Summer is Here Scavenger Hunt

Summer’s arrived.  I’m done teaching for the year, so I’ve hung up my old denim bag.  I’ll bid it farewell until August.

denim bag collage

I kicked off the summer by lighting a fire Friday evening and sitting outside with a glass of wine.

Fire

It was a perfect night to sit there and watch the flames dance.

Fire collage

I have plenty of fuel for the fire with the limbs that fall from my oak trees.  Of course, this one is still across the sidewalk waiting to be cut into more useable lengths.

branch

Snickers is trying to help me change my perspective into a slower more relaxed pace by being a good role model.

Snickers

Snickers

I might have to try that napping twenty hours a day thing.  Maybe not.  I have soap to make and my yard needs mowed again.

Sharing with Scavenger Hunt SundayBlue Monday, and Mandarin Orange Monday

The Good. The Random. The Fun

The Good.  I think this is a good place for the cat to sharpen his claws.  Way better than the couch!

Snickers

Snickers

The Random.  I love my dog.  That’s not the random part.

Stella

Stella

The random part is her recently developed hobby of digging.  Really???????

hold dug by dog

The Fun.  It’s always fun to take pictures of pretty flowers.

magnolia blossom

magnolia flower

I’m still waiting for the magnolia tree to fully open.  I’m hoping the rain and wind doesn’t ruin it.

Sharing with The Good. The Random. The Fun, Mandarin Orange Monday, and Ruby Tuesday Too.

Still Doing Random Friday

1.  I miss Nancy and her blog and Random 5 Friday, so I guess I’ll just keep doing it.

Muffin and her daughter Jelly

SOOC Muffin and her daughter Jelly

2.  I really, really hope to make soap this weekend.  I have tubs of fats and oil measured out that I’ve been going to use since the first of the year–literally.  But then I had a chicken in the kitchen.  She was here until after the goat kids came in.  I did have about two glorious weeks without livestock in the house, and I’m hoping to be livestock free again this weekend.  Then I have to make soap because I had to use my display bar to fill an order I got today for one fragrance.

reflection of a goat

SOOC

3.  I’ve had some people ask about how things were going with the sick kids.  If you haven’t been here lately, I had three kids sick with goat polio (a thiamine deficiency).  I lost two, and Pistol’s doe that nearly froze crashed with weakness also, so I began treating her, but I lost her.  That leaves Blaze’s doe, Gretel, who is doing much better.  I’m hoping to get her moved back out of the kitchen soon.

Monterey Jack

SOOC Monterey Jack

Sadly, I thought I was paranoid when I saw Bambi’s buckling look like he was wavering on one leg.  The next evening, he wouldn’t walk on it.  I began treating him.  The next day, I saw three kids that seemed a bit weak in the back legs.  I didn’t wait but started treating them right away.

Princess

SOOC Princess

They do seem to be doing better.  I still don’t know the cause, and my vet was stumped too. I just hope this is the end of it.

Snickers

Snickers

4.  Marley and three other goats have hoof rot.  That’s a side effect of having the steer in the barn with them all winter.  MJ is big enough (and poops enough) to keep the muck churned up and wet.  That’s not good for feet.  My son has been wonderful to help hold the two-hundred pound wether to give him antibiotics.  All four are improving, but it’s hard to completely clear up hoof rot in the spring.  I’ll keep using garlic rinses directly on their feet too.

Marley

Marley

5.  My magnolia tree is just to the point of bursting!  Today we have warm weather, so I expect by the time I get home, it will be quite lovely!

magnolia blossom

I’m sharing with Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday, Saturday’s Critters and Camera Critters.

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