Moving Day for the Chickens

chickens freedThis is the chicken pen,
looking at it from the front of Bro. Bob’s house

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This spring the Farmer prepared this cozy spot for the chickens.

mar25 007The gate is to the right of this opening.
This chicken house will fit right in the opening.


I didn’t get out early
enough to see the dismantling
of the extra wing attached to the hen house.

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apr5 moving chickens 005The crew and their deliberations.
With the help of the tractor,
the house was lifted up and onto the white trailer.
The trailer was pulled by the lawn mower
to the new chicken pen area.

I missed that part
because littlest A. Crain and I did a donut run.

apr5 moving chickens 006Not many were left,
movin’ chickens is hard work.

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apr5 moving chickens 010Hens and Rooster seem happy in their new area.
Hens have found the nesting boxes. 
We expect eggs today, girls.

From my chair at my desk,
I can see the chickens.
I like    :)


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Found in the Garden Plot

mar18 001the Farmer is tilling in the winter green

mar18 002the attach the rippers and weigh them down

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mar21 014garden plot is ripped
but in the process
one of the tines breaks off

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so the digging begins
mar21 018ah ha

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mar21 016yep, it’s the Cozy Acre ‘looker/adviser’ crew

mar25 0062 12inch diameter 6 feet long concrete pipes connected with a aluminum band
supposed a walk way over creek that originally flowed through the property

mar25 010Every year the Farmer finds more trash in the garden plot
mar21 017then the Farmer tucks the soil in for a rest before planting begins

mar21 015berries and grapes are enjoying the warm Spring weather


mar25 001three rows of strawberries

mar25 002the strawberries were planted in the tops of the rows
the drip watering system was installed
(sorry I didn’t get a picture of that layout)
then everything was covered with 3-4 inches of mulch
for a weed free strawberry patch

mar25 007chicken pen/orchard area
gap in the fence is where the chicken house will be

mar25 009first tree planted a black fig
the Farmer has grown from a cutting

Every day something is happening at Cozy Acres.  the Farmer is always planning/plotting another project to add to the beauty and productivity of Cozy Acres.

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View from the back fence facing north
most of the pictures are taken toward the southmar25 012

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November 28, Today’s Thought – Thanksgiving

tree  nove 18Our beautiful fall tree

Good Morning

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God:
it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves;
we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Lord, so oftentimes, as any other day, when we sit down to our meal and pray we hurry along and make fast the blessing–”Thanks, Amen, Now please pass the dressing.”
We are slaves to the olfactory overload. We must rush our prayer before the good gets cold. But Lord, I’d like to take a few minutes more to really give thanks for what I’m thankful for.

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed, my friends, my freedom, a roof over my head. I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those whose lives touch me more than they will ever possibly know.
Thankful, Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure, thankful that in my heat lives life’s greatest treasure, that You, dear Jesus, rside in that place and I’m ever so grateful for Your undending grace.
So please,heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided and bless each and every person invited. Amen!
~~~Scott Wesemann /blockquote>

I’m thankful. . . Todau
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

42812 001Our Home at Cozy Acres

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September 5, Today’s thought — A Life Worth Living

the Farmer’s view of the sunrise

Good Morning

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:25  KJV

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost
(completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity)
those who come to God through Him,
since He is always living to make petition to God
and intercede with Him and intervene for them.
Hebrews 7:25 Amplified Bible

What a magnificent prospect!
Does it not take your breath away?
It may well do so;
but nevertheless it is true, gloriously and eternally true,
for it is written in the Word of God.

Grip that fact;
Grip it with your whole heart:
Take risks on it;
Stake your all on it;
Whisper it to yourself with clenched teeth when you are in the heat of the fight;
Shout it to the heavens when you see the enemy about to flee;
Triumph in it;
Exalt in it!

Faith in this one thing can transfigure your whole life, and lift you to the heights of victory and glory that once seemed to you as far off and remote as the distant snows of some shining mountain summit seem to the traveler when, through a haze of sunshine, he lifts up his eyes to gaze as at some holy thing up in the blue air.

that the life of sanctification and spiritual power can never be had cheaply.
To bestow it upon us the Lord Jesus paid the price of Calvary.
To receive it we must be at least willing
to pay the price of obedience to His simple conditions.
Remember, too, it is the only life worth living.
Reader Harris

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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View From My Chair – June 29,12

I’m at the best place I could be.

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June 19, Today’s thought — The Yoke

Happy flowers!

“Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

Balance is the key to every good thing in life. Imbalance is the root cause of many, many ills. When there is imbalance in your body, some form or another of illness will occur — physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. When there is imbalance in your home, there will be marital problems, and family difficulties. Imbalance in your diet, or other appetites, will always results in physical challenges. Imbalance in your checkbook is definitely not a good thing. When you are imbalanced in your work, or in your recreations — somewhere along the line of your life you will have to “pay the piper.” Balance in all things is the key to every good and lasting thing in life.

Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you.” The Greek word He used was zugos, which means “a coupling.” Specifically, it is the word used to describe the beam of balance that joins two scales together. Webster’s defines balance as “an instrument for weighing; a means of judging, or deciding.”

In other words, the Lord is saying here, “Take My balance upon you; learn to judge things in life, and make decisions as I do.” Paul wrote to us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ” (Philippians 2:5)

The many benefits of this Balance are profound. Any man or woman, boy or girl, upon whom this yoke is place will experience mental, emotional, physical and spiritual steadiness. They will not stumble, or fall; yet, even if they do, it will be but for a moment. For they possess a innate capacity to right themselves and regain their footing. Their lives will be graced with unflappable confidence, even in the midst of upheaval and chaos. Just like Jesus, their Unflappable Champion.

So, as you prepare yourself to go out into today’s world make sure that His yoke is on you; it’s the one thing that makes the difference in every other thing you think or do. Rylie

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 5, Today’s thought — The Potter

Looking east from our deck about 8:00pm, June 4

Good Morning

Genesis 50:20 . . . but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

In one of George McDonald’s books occurs this fragment of conversation:
“I wonder why God made me,” said Mrs. Fraser bitterly. “I’m sure I don’t know what was the use of making me.”
“Perhaps not much, yet,” said Dorothy, “but then He hasn’t done with you yet. He is making you now, and you are quarreling with the process.”

If men would but believe that they are in process of creation,
and consent to be made–let the Maker handle them as the potter the clay,
yielding themselves in resplendent motion and submissive, hopeful action with the turning of His wheel–
they would ere long find themselves able to welcome every pressure of that hand on them,
even when it was felt in pain:
and sometimes not only to believe but to recognize the Divine end in view,
the bringing of a son unto glory.

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Saturday Garden Journal – on Monday, June 4

The garden and flowers love the bright sunny days. Today they are loving the rain!

Garden is growing.

Stakes have been pounded in.

Tomatoes babies for next planting.

Sunflowers and zinnias blooming.


Roses are blooming

All the  hydrangeas have blossoms.

Grizz likes to take walks with me.

Two new pots inside, a rex begonia and a African violet’s cousin (I’m still trying to find it’s name)

Sharing with Ginny @ Small Things

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday – June 3

It is Sunday and time to show what you’ve found.

Shining through the Sprinkler (no water attacked the Suburban in the process of taking this picture)


My daughter has really fast thumbs.

What the picnic grounds looked like after all the people left.


It just doesn’t get much more peaceful than this. (from the archives)

Just plain knitting — so relaxing. . .

Not such plain knitting, more challenging.

See other findings at Ashley’s.

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Wordless Wednesday — Pounding Posts


Just pictures, look here.

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday — May 27

Scavenger Hunt Sunday items: Beneath Your Feet, Capturing Movement, Texture, Face Your Fears and Currently

Come let’s see where this hunt takes us!

Beneath your feetThe rug and deck are enjoyed all year around at Cozy Acres.

Capturing movement
I first read this prompt as ‘capturing the moment.’ Saturday I went looking for the right ‘moment,’ not a moment to be found. Sunday morning, I find ‘capturing the movement , oooohhhhhhhhh!
My poor brain had a problem until I remembered we have chickens. When we let them out for their evening scratch around,
the Farmer on his way to let out the chickens.
there is lots of movement- watch:

As I saw this close-up of the bud of a sunflower, I whispered, “oh, my…”

Face your fears
My bowl looks empty, but it is full of fears as I make decisions to change my eating habits.

Quilt squares from my current quilting project, hanging from our young grape row, with berries, sunflowers and zinnias behind.

Other hunters’ finds can be see at Ramblings and Photos.

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May 22 Garden Update

The Farmer is so glad it is planting time. Much planning and preparation goes into Cozy Acre’s garden. The bountiful harvest makes all the work worthwhile.

Facing south:

on the left, garden plot is 90′x75′ . The lighter dirt is a driveway between the two plots.

on the right, garden plot is 40′x75′

Winter garden, 34′x51′, is in the back, the Farmer is still picking swiss chard and beets.

The Farmer’s drip watering system:

The plants get covered with mulch to preserve water and cut down on weeds. The Farmer only waters the plants not walkways, He says, ‘if you don’t water the weeds, they won’t grow.’


Bell Pepper

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Spring = Growing

At Cozy Acres spring is coming.

A few pictures of the Farmer’s winter/spring garden

beets                                            broccoli                                   parsleyand onions

cabbage, bolted          mustard greens,turnip flowers       lettuce s

cauliflower                   cauliflower leavings

The row on the right raspberries, boysenberries and Marion berries.


The left row grapes,   ??  the varieties. Grape cuttings have leaves.

West and south sides have glass, the east side will have a sliding door and window to match west. The back side will be wood. All the glass has been donated.  The floor is river rock covered with decomposed granite. the Farmer is getting anxious to begin planting seed.

We hope you don’t have skin problems as this tree does.

These iris have been blooming since November and still there are bubs.

Love these violets!

Part of our rose garden, it is amazing to me  -  how drastically the roses are pruned. They grow full and beautiful.

Ajuga  is 6-8 inches tall, I’ve never had them grow so well as here.

This is my row of hydrangeas, all have good new growth. To the left, assorted ground covers are being planted. All the varieties I brought from Grandma Crain are growing nicely.

Our current wall hanging is one I made in 2004. I entered a quilt challenge, given the musical note fabric make a quilt on the theme, Music in the Foothills for the Foothill Quilt guild quilt show. The pattern is a variation of delectable mountains. All those little half square triangles were made with triangle paper. I won  the Viewer’s Choice award. I was more pleased to win the award than on from the judges. The viewer’s choice award is received from votes from the public viewers and quilters.

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Yarn Stash in the Stash Shed

Have you wondered what’s inside?

Sunday afternoon I started re-organizing the Stash Shed. It was suffering from

pile it-itis

I’ll let you take a peek, understand a lot of moving around had already been going on, I didn’t think of taking before pictures.

On the right I have all my office supply stuff, games, puzzles, etc, next is my pantry food, baking supplies, spices, paper goods and cleaning supplies.  Straight back lower shelf I keep day care stuff car seat, portacrib, extra clothes, diapers, ya’ know.

Upper shelves have quilt kits, assorted fabric boxed according to style ( ’30′s, reproductions, orientals). behind the corner of the cutting table lower shelves and floor I have my yarn.

The top of the cutting table is a flat surface, the rule is you must place STUFF on flat surfaces!

Initially, I was trying to conquer that area. I’m almost done. Gotta put the yarn babies to bed.

Random pictures of yarn.

In the sorting stage.

Disclaimer, my mom sorted her yarn before moving and I got a tub ‘o yarn. So some of these babies are very new to me. Some are long time friends.

I don’t just collect. I also knit.

I must go fondle my yarn and finish my puttering.

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Citrus Orchard at Cozy Acres

the Farmer got all five of the citrus trees planted in time for this long awaited rain. Wintery weather is my favorite. Let it blow!

Our five citrus circles

Don’t they look pretty.

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