Saturday, October 31, 2009
Today is the 492nd anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg Germany by Martin Luther. This triggered a firestorm across the globe. Though it had social and economical impact, it was majorly a religious movement as the church- the people, rediscovered justification - the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. And all this lead by the great reformer, Martin Luther.
Last evening we had a Reformation Day Psalm sing. Wonderful music! And.. a discourse on reformation and Psalm singing. Randy did a wonderful job.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"C'mon girls! I got goodies!" and they all came running at me. I wasn't sure I could get the shot, they came at me so fast.
This is one of my favorite pictures. I took it a year ago at Gramma Camp at our house. The scenario is a treasure hunt and someone found a clue and read it.. they all came running!
I think this one shows true motion. As Mandy tossed her baseball sized watermelon into the woods, I snapped the picture.. Look closely- you can see the melon in flight between the two bigger trees on the right side of the picture!
It was a particularly windy and dismal day.. I carry the camera everywhere I go now, and just then a huge gust of wind blew these leaves in front of me. Boy, I couldn't have planned that shot.
This is my very favorite- the flag of the United States of America! It is the most enormous flag I've ever seen and flies above the Butler Armco Credit Union. Long may she wave!
I'm not sure I caught 'motion'.. but this is my offering for this week..
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It was about 5pm when I took my last walk of the day over to feed the chickens and put them to bed..(not really, they roost just fine by themselves).
I had been looking at a small sea of mud when I turned around and just looked out accross the woods behind where we will soon be living. It's beautiful, though dark right now. Soon (this weekend?) we will be turning our clocks back and gain an extra hour of daylight.. yay!
I believe this is our water line coming out of the ground. This is the only area that isn't covered over now.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
My brother Charlie lived in the trailer next to us and likes to raise chickens as a hobby.
Charlie's chickens, who we also refer to as 'our' chickens, Charlie's Angels, or 'the girls', numbered around 40 until he gave 20 away a couple weeks ago. They are White Leghorns, Buff Orpingtons, and another variety that escapes me.. they are black and white striped.. interesting. These hens are heavy and lay 2X sized eggs.
We have a small chicken coop where they normally like to roost at night. It has doors that close to keep them safe, and a fenced in area or chicken yard attached. We keep their feed inside the coop and have several big trash cans with lids that hold straw for nests. They have access to about 8 nesting boxes, but choose only 3 of them..go figure!?
They are fed commercially grown feed (laying mash) and cracked corn, but they also get the table scraps, and of course, they free range all day too. Keeps the insect population down in the garden ya know? They get all the damaged veggies and fruits all summer. It's really nice to have them follow you when you are trying to pick the raspberries in the spring and the Japanese beetles are trying to compete. You just flick a branch of berries and the beetles fly into the grass and the chickens pounce on them .. By fall, there are few beetles left to compete.
In the winter, they get day old bread from the "thrifty" bakery as well as their commercial feed and table scraps. It seems to keep them going, and encourages us to eat veggies and salads..:)
We also discovered that they LOVE pasta and rice..strange creatures, eh?
They get fresh water by bucket daily.
Since we are doing demolition on the old trailer, they have been roosting up underneath it and eating the insulation. They seem to have a taste for it for some strange reason. It hasn't hurt them a bit, eggs don't float ... just odd creatures.
The chickens don't stop laying in the winter even in sub zero temps. I have to say that they do cut back substantially, but we always have 1-6 or whatever with an occasional stoppage for a week or so. Right now with 20 hens and all the stress they have been experiencing, they still give 6-8 eggs (cackleberries)/day, which means they all aren't laying every day like in the summer.
Their stress amounts to losing half the flock, Charlie's absence while our new home is being prepared, having me as the caretaker and cackleberry thief.. They are just now starting to trust me.
I can't imagine paying $8 a dozen for the eggs there in Alaska. What do you feed your chickens? What kind do you have..? Now I'm being the nosey one. Where do you keep your flock?
One other thing they get fed is eggs with the shell when feed is low. Charlie buys a big bag of rice and cooks it up so it's soft.. then he smashed eggs into it.. not cooked.. just gooey eggs with lots of bits of shell. The chickens LOVE this... and it's a healthy meal for them.