Sunday Stroll 4-19-2015

Got up early this morning to be greeted by this beautiful sky.

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I walked around and snapped a few more bloomin pics

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As soon as it got light I went out and got the 2nd coat of sealer on the new beaver ‘pond’

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It’s ugly but as long as it holds water we’ll be happy!

We tried moving Miracle into her new pasture yesterday and she kind of freaked out so we put her back for the night. This morning I bribed her with a bucket of grain and she seems a little bit calmer. We’ll probably move her back and forth for a little while until she’s fully comfortable.

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Notice her very own run-in shed there behind her.

We had to get some new fencing done and some old fencing replaced and we enclosed our back yard completely so there will be no more dogs coming in and killing my critters.

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The side yard where the greenhouse is feels much larger now.

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Things have been happening around here! Still more to come too!

I think I might take the rest of the day off!  Happy Sunday!

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What’s Bloomin

I took full advantage of the rainy day to recharge and rest my aching back.

I’m waiting for the ground to dry up a little bit before heading back out this morning.

In between the showers yesterday I went out and snapped a few photos of what’s bloomin here on Sassy Cat Hill 

Spring has sprung… enjoy!

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I’m still here

I’m up to my neck in a big project that I start bright and early each morning and usually come inside completely exhausted at the end of the day. It’s raining today so I’m forced to take a break.

The outdoor beaver ‘pond’ was an 8’ round 2’ deep metal stock tank.

I put it in for Paddy many years ago. Read about that process in this post

It served Paddy and Pudgie quite well through the years.

But it started rusting through and leaking so replacement was necessary. Instead of just buying another rust-bucket I decided to try my hand at building a concrete and block pond. Mr. C wasn’t particularly happy about the scope of the project but he was supportive.

So this is what I’ve been doing and why I haven’t been blogging Mr. C has been helping a lot too.

This is right after pulling the old tank out. Once again Neighbor Nick blessed me with the use of his Kubota which made this whole project possible.

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The start of squaring up the hole

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The bottom drain installed and preparing for mixing and pouring concrete

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The bottom is finished, thank heavens we rented a mixer!

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Laying out the block

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I won’t win any prizes for my mortaring skills!

One would think that a mosaic artist would do a better job!

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Yesterday I started capping the walls that were built. I would have preferred to use natural stone for this part but at this point I’m pushing the easy button wherever I can!

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I still have to build poor Matilda a little shallow area at the far end because she is blind and afraid of deep water.  I hope to get her over that problem.

Still lots to do! But we’re getting there!

And in between building I’ve been coming in to feed lil Pipsqueek… She makes me smile :-)

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Well What Do You Know… I Have a Neurological Disorder!

Something popped up on my facebook page this morning and I decided to do a little research on it because of some recent events that have been causing me great distress.

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That s called misophonia or selective sound sensitivity disorder 4s march _3401678c55882c90f84ef0f310a15ed7

For as long as I can remember certain sounds have driven me absolutely batty.

Sounds that most people do not even really notice in their day to day lives.

The sound of utensils scraping on plates.

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Slurping sounds

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Chewing sounds

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Gum popping

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Any repetitive noise really

I’ve always attributed my seemingly over reaction to certain sounds to PMS or being overly tired.

But after reading about this disorder I’m POSITIVE I have it!

While I guess it makes me feel better that I’m not alone it doesn’t make it any easier.

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New Kids On The Hill

My chickens are all considered pretty ‘old’ by chicken standards. I’m still getting a couple of eggs a day from them but they are near the end of their laying years and are close to retirement.  And NO… that doesn’t mean the stewpot!

So when we went and picked up this handsome fellow (who remains unnamed by the way)

 

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we asked the guy if he had any pullets to sell. He really didn’t want to sell any of his layers, he is into breeding specialized breeds of chickens and peacocks. BUT he said he would consider selling this certain group of young birds because he wasn’t exactly sure that they were purebreds of the breed he thought they should be. A roo and 3 hens.

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I didn’t want another rooster, but it was take these four or none of them. Look at those cute feathered feet!

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The girls laid their first eggs these past couple of days!

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Aren’t they pretty? The center egg is one of the older gal’s for comparison. They will get to be normal size as the birds grow.

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“Old Willy’ and a Sunday Slide

Mr. C. didn’t take very much from his dad’s garage when they cleaned it out but he did bring home his old snow blower because we have a pretty long driveway, and we certainly aren’t getting any younger! The dang thing didn’t work and we could have bought a brand spankin NEW one for what we put into it to get it going! But now that it’s working wooooo boy do I love that thing!

I’ve decided to name it Old Willy

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My back is very grateful

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After we got our driveway cleared and all of our critter pathways shoveled I forced Mr C to have a little bit of fun. Well… at least I thought it was fun!

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Like I said before we’re not getting any younger, but it was fun to pretend for a little bit!

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Sunroom Bunny

With record setting cold temps the past few days I just couldn’t leave Sampson out in his condo. He has a wonderful space with an enclosed straw filled section to snuggle in but it hurt my heart to think of how cold he might get, especially at night.

I brought him inside and he ran right to the fireplace and plopped down and didn’t move for several hours. I just didn’t have the heart to put him back out so I fixed him a temporary space in the sunroom. He has the run of the house during the day but he mostly prefers to stay near his litter box and food dish.

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That’s a warm, happy, relaxed bunny!

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