Monday, August 19, 2013

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

OK Folks, hold on to your hats!

The other day a neighbor came over for coffee and after shooting the breeze for a bit, he told us that at 3:30 that morning he saw lights on at our place. No big deal except that relying on solar power we seldom have any lights except for hurricane lamps. He said it was lit up like a city... Well, he went out to take a look and guess what? He say a large cylindrical object hovering over the yard! He watched as it slowly drifted to the west, stopped for about 5 minutes and then took off in a zig-zag pattern. He said it was totally silent! Then he returned to his house and locked the doors...

What do YOU think?

Whatever it was it freaked poor Lucille (miniature donkey) out so badly that she ran blindly into the only juniper in the pen & broke her neck. We're so sad to lose our loyal friend. She was very loved and will be greatly missed.

I'm supposed to be starting bedding plants so I'll close.

Light and Love

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sittin on my splittin stump after cuttin some firewood.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Went fishin yesterday!

 Got good pics.

Then when I got home.......

 I was being observed.....

 They let me drive pretty close......
 there were six bucks in this group

 I had to talk to'em quite a bit to get'em to look at me.
(clik the pic 4 a larger view)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New baby at the farm

Bridget had her foal on 05/17/2011, Tuesday morning.

                                          She already likes her bum scratched......

                                              and being petted is good too!

                                       Nap time!  Look at that little round belly.
                                                                  Full tummy!
 Happy, Happy, Happy!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011


I harvested a few bug killed trees from our property. I was cutting them up for firewood when I found one had been lightning struck. I have the bottom 15 1/2 feet set aside for drum making. It should make for some awesome drums, since the "thunder" is already in the wood.

I have attached 2 pics. One shows the lightning trail down the length of the log, the other is a shot of the small end.

     I am keeping 2 1/2 feet of the large end for my drum project. The rest will be sold.
I am open to trades.

     I found that the Celtic Drums are made from lightning struck pine.
Also, Native Americans used it for flutes. It's also rumored to make the best guitars and banjos.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

To certain of our Friends, who shall remain unnamed:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

And to the rest of our Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From my favorite magazine: Backwoods Home :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life's ups and downs are merely a matter of your perspective

Life's ups and downs are merely a matter of your perspective.

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip , the father asked his son , "How was the trip?"

"It was great , Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah, " said the son.

"So, tell me , what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us , but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us , they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Rick & Cher

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New addition to the farm

Calvin the mule. He is about 26 years old. Retired from the forest service.


New Critter Pics


First time Rocky let me hold him and hand feed him without biting. He really likes cheese crackers. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

More pics here.

Click here for more pics

Many, many, thanks to Keith, for his awesome pics as he travels over hill and dale in his search for the perfect setting for a new picture to dazzle us with.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Our swimmin' hole and marina. If ya look real close you can see me and my 78 Bronco.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Almost August

Well, we're almost completely moved onto the farm!

Health issues delayed everything for over a year but that's behind us now. (Or we've learned to cope)

I've got a zillion cats now and a 23 year old mule "Calvin"

Not much of a garden this year but Rick has plans to build an underground greenhouse, which will be usable year round!

I'm heading back to the Island soon to visit family and friends and pick up keepsakes from my Mom...

Can't think of anything more right now.

Light & Love

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Update May 2010

Started 2009 with one of our prepps is getting our teeth fixed, a few monthly appointments, time to get'em all fixed up, no problem, I've still got most of my teeth at 49 years.

February 2009 a friend is helping me put wider wheels and tires on my 78 Bronco. I'd jacked up the back using a Handyman/Highlift/Farm jack. (another story/history). Stupid move, the handle hits me in the head. I actually saw stars. Closest I've ever been to being KO'd. There's blood. I grab some snow in a bandana, tuck it under my hat and finish mounting the tires. We get to town, I tell Cher I might need some stitches. Off we go. I got 1 running stitch and 11 to close the scalp. Doc says, go get a MRI. Doc says he's sure I cracked my skull. MRI comes back. Everything's OK. Now my sweety has verified proof. I AM HARD HEADED!

Then the last week of March 2009 I was at the farm and passed out, woke up with my chickens and turkeys standing around me wondering why I was laying in their front yard.
Off to the Doctor, who sent me right to the hospital with internal bleeding they never found the reason for. And man-o-man did they look. They investigated both ends for a week. I've never been so invaded in my life.

Two weeks later I'm back in the hospital with a blood clot in my leg. So now I get to take blood thinners for six months. Watch for shortness of breath, if so, get to the hospital ASAP!

The dentist won't work on you when you're taking blood thinners.

Another trip to the hospital for....... yep, can't breath right. X-rays! Here use an inhaler/puffer.

Saturday May 2nd, I leave my cane in the truck 'cause I park close to the door and there are handrails starting about 15 feet away. I hate totin' a cane around. At the end of the meeting while I was talking to a neighbor, (Mike), I get up out of a chair and my right knee pops. That's my good knee! Almost brings me to tears, I had to hang on to the wall. Good thing I like to sit close to walls. Mike said "that sounded painful". I said "yea it happens every once in a while." He went and got my cane for me. This usually takes a week or two to get better. lol. yea, right!
Three weeks later the knee is still hurtin', so back to the Doctor. I get a MRI of my knee. Doc tells me he doesn't understand how I'm even walking. I tell him "Well Doc, I wake up, figure which part hurts the most, and that's the part I baby that day." He tells me I need the whole knee replaced. After I'm off blood thinner meds for 3-4 weeks. In the meantime, here use crutches to take the strain off.
So I wait. I do the research. Find a cutting edge Doctor 5 hours away. Set up the appointment. Finally months later, I make the trip, he takes X-rays and tells me I only need surgery that I can get close to home.

I'm tired. More Later........

Monday, July 20, 2009


Well soupfans, if you've been keeping up with this blog, you can sort of tell that things are not exactly going according to plan....

I spent the beginning of the month in the hospital - 2 pints of blood and some yucky potassium got me up and moving (well, MY definination of moving) I'm on hiatus(sp) on the chemo until results of blood tests come back...

Meanwhile, I wake up every morning breathing so Life is good!

We're down to 3 turkeys and I haven't got the heart to count the chickens yet - darn coyotes!!
Its my karma - in my medicine card reading "Coyote" is my totem in the east. All my "lifes Lessons" come from the trickster (sigh)

Anywho, feel free to comment or email me

Light and Love

Monday, June 22, 2009

Well it's been an interesting winter. We both had a really bad case of flu. Got meds for it, then relapsed.

Cher is now into her third month of chemotherapy. Her last treatment is scheduled for early January 2010.

I got put in the hospital for the last week of April with internal bleeding. A week after I got out of the hospital they found a blood clot in my left leg. Couldn't hardly walk for over a week before the blood thinners started working. Oh boy six months minimum taking blood thinners. Here it is the first day of summer and the doctors still can't tell us why or where I was bleeding.
Anyway, enough whining, here's some new pic's.

Here's the last kid to be born this year. A male we call Oreo. His twin was carried away buy one of our local Golden Eagles right after it was born(still wet). I was about 30 feet away and saw it happen. Sad.... But, then again awesome.

Also here is Lucille checking to see what Jeran is doing to (her) baby.
It took Jeran about an hour to catch the little guy. Oreo kept hiding behind trees.

I finally got one of the coyotes that have been eating our chickens and turkeys.

It's the 7th of June. The pelt is shedding, that makes it pretty much worthless. No more free lunches for this coyote.

And the Elk finally showed up............. in April!