Saturday, April 2, 2011

new moon

I went to Tractor Supply today looking for more Tetra Tints. The chicken expert at TS told me that they will lay a light brown egg. Hmm. She is a mystery still. She they might get some more in on Monday. I am so there! They also have some good looking Brahma chicks that I want to purchase. Meanwhile, one of my President Day chicks jumped up and perched today on the broom handle that is laying across the brooders. It is time to get the chicken runs ready! I love it when the chicks finally get to be on the earth and peck at grass and learn how delicious a bug is. :-) Lots to do and luckily tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm. ahhh.

I have some new organic seed starter soil and tomorrow I hope to get some dirt underneath my fingernails, and keep it there!

Also, tomorrow I need to remember to turn off and take out the auto-egg turner and wait for more chickies to hatch. This is perfect timing as Nicky has sent the duck eggs and they will be ready to pop in the incubator pretty much as soon as my new chicks are ready to come out.

The one litter of baby bunnies should be here in a little over a week too!

We are under the new moon and it is the perfect time to start to grow just about anything! This includes ideas, inspiration, or how about this... Let's grow some love and respect for one another. Think before you speak. Energy flows from the very inside of your being to all over the Universe. What is the message you want to send? I seem to visualize this sort of energy like pink billowy fog. If you think this is funny, laugh. lol I think it is funny too. Maybe that is what helps me to lift the pink fog up and out. Packed full of forgiveness, love and peace. You don't have to be all serious and rules-y to send out this sort of a prayer. Let 'er rip! Your way is always the best way.

Until tomorrow,

Blue Topaz, English Angora Rabbit.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hi Nicholas!

I was posting a long post about a class I attended at the state DEP's headquarters on bethics; the collection and analysis of benthic macro-invertebrates for water quality testing purposes. Also about my most excellent day after the indoor training. But, I got a call from my son Nick and I lost all train of thought. He is living with his Dad in FL. After a few bumps in the road, he is now doing well, feeling happy and growing up to be a fine young man. I am so proud to be his Mom. :-) He wants to come and see me soon It won't be until Summer probably, so I told him about this blog, and said it was the next best thing to being here with us. Right?

I wish Nick got to see the streams today with me. Rusty designed and managed the construction of two awesome streams. This was wasteland before, and now there are steams trickling clear water gently down over boulders and cobbles of rock on a mountainside. The streams are full of these wonderful little benthos, mainly these little bugs who are present and healthy when the water quality is good. They were plentiful there!

Rusty was proud of his work and happy to see the natural habitat coming to life. I was enlightened to a new view on coal mining in a way I did not expect. See, the same thing happens when you build roads, houses and Malls to the watershed and to habitats and pollution etc. Except when you have all this infrastructure it is permanent. The mining that is done in WV is not all mountain removal, a large part, over half, is deep mining. Often these are places that have already been mined long ago, and the coal companies might come in and do more deep mining. I can say that it is not pretty. I saw my first active mine today. Trucks, equipment and piles of the black gold. The same black gold that I see passing by in trains transporting it out to YOU all. Unless you live completely off the grid, don't drive a car or buy food or consume or use any products including soap. But what is important is this, I have seen the after. After all the mining is complete, there is reclamation, restoration and from what I witnessed today, Gaia does heal herself, even if she gets a little help from her friends. Pools of clear water with a variety of benthos, fish and birds bugs trees. Everything thing you might see in an National State Park. The after was breathtaking. This was not a select place where they might take the general public, on a "Friends of Coal" campaign.. This was out in the mountains, where only the wildlife was living. This was a glimpse for me to see where there are good people making right in the world for you. People who love the earth, who have studied botany, entomology, forestry, and on and on, to reclaim the earth. The meek shall inherit the earth.

I have more to say, but Brittany needs to take a History test online !


Ok. I am back. 

I get a sense of sadness when I think about the earth being harmed. The Nuclear Tragedy unfolding in Japan. The loss of life, not only human, but the whole eco system. It made me sad to see the a active coal mine. It also makes me sad to see new development for people. Things happen everywhere, by "Man or by Mother Nature". In all of this, there is one concept I must remember; I am not separate from nature, I am nature. I  am happy and creating when I am healed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You Lint Licker!

My Tetra Tint (say it like the commercial "you lee-int licker") pullet is so funny. She likes to perch, not unlike a pet bird. I know because we had two cockatiels that literally flew from somewhere to us in when we lived in FL. The one time my son Nicholas was pretty sure his stepfather was GOD-like. Sophia was a new baby and Nicholas was running in and out of the house talking about catching a wild parrot. Where we lived, there were wild green parrots flocks. They are so loud, but such a sight to see. I had thought Nick was imagining catching the wild parrots, which was next to impossible because they spook really easy and seldom landed in our particular neighborhood. Plus when they did land it was only a brief stop. Anyway, Rusty gets home from works and we are just beginning to catch up and Nicholas comes out with a toy bug net. He excitedly tells Rusty about the wild parrot. I add in the fact that he has been "parrot hunting all day." Nicholas loved to catch lizards and bugs and anything else a boy who lives in FL catches. Nicholas asks Rusty if he can catch him. So, Rusty says ok and walks out the door. Well, there was a bird on our tree, and it was not a green parrot. It was white and gray and yellow! Warren holds his finger in the air and damn if that bird didn't come flying down and LAND on his finger! You can see how a young boy about 6 would think that was The Divine. All we needed was the miracle music piped in, and perhaps Lassie too with a few barks. The other time my oldest daughter was outside with her neighborhood friend and yet another cockatiel comes along, but this one climbed up her leg, and she came home with it, shocked and happy. I have also had parakeets and finches. So, yes, I have had some experience with "pet" birds.

Back to Tetra tee-int. Today I caught her perched up on the edge of the brooding pen. Her feathers are working! She is older than all of the other chicks. So, I take her and go sit on the couch with her perched on my finger, then on my shoulder. I am watching TV talking to the girls, not paying much attention to her. She is being sweet, doing little pecks at my earring and hair and shirt getting my attention once in awhile. She settles in and seems happy to hear my voice. All of a sudden she pecked my eye! It still hurts! lol. If anybody has seen the little beak of a chick, it is sharp and pointed, made by mother nature so one can peck out of the eggshell. So she pecked MY EYE! I started laughing even though I was in pain. The girls laughed too. Sophia said, "Mommy you need to write on your blog about this". So here I am, 1:00 am, one eye still hurting and faithfully blogging. I needed to blog anyway. So thanks Tetra Tint. I guess we will call her Tetra. I asked Gary from Feathersite if he had ever heard of one, and he told me it sounded like a fish. :-) It does. I hope I can get a few more of this unknown breed. Her calm demeanor was evident right away. I wonder what kind of a layer she is. My black sex-link hen is a laying machine, sturdy and can weather the cold well. Some chickens breeds are more fragile. I like a good hearty chicken that lays brown eggs. Tetra's eggs will in all likelihood be white, but there is a difference in the white eggs and the brown eggs, when you are talking fresh eggs. The brown eggs have a deep yellow, almost orange/yellow yolk. Where the white eggs are lighter, more yellow than the brown eggs. It is good to have a mix. PS I will be selling eggs once I get my new hens laying! Providing there are no losses. Last year we had a tragedy unfold. I lost my Rhode Island Reds. Some loss is expected when you have your chickens free roam. But this day it was a massacre. It could have been prevented too. I still can't even talk about it. All I can tell you is the whole mountain must have heard my wailing. Ugh. So I am darn happy to have a sweet pullet peck my eye. I am hopeful. I am really into my animals. I don't dress them or anything, but I love them. I think the only person in this family that gets it, is Sophia.

A friend that I met on facebook (through an game app or just the universe working it's wonderful ways) offered some duck eggs a few weeks ago to me. She gets it, I am sure! I have been watching her ducks hatch through the pictures she shares. I finally remembered to send her my mailing address today and asked her how much I should send along to cover the cost of the duck eggs and of course shipping. She said this,"Dont send money and hurt my feelings, just hatch and ENJOY them. xxxxx" How wonderful is that?

One of my teachers often told me, "I had to get good-er at getting good". What that means is to accept that you are deserving of anything somebody may wish to give you, random or not. A compliment. A ride to the doctor. A gift. In this case, some duck eggs from somebody I have never met. See, because I know how much I enjoy giving, I get pleasure from it. I do not want the person to feel obligated. I want them to receive knowing it is from a good place. From a place of freedom and good will. I want them to enjoy the gift, for I will be filled with a certain kind of glowing calm joy being part of the beautiful act of random acts of kindness. I used to pay for person who was behind me at the toll over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in FL. I bought the person's coffee and doughnut who was behind me in the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts. (Gosh, I miss that place!) I would carry stones in my medicine bag and if somebody seemed like they where lost, I gave them something to hold on to.

But this is not about the giving. In order for all of this to happen, there has to be somebody who is like, "wow thanks." It is your duty to get gooder at getting good. Why? Because. You are deserving. You have to stay open to the good that comes your way. Not closed! The universe needs to breath that kind if energy, in and out... not by just the giving, but by the humbling act of accepting. Stop yourself when you start thinking there are invisible strings attached. There are strings, but it is the string theory and quantum physics and all the things you don't see, but are very much there. A wild parrot might fly to your outstretched finger and bring magic or God to your home. The possibilities are endless. The results will ripple out to the world in the most beautiful ways.

As it has here now in West Virginia. Thanks Nicky for the ducky eggs, and for the experiences to come and for the inspiration. You are Wednesday's Wild and Wonderful Woman. :-)

~peace, crow

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Here are the President Day Chicks today. The are almost two weeks old. Note: two of the blacks and the two larger lighter chicks, a tetra tint and a amber link, are from TSC. ~crow

Washington has a black stripe on the head. Obama is next to him.

Tetra Tint pullet is the lightest and largest. The other light one is an Amber Link.

The chicks jump every time the camera flashes!

The wings are almost butterfly looking. One of my hatchlings.

Hand feeding and taking a picture. See the camera strap!