Friday, January 5, 2018

This And That

Oh my gosh, it's Friday again!
I am happy to report that we've had no need for further rescues.
All is calm at the moment.

The extension cords from the barn to the chickens, turkeys and goats are doing their job.
Now, lets just hope that the electrical service to the farm remains un-affected
during this winter cyclone that is hitting the east coast.
We are lucky in that we are not getting the snow... just the wind 
and the frigid temperatures.

We are prepared for whatever happens.
We have generators for emergency power if need be.

Chores begin before dawn...making sure that everyone has what they need.

Asside from our routine checks on the animals...

replenishing food and water and assuring everyone's welfare,
we are spending our time indoors doing things on the winter "To Do" list.

I've cleaned and re-organized the pantry.

We've cleaned and re-organized our library.

I've blocked my most recent knitting project.

Now I'll have time to page through the many seed catalogs that find their way
to our mailbox this month...

dreaming of and planning for the warm months ahead (way ahead).

There were some questions in yesterday's comments that I thought I'd answer.

Questions about Ivy and Chester...
After spending a few weeks in the rafters of the basement, Ivy has decided that
Chester must be here to stay.
Happily, they've reached an understanding... and can even be found playing together occasionally.

The sheep and their vision... 
Although they look as if they are wool blind...
they are not.
It is hard to get a good picture that shows that they really do have an adequate opening in their
wool for their eyesight.
Babydoll sheep, unlike many others grow fleece on their face just as on their bodies.
I'll try to get a better photo to show you their eyes... that really are there!

Wednesday's daring rescue...
Yes, I was a little nervous when Hubbs went out on the ice,
but he is the smartest man I know... with a great knowledge of physics...
so, as he army-crawled out onto the ice, I knew "he had this!"
And by the way, that pond is 10 feet falling into freezing water was not an option!

Dr. Becky's Daisy... all grown up and quite talented...
she even smiles for the camera!

And lastly... a word about blogging...
I have blogged for 10+ years and have had my share of favorite blogs that I have followed.
Sadly, they have come and gone.
And when each one ended, I felt disappointed and deserted.
Blogs offer us a glimpse into other lives different from our own.
We develop a relationship with bloggers over the years... sometimes, even friendships.
I get it.
I love blogging.  I love sharing our farm with others.
As long as I am physically able, I will continue this farm life and this farm blog.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by...
and I will keep showing up as well!

I hope you are safe and warm this weekend!


Colleen said...

It's so hard to just comment on one or two things today as I love it all. But I have been waiting to see the shawl and I don't have to tell you how much I like it. And I'm always happy when I get to see your pantry and I just love the pantry door. Who are the seed catalogs from?

Beverly Frankeny said...

So far, just John Scheepers kitchen garden seeds and Territory Seed Co.

Kathy said...

Hi Bev, I have not commented for awhile, but yours is still the first blog I read every morning and I know I should take the time you let you know more often that you continue to be a great inspiration to me and I always look forward to hearing about all the goings-on at your lovely farm. Thank you for sharing your slices of life and for keeping us amused, informed and delighted!


Hi I have followed your blog for a couple of years at least. I love it! The first thing I do in the morning is check in to see how everyone is doing. I love animals even though at this time we don't have any. I started a blog so that I could comment( I just noticed that you have"anonymous") I really don't have much to blog about but wanted to fit in. Thank you for such an interesting blog.

Marsha said...

I love your blog, thank you so much!

Jody in Georgia said...

I'm so glad you're going to continue your blog for us to enjoy. I read it every morning and it leaves me with a sense of peace. Give Hubbs 2 thumbs up from me for his daring water rescue!! Remarkable! And thank you for sharing your lives with the rest of us. Stay warm and blessings be that 2018 will be your best year ever!

daisy gurl said...

I have pantry envy. Unfortunately, this house has none, and so I am relegated to using a lazy Susan (ugh) for our pantry staples. I'm still holding out for our dream farm with a walk-in pantry! A gal can dream, after all.

I, like so many others, look forward to checking on everyone at BHA each morning. It always brings a smile or sense of peace to me.
Bless you for all you do.

Enjoy your weekend!

Karen Ann said...

I have pantry envy too - mine is not so organized and I LOVE that screen door idea!

Bitter cold weather AND snow, we've had - but your gloves tip? Awesome. I just came in from shoveling, watering, feeding, haying, mucking, de-icing the barn and coop, and my hands stayed warm. Amen

Patsy said...

Thank you so much for blogging. Your blog is my favorite and I always save it for last. It is like a T-bone steak. I always save that small very tender part until last. And I look forward to it. Your blog is like that.

dustbunny8 said...

I don't comment very often but have followed you for years.Thank you so much for sharing you world and the critters.I learn, I laugh and I send good wishes.

Grandma Zee said...

Bev, your pantry is wonderful and we must be kindred spirits, as I too have all sorts and sizes of jars storing things in my pantry. I love jars and can hardly pass them up at sales, antique stores, etc. but I tell myself, I don't need any more.
Yours is the first blog I read each day, love your stories of life on the farm and all your wonderful animals.
Stay safe and warm during this cold spell you are having. We hope to get some rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains this weekend, but then Utah is the second driest state, so we treasure every drop of moisture.
I too am browsing thru the seed catalogs, altho I save so many that I really don't need to order much, but aren't they fun to browse thru.

Missy George said...

I,too, have a winter to do list..Mostly a redo of paper things..The list of phone numbers inside my kitchen cabinet door, my "pet care instructions" in case someone else has to care for them..I keep that taped inside the cabinet by the stove that contains Zoeys food ...,my medical history update and this year I'm throwing in my will..Sounds like a blog post topic...Hmmm..Nice to have these things to do on these freezing, blustery days..Love you

Laura Franken Sudderth said...

We are balmy out here in California with temperatures at 68 degrees yesterday with some rain (finally)in the forecast. Stay safe!


I love your blog--
I love that cute pantry--
and I love hearing and seeing all the farm critters and the stories you tell about them and the work involved in keeping the farm going--
I get to get my farm 'fix' with you, as I can't have my own farm--
so yes--keep these posts coming--as I need my daily 'fix'!!
hugs, di

Anonymous said...

So appreciative of your blogging efforts.
I look forward to see the animals every day
and send good wishes for all for the New Year!
(sent from Oregon)

Rita B Caldwell said...

Bitter cold and windy here in Craig County too. Hubs pickup won't start, the big tractor that we feed the cattle with is froze up and thank goodness the old 70 Dodge pickup will still get up and go. Checking on the rabbits and chickens quite often during the day to make sure they have water and keeping the feed troughs full!!!
Please don't quit blogging as I love reading yours daily! Stay warm and Happy New Year!!!

Debbie G. said...

Thank you for sharing your farm life with us. I love reading your blog!! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Moggie said...

When I got to “And lastly... a word about blogging”...I got a bad feeling. Thank goodness you said what you did, and not what I was fearing.

If and when you stop blogging, I (and your other faithful readers, of course) will seriously be saddened, while at the same time understanding that this takes a lot of time and effort on your part, for which you are not compensated.

As others have said, I read your blog every morning before work, and enjoy it immensely. Thank you for putting your life on the farm out here for us to enjoy…oh yeah, and envy (as in, I have pantry envy, too!)

Unknown said...

I was so excited to see the answer about the sheep! Thank you for taking the time to read and answer questions. We have only ever had dogs, so I love learning about all of your animals! Lisa G in TN

diane in northern wis said...

Wow folks are really getting a lot of good work done in your house and outside caring for your critters. Hope the weather warms up for you and everybody very soon. we are crossing our fingers....we are supposed to get into the 20's on Sunday after being below zero since about Christmas onward. Can't wait...then the forecast looks good for the next two weeks or so. Hope you guys get that too. Thanks for a great your critters and the wonderful pictures you treat us to.

Melinda Ruth said...

Thank you for your continued blogging. I enjoy each and every post! I hope all things stay warm and electrified. Thank again for sharing your life and love of your farm.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the words of reassurance that you are continuing to blog. Not to appear too needy, but every time a Blogger stops their feed, I feel a little bereft. Thank you for all the time & effort you put into the Bee Haven Acres blog.
Eileen in Florida

Anonymous said...

Dear Bev - Your Blog is my morning sunshine - like others, I should comment more and let you know how much I love your animals - and I love how much you and your husband love them too - It is obvious - Your husband IS a hero - in today's world, we need a lot more "happy" and you certainly provide that - I smile - sometimes laugh - drink my coffee and start my day with your Blog - Thank you.. Mary Ellen - Wisconsin

Louise Stopford said...

Thanks for answering the questions Bev. I think it is lovely when you take the time to respond back to your blog friends. Glad that Ivy is getting on OK with Chester.

Anonymous said...


I too read your blog first thing in the morning, and I am constantly impressed by all that you accomplish every day. What are you using to block that shawl? Not the mats underneath, but the block like things along the edge of the knitting? Are they weights? Do they have pins in them? Inquiring minds want to know!

Thank you,


An American in Tokyo said...

I love your blog, too!
Thank you very much for sharing your life with us!
I find your blog very encouraging and educational for a city girl like me!


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