Friday, September 15, 2017

Into Exhaustion

I know it does not look like much but it is a Treasure to me. I wanted an outdoor area for some of my chickens and a friend donated all of his odds and ends boards and chain link fencing and this is what we came up with . It is not pretty but it is Stout  and Solid .  It took a good three weeks to pull together and I really got stumped along the way trying to figure out how to work things around the main frame that he and his grandson put up. It has all of these braces that make it so solid but also a real puzzle for me to figure out how to outsmart the raccoons finding cracks. By the time it was finished I hurt my shoulder and back and my doc said I would have to learn to pick my battles??? There is no choice -just things that need to be accomplished as I am not getting any younger or stronger and have to do it while I have the ability and the eyesight.

The pigeons enjoy their new digs as they now have room to spread their wings and to lay in the sun if they so choose.

They have plenty of perches to roost on now and are not crowded.

Then today I finished my second space for some of them. It has an enclose yard  that they love. I put PVC pipe overhead and stretched netting overtop of it so they could not fly out and HOPEFULLY the Hawks cannot fly in???? I had to rebuild the entire frame as it had all rotten away . Ssoooo OF COURSE my shoulder is screaming at me.

This is a few of the youngsters sight-seeing and they liked what they saw. They played and chased bugs all evening long and did not want to go in their house and go to bed. I had to wait till dark and chase each one down and place them in their house so I could Lock the door to make them safe.  Maybe after they find their food in there in the morning they will know where to go tomorrow night?

It might not look like much but I am very proud of have pulled it off. It looks kinda like a bench but it is a small nest box, made out of every thing I had scavenged from kindling Crystal brought in during last winter . Next I will fill it full of hay for the cold weather and add the little Old English chickens in this area. Before the cold winds blow I have some heavy duty plastic I will hang to help protect them. Now they will have lots of light . They will enjoy that .

I had ran in the house and did a load of laundry and fixed some cornbread so that will be my breakfast, lunch and supper and I am ready for it. Almost too tired to eat? My shoulder is complaining but I am doing the exercises that the therapist showed me and that really helps a lot. If I could just let it take a break it would heal for sure.

I did hurt it again last night yanking on my tiller. I had just got the spring back for it and tried to start it. I pulled furiously( or at least as furious as a 66 year old grandmother can yank???)  It would start and run a few licks and then die??? I begged and pleaded and then had to quit as my shoulder just quit responding at all - kinda like the motor did? I HATE to have quit in my vocabulary , but this time I was just whipped , so I have not got my winter kale planted at all and it is almost too late, and it just breaks my heart - as I need it for my eyes????

After being run out of bed before daylight this morning by something jumping on Callie right under my window, I am good and tired and aching all over. What a wonderful day and a lot of work accomplished. I am very grateful.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Inundated with life

I guess we all really are overwhelmed by life. In my last post I had shown the picture of my hillside garden that I was working so very hard to bring to life.  It was very hard . Standing on the hill was hard enough, much less digging, tilling , mowing, planting , installing the fence-outsmarting that deer because she actually got buzzed by it and stayed away while the beans grew-until they were just a couple of weeks away from having them to put in my winter storage????????????????? Then my  daughter came running to Share with me and this was what I saw??????????????? The entire garden was demolished .  What the tree did not get - that deer devoured that night. There was no way to save any of it. The tree is still attached at the base and we cannot cut it up because the leaves would wilt and they are poison to your livestock so I do not want the donkey to eat any of them.I did get up under the tree and lay down a lot of my fence - just trying to save the poles as that was the major expense for me this Summer? Guess it would have been cheaper to have just bought a bushel of beans somewhere???

Then exactly a month ago I lost my best friend of 41 years. She went in for a knee procedure-the doc gave her a steroid shot and it spiked her blood sugar to 1200. Then infection set in and consumed her body. She lapsed into a comma and I sat with her while they turned the machines off.  It is horrendous to lose such a friend. They live in a space in your heart forever, if you are lucky enough to have one.

Yesterday I had a wonderful friend stop to share some crackers and cheese with me as I had been sick. I was so very grateful and after she left I went down to the main garden and picked a small mess of Tenderette beans. This is the last mess of them so I pulled the vines as I worked so I could see them better with my puny eyes. A storm was brewing and the wind was up so I carried them up to the porch . I planned to work on them and watch it rain, but the rain only ended with just a few drops. I heard a car down at the road and shortly after I heard a familiar sound???? The sound of a chicken???  Now, my chickens are all enclosed due to predators ?? So, I got in the car and drove down and my eyes rested on the biggest rooster I had ever seen???? After my recent concussion from the rooster that I own (who is secluded in his own space) -well- roosters are not on my "most favorite species" list?????

I pondered what to do- just leave him on the highway and let a car seal his fate??? Let him wander into the bushes and let the nightly raccoon have chicken dinner??? Boy , that dinner would feed his entire raccoon family> lol . I stepped toward him and he moved away from me. I tried to grab him and we play ,"keep Away", until he flew to the highway????? So I herded him back to the creek side where he decided to sneak into the tall weeds, thinking I could not see him. But I saw his back leg and managed to get a hold on him and drag him out. He was so heavy I had trouble getting him into the car and to the house.

I checked my cages and none of them were big enough to contain this giant of a bird. That only left the dog kennel that housed two groups of my laying hens, so I plopped him in there. I stood back and watched as the "Red-Dina-soars"  (my nickname for them) ran over to jump on him as they have been known to kill other chickens but - no- he put them in their place and walked off. SO the newest group of the colored egg layers decided that he looked good to them and they flew down and invited him to take a dirt bath with them???? After that - that Crowing the good life was all I heard the rest of the evening??????

Now, I do not even know IF he will flog like the rooster I already have??? And I still Have to get in that kennel to get the eggs???? Plus, from the looks of him- he will eat as much as I will???? How am I going to feed this behemoth??????????? For now -his future is uncertain-hoping a new home will present itself in the near future??? ~smile~

Casper also got very sick at the start of the Summer. I thought he was a gonner, as he went into seizures . I decided that the house was just too dark and we needed the light so I fixed a cage on the front porch and have put him out there almost every day giving his fresh apples and veggies each day. He has had a lovely time making lots of messes and seems to be doing much better. All of his feathers look much more bright and his spirits are wonderful.

I was dealing with a tremendous amount of pain and the doc sent me for those xrays and mri . It turned out to be degenerative disc and tons of arthritis so she sent me for physical therapy, which I am pleased to say has actually helped ease the pain. They do not give us pain pills anymore here so you have to find something to help yourself or just live in AGONY! Mama never told me how very painful this aging process can become. It is an everyday battle to maintain your health when you have limited knowledge and resources. But, it is worth the battle to treasure each new day that God shares with you. 

I pray you guys have had a lovely past season what ever that has been in your neck of the woods and I have missed hearing about your life. Thank you so very much for the ones who have checked in with me- I love you guys dearly ......

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Last of the Cloud Booties.

Sometimes life just gives you cute pictures to make you laugh, like my darling daughter in the process of putting colors into her hair.  ~smile~ I just could not resist. Her wound is healing slowing and she believes that is due to the quick action of good doctors as a brown recluse spider bite can be even worse, even life threatening if allergic. I am still changing the packing each day and it is still soupy when pulled out but the black deep down under next to her ribs is gone -thanks to Dr. Reggie Thompson the surgeon who did all the work inside of her. That was another experience that I will definitely never forget. She still feels weak and not much energy and sick at her stomach and a headache at times but it is getting better slowly. I took it as a good sign that she wanted to color her hair to cover some of the grays.She complains about them but I remind her that her paternal grandmother was gray at 20.

This is her little terrace garden that brought on the bite we believe . She had almost worked herself into a heat exhaustion that day as she hand dug into this steep hillside. I know it does not look steep but I have trouble standing up on it. I always have had trouble with this hill. She even laid those 4 concrete pavers to start with for me.

While she was digging hers I was digging just around the curve of the hill . I  hang dug mine too as the ground was so darn hard I could not get the tiller to stick on the hill , it just bounced off of the hill. But after I dug each row with a madic then the tiller could dig in and get a bite. Then I ordered this electrified netting and was installing it to try to defeat these naughty deer that like to eat everything we plant.  They even came all the way up to the steps of the front porch and ate most of my flowers , including some of the house flowers I have vacating outdoors! I was really MIFFED at them for that.

Now in the process of working on the last of my Cloud booties I had a rooster attack me and manage to give me a concussion.  For the last two weeks that has really been a challenge. I guess since I thought a rooster caused it that I did not have to  really rest like they want you to and I have paid for it with terrible headaches , being sick at my stomach , and then Sat. night I spent from 10pm to 4am continually throwing up. It was horrible and it wanted to do that the next 3 days but I did have a little pill to help a little. I was a little dizzy , unsteady on my feet and my eyes blurred at times . I finally gave up and looked it up online and read that when they wanted you to rest they meant no reading, watching tv, emails???? and I thought that was resting?????

But I was very pleased to complete these booties that go in my Christmas collection so far.  I did go down to the garden this morning and mow a path in my walking area and go get the tiller and till that up as I had run out of room in my main little garden , but had ordered these beans called Dragon's Teeth! I just did not want to risk losing them to the deer and so far I have them stumped in there. While I was there I cleaned out two of my chicken runs and carried the mulch down to mulch a row of  my Tenderette beans. If I did not mulch I would never make it through the garden because weeds are one thing I can really GROW and Grow Tall!  The Tenderettes are blooming so in a couple of weeks I should be able to have a fresh mess of green beans. That will be a treat. 

While I was there I discovered I had my very first zucchini of the year! They are called courgettes in other countries  and I was really thrilled. I just did the "Happy Dance" and brought it up to the house. I am planning on making zoodles with it.

It is really hot out there but I am working in the house and it is shaded by some trees . I know it is hard for the people who are forced to work out in the sun like that but I am so very grateful that is is my Summer-Time as I love it so very much. I despise the Winter and cold because it makes me so very sick and it is so very hard to cut your own firewood and haul it up. If only I could live where it was warm all year long and have a garden and my pups and chickens-that would be paradise to me. ~smile~  

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Already???????????

How does time just fly by so quickly? The last two weeks have just literally flown by.  But when you stay busy I guess that is the way it goes? No wonder I am just getting Older Every Day??? ~smile~

I have dressed Crystal's wound every day-pulling out the salt strips that I have to insert deep inside of the wound and putting new ones in. She has been a real Trooper. I mean how would you like to pour salt in a wound?? The hospital decided it must have been a brown recluse bite and the infection is still pouring out .

I Finally got some warm weather - here it is the 3rd of July and the last 3 days have been warm enough for me to leave the window open at night. It has been so pleasant. Three nights ago it was a perfect temperature with a slight breeze blowing and a full moon. I took the pups out at almost midnight and we sat in the swing and just enjoyed the most perfect night I have enjoyed in a long time.

I am still fighting with ticks galore -every time I go out in the pasture to do anything.  Then a week ago I got attacked by a rooster. Now normally I would not think much of it but he was on a shelf high above me when I went in to feed and water and he weighs right at 7 pounds so he is no light-weight. He came down on me full force and caught me on the head and temple and almost took me to the ground. I was stunned and stumbled out of the little hen house . I do believe he gave me a slight concussion because since  I have had 3 before I know the symptoms - this blinding headache has been my main complaint the entire week but the  "Rooster-Egg" he left on my head and the bruise on my temple have been reminders. I still have a terrible sore head and am careful combing my hair or washing my face. I did rig up a single dwelling cage for him outdoors beside the henhouse since he wants to bully me and I do not want to get hurt any more than I have too.

 Me and the pups are enjoying ourselves tremendously . By the time I get up and do all the outside chores and then the inside chores and then work on the garden and mow and change the chicken runs and mulch on the garden -the day just is gone?

My doctor sent me to a physical therapist to help teach me exercises to help with the arthritis in my neck and back.  He taught me two last week and then I had a fibro flare that has made me miserable all week long. So, up and on we go.

Maybe Crystal will continue to improve. I sure do hope so!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not Me!

Thank goodness this is not me, but it does not make me feel any better to see this on my daughter's ribs. It came up on Thurs . morning and she went to the doctor who was stumped and gave her antibiotics and told her to come back on Sun. if not no better come back on Sun. So on Sunday she was no better and a little worse.

He gave her another antibiotic to take with the first one and made her an appointment to see a surgeon on Tuesday if no better. Well she is no better - only worse so we went to the surgeon this afternoon and he put her on a table and numbed it -then cut down deep inside of it  and poked his hemostats down into it  making channels and pulling out infection all the way down her ribs. He put these fabric straws down deep into it and showed me how to do it if they come out. He drawed dots on her skin and told me IF the red passes those dots by tomorrow when I change the dressing to take her back to the emergency room for inter-venous antibiotics. If the red is going down then she has to go to the wound doctor on Thurs. They did take a culture to make for sure if this is the right antibiotic for this bacteria????

Of course I am worried sick- and neither of us have any idea how it might have happened as she did not hurt herself -she just woke up this way?????

So, each day really is a Gift.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm Pooped

        While reviewing my day and observing the creations and creatures that share my life the verse to this song popped into my head:

             All things bright and beautiful, 
            All creatures great and small, 
            All things wise and wonderful: 
            The Lord God made them all


These are some of the things that have inspired me today as I worked. I started out with my normal outdoor chores and then took Crystal's weed eater and trimmed a little around her terrace garden she is working on and then I trimmed down a hilly growth that I have dreams of turning into something useful???

This is the spot were I have worked. It does not Look bad but it is so steep I have trouble standing up on it. First I weed ate it and took a break. Then I went back and took the lawn mower to it to cut it down to some rows and then I took my tiller to try to till the bottom row- only the ground is so hard that my tiller just bounced up and down off of it??? 

This is a close up of where I went back and took the madic and hand dug it -OR - attemped to dig it??? First I ran into a tree root that was growing in the same direction that my row was going???????? Then I ran into a rock wall that I could not dig up - so I will have to remember to take a break there?????  Finally I just collapsed from exhaustion and pain?
This hill may have defeated me today -but we will see what becomes of it in my future?  Not excluding the fact that is is in a deer pathway????????????????????????????????????
My arms is almost useless- it is so tired I cannot lift it without pain and Mr. Fibromyalgia is so darn  mad at me for what I put him through - but hey, I hate him as much as he hates so so I guess we are EVEN. lol

Of course I do have my  co-horts who try to keep me out of trouble.  But they find as much trouble as I do ??  Daisy has recovered from her Giardia and Indy managed to get kicked by the donkey and ended up in the creek covered in water and mud while my head was turned?  But that is life in the country-thank goodness for the country life .  I even saw the donkey "Licking" Crystal today as she attempted to sit on the grass and cool off??? lol

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Flowers and Booties

This is such a beautiful time of year when all of nature springs to life and seems to revive us from our winter woes.

This beauty was a gift from a friend who lives in California and she sent me several of the bulbs last Fall. I put them in the basement -praying that they would survive and low and behold here one of them is ???? It truly amazes me every time I walk past it and admire its beauty and I did place it where I walk past it Several times a day and appreciate her kindness of sharing something so lovely with me.

I completed another pair of baby booties for the Sewing Guild Christmas Community Event. The way time flies by me I am just trying to stay afloat. ~smile~

It is already June here and still very cool and rainy! I tried to start a fire last night and could not get it to burn . I just could not seem to hold my nose right at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL