BaghdadBean

Female
from Scio, OR

    • BaghdadBean

      Photo update, Life, Cons, and Gin

      3 weeks ago

      So I gotta admit, I haven't been paying a lot of attention to this site lately. Not because I don't love you all, but because life has been pretty rugged. As many of you know, my mom has terminal cancer, and she is, frankly, dying by inches. So I've been spending as much time as possible with her, and spending a lot of time with my family, as we all rally around. It hasn't been all sunlight and rainbows, but some bright moments have happened. Like my sister naming her new baby after mom.

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      Lambageddon produced some really nice lambs that I'm very proud of, and I'm about to head out to Arizona to do a bunch of photography on Navajo Nation and sell all the lambs from this year. Okay, almost all. This guy is staying home.

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      I've been doing all sorts of astrophotography, as you no doubt have all seen. The weather and skies are really crappy right now for the Perseid meteor showers, because of a combination of smoke from forest fires and clouds, but I still managed to get in a good shot last night.

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      I've been doing quite a bit of wildlife photography too, including one magical hour of watching two osprey taking care of their chicks. FREAKING AMAZING.

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      Not to be outdone, a bald eagle has taken to hanging out around my pastures. I'm pretty sure this bad gal was the reason behind a rash of disappearing lambs, but I don't begrudge her too much for it. I think they're pretty tasty too, after all.

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      In other news, I got pretty badly injured this May while shearing sheep. It was NOT this guy. The offending ram is now becoming hams. Serious, while I was in Italy, I met some folks who smoke the entire sheep. I'm not quite that ambitious, but I am slow smoking big primal cuts off of the sunovagun who sent me to the hospital. This ram, DR Lt. Haverson (named out of the Halo books) is a really nice guy who will get to live out his life as long as he stays nice.

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      I got blitzed by some PETA weirdos on my website and facebook page, they plastered it with a bunch of videos of a hipster holding a fake skinned sheep, and the claim that sheep are slaughtered for their wool. It really torqued me out at first, but I just swung the ban hammer and replied with one post showing what sheep REALLY look like after shearing. No cruel wool here.

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      I went to California to do some family stuff. It was exhausting. So I drove through the redwoods on the way home. Tyger and I camped out way up in the trees. Awesome sauce.

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      Then we went to the beach. Even the driftwood is huge in the redwoods coastal areas.

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      So many textures.

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      I watched you all at RTX from a distance. It was really weird to not be there, but my life is pretty full of stuff right now. I'll be back on duty at PAX Prime this year. I'm part of the Security Management team, so you'll be able to find me easily. In the meantime, I hope all of you are doing well. The new site format kinda sucks for staying in touch with people, so I'm not sure how many folks will see this journal entry. Ah well, don't let the small stuff get your goat.

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      There's a whole universe out there filled with things worth much more thought. Hug your loved ones, and delight in the fact that the world is filled with mystery and wonder.

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    • BaghdadBean

      One of them mornings

      5 months ago

      Soo.... I dropped my cup of coffee, and it shattered the glass control top for my glass top stove and convection oven. Needless to say, coffee and safety glass EVERYWHERE!!!!

      Then, when I had carefully taped the glass top back together, and started a new thing of coffee going, the first thing I did was gently pour lemonade into my coffee.

      Who the phuq puts lemonade in a milk jug?!!

      Apparently, there's more kick to that super duper anti cough syrup the doctor gave me than I expected. smiley4.gif

    • BaghdadBean

      Flight and feather

      5 months ago

      Words are a bit unnecessary for this photo set. Enjoy!

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    • BaghdadBean

      Of shrouds and sand

      5 months ago

      I took Mom to the coast on Sunday, and it was so bittersweet to think that this was the last time we would ever again get to see the ocean together, touch the beach, enjoy the scents and the wind. We took my step sister along, and I ran the camera through a battery and 26 GB worth of photos. Mom is worried about the people she's leaving behind, but so completely at peace with dying, and her grace just leaves me so proud and grateful. My well of words is somewhat exhausted, so let me let the photos tell the rest.

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      And for the people who think I look like my mom, here's a photo of both my parents. I tend to think I look more like dad, but if you never met him you might say I was the spitting semblance of mom.

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      So mom's husband has requested that I make a funeral shroud for her from wool of my sheep, and I got detailed directions from a dear friend as to how to do that. It will be my task for the next few days here, and I think I take a little comfort in that, in a perverse sort of way. There's no great way to lose your mother to cancer, but the way this is all rolling out is so, so very much better than the alternatives.

    • BaghdadBean

      Soo...

      5 months ago

      Just found out my mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Tough old broad that she is, she didn't figure out anything was going on until she started having trouble doing one armed push-ups. She went in for a few scans, and it turns out that the chronic cough she's been plagued with this year wasn't bronchitis, it was lung cancer, which has since metastasized and spread throughout the bones of her chest and into her spine, heading, cheerily, towards her brain. Being a tough broad, she's bound and determined to finish her dissertation before she loses her marbles, so that she can die as Dr. Tough Old Broad instead of Mrs. Tough Old Broad. She has taken a course of action that I consider immensely courageous, and which other people might consider sinful, and will be taking advantage of Oregon's Right to Die laws to pick a graceful finish before she loses the spark and fire that has made her such an incredible force in the world. To say that I'm shocked is an understatement. I'm also very, very proud of her bravery. We had a great long talk about how to get things into motion so that my sister can be moved to a different cemetery plot, allowing Mom to be buried at last with her other daughter within her arms. I'm... well, you know, there's no good way to find out your parent is dying. But overall, I'm doing okay. I'm going to have one helluva cry sometime here in the future, but for right now, I'm as okay as can be. She will only be with us another month or so, and I'm going to try to make that the best memory building month possible for my son. Didn't see this one coming, that's for sure.

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  • About Me

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  • Comments (767)

    • Cheshire_Cat

      Cheshire_Cat

      6 months ago

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      Found this and thought you might like it.

      Pygmy goat trying his hardest to headbutt

    • PsycoJoe

      PsycoJoe Bring it!

      6 months ago


      For you, Dear Lady, more of the same. smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • Aoina

      Aoina InvScreen

      6 months ago

      You are really inspirational and I'm always excited to read new updates about the farm or see the pictures. Thank you for all that you've done and continue to do.

      • BaghdadBean

        BaghdadBean

        6 months ago

        Ahh, thank you! I always think the same about you and Moe with your amazing creative endeavors. I really look forward to a day where we can all meet in person.

    • Audrey

      Audrey Spread The Love!

      6 months ago

      You are an amazing lady! I love seeing all your beautiful photos.
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

      • BaghdadBean

        BaghdadBean

        6 months ago

        Thank you! I spread it like butter on hot toast! You're such a wonderfully generous and delightfully kind woman, it's great to see you share that so enthusiastically with our community.

    • MissZahrah

      MissZahrah

      10 months ago

      This article was an interesting read but it was the line about ethnobotany that really caught my eye and made me think of you: www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/10/07/3540...

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    • FantomFan56

      FantomFan56

      10 months ago

      I posted a couple of photos of the new place. It's not real big, but it's a start!

    • FantomFan56

      FantomFan56

      10 months ago

      Hey, How are you?
      What animals would you suggest starting out with on a small farm. I just bought a small house in Rhome, Texas and it has a couple of acres. I'm definitely getting chickens for some fresh eggs.What would you recommend starting out. My goal is to be as self sufficient as possible, but I only have a couple of acres. Thanks!

      • FantomFan56

        FantomFan56

        10 months ago

        Thanks! I really appreciate it! I have photos on my phone. I'll post them to the site and let you know when there up.

      • BaghdadBean

        BaghdadBean

        10 months ago

        Chickens, rabbits, and goats or sheep are all good for a tiny acreage. I'd say start out with the chickens and the rabbits, then decide if you want to go goat. Rabbits taste great, breed easy, but require really secure enclosures, and that's good practice for goats. Chicken wise, I'd say get a grab bag of egg laying breeds and about 20 Freedom Rangers to raise as meat birds. 24 egg laying hens will keep the average household well supplied on eggs, with some extra to sell to your fellows at work. 20 broiler birds will pay for themselves as far as meat in your freezer goes. Rabbits, if you get a revolt, can be skipped in favor of some crossbred goats. You can get dairy and meat out of goats, and they keep you from having to brushcut, but sheep are happier on grass. Any photos of the new place?

    • MissZahrah

      MissZahrah

      11 months ago

      You MUST see this:

      hiddlestonedlokid.tumblr.com/post/97719259339/chen000-trombono-chen000-chen000-how

      how to draw a sheep: draw a cloud, legs, a circle for the head and there you have it
      a sheep

      someone draw a sheep using these instructions:


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    • Kiyoshi

      Kiyoshi

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday Bean!!! Hope it was a wonderful day for you!

      • BaghdadBean

        BaghdadBean

        1 year ago

        Thank you! It has been, and I'm enjoying some birthday beer now in celebration!

    • SailorTweek

      SailorTweek RT Booth Babe

      1 year ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! smiley12.gif
      God damn, July birthdays are the best ;)