Tag Archives: Maisie

The Way Things Go

7 Nov

I am struggling with the last couple of weeks being ten degrees or so below our historical average.  I’m not ready for this!  It means I have to get ready for winter, and it never seems to be an easy task.  I don’t know why it never seems to be as easy as I think it should be.

Maisie basking on the south side of the greenhouse

Over the weekend, I decided I’d get some of the heated water ready to go.  I made a dozen trips in and out of where the boys are trying to get my light working so I could see to get the heated water tub moved into the shelter.  After digging out a different light, I finally, I got that done.

Ollie

Then I hunted all over for the heater that goes into the cattle tank.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Seriously.  I know I have at least one that I used last winter.  Luckily, I had one new one left, so I put that in the tank.

Litha and Zinnia

For some reason, when I was milking, the cows were standing in the barnyard bellowing, so I went to see what the problem was.  I still don’t know what the problem was, but I saw that my cattle tank was overflowing.   I opened it up again, and I could see the float was wedged against the side.  I don’t know how that happened.  Really.  I finally decided to turn the water off in the well house and call my nephew to come help me out.

I didn’t have my camera for this, so you just get a picture of the cows lounging on top of the hill.

Luckily, he got it taken care of rather easily.  I was just afraid to totally bust it off if I tried manhandling it the way he did.  But it was all good!  The next day when I got home from work, I saw something lying on the deck.  Sky!  I never know what he’s going to find in my yard.  It’s rather embarrassing, really, to see all the stuff he’s drug up to the front yard and deck.

Sky

Well, this time, he decided to rip the handle off the well house.  You know.  He saw me in there to turn the well off, so he busted in and stole the drop cord I use to plug in the goats’ heated tub and the heater for the well house.  Needless to say, I have to go shopping now.

Remind me why I got a dog.  Sigh…  Hopefully it goes better when I finish winterizing.

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Doe and Kid Wordless Wednesday

23 Mar

Hercules and Maisie

Oops.  I forgot it’s Thursday.  So it’s mostly Wordless Thursday.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt (that’s tomorrow, right).  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

Amazing Goats

7 Feb

I have been crazy worried about Maisie not having kids.  In fact, Sunday afternoon I thought she was dribbling amniotic fluid, so I did a check.  I was trying to be quick and careful, and I was wearing my glove with some lube.  She was not happy and fought me, but I though I could feel her cervix closed.

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Maisie

I did get nervous enough to call the vets on Monday afternoon, and they told me not to worry about her being overdue as long as she was eating and acting normal.  Of course, I still worried.  I had thoughts of Boeris babies with big heads (Maisie is a Boeris baby) and how Maggie and Sallie showed no signs of being in labor because they just couldn’t get the kids far enough down to push.  I had thoughts of Pam’s baby being tail first and her not showing signs of pushing.  So after a sleepless night, I went out early this morning and saw she’s had more fluid loss because hay was stuck to her back end. I caught her and did another quick check.  This time without the glove, and I could feel that it was kid–not any part of a kid I could identify.  I called the vet, and he showed up quickly and went to work.  It took him a few minutes, and he even had to use the snare, but he got the kid out.

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Have I mentioned that I really love my vets?

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This was one huge boy!  For a last surprise, he has wattles!

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It’s a Sam baby!

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Introducing Hercules!

And I get to sleep all night tonight.

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