Because of All The Sh**


While redoing the fencing around chicken pen this

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has been a real problem……….. one can not tip toe through are around it …..when seventy some odd chickens and two rude roosters roam……

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it is not bad enough that the manure pile is in the back yard …it creates its own trouble …been known to catch on fire ….or steam off with not so wonderful smells …heaven forbid it rain …..

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last year husband changed direction of entry after a winter of shoveling and cussing the snow and ice…..the new entry makes it easy to open doors and put fuel in the stove…..also created a place to store straw and feed …..

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above photo shows entry and how one crimps wire to tighten the fencing when it doesn’t stretch tight enough…….

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above photo shows old chicken yard and that no matter where we are working there too will be our not so helpful chicken…… as we are putting in new fencing we are making sure it is buried at the bottom to keep digging animals from getting in ….so a trench is dug from post to post and then the bottom strand is fencing is hung tighten and then the top strand is hung and tightened …then the trench is filled back in covering wire…….

 

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Jerry is getting ready to dig out the mound of dirt behind coop …..so the last of the wire can be hung……

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above photo shows the trench and the not so wonderful helpful chicken ….as soon as we would clear the trench to hang wire they were there to scratch the dirt back in …but as soon as we hung the wire they are no where to be found to help move dirt……

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to show just how destructive chicken can be …the little wire box is used inside the chicken yard for sick chicken …while working on things in the chicken yard it was sat on the outside of pen…….that is the only grass growing in that part of the yard ….inside the little box…..chicken on the roam will eat anything …anything…string…paper…wood chips…upturned roots….bristles off paint brushes….

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Jerry was working so hard that the sweat band was no longer catching sweat it was sweat…… we are down to top wire on back side and filling ditches but it has pouring rain for two days…….to muddy and still lots of chicken sh**… to dodge

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when all is done and the chicken are once again penned in there will be a wonderful wild rose hedge behind the coop that they can no longer pick clean……

Now to show you a few of our chicken …meet Big Red

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one lady from our gray and white chicken…
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Our master game rooster Mighty Comb …he has a triple comb as a headdress….and he never forgets to crow at the sun….just asks my daughter…..
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than a few of our ladies…

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still raining ….. so today will be spent in-house or green house…. more on chicken coop latter….

sorry if the photos seem out of place to story …I HAVE TRIED TO FIX BUT IT KEEP COMING OUT WRONG….maybe next story will line up correct….

Where Do You Stand


lately I have been watching people and things around me ……everyone has their little minutes in life  when everything is revealed  like bright sunshine……whether its real estate or business or just life around home …….there is always a right and wrong …….

 

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when the above photo was first viewed my thoughts were it was bad really bad…….yet the longer I viewed it the more intense the view became to me…..what she was viewing was sending mixed messages to all of us…..in fun someone else was being used ….and instead of making it right we all …yes all stood by……lately I have seen this act and even taken part in this act of not seeing the whole of the thing…its just easy anymore not to stand up and fight …..so I wasn’t to surprised when my photos of the back-lit flowers turned out the same way …..I was seeing a beautiful sun lit flower even though it was dried up and falling apart …there was just a little beauty left ….but it was meant for me to see the worst …the blurred back ground the many shades of wrong …I could have taken each of these photos and made something wonderful but I think there is a lesson pass all learning here….

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the blur is oh so wrong and the sun light needs to be fixed .. but the real facts are there as my camera setting saw it….the camera and lens can only do what you tell it…. so I changed the settings and tried again and this is what I got

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again changing the settings and this is what I got
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again with different setting
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again with really different setting …..
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things would be so easy in life if we could just take a different view in time to make a real difference….

Alaska Garden Thoughts


Every year we plant a garden .. .. DSC_0098we use the moon as our guide….. yesterday we planted the last of seeds and bought  plants  to set out  DSC_0244….of course the weather has turned back colder and the wind has appeared…now we sit back and wait …. we wait to see what insect we will have to battle……what weather we will  have to contend with …..DSC_0083what neighbor’s pet will decide the garden is a great litter box…what weed  will decide the garden plants need company ….. Summer is so busy in Alaska… DSC_0146time to fish…garden…harvest…all under the midnight sun…..Fullscreen capture 622014 44135 AM

Cleaning …oh No ,,no,,no


What’s the household task you most dislike doing? Why do you think that is — is it the task itself, or something more?is the daily prompt …..for over eleven months I have been helping my aunt get her house ready for sale…..like the water drops in the photos ….many many things have happen….I have learned I am a hoarder …and so is my Aunt
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like the many…many …drops we have crafted our selves into pack-rat status….we managed to clean her house ….pack and repack…sort and resort …drop by drop I carried home things I could not let be thrown away …only to find myself now in need of a cleaning person …. day by day ….month by month the things piled up in my studio….

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then I cleaned and sorted for a few weeks my studio ….things are put away and stacked and sorted into neat piles…..like the patterns formed by the falling water drops…but I find myself hating cleaning my house ….while my aunt’s house is picture perfect….the one job I hate…truly hate is dishes …I have hated them since I was a teenager…but whenever I go to help my aunt that is the first thing I find myself doing….because she hates to do dirty dishes…when she was little they had to carry water from outside …heat it on the stove and they made the water last all day ….she hated the feel of the water as the day wore on and the dishes mounted up….myself I hate the dishes because as the oldest …I got off the bus each day…cleaned up the breakfast dishes…watched the younger sister and brothers ….help finish dinner and then washed the dishes and then tried to get my home work…I hated the time standing at the sink ….to this day I will let the dishes pile up …til we are out of dishes …but can not let them pile up in my aunt’s house….

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As each drop fills the sink and makes the dish soap bubble up…I have to wonder if there will be dishes in heaven ….and if I will have to do other people’s dishes while there….
I AM STILL STANDING MOM …STILL STANDING …

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Yellow Center


The yellow center of my mom’s white roses ..I cropped the old photo and played around in a program tiring to find the smell of home today… it wasn’t found but the trip back to the days after her passing were….wandering around the house and the yard trying to capture thing to remember in the days and years to come…

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the roses in front of the house so near to her bedroom window…the lite smell of the white rose as the sun-dried the morning dew off the petals….things I needed to capture but now my fear of my mothers yard ….but a fear  held me at bay…..as I had lived in Alaska way to long and the now fear of snakes and bugs made me think hard about where my feet were…this was the same yard that I had ran barefoot as a child and never even thought of snakes or bugs…..but now there was a fear of things hidden … there was no mother or father to protect me ….

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…dad and mom were gone the house was empty and the land was strange to the touch and feel of my hands and feet..I needed the capture of silly things to shoot with my lens…her flowers… the trees… .sheds …even the big rock in the yard…all needed to be captured for days like today ….days when I need to return home ..
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The smell of roses on a photo just aren’t the same but the memories the photo brings to the eyes and heart are ….like the red bird in the next photo .my dad called him pretty boy…he or his children sang at the back door of my mom and dads house ….my home … for days after mom’s passing he sang on the top of the little shed ….the photo brings back the sound and smells of HOME…
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HERE I AM LORD …STILL STANDING …

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*Nite* Nite*


Last night the North Pole weather was awesome…..stars and warmer weather and more winter like….it has been raining and a warm high of 39 to 43 across state …..not good for mid January ..all the warmth cause flooding.. avalanches….many many wreaks and some electric outages …but it was back to lower temps and everything was frosty…..so when I looked out side and saw the sky ….I just had to go outside…..

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….the city lights reflected off the clouds in one area and the northern lights lit up the sky when I turned the other way….

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the new lenses is so cool…now if I can just learn to use it correctly

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I must look a site to anyone driving by …woman in heavy-duty parka and flannel pj’s and standing behind a large tripod ….I really wanted a hot cup of coffee and a chair ….but was so happy to get out of house and breathe clean North Pole Air …

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the above shot is across the road from our house …I use their light to sit the new lens to infinity…so I can at least get half way good night sky photo…

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BLUE THOUGHTS


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I AM SO FAR BEHIND…. IF I STOP NOW I WILL FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT …I have meant to blog more …but instead I have gone none stop helping my aunt downsize to get ready to move …I have traveled across state three times with aunt and a friend…also managed to do Thanksgivings and Christmas and New Years…all which I will soon write about …….I PICKED THE TWO PHOTOS THAT A FRIEND TOOK OF ME BACK IN THE BEGINNING OF WINTER….I LOVE THE STARK BLUE GLOVES IN ALL THE DREARY WINTER COLOR….PHOTOS DONE BY MANYWINTERS
WE WENT TO LAKE TO SEARCH FOR LIGHT BUT IT WAS A WEAK LIGHT DAY AND WE HAD MISSED THE LIGHT By MINUTES …SO I ASK HER TO TAKE A PHOTO OF MY HANDS WRAPPED IN THE NEW BLUE GLOVES….SOMETIMES ONE MUST MAKE THEIR OWN LIGHT….
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p.s. sorry about caps my laptop is having a keyboard day and I have not figured it out …time to clean out laptop…more later…

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