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Summer Projects

2 May

I have quite a few projects in the works right now.  Some I’ve already started, like cleaning twenty-four years of excessive stuff out of the house and buildings.  I keep filling the dumpster.  My hope is that when I get done with the basement, I can get someone here to do some waterproofing.  Our recent rains have reminded me how much I need to get that done.

The board is new after the derecho; the water stains are from our recent rains.

I also need to do something in the front of my house where it’s currently mud.  I think, for now, I want to put strawberries there.  I might even try some rhubarb.

I also need to find a time next month to finish my deck now that it’s had time to cure.

Sky

Now that I have the goats out of the garage, I need to clean it out.  Seriously.  I am tired of my garage being a barn.

I also need to get the Ranger worked on.  It won’t keep running.  Hopefully, my son will find time to get it fixed because I need it to do some projects like cleaning up the barnyard.

I have a lot of old posts and limbs that need to be hauled up north and burned.

Most of this is from derecho cleanup.  It will be a massive bonfire.

Another big project is working on the birds’ building/pen.  To do that, I had to start by hobbling the greenhouse to put the birds in it.  My dad came and helped me with the last little bit of hobbling, and then my mom came the next night to help me catch the birds.

These two brown leghorns are totally wild things.

peacock

goose

Then I want to clean and make the outside pen much more secure again.  I also want to remove the part of the outside pen that has a limb in it.  I’ll return it to the north paddock for the goats.

We got everyone moved!

Add to the list regular yard work, planting my garden, and a two-week genealogy road trip, it’s looking like it’s going to be a super busy summer.

Saturday Afternoon

12 Apr

You know it’s a busy day when I’m still on Saturday afternoon. Since the goats were hanging out basking, I decided I’d take the opportunity to get my spring water ready.  I started by putting a tub out for the bucks.

Freddie was trying out the tub while it was still filling

It makes me smile to see Freddie being good to his little buck.

I also emptied the big tub and put a smaller one there and then added some buckets that the kids can drink from.

Onyx

Brigit checking out the new bucket

But after a while, the goats quit basking and went out to pasture.

heading out to pasture

That let me go back to the rest of my plan.  I got Flower and Coral’s hooves trimmed and moved them up north.

Coral and Flower up north

Then I focused my attention on my poor garage.  I got the wheelbarrow out and the tire blown up and cleared from in front of the garage door.  I was impressed that the garage door opener worked perfectly once I got the sensor back in place.

Bob was my helper.

Bob Cat

But when I took my first load to dump, I ended up with someone thinking they were going to come and join me out in the driveway.

Caroline

I decided I’d be better off waiting until Sunday morning when everyone was really out in pasture. It would be much easier to clean then.

I made a little progress!

It was long until the few goats who came back in wandered back out to pasture, and I decided it was time to put the goose in.

happy out in the barnyard

I felt bad about making her go back in the pen, so I treated her with a clean pool.

taking a bath

I think she forgave me.

The Rest of the Story

11 Apr

Well, once I had the goats out of the bean field and everyone together in the barnyard, I started cleaning up my messes.  I remembered I had Flower and Coral in the garage, so I opened it so they could at least go back in the small buck pen.

Coral and Flower in the pen; Freddie outside

I had to get my grain pitcher that I had left with the bucks. Then I decided I needed to scoop enough of the hay in the garage to close the door between the garage and the buck room.

When I got that done, I grabbed my camera to go back to the house and sit down for a few minutes. Instead I walked out the milk room door and saw that I had forgotten to use the chain on the chicken pen door.

Bambi coming out (Notice the goofy peacock is still just dancing happily)

Moose!  Brat.

Moose and Haley

I got everyone chased out of there and counted the hens.  I had all eleven of them and the peacock where they belonged.

But my goose was out in the barnyard.  Well, she was the least of my worries at that time.

I fastened the door properly and then went to the house to rest.  But I had no sooner gotten inside and called my mom to tell her what brats the goats were than I looked out the window and saw 2TC.

2TC

Why?  She’s never been stuck. The bucket of water has been there for weeks.  Seriously.  I swear.  All this chaos also messed with my plan of getting the moms back in the herd while they are out in pasture because it makes them less likely to fight with each other.

Antigone and Perdita

Luckily, there were just a couple of spats, which is always a concern when I return goats to the main herd.

Tommy watching his mom, Athena, and Astra fighting

Anyhow, all the goats were hanging out and I couldn’t finish doing what I needed to do, so I really did get to take a break.

Cupid feeding Brigit and Ostara

Xerxes and Freddie on the hill

Tommy and Claire

a whole lane full of goats

Pretzel

Hilda and Shellie

And the goats were pretty content to chill in the barnyard.