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Updates and Preparing to Leave

29 Jun

With mixing the herd together again, that means Moose is back on the side of the barnyard where the chicken pen is.

Moose

And he immediately decided to see if he could get in there.  He is such a brat.

Is it me, or is Odie using Ostara as a scratching post?  Never seen her do that to a goat before.

Ostara and Odie (Cinnamon in front)

Speaking of Ostara, she’s actually been letting me pet her again.  Most of the time.

I had to adjust my rhubarb’s cages.  My dog was peeing on it.

Hopefully the bigger space will help protect it from Sky.

Oh, I’ve also made progress on getting the deck sealed.

I still need to do another coat on the flat boards and I haven’t done the vertical ones yet, but the weather and everything else has made it difficult. By “everything else” I do mean goats.

While I’ve been working on the deck and front yard, I did some weed removal and created a rock garden.  It’s not done, but it should hold the weeds back while I’m gone.

I have the cattle tank up and running to try and make chores easier while I’m gone.

I’ve been working to get the garden in shape as well.  I even have someone kind enough to check it for me while I’m away.

Garden (in the process of finding everything)

I got the buck room scooped out.

It’s a good thing I finished because there isn’t really more room on the manure spreader.

I had to take frequent breaks because a pair of barn swallows had just hatched babies and they really needed me to not be in there so they could take care of the little ones.

At my age, I was more than happy to take long, frequent breaks.  For the babies, of course.

Xerxes seems to be a bit confused as to what happened to all that soft bedding (manure and hay) that he got to sleep on.

Xerxes

I even spent an evening testing out the tent and air mattress.

I am really getting excited for this trip!

Catching Up

8 Jun

Just a few random things that have been going on around here.  I am not really going to have a crop of cherries this year.

one of the handful of cherries on the tree

I think the day the orioles were all over my tree, they were feasting on what was to become my cherries.  I’m okay with that though. We’ve had a really cool, late spring, and I’m sure they were grateful for the food.

oriole stealing twine for the nest

I came home from work one day last week and was greeted by Rocky with a snake.  I really need to up my game in doing repairs/remodeling around the house.

Rocky–look at those eyes!

I took the snake from the cat and returned it to the great outdoors.

I do believe that is a look of gratitude.  At least, I’m going to pretend it is.

I’m still waiting on a manure spreader.  It is the busy time of year for my nephew, but I’m getting impatient.  I have so much to get done before we go on our road trip.  In the meantime, I’m working on clearing the area where the magnolia tree used to be.

bleeding hearts

I’m trying to figure out how to clear it and leave the few flowers that haven’t been destroyed by dogs, goats, and neglect.

a lily getting ready to bloom

I have things coming up in the garden.

potato from one that was left over from last year’s crop

While I was working in the garden, I finally lit the fire–you know the giant one from cleaning up after the derecho.

It still needs to be pushed back up into a pile after the hay gets made.  Then I’ll add more brush from my place and light it again.

Then my hope is that it can go back into pasture/hay field.

Getting Ready

27 May

I am more than ready for summer.  Trust me on that one.  But that’s not what this post is about.  Remember all those things I said I had to do this summer.  Well, that’s what I’m getting ready to do.

I couldn’t resist getting a house plant when I got my garden plants.

One thing that put me behind was my Ranger not running.  It would start and then die, like it wasn’t getting gas.  So my dad came out yesterday morning to load it up and haul it to the shop.  (Thanks to Dad for the pictures)

Um. It didn’t go quite as planned.

He had to get a loader and pull it out of the floor and back onto solid wood.  Oops.

On the way back from dropping it off, he picked up my panels and boards so that I can start fixing the chicken/peacock/goose outdoor pen.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy this weekend, I also stopped on my way home from work to pick up the stuff to seal/finish the deck.

Now I just need sunshine and a plan to keep the dog from tromping through my work.  He seems to think it’s time to play.

Sky with his Jolly Ball

My mom came out last Monday, and we planted garden.  I got as much done as I could before the next two days of rain.

Mom in the garden

I have just a few things left to plant, and then the garden is ready for summer!

cucumbers and celery (with strawberries in the back)

I am soooooo ready for summer!