KRITTERKEEPERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KRITTERKEEPERS KRITTERKEEPERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Pepper Crossed The Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521075100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had blogged about our pets a few years back when I first joined Sparkpeople. At that time Pepper was 17 years old. She remained in good health but began to slow down after her companion, Salty, died in November 2011. As her arthritis in her legs got worse, I built her a cart to help her get around. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1877602956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As her hind legs got wea... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:57:32 EST Sweet Aggie ~ Rest In Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552708 Aggie was an orphan kitten that came to live with us when she was only 4 weeks old. She bonded to me immediately and created her own special place in my heart. She fought a valiant battle with kidney disease, high blood pressure and blindness for the last two years of her life. She was still cuddly and fiesty right up until the last day. When she started having trouble breathing, we took her to the emergency vet. Her X-rays showed her body was filling with fluid, so we had her peacefully put ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:26:36 EST PVC ~ Not Just For Plumbing & Irrigation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399670 You can build just about anything you can think of using PVC pipe and a little imagination. These days you can even buy furniture grade PVC in colors! <BR> When I first moved to Arizona in 1984, I somehow ended up with a patio table top with no base. Being a frugal person, I did not want to purchase a new table when I could spend the money on more important things. I headed to the nearest home improvement store and purchased two 2” x 10’ pieces of Schedule 40 PVC Pipe, two cross fittings, eig... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:29:15 EST Water-Wise Desert Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332032 Wicking Bed Construction <BR> After researching different gardening options for dry climates, I decided to try a wicking bed in a portion of one of my raised bed planters. I am planning to collect rainwater in buckets and fill my wicking beds with the collected water. The size of the water reservoirs was limited by the size of the existing raised bed and the PVC pipe installed below that supplies water to the remainder of my garden. I chose to use plastic tubs that I purchased at Lowe’s. <BR... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:34:03 EST Need Help In Seattle and Prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324029 Please pray for my niece, Debbie Fisher, who has been going through a bone marrow transplant process in Seattle. She is having some serious complications and is in intensive care. Additionally, there are some issues with the only hospital-approved apartment facility for patients following bone marrow transplants. I have copied my sister’s update below for accuracy. Thank you for your prayers! <BR> <BR> As many of you are aware, my daughter-in-law, Debbie Fisher is fighting acute lymphobl... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:59:34 EST Prayers Needed For Little Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148853 Lylah, the two-year old daughter of our youth pastor was diagnosed with choroid plexus carcinoma. She has had two surgeries to remove the tumor and just completed the first round of chemotherapy on Friday. Please keep her in your prayers. Below is a message her mother created today. Please read and be inspired. <BR> <BR> November 27, 2012 <BR> As we had to abruptly wake my peacefully sleeping daughter at midnight this morning and put her into the car to rush her to the hospital due to a risi... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:21:29 EST Watch Out For Snakes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110695 The rattlesnake that thought hanging out in our chicken compound Sunday afternoon was a good idea...was mistaken. He won't have the guts to do that again! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44445666.jpg"> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:21:00 EST Banana ~ Healthy Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31344391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Health Tips: according to Japanese Scientific Research, full ripe banana with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more dark patches it has, the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality; hence, the riper the banana the better the anti-cancer quality. <BR> A yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more eff... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:02:45 EST Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825667 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352719193.jpg"> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 13:38:32 EST I Won Second Place! Woo Hoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768731 <BR> I won second place in the Rosie On The House annual Handiest Woman Contest for building our Chicken Compound. I am so excited! First, Second & Third place winners and projects can be seen at this URL <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.rosieonthehouse.com/event_detail<BR>s.aspx?id=107 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>145</em> <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:45:06 EST New Roof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661752 We are starting out the New Year with a New Roof! We had two significant hail storms in our neighborhood within a months-time earlier this year. There was a significant storm in the middle of August and an even harder storm on September 9th. I was not home at the time the storm hit in August, but remember coming home to see hail stones still melting in the yard. A friend, who lives in a neighboring subdivision, took pictures of the hail in her yard and posted them on Facebook. I was home at... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:06:38 EST El Presidio del Pollo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646830 Last year, after building our first chicken coop, I wrote the blog “A Peek Inside The Pullet Palace” dated Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Since that time, I have had to expand our chicken housing and secure the area even more for a couple of reasons. <BR> <BR> 1 I bought more chickens than I originally planned to have <BR> 2 I allowed a couple of my hens to hatch chicks <BR> 3 I ended up with a few males, rather than all females <BR> 4 The hawk in the neighborhood is very “interested” in our chic... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:02:26 EST Merry Christmas ~ 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l458050842.jpg"> <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822971959.jpg"> <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382835868.jpg"> <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469532663.jpg"> <BR> <em>442</em> <BR> May you all have a blessed Christmas! Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:50:57 EST RIP My "Huggy Bear" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567589 We had to have our little male Schipperke put to sleep this evening after a 2+ year-long battle with kidney failure. Salty was a great little dog and a wonderful companion. I will miss him! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539990531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can read about Salty and his illness here <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2513229 Fri, 4 Nov 2011 00:11:26 EST New Baby Chicks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099146 New Baby Chicks!!! <BR> <BR> Angel went broody again about a month ago and would not be discouraged. We decided to let her hatch a few eggs of her own and one of Georgie’s (her chick that hatched September 1, 2010). <BR> <BR> About a week into the incubation process, I noticed that the first egg she laid had a small cracked area that was most likely caused by her pecking at it to roll in underneath her. <BR> <BR> Thanks to fellow Sparker, PUDLECRAZY, and her blogs titled <BR> “Gluing t... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:37:13 EST Introducing Rachel ~ Buff Brahma Hen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062301 Rachel just turned one year old and is officially a hen now, rather than a pullet. She is very friendly and likes to be held and talked to. She lays the largest eggs of all of our chickens. From the time she was a week old, to this day, she looks to us to keep her safe from harm. If something frightens her, she runs to climb on Harold’s lap if he is in the vicinity. <BR> <BR> Rachel ~ 8 Days Old <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484806232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rachel ~ 1... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 02:20:54 EST Perseverance And Attitude = Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4060786 This is an example of what can be achieved through perseverance and a great attitude. <BR> <BR> http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9CFEMMNU <BR> <BR> You may want to have your tissues handy before hitting the play button! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:46:35 EST I Overdid It...Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945208 My broken finger is healing well. The fracture is healed and I started physical therapy last week to regain my range of motion. Then Tuesday I installed a brick patio between the aviary and one of the coops. What with all the digging out dirt, hauling sand to replace the dirt, tamping the sand, and setting the bricks I managed to throw a vertebra out of alignment. I've been nursing my back with moist heat for the past 48 hours, but this morning I was unable to get out of bed by myself. I... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:19:43 EST Impatience Can Cause Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916488 Sometimes my determination can be detrimental. After the hawk discovered our chickens, I could only let the bantams out of their cages when I could supervise them carefully. I knew they needed more freedom than they were getting, so I designed a walk-in aviary to keep them safe. Although it is next to the house, I did not want it attached to the house. I also wanted it to be freestanding and self-supporting. Because I was working on this project by myself, I built it in modules with pre-... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 02:33:41 EST Georgie & Sammy at 4 Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903892 Yes, those of you who have been following the saga; Sammie is now Sammy! In the last month, since my previous blog about them, his rooster colors have begun to show. He is definitely all boy! Georgie, on the other hand is definitely a sweet natured pullet and truly a pleasure to be around. Here are the latest photos that I took of them this morning. <BR> <BR> Georgie & Sammy in the Aviary <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33083714.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:23:25 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861768 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330040522.jpg"> Sat, 25 Dec 2010 14:17:35 EST Christmas Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3858593 I have seen pictures of diapers for chickens so that they can have the run of the house. I did some online research and came up with what I thought was a reasonable pattern to make diapers for our bantams. I made a "Mrs. Santa" diaper and hat for Georgie and a "Santa's Elf" diaper and hat for Angel. <BR> <BR> Mrs. Santa Chicken Diaper <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575930340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Santa's Elf Chicken Diaper <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:33:39 EST Oh Holy Night by the Celtic Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856752 This will give you goose bumps....... <BR> <BR> (Best in full screen - sound UP) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is beautiful - hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://worriersanonymous.org/Share/Christm<BR>as/Holynite.htm <BR> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:47:15 EST Georgie & Sammie at 12 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804842 The chicks are now 12 weeks old. It has been interesting to see them develop, since they are cross-breeds. Sammie is half Silkie and half Ameraucana. The traits she has from her Silkie father are her skin coloring, charcoal feathers, longer feathers on top of her head, feathered legs, and five toes. The traits she inherited from her Ameraucana mother are long wing and tail feathers, sleek body, ability to fly pretty well, and beard tufts on her cheeks. She has some iridescent blue showin... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 01:06:17 EST Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Barley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789813 Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Barley <BR> By Michele Bloomquist <BR> <BR> Eating a high fiber diet can be easy and delicious with these simple tips <BR> Dietary fiber fills you up (without weighing you down), keeps blood sugar levels in check, and helps prevent chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. But even though fiber is widely available in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole unprocessed grains, most Americans get very little of the stuff — a paltry 14 grams a d... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:41:43 EST Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Avocado http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782159 Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Avocado <BR> By Michele Bloomquist <BR> Eating a high fiber diet can be easy and delicious with these simple tips <BR> Dietary fiber fills you up (without weighing you down), keeps blood sugar levels in check, and helps prevent chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. But even though fiber is widely available in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole unprocessed grains, most Americans get very little of the stuff — a paltry 14 grams a day, c... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 22:41:09 EST Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Artichoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3776245 Boost Your Diet With Fiber - Artichoke <BR> By Michele Bloomquist <BR> <BR> Eating a high fiber diet can be easy and delicious with these simple tips <BR> Dietary fiber fills you up (without weighing you down), keeps blood sugar levels in check, and helps prevent chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. But even though fiber is widely available in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole unprocessed grains, most Americans get very little of the stuff — a paltry 14 grams ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:06:09 EST Farewell To Bess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774261 My son's Ameraucana pullet got chilled and caught a cold two weeks ago. They have been letting her sleep in the house since she has been sick, but she died this morning. <BR> <BR> This is a photo of what she looked like <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463853771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their Rottweiler, who herds the chickens like a mother hen, was very distraught and cried when she found her lifeless body. She kept nudging her with her nose to get her to stand up. Dogs... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 01:27:59 EST Boost Your Diet With Fiber – Apple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760046 Apple <BR> By Michele Bloomquist <BR> Eating a high fiber diet can be easy and delicious with these simple tips <BR> Dietary fiber fills you up (without weighing you down), keeps blood sugar levels in check, and helps prevent chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. But even though fiber is widely available in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole unprocessed grains, most Americans get very little of the stuff — a paltry 14 grams a day, compared with the recommended 25... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 17:51:50 EST Clay Dyer - The Most Inspirational Fisherman Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742188 When life gets you down, watch this video and you will see just how many obstacles can be overcome with the right heart, mind and spirit! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the URL below into your browser. <BR> <BR> http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl<BR>es/archive/2010/10/26/clay-dyer-the-mo<BR>st-inspirational-fisherman-ever.aspx Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:46:55 EST Hawk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3709330 A hawk has nested in a tree about 100 feet from our property and raised her young there for the past two years. My neighbor told me that she had moved to the large mesquite tree in our front yard. Today she attempted to swoop down on my chickens. Thankfully, the smallest chickens (Angel and her chicks) were already confined and were safe. My cockerel sounded the alarm and herded the pullets into the pen below the Pullet Palace. The brazen hawk then landed on my patio cover to access the ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 01:35:26 EST Chicks Are One Month Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3690493 Angel's baby chicks are one month old and are really starting to get their feathers. <BR> Aside from her coloring, feathered legs and five toes (which she gets from her Silkie father) Sammie is very much like her Ameraucana mother was at the same age. She has long tail feathers and wing feathers and can fly fairly well ~ and she is fast! Georgie has the same coloring as her Silkie father and the black skin and five toes. Other than her coloring, she resembles her Frizzle Cochin Bantam moth... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 02:40:59 EST 100 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688158 100 Things About Me <BR> questions copied from KARLYNCANDOIT <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed <BR> <BR> 2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Yes <BR> <BR> 3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Out <BR> <BR> 4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? No <BR> <BR> 5. Do you like to use post-it notes? Yes <BR> <BR> 6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? Yes <BR> <BR> 7. Would you rat... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 01:16:36 EST Crazy Cat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3679650 Animals amaze me. Check out this video! <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WofFb_eOx<BR>xA&feature=related <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:09:47 EST Introducing Georgie & Sammie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3647550 I finally picked some "unisex" names for Angel's baby chicks since we don't know their gender. The spelling of Sammie will have to be changed to Sammy if she turns out to be a male. Otherwise, the names will not change. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will both be females! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571322902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The chick on the left is Georgie, our Sizzle chick. She is 15 days old in this photo. Georgie is a cross between a Silkie... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:50:00 EST Angel & Her Babies – Social Time - 9/13/2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3636009 I took Angel & her babies into the bathroom for a little social time. I got a closer look at them and they both have the Silkie black skin and 5 toes. Both of them also have feathered feet. I have an idea what the Sizzle will look like when it is feathered out but the Silaucana (Silkie/Ameraucana) will be interesting to see. Photos below. <BR> <BR> Angel & Her Babies <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613681296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mini Mealworms & Crickets Treat <BR> <... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 01:57:39 EST It's A Sizzle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3605618 We could not discourage Angel from wanting to hatch some chicks. It was too dangerous to allow her to continue to try staying in the nest box with triple digit temperatures. Therefore, I made an "indoor" nest box and placed it in the brooder in the master bathroom. She laid her last egg there 23 days ago and we let her keep it. Her baby hatched Wednesday morning. Since she is a Frizzle Cochin Bantam and the cockerel is a Silkie, the chick is a Sizzle! Since she did not lay any more eggs... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 01:34:49 EST A Peek Inside The Pullet Palace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3594229 When I first set out to build a chicken coop for our chickens, I made a list of criteria that I wanted it to meet. I identified five key characteristics that I wanted our chicken coop to have. <BR> <BR> 1. It needed to be predator proof. In our neighborhood we have coyotes, bobcats, great horned owls and hawks. I wanted to protect our chickens from harm. <BR> <BR> 2. In needed to be sturdy enough to withstand the test of time because at my age I hope to never need to build another chicken... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:49:50 EST The A-B-C's of Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3560157 A - Available or Married? Married <BR> B- Book? The Left Behind series <BR> C- Cake or Pie? Rhubarb Pie <BR> D- Drink of Choice? Iced Tea in warm weather, Hot Tea in cold weather <BR> E- Essential Item? Sun Glasses <BR> F- Favorite Color? Peach <BR> G- Game to play or watch? Watch <BR> H- Hometown? Jackson, Wyoming <BR> I- Indulgence? Computer Games (Hidden Object) <BR> J- Job? Currently Unemployed – Research Technician & ISO Administrator <BR> K- Kids and names? 2 – Son, Chris and Daug... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 14:24:07 EST 228M eggs recalled following salmonella outbreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551804 All, in case anyone purchased eggs in the last 4 months <BR> <BR> The eggs that are believed to be tainted were sold across the country with 13 brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. <BR> <BR> The egg cartons were packaged between May 16 and August 13 and stamped with one of three codes: P-1026, P-1413 or P-1946. <BR> <BR> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38741401/ns/<BR>health-f... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:58:53 EST 228M eggs recalled following salmonella outbreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551799 All, in case anyone purchased eggs in the last 4 months <BR> <BR> The eggs that are believed to be tainted were sold across the country with 13 brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. <BR> <BR> The egg cartons were packaged between May 16 and August 13 and stamped with one of three codes: P-1026, P-1413 or P-1946. <BR> <BR> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38741401/ns/<BR>health-f... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:56:54 EST Extra Large Egg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541066 Today when I collected eggs, I found an extra large egg in one of the nest boxes. Below is a photo with the standard size egg our pullets have been laying on the right, and the extra large egg on the left. I will not be surprised when I crack it open if it has a double yolk! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518039216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not sure which one of my pullets laid this egg. I can rule out 4 of them because I collected their eggs right after they laid the... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 01:29:12 EST New Dove's Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519235 The two baby doves left the nest on Friday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918780753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning the mama & daddy doves were busy gathering sticks to make a nest on the other end of the patio. I guess after the confrontation with our cockerel, they decided to move to a safer location. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880470766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doves are not good nest builders, and their twigs were all over ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:13:09 EST Cockerel Confrontation & Dove Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499340 As I wrote in an earlier blog, I have a dove family that nests on my patio. They are currently nurturing their third chick for this season. They are not afraid of me and are accustomed to my activities on the patio. <BR> <BR> This morning I went out to collect eggs. As I was returning to the house, Robbie, our formerly sweet-natured Silkie cockerel ran up and pecked me on the back of the leg. When I stopped walking, he started pecking at my shoe. I bent down to talk to him and he jumped ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:35:01 EST Angel Laid An Egg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3406135 Our long-awaited first egg was laid this afternoon by Angel ~ our Buff Frizzle Cochin Bantam pullet. It is small, but perfect in every way. We are so proud of our "littlest pullet". <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of Angel's egg next to a dime for comparison. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l626300313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am with Angel in front of the Pullet Playhouse that is still under construction (soon to be ready to occupy). The Pullet Palace (where Angel ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:50:36 EST Second Baby Dove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3401867 In my last blog in June about the dove's nest, I mentioned the mother dove was continuing to sit on the nest. She let me see the new baby dove today. <BR> <BR> Mama dove and baby <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334505029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baby dove checking out the patio from a "birds eye view" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73779616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my earlier blog, I believe this mother dove may have hatched in this nes... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 20:49:56 EST Dove's Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325877 Two years ago this spring I was home recovering from having surgery on my hands. One breezy day I watched a dove make multiple efforts to build a nest on the beam on my covered patio. Anyone who has been around doves knows that they are terrible nest builders. They gather a few twigs and pile them on a flat surface and that is pretty much their nest. The dove would gather a few sticks and place them on the beam. While she was off gathering more sticks a gust of wind would blow the twigs ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:36:13 EST A to Z (Questions Copied from LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD's Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3291273 A to Z <BR> <BR> A - Age: 61 <BR> B - Bed size: king size <BR> C - Chore you hate: Doing the dishes <BR> D - Dog's name: Pepper & Salty (and Aggie, the cat also chickens Angel, Clara, Hope, LuLee, Monica, Rachel, Robbie, Wynona and Yasmine) <BR> E - Essential start your day item: XS Blast <BR> F - Favorite color: Peach <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Gold <BR> H - Height: 5' 2" <BR> I - Instruments you play: learning to play bass guitar <BR> J - Job title: Research Technician and ISO Admini... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 01:21:57 EST Mission Impossible Squirrel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3243078 This is quite an elaborate obstacle course - and a very smart squirrel Tue, 18 May 2010 14:16:58 EST Kitchen Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230544 READ BEFORE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO ! And it could save your life or that of a <BR> loved one! <BR> <BR> This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire ...oil in a frying pan. It's a real eye-opener !! I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan! <BR> <BR> At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire su... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:55:36 EST