Tuesday, December 28, 2021


 Guess who did NOT get the flu shot shot year?




Guess who got the flu Christmas Eve Morning?



Guess who ruined the perfect white Christmas dinner for everyone?



Guess who fainted and hit her head on the tile floor and now has a humongous, swollen black eye?



Yikes! What a way to end the year!

 I'm going to take some time off and try to get back to some semblance of normal,

Hubby has been taking care of the gang and my fishies. They are all doing fine. Kitty-Kat continues to ignore me at all costs.

But we most certainly do want to: 

Wish you all a Happy, Healthy wonderful New Year filled with love, family, friends and kindness!


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Good evening!

 Going to take some time off  - so much to do!  Will be back on Monday!


Wishing all my dear readers a most Merry Christmas, blessed with family and friends!


Chickenmom, Hubby, Benji, Chipper, Spot and Kitty-Kat






Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Merry fire trucks!

 H/T to Donna for sending!



Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Glenn!



 The moon in the early morning:

The sun rising:

Hubby had to put up more signs - have some ATV riders on the property:

Letting the gang out:

It was a good day to sit around a fire:

Spot having a treat by herself. Benji is picking on her again.

There is a mouse in the coop. I'm surprised it's still alive. Chickens love mice!


Monday, December 20, 2021

Have you ever seen.....

 ..... an iceberg flip over?

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord is a tidal fjord covered with floating brash and massive ice, as it is situated where the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier calves ice into the sea. In winter, the area is frozen solid. One of the few places where ice from the Greenland ice cap enters the sea, Sermeq Kujalleq is also one of the fastest moving (40 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. Its annual calving of over 46 cubic kilometres of ice, i.e. 10% of all Greenland calf ice, is more than any other glacier outside Antarctica, and it is still actively eroding the fjord bed. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord full of icebergs make for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

The Greenland ice cap is the only remnant in the Northern Hemisphere of the continental ice sheets from the Quaternary Ice Age. The oldest ice is estimated to be 250,000 years old, and provides detailed information on past climatic changes and atmospheric conditions from 250,000 to around 11,550 years ago, when climate became more stable. Studies made over the last 250 years demonstrate that during the last ice age, the climate fluctuated between extremely cold and warmer periods, while today the ice cap is being maintained by an annual accumulation of snow that matches the loss through calving and melting at the margins. This phenomenon has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology.


Today's funny :o)


This weekend...

.... Hubby and I celebrated our:



And THEY said it wouldn't last! 


It's been cold and very windy in Coopville:

We wrapped the back of the coop in plastic to keep the drafts out:



 The gang getting their warm oatmeal treat in the afternoon. Benji lets me know when it's time!



 Kitty-Kat's favorite new place to take a nap:






Friday, December 17, 2021

Friday Night Steam

 How 'bout a giant steam tractor for tonight!

H/T to:

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Here we capture the process of firing up the largest steam traction engine in the world. The 150 CASE Road Locomotive was originally built in 1905 by the JI CASE Co. None of the 9 engines survived until we brought one back to life building it from scratch to the original prints. In this video we set a plowing record for the 150 Case pulling 36 John Deere Bottom plow. The plow is constructed of 3 John Deere plows mounted together as they never produced such a plow before. For more information on the project and the 150 Case check out www.150Case.com


      Founded in 1847 by Jerome I. Case to make threshing machines. Reorganized as J. I. Case & Co. in 1863 when thresher maker Jerome I. Case took on three new partners. Incorporated as J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co. in 1880. Steam Portable Engines were made in the 1870"s. Steam Traction Engines were manufactured between 1884 & 1925.

The company also produced stationary gas engines designed by J. W. Raymond 1893-1896; They re-entered the gas engine business for a short time in 1913 and again in the 1920's.


Today's funny :o)




Has Spring returned?

So warm out yesterday afternoon!



 Kitty-Kat stretching after a nap:



 Letting the gang out. Notice how Spot tries to avoid Benji:


The girls hang out together: Spot has gained a lot of weight. I hope she keeps it on.



 Benji was already in the coop for the night - they wanted to stay outside:




 All tucked in!


 The sky after the sun set behind the mountain:






Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A bird with eye lashes?

Meet the Southern Ground Hornbill!



  As big and black as turkeys, wielding bills like hatchets, these charismatic birds cut an unmistakable dash as they strut around the bush in small family parties. There are two similar species: the southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is much the more widespread and better known; the Abyssinian ground hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) occurs only north of the Equator.


 Source: Mike Unwin

The southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is now  (actually, since 2014) classified as an endangered species within South Africa. The key factors contributing to this classification are loss or change of habitat, persecution, poisoning, and electrocution. Conservationists are taking steps to turn this around. Here are some interesting bird facts that might surprise you:

  1. Ground hornbills call together before dawn in a chorus of repeated low grunting notes that sounds not unlike a distant lion. They amplify their calls by inflating the big, red, balloon-like wattle below their bill.
  2. Small animals need to lie low when a party of ground hornbills is out foraging because these omnivores snap up anything – from insects and lizards to small birds, rodents, tortoises and snakes as big as puff adders.
  3. Ground hornbills are very slow breeders and, as a result, a pair produces just one brood of two chicks every nine years, only one of which survives. Immature birds within the social group work as ‘helpers’, caring for the single chick.
  4. Ground hornbills have lived up to 70 years in captivity. This makes them one of the world’s longest-lived birds, on par with albatrosses.
  5. Since traditional African cultures saw ground hornbills as harbingers of rain, killing them was taboo. Thus, sadly, with the passing of such beliefs, these birds have become increasingly threatened.







Today's funny :o)






A busy day....



 A pretty sunrise:


 On the way to get rid of our garbage:



 A pretty 'feather' cloud:



 Local gas price:

 Seagulls at the dump:

 It was even decorated!  LOL!

 A fence all decked out on the way home:


 Some old barns:



 More land for sale:

 A nice barn:

 Some cows and hay:

 A very crooked telephone pole:



 Local geese by a pond:

 Blabbermouth and the girls:



 Sunning themselves in the shed:




 Bella and Gina enjoying the warm sunshine:




 Finally put the wreath up on the coop fence:



 Went for hay and Hubby is putting it in bags for me:



Monday, December 13, 2021

The Nutcracker

 Ever wonder how they are made? Well, wonder no more!

I just love them! The largest ones I have are two feet tall and the smallest is only an inch high!


Today's funny :o)







Shades of Alfred Hitchcock!

 The Birds!!!!











 A pretty sunset:






 And finally.....



 Dam bear knocked over our grill:


 Spot is doing better. Benji let her out of the coop and she enjoyed a nice dust bath in the pen!