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Couple of Updates

26 Apr

I don’t think I actually mentioned this on the blog, but when Wanda had her kids, she thought she needed to chew Lainey’s wattle off.  It kind of freaked me out to see her cute wattle a mangled, bloody mess, and I consulted with the vet.  In the picture below it was healing but still scabbed over.

from March 21st

Well, the wattle wasn’t actually killed.  It’s still there.

from April 23rd

And if you look closely, you can see it’s healed enough that it’s starting to get some hair growing on it.

Lainey

I just keep shaking my head at this one.  Moving on, the green beans I planted as a container crop have grown and now have blossoms!  I’m excited!

green bean blossom

I also had my corn planted last Monday.  Now if only crops were worth anything.

planting corn

After last week’s cold weather, my poor magnolia tree does not look very pretty.  I’m afraid most of the blossoms were frozen.

magnolia

Finally, I mentioned that I thought Joy might be having oopsie babies.  Well, I’m pretty sure she is due on June 1st.

Joy

I went back and checked to see the last time Zeus was out.

She is obviously making an udder, so we’ll just plan on more oopsie babies.  Why not?

The Last Cutting

16 Oct

Sunday, my nephew came out and mowed the buffer strip and water ways.

This will be the last round of making hay for this year.

You can see, the beans are still out there.  They are getting ready to be harvested, but we’re having as hard a time getting weather to harvest as we had for planting.

Sadly, they are not likely to sell at a price to make a profit.  It is not a good year for farming.

Baling

31 Jul

I never grew up on a farm.  When my sister started dating a farmer, that’s when I discovered I like farming.  I would help them check cows and whatever they were doing (I was a third wheel).  After they were married, my sister and I would help bale hay. Occasionally I would drive the tractor, but not very often.  When it came to raking, I couldn’t turn fast enough not to catch the rake.  Once in a while I’d pull a wagon of corn in the fall.  I never drove a tractor enough to be truly comfortable with it.  When I did drive one, I swear it never had brakes.  I like brakes.  Anyhow, my nephew raked some of the hay in my pasture yesterday.

Then he asked for a ride to get the baler.  I asked who was driving while he baled, and he informed me that I was driving. Well, that should be interesting.  I had my choice of tractors, and I chose the Hydro.  Basically, all you need to know to drive it is that the turtle is slow and the rabbit is fast (I’m simplifiying a little).  This is a newer version of the tractor I used to like driving. But this one has brakes!  I present my view for a few hours in the afternoon.

Behind me.  Okay, I hadn’t started driving yet.  The nephew was making adjustments.

Extra help while the nephew was making more adjustments because the bales kept breaking.

Odie sampling the alfalfa bale that was already in the baler.

Goat crossing.  In my defense, all those extra clumps are there because the windrows were almost too big for the baler.  My driving might have had a little to do with it too.  That’s okay, he’ll pick up what I missed when he finishes with the big round baler.

We did finally get going.  I think this was the last adjustment.  Yes, the llamas were very helpful the entire time.  I am proud to say, I did not run over a goat or llama while driving.

In the evening we gained more help, and we got three loads baled and stacked in the barn.

Hopefully, by the time this post publishes, the rest of the hay has been baled and stacked in the barn.  And hopefully, there was a different driver since we are finished on the flat part.