Tuesday, February 22, 2011
How much wood would a wood rat rat if a wood rat could rat wood?
This winter we had an unwanted guest. A Bushy Tailed Wood Rat.
He made himself quite at home in one of our storage rooms.
We had been having a mouse problem all year and it was so common place to have a mouse in the traps it sometimes was a twice daily chore to empty them. Yuk.
Then, suddenly, there was a remarkable decrease in mouse traffic. We optimistically thought it was something we did to keep the mice out, although we had never really pinpointed where they were getting in in the first place. I did see one, last summer, dash in the open door. There were those vents along the roof... Perhaps they were just breeding and thriving in the ecosystem of the building?
Well, after a two or three day period of silence in the "snappy traps" there was a loud commotion in the storage room. Giant chewing noises. Things crashing
Saturday, February 19, 2011
At our other house, we have a flock of Dominique chickens, with a very good rooster. Good in that he takes great care of his flock. That is not always a good thing, though. He tends to attack people, dogs, people walking dogs, small children, me.
Phoebe figured out an interesting way of managing him. He is surprisingly easy to catch. One or two quick steps toward him, with an outreached hand to pin him to the ground, and you have him.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
When we are together, Coffee Time only lasts about 30 minutes, at the end of which
Monday, February 7, 2011
|Mr. B with little turtle|
Something you should know about me is that I'm the most domestic person in the family. I tend to approach everything with a sort of single-minded intensity, and that especially applies to cooking and crafting. My grandmother was the same; she taught me to knit when I was three years old, though I admit that I didn't pursue it really seriously until I got into my teens. When I did, however, I.... got a little excessive.
Now, this farm-wife streak has, so far, eluded my mom
Saturday, February 5, 2011
We love our trailer. We debated getting a pickup, but we both do more driving than hauling. And we will frequently end up with more than one passenger. And in the NW, an uncovered bed is not so good for wet weather hauling and a canopy is not so versatile.