cody bear's friends

are we ready for chooks?
April 30, 2010, 6:12 pm
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a few weeks ago i had a crazy idea.  crazy.

“i’m getting chickens.”  the notion just popped up.  i like eggs, but i don’t like eating them because chickens are treated sooo badly at the farms.  (i know this.  i’ve been to the big chicken farms.  bad)

so i knew one chicken would be enough, but i didn’t want my hen to be lonely and a couple friends were interested in chickens, so we discussed me keeping them all at my house.

well, we’ve researched it.  i even took a class on back yard chook raising.  i still want the chickens.  i just don’t know if i’m ready for the commitment.

here are the class chickens…

my number one issue:  cody bear.  i have a huge yard, but i really think cody bear will circle the coop and want to kill them.  i think the chickens will be stressed.  and i want happy chickens.  happy, stress free chickens.

but, i think he would like a farm fresh egg every now and then. 

do you have chickens?


the bride wore a cabernet smile
July 14, 2008, 12:14 am
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well, to sum it up, it was such a stress free day.  which made a beautiful wedding day, if you ask me.  we met in the garden and had a short ceremony while the butterflies and bees industriously worked the flowers in the background.  afterwards we went to brunch, just the 8 of us from the ceremony.  here is our lovely bride now….

her father took a snap of her and the groom with his mobile phone, so she is saving that picture for him so it pops up when she calls.

next we changed and hopped in a minivan for the trek to the vineyards. we went to several, but…one had sheep!!!

a rain storm had popped up, so it was quite muddy.  this sheep seemed to really like being photographed…

i couldn’t stay out there photographing livestock all day….my companions were already ahead of me in the wine sampling.

it was a really good activity for the small group.  better than garter tosses and bouquet tosses and doing the electric slide. do they still do that at weddings?

we rolled on from one vineyard to the next. the last vineyard had a couple dogs.  this one was so aloof, but i got to him finally and he let me cuddle him.

meanwhile, i had gotten behind on the sampling again!

just kidding, i wasn’t really behind. in fact, at this point i had jumped ahead.

we then went to a delicious restaurant where we laughed and pigged out and ate the super yummy cake you saw in today’s earlier post.

so, it was a good day.  i wish them years of fun and happiness and success.

in case you wondered….the bride and groom are mindy‘s parents…

oh, and i’m sure you’re all wondering which wines i preferred… well, it was the reds, the dry ones.  so dry that if you look hard enough…there’s a little purple tumble weed swishing around in the bottom of the glass.  the sweety wines are not preferred here at cody bear’s friends.   in fact, one or two of the ones we tasted yesterday reminded me of some of the libby’s juiceboxes my friends’ kids drink. and the best quote of the day (unless you’re the vintner) was a.h. whispering “this is horrible…it tastes like silly putty.”  i, too, hate the silly putty wines.

hey sweet pea…ya little cutie veg you…

as i mentioned, my friends are paying me in veggies to do their organic farm’s website.  i love it.  here is today’s snack…

they’re the most delicious snap peas in the whole entire world. they just have to be.  i can’t imagine finding sweeter, crisper peas.

they were all normal size peas, but this little cutie, seen here with a ibuprofen…

i also had a raw organic trail mix bar….which was disgusting!!!!

but oh, …the peas….

ww – garlic in everything, please

head games furry ones play…(sigh)

and so it is saturday and i am about to leave for volunteering at the wildlife center. but first, cody bear must be entertained!  this usually  involves catch and kill the rubber chicken, but he’s too a.d.d. today so it will just be a walk for my crazy guy!

we have been invited to the friend’s house, the ones with the pond and the bat condo, for a private agility lesson one of these days.  but,…i worry. i grew up in a “walk next door to get milk from the dairy farm” small town. i always freaked out when the country dogs chased the cars. cody bear has no country smarts.  and there are so many dangerous critters. (spider from last night’s post)  i know he LOOKS like a bear…but really….he’s a delicate flower.

this is bucky.  ive shown her on my other dog daily photo blog, but i love this picture!  she’s a riot.

she lives with another portugese water dog, too, and i have a feeling when cody bear sees them….he’s going to have a nervous breakdown.  but….we’ll see.  i need to plan longer for safety reasons.

we would go for the weekend.  work on the farm, do agility, eat delicious home grown veg, do some bird watching, take pictures.

here’s another scene…

well, better walk him. he’s starting his sighing, a form of canine manipulation i’m sure many of you are familiar with!

friends, veggies and beetles – trifecta!

warning:  this post has a beetle in it….with mandibles!

but give him a shot!  we’re talking about the weekend again.

basically, my friends have an amazing organic farm about an hour outside of town.  last year i went to one of their harvests and i had the best time.  yes, it was hard work, but the work felt good.  while you’re picking the AMAZING produce from the fields you have time to chat with all these other people that 1. are interested in local produce, organic farming, sustainability and the great outdoors, and  2. somehow seem to be like minded about dogs and the environment, and 3.  are just nice, fun people!

artichoke break:

last year i went by myself. i took my new and amazing friends, r and a!  and wouldn’t you know it, they were the belles of the ball!

as entomologists and biologists, everyone had questions for them…mostly about BEES! (which i love)  and they had fun, too.  in fact, one volunteer, prolly about 20 years older than he, decided that r was really the pick of the day, and…engagement to a be damned, …she was gonna make her move!  no harm, no harm.

its fun having a in the field because she looks for bugs with giant mandibles to scare me!

here’s the daily beetle!

there was lots of joking and talks in the field, followed by the amazing meal i mentioned earlier…but here’s the coolest part:

i’m reminded it’s never too late to make friends.  i’m so glad r and a and i have become such good friends!  and we have such a good time together.  what’s better than veggies, the outdoors and friends you love?  i guess the only thing i would have done was take cody bear, my super awesome dog.

it was just good…another good part of an awesome weekend…

weekend veggie love…

sunday’s food specifically.  we went to my friend’s farm and, as i mentioned in an earlier post, worked our bums off.  we were pullin’ up organic veg for 4.5 hours, then hopped into the trucks and went to the main house for the most delicious feast.  almost entirely made from herbs and veg from their farm and eggs from their chicks.  most dishes were vegan, too.

she made one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian fritatta…

they’re like omelets, only not gooey or greasy because they’re baked.

other dishes!  2 different kinds of vegan pasta salad that were so fresh and delicious!  one was the freshed basil pesta pasta salad, and the other was spinach bowtie pasta with really mild mushrooms!  this giant platter of the freshest root veg and radishy type things with an amazing dressing.  one veg i had never even heard of before and ….i’ve forgotten it. oh and the MOST delicious fresh pea pods ever!  and fresh endive salad and her famous cowboy cavier. (her best batch yet)

for desert, fresh baked cookies and this honey and citrus/berry fruit dish that….had too many things i was allergic to, but looked delicious.  i should have taken more pictures, but we were starving so i didn’t have the strength to hold the camera …