26 02, 2021

Texas Weather

By |2021-02-25T12:38:12-06:00February 26th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

This week has been quite pleasant here in Texas.  Last week was not.  We had the second snow storm of the season followed by ice. An event that had not happened in many decades.

We were warned and people took great pains to protect their chickens.  I was not one of those people.

I do care about my chickens but wasn’t willing to enclose the coop, put a heater in it or bring the flock inside.  I told them it would be cold and encouraged them to huddle up when the coop had icicles.

During the coldest days, I went out several times to make sure they had food and water.  It was cold enough that their water froze solid so I would pour hot water over it to thaw enough for them to drink.  A few hours later, it would be frozen again.

I tried to cover some of the duck pen when it started sleeting.  I used a big blue tarp which apparently was terrifying to the ducks.  They would not go near that corner of the pen.  I finally went back out in the sleet and took it down.  The ducks were much happier.  As soon as the duck pond started to thaw, the got in and swam around the chunks of ice.  Silly ducks!

I learned that the hoe I use for weeding works great for removing ice when I cleared a path across the back porch.  I was determined not to fall on my multiple trips to the chicken yard.

I am happy to report that I did not fall a single time.

And we did not lose any chickens or ducks.

I’m hoping that means we passed the test and do not have to repeat that experience ever again.

I’ll take the Texas summers over these crazy winter storms any day.

22 02, 2021

Blogging Anniversary  

By |2021-02-21T17:42:50-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Blogging Anniversary, Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

This week is the blogging anniversary for View from the Front Porch.

The first blog posted on February 29, 2012. You can read it here. https://judythewriter.com/one-word-wednesday/

We can’t celebrate on the exact day—there’s no February 29 this year. So, we are celebrating today.

Nine years! WOW! Hard to believe.

The next year Chicken Wrangler Sara joined me.

Miller Farm first post was Friday, August 10, 2012. Read it here: https://judythewriter.com/friday-on-the-miller-farm-episode-1-rooster-rescuers/

From 2015 to 2020, Chicken Wrangler Sara and I have…

published 1,162 posts

had 24,855 views

received 1,524 comments

and logged 175 subscribers.

The first three-year statistics were lost when we switched from hosting with WordPress.com to hosting on my Judythe Morgan website.

We’re so pleased. Those numbers are AMAZING. Beyond anything Chicken Wrangler Sara and I could ever have imagined

And it’s all because you subscribe and visit View from the Front Porch, and comment.

19 02, 2021

House Guest

By |2021-02-03T16:21:03-06:00February 19th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

The tree in the middle of our front yard finally had to be cut down.  It had been slowly dying for several years.  I was sad mainly because a family of woodpeckers lived in it.  I enjoyed hearing them and wondered where they would go.

The man who cut the tree down left a rather tall stump that just cried out for a bird house (at least that is what I heard).

I put in a request to my mother who is an avid garage saler.  I figured someone was probably getting rid of a bird house for a good price.  Sure enough she brought one to me.

Beekeeper Brian thought it was a little silly, but he put it on the stump because he loves me.

I smile every time I look out the window or pull up to our house.

One day I saw a bird perched on top of the house.  I wondered if perhaps it might take up residence.

Over the years we have had several different house guests.  The most recent was Bill, the Chinese student, who spent four years with us and is considered one of our children.

Since he went off to college and our daughter Rachel moved to Huntsville, it has just been Beekeeper Brian and me.  We’ve grown accustomed to being alone in the house.  Perhaps it would be best if our next guest moved into the bird house out front.

15 02, 2021

President’s Day – The Beginnings

By |2021-02-04T14:09:41-06:00February 15th, 2021|Holidays, Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

There are still a few of us around who remember celebrating both George Washington’s birthday on February 22 and Abraham Lincoln’s on February 16 instead of a single President’s Day.

Back then, the original emphasis for a President’s Day was our first president George Washington’s birth. In 1800, a year after his death, it became a perennial day of remembrance named Presidents’ Day.

At the time, Washington was the most important figure in American history. In fact, the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were national celebrations.

It wasn’t until 1879, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the law that initially only applied to the District of Columbia, that Washington’s birthday became a designated federal holiday. In 1885, the holiday expanded to the whole country.

Gradually the George Washington emphasis shifted to others who had ever served as president.

Then, in 1971, with the enactment of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, President’s Day became another three-day weekend for the nation’s workers.

Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, but for the most part Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as the day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.

Four chief executives were actually born in February—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

Presidents’ Day never falls on any of their birth dates. Rather it is always celebrated on the third Monday of February.

Probably more than you wanted to know about President’s Day. But isn’t history interesting?

12 02, 2021

Short Irises

By |2021-02-03T16:08:21-06:00February 12th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

 A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

Our front flower bed has always had irises blooming in it.  There are several different colors and over the years they have spread quite nicely.

This year, I noticed the white ones had bloomed first.  However, they are very short.

I wonder if perhaps they are a little hesitant to come all the way up into the world this year.

I can’t say that I blame them.  It is a pretty crazy place.

8 02, 2021

Why I Love Being a Writer

By |2021-02-04T14:07:51-06:00February 8th, 2021|A Writer's Life, writer, Writer's Life|2 Comments

February is the month where we think a lot about love—who we love and what we love.

Today I’m thinking about all the things I love about my job as a writer.

  1. I can daydream and it counts as working. I spend lots of time staring off into space and thinking about stories or how to present an idea in a unique way. That counts as work.
  1. I get to research all kinds of fun and weird stuff. The flip side of that is I’m probably on the FBI watch list for some of the things I’ve researched.
  1. I can buy books and call the purchase a business expense. Lovely perfect perk for a voracious reader like me.
  1. I can take revenge when something or someone irritates me. Cleverly disguised, of course, with names and locations changed to protect the guilty. It’s called plotting.
  1. I get to work in my pajamas.Not so much a perk anymore since so many of us are working from home and don’t have to worry about how we dress.
  1. I’m my own boss. I lean toward being a control freak. Setting my own schedule and getting to tell my characters what to do fits my personality perfectly.
  1. I get to buy pens and paper and cool office stuff. A new pen and a blank notebook always inspire.
  1. I get paid to make things up.When I write fiction, that’s true. With non-fiction, not so much. Editors prefer factual non-fiction.
  1. People accept all my little idiosyncrasies. Writers are viewed as a different breed. Once I tell people I’m a writer, I don’t have to pretend I’m normal.
  1. Fan mail. I love to hear from my readers. I enjoy getting glimpses of how my stories or my words have touched someone. Click on the contact link to email me.

It’s always nice to love what you do. It makes the work not seem like work.

What do you love about what you do?

5 02, 2021

Sunrise, Sunset

By |2021-02-03T13:36:26-06:00February 5th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

The sunrise was particularly beautiful this morning when I went outside to feed the chickens. I don’t always pay attention to it but this morning the sky was bright orange.

By the time I finished getting all the birds their breakfast and got my camera, it had changed.

It was still pretty.  In fact our daughter posted pictures from her window in Huntsville.

I thought of several things as I completed my morning routine.

I wondered how many sunrises I have missed because I have not paid attention.  After all, the sun rises every morning and if it isn’t raining, it can be a very pleasant sight.

And then I thought about how quickly the sunrise changes.  Our daughter took a progression of pictures this morning to catch the many stages of the beauty.  That reminded me how quickly time moves.  Whether it is a beautiful time or an ugly time, it will not last forever.

That was a comforting thought as the pandemic and all the changes it brings continue on. It will come to an end.

Of course I was reminded of a song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof called “Sunrise, Sunset.”  The parents sing it at their daughter’s wedding.  The chorus says:

“Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset,

Quickly fly the days.

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers

Blossoming even as we gaze.

Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset

Quickly fly the years

One season following another

Laden with happiness and tears.”

The sunrise and sunset both pass quickly, as does the time in between them.  I need to pay closer attention so I don’t miss anything.

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