Saturday, April 1, 2017

           The Ancona ducks hatched! Two on the 16th, two on the 17th, and two on the 18th. WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! We kept three and gave the others to our friend who we had gotten the eggs from. :) They're so adorable.

           The weird thing is, they're so huge! I'm used to Khaki and Welsh babies, so when these Ancona giants popped out, I was super surprised. I guess I'm just used to tiny things...take my mom for example. >:D

           Willow, Momma's goat, decided to have her kids on the 25th, not late April - early May. Sven (who I named after the reindeer in Frozen) is white with black spots here and there. Vixen is white with black and tan patches all over her body. She also has blue eyes, whereas Sven has dark brown eyes.

           The goats were in my room, but we switched them with the duck who were in the attic. Now my ducks are in my room, and are they LOUD. At least they go to sleep when I turn off my bedroom lights, unlike the goats who always stayed up a lot longer than me.

           The books I'm writing are getting pretty long. Every time I take a fiction writing course, I see stuff I need to add or take away from my books.

           Currently, my one book, "Windswept Acres," is 68 pages long. Don't worry, it's going be a LOT longer when it's finished. I can't stand reading short books. My definition of short is 100 or less p ages, FYI. I'm aiming to make my books at least 150, but hopefully they'll be longer.

           Another thing I don't like is when you have to read a series from the start or you won't have any idea what the heck the book is about. I'm writing my books so you can read any book without having to read the others, although they will have a few references to the others in the series.

           Happy April Fool's Day! One of my friend's dad's birthday is today. My friend said that's why his dad doesn't want any birthday parties. >:)

           I would try to trick my family, but nothing I try ever gets them because I can't hide traps too well, and dying their shampoo is too obvious. :\ *Snaps fingers* Dang it... foiled again.

           Well, anyway, that's really all I had to babble about. :) I'll write more later, if I remember.

           Hasta la vista! Ciao! Adios! Aloha!

           Yeah... I think you get the idea.

            I gotta hoof it outta here...... Sorry, bad horse pun XD
                                                            
                                                   Moira S Fasser

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Books, Ducks, and Horses...Can't Get Better Than That!

          Well this is a first. I'm (Moira) sitting here watching NCIS, listening to Ingrid Michaelson, writing a blog update, and listening to my nephew Evan, all at the same time. Multitasking at its best.

          Our weather has been totally weird. First it was super cold, then it warmed up and melted. Then it decided to snow, and then it melted AGAIN. This morning it snowed, and it was 26 degrees last time I checked. This weather is super confusing.

          Momma put 13 eggs in the incubator a while ago. Four were duds, but the rest are growing well, one possibly being twins. They're due on the 18th, and I can't WAIT! We stop hatching in the winter, and it feels like years until we start hatching again in the spring.

          We also ordered 10 Ancona ducklings, and I'm also super stoked about that.

          Oh, FYI, I'm sold my Khaki mix girls, and I'm going to sell my Khaki drake, since we can't find Khakis that are show quality. So I'm getting into Anconas, since they're supposed to lay a lot of eggs and are supposed to be very calm.

          So Momma's been showing me how to shade when I'm drawing. I think I'm getting the hang of it. Now that I see what she's been talking about, it's a lot easier to do more realistic pictures than before. When I get the time, I'll put a few pictures of the drawings I've done.

          I've gotten over 50 pages written in my Windswept Acres book!! I'm just started on the other one, The Horses of Echo Falls (which is a mystery book), but I've had the idea for THOEF for a while. I'm also thinking about writing two other books after I'm done with these two, one being a horse book and the other being more of a sci-fi book.

          This book writing business is hard but fun. The best thing about writing two at the same time is that if I get bored of writing in one, I can write the other one. It works out.

          Well, I've run outta stuff to write... I'll hopefully remember to update this soon! Ciao for now. (Hey, that's catchy!)

                                                  Neighs and whinnies,
                                                         Moira S Fasser

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

          I can't believe how long it's been since I've written an update!! It's kind of sad, really.

          I have awesome news and really sad news. I think I'll start with the sad news to get it out of the way.

          First, around last December, we bought four Muscovy ducks. Two are black with barring on their sides and chests. The male, Diego, is super friendly, and Momma's even pet him. The other black one, Isabella, is friendly too, but I've never pet her.

          The other two are mine. One is a light blue with white on her head and chest. I named her Periwinkle. She's friendly, but she's sorta skittish. The other I named Pearl. She started out white with chocolate patches, but now she's almost completely white, the only color being on her chest and part of her wings. She's the one who always flies towards the food scoop, so I've had to duck (no pun intended) out of the way.

          Well, Pearl hatched a bunch of babies, (I know it was 8 babies, but I can't remember the exact number of eggs...I think it was 13) and only five of the eight babies survived. We swapped one of the males for another, unrelated "male," and kept the two "females."

          Yeah, the two "girls" turned out to be one girl, one boy, and the "male" turned out to be a nice girl named Ella, after my great-grandmother. Ella is another chocolate/white, and the two others were completely barred. George was the boy, and Tammy is the girl.

          Yeah, George is in past tense. He died of who knows what, and my other Muscovy girl we bought a little while ago died. We have no idea why they died. Thankfully, the other four (we bought a male after Ella turned out to be a girl, and we hatched another girl named Epinine) are still alive, and they seem to be doing well.

          The other sad news is that our five year old Barred Plymouth Rock, Goofy, died last week. She was one of our original hens. She's the one who survived Wry Neck, and a foot that had gotten stuck in twine. I don't know why she died, either.

          Geez, I just had a huge piece of depression pie, huh?

          Anyway, here's the good news:

          For Christmas, I got a phone!! As my friend would say, "Woot!" Totally stoked!

          I'm getting better at riding!! No, where I go to ride, it's not just about riding. It's all about everything that comes with horses; brushing, scooping poop, communicating clearly, and, most importantly, respecting each other. In short, everything that's totally more fun than just riding! I mean, riding is fun, but seriously, whoever has a horse just to ride is missing out on a ton of fun!

          I also haven't written since before my two new nephews were born!! Which was almost six months ago! So now, there are two new members of my family who go by the names of Evan Roy Fasser and Alec Joseph Roberson.

          Alec (who is not much younger than Evan) lives in PA. He's so adorable!

          Evan lives up here. My mom watches him a lot, so I get to play with an adorable five and a half month old. He's the only one of my 11 nephews I've seen since he was born, so this whole baby thing is quite new to me.

          I've had plenty of animal baby experience, but human kids are a totally different story!! :)

          Did I mention that I have 11 nephews and 4 nieces? Yeah, our family runs on the large side, with my six other siblings. XD
         
          That's all I really have to say. Buh bye, for now.

          Thanks for reading!

          Happy New Year!

                                           Neighs and Whinnies,
                                                            Moira S. Fasser

          PS

          I have my beginning and ending all written for one of my books, "Windswept Acres."

          It takes FOREVER to write a book. It's still fun though. :)



         

Monday, June 27, 2016

Updates & Changes...

   I wanted to write to give y'all a heads up on the changes that will be occurring on this lil' o' blog of ours.

   Moira & I are working to get our artwork public, (all the while trying to hold down the fort with the farm, housework, and homeschooling!) so we decided to add a few different pages for the various mediums we work in. We're hoping it'll be easier to navigate that way. Please let us know if it's working or not. (Please give us a bit to get organized first, though! Thanks!)

   Moira will still keep y'all updated on all that's happening on the farm, and I added a page for our favorite Catholic prayers. I've even added one a page for recipes we really like. Hope you enjoy.

  God bless!
~Kim / Kitterly

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


         Hi everyone! There's been quite a few things going on recently. So most of it revolves around animals (of course) so brace yourselves for animal geeky-ness.

         All four of our goats have had their babies! On June 3rd, Sweet Pea had twins. A buck and a doe. At first, they both had moons on their foreheads, but then the buck lost his. The buck is Leo and the doe is Luna. Luna is black, with silver roaning from her head all the way to her rump. She also has a white spot on her right side, and the white moon on her forehead. She has frosted ears and nose like her parents.

         Leo looks just like his dad, Picasso, (except Picasso has light tan and white on his body) because he has black shoulders, roaning on his face to his shoulders, black stripes on his face, frosted ears, frosted nose, tan body, and black striped legs. We named Leonardo after Leonardo DaVinci because Picasso is his dad.

          On June 9th, Willow had her twins. A boy and a girl, again. Romeo looks exactly like Leo, just without the roaning. Juliet is white, with brown and black spots. She has blue eyes (so does Romeo) and she has a black stripe. It's funny that one of the babies that Willow had last year looked exactly like Juliet. They both had black stripes down their backs. Where a brown spot spreads across Juliet's back, the black stripe is on it. Then where the white goes across her back, the stripe stops.

         On June 13th, Lily had a buck. Even though we wanted females, we adore this little dude. He looks just like Juliet, just without as much black. He's the outcast. I mean, Sweet Pea is a little witch to all the other babies, especially Gimley (the outcast). I brought him out on the lawn and he curled himself up in my lap! He's the world's first lap-goat.

         Oh, I forgot to mention that even though he's four days younger than Romeo and Juliet, he's almost as tall. The funny thing is, he has short legs, but he's so big he's almost as tall as the other babies. He also has half brown half blue eyes. He's just too adorable. :) :) :)

          Then, finally, Snickers had her twins on June 20th. The boy, Hansel, is all white, except he has grey stripes on his forehead, grey tail, and frosted ears. His sister, Gretel, has dark pinkish-red shoulders and head. She has black stripes on her head and frosted ears with a light pinkish-red rump. Her tail is greyish. They have the weirdest colorings.

         Now that I've got all the goat stuff out of the way, here's for the ducks. (We have babies coming out of our ears over here!)

          So I got eggs from a guy that lives near us. They were all "purebred" Khaki Campbells. Well...when the 19 ducklings hatched, there were two white ones, tons of brown ones, and lots of black ones. Hm. Not exactly what I call purebred.

         But, I'm actually glad I got them. They're dopey, friendly, and funny. And I can't complain, because the guy gave 'em to me for free. Awesome deal! Even though 12 turned out to be boys...

         My brother moved in a little while ago with his girlfriend, two dogs, and two cats. So, for all of you who are wondering, we now have four dogs and three cats in the house. Whee! :/

         We repainted my old room a light blue color, put hardwood floors down that's the color of honey, and put white trim along the walls. I moved into the attic/loft/classroom, and my brother moved into my old room.

          Momma and I are going to Chugiak with a friend to pick up her daughter's horses on Friday. Yay! I haven't seen one of the horses in a while. The other horse is new, so I get to see my friend's new Miniature.

         So my brother's girlfriend let me download her Sims 3 Supernatural, which basically means you can play as a werewolf, vampire, ghost, pixie, or just a human. Well, I have a vampire named Jerald Swan, and he rides a horse that has a skeleton design on it. It's like someone painted a skeleton on it. No, you can't have a skeleton horse. Unfortunately. :(

         Okay. That's just creepy. I was just talking about Sims 3 Supernaturals, and I looked at Pandora. There was a song by Santana that was off the album "Supernatural." It's weird when that happens. :0

         Or it's weird when you're angry or sad, and you turn on the radio, which is playing a song that is explaining everything going wrong in your life.

          Well, I have to go...Taylor Swift just came on Pandora and I need to do chores!

                                                       Your local Sims 3 gamer,
                                                               Moira Shea Fasser

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

           Hi everyone! Let's see what's been going on around the farm, shall we?

           So first, my favorite chicken, Arwen, (a bantam Cochin) is sitting on about 18 eggs. She hatched two already. One on Monday and one today. They both are white with light grey on their backs. The second one had more grey, though.

           Pearl, my semi-new Muscovy hen, is sitting on who knows how many eggs. She hasn't hatched anything yet, although the Muscovy do take five weeks to hatch their little ducklings.

           My Khaki Campbell ducks who were in the incubator hatched on the 3rd and 4th. Out of 24 eggs, 19 babies hatched. I'm so happy, even though a few of them aren't full Khaki like we thought. They're half Khaki Campbell half Welsh Harlequin.

            Our four does are due sometime next month. They're HUGE! I think they all have at least twins in there. Whoo! Tons of goat kids

            So basically, we have babies coming out our ears.

           Windswept Acres 1, Windswept Acres 2, and The Horses of Echo Falls 1 were coming along until the cooling fan in my four-year-old computer went kapoot. Yeah. It just died. I just about died. All of my work! All of my Minecraft things! My pictures! My games! But most importantly, my BOOKS!!

           I totally freaked out, running around yelling, "Omigosh omigosh omigosh! All my stuff!" Until Dad told me that all he had to do was wrench the insides out of my poor Dell, then stick wires in it's brain, then copy it's mind onto my "new" (a pretty old Dell laptop that surprisingly works better then my old one) computer. Well, actually, he said he could take the hard drive out of my old laptop, then copy everything over to the new one. But seriously, what's the difference?

           Right now I'm writing from Mom's new Toshiba. It's super cool. It's keyboard lights up, it's touchscreen, it runs REALLY fast, and it can flip into a huge iPad-like device like the Microsoft Surface does.

           It used to be my dad's, until he fried it when he put his iPhone on top of it, right after he had put a magnet in the phone case. Great job Dad. Real smooth.

           Somehow he un-fried it so Mom could use it. He got a replacement for it, and he has a computer that basically is the same thing except his is black.

           If you're wondering why I'm using my mom's computer, well, I don't have the Internet. I have to wait for that until I'm 16.

           For updates on the horses, Ruffian's fur is almost out. The winter hair, that is. No, we don't have a partially bald horse.

            Anyway, Cherry still looks like Big Foot's cousin. Or Chewie's. Wait. What if Chewie and Big Foot were related? I just figured out the Sasquatch mystery! We've all  really been seeing Chewbacca, not Big Foot. Does that Big Foot is really playing Chewie in Star Wars? (Insert "Bhwas" here.) :O :O :O

           Well, back to Cherry. Since she's 25, her hair takes a lot longer to come out, even with me brushing and Ruffian grooming her. Luckily I've been trying to be persistent in getting her hair out.

           Momma let me make my own Pandora station, and I like that I can put anyone I like on, instead of listening to the radio where anything comes on. My station includes: Taylor Swift (duh), Adele (duh), Pentatonix (duh), Paramore, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood (duh), Deadmau5, Celldweller, Colbie Calliat, Rachel Platten, Lindsay Sterling, Kurt Bestor, District 78, Brad Pasely, Doris Day, Blake Shelton, Van Halen, Imagine Dragons (duh)...A ton more, too, but you get the idea of the kind of music I like. Basically, I like any music unless it's rap or techno. I tend to lean more to the dubstep, country, and pop areas though.

            I just realized something. Us bird people could really call our friends "peeps." One of my brothers used to say that a lot. I didn't really get why he did, or what it meant. But hey, we could use that as an animal person term!

           I have to go now. I gotta feed. You know. The "Call of the Hungry Animals" is happening right now. XD I hoped you liked reading my babbling.

           Ciao ciao,                            (No, I don't have a Chow Chow.)
                     Moira S. Fasser

           PS
            Do you guys have any good names for my books? Or should I just keep the names? I'd really like some advice. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Too Funny!

Howdy! I know I've had a vacation from writing, but I see y'all have been left in very good hands! I might even make her (a.k.a. Moira) ALWAYS do the writing. She's really rather good at it, don't you agree?

I'm just popping in to update a few things.

We have a Muscovy hen sitting on a bunch of eggs...her very first! I don't know when they are due since the sneaky little devil went into seclusion without me noticing at first. They sit on their eggs for 35 days rather than the 28 of the Mallard type ducks. Guess time will tell.

We also have a tiny bantam Cochin hen (Arwen) sitting on something like 10 eggs. She's a pro at hatching out babies, and is a grand mother, so I'm looking forward to seeing how many she produces this time. Again, I don't know when their due, since she, too, did the sneaky bit. Can't stop those determined mommas!

Moira's bunch of Khaki Campbells are hatching right now. 2 are out of their shells entirely, 4 more should be soon...all the others are actively working on it!

Once all the Khaki's are hatched, I will be putting in 24 Welsh Harlequin eggs in! :P

I also have 10 Welsh Harlequin ducklings coming from Holderread Waterfowl  Farm in Oregon. They are THE premier breeders of waterfowl in the USA...perhaps even the world! :) I cannot stop grinning! To think I have show quality ducklings coming from them to boost my tiny flock is a dream come true! :)

The goat does are growing their kids nicely...all 4 have quite the tummies on them! I'll see about getting some photos soon.

It's time to get to work outside...the pens need to be cleaned, the garden tilled / planted and I'm tired just thinking about it! :) Even so, I know I'm blessed! I have a wonderful family, a great community, fantastic friends, and my very own tiny farm, smack dab in the greatest state of all!

God bless!
~Kim

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming artwork by both Moira & I! It is shaping up to pretty awesome! :)