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More Rain

30 Oct

After a rainy last Sunday, we had more rain Wednesday and Thursday.  The amount of the state in a drought is decreasing.  Of course, I’m still in the area of severe drought, but I’m hoping the additional rain (not on this map) will at least put us back down to just a moderate drought.

It is the first time in ages we’ve actually had mud.

Caroline

Cinnamon

Rosie

It was wonderful!

looking like fall

And it made for an extra enjoyable sunset Friday.

coming up from pasture at sunset

Our temperatures are also cooling down to more normal.

And in totally unrelated news, I made my last payment today on my acreage.  That means the house and garage

and barn and front pasture are all mine.

I’m dancing a happy dance today!

Under the Weather

10 Oct

When I got home from work Friday, Rosie seemed to be a little off.  I checked her out, and she seemed a bit thin and had a loose stool, but her eyes were good.  I wormed her and promised I’d give her some copper in the morning.  I went out to pasture to check on her Saturday morning, and about got run over by a couple of speeding llamas.

Maybeline and Odie walking at a more lladyllike pace

When I got to the crest of the hill, I saw Rosie was lying by herself–not a good sign.

Rosie

When I got down to her, I could tell she had a hefty fever, so I decided to take my camera back up and then I was going to come carry her up to the barnyard.  However, the goats decided to follow me.

coming up from pasture

While I waited for Rosie to get to the barnyard, I prepped some meds for her.  The poor girl got copper, antibiotics, banamine, and a probiotic.

You can see she’s lost some weight.

Then I shut her in the Love Shack.  She can rest and eat and not run around all over pasture.

Together on opposite sides of the fence.

Poor Rosie isn’t happy, and poor Hilda isn’t happy with both of her kids penned away from her.

Hilda

Hopefully, Rosie responds to the meds, and she’ll perk up and be back with the herd in a couple of days.

Still Cleaning Up

28 Jul

Of course, July is very hot, so that seems like the best time to do work outside. Right? My dad is cleaning up some of the downed trees in the pasture because he needs dry wood for the winter.

Dad

I’m kind of struggling with this because I get really persnickity about my pasture.  I can’t help it.  I’m trying, but change is hard.

Then he had a bit of time, so he came out and we tackled the walnut tree that was downed in west side of my barnyard during last year’s derecho.

We got it taken care of!

It’s quite the change for the goats.

checking it out

Pretzel

I’m sure Purl is not happy with it being gone.

Purl with her feet up on all that’s left of her tree

All that’s left is to get the logs picked up and burn the scrub stuff.

Tasting my scrub brush pile–notice Purl looking like this is not right

It’s still a nice napping area.

Coral

Victoria

Of course, with the drought, it will be a while before I burn anything.