Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by CanuckBock, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Hmmm, good thing I ducked out as quick as I peeked in. I cannot keep up with a thread that moves that fast anyway.

    I do have a life to attend to. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
  2. CanuckBock

    CanuckBock THE Village Ijit

    Oct 25, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    My Coop
    Heel low:

    Blessings and well wishes to all for a fantastic prosperous happy 2015!

    Quick pop in by me here but heading back out again...gotten my bird feed mixes all topped up again (before the weekend even--having time off sure speeds regular chores along, eh!) and I brought a bale of oat straw to the Duece Coupe yesterday so I can clear out the five inside pens today. Yee haw!

    Suppose to get to -19C/-2F (without the wind chill) tonight which will be the day time "high" over the next few days. So another cold snap blast to remind us that Old Man Winter still rules the roost! It is only January so totally expected.


    Made a nice easy peasy cheesecake for New Years...


    Substituted things like grated lime, added some cinnamon to the graham cracker bottom, and switched 1/3 of the cream cheese for sour cream with a tablespoon of flour so it sets up well...make it my own recipe I suppose. Usually I bomb when I do that but this one turned out good...almost TOO good! [​IMG]

    Cake part all cooked & ready to remove from the oven

    This one is way quicker and easier than my "official" recipe which entails having the cooked cake sit in the oven overnight to cool and meld flavours by. Just did not plan it far ahead enough...oh well...was good enough and there's more in the fridge for today too...hee hee. [​IMG]

    French for "Let them eat cake"... [​IMG]


    New Year's din was easy peasy since we had it cooked on the Eve. [​IMG]

    Rick was brilliant about that as I was able to over extend myself by making the cake and even a plus for Fixins in the mix too...start the year off fresh as a Daisy (that term confuddles moi, DAISY FRESH...ever actually smell a daisy...nuthin' FRESH about a daisy's scent, eh? Maybe it is all about the l00ks I guess...Fixins looks fine...yeh...sure she does!!).

    Even found time to give good ol' Princess Puppy Fixins a bath; roll up the sleeves and proceed to get drowned by shaker red stuff--she is still ever so Baaad...Brat girl. She don't like the bath process but holy moley she loves it all AFTER the soakings, washings, and rinses...she lobes the towel rubbies, the huggies, the warmth by the wood stove on her cloud bed...we all fuss excessively over the Princess Warrior getting her beasty bath. She does seem to like the oh so clean feeling (maybe not the clean smelling part though...she is not a girly girl and hates smelling purdy...if we let her, I expect her to promptly find something outside to roll in to fix that dilemma...ack!). May have to bank off some more time if she does find something icky to slide thru...thank frig it's winter and mostly frozen out and about. Hunter Princess Pupppers figures she can't be stealthy smelling flowerish...predators in winter don't smell like flowers now do they?

    Anyway, quick blurp and off I go again. Back to part time job on the holidays were fab and now time to think about my part time work week coming up. Happy tho, holidays were relaxing and that is enough time off...enough before they have to retrain me to behave all over again. I'll forget how to conform if this keeps onwards...bwa ha ha...LOL


    Off to go on a some chooks to cheer up. I love the looks of concern on their bird faces when the bedding gets switched out... It is all like they cannot fathom how to chunk down the high tossings of oat straw inside their pens. "We simply cannot MOVE in this long strawed maze!" And next thing you see is the older birds in there digging around, big grins of satisfaction plastered on their beaked mugs as one finds a coveted kernel of oats in their straw (like their regular rations already HAS whole oats in thar...but whatever!). Silly to make them even sillier! Luv it.

    Doggone & Chicken UP!

    Tara Lee Higgins
    Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada
  3. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Hi everyone jumping over here after asking a question on Oz's thread.... LOL

    To talk Dawg.... hee hee.

    So I have had a pack of feral Queenslands literally eat my Geo metro when I passed their property... I have bad vibes about Queenlands after that... So I know I am not being fair... letting my emotions take over. It wasnt their fault it was their owners fault.

    I have seen a team of Standard Poodles finish the Iditerod. So I know any dog can be used...

    Love the sheep idea...

    Gee and Haw is used with draft horses as well... though I never got the hang of that... I drive using lines and hands and voice for encouragement... its a carriage thing. I am in the desert so probably will never see a sled or sleigh.

  4. MistyMountain

    MistyMountain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2013
    Jumping in here after seeing your wonderful wood pile on another thread. Made me think of the wood we have stacked along our tree line. We don't need quite as much wood to burn down here in Virginia, but it does get cold. You mention birch as the type of wood, how well does that burn? Is that the only type of wood you have access to in your area? This is our second year heating with wood alone and while we are always learning, we've finally got a good hang of it.

    Anyhow, looking forward to reading and catching up on your thread!! I lurk most of the time… busy busy on the homestead… but jump in now and then! Take care!
  5. Concrete101

    Concrete101 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    Another jumper from Oz land!!!!!
  6. CanuckBock

    CanuckBock THE Village Ijit

    Oct 25, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    My Coop
    Rowf Rowf...Bow WOW...Grrr...Woof Woof...

    Oh sorry, not literally dawg talk, eh? [​IMG]

    Oops...guess my herding pic on Oz's thread is dated wrong...April 1998, not 1999, before we acquired land so I could get dem sheeps & goats! Time flies when you are having fun, eh? [​IMG]

    April 1998 Photos by The Western Producer - Makins & me; 2nd time for the both of us, EVER on stock! Go gather Girl!!

    No bashing the poodles (OK, OK...I make fun of Fixins and call her a poodle pup too...LOL) as they are a pretty smart breed...jest us humans decided to do the ridiculous poodle cut on many of them...poor poodles! My Gran had one before she passed; use to nag her to go to bed...quite a bossy thing!

    Be careful...where there is a will, there is a way...any silly way imaginable! [​IMG]

    HyBlade in the lead, followed by Stoggar and Makins
    Western Canada's First Parade of Lights
    Dogs led a parade of over 70 floats
    - December 1, 2000 -

    My dog sled is on wheels there...yeh, so desert would be no aware...anything you dream is possible! [​IMG]

    Any animal may have its good side or bad side embellished. Left feral, I can see Heelers becoming wretched for sure. Yes, quite correct, the "owner" (term used loosely!) has failed their dogs BUT (big butt), ACDs are suspicious of strangers and many hate dogs, animals like cats and humans. And I mean HATE. Very protective of what they figure is theirs. They play like no other breeds do...well a few might. Kick the ball, objective is to get hit by ball, hard and in the head. Dog to dog play entails biting....lots of biting...I have seen German Shepherds which are much larger pound for pound than ACD's (most are about 50 #'s) back outta play sessions..."Those ACDs are NUTS!"

    HyBlade and Foamers

    I worked at a dealership some years ago and had to muffle a big laugh...some person walked into the showroom when I was downstairs not counting the beans (accountant) and was carrying a piece of their truck...big chunk of moulding. Started up about how this dog (ACD no less) had ripped the moulding right off their truck; heeled it good...I had to leave to go back upstairs but still laugh about the misfortune of tangling with them dang Heelers.


    Stories about cougars biting them in the real wounds, lunker heads. All sorts of injuries and these monsters keep on chugging along. Have held the world record for longevity in dogs...Bluey was over 29 and a half years young. I figure just too ugly to go quietly...
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    You have confirmed to me that i am not a ACD person.... I dont have enough energy to give them the lifestyle they need. This gal that owned the pack was a "breeder" she said her dogs were worth a thousand dollars a piece. But then she was a hero in her own mind.

    The thing is they left bites on my car as high up as the gas cap.... fortunately for me and the owner I only worried about the dogs not the car.... because even though It was a dirt road and I never went over twenty miles an hour I knew one day I would hit one.

    The pack was lead by a dominant female kind of a very chocolatey brown with grey mottled markings on her. they would lay in wait for me to start the turn from my land to their land All our roads are easements.... and once I hit a part that had a burm up they would come yipping and biting at my rear tire and fenders....

    One day the female decided to head me off or turn me.... she was too quick... I ran right over her... it took her about two minutes to die.... I turned around and picked her up she must have weight a good forty pounds... and put her on the hood of my car.... I took her to the womans gate and left her there with a note about what had happened....

    Now this woman had a litigeous nature and is known on the mountain here as the 5150 lady... Police code for Crazy... So I went directly to our little police station and knocked on the door. A very surprised policeman answered.... and I told him my story.... I wanted to let him know for when she discovers the dog... as soon as he learned her name... "I understand and you did the right thing on all counts...."

    But dang i still felt bad.... That 5150 lady wound up loosing her land to foreclosure and what did she do? she locked her dogs up in their kennel and Left them.... Moved away... The real estate agent had to call animal control to come cut the locks off and take em away.

    When I get dogs again I might consider a cross but I am leaning more toward an LGD... or an LGD cross.

  8. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Oh and by the way love them sheeps.... LOL....

    I want to train a mini Oxen I think that would be awesome too. But I cant walk very much any more... so that dream goes down the tubes.

  9. Amberjem

    Amberjem Overrun With Chickens

  10. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Bummer. :hugs

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