Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Lights Are Going Out

Friends, thank you all for your kind comments about our loss of Abby. 
It happened so fast our heads are still spinning, and the vet himself was 
totally shocked. 

We did have some good news over the weekend. 

These guys: 

Roosters One, Two and Three... and the little girl Black Tail... were the last chickens 
at Calamity Acres.  You see them here just before Keith and I caught them on Sunday. 
We were so blessed to find a good home for them, and did not have to put them down, which 
I was dreading.  The roosters were born at our home... and had lived their whole lives there. 
They will adjust... and I'm so glad they are alive and well. 

The yard was full of clover that smelled so sweet, I just wanted to stand and smell it. 

Our big girl now has the whole toy basket to herself... and as you can see... is taking advantage of it! 

Swallows have re-built their nest above the door.  

Troy cut part of the pasture yesterday... you can see how high it was.  Lilly went down for a minute, then came back up. 

Lilly snarfed around outside while I cleaned the old henhouse for the last time.  I had cleaned the majority of it two weeks ago... so this was an easy hour's work.  

Yes, I left the full waterer and the feed that was left over... Troy took the two cans of feed I had left for the new owners... the mice have to have something to eat, and for the next two months at least, I'll be going out every few days. 

The waterer in the new henhouse was filled, too. 

These two gross looking pictures are the bottom of one of the whiskey barrels that 
sat in front of our deck at the old place.  I am emptying them out, and I'm going to bring 
them here... I can't afford to go out and just buy more of them.  There are four in the hoop house that I am 
going to empty, too. 

And guess what?  The dirt is coming HERE with me. 

Saving where ever I can. 

Someone watched from the cool grass under the maple tree. 

Tomorrow I have to wait for the garage door repairman, so we won't go out early in the morning, the best time to do this hard work. 

The alliums have finally begun blooming, as the iris are slowly finishing their show. 
How glorious they were this year! 

I show you this somewhat blurry picture that was taken a year ago tomorrow... see the lighter green of the caryopteris bush in the back?  And the lush dark green of the big buddleia on the left of the picture? 

This year. 

The two buddleias, and the one in the south bed, died during the hard winter.  
The caryopteris can't be seen in this picture really, but only about half of it is viable.  They all need to be taken out. 

And this, perturbed look on her face and all, is my little sister Kathleen, in our very last picture together... taken April 4, 2012... Kathleen died two years ago today, the 27th. 

We had had a good visit that day... but she was on the downhill run already.  

She had wanted to go back into her bed in the den... and Bob, her husband said 

"Kathleen, sit down and get your picture taken! "

Hence, the perturbed look.

I'm sorry, Little Sis!  

I miss her so much... but I know she is waiting for us. 


  1. Oh I loved that last picture of you and your sister. Your place is coming along just nicely...getting it all cleaned out and such..i am so glad you found a home for the roosters.
    stella rose

  2. The sweet smell of clover is something I've not enjoyed in a while, but my allium is blooming here too. We seem to get more and more every year. I'm so glad you still have your lovely Lilly to keep you company and the remaining roosters found a home. That is good news for sure. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear Sister but glad you do have some good memories of your times together. The picture is a good one.

  3. Oh Mary Ann, I somehow missed your last post about Abby. I am so very, very sorry. So much loss in such a short time, my heart goes out to you.

  4. Mary Ann,

    Moving into a new home and closing out the old is a major task and stressful on top of losing your sweet Abby.
    I know you're both very busy, will you have time soon to take a nice break?

    Yes, I would move the barrel pots too, along with the soil Where ever you save money, I always say do so!!!

    When we eventually more, I will be breaking down my garden and taking my compost and soil with me.

    Sending hugs and love to you and Keith.
    Your Friend,

  5. We love the photo of your sister and you too! And your right- someday your will all be together again.

    So happy the roosters got a home!!
    And yes, take the dirt with you!

  6. Sorry to hear about Abby.....
    Glad you found homes for the boys!
    I would take the barrels too as well as the dirt...
    It is wonderful to have great memories of those we love...
    Stay strong

  7. I'm so glad you found a home for the chickens! I'm not sure that my Buddlea made it through the winter either. I trimmed them back hard, and saw just the tiniest of new growth a few days ago. Maybe they'll have leaves by September! Grrrrrr..

  8. Sorry to read about your Abby. So sad.
    Looks like you are wrapping things up, and getting the last details done around the old place.
    Will you put it on the market soon?

    Glad you had that picture with your sister. I can understand why she was perturbed, but now you have that sweet picture to have and remember her.


  9. So glad you found homes for the last of the chickens. Hopefully, things will settle down soon and you will get the house sold.

  10. I'm so sorry for the losses you have endured.. your sister, and now dear Abby. I hope you are finding peace of mind in your new home -

  11. I'm glad you found them a home.

    You have had more than your share of losses in the past couple of years. I'm praying that you'll have smooth sailing for a while. Glad things are working out getting the old home ready.


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