Sleepy Kitty

I thought you might enjoy a few photos I took this morning of a sleepy kitten in the flowerbed.

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Canning Spree

I’m on a canning spree. I gave up on my garden and just bought veggies in bulk from the store. I got roma tomatoes for $29.

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First we made diced tomatoes. Then we made salsa.

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Where To Put Extra Canned Goods

We have very little cabinet space in my kitchen. In the past I stocked canned goods in shallow tubs under our bed. I need to start stocking up again now our income is going to improve I need to stock up for slim times again. However my quart canning jars don’t fit under the bed. So what to do?

Here’s one option I found. http://welloneofmyblogs.com/2012/06/23/secret-canned-goods-stash/ It is placing canned goods behind books on the shelf. I am also researching other ideas. Anyone have something to add?

Older Ducklings Update

Crest has three of her original ducklings. Not quite babies anymore anyday the three will start trying to quack. For now its still peep peep. I thought I’d share some photos of them hunting grasshoppers today with you.

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Willow Branch Lattice

I made a willow branch lattice. I used bailing wire to secure the limbs to each other. I built it to shade the tomato plants from our harsh afternoon sun. I planted cucumber seeds so they can grow up the lattice. I really hope it works. If not it still looks nice.

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What’s Crackin’. I’m Hatchin’!!!

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Look there’s a crested one!

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I can’t tell how many yet. I’m thinking seven.

UPDATE!

I went out and put all the babies in a bucket. It seemed there were so many I was never going to stop counting. There were twelve!
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These two had the biggest crests we have ever had on ducklings. That one in the front almost looks like it has a mohawk! I can’t remember how many were crested or not.

Mama Duck was unhappy, to say the least, and was running around puffed up screaming her head off. My daughter and I cornered her and reunited her with her babies in the big kennel in the backyard. They will stay there for about a week until they get a little stronger so they can run through the tall grass after their mom. Otherwise its a terminal game of marco polo in the grass.
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I saw Jasper the naughty cat peering through the fence at the ducklings. I warned him stay away. He is an excellent hunter but needs to leave mama’s birds alone!

Photos Around the Farm 6/17/13

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Bluebonnet scratching at an itch she couldn’t reach. Yes I helped!

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My beautiful dependable Bluebonnet

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Merriwether long and lean

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Fauna’s girls. We still haven’t settled on a name. Oh and Nigel our future dinner in the background.

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My southern engineered way to make due with the standing water when it rains. A boardwalk.

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Blue our rather shaggy looking donkey. She is scared of brushes. Sigh.

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We covered one of the chicken pens with a big tarp.

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Fauna and Merriwether getting in the way of us working on the board walk. Kisses and snuggles break!

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My Fauna. Love this beauty!!!

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A mille fleur went broody and hatched a chick. But it has a mole on it’s head. Weird!

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We have been grilling a lot since the high heat sat in. Here is my first ever smoked turkey! No it wasn’t one of my girls. Was one from the store.