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Still gardening and canning like a mad woman. Life is good and peaceful here on our little hobby farm. I’m watering like crazy and planting fall and winter garden. Canning beans today. Tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos are almost ready to pick. Tomatillos are over seven feet tall. I think it’s the chicken poop. The seed package said they only grow to four feet in height. I will be back on WordPress the end of September. Just checking in to say #Peacerocks.Photo on 8-16-14 at 8.32 AM #2

I don’t know if I’m going to post how to skin and gut a chicken. I’ve got it down to a fine art now after 4 years of practice.  However  here is a naked Roo and his cleaned bones. I boiled the meat off after skinning and gutting. I have read hard boiling bones will cause the fat to set in the marrow and you will get stinky bones. So I gently boiled the chicken. The bones haven’t become stinky yet and it’s been two weeks.  The Roo (4 month old rooster) made a wonderful chicken salad. I then soaked the cleaned bones in peroxide for 12 hours. I laid the bones out in the sun to dry.

I have always found bones beautiful. I met some artist who do bone art and I wanted to try it! I have plenty of chicken skeletons to practice with. Maybe this year we will find some road kill as well. You know, a deer, dog, cat, possum, or raccoon.

I have studied the art of rearticulation and I found some really interesting sites. This is my favorite site. Jakes Bones, a 12-year-old boy who loves to put skeletons together. I was just like him as a kid but never thought of putting the animals we eat bones back together! My passion was tadpoles, frogs, horses, and ants. I once spent several mornings watching a chickens butt  to see how that small hole (vent) popped out a huge egg. The hen didn’t like the company but eventually had to lay her egg.  But that’s another story to be told with some pictures!     (

When I finish putting the chicken skeleton together I am going to use paint, gems and wire to decorate it, make it a work of art. Although nature has done a better job at sculpting. You look at the shape and flow of these bones, simply beautiful, a real work of art.

Next year the Roo will be back, hatched in the next batch of eggs and play through the spring until butchering time. I will post my finished work sometime this coming fall. I still am studying exactly how to put the skeleton together so it will stay together.

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Update On The Garden

I’ve been super busy with the gardens and haven’t been inside much to post to WordPress. I am going to make a huge effort to post at least once a week during the height of garden, canning, and harvest season. Miss reading everyone’s post as well.

Electric blue sky screaming its blazing sun song as the Calendula flower heads bob to the summer time tunes.



What is a pullet? It’s a young female chicken that is about ready to lay eggs. Our first hatch this last March 2014 has started laying. This batch of pullets are Bantam Cochin crossed with Cuckoo Marans, some purebred Cuckoo Marans, and Buff Brahmas. The Cuckoo Marans rooster is at least 12lbs and the Bantam hens are at the most 3lbs. This egg was from a little Bantam cross. I thought it was an impossible mating, but as hatching proved the proper data was exchanged and we have Bantam Cochin/Cuckoo Marans cross.

The older hens set the example where to lay and the young hens follow their example. The boxes are private, most hens love their privacy when laying.  The rooster will ask the young hens to lay through a little dance and song. Not kidding, I need to video tape the rooster dance!

Usually pullets lay little eggs and once their system starts going some will lay double yolk eggs. Eventually by winter the young hen’s reproductive system steadies out and they start laying nice regular sized eggs. No need to worry about when or how the pullet will figure out egg laying if they don’t have a rooster or older hen to show them where to lay. They have hardwired instincts and they will find a nice nest or use the box you provided after a few misses pooped out on the chicken coop floor. Try to give them some privacy and they will be happy laying hens.

If you want your hens to keep laying eggs five days a week in the winter you will have to have some lights in the chicken coop. The chickens hormonal system is activated by at least 10 hours of light a day. Some chickens like Cherry Eggers are said to lay through the winter on limited daylight but I haven’t seen this to be true with my Cherry Egger hens.

That jar of green icky looking stuff is juiced rhubarb, lettuce, mango, and raspberry. Red and Green make brown but it taste like heaven even though it looks like muddy water.



Red Dust:

Oh so true!

Originally posted on Babylon Dogs:

whining sniveling bitches
cowards behind their keyboards
impotent little adolescents
tossing tantrums,
unifying themselves
through their collective
effeminate cowardice
hoping to assuage their sense
of being abandoned by their parents.

they taunt and joust
they hurl insults
they twist the truth
they try to bully you
while they scoff mock and laugh
from the safety of their distances.
these are no warriors
these are no real men
they are merely the wasted sperm
their mothers didn’t swallow.

armchair shit-stirrers
keyboard queens and divas,
getting tattoos they never earned,
punks thugs posers pricks
undulating en mass,
a mob of mindless zombies
too afraid to risk themselves
in the crucible of battle
the forge of taking risks
mere tit-sucking babies
still attached to their mommies
by invisible umbilical cords.

© William Banks and “Babylon Dogs” 2014. All content of this blog and website, unless specifically noted otherwise, is protected under U.S…

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Buy Local!

The best workout in the world is working your garden with just a shovel and a hoe. I've lost at least 20lbs since March 2014.

The best workout in the world is working your garden with just a shovel and a hoe. I’ve lost at least 20lbs since March 2014.

I’m plotting out my next adventures to our local farms this summer and fall. I will be buying peaches, apples, nuts, and berries! You get to know your farmer, how they grow their food, make friends with the locals. Networking is so important for a healthy community. Most small organic farms now have their own websites as well. You can look up CSAs, Farmers Markets, Farmstands & U-Pick (my favorite). There are classes being held just about anywhere you look, teaching people how to garden, preserve foods, store dry goods when buying in bulk.

I buy almost 100% of my food local and we generate zero garbage! I buy bulk and can most of my food. Scrapes and left-overs are fed to the chickens. Also Oregon has a great recycle system for items I no longer need and can’t feed to the chickens or compost.

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is a nonprofit organization facilitating and supporting the development of a secure and sustainable food system in Lane County. We envision this food system as one in which our farms and food businesses are both ecologically and economically viable, or agricultural lands are supporting a larger percentage of our food needs, and all members of our community have access to locally produced foods.

Oh My Gosh! I need to start pruning my tomatoes tomorrow and tying them up. I go into the woods and clip some nice straight sticks from some of our trees and make my own cages. I’m so excited. Time is going by so swiftly. Arent’ you excited for me? I’ve never grown Tomatillos, hopefully they will fruit before it starts getting cold in September here in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades.

I learned something new today researching staking and pruning tomatoes. So the determinate tomatoes (bushy) I shouldn’t prune but I am pulling the lower branches off because it makes for easy weeding and keeps the diseases away. The indeterminate tomatoes need to be pruned to produce good sized tomatoes. Next year I am going to try very hard to label all my plants! I am horrible at keeping track and it makes for more work.

What is the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes?

Determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called “bush” tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height (approx. 4 feet).

They stop growing when fruit sets on the terminal or top bud, ripen all their crop at or near the same time (usually over a 2 week period), and then die.

They may require a limited amount of caging and/or staking for support, should NOT be pruned or “suckered” as it severely reduces the crop, and will perform relatively well in a container (minimum size of 5-6 gallon). Examples are: Rutgers, Roma, Celebrity (called a semi-determinate by some), and Marglobe.

I didn’t look on my tomato seed packets to figure out who is determinate or indeterminate. Thankfully I can eyeball what I grew last year but I have several new tomatoes I don’t know like the Long Keeper which is semi-determinate and I don’t know anything about the Thessaloniki tomato. I love looking things up though! So no problem.

Info on Tomatillos

Red Dust:

I stumbled upon many of these ideas you present whilst studying Buddhism (Vajrayana and Theravada) and going to Vipassana meditation retreats. After I saw my own suffering and the causes I looked around and saw the whole world was also suffering from ignorance about themselves, craving, and aversion. What shattered my world view was…the people who manage our government, corporations, institutions are reinforcing our ignorance and make huge profits from our self inflicted suffering. These monsters make their living off our ignorance! I’m still trying to find my balance outside of the matrix and it’s been over 20 years now. Thank you for these articles!

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Power Outside The Matrix: what it means

by Jon Rappoport

June 28, 2014

Time and time again, during my 30 years as a reporter, I’ve come across what I call “the elite creation of reality.”

It shows up in areas of politics, energy, modern medicine, media, money, covert intelligence, the military, religion, science, multinational corporations.

It’s as if a painter is working on a mural, and the global population is looking at that mural and seeing it as Reality.

This goes deeper. Much deeper:

Limited concepts of space, time, energy, the mind, cause-and-effect—these, too, are “given” to human beings as the be-all and end-all of a story. A story that ultimately short-circuits and short-changes what the individual is really capable of.

The entire mural of imposed Reality is aimed at radically diminishing the individual’s power.

So in addition to my work as an investigative reporter, I’ve been researching the…

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Red Dust:

Well said Jon, I agree!

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Logic, imagination, and magic

by Jon Rappoport

June 27, 2014

Logic applies to the physical universe.

It applies to statements made about that universe. It applies to factual language.

Many wonderful things can be done with logic. Don’t leave home without it. Don’t analyze information without it. Don’t endure an education without it.

But art and imagination are of another universe(s). They can deploy logic, but they can also invent in any direction without limit, and they can embrace contradiction. They can build worlds in which space and time and energy are quite different.

Magic is nothing more and nothing less than imagination superseding this universe. Magic occurs when imagination takes this reality for a ride.

Which brings us to what I call the Is People. The Is People are dedicated with a fervor to insisting that this Continuum and this consensus reality are inviolable, are the end-all and…

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The Buff Brahmas are heritage Chickens from China. They are a dual purpose bird, that means they are used for eggs and meat. I prefer the birds for meat, they lay small eggs. Hens will weigh 9lbs full-grown, 5-6 pounds at 6 months old.  Buff Brahmas grow much slower than many dual purpose birds. Roosters will weigh 6-7lbs at 6 months, full-grown at year 10-12lbs. Cuckoo Marans are from France and they are a heritage breed. The hens lay dark brown eggs and the breed produces large muscle mass quickly. Butcher weight at 4 months at least 4-5lbs after butchering.  You lose at least 2lbs after skinning and gutting. I will butchering the March Cuckoo Maran and mix breed roos (young roosters) the end of this month.

Most older hens stop laying eggs in the fall and molt (shed old feathers). This gives their reproductive organs time for rest and needed energy for new feather production. The younger hens will continue to lay eggs through the winter and they do not molt their first year. I always keep a couple young hens and butcher the hens that are 3 years old. After 3 years egg production starts declining. This is a generalization, some hens keep on laying for years.

I will be posting a blog on how to butcher your own chickens. Do not read that blog if you have a sensitive stomach. My method is easy on the chicken, you slit the throat and bleed out the chicken in less than a minute. The chicken isn’t scared until the knife slices the throat because they have been handled since hatching.  I skin my chickens and will be freezing this group for roasting and frying. The roos hatched in April will be canned and I will post a blog on how to can meat. I only freeze a few roos because our electrical is iffy during the winter so I don’t have a big freezer. Last year I canned 50 roos. This year I will be canning 30 roos. I butcher five a day and can until I’m done around the end of August. My April brooder hatching was small this  year.

Heritage bred chickens are endangered because of factory farming. One of the reasons why I raise and butcher chickens. The other reason I raise my own chickens is because I will not buy meat that has been factory farmed. The cruelty the animals are subjected to is extreme also the chemicals, GMO feed, and antibiotics given to the chickens. We will also be eating what the chicken has eaten including chemicals and medicines. If I couldn’t buy meat from small organic farms or grow my own chickens I would be a vegan. Not the mean kind of vegan either. I don’t want to convert anyone to my way of living or seeing the world.  Without diversity of our livestock we are at risk of disease and loss of our food grid. No one wants roosters if they have chickens just for eggs. I butcher my roos and I sell my pullets to backyard chicken fanciers. Most cities and suburbs do not allow roosters, too much noise crowing I guess.

The Cuckoo Marans were developed in France in the town of Marans during the mid 1800’s. It is a dual purpose bird and is known for its deep chocolate brown eggs which some eggs may have some speckled dark pigments in the egg-shell. The brown egg color can vary in darker and lighter as the hen’s go through their laying cycles. Vitamin K and calcium can have some limited help with keeping the dark brown egg-shell color. They are a fast growing bird and a very rare breed here in the United States. The Cuckoo Marans have a black and white feather color pattern similar to the Barred Plymouth Rock. Cackle Hatchery® ’s Cuckoo Marans have limited/to no feathers on their legs and are a production type blood line.

Buff Brahma Chickens are a gentle giants with feathered legs. The Buff Brahma Chickens are a mostly buff coloring but has black tail feathers and neck feathers have black in them. They lay nice brown eggs and are winter hardy. The Buff Brahma chicken is slow to mature but are gentle and make good mothers. Chicks from Cackle Hatchery® ’s Buff Brahma breeding flocks are shipping April 15th – August 15th . So be sure to order these early to reserve your Buff Brahma Chickens.

This is why I will not buy Cornish Cross Factory bred birds. This chicken is what you get when you buy from your grocery store. I raised six to see what happens to them. They grow so fast their legs become deformed and they cannot walk. The birds will die if the weather becomes too hot, they will sit out in the hot sun rather than walk to the shade. Their heart may burst or become infected because of the burden of producing so much muscle in a short amount of time. The birds get infections easily because their immune system is stressed from the fast growth rate. The chicken personality is still the same sweet personality as my heritage breeds but the poor thing is stuck in a monster’s body. The birds are unable to reproduce on their own and will not live beyond a year old.

The Jumbo Cornish Cross Chicken is a fast developing; broad breasted meat type chicken. Ready to dress in six weeks or sooner. Feed high protein feed that is 21% or better. Fluid in the body cavity (Ascite) and/or leg weakness may result and it may be necessary to restrict the feed intake – slowing down the growth rate.

It’s raining out today. Took some pictures to update my garden blog. I used to hate rain in the summer since it rains all winter here in Oregon. Now I am so thankful for the rain! No need to water my gardens. I will be planting more herbs in my front herb garden. It’s cleaned and pruned ready for more seeds! The rest of my day will be full of finishing water-color painting projects. Hope you all have a great weekend.

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Red Dust:

My oldest Daughter’s adventures in Oklahoma. She is doing a series abandon buildings in her area near Tulsa. She and her husband ride their motorcycles to these abandoned sites to take the pictures. I wish I could go along and talk to the ghost and spirits, maybe convince them it’s time to move on, no need to stick around. She is a talented artist and photographer and her husband is a huge bear of a man and totally fearless. The creative gene is runs strong in our lineage <3

Originally posted on NE photo-images:

Payne County Norfolk School in Cushing, Oklahoma: Built in 1922 and closed in 1958 with only five graduates. In 1925 the small-framed school burned and they rebuilt an 11-room brick structure the following year.

We had to drive a backcountry road and keep an eye out for a brick building in the overgrown brush…there isn’t a brick building any longer. Whoever owns the property or building has torn the school down and there are piles of bricks and debris in its place. The building’s foundation is intact and there are openings underground with rooms still accessible and glassless window cement frames that let the light in. There is also an abandoned barn not far from school and a road behind them both we discovered after we maneuvered through overgrown brush.

NE.Perkins / / Norfolk School

NE.Perkins / / Norfolk School

Many tales are told via the net about this particular abandoned high school and…

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Savory to sweet juices. Super easy to make and super cheap.


Oregano and Lemon Balm Herbs almost dry ready to be stored in glass quart Mason jars. I strip the leaves off and stuff them in nice clean mason jar. I use the herbs for seasoning, teas, and make a mix for home-grown tobacco cigarettes. Yes I occasionally smoke herbs, but not marijuana. I can’t handle pot, makes me feel very sick. But I can smoke my home-grown tobacco and herb mix, which has no pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals that commercial products are laced with! Also I am making Oregano oil. Super easy to do, I will post the process once the oil has been filtered. People say it is really difficult to cure and dry tobacco for smoking. It’s not that difficult. I will post a blog this fall about curing tobacco.

Oregano Oil as antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent.

Lemon balm is most commonly used for digestive issues, insomnia, anxiety and immunity. It can be taken in the form of infused teas in the range of 1.5 to 4.5 grams of lemon balm taken two to four times daily. It can also be taken in a tincture of 2-3 mL (roughly 20 drops) three times daily. Many others choose to steep 2 to 4 tablespoons of the crushed leaf in a cup of boiling water.

Learn more:

Preparation of Herbs into Palatable Smoking Mixtures

A number of factors contribute to making a palatable smoking mixture. First and foremost is the way you cure the herbs. If you take fresh Tobacco and dry it like any medicinal herb, it becomes an unpalatable obnoxious smoke that the most hard-core smoker couldn’t stomach (or lung, as the case may be). Tobacco is semi-dried slowly, allowing for chemical changes, and is never dried to a crisp. It is packaged slightly moist in air tight containers. If it dries out, the smoker adds an apple slice or sprays it with water. Dried out Tobacco is harsh.

Red Dust:

I really like “What’s Up With That’s” data.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

This is one of the reasons severe weather has been on the decrease. Less variance means less mixing, and mixing of extreme temperature differential air masses is what contributes to volatile weather events like tornado outbreaks.



Here is the paper:

Arctic amplification decreases temperature variance in northern mid- to high-latitudes  

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What I Am Not!

What I Am Not!

Stop trying to mold me into what you think I am. I am not nor will I ever be just a thought, a feeling, or an emotion.

Red Dust:

My Granddaughter’s Birthday today. Happy Birthday E <3

Originally posted on NE photo-images:

June 22nd 2009

June 22nd 2009

I thank God today, my grandmothers and grandfathers for having my parents, my mother and father for having me, and my daughter’s father for providing the most treasured blessing…Elisabeth Caden Anne. Thank you.
Today, the rest of my days, I will never forget seeing my youngest child for the first time…bright blue eyes and flaming red hair that stood straight up and covered her whole head…I may not of been very happy during those years, I was more than blessed and thankful for her that day and have been very grateful ever since.

NE.Perkins@yahoo.comElisabeth, my lady bug…I love you. I will always love you. Thank you for choosing me as your mother, thank you for everyday you bless us with your presence, thank you for just being you. We love you sweet baby.

Through the years…

I create a ladybug piece every year for my little lady…

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Raw Milk Yogurt

Red Dust:

One of my favorites. I think I will stop by and pick up some raw-milk today. I haven’t made yogurt for several years. I used raw-milk as part of my detox regime 4 years ago when we first moved to our hobby farm. I buy my milk from a lovely 3 cow small farm down the road. The ladies name is Mary. Maybe I will do a blog about Mary’s farm and her family. She and her Husband Dave have 3 kids that are almost finished with high school. The girls have a herd of goats they sell cheese and goat milk. Mary takes care of the milk cows. Dave takes care of the huge flock of chickens, he sells eggs and they also butcher chickens, hogs, and steers.

Originally posted on Scratch Living:

Starting Your Raw Milk Yogurt

  • 1 gallon of raw milk
  • Pan large enough to hold a gallon of raw milk
  • “Room Temperature” six ounces of plain yogurt with active probiotic culture
  • Blender or something to throughly stir probiotic culture into warm raw milk
  • Thermometer for measuring box temperature and raw milk
  • Two, one-half gallon canning jars with lids
  • Cardboard box at least bankers size or bigger, 10 x 12 x 15 Inches. If the box is too big or too small you will not keep an even temperature. At one end of the box you will insert the guts of reading light and a 40 watt light bulb. I use Duck tape on both sides of the box to hold light fixture
  • Fruit Syrup
  • Cheese Cloth
  • String and area to hang string and yogurt in cloth for draining
  • Large bowl to catch liquid draining from yogurt.

Red leafHeat Milk to 110…

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I made corn tortillas from scratch. I mean really from scratch! I grew the corn myself. Dried the cobs, pulled the kernels from the cob. Now that’s really from scratch. Growing corn to feed a family of two is just too much work. I need a bigger corn bed and someplace to dry the corn. From start to finish corn takes a lot of work. Potatoes are much easier to grow and store here in the Oregon Cascades.

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I found out through research you need to do several things before you start grinding the corn. One, you need to soak the corn in quicklime. If you don’t you will get a horrible tasting flour that makes really brittle nasty baked goods. I found out the hard way. Secondly, the quicklime process releases important life saving nutrients and vitamins. If the majority of your calories comes from corn and you don’t use quicklime or another alkaline substance for Nixtamalization you will suffer from Pellagra. It’s a horrible condition in which one’s body slowly falls apart and one’s mind goes crazy. This condition can be brought on through other types of poor nutrition, genetic problems, and drinking too much booze.


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