Our Menagerie of Animals

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Alright, menagerie isn’t quite the correct word because “A menagerie is a collection of captive animals, frequently exotic, kept for display; or the place where such a collection is kept, a precursor to the modern zoological garden.”  We are not housing exotic animals, but maybe our house is exotic?  Anyway, here are our current animal residents.

Ruby, beautiful, playful Ruby.


Jo-Jo and her kitten crew


The Sheep.  Yes, they’re sheep.  Katahdin sheep who have hair and not wool.  These are our ‘lawn mowers’ who help keep the grass and thus the defensible space under control.


The Pigs.  Papa Pig, two mom pigs, Ham & Bacon, my two favorites.  They are obnoxiously out all the time, we’ve been working and working on keeping them in…I’m sure we’ll do a you-tube video of attempt #76 soon.


Chickens…laying chickens.


Chickens…meat chickens.  Cornish X, nice fat fryer chickens.


Lonely Duck, our other ducks were not fast enough and have been hurt by aerial birds.  Soon we’ll try and boost up our flock.  Ducks like being around other ducks, safety in numbers etc.  They will stick around chickens, but they prefer water and ducks!


Well, I think that’s it unless you count the neighbor boys.

Every animal has a reason, even the cats.

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Wild Fires

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We are not from around here…we are from the Western parts of Oregon and Washington.  Two places where you never have to pray for rain, you just have to wait a couple minutes.  A place where a country home with moss instead of grass is not uncommon.  A place of gray skies, cozy fires, a deep appreciation for every sun filled sky and lament for days over 80*.

The biggest difference between where we lived and grew up and Northern Idaho is just that…rain.  Rain and wild fires due often to a lack of rain.  I won’t lie, it’s different to hear, ‘I hope we get some good rain.’  And that’s in the month of April!  Thankfully this year was much, much better in the rain department and the whole west is not on fire.

However, five days ago a blaze was found in the forest 11 miles from our house.  Eleven miles.  I don’t know when the freak out or when to stay calm, I’m not from here!  Watching the local FB sites has helped.  They had the blaze contained at 80% the next day!  And then the next day it looked like 64* outside when it was just smoke, the wind had reduced containment to 15%.  Do I now panic?  What do I take with me, what do I leave, when do I start packing? I don’t know.


The fire is being taken care of by a team out of Montana as well as local help.  They have base camp set up two miles from our house, tents, trailers, honey buckets and everything.



*Photos by our County Sheriff

Do you live in a fire area?