Just a little bit of everything

I did so good the first year of blogging keeping up with things and posting everyday. Lately though, I feel like I barely sit down and if I do, I don’t sit down with my computer. Then my computer got sick. I mean some kind of crazy virus that didn’t allow us to log in. My boys freaked out. I had no idea what to do. Thankfully my youngest Denton found what is called a FIXME STICK. It plugs into to your USB port and then cleans your computer. Again, thankfully, it worked! We can now log in and use the computer.  So here is a little bit of an update about what has been going on.

 

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Town Celebration have started! Rose Festival Parade in State Center.
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Thanks to Squeaker for having 5 more babies! They are growing and adorable, but need to find new homes. Soon.
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We have been getting everyone out regularly to exercise and eat grass.
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Thank heavens we didn’t get all the stupid Musk thistles last year. I was worried we wouldn’t have anything to do.
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Raspberries have gotten ripe with all the heat and rain in early June.
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Speaking of rain, got caught on a walk and was waiting for it to stop. So took a couple pictures of the beautiful drops.
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Dolly was indeed bred. She had one large buck, our last Blaze baby.
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And just duplicated herself. Seriously, they are identical.
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Took Piper with me for company one day. She loves exploring and was exhausted by the time we were done.
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I took Landon for company too. But I made him work. He’s pretty good help when he isn’t complaining.
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I have seen more wild life this year than any I can remember. Baby deer, big deer, pheasants, turkeys, coyotes, wide variety of birds, and even a few babies!
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I love these flowers. Instead of trying to take mom flowers that have wilted by the time I get back to her, I send her pictures of her bouquet. 
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Another cool nest we found another day. Couldn’t believe how neat the nest was wound onto the plant. 
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The garden is growing, but so are the weeds. Grrr…
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Our Wednesday nights are busy with Guinea Pig Agility classes…
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and Rabbit Hopping. This is not hopping so much as breaking. Miss Kitty lays out like this when she has had enough!
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The kids are busy training their animals for fair. Raider the lamb is not loving his halter!
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Our 8th annual Petting Farm at Collins Days Celebration. The 4-H kids did a wonderful job with their animals and posters for it!
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There were a bunch of pictures of the parade, but here is our new sign for the club carried by two of our members. I truly love these kids and what they do.
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Finally, I took Landon last Sunday and dropped him of at his Naval League Cadet Corp Basic Training Orientation. For a WEEK. No phone calls, no letters, no contact, unless there is a medical emergency. Since we are about half way through Friday and his graduation is Saturday at 0930, I assume he has made it through. I have missed him terribly and can’t wait to see him and hear all about it. I am so proud of him but this mommy likes having her kiddos at home with her!

So that pretty much gets us through the month of June. It’s been busy and I hope I have a chance to get back on here again before July is over, but if not, be well and enjoy the beauty that is all around you!

 

 

The next day.

So the next day I got started early and headed back to the garden.

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I got the seeds and all the tools I would need out. Remember my awesome neighbor that tilled? Well he thought I should borrow his planter! What a great guy. That really sped up the planting process.

 

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Sweet Corn Patch

 

These pictures aren’t that exciting now but they will be as soon as things start popping up! With the warm weather we are having and the moisture already in the ground, I hoe that is soon!

 

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Pea wire up and peas and beans planted.

I got everything planted and marked. I am happy to have everything in the ground.

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The whole thing is full and ready to grow! I can’t wait to see it as it start to come up!

 

Finally!

I am not sure how many of you noticed, but it rained about every other day in May. At least that is the way it felt to me! I talked to my super excellent neighbor who tilled my garden last year. He was happy to help out again. We set a date and it rained. So we set another date and it rained. We then set yet another date and it freaking poured. Seriously?!

Finally on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, I stopped by. He planned on heading out to his nieces house to till up her garden early that evening and would stop by on his way back into town. Perfect!!

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It takes him no time at all to till the whole thing twice, and when he is done the dirt is perfect for planting.

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While he was working, I ran to yet another super excellent neighbors house to pick up my push mower. It wouldn’t start so I took it to see if he could get it running. Of course, he did and it runs better than it has in years. Thank goodness! Another one big enough to use it!

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Once my neighbor was all finished to his satisfaction, I started planting right away.

 

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Tomato cages my Grandpa Beavers made years ago.
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Tomatoes in!

 

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Peppers were next.
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Along with Eggplant, cabbage, and broccoli.

Since it was getting later and about supper time, I finished in the garden by planting my Herb Garden in the wash tub Sister gave me for my birthday last year. I set it at the end of the strawberry patch.

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Speaking of the Strawberry Patch. Holy growth again this year! This thing is crazy!

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They are so tall and completely loaded! With a little sunshine and warmth, we will be picking daily! I did a little peeking around under all those leaves.

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Won’t be long. I then had gotten a few plants and flowers that needed taken care of.

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My flag border was a gift from yet another super awesome neighbor. Have I mentioned that I seriously have the best people living around me?

 

I didn’t get a lot of plants because I wasn’t sure where I was putting some of my containers. But these two I knew what I was doing. I have a few weeds to continue to get rid of for sure!

Then I walked over to clean up a corner I had planted with asparagus, rhubarb, and raspberries. I wasn’t even sure what was actually over there it was so over grown. My asparagus is still spindly and not spreading. I may look for a couple more plants. The rhubarb is growing perfectly. I picked some and weeded around them. The raspberries surprised me. A few years ago a friend of mine brought me over what looked like two sticks with roots. I thought what the heck I will dig a hole and put them in it. And look what we have now!

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They are spreading too! Yeah! I would love to have to walk through my yard to pick raspberries instead of through the timber and weeds and bugs! (Although, I probably will still do all that, it’s one of my favorite things to do early in the morning with my sister)

I was feeling better about the chances of my garden that night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventures of Memorial Day Weekend

Well, I had big plans for the weekend. They mostly consisted of tilling my garden, planting as much as physically possible and mowing. But the torrential rain we got Saturday about noon really set me back. No tilling meant no gardening. I did finally get most of my mowing done. But, since I couldn’t do what I wanted I found other ways to keep busy!

Saturday…

 

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Piper checking on the overly dramatic Raider the Sheep after his banding.

 

Started to morning by banding all the boys, goats and sheep, and giving them their second CDT shot.

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Button with Laker and Royal(standing) Dodger being a little dramatic.
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Indi with Ziggy (back) and Xavier (front) who wasn’t dramatic at first and then holy cow goat!
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Scarlett’s kids Jacy (left) and Jeff (laying down) wondering what the heck happened here?

Once we got that done I ran to town for some groceries. I was still planning on tilling the garden about 1. Then the rain came. Hard fast moving rain that dumped about .9″ on us. Gee just when my garden was almost dry enough to work in. Sigh.

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After some minimal pouting, I turned around and this. How can you be upset about rain when there is beauty like this behind you?

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Cookie
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Miss Kitty
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Taj

So I brushed these guys out and double checked new tattoos and nails and switch them to the outside pens. Then I kind of wandered and checked everything out.

Much to my surprise the pigeons have started laying eggs! We got two, but one had a tiny crack. They are so cute.

Sunday…

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Madelyn had gone camping with some friends, so the boys and I decided we should have our own adventure. We sent to Buffalo Wild Wings and ate, which was probably enough excitement for the day to them. Then we head on west of Ames to the Ledges State Park near Boone. They weren’t sure what to expect. At first, I think they were fairly convinced that they were going on an adventure like we do at Mom’s house. With creeks and ravines and some trees. They like those adventures, sure, but I think they were hoping for something new.

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They thought it was very beautiful walking through and finding stairs. They were sure by this point that we had seen the ‘ledges’ that were actually just little ravines.

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His face when he actually saw the Ledges, completely priceless!

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The excitement level ramped up a bit here. While we still had to hike a ways, they couldn’t wait to see what it actually was like down there!

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It was beautiful. I had driven here before but never taken the time to walk around. It was beautiful and a perfect day.

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I am almost certain that Landon has done or said something that upset Denton here!

 

Of course they had to get in the water and played and explored here for about an hour.

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The swallows nest along the ledge are crazy. It looks like they barely fit.

 

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Third time up these stairs, my energy is fading, theirs seems to be growing!

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They were very excited to get to the top and see what was up there. Ended up mostly trees, but there were some beautiful sights on the way.

 

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Looking back to where we had been.
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Straight down.

Over all it was a great afternoon together. We finished by heading through Dairy Queen for a smoothie and headed home to clean up and relax. Which is when I finally got the mowing done.

Monday…

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Started bright and early at the Rhodes Fire Department Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast! Yum! Then I had to go to town for our business to get everything finalized for the Rhodes Memorial Day celebration. Then we got ready and headed to Collins to meet at the cemetery for the event there. I missed taking a picture of the awesome fly over a local pilot does! It was very cool and I got caught watching!

Then after we all ate dinner at the bar in Rhodes with the local legion, we all headed back to mom’s for our family fun! Started by getting supper ready and cooking and then headed out for an pasture adventure.

 

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His boot tops are too short to get in.

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Littlenephew made it to the top of the big big hill.
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Throwing rocks.

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Niece#2 was actually considering pole vaulting the creek!
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Niece#3 was happy to help her sister out in this poor idea!
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I wonder what Denton and littlenephew are discussing?

 

 

Just missing Niece#1, Niece#5, BigNephew, Sisinlaw and Brother, but quite the crew. My heart is full. After a Creek long adventure, we headed back to check food and play our usual game of kickball! No serious injuries, but Sister did come out of retirement and she might be a little sore today!

We celebrated Niece#3’s birthday and had way to much food and a lot of loud discussions, but there is no where I would rather be!

Thank you to everyone who has and will serve for this blessed life and beautiful country I get to call home. Freedom is not Free.

 

A very useful kitten

Milton seems to be enjoying life. He is getting big enough to come out regularly alone and terrorize the poor dogs. Tux regularly terrorizes him.

Of course there is someone else that Milton terrorizes. I think he thinks he is helping. He can now climb my chair so while I am working on my computer I have a tiny helper again.

 

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I am going to eat your arm!
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What?
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Oooo, your hand! I must attack!
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This needs attacked too!

 

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A face you have to love!

Of course you can’t hardly be mad, look at that face. Now he is contently snuggled under my arm purring away. He isn’t really useful at all, but he seems to think that it’s helpful.

 

 

After all the sickness

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As I told you that all the bottle babies had been fighting some kind of sickness. I think we have it under control. After the vet had been here the 2nd time to treat Drizzle for bloat, I cleaned everything out and then sprayed them down with bleach. After they dried, I built new hay feeders and grain feeders and bedded them down.

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I am hopeful that this is going to help take care of whatever it was. Everyone seems to be on the mend. I am slightly disappointed that they lost weight as we had weigh in for the fair last weekend. They are of course a little on the small side. I really hope they take off and do well.

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The chickens got a clean floor as well. They didn’t seem to like the Clorox, but I don’t know where the sickness is coming from so they will have to deal with it.

 

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Mixing bottle baby milk.

 

In the meantime, my days have been filled with a familiar sight.

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Bottles and more bottles. Since I am still home most days and can, we have been feeding three times a day.

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Denton has been feeding Raider the Lamb most days. I usually feed Drizzle.

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Landon takes care of Buster. They get pretty panicked and are out of control most feedings. Even though they are eating three full bottles three times a day, you would never know it by their behavior!

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I did happen to be able to sneak up to the pen on evening after they had eaten and get a picture of them being calm. I don’t think that Lamb will ever know he isn’t a goat! They can be so sweet!