19 11, 2021

Beekeeper Rachel

By |2021-11-18T17:30:20-06:00November 19th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara


Our neighbor called a couple of weeks ago to tell me there were bees in their driveway and wondered if they could be ours.

I’m not quite sure how we could identify them, but we certainly would encourage them to come to our house.

Beekeeper Brian was out of town, so he started explaining to me what to do. He sent me the following picture with the message – “there is the queen.”

 

I had no idea what he meant so Rachel stepped in.

She knew exactly what to look for. Brian gave her directions and she put on a hat and gloves and “swept up the bees hoping to get the queen.”

I just stayed out of the way and took pictures.

Eventually we – that is Rachel – got the bees into a nuc (nucleus hive) and let them settle in.

I am very glad our neighbors do not mind having such interesting people living next door.

In fact, they were fascinated by the whole process and even covered the hive that night to keep the bees warm.

Rachel has earned her Beekeeper title. I’ll stick to documenting the excitement.

12 11, 2021

Aha Moment

By |2021-11-11T06:04:09-06:00November 12th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

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I grew up memorizing large numbers of Bible verses. This serves me well in troubled times.

One passage I still remember is out of the book of Ephesians chapter 6. There, Paul describes spiritual armor including an instruction to gird your loins with the belt of truth. I memorized most scripture in the King James translation and didn’t really understand what it meant to “gird your loins” until recently.

I like to wear long, full skirts. They are especially useful in teaching as they allow me to move around and sit on the floor without revealing any body parts best left covered.

This poses a problem in the chicken yard. The skirts drag on the dirt and gets caught in the chicken wire.

I started tucking the hem into my waistband.

Then I discovered how to “gird my loins.”

I take the back of my skirt and bring it through my legs and tuck it into my waistband.

It may look silly, but it keeps my skirts clean!

5 11, 2021

Odd Egg

By |2021-11-02T19:49:51-05:00November 5th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara


One thing I enjoy about our eggs is the variety. Store-bought eggs seem to be uniform – all brown or all white and all the same size. Our eggs are all different colors and sizes.

Recently someone has been laying particularly interesting eggs.

At first, I thought it was an anomaly but there was another just like it a few days later.

I wish I knew which chicken was laying these odd-shaped eggs. It is most likely a white hen from the school. The brown hens usually lay brown eggs.

I was explaining this to some children once and someone asked, “do the green eggs come from green chickens.” Makes sense but that’s not the way it works.

Seeing all the different eggs in our cartons makes me happy. It is kind of like looking out at my classroom and seeing the wide variety of students. They keep life interesting.

22 10, 2021

Next Generation

By |2021-10-19T21:19:05-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

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During a recent visit from our daughter and son-in-law, I had the opportunity to introduce Alex, our grandson, to the chickens.

He is still toddling and so I did not let him down to walk among the chickens (and chicken poop).

He was very excited!

I am thrilled to be training up the next generation of Chicken Wranglers!

 

 

15 10, 2021

Return to Miller Farm

By |2021-10-13T06:00:54-05:00October 15th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

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Our daughter Rachel, the animal specialist, recently earned her Master’s Degree in Animal Science. We are very proud of her!

Now she just needs a job. This has been much more difficult than any one of us imagined and Rachel moved back to Miller Farm to continue her search.

Since moving out Rachel has acquired another dog – and it is not a dachshund. Meet Cooper, the Australian Shepherd.

He is used to living in a house with several other Aussies and Penelope – Rachel’s dachshund. Now dachshunds outnumber him. He tries to fit in, but it doesn’t always work.

He has finally gotten over his fear of the scary dog that lives in our oven (otherwise known as his reflection).

But he is still not sure about the chickens.

It is a little chaotic at Miller Farm right now.

It is a good distraction, though, as we had to say goodbye to Bella last week. She had kidney disease and after giving all our kids the chance to say goodbye, it was time for her to go.

Having Cooper here helps keep us from missing Bella – usually.

1 10, 2021

Lizard’s Song

By |2021-09-27T09:14:26-05:00October 1st, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

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When I went to unroll the hose to refill the duck pond this morning, I encountered a lizard. It was an anole to be exact.

I explained to him that I needed the hose and perhaps he should move. He was not convinced. I moved the hose and he jumped onto my foot.

As I began to walk, he moved to the ground. When I returned, he was waiting by the spigot. He seemed very happy when the hose was returned.

It reminded me of a children’s book – Lizard’s Song.

Lizard is quite happy living on a rock and spends his day singing “Zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli rock is my home, rock is my home!”

His friend Bear loves this song and begs Lizard to teach it to him.

After many tries, the Bear is still unable to remember the song. Lizard suggests that perhaps Bear change the words to “cave is my home, cave is my home.”

This works and Bear goes on his way singing “Zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli cave is my home.”

It is a sweet reminder to be happy with what we have. It also got a song stuck in my head this morning – Zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli, zoli hose is my home, hose is my home.”

It is fun to think of our three children singing this song as they read this. You’re welcome!

24 09, 2021

New Growth

By |2021-09-23T06:18:03-05:00September 24th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

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I have never been particularly good at keeping plants alive. Chicken, duck, dogs are all pretty safe, but plants don’t fare too well.

Beekeeper Brian received several plants at his retirement celebration. There were some herbs and a bell pepper plant. I cleared a spot for them in the front flower bed and am hoping for the best.

I am excited to report there are two small bell peppers!

Unfortunately, something else was even more excited than me and the peppers were eaten before their time.

Beekeeper Brian has taken overwatering the plants. He is using a milk jug with a small hole in it to water the plants slowly. Recently I noticed another pepper! He said don’t touch it.

I think I will ignore it completely and hope nothing else discovers it. I would like to have the pepper with dinner one night. I’m sure it will taste wonderful!

10 09, 2021

New Acquisition

By |2021-09-04T05:37:31-05:00September 10th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|2 Comments

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A friend of mine regularly posts pictures of things she is giving away.  I am quite impressed with her dedication to decluttering.

One week she posted a picture of nesting dolls with instruments.  I could not resist.  I messaged her to say that I “needed” them and arranged for porch pick up.

Once I had them in my car, I immediately started taking them apart.  I was amazed at the number of different dolls there were.

I was showing them to a piano student who is particularly fond of arranging things – especially the things on top of my piano.  I would think it is a distraction technique, but he is making good progress so when he asked to put all the individual dolls on the piano, I allowed it.

I am very happy with my latest acquisition.  It makes me smile!

27 08, 2021

Why teach music?

By |2021-08-24T10:16:45-05:00August 27th, 2021|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

Chicken Wrangler Sara is on a brief hiatus from Friday blogging. She’s waving, but I’m posting for her. =)

As a former teacher I know, the first six weeks of school are so busy and so chaotic.  New schedules, new students, and often new curriculum to figure out. Hardly time to breathe.

Miller farm is also busy (as always) then there’s her piano teaching to organize for the new year and that new grandbaby to love on.

Lots to juggle. She’s sharing a poster that helps us understand why she teaches music. It also explains why we wouldn’t want her to stop.

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