can get a good count before she moves them.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Don't fail to put this in your day:-)


I have often seen the Starlings in large flocks around here but never such great numbers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Lovely pine tree near the road at the front of our property.
Pine tree looked nice behind the John Deere Tractor when it was out front.
The pine tree grew into lovely shade for our goats and some favorite grazing too.

Last week we went from Spring to a sudden Sunday of rain, wind, ice and snow. Just enough to weigh down our beautiful pine tree at the front of our property and topple it over. Another loss to Mother Nature. Thankfully family was visiting and my son-in-law managed to finish the taking down and removal.  Monday the sun was back and Spring was making another go at it, but my tree was gone. 

Each loss of a tree is another sad day. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


"It's good to be the King."
The henchmen from the office of the President and CEO of US Cellular have won the fight.  (At least she claimed to be from the President's office.)  My efforts to be David in the battle with Goliath have been in vain.  The complaint I filed with the FCC seemed to be shaking things loose, but US Cellular has me over a barrel when they can cut my service in the blink of an eye. Though they have admitted that these seven months of pain and agony have been due to misinformation and misdirection from their representatives, there are still  no apologies and it has to be their way or the highway. Life is too short for me to live in the middle of this mess any longer.  I surrender.

You Know It's True - My first post re: USCC - Oct, 2013

US Cellular Complaint Again - My second post Dec., 2013

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Siblings gather for early birthday celebration of the hat-less fellow.
We met at our traditional gathering place for the traditional pig out of all-you-can-eat Alaskan King Crab legs and had our traditional fun and laughter.  We were having an early celebration of my brother's birthday.  This was Ron's favorite place to go and I am pretending that he is absent from the table because he is taking the picture. Otherwise his presence was definitely felt.  We always have such a good time and we feel especially grateful that the management has never had to ban us from the restaurant....yet:)

Monday, March 10, 2014


Question Of The Week 03-10-14
Family, dog, cats, chickens, travel, weather, work, supernatural, computers, cyberspace, shopping, writing, drawing, etc.? For me it can change every morning.

Thursday, March 06, 2014


Yesterday morning I woke up at 3:00 and could not go back to sleep.

Logged out of Facebook and will stay out for 40 days of Lent.

Had my morning meditation and my coffee and banana.  Thought about my grandfather's rule to "never wash the coffee pot". He kept a running battle with my mother who visited and she always insisted on washing their coffee pot.  I also thought about cutting up the banana peel for the chickens.

It was Senior Center day and the eggs were packed up that I donate to the center.  The members purchase the eggs for $2 a dozen and the money goes to the center.  They grab them up as fast and I bring them in the door.

After our lunch, I went to the church to help prepare the newsletter for mailing and then excused myself to go home and nap before the 6:30PM Ash Wednesday service. I could barely keep my eyes open.  But when I got home, no sleep would come.  

My daughter had called and announced they will be moving to Kansas for son-in-law's job promotion.  US Cellular had reared it's ugly head in my direction once again and that war is waging.   The snow and ice is melting rapidly and my drive is turning into a big mud hole.  My brain would not settle down and thus my rest would not come but I was still too weary to leave the house and so I missed the church service.

Finally fell asleep before 7:00PM.  Was awake this morning at 2:00.  Housekeeper is coming at 8:00AM and I have a doctor's appointment at 10:00AM.  Today I am thinking about Sunday being the 9th anniversary of this blog.  The stats say that I have had 346,435 views in that time.  That is highly doubtful but it sure looks impressive.  Looking forward to the big 10th next year and wonder what new blog friends I will meet. Also looking forward to a big nap this afternoon:)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Sunday Seven 02-24-14 to 03-02-14

 Gratitude words for the previous week:)








Wonderful son and wonderful granddaughter with neighbors help spent Saturday taking down dead trees. They managed to return safely to their homes before freeze arrived again this morning.