Beautiful Monday

Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love all the people that come out to remember and pay their respects to those who have served and given everything for our freedoms and rights that we enjoy everyday.

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We went to the Memorial Service at the Collins Cemetery where Dad is buried. It was a beautiful service and they read off all the names of the veterans, 212 of them dating back to the Civil War. That is followed by the 21 gun salute and taps and then a fly over by a local pilot.

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It was perfectly timed and amazing!

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Just a great tribute and thank you.

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Mom decorated the headstone with red and white flowers this year.

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After a beautiful morning, we headed home to check every one and get our stuff for a picnic/bonfire at Mom’s.

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We did have to milk out one side for Button, but it looks like that worked as they are now eating off of both!

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Pretty much in love! They are so sweet.

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The baby bunnies are sure getting active. This is about the cutest they will be! Just absolutely adorable!

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Brother has been cleaning up some dead trees at Mom’s. The big pile was not going to work to roast hotdogs, so we lit a little fire also. And had our usual epic game of kick ball. Only minor injuries and lots of laughter.

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The clouds were rumbling and roiling but managed to stay north of us.

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But they sure were pretty.

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Just about what I would consider a perfect day. Thank you to all who have given of themselves to allow me to live this life full of freedom.

 

Friday’s Hunt v1.22

It’s time for my late Friday’s Hunt again! I am glad I took too long getting to it because we have super exciting news! The prompts this week are the Letter V, Favorite, and Sunshine.

For my Letter V it’s going to be a stretch! We are VERY excited to say we have BABIES!

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Buck#1 and Buck#2 It’s hard work being born!
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Buck#1
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Buck#2

 

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Their spots and color! Oh my.

Yes, Button is a mommy. She had two beautiful bucks! She had them all dried off and even though we had to help get them latched on I think she is going to be a good mommy. She is a little unsure of what they are doing. These are our very first Blaze babies and I am thrilled with him as a daddy! Although I think the red came straight from the Eden Hills bloodline!

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Of course my Favorite is this face! The babies don’t have names yet, but this is so stinking cute!

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We did have to do an emergency clean out of the pens since I hadn’t yet gotten that far. It’s done now!

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Now we are waiting on Indi. She is just looking for food.

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Here is my Sunshine. Piper is under my feet where ever I go. She just loves to be right in front of me or right behind me checking out whatever I am doing. With the last week supposed to so rainy, I was out every minute there was sunshine and got a lot done!

If you have a chance to stop over at Eden Hills and visit the rest of the Friday’s Hunts! I hope you have had a good week and have a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday.

The best day

Sometimes I think today actually competes with Christmas. Yes it is that time of year! THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

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The final trip home.

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Their faces basically say it all! I already picked up Madelyn and Niece#2 earlier when they were done with tests. We had a picnic since it was beautiful and this is going to have be our new tradition!

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Of course the pool had to filled because it summer now. Neighbor kids came over and an epic water fight ensued.

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Piper even got in on the fun. I think she likes the pool, and I hope she will continue to use it through the summer.

Meanwhile, I working on the  barn and garden before the next round of storms head in.

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Before
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After

I got the middle cleaned out so I can start on the pens!

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Wynona, Wynn, and Zulu laying down. Cally and Ginger eating.

I got the girls pen cleaned out today. They are so content. It is really a rough life to lay down, eat, drink, start over.

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Getting treats!

Oh yummy! After I got done with their pen, I picked up a bunch of leaves that blew down last night. The goats all got some, but most ate them so fast I basically took a bunch of pictures of them eating my hand!

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Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cabbage all done.

 

All the bedding/hay and straw that was left behind by the goats and rabbits has made its way to the garden. This is how I mulched my garden last year. It sure works good and helps use up some of the hay they waste while benefitting the garden!

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I planted the pumpkins, cucumbers, and zucchini today. I planted them around tomato cages that I am not going to be using. I am hoping to train them up the cages. I have no idea if it will work or not, but I thought it was worth a try. I put fresh saw dust right around the plants in case there was to much manure in the bedding. It should be all mulched by the time I am done with the other kidding pen and the dog pen, which is completely full of hay chaff.

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I also weeded the rhubarb, asparagus, iris and apparently raspberry patch!

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About 3 years ago, a friend of mine that lives in Michigan, brought me a couple starts from his wild raspberries. I didn’t honestly think in the mess of weeds that they had survived. Turns out they did, and they seem to be thriving. I am very excited to see them!

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Back in the barn, the bunnies are all opening their eyes and getting their ears up. The kids are wanting to hold them regularly. The only minor problem with that is Gina is a little protective and really doesn’t anyone messing with them.

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This is why I never throw things away. I went to the scrap pile and found a piece that fit almost perfectly. I had to take off a half inch on one side. Then because I was using screws I already had I had to attach a chunk of 1 x 1 to make sure the screws were not exposed. I then found some tiny wood staples so that I could attach a piece of twine to so that it could be opened and closed without sticking your hand in the hutch. It works pretty good and causes Gina less stress!

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These three goofs came running in to see what was making all the noise. Or maybe they thought they needed treats too? Who knows.

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I worked on weeding the peas and pulling more radishes until the clouds started rolling in about 7. I stayed until the sprinkles started. Hopefully everyone is staying safe. We had some strong winds north of us last night, but still nothing like way south of us in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Hope you all enjoyed your day wherever you may be, I know I sure did.

Oh beautiful days

I love beautiful days. My mood just soars. I am still slowly but surely working on the barn, in between the hoopla of the end of the school year. I think I have made more trips to the school this week than in the last month.

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Progress on the front room of the barn. I am basically done with it and now have plenty of room to get the mower in! I also added tubs under the rabbit cages to hopefully catch as much of the manure as possible. I am hoping it will work to keep it a little cleaner.

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The other side is also basically done. I can now get through to clean out the middle between part between the chicken coop and the goat pens and then I get to start on the chicken coop and goats pens. I am loving the new wheel barrow I got this year. I am using to haul the straw, hay and rabbit poop to the garden.

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All the stuff from the floor is now mulching my tomatoes. I have some weeding to do tomorrow, depending on the rain we are supposed to get tonight, but I am hoping I will have my peppers, egg plants, and cabbage all mulched with the rest.

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Speaking of gardening! I was thinning my radishes and look what I found! They aren’t real big but they are sure delicious! My rabbits are just loving the tops!

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Picnics are better with food from the garden. Although there weren’t a lot, we just had to enjoy the sunshine and make the most of it!

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The babies are growing so rapidly, they are moving around and eyes are opening. They are almost to the super cute stage!

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Ok, they are pretty stinking cute right now! While we still don’t have any goat babies yet, Sister called and wondered if there was any chance that the goats we bought earlier this spring could be bred? I didn’t think so, Jeremiah didn’t think so, but Posey is saying differently.

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Another pretty little udder! Niece#3’s dairy goat Phoenix didn’t get bred this year, so she is pretty excited that she is going to have babies. She is a little young and it must have been one of those freak through the fence deals. But we all think she is big enough to handle it and be ok. So no we are anxiously awaiting a few more babies.

My does should be due around the 31st, which is only 7 days from now. Not sure Button and Indi are going to be that long.

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I am getting impatient girls, let’s go!

Hope you are having a great week!

Friday’s Hunt v1.21

It’s time again for Friday’s Hunt, even though I have waited until almost the end of Sunday. It has been so beautiful out I didn’t want to sit on the computer! I am going to do this quick and head back out. This might have been the most beautiful 2 days I can remember!

Ok, but back to the hunt! This weeks prompts are Starts with U, Weeks Favorite, and In the Morning.

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Udder

Starts with U makes me think of Udder. I am so excited for babies out these girls! This is Button. I am so very excited to see what she has! I am also pretty pleased with the udders she and Indi have! They are looking very good!

 

20160521_161026.jpgMy Weeks Favorite is of Chrome and Madelyn. I know he is old but then I see him coming down the road with this spring in his step and I just think he is gorgeous! Her smile basically sums up the happiness in this weeks favorite.

In the Morning. I have been working this week on finding and/or replacing my bird feeders.

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2 in the Cedar tree.
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Double Suet Feeder in the crab apple tree
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Hummingbird, seed, and suet feeder
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Feeder the kids made in the lilac bush

 

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Hummingbird, seed, jelly feeder and oriole feeder by the bay window

You may wonder what in the world this has to do with morning? I love having bird feeders because I get to watch my beautiful visitors in the Morning!

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This oriole has been here every morning! We had a hummingbird visitor this morning but I wasn’t fast enough with my camera! I love when the birds come and I can have the windows open and listen to their singing.

Please feel free to stop over at Eden Hills and see everyone’s Friday’s Hunts. They are always so creative!

Yeah, more of the same.

Today was a little broken up. Mom and I started the day by running to get a load of seed beans for Brother before the weekend. The I got a little bit of work done around here before we headed to the Elementary Track and Field day.

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Denton at the football throw.

Denton loves track and field day! He won 1st in the standing broad jump and the 50 yard dash!

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Running fast!

Niece#4 was also in track and field day. She won the high jump and got 2nd in her class in the 60 yard dash. In the fourth grade they have also have a 4 X 100 meter relay. Each section puts their 2 fastest girls and 2 fastest boys in it. They run for the Golden Shoe trophy! This is very important to the kids and I think even more so for bragging rights for the teachers!!

Neice#4 was in 3rd when she got the baton.

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When she came around the curve, she was in first.

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Yeah, they won the Golden Shoe Trophy! She was so excited!

Back to the barn I go!

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Remember all that stuff I said was on my shelves that I sent home with Mom for Brother? This is my new storage place. Ignore all the cobwebs. It’s an old barn, I can’t win that fight.

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I think I have enough stuff on the rabbit cages to keep the escape artist chicken from pooping on them anymore.

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Got the ‘work bench’ cleaned off and cleaned under.

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This is the shelving unit I am keeping. It’s not really organized but I know where most of the stuff is, so that counts, right?

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This is the next problem area I am going to work on tomorrow. You wouldn’t know it, because I was embarrassed to take a before picture, but this morning you could barely walk through here this morning! I need to be able to get through not only to feed and get to my hay mow, but also be able to get the wheel barrow through to clean out pens. That’s the next project after I get this cleaned up. I am slowly but surely making process!

I did get an exciting visitor! I finally have an oriole coming to my feeder! They are one of my favorite birds and I was so excited to it singing this morning!

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Now I am just waiting on my humming birds to come back.

Just another day

Basically, today was just like yesterday. I worked around the yard and the barn until I had to leave to go to baseball games. I think that is probably going to be my schedule until further notice!

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First of all the bunnies! Here you can get a good look at all 9. Yes, we lost one that was very little. But 9 big healthy bunnies is fine with me.

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Look at this udder! I can’t get a picture of Indi’s because anytime I am around she comes running to me to see if I have a treat!

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Ransom is growing into such a handsome young man. I can’t wait to use him this fall and see what he can do. Blaze is still visiting a friends farm doing his buck thing!

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Update on my experiments. This is the grass I am growing in the chicken pen for the ducks and chickens. There is a lot of growth in there! I am excited that this one worked. As for the celery I was trying to grow back. Yeah, that didn’t work out. They grew a little, but then the bottoms got very soft and kind of started to stink. I feed them to the chickens. Oh well. May just have to grow some in the garden.

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Unless you know who is who, you can’t tell which dog is the 4 month old puppy. Piper is growing like a weed and definitely loves being outside and being lazy in the shade. She also loves when the other two can play with her. They like hanging out together in the goat pen. The big girl goats are tolerating Piper, but they aren’t thrilled with the other two being around.

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Besides working in the barn, I got more mulch and put some around my hostas under the cedar tree. Grass has never grown there anyway and weeds tend to cover up the hostas I planted. Maybe this will help.

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I only have 6 more flowers to plant. Not sure what I want to do with them? Maybe another container? I did find this pitcher in the barn and decided to us it in my flower garden. Now I have to get the mulch put down here.

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Got my golden flame honeysuckle planted and I think I need to be dine planting in this garden. It’s full enough for me. As you can see it really needs more mulch this year. I really thought last year when I expanded it, it was going to be plenty big enough, but at the rate with which my magnolia bush is growing, I think it will need expanded or just to be this size and be done adding things.

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Got my hanging baskets for the fairy house up. I made the hooks from #9 wire and I think they turned out pretty neat. I also set out my little table and stools. Not sure it will withstand Piper who loves to run through this particular area!

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As for the barn project. I got my saddles and stand moved. I also go the shelves that are staying somewhat organized and my feed and bedding moved out the middle of the walk way. I actually found the floor! Still have more to do, but I am still trying to decide what I want to do about storing feed and where to put things so I can through easier to clean out the interior pens more regularly. Still have a lot to do, but it is getting there. I can’t wait to finally have some more space.

Well of to work I go. We have a couple things to do this morning and then we have elementary track and field day so I better get moving!