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2019 in Review

31 Dec

It seems like 2019 has been a rough year, and I got to thinking about the old days when I actually used to link to blog hops and visit lots of blogs.  One of my favorite posts was always the year in review post, so I thought I’d go back and find the list and do one for this year.  Here is 2019 in review.

1. Me. This one comes from last March.  I try to avoid the front side of a camera, but I can’t help but take a picture of Aurora checking out the kids.  She does adore the babies, and I’m glad she’s willing to be close to me.  We’ve come a long way in the area of trust.

2.  I love you.  It was scary to have Leo go through surgery this fall.  He’s been my snuggle buddy for a long time.  I do love him.

Leo

3.  Still Laughing.  These girls crack me up.  I really did laugh at them following the hay wagon to eat while we were baling.  It’s not like they didn’t have a whole pasture of fresh grass.  Silly girls.

4. Winter Wonderland. Last winter was one of those years that saw record numbers of snow/cold days off school.  I definitely got in practice shoveling with all the paths I had to make for the goats. But it was beautiful.  I don’t actually mind winter horribly bad as long as I have electricity for water and can manage to get my chores done.  Although, I did get a bit tired of climbing over the bottom of the dutch doors and taking alternate routes to be able to feed everyone.

5.  Birthday.  We have so many birthdays around here, but we don’t do much in the way of celebrating.  I will say, one birthday I wasn’t sure we’d make in 2019 was actually a hatch anniversary. Mama Phoenix turned five in May.  We’ll see if she makes it to six-years-old.  She has certainly had quite the unusual year.

Mama Phoenix

6.  Friends.  These two make the strangest friends.  But they seem happy with each other’s company.

Sky and Bob

7. I Was Inspired.  This past year was certainly one that inspired me to try new things with knitting–hats, scarves, rugs, dishcloths, and all kinds of things.  It has been a lot of fun.  I do think my round rug that I knit with cored yarn from Maybeline is my favorite so far.

8. Spring Fever.  For me spring fever means spring break kidding.  Although, this last year, I was horribly sick while we were kidding, and it didn’t work out well.  Here’s to a better kidding for 2020.  Although, I am also celebrating having healthy kids.  The copper has made all the difference in the world.

Joani’s triplets: Peter Pan, Wendy, Tink

9. Travel or Vacation.  This one is hard.  I don’t travel or take vacation really.  My whole life on the farm is one giant staycation. Maybe I should try to leave the farm at least once next year.

10. Summer Days.  This year, my summer days seemed to be dominated by gardening and scooping manure.  That was a job that I was quite happy to have done.

Dahlia (with Aphrodite below)

11. A Day in My Life. The perfect day in my life is a day in pasture with the animals.

Penelope front (Pepe behind)

12. All Smiles.  I love when the goats smile.  It makes me smile too.

Zinnia

13.  Autumn Harvest.  Farming has been rough the last few years, but I am lucky with how my beans turned out this fall.  But it is the tomatoes that gave me a record harvest. I filled my pantry and gave away a ton of tomatoes and canned goods.

14.  Family or Home.  I did a lot of work on my home this year, but there’s still a lot more to come.  I have to say, I am enjoying the new windows this winter.

15. Celebrate.  One thing I got to celebrate late this month was paying off my garage!  It is all mine.  However, I refuse to call it a barn no matter what.  Even if there is a llama and a goat in it right now.

Haley, Wanda, Cinnamon, Bonnie, Blaze and Tony peeking over

16. Let’s Do It Again!  I had so much fun taking classes at C&M Acres that I plan to do more of them.

17. I Miss You.  Obviously, Snickers is at the top of my list for those I miss this year.  This image is from April.

Snickers Doodle McWhiner

18.  Beautiful.  I need to spend more time wandering with my camera this next year.  I enjoy all the natural beauty out there.

19.  Dress Up.  I am pretty pleased with how my llama coat turned out.  It’s probably not what dress up is supposed to be, but we haven’t played dress up for quite some time around here.  We might have to do that again this coming summer.

Tony

20.  Macro.  I didn’t actually do a lot of fun photography this year.  It was just too busy, but I was really thrilled to do the newborn shoot for my great-nephew, Grady.  I love the way this macro collage turned out.  I actually have it hanging on my wall.

21.  Holidays.  I’ve pretty much already decided this will be the image of my calendar next December (2021).

Penelope

22. My Favorite.  My favorite pasture birds are the bobolinks.  It really makes me happy that they nest back there, especially since our songbirds are in decline.

23.  Don’t Ever Change.  Well, everything changes, but if I could truly pick something not to change, it would be my beautiful farm.  I love the life I have here.

24.  Just Because…So There!  I can’t help it. Pluto is cute and sweet, and I do adore him.

Pluto

25. Hopes and Dreams.  I really do want to keep making soap and expand my artistic endeavors.  I think getting my soaps and a few other items in the store was a good start.

I guess we’ll see what happens in 2020.

I Missed My Deadline

7 Aug

I am still scooping the barn.  That means I missed my self-imposed deadline of the first of August.  I’m trying, but it’s been hard. When we had the excessive heat warning, I was checking animals, and didn’t really get anything done.  Then I spent time with the family while my nephew was back from Indiana.  I had to spend a day shopping for doors and getting feed. Then I was right back to scooping, and I got the manure spreader filled!

When my nephew took the spreader to empty it, he asked if it would be in our way for baling hay.  Should he bring it back?  Of course, my knees and elbows suggested he wait until after we got done making hay.

Maybeline checking out the hay

Then I went and sat with my great-nephew so my nephew could bring the spreader back (Grady was not happy his dad left).

I immediately began scooping again, but I just keep getting interrupted.  I have to keep an eye on Tony, so my bucks are safe.

Tony Llama

There’s all the care for my goats–Fionn and Peanut are getting lots of care.  I am cutting grass (with scissors) for Peanut.

Peanut eating freshly cut grass.

It’s helping.  Fionn is gaining his weight back, and he’s even starting to get a bit of pink to his eye membranes.

Fionn

I had to give everyone another round of copper.  Most of them took it in a peanut, but I had seven that I had to catch and use the pill pusher.  But I’m done with that now!

Anubis was my last goat to get copper!

I’m working to keep Tinkerbell’s head out of the fences.

She made me go for a “Ranger ride.” It was terrifying!

That included an incident which involved my face hitting Tink’s horn.  I decided I shouldn’t throw manure when it was going to blow back onto my face while the cut was still oozing.

It’s better now, but sweat still hurts, and I tend to have sweat running down my face when I’m scooping the barn out.

Then there’s walking Pluto out to pasture because he can’t figure out that he should go out when everyone else does.

I also had to take a break from scooping because I was checking on Maybeline and noticed she had a wad of chicken wire stuck in her tail.

Maybeline

I got that removed.

It’s just been really, really busy.  I’ll have to tell you about more of my distractions tomorrow.  I’m still making progress though.

It will be done before I go back to school.

A Crappy Week

14 Jul

I mean that literally.  It’s that time when I could no longer delay my barn cleaning for the summer.

My tools of the trade.

Since the main barn didn’t get cleaned out last year because of my laziness, pulled muscles, lack of time, and poor weather, it was first on my list.

I started with the wheelbarrow and making a pile on last year’s compost pile that will eventually get hauled to a place that needs it, but I quickly realized I was going to run out of room.

My dear nephew had the manure spreader delived to the barn door.

I’m making progress.  It’s slow progress because I’m old and can’t scoop for eight or ten hours a day anymore.

After 3 1/2 days with the manure spreader, I’m really starting to get it filled up. Seriously, my goal is to be done with shoveling manure by the first of August.  I think I can do that.

Although, my progress is messing with the llamas.  Aurora likes to stand in the doorway, and there’s a deep trench there now.  They don’t want to stand on the floor because it smells.  The poop pack is actually pretty clean and dry until I mess with it.  The llama poop piles are another story–they’re disgusting.

Aurora (and Maybeline peeking in)

Aurora got mad and was spitting at Maybeline who just wanted to walk past, but there wasn’t enough room on the poop pack.

When I’m done, those dang llamas need to make their piles outside instead of thinking they have indoor plumbing.

Since I first started the post, I have officially finished the first section!  Woo hoo!

Maybeline (post spitting match with Odie)

It’s all loaded onto the manure spreader.

To get an idea of how big the spreader is (and how far up I have to toss all that manure), you can see Odie beside it. (You can see just her head in the picture above.)

It’s no wonder I’m feeling my age.  And I’m feeling better about my self-imposed end-of-the-month goal for finishing.