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Odds, Ends, and Leftovers

20 May

I managed to get my garden re-planted.  I didn’t have my camera up there though, so you get a picture of my garlic and potatoes in containers.

potatoes and garlic

My strawberry bed in containers is also doing well.

strawberries

Penelope has reached that awkward stage where she can easily put her head through the fence, but she can’t get it out.  I’m hoping that she outgrows this phase quickly.

Penelope

If not…I still have my horn apparatus left over from Hera.

Hera from 2018

Maybeline is such a pretty girl.  I hope the llama shearer comes soon since our weather is starting to warm up.

Maybeline

I am really starting to wonder how many kids Hilda has in there.  She’s still got a month to go.

Hilda (with Chiffon in the background)

Wanda’s fur is growing back where she was naked all winter.  I’m pretty sure our warm, humid air has helped it not be dry and itchy.  She been rubbing it off with her horn every time it started to grow back, but it is finally looking good.

Wanda

I’m guessing part of the problem with her fur having come off and her back injury were due to low copper.  I don’t understand that because she’d never shown a sign of the copper issues before.  Sadly, I’m afraid I am seeing the neurological symptoms of in vetro copper deficiency in her kids.  Lou is holding his own for now.  We’ll see what happens.

Lou fighting with Scooter

I’m afraid Lainey’s issues are too severe for her to continue much longer.

Lainey

This just breaks my heart.  I gave those goats a ridiculous amount of copper throughout the last year, and I’m getting ready to do another round in the next week or two.

Rainy Day and Thursday

14 May

Yesterday evening, the rain came.

It was gentle and slow to start, which is good because it gave me time to check on Uno and Seven since they had just moved.  Uno somehow managed to injure himself.  I really have no idea how.  Poor baby, but he’ll be fine.

Uno

Xerxes is innocent.  He didn’t have a drop of blood on him, so I know he wasn’t fighting with the kid.  He is actually happy to have company.

Xerxes

While I was up checking on Uno, I also found Seven.  He had moved himself back up there.  Again I don’t know how Uno managed to hurt himself, but it looks like it might have been on the tub Seven is sleeping in.  That is all Uno blood.  Seven just looks dead.  He was sleeping quite soundly and unconcerned that his maa was yelling for him to come eat.

Seven

Don’t worry, I carried Seven back down to his maa.  Everyone got inside during the rain, but I did have to kick Pistol out of the buck room because she was picking on everyone.  Poor Antigone has to be without her maa now.

This morning after the rains had quit, I checked again, and everyone was fine.  Seven looks quite cozy in his new surroundings.  You can see he had been outside because he has wet legs.

Seven

Popcorn has been hanging out with the girls in the buck room; I hope he keeps going out to pasture with them like he did yesterday afternoon.

Popcorn

I am grateful for the rain because we’ve been rather dry. No matter how old I get, I still enjoy the bright color of a dandelion.

This will hopefully help the crops and let the seeds I had already planted in my garden to sprout.  It certainly has helped the lilacs finish opening.

lilacs

I still haven’t decided if my cherry tree will actually have any cherries after our freeze.

sorry for the blur–Iowa is a windy state

Sky never seems to mind the rain.

Sky

This was a perfect rainy spring day!

What Season is it Now?

2 May

It’s allergy season!  Seriously.  The trees are blooming.

cherry blossom

They are beautiful, but they are killing me.

cherry blossom

The magnolia even looks better than I thought it might after our week of freezing weather.

My plum tree is alive.  That’s about all I can say about it.

plum tree blossom

There are some new little ones coming up. Hopefully, I can get a couple started in another location.

little plum tree in front of Sky

The crab apple is starting to blossom too.

Hopefully, I can get my allergies under control, too, because the garden has been tilled, and it’s time to plant.

I started putting in the sweet corn, onions, garlic, and hot peppers.  My son complained my salsa isn’t hot enough, so we’ll try these peppers.

I have more plants to put in (there’s another whole box of tomato plants), and lots more row stuff.

But it started raining on me!

By the time I was close to my house, the rain was quitting and the sun was coming back out.

Hopefully, that means I’ve been back up and planting a lot more before you got to read this.