Well Water

When people‚Äôs wells started running dry earlier in the year i had to think about what life would be like if i never tasted well water again. I started praying every morning for the longevity of my well and the arrival of rain. I also started to appreciate each additional bottle of well water that …

Cricket

I was out watering the pecan tree after nightfall. I had the headlamp on. I was carrying a watering can. I was also on the phone, because multitasking. Suddenly i noticed a pair of reflective eyes in the grass. They were bouncing. They were definitely coming towards me at a high rate of speed. The …

The Black Widow

I was noticing that it was getting harder and harder to convince the dogs to go into the dog igloo after a treat and that was unusual for Cashew, who was very treat motivated. From time to time i threw treats in there to remind them they could enter in practice for a bad weather …

The Pullets Graduate

I have orpingtons. Everything ive read about these chickens says they are supposed to start laying eggs around 6 months of age. Yet, my second batch of chickens started laying at around 5 months and these last pullets began laying at 4.5 months. I am not complaining. I think its great. I just wasnt ready …

Deodorant

I sweat a lot. I always have. I think part of whats behind that is my inability to play well with others during home life renders me doing things that the instruction sheet specifically states require 4 to 6 for assembly. When you take on a lot of physical tasks you are going to sweat. …

A Solar Powered Fountain for the Stock Tank

I was told by the employees at multiple feed and hardware stores that water agitators were on back order and ones that didnt require connection to a hose simply didnt exist. For a long time, it seemed like they might be right. I found a way around the problem by buying toddler bath time fountains …

Quality Checking the Eggs

Recently at a party a man i had supplied with eggs for free at one time sat down beside me and told me that the eggs he was getting from the social worker were much better, the yolks were oranger and richer than mine. He accused me of never giving my chickens people food scraps …

Cedar Allergy Remedy

I remembered hearing my boss say something about a guy who gave him cedar berries once and he ate them. I dont remember if he made a tea or just ate them. I vaguely remember him saying something about hoping he could get more because it cured his cedar allergies that year but he had …

A Trip to the Vet

The dogs needed their anal glands expressed. I didnt usually get them expressed outside of their checkup because they generally made solid poos and didnt have much to express. However, earlier this year they both had distemper and nearly died. They had runny and mucousy and even bloody poos for a long time and the …

A Diesel Engine

An old beat up diesel truck roared up the dirt path to my house. The dogs signaled alarm at the uninvited visitor. i had the urge to greet the visitor who was clearly pulling over 100 feet onto my property on purpose without permission, with a weapon. I fought the urge to exit the house …