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Before the Coyotes Got a Taste of Chicken

ChickensThis was what the farm looked like this time last year. We had so many chickens running around the farm. Then the coyotes developed a taste for our chickens, and we are about 1/4 of what we had at one time. It sure was nice getting all the eggs too, but the red chickens started pecking open the eggs. Now, all the chickens wait for a hen to start clucking, and get right to that egg.

Farm lessons are hard lessons to learn. Gotta get a fence to keep the coyotes out, and must take these chickens in the processor to have killed and cleaned. We will have to start fresh with a new flock.

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Be Back Soon…

I wish I had more time to write, but we are finishing up the Bed and Breakfast. Also getting ready for Harvest Weekend. I have to make some homemade pesto. We are having chicken pesto sliders, Caesar salads, artichoke dip, and various other sides.

Think about joining our wine club…(if you are 21 or over). Today is National Red Wine Day…http://sanmarcoscreek.com

Be back soon…

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Civilization, What does it mean to you?

I once read that “civilizing” people was an evil deed, and when I think about the history of peoples all over the world being persecuted to become “civilized” I understand the concept. No matter what people may think of Christopher Columbus, the atrocities that people have inflicted on others has happened since the beginning of time. I see posts where people are hating on another group of people over the history of how a country was formed. It baffles me that people believe that any people from one region were gentle to another group of people. Every invader has beaten, tortured, raped, and killed anyone that got in the way of said invaders. I am not defending the atrocities that people have inflicted on one another, its about time we realize that it was a reality for our ancestors.

Our family is Native American, Spanish, French, English, Russian ,Italian, Irish, and Jewish. I am almost certain there is some African from our ancestor that was more than likely taken from her home in Barbados. More likely than not she was kidnapped, tortured, raped, and kept with her husband that purchased her. It is really sad, but it is a fact. I know with certainty that another female ancestor was kidnapped, and taken from Ireland on a ship by a pirate. Even though modern filmmakers want to romanticize pirates, it was anything but…what was done to women or anyone that was unlike the captors was horrible! I know many family stories that are sad and deplorable.

One of my great, great aunts was Native American, Black, and White. She lived in a very rural area, where everyone treated each other like family. She left a detailed journal of her life. She always felt as though she belonged to the community until one day she went to a different town for some sugar for her sick friend. A lady called her the “N” word. She then proceeded to tell the lady that she was never a slave. She was a free woman, and so was her mother. Learning the personal stories of individual ancestors gives me so much pleasure.

So many of us have ancestors that have lived a life of subjugation, oppression, and poverty. It is up to us to tell the stories we know, and share what we know about their lives. What we need to do is change what is happening today. Stop our fellow human beings from torturing, raping, and killing each other now. There is nothing that we can do to change what has already happened. We can learn and grow from what we know what has happened to our ancestors.

We are finally getting to a point in our world where people see each other as just other human beings. Not being so judgmental about how other people live their lives. Someone being of another faith, color, sex, lifestyle, sexual orientation, has nothing to do with who you are as a person. How you treat others has everything to do with who you are.

Christopher Columbus is thought to be a Spanish man that lived in Italy. He and his group did rape, torture, and kill the native people. The Spanish invasion killed 90% of the native people of Mexico. English, French, and Russian peoples invaded, raped, killed the indigenous peoples as well. African people were brought over to the Americas against their will as slaves. Women from across Europe were captured and brought to America against their will, and were sold to become wives of men that were established in America. Our beginning was dark, ninety nine percent of the beginning of any country has been ugly.

It is up to us to change what is happening now. It is up to us to make sure that our fellow human beings live as free.

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Winery News

Well, I am coming up on my second payroll. I can’t believe it will be a month in just a few days. I did one restaurant to buy our wine, but I have a list of other places that I have taken wine, now I am following up on those places. Really, the wine is fabulous, so it is just a matter of them trying it, and buying it.

I’ve also been busy working on advertising. My first advertisements went out just Sunday. We are also going to be in a vacation booklet, and we joined the Chamber of Commerce for Paso Robles. It was exciting to work with the advertisers to place our ad into the bulletin where we attended church. We are going to be on a “landing page” for the vacation booklet, and we will be attending events at the Chamber of Commerce.

We have already been active in philanthropy as well. We have given to the Mission Prep Boosters Club,   Piedmont Boosters Club, and Boy’s and Girl’s Towns of Italy. I have a meeting this week with Must Charities. We want to be able to help, and do what we can for charities that make a difference.

I believe by the end of next week, we will be able to open our bed and breakfast. My niece Shelby Gray, has been working on the logo for Reale Leone. IMG_3890 Just in time for Harvest Weekend…Well, I gotta go to work.

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Cow Shopping

IMG_6647This is the season for cow shopping. We are currently looking for two heifers for the fair in May. We will get them artificially inseminated, and once they are confirmed to be pregnant they will be on our farm. We will raise them, and take the best one to fair. The other will stay at our farm where we will start a herd of Angus. IMG_6638

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Remodeling That House? Part 2

We made it through those 10+ months of renovation hell. The construction guys were super sweet, taking care of the children, cleaning up every day after the construction was very difficult. Here were the results of all the hard work…Front  We sure did love our house in Oakland, California. We lived in the beautiful are of Rockridge, in Oakland, California. We opted for this wrought iron gate around the house. It was stepped back at the entrance. Everyone had a hand in the choices of the fence. My daughter picked out the hearts, her favorite shape. My son picked out the baskets in the center panels of each part of the gate. 40630040_1_2

Living roomThis was the living room with Bradburry and Bradbury  walloper on the ceiling.

40630040_5_2The living room looking into the dining room.

40630040_14_2The backyard looking at the house.

40630040_21_2   The vanity area upstairs.  40630040_11_2 Another view of the backyard. 40630040_12_2Obviously, we loved the yard.

40630040_25_1Upstairs chandelier.  40630040_10_2Kitchen with eat in kitchen. 40630040_9_2Another view of the kitchen. There were 4 full bedrooms, and an office upstairs and in the basement. As well as an area downstairs for laundry, and sitting room.