20 Year Housiversary

It was on this day 20 years ago that we bought our house and farm.  It was a vision to think it would be livable.  Tom had more faith than I did.  Here is the front of our new home.

And the back with the hideous unfinished extension.

And a portion of the back yard.  There were also 13 dead cars, some with trees growing through them.

A portion of the dining and living rooms.

And the kitchen.

2002 first time in our future home

It was a lot of work, time and money to get it livable.  The animals were living here well before we were.  But it has been worth it in every way.

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Poultry Uncertainty

My friend wanted to rehome three young turkeys she had hatched.  There has been predation in her area, and she wanted a safer place for them.  And I wanted to replace the turkeys I have lost.  When they arrived they were a little bit smaller than my older chicken chicks.  So then I started doubting my plan to put them in our pheasant pen where 7 of these chicks were killed by some predator, but we are guessing a weasel.  So I got Tom’s opinion.  I have never been this indecisive before but feel like I keep making mistakes.  We decided to temporarily put them in the weasel proof pen with all of the other chicks.  It is crowded but safe.  In the photos, it looks more crowded than it is since they are nervously hanging in the corner of the pen.

These new turkeys are mixed: Narragansett, sweet grass and black mottled.  This is my initial favorite.

This one is a little freaked out.

The one in back seems to be doing OK.

So my plan is to put a couple of the larger chicken chicks in the “peasant pen” and see how they do before moving all of them in there.  I feel bad that I pick two innocent birds as potential targets.  I chose the turkens because I am not a fan of the breed, but that is not their fault.  I hope they do well.  We do think it was a weasel that attacked these chicks when they were much smaller and shouldn’t be able to hurt birds of this size.  Here they are venturing out into their new space.

My Narragansett turkey is the biggest bird in the pen, but I didn’t want to move her/him to be alone.  So now there are some smaller turkeys to hang out with.

Here are the mostly older chicks that will hopefully be able to go out in the pen.  The next big decision is how long do I leave the test chicks out before I move these ones out.  I really do not want to see mass carnage of these poor chicks again.  I love the turkey head in the corner of this photo.

In this photo you can see the smaller chicks better.  They are all black except one is white and one is brown.  They will need to stay in this weasel proof pen for a while but hopefully will have more room soon.  This morning I did find one trapped (but alive) under an overturned plastic dish I was using the feed the turkeys.  I hope this is not an omen.

I also moved the larger White Midget turkeys out into the barn.  I put their food on a spool so the sheep and goats can’t get into it.  I just hope they find it OK.  They are not the smartest of creatures.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a chicken fanatic.  I never tire of watching them peck and scratch around.  But you may not know my house is decorated with lots of chicken items.  Most recently, I resurrected this chicken jar and put goodies in it.

On Wednesday I had already planned on making a roast chicken, specifically Lemon Balm Chicken (as our lemon balm is still growing like crazy).  We have green beans coming on strong in our garden so this is the first meal of them this year.  And we have Swiss chard and green onions as well with plenty of eggs so I made a crustless tart with them.  So here is our farm meal.

We also picked up Ryeleigh from the vet.  She was thought to have an intestinal infection with dehydration and electrolyte problems (her sodium, potassium and chloride were quite low).  They gave her antibiotics, anti-nausea medication and subcutaneous fluids.  We were instructed to feed her specialized canned dog food.  Here she is eating it for the first time, somewhat tentatively.  But way better than she had been eating.

The veterinarian also told us we could feed her chicken, rice and broth.  Conveniently I had just roasted a chicken.  So all I had to do was cook some rice and add some of the cut up chicken and my homemade chicken broth.

And she loved it.  Since then she appears to have recovered completely.  We are so thankful.  I was incredibly stressed, worrying about her.


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August Boles

We decided to go to our Boles Aero trailer in the mountains on Saturday, despite the predicted temperature of 105 degrees in Ellensburg.  I was hoping the elevation of almost 4000 feet would help.  It did a tiny bit, but there was also a little breeze which also helped.  But it was hot.  I was surprised with how green it still was despite the recent heat.

The beagle blended right in.

But then she crashed on my bed with the heat.

Note the high heat as well as the low humidity on our panel.

The breeze was blowing pretty good though.  It seemed like fire weather but hadn’t been declared yet that I had heard of.

I had some of my homemade rhubarb wine with ice.  It doesn’t have a lot of flavor to it so the citrus helped.

I had brought up the handwoven rugs I had made from Pendleton selvedges.  Ryeleigh likes it.

The grass looked golden in the waning sun.

And then there was a beautiful crescent moon.

As it had cooled, I took the dogs for a walk.  I was admiring how pretty the Boles Aero trailer looked with the solar powered lights inside.

And we had a nice steak dinner.

The next morning I took the dogs out again while it was relatively cool.  It is hard to tell in this photo, but there are a lot of crows flying around.

Afterwards Ryeleigh demonstrated how she can occupy an entire couch.

And the humidity was zero.  I am not sure we have seen that before.  Definitely seemed like fire weather.

Tom found the Columbia Cup on the 12 volt broadcast TV.  It was the vintage boats so nice to see the rooster tails again.

Here is the morning sun the next day pushing through some very welcome clouds.

There were a few small wildflowers still left.  I was fascinated by these puff balls though.

And I loved these moths fluttering around.

Here is the gorgeous view on one of our walks.

Tom went for a motorcycle ride up to Lion’s Rock and checked out the remains of the Reecer Fire.  When he came home, Ryeleigh was happy to see him.

As he was riding back, he noticed smoke billowing up to the east of us, which hadn’t been there earlier.  Here is the view from the kitchen window.

I did have a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives as was suggested to me by the San Juan Island Distillery where we purchased their Spy Hop gin.  I sipped this while we listened to the scanner as they were bringing in resources to fight this fire near Vantage.

Steve was good at camouflaging in these two photos.

And then again last night was a pretty moon at sunset over Mount Rainier.

Unfortunately for us and the firefighters there were tremendous winds yesterday afternoon into the evening.

Also unfortunately our beagle is sick with some vomiting and diarrhea.  I am not sure what she could have possibly gotten into as she was supervised the whole trip.  I got up with her at 3 AM to do her business.  The wind had completely died down, and the stars and the lights in the valley were amazing. So peaceful.

This morning on the dog walk the sunlight was pretty on the grass.

And the sky was so blue.

We decided to head home a day early as the winds were forecast yet again, and it was quite fierce the day before.  We had a nice relaxing time. In addition to dog walks, I did some reading, knitting and sleeping in.  Now at home we just enjoyed the Mariners beating the Yankees in New York.  We are still worried about our beagle though so likely will be at the vet tomorrow.

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