Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Wet Thursday

We had hail this afternoon, though you will have to take my word for it. 
There is a tornado watch until 8 PM, and there is a tornado on 
the ground far north of us in DeKalb County, Missouri. 

It's too soon for this!!! 

Sorry for the trash sacks in the picture, I am CLEANING out. 

These three little birds are coming with me... Moe, 
Fluffernut and April. 

As is Fleura

And Snowflake

And, if we can catch her... this little white hen with the black tail in the rafters of the old henhouse. 

I am going to try to find homes for Speedy, on the left here... and Ferdy, the big rooster. 
We are going to take them to the feed store parking lot if we have to, along with two of the three blue roosters. 

The blue roosters are the reason that these five won't come down.  

I am praying that when the blue roosters go, that these five will come down for some ground time. 

They deserve it, they have spent their entire lives here. 

This morning after breakfast, I tackled this trough that I planted 
corn in last year.  

And I filled in some of the holes the hens had made in the perennial bed. 

Then I tackled THIS.  

Here's a better view.  You can see that there IS a dividing wall in the old henhouse... and
I am standing in the door of the "feed room side".  I used it as henhouse all winter... so this morning, 
shoveled up all the refuse and used straw from that side.  I'd like to turn this place over in good shape 
at some point, when it is sold.  

I shut the door, to keep the birds on the coop side. 

Though I cannot explain this... this is a porcelain rooster 
laying in the nest that the red hens who lived here 
used ... in our nursing cage, which is up on stilts.  You can 
see the door to it open on the left in the above picture.
I was always used to glancing to my left as I came in the 
door to see who was laying... and this morning, there was 
someone THERE! 

The cleanings from the henhouse went to the compost heap, for future gardeners to use here. 

You have to be VERY careful about where you step in the garden beds. 




Lil was busy chewing on a bone. 

Right now, we have half sunny, half cloudy skies.  
We are under a tornado watch until 8 PM.  

There is a tornado on the ground far north of us, in DeKalb County, Missouri. 

Keith asked me not to take a load to the new house this afternoon until the weather settles a little, 
but twice as I worked on this post the lights have gone out. 

It is extremely windy. 

Friends, I will get caught up on all your blogs, I promise! 

Tomorrow I will do a short post, and then Saturday morning, we get the big truck 
and our help... sons, grandsons and friends, all show up to move us. 
We will be disconnecting the televisions and the computer.  They will not be hooked up again 
until Monday afternoon... when the cable man comes.  
If you do not see a post from us... don't fear. 

We have MUCH work to do here at the old place for the next few weeks, if not months. 
The outbuildings need to be emptied, and we need to dispose of "farm stuff".  
Yes, a little bit of my heart goes every time we let something go... but I know it is best 
right now. 

Yesterday, I fell in our drive, a bad fall.  I skinned myself up through jeans and Carhartt, which, thank heavens, I was wearing.  I became caught on the gate, and fell hard enough to see stars. 
Just another reminder that I need to slow life down a little. 

I am so enjoying reading all the "Planting Posts" on Facebook right now, and seeing what 
other gardeners are doing... so see, the dream is still alive... just dampered for a little while! 


  1. Busy, busy, busy! Take it slow you don't need to
    hurt yourself before the big move!

    M : )

  2. Gosh Mary Ann please be careful! Thinking of ya while this move is happening....prayers for you and Keith. xoxo

  3. oh mary careful! you have to get out of there alive! i think you will be so relieved when this is all behind you!

  4. Don't run yourself ragged. Those boxes in the new house aren't going anywhere. I'm sure you want to get the farm property ready for sale.

  5. Abby you are so helpful. Bet moms work was a lot easier with you supervising. We had funnel clouds here yesterday which we never do
    Lily & Edward

  6. Mary Ann,

    Be careful with this crazy weather. I pray you don't get tornadoes!!!!
    The winds have been terrible today.

    Slow down my friend. You don't want to get hurt while in the process of moving.
    Sending hugs to you and Keith.

  7. So much work! How many chickens are you taking?

  8. Tis the season for tornado watches. I'd almost rather have have a winter weather watch!

  9. I hope the move goes well for you! I'm glad you're going to have a chance to slow down!

  10. There has to be something about the name Abby. One of my cats is named Abby and she was into everything today. Drove me nuts. LOL

  11. Abby! LOL. You have been busy! Everything looks really good. Whew, you'll need a vacation when it's all over. :)

  12. Lots and lots of work. It will all be worth it though.

    Have a good weekend. Sounds like you've got a lot of good help coming.


  13. Abs loves to root around in that are so darn busy!!
    stella rose

  14. Well done Abs for making us all smile, what a treasure she is! Very best of luck with the move, we're thinking of you x

  15. LOL at Abby! Too funny! :) So glad a few of your birds will move with you :) It's nice to see the GROUND!


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