Archive for July, 2012

Raising Backyard Pigs: Thy Name is Mud

Posted on July 13th, 2012 by Tonia 5 Comments

Let me tell you something- this little lady {and by “little” I mean 200+ lbs} looooooves mud. When it’s hot out: lays in a cool mud hole. When it’s rainy out: runs around happily because yay more mud! When the bugs are bothering her: rolls entire body in a thick, protective coating of mud. Mud mud mud mud mud!

You think that looks like a $#!^-hole? Well it’s actually a therapeutic spa bath, so you’re wrong. See the relaxed smile on her face? That’s the kind of peaceful contentedness we strive for here with all our animals. Who knew keeping this one so happy would be easy as….mud?

Raising Backyard Turkeys: All Grown Up

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Tonia 6 Comments

Remember when they were this big?

Well now they’re this big:

I can’t even believe it. They’re HUGE.

Christmas {white, female} is the more affectionate of the two. She comes running over to me and has a special trilling noise she makes when I pet her. She’ll still let me hold her just like when she was little- she’s as tame as can be.

Thanksgiving {brown, male} is definitely her protector. He attacks anything {precocious little wiener dogs, for example} that seems threatening, and he’s gorgeous and impressive with his feathers puffed and tail splayed. He’s not afraid of anything. But he still lets us pet him and he doesn’t care about us petting and holding his woman, although he does examine us with his intense and thoughtful eyes. They both do this, actually. We’re always under the scrutiny of their incredible vision. I really wonder what kind of thoughts turkeys have as they stare us down.

I never thought I would bond like this with a couple of turkeys. I wish for my own sake that they hadn’t imprinted on me when they were young. I now laugh coldly at my idea to name them after the holidays they’ll be served at, meant to save me from getting too attached. Ha. They could have been named White Meat and Dark Meat for all that matters– I still love those stupid turkeys.

Meanwhile, in the garden…

Posted on July 11th, 2012 by Tonia 5 Comments

…Things are coming along quite nicely.

Reuse Tues: Butterflies, Tin Cans & a Really Cute Bag

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Tonia 2 Comments

I have been pinning all sorts of fun craft projects lately, but alas have not had time to try any of them. Is it terrible that I’m already looking forward to fall/winter because life slows down and I’m able to sit at my kitchen table and whittle away at little projects while This American Life crackles on the radio?

I wish I had time for these three projects in particular: The butterflies made out of colorful magazine pages would make a beautiful garland for our screened porch. I would love to have a dinner party with those strung all around, and the paint-dipped tin cans on the table filled with napkins and silverware.

And that skirt turned into a purse is incredibly cute and looks like it’d have plenty of room in it for my flip flops, sunscreen, book and towel…

Okaaaay so I actually don’t want summer to be over at all. I just want more time to do all the things I want to do. Have you been crafting this summer? What have you re-purposed around the house lately?