Blue Sky Farm

My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..

April 27, 2009

"Sprucing up" the Patio furniture

A spring project in the works, so far I have painted one of the 2 old sun faded chairs a dark green and picked out this pretty floral print fabric to cover both of my chair cushions. I have to make a pattern first and I sure hope I bought enough material.. I ran out of paint so muct get more this week...I will post before & after pictures when I finish them..and you can come sit and enjoy the sunshine with me...with a cold glass of lemonade...or chilled wine?

April 26, 2009

Recycle Crafting

This is what the trunk in my car has in it right now.. Lots of treasures from Thrifting.
I am not sure what all of it will become, but Gail & I had to get it all. We are crafting some cool stuff to sell at a Street fair in June. You know how it is, your mind starts whirling and you can't stop the creative side from working on overload... we both know we can come up with some great inspirational pieces..... for decorating and recycling these items into really cool things. We will no doubt go searching for more items before we are ready to present our creations.

April 25, 2009

A bit of sun & peace & quiet

" So I came into the sunroom to enjoy a bit of rays that were shining in on my favorite spot and Dad was reading the gardening section about when to prune trees, I was totally not interested because I was reading the front page of our local paper. I had to pretend to be listening until my mom came & took the picture." I smelled breakfast cooking and I was just relaxing. Then I jumped down to follow her into the kitchen where she had burned the bacon.. I hate it when she does that..."

She was not happy either...and just where is Auggie? I bet he beat me to it. He must have gone out on the porch to eat it. I was too late...."

Maybe I will just go back to reading and watch him out the window..

April 23, 2009

He sure is "Purdy" Big Boy

Well, We did it we got us a Rooster!
Yesterday Gail & I were out in her country neighborhood scouting out a "pretty" rooster for my husband. We came upon a few in a pasture so we bravely pulled in a driveway knocked on the door & asked If this gentleman had any for sale. He laughed & said "nobody pays for a Rooster around here," If you want one I have a few I can let you see. You can take your pick.. So he led us out to the back of his house and showed us a few gorgeous birds. I saw this one and immediately knew he was the one. We had to go back last night after dark to get him and brought him home. He is getting familiar with the girls..I am not sure what kind he is, only a mix of some. The previous owner said he hand led his birds a lot and he was healthy and not a fighter. Now I have to re vamp the Studio to allow him the Perfect Roosting place if honor. His presence moved our broody Miss Goldie aka Queenie right out of the nest today and she is out with the other girls foraging for whatever... ( and staying away from the Big guy.) We have not named him yet... but have a few in mind...I really think we are gonna like him.

April 21, 2009

"Read the smallest print...."

Today was the day! I went to the Optometrist. It has been 3 years since I have had an Eye exam. I have several pair of reading glasses around here everywhere. *The kind you get at the dollar store, you know the kind.. (just in case I loose a pair I have back ups..) but I can't always find those either. I have worn contacts, readers and prescription lenses. I am notorious for leaving them at home when I go to the store because I only need them for reading and close up work.
I noticed I need stronger ones as of late, so I decided I better go in and have the good Dr check out the health of my eyes. My Dr. put those drops in to dilate my eyes and I endured the good old exam questions 1? or 2? 2? or 3. This or this?
I thought for sure they would have come up with a different way to test with all the new technology by now but not at this Office. I did get a good report, No health issues.
After spending 45 minutes sitting in the chair answering those questions I do need stronger glasses.. so with prescription in hand I am sent right out to pick out a pair of frames from three wall displays of plain or color or plastic or wire where I get to choose .which one looks best on me . Another big production as well, The good looking, young sales assistant started showing me many designer frames, and asking me "something for fun? or for Fashion? Plain? Fancy?" I made my choice after trying on at least 14 pair before decided on something Fun? right, How can wearing glasses be Fun? and then came more questions, "Do you want scratch resistance, no glare coating? Do you want progressive lenses? Do you want ultra-violet protection?" Oh MY I was getting confused. Wondering just how much all this was going to cost, "the complete package deal")
I decided to get only the scratch resistance coating and held my breath when I asked how much are the frames?bifocal lenses? and with the coating? Yikes $400 total! All I can say is Thank Goodness my insurance covered the exam.. Now I must wait 10-14 days for them to be ready, I left with my own sunglasses and dilated eyes to go pick up a few groceries.....I was glad there was no reading required buying avocados, tomatoes and fruit. I could feel those for ripeness..and the produce man didn't ask me any questions.

April 20, 2009

All in a Good Gardening day

It started with these three salvaged old wood posts used for steps down to the garden site. My dear friend Gail & I worked our tails off today hauling, planning, & planting . It was a gorgeous sunny day. The dirt was delivered and my wonderful husband and the neighbor spread it out on my garden site with his tractor and we planted 6 rows of potatoes, 3 rows of peas and 2 rows of beets. More vegetable seeds & plants to be added .
We found some old corral posts in the pasture area next to our property and hauled them to the back yard, cut them to length and worked them into the terraced yard where they step down to the garden level. Now to keep the chickens out, tomorrow thats the task at hand as we decide what kind of fencing to put around the garden. It will be a project in the making as we landscape the back yard. Picture of work in progress will follow. For today we are stopping while I rest my tired muscles after a nice refreshing shower & a cold beer. Clay & I will be making a trip to towntomorrow in search of the perfect flowers & trees next to plant...

April 19, 2009

That Puppy tires me out!

Hey there, Buster here....
"Boy, Am I pooped.. I needed to come sit in my Dad's chair to get away from that silly Auggie. He is a bit too big for me to play very long with. He is always ready to jump on me...see him in this picture? He is always waiting to play.
He sure does like to chew on things, I don't remember If My Dad had to yell at me to stop doing that. He chews on my ears and runs at me so hard he knocks me down. My Dad says he is very clumsy too. He finally lost his baby teeth and now it doesn't hurt so much when he nibbles on me to get me to play. He teases me with my rawhide bones & when I get them from him he really wants them back quickly, We play a take away game a lot. Auggie sleeps in the utility room every night and he likes to lay in the sun on the porch too. He is finally getting potty trained. I told him the our mom & dad were gonna make him stay outside unless he got with their program..He is doing lots better.. I got to go with Mom & dad yesterday to get the new chicks . Auggie had to stay home, but he did get to watch them awhile when Mom & dad were making room in the studio... I guess we are gonna keep him cuz he got his license when I got mine last week.. I will keep you posted as to how well he behaves....or not!"

April 18, 2009

Cluck Cluck Cluck...

I overheard the girls talking yesterday, after we moved their nests and filled the "Vacant space" in the Studio....

"So, Lucy, you go ahead make her move... She can't sit there all day long!
"Ok, Dottie, I will give it my best shot..."Goldie, Can We talk?"" You gotta move so Dottie & I can share the nest too...!"
"Nope, I am perfectly fine right here... go find another..."Clucked Goldie...
Now as their Chicken mama, I do know they can find another nesting place... I even baited a couple great spots with fake eggs....
I hope they settle in another one so we can gather an egg or two this week....

April 17, 2009

No Vacancy...Chicken Studio Full

All snug and happy as can be
My babies are home. We had to reorganize things in the studio.
The cage for the 7 new babies takes up 1/2 the studio floor. I had to remove a nesting shelf and the "Miss Goldie's nest" was placed just inside the door on the floor under a shelf. Here she likes the dark corner. I filled A nice big basket with straw and she settled right in. The other two were not so quickly settled and were curious as to what those babies were doing there..We shall see how they manage through the night. It will be nice to have all 10 girls together and after a couple more weeks I will let the babies go out side in the caged pen. They really liked sitting in the sunshine outside while their new home was being re-vamped.
The cage is a loaner from Gail...*A dog kennel no longer used . Thank you so much farmgirl!

April 16, 2009

Georgia Farm woman Giveaway!

Hey all, The Georgia Farm woman is giving away a great prize, two of her hand made Nesting boxes check it out..

April 15, 2009

Pullets are growing quickly

Our chicks are really growing, I went out to Gails' this morning to meet with the charming chicks hen party for a craft a nice lunch meeting. We have two new gals interested in joining our flock. We worked on our Chapter Journal and just had a nice chat time. I had to go see my chickies and take their photo. I want to bring them home as soon as I can.. but need the weather to be a bit warmer & make an area for them in the coop. All but 4 of the Buff orphingtons are ours. They have really grown and look very good. Gail has done a great job as their Nanny.. and I am sure she will be happy to move her chicks also into a permanent coop that her husband is building. Our weather is warming this week up into the low 70's by next week. We have our truck load of soil coming Next Monday so perhaps we can move the chickens & start the garden by end of the month.

April 13, 2009

Sunday Morning Drive

Easter morning we took a long drive in the country. Our destination was Mt. Shasta. We often take a detour down a country roads, sometimes a few less traveled, like over bumpy dirt roads to let the dogs run a bit. I snapped this picture of Mt Shasta in the back ground.
As we drove further down this road I took this shot of tiny yellow wild flowers were popping through the pastures. A nice drive for a Sunday. Very peaceful here listening to meadowlarks. The day was pleasantly warm with a few clouds. Very relaxing , I do believe Spring is on her way.

April 12, 2009


Happy Easter Everyone!
Spring is really here when Easter arrives I think. It has been a long time coming!
Easter is a time of looking ahead, and I think we need to take a break from our daily tasks, Take time to rest, reflect and prepare for what the New Spring brings. We will probably take a nice drive in the country and enjoy the peace & quiet because this year we will not have the joy of having the grandchildren with us, No Easter egg hunt, just a very quiet day is planned for the dogs & chickens here on the farm. I wish you all a very Happy Easter spending the day with your families and friends. Don't eat too much candy, if you are so lucky to get that Chocolate Easter Bunny in your basket.... I think I will have to go buy myself one for sure and also some of those marshmellow Peeps!... Oh yes and jelly beans...all colors & flavors..

April 10, 2009

Rainy days mean baking..cookies.

What better thing to do on a rainy day....and Oh, the kitchen will smell heavenly. These cookies are fabulous. I have tried many recipes and I think they are the best. My Husband will agree and they are especially good right out of the oven warm with a glass of cold milk..or a cup of tea... Yummy! Of course you can make them anytime...

Double Peanut Butter Cookies
( from the Essential Baker Carole Bloom)
If you are a peanut lover, these cookies are for you.
Loaded with peanuts & peanut butter. I recommend using extra chunky peanut butter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Adjust oven racks to the upper 1/3 and lower 1/3
Line two sheets with parchment paper or non stick liners.

2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Sift together in a large bowl and set aside

In the bowl of an electric mixer: mix well until creamy
6 oz ( 1 1 /2 sticks unsalted butter softened with
1 cup of peanut butter
Stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl.

Next add and mix until well blended
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar.
Slightly mix with a fork 2 large eggs ( at room temperature)

Pour into peanut butter sugar mixture and beat at med speed, until well blended, again scrape down sides of bowl.

Add the dry ingredients that were set aside gradually blending completely.
Add ½ cup chopped lightly salted peanuts to the cookie mix and blend well.
Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop out dough onto baking sheets leaving 2 inches of space between cookies for expansion.
Bake in 350 oven for 7 minutes switch the baking sheets and bake another 7 -8 minutes until the cookies are set and golden brown.
Depending on size of scoop.. Makes 3 to 5 dozen cookies.
Store in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months..
Mine never make it past 3 days…..

April 9, 2009

Already Drinking buddies..

Happy Birthday Kandace. I Love you and hope you have a good day!
Yes, my oldest grandaughter has become of age to drink Alcoholic Beverages. She is away at college at WSU and I am sure tasted a few brews, wine coolers and hard lemonades. I am sure that is a Mike's Lemonade in her hand.... Charlie is still addicted to mama's milk and a bit of formula sometimes. What a good boy!
I know she will drink responsibly to provide a good example to her younger brother by 21 years.
Wow where do the years go. I was present for her birthing debut as well as little Charlies. Seems like only a few years ago that she was a tiny little girl. Her dad commented that she could take "Charlie " out for his legal drink when he was 21 . Of course she may decide by then at the age 41 that it really isn't a big deal.. I know she plans to "Party" with her college friends tonight but she told me she has an exam tomorrow so she will be sober when she goes to bed tonight. I am very proud of her, She is working and enrolled in womens studies. Keep up the good work Kandace.

April 8, 2009

Just because... We could

Sometimes you just gotta do it!. Silly as it is. The opportunity lent itself to a Kodak moment. My son & I found these two playyard turtle shells in Woodlandark Zoo last week and we just could not resist the temptation. Yes, thats me too.. You are never too old to play with your son are you? Well he is only 42 and you know I have to be older..(and bigger.) it took a little squeezing to get this grandma inside the darn thing, but well worth the laugh as his wife Watched us while Charlie slept! Of course only family will appreciate the humor here...I think we were in backwards...maybe not..

April 7, 2009

Yes, a real farmgirl lives here!

When I moved to the "Blue Sky Farm" I knew we only had an acre, and I have great plans to use every crook & crannie inside & out.

Ever notice how men think you can have too much stuff? yeah, Mine sure does...I wanted Dh to build a piggie pen, but so far I am getting a "LOUD NO". We do have 10 chickens..* 7 babies coming soon) , 2 dogs, a hive of bees, a couple wild mallard ducks ( currently on the pond.) Hope we see babies... I also have hinted at getting a couple goats.. with a bit less resistance than the Pig Idea.. but probably won't budge onthis one either. I do have a huge garden spot for my veggies to grow in , So inside has become my minagerie of farm animals. I have many chickens as I have posted before, and I have two nice piggies now too. This guy is useful & eats nothing but "chaulk, Now I also have a big rule in the house "The Kitchen is Mine!" and I will continue to fill every empty spot to Scream " A farm girl lives here, and she loves her kitchen." I am not complaining believe you me, My dear husband is outside at this moment rototilling the garden. He really doesnt mind too much what I do inside as long as I do the dusting.. He will vacuum and help with laundry & dishes... I guess I am a very lucky farmgirl! I do know the property around our little acre could be purchased.....Hmmmmmmm I will have to work on that one....

April 6, 2009

A Broody Mama

I am learning a lot about raising chickens, Again today Miss Goldie has decided to sit on her nest all day long.. She was setting there all day yesterday too.. I sneaked in and removed the one and only egg that she so "motherly"sat on. She pecked at me as if to say "Excuse Me, there is big business going on here"
Now I know what a Broody hen acts like... and the secret is I moved her to another nest and there is nothing under her. Not even the plastic egg we used to get her to nest inthe first place... Of course since she is "hogging " the nest the other two hens are nestless. Happily foraging the premises of Blue Sky Farm yard. What's this Chicken mama to do?
Tomorrow if she remains on guard I will again move her and not let her back in the nest so the other two can deposit their little packages of gold. ( we are down to two eggs in the fridge. )We do not have a rooster so no chance of any babies in this Hen Studio until I bring in the newest chickies home that are temporarily enjoying their " sleeping over" with Gail's babies. The only good thing I can see is that if we do get a Papa Rooster our Miss Goldie will be a great protector of her babies....

April 5, 2009

80 years old and looking good!

I am posting a picture of my Mom today. She would be embarrassed if she knew I was doing this but I am doing it anyway. I hope to look so good at her age. She is a very sweet person and I want to share her with you. I enjoy spending time with her when I can. She is a great scrabble, upwords & yahtzee player. She also enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles ( has one going all the time on her dining table)and does crossword puzzles too.
So, here she is : My mom with her newest great grandchild. Charles Nash 5 months old. My mom is 80 years young no. Today, She is visiting my sister in Arizona for a couple weeks, soaking up some lovely vitamin D rays and enjoying my sister and her family. My mom also keeps busy crocheting & reading & watching her favorite tv programs and keeping her home sparkling clean. She enjoys spending time with her neighbors in her community when not with her immediate family. We are very glad she enjoyed her surprise birthday party March 28th. She was totally surprised and it was a great opportunity for us as family to come together to celebrate this woman, friend, mother, sister, grandma & great grandmother. My mom has 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren who love her dearly.

April 4, 2009

More Chicken Stuff!

My dear friend Leila, started me with my chicken collection. She has decided to change her kitchen theme and has given me many more chickens for my home. I received them when I went to visit her while in Washington last week. I Love them and will be finding places to display them. It may take me awhile to find the right places for them. My poor husband is shaking his head...wondering what I will get next.

April 2, 2009

My Family in one picture!

Here is my family... We had a great time "Happy Birthday Mom..She is in the middle with the two young great grandsons on each side. 20 of us in this photo. I am standing behind my mom next to my blonde daughter. It was my mom's 80th birthday Surprise party. My flock consisted of 5 grandsons 1 grandaughter and my son & two daughters..then add their husbands & wife and a cousin, & her daughter, her mother who is my aunt (88 yrs old my mom's oldest sister) sitting in front white hair ...add 2 sisters & one of their spouses . We also had others there that were friends & neighbors of my mom's a total group of 26 ! A loud Bunch for sure.. It is so nice to get together but really nice to get home to my husband too...