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The Heat Goes On

19 Jun

We are still in the midst of horrible heat.  It has been more like August than June.  On top of that, the drought has continued.  In fact, we’ve progressed to severe drought based on the last drought monitor report.

Aurora is the one who can least tolerate the heat.  She does not do well with extreme heat or cold.  I’m starting to question my decision of a belly cut for her, but she was so cold over the winter, I thought it would be best.


Everyone is looking for a cool drink and a bit of shade.

I swear I am constantly cleaning and filling water tubs and buckets (the geese get them horribly dirty). And don’t even start me on the flies and wasps this year.  It has been horrible.

Joy, her boy Olaf, and Reva’s boy Micah

Luckily, we have a break coming.  Tomorrow is supposed to bring rain.  It looks like we could get an inch, which will not change our drought rating, but it will hopefully give my crops and pasture what they need to survive.  Then the temperatures are supposed to drop also.  We are all ready for a break from the heat.

This has been a horrible year to try to grow anything or try to do anything outside.  Even Bob Cat has decided it’s too hot to go out.

Bob Cat

But I’ve worked hard to get my garden reclaimed the last few days, since Tansy and Onyx had their kids.

Is this not the most sorry corn patch you’ve ever seen?  Well, I have replanted all the empty spaces.

I had to replant some of my beans, beets, some zucchini, and okra also.

beans, beets, brussel sprouts, and onions

I wasn’t even going to attempt carrots again, so that got replanted with brussel sprouts.

Surviving the Heat

13 Jun

I am trying to pamper everyone to make sure they survive this early horrible heat.

That means I’m giving the chickens some treats of frozen tomatoes from last summer’s garden.

Mr. Peacock is still dancing for the ladies after the barn creates shade for them in the evening.

Notice the hens ignoring him.

Again, I think he’s handsome even if the hens don’t care.

I had to fish Jack and Ivy out of their little tarp hammock because they were overheating in there.

Kind of a shame because they looked awfully cozy snuggled in together.

Jack and Ivy

Joani keeps hiding Glover under (or in) a tree.


I had a little plastic food pan filled with water for the goslings, but they have pretty much outgrown it.

I put out another big kiddie pool, and they are enjoying it.

I swear, I put fresh water in the pools every day.  The goats and llamas spend a lot of time in the shade.

Aurora thinks she’d like to come into the air conditioning

Zinnia likes the new tarp hut.

Zinnia with Ivy and Jack

I also make sure there’s plenty of fresh water everywhere because that is very important.

Still Here

22 Dec

You might have noticed in yesterday’s post that some of the little girls were still in there.


I really had planned on getting them sold.

Kate and Edith

My nephew was going to help me, but that was the Saturday we had our snow storm.  I wasn’t about to drive that front-wheel drive truck on curvy roads with live cargo.  So I didn’t take them.


Then this past weekend my nephew was busy.

Tilly and Sidney

With the holidays, it will be at least mid-January now before I can get them to the sale barn.

Cupid and Tansy (I’m pretty sure she’s bred)

In good news, I know who’s come into heat.

Poppy, Joani, Litha, and Haley hanging out by Xerxes

The scary part is the number of girls I haven’t seen in heat at all.


I don’t know what that means for them–just not hanging around the boys or did Tiger breed them?


In other news, Popcorn has started hanging out with Flora. Why does that boy always make friends with someone who’s supposed to be sold?

Popcorn and Flora

If I’m not careful, these girls will end up like Vinnie who got to stay on the farm because she was too wild for me to catch and sell, and then I just never got around to it.