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Friday’s Hunt v3.12

24 Mar

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.  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 M, Week’s Favorite, and water.   I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top.  I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with L:  All of the goats that begin with L: Laurel, Laverne, Lenny, Lenny, Lexie, Lexie, Liam, Lily, LilyAnn, Lindy, Link, Lino, Linus, Litha, Little Bit, Lolo, Louie, Lucette, Lucky, Lucy, Luke, Lulu, Luna, Luther, and Luther.  The goats in bold are still on the farm.  I’m sharing Lily.  She is the second oldest goat on the farm at 11.  She is from the first year that I ever kept one of my kids.

Lily Osboer

On the younger side of things is her granddaughter, LilyAnn.  I am really hoping to keep a Dolly (Lily’s daughter) daughter this year, and LilyAnn is awfully cute.

LilyAnn Osboer

Week’s Favorite: Okay, LilyAnn is kind of a snooty little girl.  Her sister, Sidney, might be my favorite.  She’s cute and sweet!

Sidney Osboer

Antique:  I have an old barn.  I have an old sliding door on the lean-to.

I love the detail of the thingy that holds the doohicky that goes in the track (Yeah.  I’m not very mechanical.).

Now it’s your turn!

Cold Snap

11 Mar

After starting my week of kidding with temperatures about ten degrees above normal, we’ve slowly dropped, and now we’re about fifteen degrees below normal.  I’m not happy with this.  My kids were born outside and used to just following their moms and napping wherever they pleased.  Poor Ghost went from being happy to shivering in his preferred sleeping space.

Stormy and Ghost

These kids are not used to having to make a mosh pile under a heat lamp.

I’m not happy with having to use heat lamps, but that is quite the sudden change for these babies.  I keep checking it frequently.

It’s at an age when they just want to start playing too.

Joani and her buck

They are wanting to start going out to pasture with their moms.

Instead, they are stuck inside trying to stay warm.

At least the wind has died down, so I did open the doors for my newest moms to come out.  Cinnamon and Haley really liked getting out of the Love Shack (and the llady llamas were checking out the new kids).

Vixen stepped out with her kids, but she’s been very careful about keeping them sheltered from the little wind we do have today.

Vixen’s girl Foxy.

Sadly, it looks like the middle of next week with a potential snow storm before we make it back up to normal temperatures.

Cleaning the Barn

11 Dec

It’s been way too long since the cattle lean-to on my barn was cleaned out.  My nephew that does it is incredibly busy, and the fall weather has not cooperated.  The last two falls have been horribly wet, making it impossible to clean out.  The two years before, we had early cold and snow making it impossible to clean out.  I was absolutely giddy when I heard my nephew pull up by the barn with the tractor.  He had brought a big round cornstalk bale for bedding the lean-to when it was cleaned.

cornstalk-bale_8378ews

Then he went back for the tractor and manure spreader.  His final trip was the Hydro for cleaning it out.

scooping-manure_8375ews

You can see how far down his front tires sank.  He was trying to go up hill.  Notice how narrow the door is and how close behind him the fence it.  That’s kind of why it’s not a fun barn to clean out.  He was having problems, so his dad came to help.

scooping-manure_8377ews

He managed to get a little, but it was still a struggle, so we went to plan B.

scooping-manure_8380ews

We removed a panel from the fence on the north side of the barn and dug that big sliding door open and took down my fence and tarp inside the barn and went at it from that side.  It worked, but it was quite the chore.  I am exceedingly grateful to have it done though.  Tomorrow, I’ll share the critters’ reactions.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.