Saturday, June 07, 2008

A Whole Week

A whole week has passed and I meant to get a post in, but it never happened. It's been really hot with highs in the 90's. Sweating is just something you do. You don't even have to work to raise a sweat. Just step outside. I am so thankful for air conditioning!

I have been making some arrangements so that I can make it to Blogstock I have been really looking forward to that and getting to meet everyone. I might even get to ride on a float and toss candy and do the wave like the Queen does!! Guess I better practice a bit.

I bought some fresh strawberries from a local farm. I made some freezer jam from some of them. They are so good. The store bought ones just don't even compare!! Just pop one of these fresh ones in your mouth and enjoy the
flavors!! Yum-yum!!

Here are the hens and chicks that Sandy and Jimmy had given me last May.

Here are the hens & chicks now with all the blooms that are getting ready to open. I've never seen this before and it's quite amazing to me!!

Here is this nice bloom nearly opened up most of the way earlier today.

Here is the flower fully opened to the sun!! I have never seen hens and chicks bloom like this before and most definitely never this color! I just wonder if it will die after this...I mean that one particular hen/chick that these blooms are on? Does anyone know??

I went down to the farm to feed the stray cats on Thursday. I put the food and water in and then as I was leaving there was a baby bird right beside my car door. I picked it up and said, "What are you doing here in the very worse place you could possibly be with 12 cats only just inside the barn!" No, it didn't answer. It perched onto my lap and sat there quietly as I drove home. It only pooped on me once. I put it in a box in the basement so my cats couldn't get to it. It had all its feathers and it could fly several feet and it didn't seem hurt in any way. I kept it overnight and yesterday I took it to Burnside Island and took it into a wooded area and let it go. It went hopping merrily along. I think it'll be okay now. I sure hope so. I have no idea what kind of bird it was.

Right across from where I turned it loose is the new golf course that opened in May. As hot as it was that place was busy! Golf carts were buzzing all over the place and I saw the golfers wiping sweat with towels. I thought they must really love to golf to be out there in that heat.


(I don't think I've posted this one before, so forgive me if I have!). Please??


Blogger Mountain Mama said...

First of all I want to say I love your sign. It is so accurate.
My strawberry patch looks very promising even though they are all green and some still blossoms. I dumped a lot of compost and steer manure on them and they are loving it. I have to get them covered soon or the birds will have them.

Your Hen & Chicks are so healthy looking. I have some and mine have bloomed too, but I have never seen the blossoms up close. Now you got me curious I will be watching more carefully.
Thanks for the info.

12:56 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOVE those Hens & Chicks...BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL Flower....! And no, the part of the plant that bloomed should not die---at least, none of my Hens & Chicks that bloom ever died...It all looks so gorgeous in that pot, too, Rachel....I can see why you said you thought of me and my garden. I don't have that particular Hens & chicks species....It is Sooooo darn pretty!

You are like St. Frabcis, Rachel....I love that you rescued that little bird and then took it to a safe place...!

Love that Church Sign! And I don't think you posted it before....If you did, I don't recall it.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I don't have a strawberry patch this year and miss it very much. You're right about the difference in taste. They are so much better than store bought.

You Hen & Chicks flower is so pretty and I've also never seen them bloom. I'm glad you got the pretty red flowers and I hope you'll post more pictures because it looks like you are going to have lots of flowers.

Rachel, that's just like you! always going to feed and picking up stray little animals and now a baby bird. It doesn't surprise me at all. That's just the kind of person you are...sweet, thoughtful, caring, loving & kind.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Our strawberries aren't producing too much yet. The squirrels eat them as fast as they set on!!
I have had hens and chicks for over twenty years and have never seen them bloom. Yours is just beautiful.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I always look forward to your Sunday signs. What will I do if you ever stop posting those???!! I may just lose what is left of my mind!

You are so right about store-bought strawberries versus those you get from a fruit stand or a farmers' market.
With those pics of the hens & chicks, I was thinking this might be Naomi's blog. Those are so neat. What a great gift! I have no idea about those or what happens when the bloom dies.
I have killed many baby birds over the years whilst trying to save their lives. When we lived on our mandarin ranch in CA, we had baby animals show up often - rabbits, skunks, birds... and stray dogs of all ages and kinds. I would try to feed the baby birds with an eye dropper, but usually they were too young to survive.
One time I nursed a baby jack rabbit back to health. I was so proud. It had grown and was doing so well. We had it in the garage in a cage, and the garage door was open. Something got to it through the cage and killed it. I was so heartbroken over that that I nearly cried. We have no idea what killed it or how it managed to kill it while it was in the cage. I guess it could have been a cat, but I don't know.
I walk outside and instantly become shiny. Yes, I am a shiny person. Sweat comes with the territory.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel, I am glad you can make it up to Blogstock. We are trying to get there also.

I have cut down on blogging, writing and reading, until Sunday night. I have been too busy for an old guy.

I just came from Saturday night blog church and stopped in to read your church sign, it is very neat and the plants/flowers are pretty.
Now it nose to the grind stone here some more. (I might make a church sign, I hate to miss my own.)

8:04 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hello! This is my first year growing strawberries. My friends son had a huge strawberry patch and wanted to downsize. I went and dug up a lot and gave them away to friends and co-workers. It is fun to listen to them talk about how they have blossoms and I am just waiting for them to ripen.
Love the Sunday sign. Lisa

4:24 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Thank you so much for the loving comment about Nitro. My heart is breaking over having to say goodbye to him. He may only be a goat but he is a part of Hidden Haven family and is dearly loved. I get my strength from the prayers and thoughts of my dear friends like you. You are in my thoughts alot and I hope to one day have the strength you show everyday. Thanks again

5:29 AM  
Blogger Gette said...

Hi Rachel.
We're driving in late Thurs/early Friday.
Stil cheaper than flying my whole brood.

5:35 AM  
Blogger nora said...

I can't wait to meet you.
Naomi is right, you are carrying out St. Francis' deeds.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

I don't remember that church sign before, and I had to think about it before I got it...and I love it!

The birth of that flower was fantastic! It's beautiful. I hope it lasts you a while.

Lucky you making it to Blogfest. I would love to be able to attend someday!


3:32 PM  
Blogger TN said...

Hi Rachel, I have hens and chickens, but they have never bloomed. Very pretty.
Oh BTW, when and where is Blogfest?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Love that church sign.....You are very sweet to feed all of those cats. That baby bird was lucky to have you find it before the cats did. You Hen and Chicks are really pretty. I have never even heard of them but they are extremely interesting. I bet Naomi will know more about them.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Wow Rachel, it's been a while since I've been here and by the looks of the list on my desk it might be a while before I get back.
Thanks for the award. You're too kind.
Those are flowers are best of show as far as I'm concerned.
You must have 'the touch' when it comes to baby birds. OR you ARE touched. One er the other.

5:59 AM  
Blogger possum said...

WOW! My hens and chicks never ever bloomed! What a treat! Mine multiplied, but if they bloomed, they did it real fast while we were on vacation! Thanks for the great pictures!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Janell said...

Oh I love that sign. You H & C blooms are beautiful. I had some bloom last year, but they were smaller and yellow. I'm looking forward to blogstock, too. That will be a great time for all of us.

11:41 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Rachel ~ I hope you managed to get all of your plans made for BlogStock '08? I am looking forward to meeting you! Have you got all of your stuff off to Ralph yet? I heard that Cliff has a new post about it too. I better go take a look at what he's got to say about the big weekend in Tekamah, NE. Good luck Queenie! ;-)
~ jb///

12:07 PM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

Nothing like fresh, out of the garden strawberries or any fruit for that matter. I miss those summers on my grandparents' farm when we had fresh everything from their garden. So good

7:32 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Ummmmmmmm...strawberries. I will eat positively anything that has strawberries in it. Anything. They are my absolute most favorite fruit. Wish I had some right about now.
I have never seen Hen and Chicks with flowers. Very nice.

9:48 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Yummmm, strawberries...I can't wait until ours are in season, I always go pick a few baskets at the pick your own farm. I love making freezer jam with some of them too, as well as the regular jam:-)

Ooooh a Blogstock! How wonderful that you'll be able to will be so much fun for you to meet other bloggers!! I wish I lived nearer that area!!!!

I love it that you saved that little birdie...just hope it didn't get hit by a golf ball now! lol xoxo

11:46 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Oops, forgot to mention how much I love your Hens & Chicks...I was looking for such a planter to plant mine in but couldn't find those anywhere! It's my first time having that kind of plant so it will be a learning process for me as well! lol xoxo

11:47 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

So glad you got everything arranged so that you can go to Nebraska. I think we're gonna have a ball.

One week and my four kittens are still alive. They actually ventured out of the barn for the first time today.

Glad you were able to save the bird from a grizzly (yet natural) death from the cats.

9:18 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks Rachel for your very dear sweet comment today....I appreciate it with all my heart, I truly do.....!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Strawberries are one of my favorite things and I have never seen a hen and chicks that bloomed like that. It is so pretty. I know exactly where Swallowfield is located. I used to live off Owenton Road. I have not been there since the new road went through but will have to make a pass by there and see what has changed. I love little communities like that.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

Rachel, I have never seen Hen's and Chicks before. The plant is so different and the flowers are lovely! I know about the heat, gracious, I was sweating just folding the laundry. The heat broke today (wed) and it is really lovely out there now. I am going to feel bad about missing Blogstock, it is really too much for our household budget to bear. Maybe I can take a trip next year, pick you up along the way? Tee hee!
Have a great time and take lots of pictures! I was really looking foward to meeting all of you guys, my friends!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It's Wed. afternoon.
Are you gonna get a mid-week post up or not??!!


It's hot here today! Great news!!
I sold 40 crosses to one of the Catholic churches here.
Wooo Hoooo!!!!!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Blogstock sounds pretty cool. If I had a gathering, I'd call it BlogBlock.

Hopefully, no one would show up and I'd drink all the beer myself.

2:41 PM  

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