Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December Update 2

While in the Bay Area visiting family we got to house sit a house where nothing had been changed from the original 1950's decorating. The bathrooms were the most entertaining part of the whole house. On the left is the "naked lady" wall paper featured in the only bathroom with a shower, and on the right is the lovely orange plaid bathroom. We were greatly amused by the bathroom decor!

After being in the Bay Area we saw our friends the Walkers again in Sacramento (we'd stopped over on the way down too). There we celebrated Mums birthday and all of us Walker and Cone "kids" and some Walker grandchildren had a grand day of hanging out together.

Daniel, Leah, Sam, Polly, Ellen, Andrew, Sara, Jacob, Molly, Sally, Tyler, Polly and Scott.

On our 10 hour drive home, Tyler captured this picture of Mt. Shasta.
Pretty good for moving at 70 miles per hour, huh?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December Update

Here's a brief recap of the past three weeks.

First, we started off with a banger of a stomach flu. What made it even more fun is that we were supposed to be getting ready to go to California the next week and finish up Christmas stuff. Let's just say that a lot of Christmas shopping happened in California and so far this is the first year we've never put up Christmas lights. We did manage to get a Christmas tree though, and only because our neighbors graciously let us have one from their plot. The Christmas tree selection committee finished in record time, as it only consisted of Andrew, Daniel and Jacob. They were the only ones well enough at home to get it.

Here's Daniel the next day putting on Christmas tree lights. By that time Andrew had succumbed to the flu. And as I stated in our Christmas letter, the background sounds did NOT consist of softly playing Christmas music.

We also celebrated Tyler's 20th birthday. The offspring went and saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters to celebrate. We also gave Tyler a Settlers of Catan extension pack and played that in the evening.

Can't remember for the life of me what this is. I'm thinking a dress shirt?

The next week we headed to Sacramento and the Bay area to visit family and friends. One of our favorite-est places to stop on the way and let people stretch their legs is the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. When we drove back home there was about 10 inches of snow everywhere.

Here we are having a A Week Early Christmas Dinner with our grandparents. Starting with Grandma and going clockwise around the circle, we have Grandma, Sara, Tyler, Scott, Jacob (doing his Ironman look), Grandpa, Andrew, Daniel, Mums, and Father.

To be continued, cause it's bed time!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Gutter cleaning

The other day while the Walkers were here I was called out to take a picture of Andrew and Daniel cleaning the gutters. They wanted their contribution preserved for all history.
Uncle Roger was kindly helping (by ladder) and declined to have his picture taken.

This photo reminds me of the chimney sweep song from Mary Poppins.
All they need are some brooms!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cooking at Passionate Homemaking

Please check out Lindsay's recent post on Stretching A Whole Chicken for 4+ Meals at her blog Passionate Homemaking. Lindsey and her extended family are long time customers and she did a delicious post featuring a Deo Volente Farm chicken. Doesn't the picture look yummy? Thanks, Lindsay!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bertram the Rooster wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

He's thankful he's not a turkey...

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taking a walk to the "pond" in the snow

Andrew, Daniel and Jacob head into the sheep pasture.

The gate latch is frozen...

The mysterious man at the bottom of the hill is our Uncle Roger. He and his family are visiting for the week! And actually, he's not really our uncle. Sssshhh. Our families adopted each other a long time ago. They're up for Thanksgiving. Farming is his hobby, so we just offer him a smorgasbord of projects for him to choose from. And we are thankful for all his help.

Running down to see Uncle Roger.

Uncle Roger waits patiently for the exuberant young men to make it down there.

"What is this stuff?"
The man-sheeps look at me as I follow the boys.

And then it registers in their brains that I might, just might, have food with me.
Alas for them, I don't.

The boys ponder the frozen edge. I make it down there in a few minutes with Ellen (the cousin) and we admire the ice.

The house looks so inviting. Okay, I'm cold. We're all cold. Time to go inside!

Smoke curling from the chimney beckons us in.
Perhaps there will be hot cocoa, too...

Snow Skating

Today we got a layer of freezing rain and with a smidgen of snow and of course we had to to go out and experience it.

Andrew, Daniel, Jacob and Tucker the dog had fun!

I did a little off camera skating myself (couldn't resist!) and also enjoyed skating while taking out the trash.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cheesy Scott

Cheesy grin Scott!

Scott had just got home from work when I walked by and snapped this photo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Violet and Dorrit in the Veggie Garden

The other day Violet and Dorrit got to spend a few days eating the leftovers of the vegetable garden.

They did a pretty good job of munching most of the leftovers to the ground.

In this video Dorrit is coming over to say hello!

Wilma in a tight spot

For those of you who haven't met Wilma, she has rather a cult like following among our family and friends. She's one of our cleverest kittys (there's eight altogether) and will leap for food. She also likes to sleep in the most peculiar spots. She also traditionally likes tight spaces. One of her favorite spots is behind the DVD and VCR player (yeah, we still have one).

Today I captured her sleeping here in her classic kitty sleep pose. Here it is without the flash...

With the flash...

Close up:

And just as I was uploading the above photos, Wilma proved once again that she's fond of tight spots. This is Wilma figuring out that there was not enough room behind the stereo system. Yes, we are really that old fashioned around here.


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Just one reason

Why I love Oregon in the fall...


In this video you can hear the duckies in-between-voice. They've moved beyond peeping but have yet to develop a deep throated quack.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Duckies (almost 2 months old!)

The duckies are now almost fully grown. They have all feathers and their voices are half broken. Let me tell you, there's nothing funnier then hearing a duck go "peep" "peep" "ouack" "peep" as their voices break!

Here Daniel's filling up their little swimming pond. He looks, so, um enthusiastic. Actually, I don't think he saw me.

Here they are wondering if I have food...

Duckie on the right: Dude Duck, you have something stuck in your bill.
Duckie on the left: What?! Where? Here, you say?
Duckie on the right: No, a little to the left..
Duckie on the left: "Here?"
Duckie on the right: "No, there..."

Why photo taking is hard around here

This photo represents why a lot of pictures don't make it on this blog... It seems like every time I've found a decent photo op, sure enough, there is something strikingly in the way!

Yes, that's right. It's a bright blue recycling container.
No clue as to why it's sitting randomly on the lawn...

Ah, now that's better. Um, I think I still forgot to put it away though...
Better check tomorrow!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Tree leaves

Notice something wrong in this photo?
Our orchard trees are as green as ever.
And it's November!

A Sheepish Excursion

Today Jacob and I went out to give the sheep their minerals and give anti-biotics to one ewe that's doing a little poorly. Here's the man sheeps coming to check us out. i'm sure they're thinking.. "Food! food! FOOD!"

Jacob posing with Violet, our ewe in distress. And no, she's not being choked to death. She's just merely intent on the feed bucket that I'm holding.

Jacob's picture of me in the field that has the ewes... By this time raindrops had smeared the camera lens rather uniformly... but I do like how my sweater matches the trees in the background.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A typical Saturday

The title of the post might be a little bit misleading as many ifs are involved in this Saturday. But IF we actually stay home, and IF the weather is beautiful, and IF everyone is feeling energetic... this is what a typical Saturday looks like.

Dad and Jacob digging up a water line to put in a new spigot.

Daniel and Andrew shoveling gravel in the driveway. We are putting in some drainage ditches.

Ah yes, the advantages of living on a farm... you can drive your big brothers truck without your license. Do you think they raced up the driveway? I hope not...

Scott rototilling a plot to plant grass where it used to be just weeds.

Tyler stuck inside working on Calculus...

And me... I worked on various uninteresting shoveling dirt sort of projects and I figured out the best way to cut tires for swings... (Top Secret! You use a hand held jig saw) Hopefully there will be some creative tire swings coming up....

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dr Seuss Ducks

We have two and a half week old ducks roaming around. As you can see they are not a normal duck, but have little puff balls on their head. It lends them an air of goofiness that we like.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Gravel and Gymnastics

This week, Scott tackled some of the drainage issues we've been having the barn. He rented an excavator and near the end Andrew, Daniel and Jacob got a chance to try it out. I sent the camera down with Andrew and this is what he came back with.

Andrew working his magic.
Daniel getting a chance to use it. Jacob got to use it with Scott, but the pictures turned out terribly blurry.

After the fun on the excavator, Andrew and Daniel had a little fun.

Notice the big boulders they're jumping off of? Yeah, we have about 5 of those and they are huge.
The next day after the gravel truck. No more huge swallow-up-half-the-tractor sized puddles!