Friday the 13th & Phobias On The Farm

August 13, 2010

Another Friday on the farm, this being Friday the 13th.  I don’t see any black cats and I guess I don’t walk under ladders even if it’s not the 13th.  And I don’t really suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia anyway.  How’s that for a mouthful!?  It’s a big word that means you’ve got a phobia about Friday the 13th.  (From frigga meaning “Friday” and triskaidekaphobia (or paraskevidekatriaphobia) which is derived from the combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís ( meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía ( from phóbos, meaning “fear”)).

I do not suffer from probatokaunlophobia . . .

wet llama

I do not fear the wet llama. . .

Or a fear of llamas.  And obviously, she does not have hydrophobia (fear of water).

Nor do I have alektorophobia. . .

chicken birds

I do not fear chickens!

Nope, no chicken phobia.  I don’t even have apiphobia!

honeybee

No fear of bees!

Oh, I don’t want to get caught in the middle of a swarm of bees, but that’s not apiphobia, or fear of bees, that’s just good sense!

Thankfully, I do NOT have anthrophobia either.

flowerbed

I do not fear flowers.

That would be sad to be afraid of flowers. 

Don’t really have to worry about nyctophobia or selenophobia either.

trees and moon

No fear of dark or the moon.

(If I did have a fear of dark or any other real phobia, I’d go on over to someplace like the Fear Of Dark and learn how to get rid of my phobia!)

I will confess, however, that there might be a smidgen of the well known arachnophobia lurking in my psyche.

Garden spider on web

On the web is fine. Crawling on me is not.

But while spiders of a certain size give me the heebie-jeebies, I can live with the fear.  … mostly.

So not a lot of phobias here on the farm.  Happy Friday the 13th!

Chickens In The Bird Bath

July 28, 2010

Our birdbath seems to be the community spa.  Or perhaps it’s the equivalent of the local tavern.  At the very least, it’s the local watering hole. 

When I put it out in the yard, the idea was to give the wild birds a place to easily get a drink, especially in the winter.  And they do use it, but they sometimes have to wait their turn.  There might be a squirrel there, or the cat might be taking a sip.

cat in yard

"Ahhhh, the bouquet of bird-flavored wine... uh, water..."

Then of course, the wild birds larger and domesticated cousins frequent the bird bath too.

rooster and hen

Just another couple out for a drink at the local tavern.

Sometimes it’s couples day, and other times, it’s just a hen party.

chickens on birdbath

Just a couple of hens out for a drink.

I guess I disturbed their party, because the white hen left in a huff and a hurry.

chicken hens

"It's getting too crowded. I'm leaving!"

The other hen seemed unconcerned with my presence, but she didn’t want to be left alone either.

2 chicken hens

"Hey, where are you going???"

She finally decided she didn’t want to be left behind.

chicken jumping off bird bath

"Wait for me! I'm coming!"

Maybe now the wild birds can enjoy the birdbath in peace for a little while.

Hot Enough For Ya Day

July 23, 2010

I noticed when I sent out today’s humor emailing that today is “Hot Enough For Ya Day”.  Considering it’ might hit triple digits today, I’d say that’s a pretty appropriate holiday.

So how hot is it?

It’s so hot the squirrels are coming down to the bird bath for a drink of water.

squirrel on birdbath

Uhhhh, a nice drink.

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squirrel

Gotta take a breath now and then!

And it’s so hot, every time I go out to fill water buckets, the llama comes over to get sprayed down. . .

llama getting wet

That feels sooooo good!

And it’s so hot, tempers flare, and these young roosters are fighting.

2 roosters fight

I'm gonna get you!

Never mind there is a fence between them, they still want to fuss at each other.  I took a video, which ended up being very short.  You’ll see why at the end…
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Toby doesn’t like any fussing on the farm, and tries to put a stop to it whenever he can.

And it’s so hot you can hear our air conditioning unit running in the background of that movie, because it’s pretty much running all the time!

It’s so hot I think I’ll go get a tall, cold glass of iced tea.

A Fowl Morning. . .

July 16, 2010

I usually take my camera out when I do chores.  This morning seemed to be one for fowl creatures.  First off, the little fluffball is still running around, hooray, hoorah!

*** CHICK OR KEET!!!! ***

It’s like trick or treat… is it a baby chicken or a baby guinea fowl… so it’s CHICK OR KEET!

One of the roosters was up on the gate getting ready for a morning crow.

rooster on gate

Buff Orpington - Sicilian Buttercup Mix Rooster

A cardinal was sitting in the tree above the rooster.  He seemed to be watching the rooster.  Maybe he thought he was a noisy show-off.

red bird

Hey Bud, could you tone it down a little?

And on the fence beside the gate, hiding in the honeysuckle foliage, was little half-grown bird.

half-grown bird

"Shhh, don't tell anyone I'm here. Especially the cat!"

I’m not sure what sort of bird it is since it’s so newly feathered, but it looks like it might be a Tufted Titmouse with all those gray feathers.

With so many kinds of fowl, they may not be birds of a feather around here, but there sure are a lot hanging around!

Thursday’s Thoughts: Thinking In Three’s

June 17, 2010

No deep thoughts today. My brain is too tired, ha! So here’s an easy one… thinking in three’s. I mean, if pictures are worth a thousand words, then there’s some serious thinking going on here, right?

This trio of bright orange fungus starting to grow on a rotten tree limb is likely Sulfur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus), also known as “Chicken of the Woods” because it is an edible mushroom that some people think tastes like chicken. (Just once, I’d like to hear someone say, “You know, that tastes like beef.” Or even pork. Just something besides chicken!)

Orange fungus on tree limb.

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This threesome is our older peacock with two of the peahens.

Peacock with two peahens.

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A trio of red roosters… they no longer reside here.  And we still have too many roosters!

Three Red Roosters

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These three trees are in our woods. This is an older picture taken back on a beautiful winter day in December of 2009.

Three Tall Trees

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These blooms, however, are on the plant right now. It’s a big Hosta ‘Blue Angel’.

Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ Blooms

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And finally, 3 blooms on a Chinese Sweetshrub.

Alas, that is not a tree we have growing here.  I took this picture when we were at a local nursery buying vegetable plants.

That’s it for today!  My brain is thinking more along the lines of Tired Thursday than Thinking Thursday, or Thursday’s Thoughts, or whatever.  So we have reached the conclusion of today’s post…

A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.” – Martin Henry Fischer