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Baby Bunnies

My husband called me a few days ago, and said “Honey, there are baby bunnies here that need the help of you and Sabrina.” I grabbed the dog crate, then Sabrina and I headed to the winery. Once we got there, we ran into the tasting room to see what we were going to have to do. He said they were found in the middle of the road, and were washed down the hill from all the rain we had. There were five, but two of them were already dead by the time the others were found.

We see these tiny creatures. Oh boy, we thought, we were not sure where to begin. How we could help these teeny tiny things.

We made a plan to head to Tractor Supply to see what we could gather there to help them. Once we got there we found a few books about rabbits, and started reading. My daughter started texting some friends that had other rabbits and experience with them. By the time we picked out a few items, one of her friends said he would take them, and care for them. He raises show rabbits, so we thought this would be a better choice.

So, we dropped them off with her friend, and he has been taking care of them.




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Hannah and Anastasia

Hannah is our miniature donkey, and Anastasia is one of the newest kids. Hannah is recovering, and Anastasia is sitting by her comforting her. All the other little kids were playing and Anastasia was sitting near Hannah. I love our farm!




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Francesco Peluso

In a barrel room, a lady samples the wine with some fellas. Three of the men are engaging with the young lady, while an elderly gentleman hangs away from the crowd. Could these be the three musketeers? Her bright colored dress, his pants, and the gentleman in the background are the ones that keep your eye bouncing around the canvas to each one, you are participating in the jovial spirit of the work of art. Although, some believe they are in a tavern, I suspect it is in a barrel room of a home. There are no taps on the wine barrels. The jug in the foreground, is also more of an indicator of the location.



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What Time Is It?

OMG! It is that time of the year. The time of the year that I can not go into Tractor Supply or Farmer Supply. Why, did you ask? IMG_7714


Baby chicks!!!!

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Thomas Johnston

I thought it would be most fitting to include someone from my line that was born in Ireland. Thomas was born in 1738 in Ireland. We only know the name of the father which was Thomas Johnston. He was baptized in Warwich, England. He had two sons, once he moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Many of the people in the New Country were enjoying a relative prosperity, and they were more free than their brothers and sisters across the pond. Only about 10 percent of people lived in the cities. Family farms dominated the landscape. The British Empire did not intervene too much into the lives of the new colonies, but once the French and Indian War cut into the royal coffers…it all changed. The British were deeply in debt, and taxes were a heavy burden for the colonist. This would be a spark that would ignite the American Revolution.

The French, Spanish, and English were trying to divide the land for themselves, yet cut out the Native American. Many of the colonist aligned themselves with the British since that was the common currency of the time. The settlers were vulnerable during the nine year fight, since goods were just taken for the war. The British were soon seen as outsiders, since families had to depend on each other. The communities became stronger, and the tension between the Americans and British grew.

The people that had it the toughest were the Native Americans that depended on the French for trade. After the war they tried to seek trade with the British, but they saw that the British were only wanting their land. Although, the Native Americans were blamed for killing the colonist in their home, each side were equally guilty. Native American were pushed more and more out west, and relations with the Native people would never be the same.

Thomas was a private in the American Revolutionary War. He died when he was 30. It is known that Thomas often told people that he was a descendant of Archibald Johnston. I have found that Archibald, had a son named James, that had a son name Thomas. I can’t verify the information, and the dates are off for birth of Thomas and death of James. So, my job as the family historian continues.