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  1. A week on the ranch (September 21 - 27, 2009)

    by , 09-28-2009 at 12:41 AM
    After a teasing little hint of autumn, summer slammed back down, and the heat has been in the high 90's or above every day this week. The weatherman promises cooler temps starting tomorrow, which is about twelve hours too far away for me right now!!

    On the animal front, still lots of activity. I woke up Thursday morning to find Daisy the budgie bloody and battered, and Dawn the budgie with blood all over her chin. It turns out that Dawn suddenly attacked Daisy, probably Wednesday. ...
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  2. A week on the ranch (September 14 -20, 2009)

    by , 09-21-2009 at 10:55 AM
    Another week flies by, and summer seems to have returned to roost for a while. It has been over 100F for days now, with just a small break every evening when it cools off just enough to allow me to sleep. It has been 95F and above INSIDE the house, and I have been turning on the A/C for the birds and the dogs, just to keep them from melting!

    Lots of bird drama this week. I wrote, many months ago, about Daisy the Budgie and her broken leg. Well, I'm starting to think this bird ...
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  3. September's Groceries - 9/17

    by , 09-18-2009 at 12:20 AM
    Bleach (on sale) $2.39
    Oregano (dried) $2.29
    Butter (2 lbs on sale) $4.98
    Half and Half (2 qts on sale) $2.98
    Plain yogurt (6 cartons on sale) $3.25
    Salad (organic herb mix) $3.99
    Yams (2.7 lbs at 1.49/lb) $4.02
    Organic alfalfa/broccoli sprout mix $2.49
    Organic bunch carrots $1.39
    Organic spinach $1.49
    Salad (organic baby greens) $3.99
    Sweet potatoes (2.53 lbs at 1.79/lb) $4.53
    Magazines (3) $17.97
    Diced almonds (bulk, ...
  4. A week on the ranch (September 7 -13, 2009)

    by , 09-13-2009 at 11:52 PM
    This week brought two new lives to the ranch, one by chance and one by choice. The first was a baby zebra finch that I found in my aviary. The parents had tucked her away, and I accidentally destroyed their nest while cleaning up. They wouldn't accept her back, so I am hand-feeding her. Luckily, she is already a couple of weeks old, so it shouldn't be TOO tough. The second was a baby lionhead bunny, who I have named Ariel. I am always much happier with two of any particular animal, because ...
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  5. September groceries

    by , 09-10-2009 at 12:31 AM
    On September 4, 2009, I spent $21.36. I bought a bottle of vegetable oil, a can of non-stick spray, a quart of Half and Half, and a tempura roll.

    On September 8, 2009, I spent $100.24:

    kamaboko (6 ea @ 2.99/ea) $17.94
    M&M's (2 bags @ 3.49/ea) $6.98
    hairspray $4.99
    hair mousse $4.99
    hydrogen peroxide $.79
    lemon juice $2.89
    dried oregano $2.29
    dried thyme $3.19
    dried marjoram $3.59
    Half and Half (qt) $2.99
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