Oct 16
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – Mr. Fix It



I love this guy! He is my Mr. Fix it. It doesn’t seem to matter what goes wrong on our little farm, he can fix it or has a better solution.

This time it was the refrigerator. We both noticed the food didn’t seem as cold as it should be. Dean investigated and found that there was something wrong with the defroster in the freezer and it wasn’t blowing cold air up to the fridge.  He was able to fix it by using a hairdryer and defrosting the blocked vents in the freezer.

We decided to see how long that would solve the problem. I was a bit more optimistic than Dean. He was right, it only fixed it for a week. Again Dean defrosted the freezer, this time it only lasted a few days. We decided to buy a new one since the refrigerator was already ten years old and the parts needed were expensive.  Dean also decided he had enough to do without adding refrigerator repair man to his list.

The new fridge was ordered but not coming for another week, they weren’t delivering to our neck of the woods until next Friday. On Tuesday I texted him at work to let him know the fridge was warm again. So he gets home from his day job and here he is on the floor again. He turns the fridge off, takes all the frozen food out and starts defrosting again without complaint, seemingly perfectly content and happy. Hopefully this will do it until the replacement comes. Did I say I love this guy? Yeah I do!

Sep 16
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – Hard Decisions

I had to make a reallymy-roo hard decision.  As much as we try to avoid it, death is a part of life.  Even though we don’t always achieve the desired outcome, I’m glad I went the extra mile to see if I could save this rooster. But there came a point where I had to make a really hard decision.

My sweet Roo had a relapse. I was optimistically thinking  he would be fine now. But I soon realized this virus would probably plague him all of his life. He was still eating and game to fight on but his comb was turning blue and I knew it was probably a respiratory infection. It was hard to make the decision to put an end to his life when for weeks he looked into my eyes and it felt like he trusted me to care for him. But I knew I could not continue to devote this much time to him indefinitely. I miss my little buddy but glad we had our time together.

Aug 16
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – Persistence Pays Off!


Persistence pays off. I’m happy I can report that our brown Leghorn rooster (Roo) is in recovery mode now. For weeks I wondered if it was a hopeless cause. Everyone wondered when I would give up and sometimes I secretly hoped I would come out in the morning and find out he had passed in the night. But I never wanted to give up on him.

Roo always wanted to eat, especially watermelon. He was not resistant to taking medicine by eye dropper every morning and every night. Although it was a struggle to get baby aspirin in him 3 times a day. It was clear to me that he was not giving up, so I wasn’t going to give up either. I know persistence doesn’t always give you the desired outcome, but you always know you did all you could. This time I’m glad it paid off. I might be getting a little too attached to him.

Jul 16
by Maryclaire Mayes

Chicken Doctor

13. Sitting prettyChicken Doctor is my new role around the farm. You see when chicks cost $2 you don’t spend $40 to take them to the vet. So when I discovered my Brown Leghorn Rooster was limping I decided I would do the best I can to help him recover.

These days though it is much easier with the help of the internet. Just in case you didn’t know; the lowly chicken has become very popular recently and there are many websites dedicated to taking care of your backyard chickens.

On one of these websites I saw some had made a sling for their chicken and I thought I’d give that a try for our rooster that we fondly call Roo. I used an old bathing suit I hadn’t gotten around to throwing out yet. That worked well for over a week but then he got feeling stronger and no longer would stay in the sling. He is still in isolation because chickens aren’t very nice to their wounded friends. He is getting lots of TLC , baby aspirin 3 times a day and watermelon. He really likes watermelon.

We have lots of chickens and probably a few other roosters, but Roo is the only Brown Leghorn rooster and I would really like to try to save him if I can.

Jun 16
by Maryclaire Mayes

Thank you Matt

24.SupervisorAs I mentioned earlier, we, (ok actually me) kept piling on new things that we ( really mostly Dean) needed to get done this Spring.  New construction, new plantings on top of all the other things we usually do in the Spring. And of course, Dean’s consulting work happened to get crazy busy and stressful this Spring too.

I’m so thankful our son-in-law, Matt. He is not only a good husband and dad, but a thoughtful son-in-law too. He  stops in and pitches in when he sees a need. We had to replace our deck last year and the railing turned out to have these very fine splinters. He came up and sanded it so smooth without even being asked. He also loves animals and likes spending time with and helping care for them. We have discovered he is a bit of an animal whisperer, from catching shy kittens and chicks to finding Caddy’s favorite spot to be scratched. Lately Matt has also been coming up to help Dean finish the chicken coop.  The thing is Matt is really good at this kind of stuff so it is more Dean helping Matt. I like seeing them enjoying working together. We feel blessed that Matt is part of our family.