Friday’s Hunt v2.24, v2.25, v2.26, and v2.27

Well, would you believe I have actually had most of these Friday’s Hunts done on time? Of course then the weekend came and I got busy fixing waters and dealing with the cold spell we are having, preparing for the holidays, actually celebrating the holidays and never got back to my computer to post it!  Then of course, there was a week in there that technical difficulties over took me. My photos wouldn’t upload causing me great stress! I get so frustrated when things don’t just work like they are supposed too! My computer illiteracy really comes through then also! So this is my catch up post! I so love this idea and it makes me think every week. So to begin, we go back to v2.24, we have the prompts the Letter X, Weeks Favorite, and Lights.

Well the Letter X would normally be hard for me. But this week, with the cold streak that we are having, I have so many things I didn’t get Xouted or finished off. Grr! I have gotten some done since the freeze, but not enough. My barn door is frozen open, my horse feeder is frozen to the ground, I had no heaters ready for water, my hoses were left out and I didn’t have my Guinea Pigs brought in yet. Besides getting the water heaters in and hoses to the basement so I have water, I got the Guinea Pigs moved in finally!

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Someone is not overly thrilled with them. Last year Nala couldn’t hardly stand them moving around and now Wednesday is obviously not going to let them live in peace! At least I am getting a few things Xouted!

My Weeks Favorite is another sunset beyond my barn.

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I was freezing that day and just wanted to get in the house and warm up. But it was breathtaking! I don’t think I will ever tire of this view.

As I said it’s been a bit crazy this week. Last week Mom and the kids and I went and got our trees. I got mine up right away and planned to get the lights on and decorated right away. Until…

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I put all my Lights on my slightly under 9 foot tree and didn’t make it halfway up. Are you kidding me. So I had to make it to town and get more. That only took 4 days to find the time. I do finally have all the lights done and am hoping to get it decorated tonight!. Who knew adding 4 feet to your tree would require more Lights!

Now on to the next weeks hunt, v2.25 we have the Letter Y, Weeks Favorite and Festive.

For the Letter Y there is Yucky. That is the only word I can use to describe this weather we are having. Although I don’t think it feels that bad when I do my chores, but I don’t mind the cold as long as it goes away in the spring. It’s cold but doable, until next week when the temps are going to get back up in the 30’s!

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Turns out my tree turned out pretty Festive and it’s also my Weeks Favorite. I love my tree and decorations. It makes me so happy to sit and look at them.

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Of course now we are caught up to this week, v2.26. Our prompts this week are the Letter Z, Weeks Favorite, and Holiday.

My little lady Zulu is of course my Letter Z! She is growing into a lovely lady and I am super excited for her future. I was worried she wasn’t growing very well, but I think she is doing ok. After visiting a friends purebred boer goat herd, I feel like they are maybe a little shorter than I thought. I still love her and that is all that really matters anyway.

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My Weeks Favorite is this dink. She is with us most days, even when it’s cold and she is learning all the time. She is always laughing and smiling and brightening our days. Her silliness is infectious. As we went through the Holidays and I got to spend time with my older nieces, who because life happens, don’t have as much time to spend with their old aunt anymore, it truly makes cherish the days I get to spend with her.

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My Holiday is pretty much summed up in this picture. Mom’s kitchen, the perfect place to make memories, my family, Sister, Mom and the kids making cookies and laughing together. We haven’t done a cookies and candy day apparently in many years, but I am sure glad we decided to this year. These are the times that will live on forever in their hearts.

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Ok, now to our final catch up week, v2.27. Our prompts for this hunt are Starts with Any Letter, Weeks Favorite, and Celebrate.

I am going to use the Letter B. For Broken Barn Farm. I rarely take pictures of the actual Barn. It is old and doesn’t really have much that is pretty about it. Kind of patched together and falling apart(hence the name). But it is the home of most of the animals and where I spend a lot of time. I love this one. It was so quiet that night.

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My Weeks Favorite and Celebrate are interchangeable. We did things a little different this year and I personally loved it. We decided to wait until New Years Eve to have our get together for Christmas with Mom. We started at noon with soup, opened kids presents, played games, opened our presents, Fondued, played more games and talked for hours, brought in the New Year together and were home in bed by 12:15. About the best day I have had in a long time.

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Sisinlaw brought a cellophane ball for the kids. They loved it and had a good time wrestling their prizes out of it! I just love when they are all together and having fun.

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The actual best part of our Celebration was when our family’s long time friends the Fedlers joined us for Fondueing. This might seem like it’s not that big a deal, but when you take into account that every single New Years Eve of our childhood was spent with them and their daughters. Those nights are some of my most treasured memories. They are more like an Aunt and Uncle than friends. Having them join us made it a perfect night for us.

Thank you for joining me for my catching up on more than a couple weeks of Friday’s Hunts! A special thank you to Teresa at Eden Hills for hosting! Stop over and check out the other posts if you get the chance.

 

Updates

So much has been going on I haven’t had time to sit down and do much on my computer. Between getting ready with Brother at his farm for the cold and finishing up projects, and getting ready here for the cold, school concerts, 4-H meetings, I have been leaving the house early and getting home late. I have so many pictures I need to share and write about, one of these evenings I will get caught up. In the meantime, you will have to do with a quick update.

For starters, there are Diamond and Gemstone, who are now 10 days old and really doing well!

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Gemstone, Janet, and Diamond

Mommy Janet must have some pretty healthy milk! They are growing and bouncing all around.

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Janet and Diamond

They are starting to look into maybe having a little feed for a snack and nibbling hay with mom.

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Diamond and Gemstone

They barely stand still long enough to get a good picture of them. They are all bedded down in the kidding pen with their mom and Diana.

Then there was our surprise rescue of Wednesday the Kitten.

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She is getting tons of snuggles and really warming up to us and loving being out of the laundry room. She is doing really well using the litterbox.

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I believe tormenting the guinea pigs is her favorite activity. They moved into the house last week when it finally got cold. I think they are fairly happy to be in the warm house, except for maybe having to deal with Wednesday.

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She is absolutely queen of the house already, making herself right at home.

Then last Wednesday, the 7th, Diana presented us with a gorgeous big doe. I found her early in the morning, got her all dried off and left her in the newly bedded pen under the heat lap and went to work. Brother let me come home at noon to check her. Thank goodness I did! All the straw was pulled away from her and she was out away from the heat lamp, laying on the concrete! She was freezing cold and very lethargic. I grabbed her and put her on the floor board of the truck with the heat on high while I rushed back in to the barn and milked out Diana quickly. We then raced to the vet.

 

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Poor frozen baby.

I will be honest, I wasn’t very hopeful. I thought I had waited to long. But when I got her to the Vets, they grabbed her while they rewarmed the milk and gave her a chance to try sucking and then tubed her. For those of you that haven’t spent a lot of time around baby animals, tubing is simple slipping a (for goats) very small tube down their throat straight to the tummy and basically pouring fluid directly into the stomach. I have tubed a calf, but not a goat. They are so much smaller and I worry about getting it into the wind pipe. I am going to get brave and try to learn one day. Anyway, Vet put about 3 ounces of Diana’s milk (which is almost straight colostrum) which she desperately needed straight into he tummy. If anything is going to perk her up, that and warmth will do it.

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I then headed back to work and took the baby with me. She went into Mom’s house (Mom never has had pets in her house, but baby livestock get a special pass) in front of the heater on a heating pad. There she rested the afternoon away. By the time I came back to check her…

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BIG time improvement! She wasn’t standing alone, and she had a little help from her box. But this was much better and gave me hope! That night she spent the night in my house and ate pretty good. The next day she went back to work with me after a quick visit to her mommy.

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Of course Niece#5 spoiled her and played with her getting her to walk around the shop. Since we are now hopeful she will make it, the kids decided that her name would be Pearl since she was born on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Oh how wonderful baby goats are for little kids!

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That night when we got home, she went back to visit her Mommy. Diana still wanted to try to be a mom, so I let her lick and nuzzle Pearl while I did chores. She then came back inside for the night and night feedings.

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It was obviously a very tiring day. After a long nap, she was up and very active.

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While not the best picture, Wednesday and Pearl were playing for about an hour. Her strength is definitely improving. The next day she spent almost 6 hours in the barn with her Mommy. Although Diana at this point will not let her nurse, she is very concerned with where she is and laying by her. I am now hopeful I can pull something off I have never accomplished before. Because Diana is a first time mom, I would really like her to raise Pearl. While having a little pet bottle baby is always fun, I would always prefer moms raise the kids. If I can’t get her to nurse at least if Diana accepts her and cares for her she won’t be beat up and left out. The next day, Pearl spent from 7 am to night in the barn and really seemed to be adjusting to the cold and the barn.

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I made the decision to let her sleep in the barn. She is still eating bottles from her mommy’s milk.

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And she is still completely spoiled and sleeping in her box. Then yesterday I was talking to Brother about how he gets cows who won’t allow nursing and has to sometimes tie their leg back until they get used to the sensation of nursing. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that, I had to tie Diana’s leg to milk her the first few times. So I started thinking. Since I have been milking her twice a day for almost a week she is standing better now and I don’t have to tie her anymore is the stantion. Perhaps if I put Diana in the stantion like I am going to milk her and bring baby Pearl to the stantion? Well, good news!! Diana let her nurse for about 10 minutes! I am going to continue to try to get them bonded and nursing even if I have to help 5 times a day. I have never even come close to getting a baby back on mom after taking it away and bottling for 4 days, but I am sure feeling good about this pair! Wish me luck!

So that is what is going on with our baby animals. I will let you know soon how everyone else is doing with the cold snap.

 

 

 

Friday’s Hunt v2.23

I am trying to get my Friday’s Hunt done at the right time this week! It’s been kind of a busy week around here and a little crazy so bear with me! This week our prompts are the Letter W, Weeks Favorite, and Machine.

For my Letter W, we got a couple little surprises this week. Started Wednesday night. I was up town dropping a couple things off and when I walked out to get in my truck, I saw a kitten run across the street and under a car! Thankfully it was being driven by a dear lady from here in town who also saw it. She stopped and shut the car off and we got down on our hands and knees to look for it. We finally found it in the tire! I was able to get my hand through the tire and get ahold of it and pulled the little stinker out and so…

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Meet Wednesday. I checked around to see if she belonged to anyone, but no one seemed to know where she came from. So unless someone claims her, I guess she will be ours.

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She seems healthy. But she was extremely hungry, so a little goat milk and cat food and with a belly full, she came home to live in the laundry room for now until she figures out the litter box.

My Weeks Favorite makes me squeal with delight! I have been watching fat Janet for months thinking she was pregnant. She finally bagged up, as I showed you last week. This morning I went to the bathroom and thought ‘Gosh, Janet looks thinner than yesterday.’

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She was! Two big babies thinner! After I ran out the barn, I nearly fainted seeing the two off them all dry with full little tummies. And oh, their colors!

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I could not be more happy! She is a wonderful mother just like her mother Scarlett! They are all direct descendants from Eden Hills, our wonderful host!  I have a feeling these girls will be here a while!

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She is very concerned with them right now, so I let her be. They are just so big and healthy!

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Can you believe two girls?! That hasn’t happened ever for me since I have had goats. Oh my gosh, I am so excited. Landon went out and meet them and then named them, since they are his. So meet Gemstone (Dark) and Diamond (Light).

For Machine, I have to include my favorite. I spend a lot of time with this old M. It’s one of my favorite machines. I know it’s one of Brothers. Grandpa bought this tractor originally, I don’t know when for sure. But I do know he had it converted to a propane. Back when Grandpa had it converted, propane was pretty cheap. So a company converted it and to pay for it Grandpa had to pay $0.06 a gallon instead of $0.04 a gallon to pay it off. Him and dad used it for many years. Then Grandpa donated it to the school to be rebuilt. After a couple years of not hearing anything he asked Brother if he would go get it. So Brother and Dad took a flatbed trailer into the school to pick it up. Of course, little did they know, they were actually going to pick up 4 tires, a steering wheel and a bunch of boxes of parts. Brother took it all home and rebuilt it, and has used it ever since. I guess all of that makes it pretty special to me.

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Thanks for joining me for another weeks Friday’s Hunt. As always, please if you have time, stop over to Eden Hills and check out the other Friday’s Hunt! Have a great weekend!