Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Birthday day

Your Dad and I want to wish you a Happy Birthday and hope you had a very, very good day!

Our Thanksgiving

Monday, December 29, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

So Far Behind..So Much To Write

I have been very negligent in writing and I do apologize. As you will see below, I have a pretty good reason. Well, really its not a very good reason but its my blog and I'm sticking to it!
We know you are not suppose to get a new pet before the holidays but we had no control over when the mama gave birth. AND, before I receive all sorts of negative comments from you PETA types, let me assure you that I firmly believe that you should pick a pet that is homeless. We have done that our whole lives. All of our 11 cats were either strays or came from the shelter. The reason this puppy is different is that he is a guard dog. He was bred for that reason alone. No, he is not a vicious guard dog. He bonds with everyone we introduce him to. He bonds with the cats and with our one existing dog. The reason we chose his breed is he can take on a coyote. If you have been reading my blog, you know the trouble we have had with them. They have even come in to the yard and bit my dog! That really made me mad..I dont think this dog could handle a pack of coyotes alone, but they usually sneak around looking for the one chickie that has strayed too far into the woods. Hopefully this dog will help.
And now let me introduce... Ranger. He is an Anatolian Shepherd and will grow to anywhere between 150-170 pounds. So I squeeze him whenever he lets me!

He seems to always look grumpie!

How can anyone resist a face like this!

Going to bed. Goodnight all.

All of my critters and I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Its Christmas Time...Oh Ho, Ho, Ho

I just finished a whirlwind shopping trip with my MIL. I haven't been in our small sorta local mall in probably 5 years. I usually do all of my Christmas shopping online, but she convinced me to go with her today. We had a blast, especially at the Aeropostle? store. They got my vote for the best at customer help. I mean I am pitiful at shopping, so I walk in and find a store clerk and handcuff them to me until I am done. The young lady that helped me shop for my granddaughters was absolutely wonderful. So if you want a great shopping experience, go to Aeropostle.

On the other side of the coin, the worse store we visited was Limited Too. First of all, the sale items were not marked down very much and second of all, who pays $60 for jeans for a size 6 twig 6 year old? NO SALE ON THESE JEANS!! No help from the salespeople, My MIL and I were on our own. I could not find anything that didn't require a loan, so I was just going to get the pack of Mentos and pink headband. Standing in line behind a woman who kept going on and on and on about the store in Chattanooga having this and doing that and on and on....I almost walked. This is why I shop online, to avoid people like this that really needs to have their butts kicked for making people stand in line with their feet killing them.
But my MIL came to the rescue by finding the $60 jean look alike on the sale table and it was on. I spent a fortune in that store and all I got was more stupid Limited Too Bucks, at least at Aerospotle I got 3, count'em 3 free Teddy Bears with the cutest red and white striped hat on. So, if you want my advise, go to Aerospotle if you are shopping impaired like me. You might even learn how to spell it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And The Winner Is....

Not Me.

I was asked by my good friend Sandra at work, You know she is a great person just by her name! Anyway, she asked me to carve a pumpkin for her work area. She wanted our company name on it and that was all. So, me being the Great Pumpkin carver that I am, said I would. Below is the result of my wonderful imagination! It was a beautiful pumpkin and was The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

According to Sandra, everyone thought it was beautiful and prompted a pumpkin carving contest. Several people entered. I had to enter a picture of my Great Pumpkin because it started caving in on itself, and a certain someone decided to recycle it by throwing it in the moat that surrounds the factory!

Pictures do not do justice to the Great Pumpkin. I think that is why I came in Third! Third! I am not bitter, really. It was just a little contest, we all won candy and ribbons. No..I am not bitter at all. Really...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Hallows Eve

This little fellow is the newest member of the Cuckle Burr
family. He is about 3 months old. He is injoying his first swim
in the families antique claw foot tub. I dont think he cares that
its an antique, he only cares that it is wet!

These two superheros were the first ever trick or treaters to brave
the horrors of the Cuckle Burr Patch road. But they made it through
with smiles to share!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What the....

What is up with this.....

...and this??

It is nearly November and I have Clematis blooming and two, count em, two broody hens! The only reason this mama....

abanadoned her nest is because of two very randy roosters. Just wouldn't leave her alone, always got to be getting some. I think I see a pattern here! AND...I think I will end on that note.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's Tomorrow...Hawaiian Time!

I'm passing on showing you more of what and who are keeping me
soooo busy, to show off some of my little buddies. These guys
keep me sane and when I have a bad day, I can always count
on them to make me feel better.

Now, for the biiig shoooe...drum roll please.....

This is Dingo. She is a blue heeler and likes to keep all the
other buddies in check. She is a herding dog and she likes to
herd the grandkids, cats, chickies and guineas. She also likes to charge the cat buddies and just give them a roll across the grass. She can also be very loving to them and likes to receive kitty kisses and give out loving licks of her own. And, unfortunately,
she loves to roll on dead and stinky things, ode Dingo perfume!

BB and Tiger. After being herded by Dingo, they take a much needed

This is Oscar. This is one biggggg cat. His head is the size of a softball! He is all muscle and takes nothing off of anybody. Only cat that Dingo hasn't been able to subdue. Can you say Hisssss my

Felix grabbing a quick snack before Oscar whips his butt.

Oh look! Tiger woke up and wants to go for a ride.

Emmie, my little dainty cat. She is the guardian of the washer and dryer. Dingo considers her a nice little ball of fur to lick on.
Kinda like a furry popcicle!

One of my bob tail babies. This is Pooh Bear. He has no tail and the best looking mane in the Burr Patch! He is lady candy...ah yeah.

Well, that is part of the critters that I love and adore, and they reciprocate the feelings in multiple ways. At night, I can always count on at least three of my kitties to sleep somewhere on my body. Who needs a comforter! Cat fur rules and is considered a condiment in our house. Tomorrow, remember Hawaiian time, I will introduce you to some more of my psychiatrists. I do have issues, just ask my family!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gone So Long

For all of you that have been holding your breath waiting for my return, I am back! I have been so busy with life here in the Cuckle Burr Patch, that by the time I'm done with all I have to do, I am just done for and sit around like a zombie.

Now I am going to show you part one of what has been going on around here. This is in addition to all the critters I already had to take care of!

First I decided that I needed some more babies. So I got the incubator out and loaded it with lots of eggs.

After three weeks of checking temperature and humidity and rolling eggs like the mama hens.....The pipping began.

Struggling to break free.

The hatching happens fast, and after they dry, you can play and pet them. They can go two days without food and water, which is what happens when you order chicks thru the mail. After they are dry I like to get them started immediately with water spiked with electrolytes and a pinch of sugar. It's kind of like Gatorade for peeps and gives them a boost.

This is the result of playing mama chicken!

A few weeks later, they have developed their feathers and colors!

Also during this same time period, I got 15 pheasant chicks. I dont have pics of them when they were no bigger than a jacks ball, but if you look real close in the pic below, you will see some of them. They are very illusive. We have them in our high tunnel and before we could move them, we had to make the tunnel secure.

They seem to be quite content and have made little hidey holes all thru the grass and weeds.

Well that's it for part one. The next installment will be tomorrow, so stay tuned for part deux!