Monthly Archives: September 2010

Good Friends

What are good friends?  Are they people you know very well or are they people who are in your life for a long time?  Can they join you on your journey for just a short time or to help you through one event in your life?  I have had many friends in my life that I would consider good friends.  There are some friends that I have not seen or spoken with in years, but the minute I see or speak with them it seems like only minutes or days have passed. I truly believe that people come in and out of your life for a reason.  I may or may not know what it is for a long time…maybe never.  I try to make everyone I come in contact with feel important.  As Oprah once said “Everyone has a story.”  I enjoy listening to everyone’s story.  It is hard to understand people if you do not know their story.

This weekend I was honored to participate in saying goodbye to Bob Fraleigh.  After his death, his wife became my best friend.  Sheila and her boys are not only friends of our family but part of our family.  A group of friends and family gathered together at Indian Beach, NC to honor and say our final goodbyes to Bob.  We were able to stay together thanks to another friend Nathan!  He was gracious enough to allow us to stay at his beach house for the weekend.

As the sun sets on this chapter of Sheila and boys lives,  may they know that we will always be here for them!  Bob rest in peace!



Saturday Night Sunset


Posted by on September 26, 2010 in Carol's Corner of the Farm, Uncategorized

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Meat Chickens

While the weather is still reasonable, we decided to get some meat chickens. We ordered them from  We got 16 Jumbo Cornish Rock Cross chicks. They were hatched and immediately shipped to us on September 1.  I picked them up at the Post Office in the morning on September 2.  All healthy, chirping and active.

Ordered 15 baby chicks and received 16 - kudos to the US Postal Service for their safe arrival.

Here's what I saw when I opened the box. Look how tiny they are.

I moved them in to a larger container and got them started on food and water. These little chicks are specially bred to grow VERY fast. They should be up to 3 or 4 pounds within about 8 weeks. Most dual purpose (egg and meat) chickens take about 6 months to reach that weight.

All moved in to their new home. They will outgrow it within a few days. There is a red light bulb making the odd color - that's to keep them warm.

They stayed in the basement for a few days, but they were already getting a little crowded, not to mention the odor! So I prepared a new larger home for them on the front porch.  They sure are growing fast.

Second new home in less than one week!

Happy and healthy so far. One week old already.


Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Chickens


Labor Day Weekend!

Jim and I spent the weekend at Lake Gaston in Virginia.  We have some friends that have a place at River Ridge Golf and Camp.  What a great place!  We spent one day being lazy on the deck under a tree.  The weather was perfect.  The other day, we spent on the lake.  We fished (did not catch any), cruised the lake, and went swimming.  We had a wonderful time.  It reminds me of the days of camping in Canada when I was growing up.  The food was out of this world.  Lance cooks a mean breakfast!  The people are always so nice and welcoming.  You really have to be up on your football when you visit.  Barb even drove me to Drunk Beach!  I wasn’t sure we were going to make it down the last hill.  Barb is the best!  Michelle, Sheila, Lance, Levi, Jim and I sat around the campfire.  Had many visitors that joined us through out our visit.  It was super to see everyone!  Hope to be back soon.  I would have pictures but Michelle confiscated my phone when we got there!!!  It made for a more relaxing visit.  (Actually, I found it Monday morning and took a few pictures.  I will try to post later!)


Posted by on September 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

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