Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lovey dovey moovy groovy with a touch of danger

Our slightly lame one eyed adopted stray cat Jack has turned into a deadly weapon. She has reliably been leaving one rodent a day by our back porch to show she is earning her keep. She doesn’t bring them all … Continue reading

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Lakenvelder chicken breed review

Back in April 2011 I ordered some new chicks. We wanted good foragers and smaller hens so they would eat less. I picked out 15 Lakenvelders as the core of my new flock and everything sounded great on paper. We’ve … Continue reading

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Salvaged old growth firewood

Only in Oregon do you find straight grain old growth wood sold as firewood. We had some wood delivered last week and Lee was surprised at the quality. The guy who sold it salvages beams from old mills and schools … Continue reading

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Ice day

December has brought us lots of cold but very little rain or snow. On several nights the weather has turned to freezing fog, and morning’s light broke upon an otherworldly landscape of icy shards.

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Preparing for cold weather

At the first sign of cold weather, I dig out my wool hat and wear it everywhere. When the olive oil freezes on the kitchen counter, it’s time to stoke up the woodstove. As a placebo, we brought home a … Continue reading

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