Hiding! Come Find Me

Our feature image is just like a game of Hide-N-Seek! I was out in one of our gardens this summer, and picked up a Seed Tray. The Tray had been left outside when Thunder and Lightning were threatening in an extremely dark sky. Rain poured for a couple of days. The dirt was nice and muddy. Lifting the tray, I saw this Toad. Surprise! He was cleverly camouflaged. Can you see him?

Psalms 104:24 How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

The photo of the Chipmunk has been enlarged. When I found him, he froze! This gave me time to finish feeding our Chickens, and get my phone out of my pocket. Chipmunks are written as coming from the Squirrel Family. They are fast Rodents that love to get in our garden.

When I think of Rodents, I picture a Mouse or a Rat. On our farm, we have seen Mice in the house when the field is Baled. Their nests are discovered and they run for my home. And, a Rat in the Barn. These Creatures make me jump! But, not like Snakes do!!

Cleaning out Straw with a rake, I uncovered a small black Snake. Backing away, I decided I had done enough work for the day! No photo was taken. Ha!

The next photo, is of a Toad. He looks like he was found before he had time to properly get hid. πŸ™‚ Quickly taking the photo, I walked over to water our Ducks.

The nights are getting a lot colder, and the days are pleasant and sunny. More photos will be shared soon of the leaves changing, and Autumn arriving. May you have a beautiful day, blessed from the Lord up above. :)Jen

We Find Cool Things

Each day is Precious, and a Beautiful Gift from the Lord! May these photos reach you, my Amazing Grandbabies, Children, Family, and Friends, Warming Your Heart and Encouraging you to Explore this Earth with each other and Share what you find!

The wings of the Cicada remind me of stained glass. In this first photo, (which I might have shared already) I have a difficult time looking away from them. They are said to help them repel water and dirt!

The next photo, if I am correct, is a Red-Headed Woodpecker. If I had not personally taken this photo. I would have thought someone had put a ceramic bird out by my bird bath. πŸ™‚

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is a medium size and the only Woodpecker with a completely red head. I assume he loves our woods, making a nest in the dead tree we have on the edge. He just flew over to check me out sitting by the window. He might have found some tasty insects and flew them back to his home.

There is JOY in taking these photos and even more JOY sharing them with you! Have a beautiful day exploring!! :)Jen

Goat Day

Yesterday was more of a Goat Day, and all around ended up being a Good Day! 6:30 a.m. I was prepared to conquer the world, at least to conquer my desk and all the notes and writing ideas piling up. But, like anything in life, there are detours. My detour was 11 Goats and how to wrangle them.

Sipping coffee, I glanced out towards the woods. There is a desire to take my phone and get some of the beginning beauty of the leaves changing color. One day they will be slightly turning orange or red, then all over the ground.

All thoughts of getting anything accomplished, diminished when I saw Stitch, our only male American Pygmy Goat walking down the drive with all 7 of his girls following.

Stitch got the girls up on the bales, then went down to the right to try to keep Moses from busting through his gate.

If there is ever a time for my brain not to compute, it was after throwing on work gloves and shoes, I stood staring at their mangled gate door. The photo below does not show how torn up it was. Questions began to pile up. Had Stitch got his horns caught, panicking, wrenching the door? Had a small tornado come through, because that is what the door looked like?

Or…..and, if you live on or visit the farm, you would look over your shoulder like I did. Delilah. Our Nubian. She stood innocently on her large wooden spool. She even had the nerve to question me! “What happened over there?” her eyes asked. Pursing my lips, and staring her down, made her try to look even more innocent. “I know what you have done.” I said.

She found a weak place in her fence over by my large favorite tree. She worked the spot for days probably, until she could squeeze under. She climbed over large hay bales, and began to hit the gate door until it was nicely peeled to one side. My limited strength right now, was useless. But, I could try to block the entrance. Here is where we all can laugh! Please feel free!

Grabbing a bucket and getting some food, I drug a work table over from the shop to block them from leaving again.Luring the goats back in was simple. They are gentle, and the whole family, and the grandkids, can go in and feed them treats. They love to meet us at the fence to have their noses rubbed, or just to curiously see what we are doing. Shaking the bucket, filling their bowls, they all came back.

What else could go wrong? Our Boer male goats, Moses, the Big Daddy, and Sampson, and conniving, Delilah wanted food, attention, and to join in. The large goats plowed through my obstruction like it was paper, and Moses began to chase the females. Never have I been more proud of Stitch. He stood up to Moses, hair raised along his back, horns down. Stitch would get some of his girls protected, only to have to run to the help of the others. Sampson just wanted to play, but seemed too clumsy. And, Delilah just got in the way.

Thankfully, my daughter and son-in-law came to the rescue. Glancing down at their phones, they both saw I had texted, “Help! All 11 Goats are running wild!” They live about 15 minutes away, but when they arrived, gates were mended, and everyone was back to nibbling grass and laying in the sun in their own fenced areas.

The weather was sunny and warm. Chicken was frying in the oven! And, everyone stayed safe through the night. Have a blessed day! Love to all our family and friends! May the Lord richly bless you :)Jen

Healing for the Soul

Exploring New O’Hana Farm, here in beautiful Tennessee, with family, friends, and our pups, has been such an adventure and healing for my soul. We are coming up on our first year anniversary in less than a week! We were talking about this as we saw the colors changing on some of our trees.

For the next few posts, I am going to look through the year in photos. There may be repeats as I share them with you, but hopefully you will find them to be not only pretty, but interesting and comforting.

The first photo may not look like much, but can ONLY be truly appreciated if you are sitting on our swing in the Whimsy Garden we are creating!! Morning, Noon, and Night, being there is like viewing and feeling a little bit of heaven!

The double rainbow is shared from our side patio, and when I saw them, I felt like I was the only one on earth. I must have took 30 photos.

The moon is from last weekend. Our trampoline was destroyed by the huge tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. We have been waiting to find and purchase a new one. As the family enjoyed glow sticks, s’mores, and jumping, I took the moon photo. We enjoyed staying up late, a bonfire, and family. The moon shone through the clouds, gently.

We truly have Gatlinburg, TN views as you look at the next 3 photos! Our home has plenty of windows that we leave without curtains and shades to enjoy the beauty of the seasons! Happy Autumn! :)Jen