Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hello February.

Well, hello February. 
You are a month I do not normally look forward to but, hey...we are that much closer to spring.
And I could use a new start to the year.

First off, Wilson and Cora want to wish their rescuer, Natalie at Bee Meadow Farm a "Happy Birthday" and may the year ahead for her be the best one yet. They send their love and purrs and thank you again for giving them that chance at a good life in a home where they are loved to the moon and back. We love you Natalie.

And they will celebrate the occasion by staying right where they their bed by the fire. I will sweep later. :-b

In keeping with my need to work on my health and for the good of my soul to NOT buy supermarket eggs, I headed over to see Lucy for her farm fresh, free-range, delicious and nutritious eggs.

It was lovely to be greeted by Charlotte the donkey and a few of her cows at the fence. The chickens are inside the coop on these cold days but will be out and about come the milder weather to live as chickens should.
Just google Battery Hens and I'll bet you a doughnut you will never buy eggs from these large factory farms where the poor souls never see the light of day and live their lives in wire cages piled one on top of the other. It makes me really does.

We had a pileated woodpecker visit the other day but I didn't get a photo this time. He came right up to the deck and had a go at the suet cake outside the window. Fascinating birds. They stand about a foot and a half.
We sometimes get up to twenty mourning doves at a time at our birdbath. They seem to be the bird that needs water the most. They are so pretty.

We are having a mild winter in Ontario this year, very little snow. Last year it started snowing in October and was still snowing in April. A record-breaking snow year.  And if it's cold one day it's mild the next.
I'd say it's been a perfect winter.

I spent a day going through bins of dishes, pottery and china collected over the years to have my girls rummage through them and take what they want and send what's left to a thrift shop.
I had lots of help. You know...the best kind. :-)

It's a beautiful sunny day today so I'm heading out to enjoy it.
And I see David, the King of the Wild Frontier, has the same idea.
I'll have to warn the critters in the woodlot, give him a hug and then send him on his way.
He will be here every day come spring to help put our gardens in.

We received a beautiful card from my vet and the staff at the Carleton Place Vet Clinic in memory of our Annie.
Thoughtful words were written. And it is very much appreciated.

be kind, Deb


  1. I follow Bee Meadow Farm on FB! We really cannot be too far from each other, other than I'm in Michigan & you are in Ontario. It has been a mild winter, but losing a beloved kitty is heartbreaking, as we lost our Angel less than 2 weeks ago. I love that David is still strolling through your property.

  2. It sounds as though February is being good to you. I'm glad the winter is "shorter," at least gentler. Bet you really fill the vacuum with those two -- and who would care? They're wonderful. I've been juggling stuff around -- I call it faux purging and organizing. So much to do. Your world looks beautiful. (A pileated? Wow!)

  3. I can not even look at what those poor hens are put through. I buy all my eggs from a local family that sells them from their home.

  4. I love to see cats sleeping by a warm fire. It gives such a relaxed and cozy feeling. The mourning doves are my favorite birds. They are so gentle and stand by their mate so strongly. Their call reminds me of visiting my grandmother's house. It is good to see David again!

    Take care of yourself Deb. Spring will get here.

  5. Love the fur pile on the hearth! I would enjoy feeding birds again, but our outside cats would be a danger to the birds. We have several types of woodpeckers around the property, but see the pileated only rarely.

  6. That's why I have my own chickens.......hate the supermarket variety. Have you posted pics of the inside of your new house? Did I miss them??

  7. Oh Deb, you write the most wonderful posts and always have the pictures to go along with it. I love that one of Cora and Wilson all snuggled up. It's hard to tell what parts belong to which kitty. :) You are so right about the fresh eggs. Our hens are beginning to lay again. I actually had to buy a dozen eggs at the grocery store during the holidays...what a disappointment. Deb, if you get the chance to read it, you would love the book, "The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly" by Sun-Mi-Hwang. It's a small book, only 134 pages, and adorable. A blogging friend recommended it to me so I found it on Amazon. Didn't mean to go on and on. Going back to read your post again. :) Love, Henny

    1. Thank you Henny. I will find that book. You are so lucky that your ladies are giving you fresh eggs even if they do slow down periodically. They are so good and better for our conscience. :-)
      Sending love to all.

  8. We get eggs from a local couple who keep free range chickens - they are so much better than supermarket eggs!

    Someone broke one of my feeders this morning - when I went out to top it up it was on the ground, sigh. Not sure if it was a big fat grey squirrel, I don't think the bears are out yet, but who knows?

    1. It's usually the raccoons that pull things down here. I have a big wooden feeder at the front and something actually took a bite out of it. Geesh!

  9. Hi Deb. I am just now catching up on your blog and was heartbroken to learn about Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. As you know, we recently lost Serena, and you were right; the pain is deep and takes a long time to heal. I do take comfort in knowing that we did the very best for her and I hope that you can do the same when your thoughts turn to Annie.

  10. Our winter has not been too bad here in NS,though today we are having lots of freezing rain :/
    The cats are happy and napping.WE too look forward to days getting longer and the promise of Spring.
    Nancy and the kitties,Georgia and Julie

  11. "Love and purrs." I love that. I have to go looking for a new source of eggs. Still love reading about all your critters.

  12. Oh, your February also has started nicely!
    I didn't know about Annie :( I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sending you virtual hugs ;(