Friday on the Miller Farm

10 01, 2020

Look Up

By |2020-01-09T07:44:36-06:00January 10th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|6 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

One thing I enjoy over the Christmas break was having the time to breathe and notice my surroundings. When I am teaching classes and private students, I find myself in survival mode only thinking of the next thing that needs to be done.

I seldom stop long enough to see what is around me.

For example, one morning, as I was coming in from feeding the chickens, I noticed a bird’s nest above the garage door.

There was no sign of occupants and I wondered what type of bird had lived there, whether it laid eggs and how many, where it went, etc.  It would have been fun to watch the whole process if only I had taken the time to look up above the door.

So as I head into a new year I am planning to look up more often.  Hopefully I will have another chance to see something wonderful right in my own back yard.

13 12, 2019

Miller Farm Friday Countdown to the most viewed blog of 2019

By |2019-12-09T11:50:33-06:00December 13th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

Countdowns are supposed to build suspense. Are you excited to know which Miller Farm blog got the second most reads?

On July 7 2019 reader wanted to know about the shrinking household at Miller Farm. Not Quite Empty Nest

And, drum roll, please, for Chicken Wrangler Sara’s most read blog ….

On June 21, 2019, the most readers of 2019 read Gertie the Great White Whale.


This will be Chicken Wrangler Sara’s last blog post for 2019 before we head to our holiday break. See you in 2020.

6 12, 2019

Miller Farm Friday Countdown to the most viewed blog of 2019

By |2019-12-03T08:34:03-06:00December 6th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

Today we’re starting a 3-2-1 countdown  reveal to Chicken Wrangler Sara’s most viewed blog this year.

December is a tough month if you’re a schoolteacher. Corralling students and getting ready for your own family Christmas preparations — it’s exhausting. Finding time to write is hard. Trust me I know.

This little diversion will provide Chicken Wrangler Sara with a holiday break from blog writing. But never fear, she’ll be back January 10 with fun stories from the farm and classroom.

I think you might be surprised which blogs, you the reader, viewed the most. I was.

Two blogs tied for 3rd Place.

April 19/19 Bees & Bluebonnets 

August 23, 2019  New Shoes


Just click on the blog title if you missed the original posting and/or want to read the blog again.

Next Friday we’ll discover which blog had the second most views.

22 11, 2019

Full Up at Miller Farm Inn

By |2019-11-21T10:25:03-06:00November 22nd, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A blog memory from Chicken Wrangler Sara

A fellow teacher at my school shares our love of dachshunds. Not quite as much as we do – she only has one.  Her dog’s name is Elvis and he is not fond of being put in a kennel.  His mom asked if he could possibly stay with us when they went out of town.  He came for a play date and everyone seemed to get along so it was settled.

Elvis came to stay over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  He arrived on Tuesday and seemed to be excited to join our 6 pack at Miller Farm.

Then Beekeeper Brian got a text from Miller’s mom. He needed a place to hang out also.  Had Brian not said anything, I might not have noticed.  After all what’s one more dachshund.

Miller arrived on Wednesday bringing our total to 8 dachshunds. It went remarkably well.

I decided to do an intermittent mop of the kitchen floor and put everyone in the back yard but they began to bark so I brought them back in.  A neighbor who works nights has asked us to try to keep them quiet during the day.  That seems reasonable even if it is difficult.

So I put them all in the living room so I could mop the kitchen without help.  They didn’t mind that at all.  In fact, they all climbed on the couch for a nap. Elvis and Miller, the two black and tans, nearly blend into the sofa in the top right corner.Rachel missed out on all the fun.  She was pet sitting for a couple who have 3 Great Danes. She sent this picture with the largest who weighs in at 180 pounds. I think I’ll stick to large numbers of small dogs rather than small numbers of large dogs.

This post originally appeared on December 1, 2017

8 11, 2019

Wind chimes

By |2019-11-02T15:09:41-05:00November 8th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|2 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

We have in my family what is known as the “obligatory bag.”  It was started by my mom after I got married and moved out.  She has a bag full of random things for us to take home each time we visit.

Sometimes it has clothes, empty mason jars, magazines or maybe even my favorite candy.  Recently there was a set of chicken wind chimes in the obligatory bag. I was very excited.

I thought we could hang them outside the kitchen window where I could see them as I work in the kitchen.  Beekeeper Brian hung them on the front porch where I can hear them as I teach piano.

This was a much better plan.

Now when I get out of the car at the end of a long day, I can hear my wind chimes and it makes me smile.

Thank you Mother!

25 10, 2019

Where’s Bella?

By |2019-10-22T09:54:14-05:00October 25th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|3 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

Besides being an accomplished chicken catcher, Bella is also quite adept at playing hide and seek.  I’m not sure that is her intention however, I frequently find only parts of her sticking out from under various objects.

Most recently I found her under a couch cushion.She is particularly fond of the blanket on the couch and can get herself completely under it.  (That’s Tucker’s tail.  He was looking for her.)Sometimes she gets completely under the sheet.Other times she leaves her head out.She also likes to be under the table – especially when we are trying to eat.Most of the time she just lays in the middle of the floor – tongue out.  Being Bella is very tiring.

18 10, 2019

Time to Clip Wings

By |2019-10-16T12:58:35-05:00October 18th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

The chicks that were hatched at my school last spring have grown into full sized birds now. The hens are even laying eggs so we are finally getting a return for all our investment.

One of the boys at my school was telling me that their hen was also laying eggs.  He was very excited.  He said they saved the first egg that was laid.  That is a sweet thought but not very practical.

I didn’t tell him this.

I remember the first egg laid by our hens.  It was a green egg and appeared shortly after a chemical fire near our house that required us to evacuate for the evening.  At first I wasn’t sure if the green egg was a result of the fumes from the fire.  Then I remembered that some breeds of hens lay green eggs.  I was very relieved.

Anyway, the birds from the school are quite adventurous.  Beekeeper Brian looked out the kitchen window to see them on top of the coop.

This is would not be a big problem except that several times I have found one of them in the yard next door.  Fortunately they always manage to find their way back.

Guess it is time to clip wings.

11 10, 2019

Useful Chickens

By |2019-10-10T18:58:56-05:00October 11th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

It’s pretty well accepted that chickens are useful for laying eggs.

On Miller Farm, however, they serve other purposes.

They have been therapy chickens for a homesick international student.

They provide hours of entertainment for the humans on the farm.

They also give Chicken Wrangler Sara a workout when they escape from the chicken yard.

This morning I read about another brilliant use for chickens. Here is the headline:

Campus chickens combat crickets at Boerne elementary school

Students who take care of chickens are called “chicken tenders”

You can read all about Van Raub Elementary School in Boerne, Texas, and their cricket-eating chickens here. There’s even a video.

I’ve often wondered why we don’t see many crickets on Miller Farm. Now I know.

27 09, 2019

Thoughts from an Emptynester

By |2019-09-26T11:04:03-05:00September 27th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

During the past five months of living in our house with only Beekeeper Brian, I have noticed several things.

  1. Two adults cannot finish a gallon of milk before it goes bad. In fact, some weeks we barely finish a half gallon.
  2. Cooking dinner every night creates too many leftovers for two people.
  3. Some nights we just want to eat cold cereal. And we do.
  4. It is no longer necessary to do laundry on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I can do laundry twice a week and still do small loads.
  5. The large grocery cart is really too big. I can use the smaller one for my weekly shopping.
  6. I have considered only shopping once a week. I’m not sure I’m ready for that change.

I recently found an old pacifier in my lingerie drawer.  It belonged to our oldest daughter who is now 26 years old and married.  It reminded me of times past when the house was filled with noise and messes. It is quieter now and a little neater.

I’m not sure I’d say it was better – just different. A kind of different I can get used to.

20 09, 2019

Another Song

By |2019-09-17T16:33:02-05:00September 20th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|2 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

I recently attended an adoption fundraising event for some good friends from church. It was a jewelry and accessory show by an organization called Noonday .

The mission of this group is to partner with Artisan Businesses in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. They develop these businesses through fair trade, empowering them to grow sustainably, and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.

There were some wonderful bracelets and necklaces. I decided to look at earrings.  As I looked through the catalogue, I found the perfect pair.

They are called Calypso Earrings and are made of Water Buffalo horn.

Naturally I chose those because they remind me of a song.  Believe it or not there is a song about Water Buffalo.

Now every time I wear the earrings I walk around singing “Everybody’s got a water buffalo…”  Life with a music teacher is so much fun. 🙂

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