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Latest in Transformer Oil Spill News

Back in 2014, the electrical transformer in my yard blew up during a storm and the lid came off and the oil inside sprayed over part of my garden. You can read more about it here. I sued the utility company to recoup the money I spent […]Read the full article...

Guess What? Chicken Butt!

You know how some people say to “leave it on the field” or “leave it on the dance floor?”  My chicken left it “in the yard.”  Her chicken butt, that is. If you’ve never been awakened by a screaming 13 yr old at 5:30 AM, “A fox […]Read the full article...

The Sheep and the Goats

Lots of you told me that the sheep was sick.  Bowling ball poop is not normal.  I believed you, but I didn’t take it seriously enough to DO something.  But now, it’s too late.  Sylvie and Lily are gone.  It was a parasite.  A month after the […]Read the full article...

Transformer Oil Spill Update 2015

  If you’ve been following the saga of the transformer oil spill in my garden, there have been a few developments since last I wrote on this topic. If you haven’t heard about it and would like to know what I’m referring to, you can read about […]Read the full article...

New Strawberry Bed

Of all the typical calamities that befall strawberry beds: birds, squirrels, slugs, drought (and I’ve had all of those), it was unexpected to say the least when an electrical transformer exploded over mine and doused it with dielectric fluid just as the strawberries were getting ready to […]Read the full article...

The Police Are Handing Out Sheep

A week ago, there was a knock at my door…at 8AM.  Police officers. “Ma’am, do you own a white goat?” “Yes.” “Is it missing?  There’s one jumping around on Poplar.”  (That’s our main drag through town.) Nope.  Goats don’t ROAM like a dog that gets loose.  And, […]Read the full article...

A Safer Transformer Oil?

Transformers fall into the category of necessary evil. How else to describe something which makes it possible for us to power our homes yet sometimes explodes, leaks, catches fire, and spills toxic chemicals? This is not only the case for those transformers located overhead on a pole […]Read the full article...

Transformer Explosion Update

Back in April, during a thunderstorm, lightning apparently struck the electrical transformer in our yard. I didn’t even know transformers contained oil. The smell was the first clue; a strong petroleum odor. Then I saw the oil sheen on the puddles of rainwater. I didn’t know where […]Read the full article...

Transformer Oil: Strawberry Field or Brownfield?

I feel bad to be shedding tears over this when there is so much truly wrong in the world, but I admit, I have cried over this. Big fat messy tears. I have wondered if I can ever garden this piece of land again, if my loved-to-distraction […]Read the full article...

Transformer Oil Spew

As I sat on my porch this afternoon I was startled out of my chair by the pairing of a clap of thunder and the crackling boom as the transformer on a pole 20 yards away exploded. From the corner of my eye, I saw the flash, […]Read the full article...

Gutting Fish Phobia

  I had a *phobia* of dead things.  See last paragraph in this post.  And lately, my husband has been bringing home trout.  All of my kids can gut the fish, but I hide in the bedroom and get hot all over if they even talk about […]Read the full article...

Goat Poisoning Emergency

  In the three years that I’ve had the goats, I’ve never had to take them to a vet for shots or anything.  But, yesterday my husband texted me Sylvie foaming at the mouth and looks like hell.  I called my trusty goat advisor and she said […]Read the full article...

The Dead Count

This has been a tough year for the Caswell farm.  We’ve lost: Monty to a raccoon Baby chick #3 to the next door dog Spiky Hermit Crab to depression (never came out of his shell) And the other one to heaven-knows-what a couple of months later. And […]Read the full article...

Monty’s Tragedy

I thought it was a hawk.  Callie thought it was an owl.  We hoped it wasn’t a fox. Regardless, while the goats were away (hopefully breeding), someone snuck off with one of my chickens’ heads.  I don’t really know which chicken, since I can only tell them […]Read the full article...

More Goat Fame

photo by Mike Brown For all ya’ll on pins and needles….I got a continuance to finish my permit/variance. Bit boring? Yes. However, I have a fabuloso video courtesy of the lovely people at Channel Five Evening News. Click the logo below to see the video. And if […]Read the full article...

Getting Ivory’s Goat

Ivory, having read her town’s ordinances carefully, acquired four hens a year ago and recently acquired Lilly who may possibly grow to 2 ft and 50 pounds. (Isn’t she The Cutest Thing Ever?). Ivory’s town has been meeting about this goat (and her soon to be bought […]Read the full article...

100% Natural Drain Cleaner

Last night, around nine o’clock, my husband and I had HAD IT with our left bathroom sink drain. It has been clogging worse and worse every day for weeks. So, I employed my 100% Natural Drain Cleaner–taught to me by a dear plumber friend: Step 1: Get […]Read the full article...