July 2009



A quiet escape

A quiet escape

This is a lean-to shelter that a friend of ours built. He works nights at a psych ward and so he cherishes his sleep time during the day. Since his home is usually the hub of many activities, and homeschooling, farmette and many other things, he doesn’t get much sleep in the house. So he built this little escape in the woods down by the creek near their house.
I was down there the other day and was just totally en rapt with the quietness and the beauty of the location he chose and the simplicity of the structure. I didn’t want to leave! A good snooze next to the trickling stream and the birds quietly chirping was calling my eyes to close and my body to lay down. But I had to shake the strong urge and head back to the house.

Lean-to

Lean-to

Fireplace and all!

Fireplace and all!


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Baptism by a good friend and brother.

A few weeks ago my wife and I gave a public testimony of being born again and being a new creature that has been cleaned by the blood of Christ. Though we were saved some years ago, neither of us had had the believers baptism. My wife had been baptized as a child in the Presbyterian church. But all that is, is some commitment thing of the parents to raise their children in a Godly home. It says nothing about the individuals salvation. In fact, to my knowledge, there is never a mention in the Bible about infant baptism. It is rather a practice held over from the Catholic church rituals. Some may argue that it was a compromise in the early church days since the Catholic church was persecuting those who got re-baptized, which basically was a statement saying that the Catholic church baptism was of no value. Keep reading


OK, I am making slow progress on my goat situation, but quite speedy unforeseen progress on the chicken side of things. I was hoping to have our goats by now, but as things come along life’s road, priorities change. We still have 2 goats reserved for us. I just need to get the time to put up the fencing!

As for the chickens, I came hoe one day to see that my wife had bought two baby chicks! Things went well and they were growing. Friends gave us some necessities, like the mason jar caps that you can use for waterers and feeders. That was a big help in keeping things clean. They got to a point where they had all their feathers and were hanging out freely in the yard. Chubby (our dog) was always on a line or inside when the chicks were out. There were a few times when the chicks were in the cage that he got a chance to run around the cage and get them in a frenzy. I cant blame him, he’s a bird dog!

Well, one day, our back deck door didn’t shut all the way, the wind blew it open, we were taking a nap, and Chubby had a golden opportunity! We woke to realize what had taken place and found the chicks. Chubbs didn’t eat them, just played with them too hard. I knelt over one and Chubby stayed away knowing he had been bad….but I would hate for this to carry over  in the field when hunting for pheasant!!

So the need for a coop suddenly went high in the priority list. We were also given two older chickens by friends of ours. One is a young white rooster and the other an older red/brown hen. We decided to keep them in the future goat shed. I made a perch for them which they love. And I started building a coop on the side of the shed. So far so good. At night they make their way back to the perch and I close the shed up, then open it in the morning. The hen was laying an egg every other day at our friends place but she hasn’t here yet. We  filled a wagon up with grass clippings in the shed hoping she would nest there. So far she has no interest.

Happy Chickens

Happy Chickens

Coop framed

Coop framed

Chickens on the perch

Chickens on the perch