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Still Working

26 Jul

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures of the animals lately because I’ve just been busy working.  Scooping the buildings is still a priority.  I’m currently working on the buck pen.

I had to quit because Xerxes was in a panic over me being in there while he wanted to nap.  I didn’t complain because I’m old and can’t do the all day scooping like I used to.

Fionn and Xerxes

I was going to finish it today, but we had a rain overnight.  The rain is good.  We were horribly dry again, and this will also help the compost pile settle (picture before the rain).

We’ll see when it gets done now.  At least we still have cool weather in the forecast.  For the record, that really thick part is from the llamas’ poop pile.  I dearly wish they would make those piles outside.

The other thing I had to do this summer was empty the bulk bin.

For some reason, the corn seemed a little lower quality than I like to feed to the goats.  I’m not feeding corn this summer while they are fat from pasture, so I wanted to empty it, hose it down and let it air out.  I emptied it into buckets and took to my nephew for his cows.  Yes, I can get fifteen cat litter buckets in the Ranger.

The cows looked like they would prefer I just gave it directly to them.

When I got it emptied, I reached in, and it was gross.  This is what is plastered to the sides for quite a ways up.

And it really smells bad too.  And it draws flies like crazy.  Yuck.

I’m trying to figure out how to clean it (I’m thinking power washer), and then I have to figure out how the moisture got in it in the first place.  I can’t fill it just to let the corn rot again.

Getting Ready for Winter

15 Nov

We had the bulk bin filled up earlier this week. We should be ready to get through the winter now.

Margarita is back out with the whole herd.  She is happy not to be stuck in the Love Shack by herself, and she’s doing better about not being picked on.

The Highs and Lows

31 Jan

It seems like our weather has been a crazy roller coaster this winter.  Truly, I can’t count the times we’ve gone up and down.  I showed you our freezing rain over the weekend.  That turned into rain and thundershowers, which means mud.  As much as I’d like to say it is really helping with our drought conditions, it’s just the top couple of inches that are getting any of the moisture.  Below that level it’s frozen.  I know this because I called to have my bulk bin filled with corn.

bulk bin

When I got home Tuesday, this is what my driveway looked like.

muddy tire tracks

I don’t know how many times the driver had to back up and go forward to rip the ground up like this, but below the tire tracks, it’s still frozen solid despite our temperatures in the forties.

muddy tire tracks

It continued raining Tuesday evening, and when I got up Wednesday morning, this was what my windows looked like.

ice and snow on window

We had a snow day from school because of the continuing snow and blowing snow making travel treacherous.  Our temperatures were now in the twenties.

blowing snow

winter storm

winter storm

I did go out and fill the bird feeders, but they were still hiding.  Either that or they didn’t want to go for a ride on the swinging feeders.

swinging bird feeder

The goats were huddled in the barn; although I did discover my plywood had come loose and fallen down.  Luckily the goats all wanted to stay in the barn and nobody was in the wrong place.  I managed to get it put back despite the snow and wind.

barn door

The geese were all huddled down with their beaks tucked beneath their wings.

geese in snowstorm

I decided to hand shovel my driveway because there was still mud below the snow and I didn’t want to rip the driveway up even more with the Ranger and snow plow.  Here’s a gratuitous fence picture since the shoveled driveway is boring.

snowy fence

In the afternoon, we had another snow squall.

snowing

snow

Then our temperatures really began dropping overnight.  It was at about 3* F when I got up this morning.

snowy pasture

I had to put the coat back on my Millie goat since the temperatures are only supposed to get up to 9*.

snow

Then we’re supposed to be below zero tonight before rebounding again to the thirties by Monday.

Linking to Thursay’s Favorite Things,  Friday’s Fences Skywatch Friday, and  Farmgirl Friday.

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