Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Purple Season

It seems like I have a good bit of purple currently in the yard. 
The Siberian irises are in full bloom. 
You might think the verbena is a little pink, 
but I assure you it is purple.
And I just love the old fashion irises.  They are hard to beat for their hardiness and strong stalks. 
And I find the flower structure fascinating.  

And there are still a few grape hyacinth hanging on.  
 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Wild Kingdom

I was gone for about 30 minutes.  When I came back I saw this in the driveway.
It was very intent on something in the grass.  It pounced, caught something and started to run off.
He stopped long enough to pose for a picture.
I can't tell what he caught but it was very efficient in the hunt. 

J and I have been watching reruns of Wild Kingdom.  It is not nearly as interesting as I remember.   Maybe I could film a modern version in my driveway.
 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Coupon Saturday #55 and A Barrel Full of Goats

First the baby goats for those not interested in the couponing.

Kid  count - 115 maybe
Now for some couponing deals.
I actually couponed in the middle of the week too.
A couple of my Dollar General accounts had $3 off $15 coupons this month.  These can be used any day of the week.  So I went Thursday and spent 25 cents plus tax with all digital coupons.  
Then tonight I used a combination of paper and digitals for the $5 off $25 scenario.  
I didn't have a coupon for the Suave but I was wanting that and I had overage that needed to go on something.  75 cents well spent (plus that hateful tax).

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tick Invasion

J came in for lunch today after checking the cattle and taking salt to the ones across the creek.  After he ate, sat at the computer then went to the recliner to check Facebook, he saw that he was covered with ticks. 
Can you see that spot next to the dime?
It is a nymph stage of the deer tick.  His pants were covered with them.  
He went outside to take off his clothes which I carried directly to the washing machine.  I got out the vacuum and started the hunt.  There is no telling how many are in here.  I'm sure we will feel like our skin is crawling for days.  And if we didn't have enough to worry about, deer ticks carry Lyme disease which is now endemic in our area. 

I don't know how many times when I tell clients their dog has tested positive for Lyme disease they say, "but I have never found a tick on him."  Really?  You think you would find that through all the dog's fur.  My response is always, "well, people get Lyme disease and we don't have nearly as much hair as your dog."


 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Just Kit Sunday #167

We had a special visitor Sunday.  M and V brought little S for a visit. 
 And anyone that has been to our house knows Kit Kat loves feet.  Apparently, size doesn't matter. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Kidding Chaos

There has been a lot happening on the farm even if it is not happening on the blog.
There was a nice set of triplets born to a nanny with a huge udder that almost drug the ground.  The babies couldn't figure it out so we had to get her to the barn where we could work with her better. 


 Between the dogs, the other baby goats, the nanny and the triplets, it was quite the circus.  But it all worked out, the kids learned to nurse, the udder shrunk up some and everyone is happy.  
We had several nights with temperatures dropping into the 20's.  The barrel was a popular hangout. 
Then there was this set of triplets.  She was being a great mom, keeping them all together but the little brown and white one just wasn't getting enough.  With the cold weather it got too weak and had to make a trip to the house.
It spent a couple of days in the laundry room.  I had to tube feed it a few times before it decided it was better to nurse from the bottle.  
Now it is with 4 others on the bottle feeder. 
And then there was this.  We are pretty sure they are all hers.  But the important thing is that she thinks they are all hers.  I have her in a separate field for the time being to see how all of this will shake out. 

Kit count - 99 ish


Friday, April 23, 2021

Guest Photographer

 Correction, the rare bird is the second photo, a garganey.

 Just wanted to share some of the amazing photos E has been taking in Texas.  One of the birds was a rare sighting and was put on eBird as a rare bird alert.  I believe it is the last one, a least grebe. 














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