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We set a live-catch trap last night at dusk after the chickens were settled for the night.  This morning when I went out to check, a raccoon was in the trap.  I carried it up toward the house and was met by my son, who had the .22 rifle with him.  We will bury the raccoon and set the trap again tonight just in case he wasn’t alone.  I don’t like having to deal with nuisance animals, but such is country life.

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For the second time, one of our chickens was attacked in the night.  The first one, shown in the photos below, is doing well.  She was missing feathers and had an injury to her neck.  She’s doing well.  The chicken that was attacked early this morning was injured worse.  She was having difficulty breathing and coughing up blood.  So, we harvested her.  She’ll make very good chicken soup.

Here’s what happened.  I was awakened by a ‘thump’ in the chicken coop.  I stayed quiet and listened.  A chicken started making a lot of noise as she tried to get away.  I got up and alerted my son, who came to help.  I went out to the chickens with a flashlight.  I saw the chicken up against the fence on the eastern end of their fenced in run.  I then looked for her attacker.  I saw movement of the fence toward the other end of the fenced in area.  I watched as it crawled up and over the electric fence.  It didn’t even react to the electricity.  I turned off the fence and walked toward the injured chicken.  She was no longer inside the fence.  I closed the door that allows the chickens access to the fenced in area.

My son was outside by then.  I told him I couldn’t find the chicken.  Just then there was movement in the grass not far from me.  The chicken was bedding down.  I picked her up and examined her.  She had injuries to her neck and a puncture wound at her shoulder just above the wing joint.  I put her in the greenhouse for the rest of the night.  My son and I went inside to warm up and go back to bed.

I checked on the chicken before getting breakfast.  I was surprised that she was still alive and moving around.  She was alert, but still was bleeding from her nose and mouth.  She was having difficulty breathing .  I made the decision to harvest her.

Tonight, and every night until we catch it, we will be setting the live-capture trap.  Once it’s captured, we will kill it to prevent further loss to our chicken population.  I hate having to deal with nuisance animals, but it is a necessary part of country life and farming.

injured chicken 1 injured chicken 2 injured chicken 3

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I will try to add more photos later.  (It kept saying there was an error with uploading.)

A closer look at the brassicas, which are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts.

A closer look at the brassicas, which are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts.

Praying mantis on top just over the West door.

Praying mantis on top just over the West door.

This will be the second winter for this plant that is supposed to be an annual.  It will overwinter in my bathroom.

This will be the second winter for this plant that is supposed to be an annual. It will overwinter in my bathroom.

Brassicas, greens, parsnips, carrots, and peas are in the raised bed.

Brassicas, greens, parsnips, carrots, and peas are in the raised bed.

This stink bug is hoping to find refuge from the winter's cold in my greenhouse.  Of course, he might not since my greenhouse is unheated.

This stink bug is hoping to find refuge from the winter’s cold in my greenhouse. Of course, he might not since my greenhouse is unheated.

This long-horned grasshopper also hopes to find warmth this winter.

This long-horned grasshopper also hopes to find warmth this winter.

The strawberries in the gutters did very well this year.  I'll let you know if they survive the winter.

The strawberries in the gutters did very well this year. I’ll let you know if they survive the winter.

These plants are mugwort and evening primrose.

These plants are mugwort and evening primrose.

This spider is making a meal out of a stink bug that flew into its web.  I'm sure this spider has an egg sac or two somewhere in my greenhouse.

This spider is making a meal out of a stink bug that flew into its web. I’m sure this spider has an egg sac or two somewhere in my greenhouse.

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I’ve been busy in the greenhouse getting  ready for winter.  I’ve cleared the raised bed of cucumbers, squash, parsnips, carrots, and weeds.  Then I cleaned off the boards that join, one on edge and the other on flat.  These boards separated from each other allowing weeds to come through from the outside.  Johnson grass and Creeping Charlie being the worst two offenders.  A weedeater and lawn mower took care of the outside, while hard-working hands took care of the inside.  Once done with both jobs, expanding foam was put into the gap to prevent further intrusions.  I went inside until the next day.

With the raised bed now empty, I dumped my eight gallon containers to discover a nice assortment of potatoes.  They ranged in size from small marble to hand size.  I replanted any potatoes that had too much green on them.  This experiment is to find out if they will overwinter in the greenhouse.  I also transplanted two sweet potato plants.  The new potatoes went into the house where they made an excellent addition to many suppers.  The first night we had beef tips and gravy over new potatoes.  Another night, we had new potatoes and peas as a side dish.  On the third night, we enjoyed pot roast with new potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and spices.  Yum!

Now, the raised bed is planted with lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, and peas.  I’m really looking forward to enjoying a fresh salad in January.

What are you planting in your fall/winter garden?

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Not For You

 

I do these things for me,

I do these things for my Self,

Not for you.

 

For my Self, I forgive you

I forgive the hitting

I forgive the threats

I forgive the fists

I forgive the bruises

I forgive fractures

I forgive you, but

not for you.

 

For my Self, I release the anger

I release the anger for not helping when I was exhausted

I release the anger for threatening our child

I release the anger for marital rape

I release the anger for demanding perfection from me but not from yourself.

I release the anger for the alcohol

I release the anger for the accusations of infidelity

I release the anger, but

not for you.

 

For my Self, I release the hatred

I release the hatred of myself for not being good enough

I release the hatred of my body for not being pretty enough

I release the hatred of my past

I release the hatred of my face in the mirror

I release the hatred of my eyes in the mirror

I release the hatred of you

I release the hatred, but

not for you.

 

For my Self, I release the memories

I release the memories of bruises

I release the memories of fractures

I release the memories of rage

I release the memories of fear-filled eyes in the mirror

I release the memories of sleepless nights waiting for death

I release the memories of acting out porn

I release the memories of your hateful words

I release the memories, but

not for you.

 

For my Self, I see beauty

I see beauty in the mirror

I see beauty in my eyes

I see beauty in my hair

I see beauty in my body

I see beauty in my home

I see beauty in my children

I see beauty in my husband

I see beauty in my life

For my Self, I see beauty.

 

For my Self, I am worthy

I am worthy of love

I am worthy of grace

I am worthy of beauty

I am worthy of home sweet home

I am worthy of peace

I am worthy of freedom

I am worthy of a good life

For my Self, I am worthy.

 

For my Self, I feel happy

I feel alive

I feel pretty

I feel smart

I feel love

I feel excited

I feel curious

I feel loved

For my Self, I feel happy.

 

For my Self, I accept life’s gifts

I accept love

I accept friendship

I accept peace

I accept quiet

I accept calm

I accept sleep-filled nights

I accept dreams

I accept myself

For my Self, I accept life’s gifts.

 

I do these things for my Self.

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