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A Cooler Weekend

3 Jun

Sidney interrupted my post about our cooler weekend weather.  I woke up to rain on my windows Saturday morning, and we got about a half an inch, and our temperatures are more seasonable.

Although, these rain pictures are from the pop-up showers last week that mostly went all around my farm and never gave me any.

I’m very grateful for the rain yesterday as my newly emerged corn needed a good drink.  I do believe my poor Bob cat got caught in the rain.  I don’t know why he didn’t go into the barn or one of the other buildings, but he was pretty wet when he came in.

Bob

Of course, as soon as he finished his breakfast, it was time to nap in my bed.  Gee, thanks, Bob.

I decided to try and take a couple of pictures of the peonies in the yard.  They just opened, and most of them are already past their prime due to the heat, but the ones under the plum tree were still pretty.

I have decided it is not easy to take pictures when your photography assistant is a German shepherd.

Sky

He’s almost worse help than the goats.

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Too Hot

27 May

We went from a horrible, wicked never-ending winter to about nine days of spring and then summer.  Now we seem to have hit horrible hot that is not planning on going away soon.  It looks like another week before we get back to close to normal.

That’s the kind of heat that makes you want to just stay inside in the air conditioning flopped out on the bed with your belly up.

Rocky

This heat means the goats are miserable.  After they went out to pasture, I decided I better go check on them since it was 98*F ( 36.67*C).  They were in about they best place they could be.

Everyone is hot, but Wanda was really panting.  I worry about her and a couple of my old ones and the really pregnant ones.

Wanda

Maggie is another that does not like the heat, but she was doing okay.

Margarita and Maggie

At least they have the water right there.  They can stay hydrated.

Hera

It was just a fun picnic under the cottonwood for Reva and her kids.

Reva with Zisa (front) and Loki

Myson thought he’d stay cooler if he went higher up in the tree to catch a breeze.

I’m not sure it worked because there is virtually no breeze.

Myson

I think some goats had a better idea by rubbing on the cool earth.

Betty Lou, Vinnie, and Apollo

Maybe just taking a nap in the dirt will help.

Aphrodite

Is it wrong to hope that school gets let out early since I’m on the second floor of a brick building without air conditioning?  I also want to keep an eye on my critters.  It’s not supposed to get this hot until I’m done teaching for the year.

Special Needs

26 May

I tell ya, all these critters with their special needs are killing me. I still have Harley shut in.  I do think she’s getting stronger.  This leaves me a little more optimistic for her prognosis once we get babies safely here.  Yes.  She’s half naked from the copper deficiency damaging her fur and then pouring for lice making it worse.  Poor girl.

Harley

I just wish she would quit standing up on the fence.  It really makes me nervous. I mean really, really nervous.

When I was carrying Harley’s hay to her, Aurora saw it, and she seemed to think she’d like to just stand around and eat.  That would be good to help her gain weight, so I let her in to eat with Harley.

I just couldn’t leave her in there because it’s too small, and I also have goat minerals in there for Harley.  I even checked with the Iowa State vet that saw her before.  Nope.  Aurora can’t have that.  It has too much copper, and it could become toxic to any of the llamas.  That means I have tried to get a place where the goats can go in and eat the minerals and the llamas can’t.

Ava

I didn’t have the opening quite small enough, so I had to wrestle Buster to get him out.  I swear the farm is currently a combination of musical chairs food pans and keep away.

I did have Aurora want hay another day or so later, and she went up north and came back out when she was done eating.  I am going to try to get some llama feed to try and let her eat when she’s up there.  That should help her gain weight too.

I have to have the minerals because the remaining March/April kids are still at risk of suffering the neurological damage from being born with low copper levels.  I’m trying to encourage them to eat.  I swear I can’t figure out all these special things.

Zeus

Then I still have Snickers on his special diet.  I either feed him canned food or egg every day.

It’s been getting harder for Leo to get up on the table to eat his food, so I’ve also set out another bowl where the dog won’t get it, but it’s easier for Leo to get to.

Leo

I also had my little phoenix hen injure her leg, so I have her shut in a pen to heal.  She really is improving.

I’m guessing the injury might have something to do with how big Nugget has grown.

Nugget

Oh.  And I can’t forget to give Harley her meds on a peanut butter cracker.  They are keeping me on my toes!

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