Friday’s Hunt v1.21

20 May

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  I’m excited for week twenty-one!  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with V, Week’s Favorite, and sunshine.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with U:  I found this nail in the chicken pen.  I use them all the time on the farm, but they can be a bit tricky.  I might tend to send them flying when I’m trying to nail something with them.

Letter U_7126ews

I happened to wander into the greenhouse this evening and noticed I have a goose sitting on a nest under the workbench.  That makes at least three geese sitting on nests right now.  Maybe someone will hatch goslings and keep them alive.


Week’s Favorite:  My Sam is still enough kid to be silly.  I just wish he’d be sweet.  He was fairly mellow when I got him, but he just will not finish taming down.

Sam Goodberry

Sam Goodberry

Saanen Buck_6958ews

Saanen buck_6960ews

How did I get such a cute, smiley guy that I adore and can’t touch.  It makes it really hard to try and trim his hooves.  I’m going to have to learn how to lasso.

In the Morning:  I’m not a fan of mornings, and when the alarm goes off, I tend to hit the snooze button as long as I can. Twice this past week, I’ve not been able to do that.  Something woke me up before my alarm even went off.  It was this loud maaing.  Clover was being a bit demanding about getting milked.  I’m glad she likes her job, but she could let me sleep that last twenty minutes. She does not have a snooze button!

Clover Blackboer

Clover Blackboer



Now it’s your turn!

Random 5 Friday

19 May

I’m counting the days until summer break because I’m way too busy. It won’t be long until we have kids again!  I has a woman who works for Iowa State University Extension with agritourism coming to tour the farm my second day of summer break.  I warned her a got might go into labor, but she didn’t seem to think that sounded like a bad thing.

Sallie Blackboer

Sallie Blackboer

That and it’s getting warm.  I teach on the second floor of a non-air conditioned building.  In the soap room, this bad boy is getting installed tomorrow.  My dad is coming to help me because I was too non-mechanical/handy to even figure out how to get the screen out of the window.  Thank goodness for my dad!  I’m going to be open this Saturday, and the temperatures are supposed to be near 80*F (26.6*C).

Air Conditioner_6961ews

I decided to go for a walk out in the pasture when I got home.  Unfortunately, the goats saw me and came on the run.

goats running_6962ews

I told Lily that old goats should not run when they are not used to it and the warmer weather.

Lily Osboer

Lily Osboer

Kizzy was towards the end of the herd, so she didn’t make it all the way back in.  She did seem to be resting beneath a tree.

Kizzy Kay Street

Kizzy Kay Street

I don’t think it’s going to give her much shade.

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Finally, I found Llenny.  That’s who I was coming out to take a picture of.  See how much his wool has grown.  I still haven’t heard back from the guy who sheared him last year, so I’m trying to find someone else to do it.



Poor guy is going to be getting hot.

I do hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt tomorrow.  I have the items for this week posted at the top of my sidebar.

Today, I’m sharing with Skywatch Friday and Random 5 Friday.


18 May

The palm warblers are still here!  I know they are only in Iowa during their migration, but I’m enjoying them.



I’m also enjoying watching the robin with her nest just inside the barnyard gate.


I’m not sure she’s quite as happy when I’m around, but she’s not too scolding.

robin nest_6754ews

robin nest_6756e

I am sorry to say that the gosling is gone.  They were taking good care of it, but it just disappeared.  I assume a hawk got it.  It’s hard to be a little bird, which is why they hatch so many.  I had a pair of Canada geese in the pasture.

canada goose_6765ews

canada goose_6780ews

The orioles are back.



I’m not sure what this one is.  Any guesses? [Edit:  I’m going with Eastern Phoebe after help from my blogging friends]


The barn swallows are all over now.

barn swallow_6702ews

barn swallows_6703ews

There was also a little wren.


If you want to come back and join in Friday’s Hunt, I have the items for this week at the top of my sidebar.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Good Fences.