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  1. A week on the ranch (December 8 - 14)

    by , 12-14-2008 at 11:19 PM
    Another week, and wow, did this one fly by! I have been trying to get all my Christmas cookies done, and as of tonight, I have 31 varieties bagged and in the freezer! I still have a ton of ingredients, so if I have any time, I may try to make some more, just to use up what I have.

    The weather went from spring to summer to autumn to winter, all in one week! I started out the week in shorts, and as of noon today, I was baking cookies while watching the snow flurries whipping around ...

    Updated 12-14-2008 at 11:32 PM by madhen

    Ranch Diary
  2. A week on the ranch (December 1 - December 7)

    by , 12-07-2008 at 11:57 PM
    This week went by very quickly!! Work was hectic! I spent all day on Monday at training, then I had to meet with a defense attorney on Tuesday, and prep some witnesses for Grand Jury on Thursday! In between, I am trying to prepare for travel this coming week and get some of my case work updated!!

    At home, I have been a baking fool, trying to get the cookie platters done by next weekend. I probably won't have them done until the week of Christmas, but it would be nice to be able ...

    Updated 12-14-2008 at 11:33 PM by madhen

    Ranch Diary
  3. A week on the ranch (November 24 - 30)

    by , 11-30-2008 at 08:39 PM
    Beautiful weather most of the week, with only one day of rain.

    I have moved one of the chickens indoors, into the birds' room, as she has been picked on by one of the guinea hens, and plucked bald from about her wings down. I had been putting off isolating her, because it is so hard to reintroduce a bird that has been pulled, but she looks really ratty, had some healed lacerations, and has taken to hiding all day, so I brought her in and we are starting to work on getting her better ...

    Updated 12-14-2008 at 11:34 PM by madhen

    Ranch Diary
  4. Bedtime for Chickens

    by , 11-27-2008 at 12:02 AM
    My hens are, for the most part, rational and sensible creatures. They are free-range, so they choose where they sleep at night. For the most part, they either go back in their coop, or they sleep in the tack room, or they perch on the fence under the overhang where the donkeys and goats go to get out of inclement weather.

    But every once in a while, for reasons incomprehensible to me, a few of my hens seem to lose their ability to find their roosts, and I will go out at dusk to find ...

    Updated 12-16-2008 at 08:52 AM by madhen

    Fluff and Feathers
  5. A week on the ranch (November 17-23)

    by , 11-23-2008 at 08:42 PM
    Let's see, where to begin.

    The weather here in California has been wonderful. It was in the 70's every day, with the lows at night only getting into the 50's. It made it hard to go to work every day, as I had to drive past pastoral scenes of goats grazing in green fields, chickens napping under the shade of manzanita trees on the hill, and my dogs wagging their tails at me as if to invite me to come and play. Every day at work this week was tiresome, especially driving off knowing ...

    Updated 12-14-2008 at 11:35 PM by madhen

    Ranch Diary