The Agaritas Bloom

Two years ago my family member notified me that these thorny things on my property are agarita berry bushes and that while painful to harvest they yield pretty tasty berries. I have wanted to investigate this ever since she said it but for the past two years we have had apocalyptic winter every time these …

Rosie gets her Nails Clipped

Rosie is a beautiful chicken. She is my only chicken that lays medium brown eggs. The rest of them are either cream or a pinkish brown color. Rosie’s eggs are a rich medium brown and they are sometimes speckled with dark brown spots. She is the second biggest chicken after Ellis so her eggs are …

A Photoshoot with the Animals

Somebody asked me to submit some photos and a short paragraph about what i was passionate about in life. Naturally, this included my dogs and chickens. So began a photoshoot that involved bribery, pleading, and luck, for chickens don’t usually understand what it means to say “cheese” and not attempt to eat the camera.

Changing the Light Bulb in the Well House

It was set to freeze again. A cold front was to blow in. Something told me to cover the plants that morning when i was getting ready for work even though it wasn’t supposed to freeze until two hours after my shift. I followed my gut and took the time out of my morning routine …

a Winter Storm is Coming

The talk around town was a winter storm was headed our way; one that was expected to resemble last february’s ice-pocalypse; the one that was responsible for the deaths of 58 people and shut down roads in Texas for over a week. The weathermen were just about peeing their pants with enthusiasm. They whipped everyone …

Mowing the Lawn

After the scythe was fully functional i took care of the armpit-high grass and then it was time to use the mower to get at the waist-high stuff. Because it was winter and the grass was dead mowing over it multiple times in opposing directions was actually working to cut it down. Over the course …

Investigating the Smell

One day i began to notice a smell wafting from the mattress in the house. At first i thought it must just be old and full of dead skin cells and sweat. However, as time went on i realized the comforter smelled worse than all the rest of the bedding. The longer the smell persisted, …

Deer

Any time i see a dead animal i have two instincts. 1. Danger…death always instinctually produces a danger response in me. I think this was by design so that whole species wouldn’t die out by eating the same poisonous plant or walking into the same predator’s hunting ground willy nilly. 2. I want to recognize …

Deworming the Flock

When i was in the city visiting family for the holidays i picked up a couple organic squash to deworm the flock with the seeds. Its an old tradition amongst natural farmers that i adopted as an experiment to see if it would work. I have no definitive laboratory proof but every time i give …