Friday, November 25, 2022

Thanksgiving 2.0

We continued our visiting and eating at our house today.  Plus we got the addition of Sadie, Allie Mike and Virginia. Yay!
 Sadie was a big help.  She loves getting a chair and helping with the dish and cooking.
After dinner entertainment consisted of a lot of reading to Sadie.  Mitchell was testing out his new book on her.
I think it was a hit.
Allie even got in on some of the reading action.

Sadie loved performing for her audience.
Allie had a different entertaining technique.
Her audience was equally entertained.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

What a beautiful day.  We were blessed to celebrate with my family.  Virginia, Mike, Sadie, Allie and nephew Matt were not able to join us.  But Virginia and Mike will bring the girls over tomorrow to continue the eating festivities.  I think they are doubly blessed to have Mikes family wanting to spend time with them too.
Emily made us a charcuterie board.  She made one last year and wasn’t happy that we didn’t eat it all fast enough.  She warned us that this would be her last attempt  if we didn’t eat enough.  I’m pretty sure we managed to clear enough for her to continue.  It was quite the treat.
I am thankful for a wonderful day with the family that could come.

I took this picture of Sadie last week when she was here.  I can imagine that is how most of us looked after such a wonderful meal.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Start Of Christmas Crafting

It is never too early to start crafting.  But it can definitely be too late. 
I saw these on Pinterest recently and thought it the perfect project for some interesting cans I had saved.
 They were advertised for $151 each.
Here is my interpretation.

I started with a plastic template I cut out of a lid.
I then cut open the cans to get flat sheets of aluminum.  Most of the cans were from Emily’s wine advent calendar that she shared with me last year.  You can check that out HERE
Then it was just a matter of cutting out enough leaves.

I was very disappointed to find out that the cans with the most interesting pictures, were just plastic sleeves over a plain aluminum can.  So those were unusable.
Next came pinning the leaves onto a foam cone and making a star.
I think I “nailed it.”  Now I have another meaningful addition to my Christmas tree collection.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

All Went Well

It was a beautiful morning.  I went to get Little Girl to bring her to the barn, but she was laying down.  She didn’t seem to want to get up.  I gave her a couple of apples and tried to encourage her to get up to no avail.  I was worried that I had waited too long and she wasn’t able to get up.  
 Pep, the horse she likes the most, came over.  I left and went back a little later.  After I put the halter on her she finally decided to get up.  I had let Hank, who always got in the yard, into the yard to graze.  Once Dr Boyd arrived, she said I was doing the right thing.  Everything went very smoothly with both horses.  I was very thankful to have someone else actually give the injections so I could just concentrate on saying goodbye.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Difficult Decision

It has been a long time since I have taken pictures of Hank and Little Girl.  They both have not looked good for some time now. 
We think Hank is around 28 years old.  We got him in 2010.  He has never been an easy keeper, never getting fat when all the other horses did.  But since midsummer what weight he had has been melting off.  
 Little Girl, now 30 years old, has gotten pretty thin too.  Plus, she has had a riding career ending stifle injury that happened 20 years ago.  She is pretty arthritic in that joint and now both knees for the last couple of years.

I have come to the difficult decision to euthanize them both.  I don’t have any trouble telling clients when it is time to euthanize their pets, but I have always said that I am irrational with my own animals.  I just don’t want to see them get down and struggle and not be able to get back up.  With winter coming, they will suffer with the cold having no fat reserves.  It is time.  Tomorrow my equine vet friend is coming to help me.  I have also decided to have them cremated.  I worry about the guard dogs getting to the bodies and getting a secondary poisoning.

Tomorrow will be a difficult day.

You can type Hank into the google search bar to see all of the wonderful times we have had with him.  Little Girl’s story can be found under the Horses tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sadie Sunday

I was coughing too much to go to church today.  Virginia said Sadie asked for me when they got there.  But they did come here after church for lunch.  Apparently, Virginia got Sadie ready in a very cute thanksgiving outfit but forgot to even get Allie out of her pajamas.   Then to add insult to injury, I once again got no pictures of her.  Even though she is sitting up on her own and pushing herself around in the walker!
 Anyway, Sadie was ready to go feed Hank as usual.
Then we let Otoelene and Draper out to graze some.  I decided to turn over our buckets, sit down and just watch the horses with Sadie for a few minutes. 

The horses are getting use to a little person around.  Plus, Sadie seemed to enjoy to time too. 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Goat Sale Day

Friday we walked a mile rounding up all the goats to have near the barn for Saturday morning. 

Saturday morning they were out of the lot and getting ready to wander off again.  
Luckily, they were not any more trouble to corral.

We started off with them in the large room of the barn, letting out the nannies we were keeping.

Maggie was trying to keep an eye on things, but the dogs were soon banished to the outside for being in the way. 
After the group got smaller, we headed them into the chute and small pen.  From there we could pick out the doelings that we were keeping.  Once all the nannies and doelings were selected and turned out, we had to catch each one we were selling and ear tag them.  There is a USDA scrapie eradication program that requires sheep and goats to be tagged when arriving at the market.  The market can tag them but they charge $1 per head.  I already have the tags and tagger, so we just did it ourselves and saved $69. 
The herd looks really good now without the old or thin or limping nannies. 

Then, the sale barn live streamed the sale on Facebook.  This is a screen shot of 45 kids averaging 53 pound each.  I think they looked pretty good.  In all, we sold 51 kids and 18 cull nannies.  That left us with   68 to expose to the two billies.  April 18 is the estimated kidding date.  I just hope things go better than this year (referring to all the deformities and still births).  Oh, and we were happy with the price, 15 cents per pound more than last year.  At last, inflation (albeit minor) on something we are selling and not buying. 


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