Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunny Saturday!

Wow, we are having a most beautiful day today!  It's been a dark and frigid week so the sunshine today is most welcome.  This is also the last weekend of the 2014 deer hunting season, but I believe that Kevin will post a season wrap-up for you, either later today or tomorrow, so I won't give away any details.

One of the highlights of the week was going to the Central Lakes College Community Band concert on Tuesday night.  Kori joined the band this fall and plays flute and piccolo.   I wish I had a picture to show you; I was so proud of her when she stood up with the other piccolo player to be featured when playing "Stars and Stripes Forever".  Unfortunately, the lighting was not good for us to get any photos and I cannot find any on-line either.

This morning the guys, Rollie, Kevin, and Kurt were out cutting up wood with the buzz saw.  Kevin and Kurt said they were whipped when they got back with the wood.  Rollie said he wasn't!

Rollie heads home to the North House with a load of fuel

I screened a cartload of compost that I have been storing in the shop to keep it from freezing.  This load went to the beds in the greenhouse.  It's very pleasant in there today with the sun warming it up.  I am using the opportunity to tidy up, put things away, and get an inventory of supplies.  I have already received two seed catalogs to wet my appetite for planning next year's garden.  Yesterday I was very happy to get the new catalog from my hands-down favorite supplier, Pinetree Garden Seeds.  I have ordered from this company for years and will continue to do so.  They have good prices, interesting selections, and best of all are just a really nice bunch of people.  If you are interested in checking them out, their website is

I also spent a little time with the young goats today.  Chicky and Billie-Dood have settled in nicely, but he is a little shy so I am working on making friends with him.  They were a little naughty their first afternoon in their new digs... When I went to check on them, they had squeezed into the coop through the little chicken door, then squeezed through the even smaller little chicken door into the "chick room" where the food is.  They protested vehemently when I evicted them.  Billie-Dood promptly ran right back around the coop and in through the little door again!  Anyway, now the door has been made even smaller by screwing some strips of wood across on the inside.  They still give it a shot now and then though!

Nice try but sorry, no admittance!

Inside the coop, egg production is very low.  Many of the older hens are molting, and my pullets just haven't gotten going yet.

At least this hen is on the job!

And that's about all I have today.  I'm going to head back out to my greenhouse to dream about spring!
Not a bad place for a gardener to hang out on a November afternoon

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