Articles from AbeeNormal

  1. Holy Cow: How NOT to Bring Home Cattle

    Everything you read from me will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth " at least the way I perceive it. Nothing in these articles will be theoretical. If we havent actually done it, there wont be a post about it. Dont misunderstand; I have lots of ideas about what Id like to do: raise rabbits, get some mason bees, and dig-in the greenhouse by a couple of feet, just to name a few. But unlike theories and ideas, when you actually start doing things, they dont always turn...
  2. Chicken Hunting

    Several days ago I got home from running an errand and was greeted by five of my six hens, but no rooster. Its fairly normal for the group to be missing a hen or two who have gone back to the coop to lay an egg, but the rooster is never absent. Furthermore, I didnt hear him crowing. Hes always crowing. I walked past the barn, through the gardens and up to my moms chicken coop. Perhaps he was visiting her girls, though I was fairly certain her rooster would never allow it. Sure enough, he...
  3. Waste Not, Want Not: The Egg Basket

    It's very important to have the right tool for the job. How many times do we struggle with something until we stop and go get the right tool? Gathering eggs is no different. More than once I've broken an egg in the pocket of my jacket while climbing back through the fence. What's worse than the sadness of loosing a tasty farm-fresh egg, is the mess of cleaning egg out of your jacket pockets. I started using a cheap, plastic lunch-meat container to gather eggs. It's the same one that is now...
  4. To Kill A Woodpecker

    I killed a woodpecker recently. I don't know if it's illegal and I refuse to look it up because there may be more. If there are, I'll have to kill them too. It's not that I mind the noise, and although I don't like the holes in my silver-leaf maple tree, I killed him purely in defense. Not self-defense, but defense of the Mason Bees. They'll arrive soon and I don't want any woodpeckers eating them before they emerge. Therefore, I'm on a mission to rid my yard of woodpeckers before the bees...
  5. Am I A Hippie?

    According to the Google dictionary, a hippie is a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. Minus the beads and drugs, I pretty well fit that description. When did a socially conservative, evangelical, southern Baptist become the new hippie? Lets break it down: Unconventional appearance " as a homeschooling mother of three, I rarely wear...
  6. Ladies' Night

    My husband and I went to Home Depot again for the umpteenth time. We're 18 months in to a whole-house remodel project (a long story about land ownership and debt free living that I'll tell some other time). What caught my eye was a huge purple sign by the entrance advertising "Ladies' Night." Apparently ladies are invited to give up an evening, go to Home Depot, and learn how to hang a picture. I remarked to my husband: unless they want me to frame the wall, sheetrock it, apply a faux...
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