Sunday, August 13, 2017

Three Random Things

It is amazing how well the puppies have fit right in.  Only one problem, they don't seem to like Kit Kat.  The adult dogs are scared of him but the puppies just run at him barking.  
 Otherwise, they are doing a wonderful job with the goats.
 We had the pleasure of having Mike come help work cattle Friday.  We had to get up the yearlings and vaccinate them before they head out to the feedlot at the end of the month.  Mike cut our work time by at least a third.
And this was greeting us on the outside of the kitchen window when we got home from church today.  It reminded me of my nephew and a pet praying mantis he had when he was little.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Little R & R

V, E and Mike joined me for a short trip to the beach.
 E was back from her 9 week internship studying invasive mussels in Illinois and was ready to head out again the next day.  C joined us Sunday which was a treat.
 I have started a new collection.
 I am not physically collecting them, just taking pictures.
 It takes up less space that way.
 But after looking at the pictures some are so cute that now I sort of wish I had picked them up.
 Oh well, there are plenty more where these came from.
But this is the most important collection, and I did get to bring them home.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Project?

On our other farm there is an old chicken coop barely still standing.  I peeked in one day and saw it had an interesting nesting box.  When Mike was here last weekend I asked if he could help J get it out.
 Isn't it cool?  J said he was going to haul it to the dump.  NO WAY, am I letting that happen.
I said I could get at least $50 for it but on closer inspection I'm thinking $150.   But it is so unusual that maybe I just need to clean it up myself.  I just have to figure out where to put it.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The New Guard

As you know, Bumble and Bea have been the most amazing dogs ever.  But they are now 8 years old.  Life expectancy for Great Pyrenees dogs is 10 - 12 years.  So far they have been incredibly healthy.  But you never know from day to day what will happen.  So we have been casually looking for some new puppies.  Our thinking was, since Bumble and Bea are so wonderful, maybe they could train up the next generation so they would be ready to serve.  J called the breeder we got Bumble and Bea from and they had 2 females they were saving for someone but they never came to get them.  So they said they were ours if we wanted them. 
At 4 1/2 months old they are a month and a half older and a good deal bigger then Bumble and Bea when we got them, but just as wonderful so far.  After a 45 minute ride stuffed into a crate together in the back of a pickup on curvy roads they were a little puny feeling when we got them home.
 Bumble was close to the barn so we thought we would show her what to expect and maybe she could greet them.  The barn is not a natural place for Bumble to be and she was very uncomfortable and just wanted out.
 I pulled one of the puppies out of the pen but Bumble still was not the least bit interested.  We left them in the dog pen and J added Junior, one of the bottle goats from a couple of years ago.  Junior wasn't too thrilled but the puppies took to her right away.
 After a couple of days J then turned them out into a bigger room in the barn and added the nanny with the tiny baby.  They stayed there a couple of more days.
 The the big day came yesterday.  We got the rest of the herd up in the small lot next to the barn and went to open the door so the puppies goats and dogs could all mix.  But the door wouldn't open.  J pushed and pulled and tugged and cursed  then hollered, "Get Back!"
 There was a snake caught up in the roller at the top of the door.  We worked for a bit but couldn't get it out so I said to save it for when Mike came later.
 We had puppies and dogs to monitor.
 There was a lot of inspecting.
 And examining.
 And sniffing.
  And they even paired up some.
 The puppies tried to play but Bumble and Bea weren't too interested in that.
Update on Tiny, she is growing and doing fine so far.  
 Mike and V showed up and we let Mike get to work on getting the snake out.  Success even with the Gang Of Four (this year's bottle goats) hovering around his feet.
 And no Mike, you can not have a puppy as payment for the snake removal.
They have a job to do.
Looks like we will have to expand the goat herd after all to pay for all the extra dog food.
Almost forgot my best picture.  Mike said I could label this one, "Me, when someone says, 'Dinner's Ready.'"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Little Surprise

J was coming up through the field after having moved a bull and ran across this little surprise. 
 This nanny had aborted back in February.  We sold the billy goat February 24th.  If she got bred on the day we sold him she shouldn't kid until July 24th.  This was on July 18th.  The little thing was too weak to stand.
 So J caught the nanny and I held up the baby.  It nursed great.  But it was too hot to leave out in the sun all day.
The cattle trailer was handy so J put the pair in there for the the day.  By the afternoon the little thing was up and moving around on its own.  J has since hauled the pair to the barn but I haven't had a chance to check in on them yet.  Had she decided to kid somewhere other than in front of the gate we might never have known anything about it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Enough Finally

J has been enjoying stopping by the blackberry vines several times a day for little snacks.  It has not been possible for me to pick many for anything else. 
 Until Tuesday, there were finally enough for me to make a pie.
Homemade crust and delicious blackberry filling.  Too bad it is just me and J here to eat it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Outing

We had some wonderful company Saturday, M and V came to go riding. 
 It has been awhile since we have had 4 horses out at once.
 J helped M with some adjustments on Hanks tack.
 V rode her old friend Jessica, J was on Brother and I rode Pep.   After a few minutes in the barn to make sure all tack was ok,
 we headed up to the arena for a little warm-up.
 V and M didn't stay completely focused on the horses though.
 But J gave Brother a workout.
 Then it was off and around the farm.
 J was the official gate opener.
 All the horses behaved themselves, more or less. (couple of spells out of Brother with all the excitement of extra horses)
   I think M liked checking on the heifers.
  Pep and I made it to the front at one point.
  But usually she was tagging along in the back, way back.
 It was a nice 2 hours ride.  Jessica did her signature roll afterwards.
While everyone else just ate.
M might be ready for a real trail ride after this.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Just Kit Sunday #121

"Green eyed Kitty, lovely Kitty, 
Strolling slowly toward the sun."
Granted the cattle guard was slowing him down some.
Apologies to Sugarloaf for changing up their lyrics slightly.
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