Evidence of Danger

A pretty big snake was at some point inside the chicken pen long enough to shed its skin on some rocks near the water dispenser. The good news is that it was probably after the field mice that eat the discarded chicken feed on the ground after i put the chickens to bed. the bad …

Because Common Sense

I paid 700+ dollars out of pocket to get my eyes checked and have a new prescription put in my back-up pair and a new pair of glasses (so i can still drive while i’m waiting for the second pair to arrive). They told me to stare at a picture of a hot air balloon, …

Nostalgia, Shame, and Unforseen Expenses Create the Perfect Storm

It started with the realization that i could neither afford to buy groceries at the mom and pop grocery i worked at nor the chain grocery i used to work at. If i missed the produce warehouse on wednesdays between 10 and 5:30 i didnt eat for the week because my budget was 15 to …

A 1 AM Conversation with my Australian Shepherd

In actuality it is very difficult to put my aussie in the bed without having her destroy our mosquito net tent. She is very active, has a bull in a china shop vibe, and no concept of pain or personal space. However, it kills her soul to be away from her pack and sometimes i …

Split Trees

So i had all the oaks on the property treated for oak wilt back in july in order to halt the spread when i learned the cluster of seven trees i use as a carport during storms was infected. Three of those trees are recovering fairly well with new baby leaves all over their branches. …

A Termite Swarm!

It had been raining for hours. We really really needed the rain so i was thrilled beyond belief. Also i didnt have to water all the trees and plants this evening. Nature did it plenty. I left the house briefly around sundown to put the door to the chicken coop on and then around 9 …

Tree Frogs

I’ve always had toads on the property but this year they exist in such an abundance that it is overwhelming. They are everywhere and i much enjoy their company. Its great fun to watch them use the porch stairs every morning at dawn and in the evening at dusk. However, this year there is a …

Name that Snake Round Two

This snake i actually encountered around 8 pm vs 10 pm, when there was still some daylight to see it by. I was able to see that it was not a rattler without getting close to it and upon further examination it is in all likelihood a checkered garter snake. These snakes are completely harmless …

A Troublesome Youngster

There is a white tailed doe that gives birth on my property every year and stashes her little fawn in my grass while she goes out to forage. Its really smart if you think about it. The dogs are locked up but their constant barking keeps the coyotes away and i think she knows i …

Name that Snake

It was late. I had worked a full shift and closed at the store. It was nearly 10 pm and now i had to water all the plants by moonlight and the sky happened to be overcast. I parked the car, grabbed my pitcher, and headed for the spigot on the side of the well …