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Egg Customer Letter 4/4/2020

April 7, 2020

Good Saturday morning! I miss seeing you and getting hugs from you! I hope you are well and staying a safe distance from everyone in your immediate circle. Self-imposed isolation is a discipline, and I don’t know about you, but I need some practice of discipline in my life!

I have dozens and dozens of eggs! Spring has spring and the hens are back up to full speed laying. However, we are all isolated from one another…so, none available for purchase until the travel and gathering restrictions are lifted.

I’m thinking Isla is papa’s girl…

FARM NEWS
We added a Cairn Terrier puppy to the farm last weekend. Her name is Isla (eye-lah) and she is black & brindle. Full of personality! Independent!
Crazy fast, especially when she is getting into something she is not supposed to, of course! Four pounds of trouble running and nipping!
Dixon has allowed her to be a pest but Mason refuses to get near her. He barks and growls when she tries then runs off. Moxie Kitty finally hissed and slapped her to calm her down.

Isla did watch Pastor Jim on FB Live last week!

We still have only 4 kids born of 3 Mamas: Sweetie 3/23, Barb (2) 3/26 and Sissie 3/27. The remaining 6 does look like they are going to pop if kids don’t come soon! Once all the kids come (could be 15+) it would be worth driving out here and watching them play…from the road, of course! (But I could sneak down with some eggs! Shh!)
Walter has been moved to the central pasture where he will see his nannies and talk to them but not breed until sometime in the fall. I have to reinforce the gate chicken wire this morning…

The hens are great, glad for the fresh weeds and bugs and the abundance of worms.

I am planning and planting a serious garden this year with the guys here to help. (I hope.) We will reinforce the “puppy garden” fence this morning to hopefully keep the rabbits out! Rabbits ate the cabbage and lettuce that I planted last month, but didn’t bother the red onions. I have a few plants and lots of seed to get in the ground today.

Judy and Peg, Barb’s kids, with little Sandy in the background.

Our oldest son, John David, has fully recovered from his bout of COVID-19. We did not get him tested but he had all the symptoms and was quarantined in his bedroom for 14 days. It took that long for his fever to return to normal for 3 days in a row.
Dear Husband, Jeffrey nor I ever had a symptom, but we self-isolated for the 2 weeks as not to be carriers.

That’s about it. Lots of work to do. Lots of critters to care for.
I wish you could join us out here in the fresh air and sunshine the Lord has graciously sent. It would make you feel less isolated just to walk around and breathe the fresh air, and maybe haul a bag or 2 of feed for me!

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday! This time last year we were in Israel! We walked Christ’s path from the Mount of Olives to the gates of the Temple Mount!
Nothing quite so earth-shaking this year, though we will decorate our front door and gate with green trimmings (some palms!) in recognition.
Jesus’ triumphal entry should be celebrated as we prepare our hearts for this coming week of His passion.

The Lord bless you and keep you!
This, too, shall pass.
T

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Friday Egg Customer Letter 3/20/2020

March 21, 2020

Springtime has sprung…until Sunday morning which is supposed to be cold again…do I still have the water fount heaters on?…what was I saying? Oh yes, Spring has sprung and most of the hens are laying eggs daily. (Still need to butcher about 9…before the weather gets hot…)
However, like all of you, we are isolating ourselves. Hope y’all are healthy and well and strong, resting in the everlasting arms of our Savior!

We have an extra reason for our isolation: Our oldest son who arrived from NYCity last Friday, came with a cough that deteriorated to include a fever. He has been quarantined in his bedroom upstairs since Monday morning with fevers ranging from 102.6 to 99.2, and they vary all day long. We have him eating an excellent diet, hydrating with water, hot lemonade, hot tea, an occasional cup of coffee and stuffing him full of my homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup, vitamin C, vitamin D (he is deficient; so many reasons to live down South!) and colloidal silver. The virus, whichever variety it is, doesn’t have a chance!
JD will not be allowed out of his room until he is 3 full days without a fever, not taking aspirin. Nurse Mom and Doctor Dad have spoken!


Enjoying the abundance of earthworms!

Dear Husband, Jeffrey and I are strong and active and refuse to get sick! But we are staying away from the rest of the world as not to be a carrier of whichever virus JD has.


#2 son Jeffrey dribbling his imaginary basketball. He has done this since he was about 4 years old and started playing basketball. #3 son James is just as bad except his imaginary ball is a soccer ball.

FARM NEWS


Muddy feet!

The hens are loving all the worms surfacing to escape the rain water. I actually saw a 12” long earthworm – even made DH come outside to see it!
The hens do have muddy feet which means dirty eggs in the nests.
I laid in a good supply of feed before the isolation so the girls will continue to be supplemented with feed and scratch.

The goats are getting rounder and rounder! Except Walter, he is getting bigger and thicker.
Yesterday one or more of the silly goats turned over one of the cans where I store their feed. They were eating to their heart’s content…until I drove into the wet pasture, slid really, and admonished them for their hijinks! Sissie was too busy trying to maa with a mouthful of feed to run!

To the top of the Need To Buy list: a rack for the galvanized feed cans!


Last September taking Walter to the vet for his check-up.

Walter was introduced to the nannies on September 25th. Kid gestation is 5 months or 150 days. They could start dropping kids anytime. If all goes as planned, and it rarely does, when kidding is finished there should be 15 little jumping baby goats doing acrobatic moves around the front pasture.
Once the 1st is born, Walter will be confined (I hope) to the central pasture until time to breed again. I may have to move him up top and let him eat brambles and briars near the house.

Mason and Dixon are enjoying Jeffrey and he them.

If anyone is looking for me, I’m in the kitchen! Ribs and baked beans. Beef (and goat, shh!) Stew with carrots and potatoes. Grilled Steak and boiled potatoes. Baked Chicken and wild rice salad. On and on. Now that I have prepared JD’s bacon and eggs, I am making Tuna Salad and Chicken Gumbo with rice for lunch. I haven’t cooked like this in years!

Continue in prayer on behalf of our church, our nation, our world. Stay strong – this too shall pass.
And WASH YOUR HANDS!
T

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Egg Customer Letter 2/15/2020

February 17, 2020

It’s COLD! BRRR!
Arrow’s Keep eggs for sale! Who needs eggs?
The hens evidently liked the rain and laid lots of eggs this week.

Snow in the pasture. I blame our pastor, Jim Bachmann. That man loves snow and at the first mention started praying…and being a preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ who God loves very much, God listened to him! Thank You, Lord, for Pastor Jim and for the beautiful snow…and that the snow did not stay on the ground very long!

FARM NEWS
The hens survived all the rain and didn’t develop webbed feet, though I checked daily just in case.

It appears to me that all the young goats have been bred and maybe Joy and Dot. Heidi and GG are more difficult to discern. I’m thinking we should expect kids toward the end of May. Yippety-skippety! I love baby goats! They make me smile!

The big dogs are hunkered down in the doghouse this cold morning. Cocklebur-encrusted and dirty from all the mud around lately, they are warm and well-fed.

Jeffrey actually awakened at 7am our time this morning! WooHoo! Maybe he is finally adapting back to US time!

A fire in the fireplace. Sunshine coming through the windows with blue skies overhead. A warm cup of coffee in my hands. Time to finish my Bible study daily work!
Have a wonderful Saturday!

NOTE
DH has given me a Caribbean Cruise for my upcoming birthday, so we will not be at church next week. If you want extra eggs, you might want to get them this week!

T

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Egg Customer Letter 2/6/2020

February 7, 2020

Get them while you can! Jeffrey, otherwise known as #2 son, eats 6 every morning! He is tall and slender, proving that eggs are good for a body! Are you eating your farm-fresh eggs daily?
Who needs eggs this week?

FARM NEWS
Jeffrey saw us in the airport before we saw him, because when I finally caught a glimpse of this guy, he was smiling! I hugged and held and patted and hugged him again. I have not punched him in the nose…it’s such a pretty nose, looks like his Dad’s. I even remember when Jeffrey’s beautiful nose was broken – in a high school basketball game by a Brentwood Academy player caught him with an elbow, then the ref called a foul on Jeffrey! I was so mad! Don’t even get me started!

Oh, farm news… It’s wet and chilly and muddy and cruddy. The hens liked the warmer weather and produced a few extra eggs this week. I also increase their protein with top-dressing yeast powder. They love that! The hens were feasting on worms yesterday since the rain and warm weather forced them to the surface.

The goats are fat and sassy and always wanting to be petted, but mostly want to be fed!
I am still not sure which does have been bred. Other farms are already enjoying newborn kids. I’m thinking we won’t have any until sometime in late April. At least the kids won’t freeze when Mama Goat delivers them without my interference if they deliver in April.

Jeffrey met the big dogs when he exited the car Tuesday night. He was surprised by their calm gentleness and not pleased at the wet fur and cockleburs. He loves on Moxie Kitty many times a day. He named Moxie before she was born 15 years ago. He saw the goats and hens yesterday on a walk in the rain and is still adjusting to travel fatigue.

Let me know if you want eggs!
T

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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February 1, 2020

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Not Playing Possum!

January 31, 2020

Monday evening, when I returned from Maury County Chorale rehearsal, a big possum was trying to enter the chicken coop, but ran under the barn before I could run over it with my Prius & I didn’t have a gun with me. Glad I didn’t slam the car into the barn! DH would not have been pleased.

I used the heavy rake to carry it to the house for disposal. I would leave it out for the buzzards, but the pups would get it, drag it back to the house & ugh!

I locked the coop up tight on Tuesday evening & saw no evidence of the possum, but made sure the doors were locked & the electric fence on.
Wednesday I had to leave the farm earlier than usual for errands ahead of choir practice. I locked the coop when I returned, about 9:30 at night after hearing the hens breathing & ‘purring’, thinking all was well.

Weird back paws.

When I opened the coop Thursday morning, there was a pile of scat in the coop: not chicken poop, some other animal’s poop. Quietly, slowly I peeked into the nesting boxes & oh my goodness! A possum was sleeping with evidence of its egg-stealing in all the nesting boxes!

Front paws more normal looking.

I ran to the house for a gun, ran back to the coop… Ever see a woman run as fast as she can in big muck boots? I was a sight to behold. The dogs thought I was playing & ran with me. Thanks, guys. At least I got my cardio in for the day!
…stepped back inside the coop & sent that possum to eternity! My ears are still ringing! When I grabbed my 9mm, I was in such a hurry I did not put on my ear-protectors. Oops!
By the way, I love my Sig!

Not a gentle wild creature that only eats ticks, thus providing a service to mankind! Yes, they do provide a service, but when they come into my territory to threaten my critters, curtains!

He was a good-size possum. See those teeth? Glad he ate eggs but not chickens!
Now for the question – WHERE WERE THE DOGS? Their job is to protect farm critters!
I called the pups once I parked the car in the garage Wednesday night, but they were ranging the property & nowhere to be found. Hmm… They are shirking their duty & it cost me a bunch of eggs!

It is time for me to get a Terrier! I have missed my Lucy since she went to sleep & it’s time for the big dogs to learn what home/farm security looks like!
So, if you know anyone with small Terrier pups due in the next month, please let me know!
Lu was a Cairn Terrier, but I will consider all smaller Terriers.

Email To Our Farm-Keeper

January 17, 2020

Another gray day, Em, but at least it isn’t cold!
I am going to leave the chicken coop open so you don’t need to rush over tomorrow.
I cleaned the roost this morning, my least favorite job on the farm. Ugh! Stinky! Core work for me! Good fertilizer for the coming Spring.
Beware – I opened the door into the coop and thought all the hens were dead…with all the rain they had decided to dirt-bathe inside. Holes under the straw!
There are 2 bags of feed in the 1st can. There are scratch and meal worms – yum! in the 2nd can. Just a few meal worms if you want or forget the worms and just toss the scratch, which they love and need if the temps are really going to drop. I dug up some of the spent feed in the run near the feed can. Stinky mess but interesting watching them attack the fermented grain residue.
Please be sure the water founts and outside bucket are full. They are eating high protein , which seems to have finally solved the molt problem, and crave the water. (Take care turning the toggle at the faucet – one toggle broke off and left raw metal.)
The rubber hammer is just inside the little barn on the floor in case the hen fence goes down. “Fence off. Hammer at the base of the fence post. Fence on.”
Goatses are fat and sassy! You may have issues getting into and out of the pasture in the pick-up due to the rain. I slip/slid into and out yesterday. They don’t have to be fed. I left 2 bales of fresh hay with them on Monday.
The red bucket is inside one of the cans. It kept blowing off and getting wet.
I will put a box of raisins inside the truck for you. They haven’t had any lately…BEWARE! They LOVE their raisins, especially Joy, and Jolly, and Dot, and Sweetie, and … you get the picture. (If you don’t drive in, the goats will come up to you at the swing – raisin them there… No getting the pick-up stuck, which is good. They won’t starve.)
Big guys celebrated their 4th birthday yesterday. They are covered with cockleburs. . I am filling their heated water bowls and outside food pans when I finish this email. The coming cold will prevent the garage door from being propped open for them, but they know where to go to stay warm and dry.
Moxie is a sweet kitty as always. She has a new bag of dry food atop the egg frig. With the garage doors closed, she will be able to eat without the dogs stealing her food! Whoopie! If you will, give her 2 or 3 scoops of dry and half a can of wet food. That should keep her satisfied.
That’s about it!
Thanks so much!
T

A Quiet Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2019

The boys have not come home. We did not invite guests. Just the two of us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
But that’s OK.

Our Hollis Family Christmas Weekend will be a week early this year, so it seemed a waste for the kids to fly on the busiest flying day of the year!

The cross-stitch Thanksgiving bread napkin Mama Jane made for us many, many years ago!

DH suggested we have Dinner a our favorite restaurant, Mere Bulles, which is in Brentwood. We have done that before & the food is delicious, the atmosphere warm & inviting. Lots of hugs from staff. But that meant getting up early for farm chores, showering, dressing, driving for 45 minutes, eating, then driving for 45 minutes back to the farm. Not the quiet morning I was craving.

I continue to grow dwarf citrus trees. These are oranges – itty bitty oranges that refuse to get ripe!

I suggested that I prepare a turkey breast & just a few trimmings, since DH & I challenged each other for wellness & weightloss when he surprised me with a trip to Miami, FL just a few days before the kids arrive.

The basil did not survive, but the parsley is growing!

Of course he agreed!

Six-pound Turkey Breast, which I put in my Citrus Brine yesterday, in which I used my own herbs which are still growing in the garage under the “grow” light!

Lemon Thyme. Variegated & German Thyme. (My farvorite herb!)

The last of the Sweet Potatoes that I grew a year ago. I had cooked them kept them in the freezer for such a time as this! Sweet Potatoes Praline!

Beautiful bacon lattice. I was inspired by Carole’s turkey a few months ago! Note the gorgeous Sage which has grown outside near the original garden.

Keto Creamed Spinach – which, if I keep ‘tasting’ it, there will be none to serve at Dinner!

I set the table for Autumn a couple of weeks ago…had a friend over for lunch & needed a suitable table setting. Just brought out the Lenox Autumn China (I LOVE my china) & Francis 1 sterling which my mother gave to me before she passed away last year. This is the 1st time I have used it.

Oh good! A pop-out little thingy! Hurrah! I know. I messed up the lattice when I put it on the turkey.

The house is a wreck with boxes & bags of Christmas decorations everywhere. Mason & Dixon & Moxie came inside this morning for petting, conversation & warmth while I was prepping our meal.

All wrapped up until time to free the bacon for crisping!

The hens are enjoying the sunshine. The goats, mainly Sweetie Pie, calls from the front pasture when they hear us talking out back. DH shared a bottle of sparkling wine with me under the portable heaters on the deck at sunrise this morning…

We do have some time issues with when Dinner will be served. The Dallas Cowboys (Dak Prescott, Ms State quarterback grad) play football at 3PM. Mississippi State University plays at 6:30PM!

Priorities! Football!

Meyer Lemon! DH is hoping it will be ripe for his Saturday margarita.

The turkey is in the oven. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on the TV. DH is upstairs in his office. The dogs & Moxie are outside, finally not underfoot.

I am going to sit down in my favorite chair in the Keeping Room to read, with a lovely Chablis in my glass…ahead of the oven timer sounding!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, if anyone wants a recipe, let me know!

Cystomer Egg Letter 11.15.19

November 16, 2019

Hasn’t it been a beautiful day? Oh my goodness, I have been outside more than I have been inside today & I love it!

I have farm fresh eggs for sale! Who needs eggs?

FARM NEWS
Only 1 more thing to do and Arrow’s Keep Farm will be ready for Winter – put the heater in the water trough near the bird feeders. That way, not only to the birds have access to water, but so do the big dogs when they come up from the back side of the property.

The goats are secured in the central pasture again because I filled that new shelter with a fresh bale of straw. The goats are hungry with the very cold weather and attack when I try to feed them. It ain’t easy to fill a bucket with feed when goats have their heads in the feed cans, the bucket I am trying to fill & standing on me trying to reach feed! DH went with me this afternoon & distracted them with raisins…which means they took turns jumping on him, but I was able to close the gate & access the feed cans all alone! Whew! What a relief!

I gave the hens a special treat this morning – a very large cake of sunflower seeds & mealworms. They were very pleased.
Egg production is slowing. Not unexpected. Hoping extra protein will keep them laying a bit longer.
I still need to butcher the oldest hens but that hasn’t hit the top of my To-Do List yet.

Moxie Kitty snuggling with me on the very cold morning!

Bitter cold earlier in the week has stopped anything & everything from growing.
Our bird-feeders are set.
All plants are warm & under plant lights.
Moxie Kitty enjoyed the dogs sleeping in the garage that very cold night because she likes to snuggle with Dixon.

Now to sit out on the back deck & enjoy the last of today’s sunshine.
Let me know if you want eggs!
T

Tammi Hollis

RODAN+FIELDS Executive Consultant
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Pore Cleansing MD System by Rodan + Fields

November 8, 2019

Rodan + Fields’s newest Skincare Tool was introduced in September.
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I have never thought that I have prominent pores, no blackheads to speak of, so why would I want this tool? However, I do like to understand how & why our products are of value to all my customers, so I gave it a try.

10/18/19

On October 18th, I sat down at my bathroom vanity after my shower, having used REVERSE Lightening #1 Deep Exfoliating Wash on my face, neck & décolletage.

    My face was clean!

I applied the Pore Prep Solution, selected the proper tip for cleansing & began.

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I could see that the pores on my chin & near my eyebrows were gone – invisible, sort of. Obviously smaller, especially after I thought there were no enlarged pores on my face at all!

Today I took time to use the Pore Cleansing MD System for the 2nd time. I could see enlarged pores this time, versus the pores that had been cleansed last month which were tiny. I focused on those areas when I applied the Pore Prep Solution, then began. Again surprised at the force of the vacuum when it touched my face.

Unbelievable! The amount of gunk that is in the tip when I finished was shocking!

11/7/19

R+F recommends using the Pore Cleansing MD System, no more than once a week. I understand that! I also use it at least 24 hours before I have to see anyone – there is a touch of irritation on my sensitive skin afterwards, which clears by the next morning.

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