Thursday, February 26, 2009

worm farming

Yup meet the worms ...

I have officially lost my mind - I had been thinking about getting worms to help with food waste for a long time and today stopped at the local variety store to get chocolate bars for a treat later. I saw the worms (on sale even) and thought - hey I'll get me a tub or two . So for five bucks the Vareharri No Hair Worm Casting Production Team is in business.

Somehow I think this won't be as easy as it seems ;)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

let sleeping dogs lie?

Dear Hank - after how long of leaping up every time I touched my camera or phone finally had to give in and try the bed. It must have been comfy as he actually slept through the photo shoot! Then he stretched out - right across both beds ... too cute. Apparently chewing the stick (see crumbs on bed) was much harder work than he anticipated!

The Queen of catching a nap - curled up on her coat here and wearing her tee shirt .. and I don't dress dogs I swear to it ... but Thea is currently wearing a tee when the weather is below zero - she didn't get much chance to grow a coat this fall and shivers wildly when nude!

Sally sleeping in the chihuahua bed :)

Dozing ... usually as restful as she gets

Brody sleeping in the bed he kicked Sally out of ...

I guess I'll let them lie with it being Sunday and all ... Lord knows I could sleep a month if I could turn my brain off for a bit...lucky dogs

Saturday, February 21, 2009

More typical farm dogs maybe...

hmm blogger doesn't want to cooperate... but we live with two more typical farm dogs too
Sally (pictured above) is a dog and a half, a never ending motion machine and a great source of joy. She came as a palliative foster case but simply refused to die. She has been healing and getting healthy and it's hard to imagine life without her. She drives me MAD at times ... she is intense, compulsive even and if I don't structure her life she tries to structure ours (um the border collie in her I'd have to say) but we love her to bits!
Hank is a Great Dane German Shepard mix - a working dog to the max he lives to please us. A little neurotic and very reactive on leash to strange dogs he is a beautiful dog with a heart of gold. There is NOTHING he won't do for you if he understands what you want though.

They are a fabulous pair to walk and play with - they also like to help me garden but tend to get playing through the little seedlings (then there is trouble - which Sally laughs off and Hank is devastated by!)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

not typical farm dogs ;)

Brody in one of my favourite pictures of him. This picture just makes me grin plain and simple. I don't know if we won any titles with the run; heck I don't know if we even got the "q" but we had a great run and thats what life with my dogs is all about for me!

Thea loves to jump and loves to please people. A real charmer she has friends everywhere she goes!

Brody and Thea don't fit the most traditional farm dog descriptors though they do a great job alarm barking when needed and keeping me company in the garden without trompling the plants!

I always defined myself as a big dog person ... after Brody joined us I can't imagine not having a mixed crew!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Things I've Done

Here's a list if things I stole from blog. You're supposed to highlight the things on the list you've done. Things I have done are green - things I cannot imagine doing are red ;)

Started your own blog
Slept under the stars
Played in a band
Visited Hawaii
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Been to Disneyland/world
Climbed a mountain
Held a praying mantis
Sang a solo
Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Taught yourself an art from scratch
Adopted a child
Had food poisoning
Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept on an overnight train
Had a pillow fight
Taken a sick day when you’re not ill- if mental health day counts ;)
Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
Been to a Broadway show in NY
Ran a Marathon
Been in three states at once
Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
Watched a sunrise or sunset - (both!)
Hit a home run
Been on a Cruise
Seen Niagara Falls in Person
Visited the birthplace of your Ancestors
Seen an Amish community
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
Sung karaoke
Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visited Africa
Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported in an ambulance
Had your portrait painted
Gone deep sea fishing
Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Kissed in the rain
Played in the mud
Been to Grace Kelley’s grave in Monaco
Gone to a drive-in
Been in a movie
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
Swam in the Mediterranean Sea
Visited Russia
Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout cookies
Gone whale watching
Gotten flowers for no reason
Donated blood, platelets or plasma
Gone sky diving
Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounced a check
Saved a favorite childhood toy
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Eaten Caviar
Pieced a quilt
Stood in Times Square
Toured the Everglades
Been fired from a job -sort of
Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
Been on a speeding motorcycle
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visited the Vatican
Bought a brand new car
Walked in Jerusalem
Had your picture in the newspaper
Read the entire Bible
Visited the White House
Killed and prepared my own meat
Had chickenpox
Saved someone’s life -I have no concrete way to measure this but I think so
Sat on a jury
Met someone famous
Joined a book club
Lost a loved one
Had a baby
Seen the Alamo in person
Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a law suit
Owned a cell phone- been owned by one pretty much ;)
Been stung by a bee

If you want to play along, copy the list for your own blog and highlight the ones that apply to you. :) And let me know, if you do, because I'd love to see your answers!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

well just maybe the stars are aligning ...

found me an adult angora bunny in need of a home ...very hairy indeed! Fibre animals seem like a good match - butchering isn't my style and breeding isn't really my bag either. A life without a bunny would be no fun at all!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

seed time

I think ordering seeds is tough - I know lots of people love it but it's KILLING me

catalogs all over the place
scraps of paper with notes and codes I can hardly understand

a pile of magazines and books with their recommendations

too much choice - I can see why I usually just go with whatever the local nurseries have but I am determined to start my own seedlings this year and that means making choices


not sure what else I'll start ahead yet - every time I look at a catalog I add more