Day Off

I took the day off to run an errand that “just had” to be done. Madelyn and Niece#2 passed drivers ed and wanted to get their school permits. Sister and I wanted them to get their school permits. So this happened…

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Niece#2, Niece#3 and Madelyn are off.

 

Yes, immediately, they wanted to drive back to town to a softball game. Well, like ripping a Band-Aid off, I guess they were going to have to go at some point. They made it there and back, so I guess that is that.

We also got all of our projects signed up for the 4-H fair coming up next month. Now to complete them all. That was one of the things we worked on when we got home.

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Ginger

 

Goat hair cuts. This is not the most fun job, but it sure cools them down and since these girls are on full feed, it is important to keep them cool.

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Zulu was a total fluff ball!
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Much better

They were panting pretty hard when I started trimming them. Once I would get one side done, they would be breathing calmly. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, I only got Ginger, Zulu and Callie done today. Wynn and Wynona will have to wait. I also used this time to worm the girls and update their vaccinations.

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This goof was standing in the buckets of water I filled to water the animals inside. Keep in mind she is about 3 feet from the kiddy pool I have filled for the dogs to lay in!

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Denton

 

Finally to end the day, I had 2 games, finally together at the same field. Both boys played pretty well and I didn’t get a picture because I was yelling, but Landon had a great hit to the outfield! Baseball season is winding down, only a week left before tournaments start.

Does anyone else feel like summer is going to fast?

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.

Vets Home

For the last 5 or so years I have spent a Wednesday in May at the Iowa Vets Home in Marshalltown doing their Jerry’s Farmyard, a petting farm for the residents and local school children. Today was that Wednesday.

Of course, today we were under the threat of severe storms and so because of the forecast they set up inside. This was new, but the petting farm must go on.

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Jersey went with us, along with Bugs and George. And all 3 guinea pigs.

 

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A bunny from another farm, and Josie the Weiner Puppy.

 

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Ginger and Junior went along for the day.

 

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There is always the chickens, and Piper joined us.
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An adorable baby calf came.
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The pigs who joined us for the day.
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And it wouldn’t be Jerry’s Farmyard without Captain an Pearl!

 

We have gotten to know a few of the regulars. There is a few of us that come back every year. Captain and Pearl and their owners have been there every year for as long as we have been coming. They even go in the elevators and visit floors that the residents can’t get out and visit the petting farm. They are the best ponies I have ever been around!

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Madelyn sharing George with a resident.
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Some of our younger guests waiting to pet a pig.
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Volunteers from an FFA club came and held animals for the residents to pet. Here is where Ginger spent the better portion of her day.

 

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Sometimes you have to hold your rabbit and your lamb!
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Madelyn and the FFA girls sharing the animals with guests.
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Meeting Captain.

The residents love this day and we hear a lot that it is one of their favorite days also. Their smiles and shared stories of when they were kids or when their kids were young and the animals that they raised. Many of them grew up on farms and raised many different types of animals themselves. This is what I love about the day!

Everyone, including the animals were very tired at the end of the day. Piper was so good all day, but she kind of struggled to find a comfortable place to lay down and take a nap.

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Maybe I should climb over to the back seat.
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I don’t know maybe up here there is something.
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Yes up here might do.
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Found it.
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Yup, perfect.

Not sure Madelyn thought it was perfect as Piper did, but when your 40 pound puppy is tired and wants to lay somewhere, what can you do?

It was a wonderful day, and thankfully we didn’t get much for rain and no severe weather here. I love going to the Vets Home. It is special place full of special people. Visit or volunteer sometime if you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Hunt 1.16

So it’s Friday Hunt time again! Here we go with Letter P, Weeks Favorite, and In Motion.

Letter P is such an easy one! Piper Puppy of course!

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Piper’s mom and siblings(she is the black and white one by mom’s back leg)
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Piper and siblings (she is the one by herself in the back)
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So tiny.
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She is exactly half the size (weight) of Bo. Let’s see what next month brings!

She is so good about sleeping with the goats and playing in the yard with the kids. I am really enjoying having her around!

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This is my weeks favorite and may be one of my all time favorites. I came in after feeding Ginger her bottle and found Landon sitting petting our old cat Belle while feeding Derek. This is what all of this work and money and effort is about. My heart is so full just looking at this picture.

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For In Motion, this picture is perfect. They are so in sync together! These two are so funny together and love playing and jumping and running all over. Even if I didn’t have a picture of them running, they would have been my In Motion because they rarely are not in motion!

Thank you again to Teresa down the road at Eden Hills for hosting Friday’s Hunt for us. If you haven’t gone over and checked her blog and farm out, please do! See you back next week and hope you had a blessed weekend.

Spring days going by

Today was one of those beautiful spring days when I wanted to get a lot done. So I did. I started the day by taking Madelyn and Niece#2 to school early for Plyos and to leave for an FCCLA trip to the state convention. Upon my return, got the boys up and ready for breakfast and then off to do chores. Everybody, as usual, was up and running around anxiouxly awaiting me.

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Zulu, Wynn, Diana, Tawny and Button peaking at me.
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Wynona, Diana, Tawny and Button in the back!
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Ginger and Zulu with Diana.
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GInger on the Balance Beam. She’s getting big.

After chores, I decided to check up on our tummy growth. I think the earliest we will have any kids is after May 1st. Ugh.

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Dolly maybe closer to June?
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I think Scarlett will be the earliest.
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Indi is putting on some weight. Maybe mid-May?
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Button is also gaining. Hoping for mid-May.

 

 

 

 

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Diana??? I can’t tell, so she moved back into the buck pen.
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Tawny moved into to the buck pen also. They have both gained weight, but that maybe due to being put on full feed rather than actually being DUE!
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Janet is my yearling, and I didn’t really want her breed, BUT…that tummy is looking like she might be. So she joins my early watch list with her momma Scarlett.
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Of course my faithful follower was there the whole time.

After working on cleaning out the barn, running to the post office, bank, grocery store, gas station, and a bite to eat, I was back at it. I got the fence up and working across the road for the boys. I had hoped they would run and stretch their legs, but no. They barely picked up their heads to look at me. Needless to say they were pretty happy with their new arrangement.

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Chevy and Chrome.

Finally after cleaning out more of the barn and working on getting the mower started, Landon was ready to work with his rabbits.

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Landon and George.

We are working on leash training so we can try rabbit hopping this year. We even found a couple things to set up so George could try jumping them. He did ok, but was definitely more interested in the grass. Maybe next time. He really didn’t mind the leash and was very good for Landon. Piper even came and licked him a couple times! Over all it was a very productive spring day, and I am feeling it tonight. Think it it about time for bed.

Hope you enjoyed your day!

Success

On such a beautiful day, I decided it was time for the new little girls to meet the other little girls.

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Wynn and Zulu

 

They loved it! They have been bouncing and jumping and climbing all day!

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Wynona

 

They smelled all over and taste tested everything.

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So many things to look at!

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Ginger

 

What a big girl playing and trying to keep up with everyone!

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Cally, Ransom, Tawny, Diana, Wynona, Janet, Wynn, and Zulu. Of course Ginger is climbing my leg!

 

I think that they are going to get along very well!

Leap Day!

Eight years ago I was extremely pregnant with baby #3. I was due today. I got to watch another due date go by with nothing. I guess it was ok to not have a leap year baby. His birthday is coming up the end of the week.

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It looks like it’s beautiful outside today, and since Truck is still broken, I decided to go for a walk.

I love this town. I was offered the first ride about 20 steps from my driveway. It was a great little walk, I was greeted by Koda when I got back. He decided not to come with me, which makes me sad because he loved walks. His age is definitely showing.

Pretty nice in the barn doing chores. Although I feel like I am being watched while feeding Ginger her bottle!

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But the wind is blowing again, and we are in a winter weather advisory tonight into tomorrow. It’s already starting to rain and freeze. Blah.

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Crappy weather does make for great game nights!

Come on Spring!