Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - a List

I recently joined a group that sends each member a reminder on Sunday to do a blog posting on Tuesday entitled "Ten on Tuesday". They give us a topic and we post on our own blogs. Today's topic is "10 Books on My Summer Reading List". I only have 7 on my list so I guess that's all you're gonna get from me this week.
  1. The Search by Nora Roberts. DONE
  2. Sizzlin' Sixteen by Janet Evanovich - I'm reading this one now! DONE
  3. Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber - This will be a re-read for me since I read it back when it came out in the late 80's! DONE
  4. A Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodress - a local author whose book has recently come out as a movie. I want to read the book before we go see it at the theatre. DONE
  5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks - I haven't read this one yet and summertime seems as good as any time to read it.
  6. This Time Together by Carol Burnett - I just love that lady. DONE
  7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - I started it while I was in Utah and need to finish it.DONE

There you are - my 10 on Tuesday is really 7 on Tuesday Afternoon. I'll try to do better next week.

John came in last night and said that something had killed one of the baby turkeys overnight. He said it might be a cat or a possum...but that the bird was only dead, not mutilated. There were a couple of tooth marks on the neck but nothing else. He worked really hard to get the pen secure from another attack on the 3 remaining babies. This morning, he went out to check on them and found that 2 more were dead. He looked around and found the culprit - a 4 foot long black snake! When he got home this evening he went out there and killed that snake! Smacked it upside the head several times to stun it and then whacked it several more times with a shovel to chop off its head. He picked up 30 more baby chickens and 6 more baby turkeys this afternoon so he needs to make sure they are all secure. He is out in the barn as I write this, making sure the babies are safe. My hero!

I realized that I totally forgot to show you all a picture of John's chicken tractor. Here it is, just before he put the babies in it.

The chickens go inside the enclosure and, using a furniture trolley, John can move the tractor each morning and afternoon to a new space on the lawn. The chickens eat all the bugs within that 'square' and, of course, fertilize it, and then they are moved to a new space to do it all over again. Next year, the areas that were fertilized by the baby chicks this summer will be green and healthy - all organic and NO SMELL!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.


John Knotwell said...

A BLOODY snake? Oh great...

Jennifer said...

Oh dear, poor little birds, what a nasty way to go! We have black snakes here too, wonder if they are the same kind? Ours are nasty.

Batiklover said...

Poor things, I hate snakes almost as much as spiders.....

LOVE the chicken tractor!!!!!