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The Barn Fix

25 Sep

I shared a while ago that Fionn had destroyed the wall of my barn, and we were planning on doing some repair work on it.

Well, I came home Friday to find that my dad and my nephew had come and fixed it!

The big hole was just to the right of the door.

The view from the outside

You can see another new board they used to repair this part.

It’s amazing!  I’ve never seen the barn look so good and feel so sturdy.

Reva also approves of the repair job!

Reva

I am very grateful for the job they did.

I Missed My Deadline

7 Aug

I am still scooping the barn.  That means I missed my self-imposed deadline of the first of August.  I’m trying, but it’s been hard. When we had the excessive heat warning, I was checking animals, and didn’t really get anything done.  Then I spent time with the family while my nephew was back from Indiana.  I had to spend a day shopping for doors and getting feed. Then I was right back to scooping, and I got the manure spreader filled!

When my nephew took the spreader to empty it, he asked if it would be in our way for baling hay.  Should he bring it back?  Of course, my knees and elbows suggested he wait until after we got done making hay.

Maybeline checking out the hay

Then I went and sat with my great-nephew so my nephew could bring the spreader back (Grady was not happy his dad left).

I immediately began scooping again, but I just keep getting interrupted.  I have to keep an eye on Tony, so my bucks are safe.

Tony Llama

There’s all the care for my goats–Fionn and Peanut are getting lots of care.  I am cutting grass (with scissors) for Peanut.

Peanut eating freshly cut grass.

It’s helping.  Fionn is gaining his weight back, and he’s even starting to get a bit of pink to his eye membranes.

Fionn

I had to give everyone another round of copper.  Most of them took it in a peanut, but I had seven that I had to catch and use the pill pusher.  But I’m done with that now!

Anubis was my last goat to get copper!

I’m working to keep Tinkerbell’s head out of the fences.

She made me go for a “Ranger ride.” It was terrifying!

That included an incident which involved my face hitting Tink’s horn.  I decided I shouldn’t throw manure when it was going to blow back onto my face while the cut was still oozing.

It’s better now, but sweat still hurts, and I tend to have sweat running down my face when I’m scooping the barn out.

Then there’s walking Pluto out to pasture because he can’t figure out that he should go out when everyone else does.

I also had to take a break from scooping because I was checking on Maybeline and noticed she had a wad of chicken wire stuck in her tail.

Maybeline

I got that removed.

It’s just been really, really busy.  I’ll have to tell you about more of my distractions tomorrow.  I’m still making progress though.

It will be done before I go back to school.

A Crappy Week

14 Jul

I mean that literally.  It’s that time when I could no longer delay my barn cleaning for the summer.

My tools of the trade.

Since the main barn didn’t get cleaned out last year because of my laziness, pulled muscles, lack of time, and poor weather, it was first on my list.

I started with the wheelbarrow and making a pile on last year’s compost pile that will eventually get hauled to a place that needs it, but I quickly realized I was going to run out of room.

My dear nephew had the manure spreader delived to the barn door.

I’m making progress.  It’s slow progress because I’m old and can’t scoop for eight or ten hours a day anymore.

After 3 1/2 days with the manure spreader, I’m really starting to get it filled up. Seriously, my goal is to be done with shoveling manure by the first of August.  I think I can do that.

Although, my progress is messing with the llamas.  Aurora likes to stand in the doorway, and there’s a deep trench there now.  They don’t want to stand on the floor because it smells.  The poop pack is actually pretty clean and dry until I mess with it.  The llama poop piles are another story–they’re disgusting.

Aurora (and Maybeline peeking in)

Aurora got mad and was spitting at Maybeline who just wanted to walk past, but there wasn’t enough room on the poop pack.

When I’m done, those dang llamas need to make their piles outside instead of thinking they have indoor plumbing.

Since I first started the post, I have officially finished the first section!  Woo hoo!

Maybeline (post spitting match with Odie)

It’s all loaded onto the manure spreader.

To get an idea of how big the spreader is (and how far up I have to toss all that manure), you can see Odie beside it. (You can see just her head in the picture above.)

It’s no wonder I’m feeling my age.  And I’m feeling better about my self-imposed end-of-the-month goal for finishing.