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A weekly journal of life on Mad Hen's ranch.

  1. A week on the ranch (December 7 - December 13, 2009)

    by , 12-14-2009 at 01:41 AM
    The week started with a snow storm that left me snowed in and without power for about a day and a half. Happily, a 4wd vehicle allowed me to escape my little snowy prison, but the roads were so dangerous, with fallen branches and crazy drivers, that I spent most of the first part of the week hiding out, surviving with the help of a lot of firewood and plenty of snow to melt to use for water. The animals suffered more than I did, as they had no heat lamps to keep them warm. The dogs came up in the ...
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  2. A week on the ranch (November 30 - December 6, 2009)

    by , 12-06-2009 at 11:36 PM
    I posted a thread at the beginning of the week entitled "First Day of the Last Month of the Year," in which I stated that I wanted to start my new year right by starting my resolutions now. When the new year hits, I want to be already up and running, so I have to start now to hit my stride.

    I was very excited to pay off my second-to-last credit card last week, and that leaves me with one to focus on. I intend to have it paid off by the end of 2010, which will free up about ...
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  3. A week on the ranch (November 23 - November 29, 2009)

    by , 11-30-2009 at 11:37 AM
    Wow, the year is flying by. Thanksgiving already this week, and Christmas looming on the horizon!!

    I am never a huge fan of Thanksgiving, because it requires a four-hour round trip on my part to go see family who I can see pretty much any time of the year, and most of whom I don't particularly care to see any time of the year. Sounds a little harsh, I know, but the truth will out, as they say. I have had a rocky history with my very small family of one sister and a mother, and they ...
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  4. A week on the ranch (November 16 - November 22, 2009)

    by , 11-23-2009 at 12:59 AM
    I should really be calling this entry "two weeks on the ranch" because things got so crazy last week, I forgot to post!!

    A big part of the crazy was the arrival of Crash, a three-month old Labrador Retriever puppy. He has certainly kept things interesting!! And because he came to me from a vet, with injuries that had to be treated, I have spent a lot of time in the last two weeks driving to/from the vet's office!

    I am still in the process of completing the ...
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  5. A week on the ranch (November 2 - November 8, 2009)

    by , 11-08-2009 at 11:31 PM
    Work kept me very busy this week, so not a lot of time left to sit and enjoy life here on the ranch. I expect the next couple of weeks to be a bit hectic, as well.

    The perfect sourdough starter continues to elude me, so that challenge (set in October) will have to continue into this month. I am also going to try to cook what is a staple for most, but what I will have to admit to never trying - a pot roast!

    A whole week of no animal drama!! That has to be a record! ...
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