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14 Oct

I can’t get enough of the beautiful fall colors; sadly, they are about done.

2TC and Penelope

Aurora in front of the neighbor’s derecho battered corn

Hilda (in heat) and Xerxes

Poor free-range hen hasn’t gotten to free-range since the derecho.

Tilly

Myson

Trace

“Did you bring me a peanut? I don’t care if it’s unsalted.” -Chiffon

Mary

Maybeline

Moose

Myson front and center

Trying to decide if he wants to come out and face the day. I know that feeling.

Work To Do

19 Sep

After the derecho, there is still much work to do around here.

With over four inches of rain, it’s obvious that the barn roof needs work.

Athena by the barn

This hole allows a lot of water to come in and make it muddy.

I did have someone come out and I have them booked to make the repairs to the garage, north shed, and barn roofs.  In addition to repairing the storm damage, they are going to work on sealing the barn roof so it doesn’t leak into the chicken’s section.

I need to protect it so that my barn can keep standing for another hundred years.

I want my birds to have a nice dry place to live.

naked peacock and Nugget

still finding a few pretty feathers

It’s the least I can do since they give me yummy eggs.

eggs in the nest box

And all I can say about that one egg in the middle is “ouch.”

Seriously.  In other news, the geese have adjusted to being outside quite well.

the three youngsters

They do go in the barn, but they spend most of the time outside, even during horrible storms.

older lady goose

Hopefully, we can avoid those for a while now because the roofer is booked through the rest of the year already.  I’m not sure when he’ll get here to fix my roofs.

After Four Days

22 Aug

By Friday morning, I was getting pretty darn good at making a cup of coffee on the stove.

I was doing pretty good at getting my chores done.  The peacocks were pretty good with the routine of waiting for me to bring out a light to go up to roost.  The hardest is the water.  With no electricity to the well house, I have to use rural water.

Butterscotch drinking; Daisy behind

That means going through gates or leaving the milk room door open.  It’s awkward, but it works.

Maisie in front; Venus behind

I’m taking care of mom’s cats for her.  She actually got to come home from the hospital four days after the storm.  While I was visiting her at her house (before she went to stay with my sister where she could be free from the chaos of after-storm life), I got a call from my neighbor.  I went home, and this happened!  Bless them.  They fixed the transformer across the road, and then they set the new pole in my yard.

By some miracle, the underground line just happened to be connected to the meter box.

That means I had electricity to the garage (soap room), and it also goes to the Love Shack and the barn!

No more flashlight to keep them safe!

Bless the electrical workers!  Granted I still have no power to my house, well house, or greenhouse, but I did convert my soap room into a decent living space.

I moved the computer out and was working on editing images.

It has air conditioning and I can cook in there and have hot water for dishes.  It’s been cool enough to still sleep in the house, and at least I am better off than I was.

The coffee pot is the first thing I moved.

And the dog was really happy to get to lounge around in an air conditioned space.

Sky

And my little town still had no electricity, so it also meant I could string cords from the garage to the house and remove myself from needing a generator.