Jul 27, 2013

The Forgotten War

 That is what the Korean War has come to be known by..... Occurring in between WWII & Vietnam...that time period has struggled to be recognized...
Today is the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War... During this 3 year conflict almost 34,000 soldiers were killed & nearly 8000 are still MIA.....Not only the men & women but animals too like SSgt Reckless were part of this
I cannot imagine how scared this horse was  .....

This time is not forgotten....we should never forget ANY war...NO veteran should ever be forgotten....


To all the Korean Vets out there....
Thank you for your service & sacrifice....

To read more on this time in our nation history...


Jul 26, 2013

Chicken Chronicles- The Court of the Crimson King

 It has been a while since I have done a regular post so it is time to get back to it.....The time off has been good especially since the loss of Lura.....I have been spending time with family & friends, alot of time in Nature...& with the crew here... Since it has been awhile, I thought it was time for a Chicken Chronicle & let you know what my favorite crew is doing...


 We have another rooster.....He was in a group that I got in the spring...it took awhile but the name finally came to me today.......the Crimson King...The Hubby approved wholeheartedly......one of his favorite groups...

 Life is pretty idyllic here for my little crew.... As I have three different age groups now, I was worried about how they would get along...They seem OK at times but my girls exert their seniority when the mood strikes them....they are 6 yrs old now so they literally rule in this kingdom...
 We call the Crimson & his girls the "Wildlings" (yep... as in Game of Thrones) if you could see them you would agree.....
They run, jump & perch everywhere...it is comical to watch them....

The third group is the Babies...We did have one tragedy....I started off with two Barred Cross chicks....then one day a small fluffy white Maltese terrier
got into the pen & murdered one of them ..... the other one escaped to my garden to hide...The poor thing was scared, shaking & heartbroken....We put her in the storage shed...The Hubby put a  secured screen door on for her & she was once again safe....Plus I could keep a better eye on her...We named her Emily.... but she was a lonely little Emily... 

Then the Hubby did something so sweet...The next day, he went to the local feed store where we buy our chickens & asked if they had any left....He never said a word to me...he got home & told me to go check on something in the shed....when I got out there I saw two new babies!!! All three were running around happy as ever...the two chicks just stuck like glue to Emily....maybe they think she is their Mamma....All I know is the Hubby was a sweetheart to do this a little chick...
Plus they have a front row seat to the antics of the big chickens...so life goes on here on the hill...

The King holds court....

The Girls enjoy their lunch.....

 Food tastes better outside in this beautiful weather...

 Then it is time for an afternoon nap to recharge......
Life is good for chickens at the Page Homestead...

The Crimson King says they will return with more Chicken Chronicles adventures...
Enjoy the weekend!!

Jul 16, 2013

Lura


My Best friend passed away on Sunday from pancreatic cancer...She was diagnosed on June 14th .....Both the Hubby & I cried...alot....One minute she was asking me what to expect from radiation then next I was getting a phone call saying she had passed away....I still cannot believe it... I am just thankful she did not suffer for months with this horrible disease....that her pain was finally eased with medication & she could sleep...


She was one of the kindest, caring, loving person ever...My friend, my sister, my confidante...She went to Woodstock & her telling of it made me feel like I went too...She owned a book store in Northern Maine & loved good books...her recommendations were something I looked forward to...She loved Peaks Island...she wanted to go back there someday...She was my movie buddy...especially Woody Allen movies...when she was up for a visit we had our movie marathons & a trip to the LL Bean outlet for a deal... we met when we worked for LL Beans...she made working there fun.....she loved animals...especially dogs....She was the only other person who could call the Hubby "Stevie" like I did...she was family.....I became more liberal because of her.... she believed in diversity, inclusiveness & she wanted fairness for all people..... she looked for the good in everyone....but did not believe that people should walk all over you...she has given me much needed advice over the last few years....advice based on life experiences that she overcame.....she was inspiring & supportive especially during my cancer treatments....I had hope to return that love & support during hers...



She went to St John the Baptist convent in NJ where she became an Episcopal Nun... She loved & wanted to serve God,...her faith was an inspiration....she wanted to help others...she felt it was her calling...she did....she worked with the homeless of NYC...she organized retreats at St John's & more...everyone was better from her presence in their lives...everyone....I love reading all the wonderful things & stories people are saying about her on her Facebook page...
Its just NOT fair for this to happen.....I know she would tell me that God has his reasons & I know that she is right... but it still makes us struggle to understand why in a world that is filled with so many nasty hateful people why does He take those around us that you can point to balance that negativity....that is truly good & kind.....Even tho the world has become darker with her presence gone, I know her spirit will remain....I want to drop her a note to talk about the latest character who is coming to Downton Abbey or just say hi...but I can't....there is a huge hole in my heart full of pain & eyes full of tears.......I miss her terribly as I know her son & his wife, the Sisters at St John's, her family & friends do... but I know she is in a good place...free from pain...that gives all of us that love her some comfort....I just wanted to share some of this...I wish all of you could have known her...words are not enough to express the kind of woman & friend she really was...


I will see you later Soror...meanwhile enjoy the peace... you truly deserve it...I love you...


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