Going big guns on Net Neutrality

Going big guns on Net Neutrality.

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This made me think of M—–l.

I picked up a book yesterday and was immediately intrigued. It is “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

I know nothing about it, but that it has vintage photographs scattered throughout (don’t buy this on Kindle, folks) and it is (according to John Green, author of  “The Fault in Our Stars”, which I have not read; the cover photo looked all schmaltzy) “A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”

So, it should be fun! We shall see!

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Hello, everybody!

I haven’t posted since June 12….mind blown….and I see it’s all new around here with the beeps and the boops. Still not very fast, though. ;)

I will admit that back in May, when I was informed that my brother was going to prison, most of my creativity/blogging/focusing on much was put into a paralyzed state. Not that I have been depressed-depressed. Just sort of frozen.

I have still continued work and caring for animals and plants and family and friends as always. I have been on six long distance bike rides (around 20 miles each) with friends and family.

My tomato garden overcame the cold summer and we are enjoying wonderful tomatoes!

It was a very bad year for raccoons. We lost 13 chickens. Trapped and released two raccoons. Then the third raccoon would not be trapped, so after three nights and the loss of 7 out of 8 of the baby chicks we finally got  the shelters raccoon-proofed and finally caught third raccoon and dispatched him. We have been securing the old chickens and my 8 new babies at night and are having no more problems.

Friends from Oregon were here for a lovely long weekend. They got to know our dogs very well. :)

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Orion  and Ellie loved Paula and Steve!

The one baby chick to survive the Raccoon Wars started crowing the end of July. This is when they are supposed to start laying eggs IF they are hens. I was calling her Dove, but when she started crowing I had to change it to Doug. This is Doug.

DougHe’s lovely and friendly, but he won’t be laying any eggs. :P

So, I have eight new babies, six Isa Browns and two Aracuanas that might start laying eggs (unless they are roosters!) in October sometime. Lol.

Ashlee’s alpaca farm had the biggest excitement yet two weeks ago! The first two crias to be born at her farm were born on Thursday and Friday. Here are the adorabibble pictures!!!

Alpaca babies2 Alpaca babies1Mayor Todd, at 2 hours old. Born two weeks ago, Thursday.

And born on Friday….Mischief! Alpaca babies Alpaca babies3This is Mischief at ONE hour old! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I was able to travel to Ashlee and Ross’s farm in Ohio this past weekend and got some more pictures.

Babies Babies2 Goldi and Todd Mischief and Phaedra IMG_3734

Ashlee got a “guard llama” for her birthday. The guard llama is very territorial and always on the lookout and will protect the smaller alpacas from stray dogs or coyotes. This is Tina, the guard llama.

Tina tongueIMG_3673Tina says “Pffffffft on your picture taking.”

There, I do believe I have caught you up on what’s going on in my life. It’s pretty much all good! :)

Ellie says “Bye bye!”

Ellie

 

 

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Good stuff

I love my alliums. And bugleweed. And Snow-in-summer. And all my sedums and ground covers.

IMG_3458Last evening we found a mama Blanding’s turtle in the backyard. Ken picked her up and moved her to the front so the dogs wouldn’t bother her. Later that night we saw her lay eggs in the ground right by the driveway..at the base of the alliums you see in this picture! SO cool!

IMG_3476Ellie was very gentle, but curious.

IMG_3477I need to lay some eggs, Peeps.

Luna goes outside to sit on the potting bench on the porch. Then comes inside. That’s adventuring for her. I guess living life on the streets and giving birth to seven kittens at Animal Control was the extent of adventure that she wanted in her life.

IMG_3478And one more. The baby chicks…much bigger!

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Busy few weeks and some crappy real life stuff.

I am going to put this all out there at once. It’s crazy and bipolar and makes my heart and brain hurt, but it’s all life. And everyone is dealing with something.

First of all, beginning of May two of my kids and their spouses and Ken and I were able to meet down in SE Ohio at Hocking Hills for a couple days of awesome hiking, campfires, grilling, hot-tubbing and fun. That was great.

IMG_3197Nice Smartwool socks.

IMG_3223IMG_3285Such a great weekend!

Then, Memorial weekend. A lot of the family was able to make it to north Michigan to help my dad put the docks and boats into the lake. It was a great family weekend. Also, Aaron was able to bring Zeek and we took Ellie up for their first lake experience. That was a lot of fun.

IMG_3385IMG_3391IMG_3404My mom’s second great-grandson, Gavyn. Ellie loved him.

So, the weekend was fine.

Real life crap. Minor….a raccoon killed three of my chickens in the last two days. We live trapped it last night. That was the biggest effin’ raccoon I have ever seen. It probably weighed 40 pounds and it dug about 10 pounds of dirt into the trap with it while trying to escape. I drove it far away and released it this morning. In the never-ending fog of rain and mosquitoes.

Real life crap, major.  My parents asked to come over to talk to us one night. They told me that my brother, 53 years old, with prior “improper touching” arrest (nice euphemism) for abuse of his daughter and a neighbor girl 17 years ago, has now been caught with child porn on his computer and is going to prison for at least 10 years. Actual sentence is 12-13 years. This guy (my brother) had an excellent up-bringing. My sister and I shared that and our parents were very churchy, but otherwise fantastic parents. He is married, has two married children and two beautiful grandsons. This caused me to think that he was probably at a point in his life where his past was past and the best part of his life was coming up.

Wrong. So, after the initial shock and a lot of suffering on behalf of my parents (who probably won’t live to see their son out of prison) and, of course, the pain caused to his wife, children and grandchildren, NOT to mention whatever evil has actually been done to any children that no one knows of…..I am glad he is going to prison. Actually, he is glad, too. He said he belongs there.

So…I didn’t want to blog it at first, but I don’t like secrets. And this is not exactly something that will be kept secret, no matter what. So, that’s what’s been on my mind for the past three weeks.

A lot of good and some really bad.

And that’s life in a nutshell.

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Baby Chicks outside for the first day!

I moved them into the chicken house about a week ago, but they were blocked inside because it was too cold for them. Today was a bit warmer and they are delighted to get outside. They are tearing around their yard, doing laps around the chicken house and having play fights. Eight girls, four Amber link and four Silver Lace Wyandotte.

They are approximately 6 weeks old today! The photo in my header is when they were 24 hours old!

Frost/freeze warning for tonight. The babys will be cozy in the shed with their heat lamp!

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A day at the park

Last week a friend and I headed down to Kensington Metro Park in the Detroit area. It’s a great place with miles and miles of biking, hiking, horseback-riding, wetlands, lakes and tons of birds and wild life.

We hiked, and had handfuls of shelled sunflower seeds for any hungry birdies.

ChickadeeI had a chickadee, and tufted titmouse and a red-winged blackbird all take seeds from my hand! The titmice were the most skittish…zip!, seed and gone! The chickadees would sit and fill their beaks with seeds before leaving.

Luckily my friend is an excellent photographer, she actually caught the titmouse as it swooped through.

Kensington TitmouseRedwinged BlackbirdThe red-winged blackbird was all laid back.

We watched a female osprey on her nest and were able to see the male osprey catch a huge fish! A lovely day!

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Babos like chicks.

I let Baborui and Little Babo visit the baby chicks to see they would like each other. First off, chicks say “Nope” to the Babos.

Nope to BabosA bit standoffish. Rather rude, in fact. But within a minute the more curious moved closer.

Babo WalkbyPretty soon another brave baby strolled by.

Babo checkin out the chickAnd suddenly Little Babo’s eyes began to look like tasty bugs.

Babo eyesBabo eyes 2Maybe Baborui’s eyes, too!

Ok, I guess chicks like Babos, too!

Babos are okSheldon likes chicks, too!

Sheldon likes chicks

 

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Starry starry night.

For M——l!

Lego Van Gogh

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Spring Peepers

Eight new little peepers, eating, drinking and sleeping. The stress of their first day of travel doesn’t seem to have done them any harm!

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