Monday, December 24, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Because I need them, and I need those few folks on earth who truly know Donna. I need to be able to say, “Come look at what I built, baked, cooked, come look I what I did,” and to have them share my joy, my hard work, my frustrations, my dreams. And, I need to celebrate or suffer theirs - on my terms, with those who accept and cherish my terms, knowing that I accept and cherish theirs when I’m able, and we’re all perfectly fine with that.
So, yeah, I’m not a people person but I am a person who needs people, and so, I am one of the luckiest people in the world.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The strawberry and peach preserves, and the applesauce I made earlier in the year didn’t taste quite so good until I shared it with my grandsons, and watched them lick their fingers and hear the “mmmm’s.”
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Informing a few of the GED students that tomorrow would be my last day was more traumatic for them that I'd thought, given I was only there a short time.
"That's just not fair, when we finally get someone we can relate to and doesn't talk down to us."
So, I had made an impression - good. The two girls are planning to take the test next month and are struggling with the reading and writing. One session with the girl who'd spoken had resulted in a "hero" paper that would easily pass the testing - solid writing without extraneous wording, good formatting and structure with ideas flowing and connecting. I gave her my card and told her to call me for tutoring, "We'll work something out on the payment, we'll barter."
It is as it should be, and the remainder of my day will be spent in compiling my Georgia trip poetry chapbook for submission. I have a grant proposal to write as a volunteer; I have a few updates and a few phones calls due, but the universe is telling me to pursue the dream. Taking the laptop and the dog onto the deck in the warm summer breeze and following the astute advice.
Anyway, the chickens have finally started laying, so all is good.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The chickens are huge; alas, I’ve been informed they will not lay until 9 or 10 months. So be it, the coop is complete, with flower boxes and plaque. Nesting boxes built and mounted and ready whenever the little girls are. It’s difficult to name them since most look exactly alike, however the rooster is Foghorn, the two black girls are Dottie and Dottie Brown, I have a Tiny, and a Blacktail. That leaves four look-a-likes for the grandsons to figure out.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
- Switch summer/winter clothes (this isn’t really urgent since I didn’t put all the summer clothes away anyway)
- Organize crafts
- Till for morning glories
- Build garden boxes
- Till for garden boxes
- Clean gas grill
- Lay walk
- Plant marigolds
- Spread Diatemaceous Earth
- Fence in chicken run
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The past few weeks have been physically and emotionally draining, what with the finances for a new truck engine and then building the chicken coop. When I screwed my finger yesterday, I decided to give it all a rest, mostly my body and mind. Nourish my soul a bit by just sitting on this porch on top of the mountain and appreciating. Start fresh next week, which just happens to be tomorrow.
So here it is, in no particular order:
- switch summer/winter clothes
- organize crafts
- organize wood
- till to plant morning glory plants
- rake for wildflower bed
- build garden boxes
- till for garden boxes
- clean gas grill
- lay walk
- plant marigolds in cement blocks
- spread Diatenaceous Earth
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Today, I measured, cut, and installed all supports for the sides, as well as installed one complete side. Four hours with 15 minute breaks on the hour, because, well, I'm 55 and just settling into my new found, labor intensive, health conscious life. I'd say, that's pretty damn good.
Here's what it looked like before today - for comparison. Can you see the difference?? Please!
What else did I do all day? I bit of work, and a bit of writing: Early Morning Moments - AROS
By the end of 2012, I will be in good shape in more ways than one.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Her little heart is beating slow but one leg is twitching. I've looked on line and to be quite honest, I'm not going through force feeding her and putting a blanket over her, and holding/rocking her like a real baby. Call me heartless, but nature will take its course here.
She was the runt of the litter and obviously lost the battle. Sorry and sad, but the other nine and the rooster are healthy, chirping, eating, perching, and fluttering about. If you order chicks online they tell you to be prepared for a certain percentage of loss, and even having purchased them two months old from the feed store, there is a possibility - it is part of life.
After checking on line for disposal procedures, I found Backyard Chickens, and in their forum they confirmed my idea of burying it in the garden. I'd planned to plant my cabbages, beets, and peas next week, so I'll wrapped it in plastic, put it in the freezer, and recycle her. As it should be.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Mello and Lola within inches of each other. Neither growling, hissing, or barking. A beginning of harmony?
The chicken coop is really close. As you can see, just need to attach the sides, make the door, hang the chicken wire, and re-locate the chicks.
Speaking of the chicks, it is brooder cleaning day. The brooder is in the office because I don't have a basement and it's still too cold to put them outside. After a week of almost 90, it is now only 60 degrees. Neither Mello or myself can handle the chick dust, regardless of how clean. I've just placed them in Mello's kennel while I clean the brooder (and yes, that is fresh water) and as I sit here, the dust from their little pecks and scratching is almost too much. Mello just sniffs the air and coughs. The brooder should be dry in a few minutes and back they go, then a good bleach cleaning for the kennel. Although, they seem to really like the extra room and air. I may keep them in the kennel, just make a bottom border so the pine shavings aren't all over the floor. We'll see.
Among all the good and semi-good, I found the bird-feeder on the ground this morning. The twine used to hang it was cut, nice clean cut. Why anyone would do that, I don't know, but I have my suspicions. People. Soon though, maybe within the year, away, away from those snarky mammals.
Another little tidbit: Mello and my shoe. He doesn't chew but obviously, likes it as a pillow.
Because, my chicken coop is almost done, have 10 healthy chicks and when cocky rooster, picking up a free washer and dryer tomorrow, jobs coming my way, friends to lend a helping hand and bright smiles, kids who love, grandkids who are gorgeous, shining sun, glowing moon, waving trees and blooming flowers atop this isolated Appalachian Mountain.
So yeah, I try to "always look on the bright side of life."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Since I made the decision to stay at this location for a year to get all finances balanced, I began to dig the herb garden, and ordered seed catalogs. The daylilies and tulips are popping, and my Mello dog takes me on exhilarating daily mountain walks where we’ve met even more good people in the hood.