Bugs

While in the hay field raking on Wednesday, I was visited by a couple bugs. A few I didn’t mind. One was a little bothersome, but I got him off me and watched him run off.

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I have no idea what kind this is. I tried about 12 different sites to try to figure out what it might be. It was tiny, as you can tell from the size of it next to my arm hair! It just rode along with me for about 3 rounds. I finally stopped, reached in my back pocket, with the arm it was riding on, and took this picture. Friendly little guy.

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Wooly bear! According to folklore, if the band of brown is larger that the bands of black the winter should be mild. According to the Farmer’s Almanac this winter is supposed to be harsh. So I think this wooly bear might be a bit confused.

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Creepy huge spider! I think it is a wolf, but I am terrible at identifying bugs. It was extremely fast once I got it off my leg. The amount of aerobics I did to get it off me will not be discussed here. Let’s just say, I don’t need to work out for a while. I am not terrified of bugs, but I am not a fan of some of them on me. Spiders are the ones that if they are on me, I tend to act a little irrational. Thankfully I noticed him after I parked the tractor and rake.

Friday Night Lights

We were on our way back to my hometown for a football game Friday night against our school. I had to pull off to the side of the road.

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The sky was breathtaking.

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I was glad I stopped. By the time we got to the game, the sky was dark.

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My High School ended up winning the game 28-22. It was kind of a nail biter. I like games where you don’t care who wins as long as both teams play well. And they both did.

Just some of the critters

I got home the other day and wandering around checking on everyone, so here is a few pictures of some of my loves.

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Bluebell(I think Madelyn is going to call her Jewel) and Jersey

 

I got a new hutch from Sister. It’s big. I can’t move it by myself. So it is currently in the middle of my driveway. But I wanted to clean up cages and sanitize so I moved a few buns to the driveway.

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Jelly and Peanut Butter hiding in the back.

 

They were all hopping and jumping and having a ball. Jelly is making sure I don’t have any treats for her!

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Bugs is never very active, but he was hopping around enjoying the space and beautiful day.

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George is the reason I brought a few of them out. He runs laps in his cage, so I thought maybe he could use some exercise.

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Wynona, Ransom, Wynn and Zulu

 

I brought the ‘branch’ from Mom’s house and gave it the boer goats as a treat. They loved it.

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The horses are out grazing and the big girls and JD are thinking it is totally unfair I let the little goats have a treat and didn’t bring them one.

Joking with Mom

Mom tends to be a worrier. I tend to be a joker. Mom went to visit her dear friends in Minnesota for the week. While she was gone, it rained 2+ inches. I sent her a text.

“You lost a branch in your driveway”

She told her friends. They were all concerned about damage and the mess. Then I sent her this picture.

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“I will work on cleaning it up before you get here.” 

All I got in response…

“Very funny”

I did have to tell her the main reason I even sent it was Niece#5 was so concerned that Gramma wouldn’t even be able to get home. Mind you, Brother and I both just drove in the driveway past the ‘Branch’. I think she could have made it, but I cleaned up the big mess so Niece#5 didn’t have to worry about it.

Well, more walking…

So we got between 2.2″ and 2.7″ inches of rain Thursday night. Brother had a little less than I did. Since the Jungle pasture is closer to me, I get to check the gaps. Of course since it rained so much, and I just moved the new cows to the back section, and I can’t drive back there, I guess I will just walk! Now, if Brother was here, with his truck, he would probably drive. But there are a couple things to keep in mind, 1)he is a better mud driver than me, if he gets stuck, he can get himself out, if he wrecks or breaks something on his truck he can fix it himself, I can’t, and my truck is not in as good a shape or as big as his. So I walk.

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Wait there for me ok?

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This is the hill where it really becomes questionable. The bottom is really sloppy when it’s wet. It has had a puddle in the bottom the last 3 weeks or so. Plus this side hill is always a wet spot. I am not willing to tear up the path we have to drive, or slide off into his hay field.

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This is the tire track I normally drive through. You can see my boot track. Imagine what my truck would have done at about 1000 pounds more than me!

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At top of the other side of the hill, I only have to walk to those trees and then through them to get to the back gap. With the clouds, you can’t see what an amazingly beautiful day it was.

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As soon as I got to the bottom of the hay field where I could cross the fence into the pasture, I could hear the roar of the creek. I was here yesterday and crossed the creek in just my cowboy boots and didn’t get them wet. Hearing a roar worried me. I was sure my gaps were gone. I was a little relieved to see that the log jam held and didn’t get washed down stream towards the gap.

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All three strands are still there! I couldn’t believe it! This is the spot I crossed yesterday. It was about an inch deep. I would say judging by the post in the middle, it’s about 2 feet deep today. Even though the bottom wire is under water, which shorts out the fence, the fact that it is there means the cows will stay in. Good, two more gaps to check.

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The cows are right by the gap in between the middle and the back section. I almost thought they were on the middle side. You can see the creek from the top of the hill, which is unusual.

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Nope the gap is there, also under water, but there. Of course you can see flood waters don’t bother the cows. They are just relaxing, having a spa day.

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I made it back from this section, this is the tracks I made on just the front grass path heading in. I hate that.

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So on to the next gap on the other side of the pasture. They aren’t in this section, but I am always supposed to check it, in case they do get into the middle, they would be free for days. Wait here for me, again old truck.

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I usually drive down this path, but it was really sloppy and I am not willing risk this either. Once you tear ruts in a path, especially if you get stuck and someone has to come pull you out, it’s a mess forever. since we have to drive this path to harvest and check fences, again I am walking!

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Speaking of harvest, this corn is looking really good! The ears are huge!

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Just down this hill is the creek. I can hear it already. This one kind of has a hole under it, last year when Brother and Big Nephew were fixing it after it had flooded, they were in up to their waist. That would be almost chest deep on me. I don’t like water, so I have to get creative if this one is out.

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On the way, I had to stop at the little stream and check out the little waterfall. It’s really flowing today!

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Just down from that one is another one. I love waterfalls, even little ones. This flows into a pretty good sized pool and then in to the big creek.

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Thank goodness! Gap #3 is in!! While the creek is full, obviously we didn’t have a lot of sticks or limbs flowing in it. This side the fence is working since the gap wire is out of the water. So we are all good here!

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One little thing I should mention. See that little red spot on the handle of my fencing pliers? Do NOT touch that while checking the fence. It is not insulated anymore and will shock you. Brother has pretty good fencers. Trust me.

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Now the trick is to back out of this lane. It’s just added difficulty when you can’t see the lane and there is standing water on both sides of you. It’s ok, I made it.

 

New Jungle Cows

So after I got the fall calving herd into the corral the other day, Brother came and got them and took them home. He then brought the cows he weaned over to the jungle. So now, they are in the front part that the fall calvers have already eaten down. First job this morning, move them to the back if I can, at the very least the middle part.

Since most of these are older cows, they have been here before. When I pulled up they were waiting for me at the gate to the middle. I counted them and opened the gate and they were off.

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I guess they remember the way.

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On around the bend.

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Following each other, not even looking for food through the middle part of the pasture.

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Up to the next gate to wait for me to let them through.

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They were very happy to be let in the back section, lots of lush green grass back here.

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Didn’t take them long to spread out, munching all along the way.

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There they go. I love smart, calm cows.

Out walking

I have had to a lot of walking lately. I sure don’t mind because I can always use the exercise! First I had to get the fence at the South Farm working. When I put up the fencer the other day and hooked up the first jumper wire, the fencer dropped. Brother always says when that happens, you have to walk and find the short. So I parked my truck at the beginning and took the machete and walked that section again. I found it, a cedar tree had grown up in the fence line and pushed the hot wire to the next wire, shorting it out. Easy fix. Of course now my truck is on the other side of the farm. Instead of walking all the way back through the tall grass, I took the road.

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Yeah, it’s on the other side of those trees.

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Just down this road and around the corner. Of course a utility worker had to drive by while I am walking down this road in the middle of no where, with no house or vehicle in sight, while I am swinging my machete. He thought I was crazy. He stopped reluctantly to ask if I was ok. He laughed after I told him why he I was walking out here with machete. I think he was a little worried!

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Just me and my shadow, usually!

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There it is! I am always happy to see it. I can have a drink of tea as soon as I get back. Thankfully, there isn’t a lot of traffic on this particular road, so I didn’t have to explain myself but once.