Animals, Farming, Healthcare, Rural Living

Reflections On a Childhood Hymn

Two things got me thinking of this "oldie but goodie" post, first published on Ricochet in 2014: First, I inspected the nether regions of a few of my ewes the other day, in order to adjudge the imminence of any blessed events.  (Another couple of weeks, I think; things generally start popping around here in… Continue reading Reflections On a Childhood Hymn

Animals, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

Animals, Farming, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Building a Small Hay Feeder Using Premier’s Wire Panels

Several years ago, during my quest for the perfect hay feeder for my sheep and goats, I built two 8' long, 4' high, and 35" wide hay and grain feeders using Premier's wire panel feeder inserts.  I loved them.  They won the hay-feeder lottery!  Not only did they do double-duty as grain feeders, they were… Continue reading Building a Small Hay Feeder Using Premier’s Wire Panels

Animals, Entertainment, Family, Feminism, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

My last post has me reminiscing about the books I loved as a kid.  And about Beatrix Potter, feminist icon.  (No, that's a bit of a stretch.  But boy, howdy what a girl!)  Here's a post I wrote on Ricochet on July 28, 2017: Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

Animals, Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Animals, Farming, Humor, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Words Fail Me. Well, Hardly.

So there I was this morning, laughing uproariously at a YouTube video of a sheep having joyful fun on a trampoline: And while I was noodling around looking for other amusing animal videos because I didn't want to go out and put on any more house siding today, …. I ran across the Australian news… Continue reading Words Fail Me. Well, Hardly.

Animals, Science

From the Annals of the “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Department

"The road to Hell" as they say, "is paved with good intentions." And so it is. A group of Hungarian scientists, faced with what's clearly a first-world problem--saving from extinction the fish responsible for producing the world's finest caviar--decided to tinker with the piscine gene pool, taking sperm from the American Paddlefish and using it… Continue reading From the Annals of the “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Department