Flying Things

26 Jul

I’ve seen lots of butterflies this year.  Last week’s heat was brutal.  I think it was even too hot for the flying insects because they were way more cooperative than usual when I wanted to take their picture.

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It also gave me an excuse to rest under the shade trees while I was checking goats.  I’m very thankful that our temperatures and humidity have returned to more normal levels.

I do hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my side bar.

Crop Duster Season

25 Jul

It’s that time of year when the crop dusters are out in full force.

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When I was getting ready to go out and milk this morning, I heard the plane before I left the house, so I took my camera.

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I am always amazed at the skill it takes to fly and run the equipment and spray so precisely.

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It’s the one time each year my geese will all group together and not fight.  I guess the plane is more scary than each other.

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I had three brave boys watching from the picnic table.  Everyone else was hiding in the barn.

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Gomez

Chocolate, Vanilla, and Gomez

It didn’t take long before he was finished and off to his next field.

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I do hope you will consider coming back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have the items listed at the top of my side bar.

Here’s to a New Week

24 Jul

I am so ready for a new better week.  This one just has to end. With the heat and the worry over my moms in the yard, I decided not to set up for the Rhodes Pride Days’ farmer’s market.  I just did the parade.  Then I hurried home to check everyone.  One of my biggest to check was little Cutie Pie.  When I went out to do bottle kids, she was only walking on three legs.  She tried running to get her bottle and fell head over nose when she tried to run on the leg.

Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

I gave her meds for pain and the swelling in her ankle.  When I got back from the parade, she was still hurting, and I couldn’t get a good check on it without causing lots of pain, so I called the vet and said, “I think I have a kid with a broken leg.”

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He came out and felt it and said that it was definitely broken.  It was, however, a simple break, in place, no broken skin and she’s young enough that she should heal completely with the splint.  I guess if you have to have a broken leg, that was the best possible way to do it.  Poor girl.  It was good she had the pain killers on board while he was working on her, and the splint holding it stable really helped her feel better too.

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She’s already feeling better (still on pain meds) and learning how to get around with it on.  She’s even figured out how to reach those hard-to-itch places.  By the end of the four weeks, she’ll probably be bouncing all over with it.

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My moms in the yard are doing better.  I’m trying to figure out how to do things so that I don’t have them all in the yard now.  Wanda and her kids can go back into the herd.  Maggie is the one I really think I need to keep in the yard.  She still has three babies that want to nurse and she does not do heat at all.  I don’t know what to do with Sallie either.  Vixen is another one I worry about, but I think I’ll put her back with Wilson.  Cutie will have to stay in the yard too.

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Add to the goat stress that something has attacked and killed two chickens through their enclosed pen, and I have had it.  I’m setting a trap tonight to try and catch whatever is killing them.  I have to find my trap first.

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The heat is better.  We should be back to normal temperatures by tomorrow.  I am ready for a much better week.  I vote we all make it a great week!

If you would like to join me for Friday’s Hunt this next week, I have the items at the top of my side bar.