More Fencing

23 Sep

I had to replace the fence around my yard.  We put the fence in 19 years ago with some used wire.

It was a good fence, but there are places that I’ve had to hobble together and other places the dog could just hop over.  I don’t know why he hasn’t.

I haven’t had a real front gate for many years.  Anyhow, we decided it was time!

The first step was using the posts I set in concrete and a couple of panels to put up a temporary fence across the yard to keep Sky from helping us.  You’ll notice the messy fence running along the tree. That’s the one that is so bad the dog could hop it.

The backhoe showed up, and they started pulling old posts and pulling the scrub bushes from the front fence.

It didn’t take long to completely get rid of the front fence.

Then we put it back in with new posts and panels.

New gates!  We put four new gates in.

I’m so excited!  Do you see the two gates to the left.  The small walk through gate is new.  That one has me excited too.  I’ll be able to go in and out of the barnyard without having to open that big gate.

It looks good!  Although, in the picture above you can see it is not very straight.  But we missed the tree, the pole, the electric wires, and made it to the side of the new gate.  It just gives it more character.

Then we moved Sky’s temporary fence and started on the side fence along the road.  I tell you, that dog was certain we were torturing him since he could see us, but he couldn’t kiss us.

This one had enough scrub mulberry in it that my dad went and got his chainsaw.

Then the backhoe came into the yard.

We got it cleaned out and started putting posts back in, but it got late.  I’ll have to show you the final results when it’s done.

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Hold the Press!

22 Sep

Breaking news!  I have a new toy!  With more milk in my future, I decided I wanted to branch out and try some new cheeses again.  But I’m kind of at the point I would need a cheese press.  As luck would have it, my dear blogging friend Patty from Broken Teepee (great book reviews and recipes) had a cheese press she was no longer using.  She sent it to me!

I decided I’d work into the pressed cheeses a bit and try making a queso blanco (or queso fresco).  That way I could use the press but it’s still a fresh cheese, so I don’t have to wait to try it out!  I started by rigging a double  boiler from a big pot and a bigger pot.

That worked well, so I added my vinegar.  It started curdling like it’s supposed to, but it didn’t get any whey separating.

I don’t know why.  After I did this, I remembered I failed at using vinegar as a coagulant when I first started making cheese.  I kept trying though, and it eventually ended up like cream of rice.

There’s no way anything this soupy is going into a cheese press, so I gave up.  We’ll see if I get brave and try again.  I did find a different recipe for queso blanco that calls for rennet.  That might work better.  I’ll let you know if the second time is a charm.

Home!

21 Sep

This morning, I finally got the phone call I’ve been waiting for.  Pluto was ready to come home!

Pluto

He’s been given excellent care at ISU’s Lloyd Veterniary Hospital while he recovered from the parasites that really messed with his gastro-intestinal system.

Dr. Breuer and soon-to-be Dr. ?  (I’m a horrible person and don’t remember her name)

I am beyond grateful to Dr. Breuer and all of the hospital staff.  After a cramped ride in the pet taxi, I planned on putting him back with Harley and his brother.

Not that they cared.  They were more interested in their sweet feed than Pluto’s homecoming.

Anubis and Harley

I also decided it was not a good place for him because when I backed up to take their picture, they both followed me, but poor Pluto tripped on the green stuff.

I decided to put him back with Antigone in the Love Shack.  She and he had a nice little conversation as I was carrying him up to the north paddock, so I figured she’d be happy to have him in there with her.

Antigone

He didn’t care about her.  He just wanted green stuff.

That’s good because he needs to keep eating and gain strength.