12/15/11 – Crooked Acres Thursday

You know you want a Crooked Acres holiday postcard. YOU KNOW YOU DO. You better hurry up! (And yes, of course I’m happy to send cards to other countries!) Send your name and mailing address to hollydays@gmail.com . I’ll take names and addresses until December 20th. If you’d like to send me a card as … Continue reading “12/15/11 – Crooked Acres Thursday”

You know you want a Crooked Acres holiday postcard. YOU KNOW YOU DO. You better hurry up! (And yes, of course I’m happy to send cards to other countries!) Send your name and mailing address to hollydays@gmail.com .

I’ll take names and addresses until December 20th.

If you’d like to send me a card as well (never ever required, but always appreciated – I don’t keep track of who does and doesn’t send a card, I promise!), send it to: Robyn Anderson, PO Box 461, Athens, AL 35612 USA.

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On one of the cards I got when I went to the post office yesterday, Yunlin asked a question that maybe not everyone who reads here knows the answer to: why do we call it Crooked Acres?

It’s a pretty simple answer, actually. This house is 81 years old, and over time, the house has settled, and everything isn’t as square as it was when it was built. It was while we were renovating the house (we spent seven months renovating the house before we moved in, and wasn’t THAT a lot of fun!) that I realized just how crooked some areas of the house are, and I said in frustration “God, everything in this house is crooked. Even the property line isn’t straight. Everything is crooked!”

A minute later, I said “Crooked Acres! That’s what I’m calling this place!”, and it’s stuck ever since.

(If you’re interested, you can see a room by room comparison of the house, before and after, here. The majority of the renovation consisted of painting, putting up molding around the ceilings, and having the floors done.)

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Sights from around Crooked Acres.

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We haven’t decorated for Christmas in three or four years – at least, not in the house, I decorated the front porch a couple of years ago – but I really love Christmas lights, and so this year I bought a small tree to hang on the wall! I need to do something about hiding the cords, and the tree is shaped oddly (needs to be floofed, I think), but walking down the hallway and seeing the reflection of the tree lights in the picture hanging near the front door makes me happy.

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Catie made a set of these, and I love them.

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I was stumped for a tree topper, didn’t like any of the ones in the store, and then I was looking through my ornaments and found this. Cat angel – please, is there anything more perfect for us?

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This is my hands-down favorite ornament of all. I think I bought about 10 of them, several years ago.

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Santa-hat bumblebee.

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Another fisherman-with-lobster ornament.

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Made by a reader. Aren’t they adorable?

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That’s right, a nativity in my house, and lightning did not strike me dead!

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I love this floppy-legged cow. I’m actually not quite sure why it’s considered a Christmas decoration, except that I bought it at Christmas time, and it’s wearing a bright red sweater, so there you go.

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I know these are cheesy, but I just love to turn them on at bedtime and lay and watch the lights change. Don’t judge me.

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Cardinal with a mouth full of seeds.

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Tufted Titmouse.

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Tufted Titmouse and… Sparrow, maybe?

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Sparrows, perhaps.

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Angry Muppet is annoyed. You’d know that if you could see her face.

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The rooster with, as someone so aptly termed it yesterday, the feather leggings. We have other feather-legged chickens, but this guy’s legs are especially feathered.

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The head rooster, on his way to do something important, apparently.

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Chickens love pasta.

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Head rooster, keeping an eye on Angry Muppet.

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Chickens are good for taking care of the leftover junk food.

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Panoramic shot of the chickens.

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Zombie hen is purty (as Mary Ellen pointed out, Zombie hen wants graaaaaaaains. Graaaaaains.)

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According to Fred, this is a kestrel. Whatever it is, he was eyeballing the chickens. Edited to add: apparently it’s a Red-tailed Hawk (thanks, Nevermind!)

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(It wasn’t as low as it looks in this picture. I had the long lens aimed at it.)

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No chickens for you, Mister Kestrel Red-tailed Hawk!

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We put straw in and around the cat house in the back yard. The cats weren’t sure what they thought about it at first, but if you look closely, you’ll see Tom Cullen’s green eyes peering out from the back of the cat house.

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OldCat has an interesting post up about tails, go check it out here.

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Finally, a shot of all four of them! That’s Clay in the front, and of course y’all know the gorgeous Jax. Next to Jax is Opie, and in the scratcher is Tig.

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I don’t know what’s going on over there, but Opie clearly finds it interesting.

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Tig gives us his smoldering look.

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The gorgeous Jax with water on his chin.

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Opie (front) and Tig (glaring in the background).

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His eyes have mostly changed, but I love that you can still see just a bit of blue around the edges.

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Joe Bob is a shoe hoarder, obviously.

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“What? I’ve got four feet. I need a lot of shoes!”

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2010: “My nose is dirty and I DON’T LIKE IT.”
2008: It’s not been a good time to be a finger on the hand of Robyn And3rson lately.
2007: When one has to peck the ground for bugs and worms, one gets mud on one’s beak.
2006: So that’s the story of my search for the perfect bra, and how I found it.
2005: I probably have a brain tumor.
2004: I swear, my Grinchly heart grew three sizes right then and there.
2003: A tree with glass ornaments? In a house with five cats?
2002: No entry.
2001: No entry.
2000: I told Fred we should hire her out to the local police agencies and she could tell them when someone looks like a “drug person.”
1999: Fred and I came to an agreement last night. The end of March, I’m going off the birth control, and we’re going to start trying to get pregnant. (HahahahahahaHAHA! My, how times have changed!)