Journal Entry/ Thoughts For Today Jan 1, 2019

A New Year πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰

As a challenging year closes out, and a new one begins, I am not going to make any resolutions. I’m like many others who can only keep a resolution as long as it’s on my mind every day. However, I have so much other stuff already taking up space in my head that just one more thing may push me over the edge. I walk a fine line every day to balance my already stressful life. No need to add to it. What I am going to do is to try and do just one thing better.

There are so many things that I can think of that would benefit from me doing just a little bit better. My list to choose from is as follows but not limited to:

Listening

Communication

Patience

Money management

Eating smarter

And the list could go on…….

Now my job is to decide which one (or maybe all of them), I’m going to work on and how I’m going to proceed. We’ll see what happens!

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 08/20/2018

Home Again, Home Again

I was nervous returning home tonite. As I left for the afternoon, I gathered the turkeys and one chick who thinks she’s a turkey and put them in the big run. I searched and searched for my 3 remaining laying hens. They were no where to be found. I left the hen house door propped open with the chance they would be there upon my return.

First thing out of the car, I let my excited dogs out of the cabin, grabbed the flashlight and headed to the garden area.

The dogs, as usual, were running around half crazy, jumping on each other, so happy to be free from the soft bed and pillows they had to endure while I was a away. I do understand that is a hard row to hoe when all you want to do is run and play in an unrestricted environment.

I get out to the hen house and peek around the propped open door with the flashlight and there on the perch are my girls waiting to be secured in their clean and comfy home. I took a breath and locked them in, checked on the baby chicks, and the turkeys and headed back to the cabin.

It’s an extremely dark night. Not many stars, and the moon is obstructed by the intense canopy that covers the compound. I’m thinking as I’m walking about the chickens, because I have one that has been gone for about 2 weeks. I’m sure to predators. I wonder about the secrets that Mother Nature holds and how she has implanted the homing instinct into those chickens and so many other wonderful things that as you live here in the forest you become so aware of, when all of a sudden I am slammed to the ground by 2 rambunctious cowboys. Changed my thought pattern in a hurry, like, am I ok, how’s my back, can I get up? All the while the younger bully boy is licking me and so happy on his level. OK, where’s the flashlight? Can I maneuver around and get up? For those of you who know me, it’s tough getting up off the ground…still, since having both knees replaced. But I do get up, proceed to the cabin, complete my chores and feel blessed that as tough as this life can be here in north woods in trying to live minimally, I know that there has not been one minute that I have regretted leaving the easy life behind. For me, Life is a Journey, and I’m just takin’ it one day at a time. Cabin life, that’s all I need.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 05/03/2018

Just When You Think You’ve Got It.

I was going to write about how awesome it was this morning to lay in bed and listen to the rain dance off the metal roof and how awesome it was to know I had no one pressuring me to go anywhere. But, I’m not going to write about that. I’m going to write about our cat, Chance.

We have discovered this discount store outside of one of the small towns we live in between. It carries pet foods and some other miscellaneous items. They offer some huge discounts on some really big name products that I couldn’t even consider buying so I just pass them by when shopping for my usual pet foods. Which brings me to the subject of this blog for the day.

Yep, that’s her. Our princess. We feed her well, although she is a woodland cat and at the top of her food chain, so to speak, so she can feed herself, but she still comes in to eat as she so desires. So we buy her what she likes and that would be some of those little cans of fancy stuff from the grocery store or pet food store. But only certain ones will do because some of them just aren’t right. We have wasted tens of dollars trying to figure out which ones are right.

So, at the discount pet food store they carry glam food (way upper end) cat food at way discounted prices. Like below grocery store prices. Grain free, limited ingredient, all good stuff, don’t know why they couldn’t sell them, so I’m going to buy some for my princess, I’m sure they are right they were really expensive on the pet food store shelf.

I’m thinking she’s going to love it. I buy one of each flavor, but only the pate’ because that is her favorite. At 29 cents a can I couldn’t go wrong, right? I bought 20. What a deal! Well, except for the fact that she snubbed her nose at all of it. Every different flavor we bought. Spoiled….brat, princess. So much for saving money on the canned food.

Well, we did save big on the dry cat food which she did like, the dogs food and some chicken feed. So, we scored big and felt like lotto winners when we walked out of there. However, despite the fact that we did lose money on the princesses canned food, it won’t be a total loss. I’ll donate it to the kitties at the animal shelter. They won’t care if it’s glam food or dollar store food. They’ll just know they’ve got at least one more meal coming.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 05/02/2018

And Now The Work Begins

It is now officially spring in the woodlands of Central Northern Michigan. The Grosbeeks have returned to the Rollin’ Rock. We mourn their migration each August. It just makes it all so final. Oh, I’m sorry, if you don’t know what a Grosbeek is, it’s a beautiful bird . All of the ice piles have melted, the ground is soft enough to till, and there are daffodils blooming in the butterfly garden in the east20.

We are so excited and overwhelmed to get this new year of planting and reconstructing started. There are so many loose ends to tie up and projects to finish up and put in motion, but we are motivated by the warmth of the sun and the soft gentle breezes.

The wind generator will rise into the east20 with the help of friends from Tennessee, the garden is expanding, a new cowboy to raise (puppy), hopefully a few more livestock, the completion of the storage shed, build a beehive hutch, solar collectors have to be moved and completed and a host of other projects.

I’ll keep you posted as we get started. Cabin life isn’t for everyone, but I’m sure glad we’re here!

Journal Entry / Thoughts For The Day 04/26/18

An Unexpected Moment

As always in spring time, the small and sometimes large, creatures of the forest start wandering around foraging for food. Since we moved into their home and invaded their space we always get a visit from a number of them.

A week ago as the weather was warming and the days have been lengthening, I’ve been going out to close up the henhouse a little later in the evening. As I walked up upon the chicken yard I expected the girls along with the rooster to already be in the hen house. It was getting dark and usually they head in as the sun is setting. But here they are huddled up in the yard. How weird is that I thought. I’ll put their water in and then round them up. I opened the door to the henhouse and much to my surprise there was a young raccoon all snuggled up in a nesting box sleeping for the night.

It frightened me so I slammed the door shut. I stood for a second and thought about what to do. I looked around and grabbed a garden tool and went back in. I tried to pry him out of the nesting box but all that accomplished was waking him up and making him really mad. He hissed and growled and showed me his many little sharp teeth and when I tried to move him he stiffened his body and it felt like he weighed 20 lbs although I knew he was just a little guy. So he scared me, even more. I implemented plan B and went and got my husband. He brought his trusted tool and took care of business. Not my way of taking care of business but sometimes the only way to take care of business.

We then herded the apprehensive flock into the hen house and went about our evening routines. All of us that is, except the raccoon.

Journal Entry / Thoughts For The Day 04/20/18

New Beginnings

It’s almost Spring here in Northern Michigan. I say, almost, because in the woods, the ground is still frozen and we have had a couple of inches of frozen sleet still hanging around from the storm last week. It covers the ground hard packed and slippery from the sun. Soon we will once again be ankle deep in mud. It will be a few weeks before we are thawed out and dry.

There are flocks of migrating birds coming to the feeders and we’re seeing many small herds of whitetail deer in the fields browsing for edible grasses. All of the wildlife are awakening into the lengthened days of April and the Rollin’ Rock is no exception. Our household has become alive with activity with the addition of a new pup. Another little cowboy on the range to help Dish keep things in order. This presents a whole new perspective to our laid back retiree routine.

His name is “Deets”. A beautiful 9 week old pup with a pea sized bladder (and brain) and teeth as sharp as porcupine quills. He’s only been here a week and already has grown some and learned a few things about the workings of our tiny environment.

Dish being Dish, is not too impressed. Although he loves the interaction for short periods of time, he gets annoyed quickly. Although it is difficult for him to share attention, he is doing a great job.

As the world turns and brings the unknown to each day, we welcome in another year that’s going to be filled with exciting new adventures. Our journey continues……

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today

12/30/17

Another Rollin’ Rock Rag Rug

This is the newest rug. What intensity it was to create. I know….just looks like a bunch of strips of material woven together, and it is. But these strips were all scrap. I had to cut each one to less than a 1/2 inch and double them up to get the calico design. This took me weeks to complete. At first it was just a little of this and a little of that. Then I would run out of interesting color and had to cut from different pieces. It was painstaking to complete. I now have a few ready for the spring market. Can hardly wait. However, after a long summer, there’s the, I can’t wait for this to be over, so I can take a break! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!! It’s a love/hate thing.