|Posted by Kathy Bonham on August 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Fred and Wilma went on an all day outing the other day. It's my own fault. I don't keep them penned during the day. They usually just stay around the house and on the acerage. I went in search of them. I walked at least 3 miles through the timber. Looking back, I should have taken my camera. It was a beautiful walk. The more heavily timbered areas were much cooler. (Note, it has been triple digits here for about 2 weeks).
From a distance I saw what looked like a human BRAIN, laying on the ground, at the base of a down rotted tree. The tree also had a big opening, a hole, like a fox den. I considered approaching it to look closer, but scared myself. After walking around a bit, I went back. I rationalized to myself that I was being ridiculous, in thinking there could possibly be a perfectly formed brain laying on the floor of the forested area. I mean - animals would have eaten it, right?
I worried there may be something in that hollowed out area. A fox maybe. I took a long branch and poked around the brain looking thing. I could not get it to move. I have been (morel) mushroom hunting many times over the years. I know it is not mushroom season. Right? Could it be a mushroom anyway? Quickly, I reached down and plucked it up. It didn't really smell like the morel mushrooms I have experience with.
I took it home. I took pictures. Then, I started looking online for information about large mushrooms. I ran across this website: http://morelmushroomhunting.com/ Chris Matherly was the contact person, so I emailed a photo to him. He was very kind and sent me a link to more information, here. I read a few more articles and found it was a sparassis spathulata. A mushroom, yes.
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/sparassis_spathulata.html has good information. Then I went here, to discover it was not toxic, and it is indeed, in season. I have it in a large dish of salted water, in the refrigerator now. I simply can't cut into it, until Mike gets home to see it. 16.1 ounces of mushroom.........
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Second Amendment – America’s most vital amendment but one which is under constant threat and attack. Watch this (do be sure to watch parts 2 and 3 also.) and pass it on as widely as possible and wake up more people. Visit jpfo.org for other download options. Here, it is divided into 3 short videos, for easy viewing.
I think these should be mandatory viewing in American History class.
76 Reasons: http://youroptimal.com/
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
I have tons of chicks growing out right now, but nothing for sale. I want to see how these turn out. Currently it is just too darn hot to keep my breeders penned. So, no chicks or pure eggs are available. When it cools off some, this fall, I will resume hatching and selling hatching eggs.
Until then, I am just praying my flocks make it through this unbearable heat. It is looking like last year's drought is repeating again this year. I do have lots of shade, which is a blessing. I keep their waterers filled and in the shade. That's about all I can do. Chickens seem to do better in the cold than in the heat.
I have a pen of meaties (Cornish Cross and Red Broilers) that will be processed in August. I am surprised they are doing as well as they are, considering the heat. They will make some nice chicken dinners this winter. I am planning to process them myself. This will be a first, and I want to do this. I remember helping my mother and grandmother process chicken, when I was a teenager. We had an assembly line going, and that worked out great.
Meat and eggs. That's what raising chickens is all about, to me. Well, maybe a little more than that. I like the challenge of breeding towards the SOP, too. One of these days I may begin showing. I enjoy the shows, but have not yet entered any. I think I have a few worthy candidates I could show without embarrassment. Some day..... some day.
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 17, 2012 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
I thought I would post some of the household hints I have been gathering and saving. Do you have some to add?
If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM||comments (1)|
My last hatch of the season is in progress. I cut down this year, and did not hatch as many as last year. I got started late. I do, however, have more hatching to do for customers. That doesn't count though - right? I get my fix (hatching) and don't have more chicks to raise, and they get their chicks. It's a win-win situation. I have to wait for it to cool down a bit, as I can not ship chicks or hatching eggs in hundred degree weather.
They really are cute when they are all dried and fluffy, don't ya think?!
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
We had a nice day celebrating the 4th of July. Our neighbors had a party, complete with terrific fireworks, down at the pond. The food was fabulous, and we met lots of new people. The 100° weather didn't seem to bother folks too much. The party started around 6PM, so it had cooled off to around 97 by then. The view was gorgeous, the food was fabulous, and the new friends were a bonus.
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM||comments (1)|
Fred and Wilma are my emus. They were hatched March 10, 2012. Funny, I remember the date they hatched, but I can't remember the date my mom died (I know the month!) in 1979. Anyway, Fred hatched first, and surprised me. I didn't think that egg was doing anything. A very pleasant surprise. Soon after he hatched, he crawled over to the other egg, and sat next to it and waited. That was Wilma. She was noisy even before she hatched. She is the boss, for sure. Fred continues to follow her and wait for her nods of approval. I love watching the dynamics around here.
Here they are today.......
This video is June 19, 2012......
|Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
I am technologically challenged, for sure. No doubt. I am self taught on the computer. I fear I have reached my limit. I bought a domain. I researched, "best website hosting." I read and read and read. I purchased. Now, I am stuck. I have to work with WordPress, and can not figure it out. Every time I attempt to make an entry, it makes a whole new page. I did get ONE page done. Honestly, I don't even know how I did that! It still isn't just right either. Forget the designing. Pfft.... I want chicken feet prints on the outside edge. No idea how to get them there.........