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Girls’ Weekend July 26, 2007

Posted by Laura in Family.

Fast forward two and a half years from that last picture of Rachel and me gardening.  She’s just as much my shadow, but she especially enjoys the “girly” things associated with being a young lady.

At least once a year, Benjamin and Joe pack up all their camping gear and head out for a weekend away with the Cub Scouts.  Rachel has always stayed behind to do things with me and the time came to be known as Girls’ Weekend.

A few weeks ago, the guys headed out again, so Rachel and I geared up for some special time of our own.  We went shopping- in MANY places Rachel wanted to go look around.  We visited the animal shelter to fawn over all the kittens up for adoption.  (Rachel has a one year old feline named Coco but, as they are apt to do, he went from being a very fun kitten to being an independent cat).  We went to a movie with Grams, Aunt Sheryl, and cousin Kay.  We made jewelry.  And we did LOTS of hair, nails, and make-up.


Here Rachel is sporting a new treasure we found at a thrift shop we like to poke around in.



Here, she soaks up all the kitten love she can.



A shot of the special polka dotted fingernails she chose for this important occasion.



The necklace we made this time-  bling, bling, bling!



And, finally, a close-up of the make-up and fancy hair she got to have on Saturday.


Mommy’s little shadow July 20, 2007

Posted by Joe in Family, Farm.
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This is one of my favorite photos. It’s from 2 years ago when Rachel was only 3 years old. That girl loved to help Mommy do most anything, especially in the garden – and still does!

The white deer – mission accomplished July 18, 2007

Posted by Joe in Farm.

Shortly after dinner the other night, Laura glanced out one of the living room windows and spotted the albino deer, again. So, as it’s come to be a habit for me, I grabbed the digital camera and set out on a quest to get a good picture of this solid white, almost glow-in-the-dark, deer.

I left the porch and made my way to the nearest tree in our yard. As  crouched down beside the old oak tree, dressed in office attire, my good-humored family was watching from inside our farmhouse, amused by my attempts to quietly move from tree to tree without being noticed by the deer.

It was not superb stalking abilities that afforded me these close-ups. And it certainly wasn’t my outfit – though, I would have been nearly invisible in a mundane departmental meeting in some office with wall to wall cubicles. No, it was a matter of location, location, location. The buck came within a 50 feet of our hen house. He even started playing around a bit with the some of the chickens.

So, I finally got close enough, under cover of the chickens, to the elusive, yet seemingly ever-present, great white deer to snap a few pictures at close range. Mission accomplished. Now I can find a new habit to fill my time. 🙂

Fence-Defying Goat July 8, 2007

Posted by Laura in Farm.

Pop! was aptly named as she can POP right through just about any fence, electrified or otherwise.


Here she is, looking in the back door. And it’s certainly not beyond her to come in the house if the door is not firmly in the latch. She follows me in the laundry room (an add-on to the house accessed from the porch). This really should not surprise me, though, because I quite often have an audience in there- dogs, cats, chickens…why not goats?.

Fortunately, she has not done anything destructive, like dance on top of the vehicles (shh….don’t give her any ideas), but she did give me a scare by eating yew needles one afternoon. They are poisonous to animals, but she must have had a very full stomach that could dilute and slow the absorption because she was fine. (I called the vet to see if there was any known home remedy I was unaware of. I started off by saying that our goat wouldn’t stay in the fence. The vet laughed and said,”Of course not.” He then said that pouring several ounces of mineral oil down her throat might help to coat the gut. Seeing as how I didn’t have any mineral oil on hand or anyone to help me get it in her, she was on her own).

She really likes to hang around the house and lie next to the dogs on the porch to nap. They ignore Pop! as it is beneath them to acknowledge her. (Notice how Lucy, the black dog, is facing away from her).

Just a couple of bucks July 1, 2007

Posted by Joe in Farm.

The deer are out in full force this time of year. Around Blessed Acres, hardly a day goes by when the some does are not spotted searching for a garden to pillage or a fruit tree to plunder.

Sometimes we try to scare them away; other times we just let them be.

Recently we’ve been seeing some bucks too. Here’s a nice 9 pointer grazing in our new patch of red clover. The picture doesn’t do his rack justice. Through the binoculars, his nice spread was really visible.

And the albino deer we’ve blogged about on several occasions has turned out to be a male, again with a pretty nice rack on his head.