Month: July 2014


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Do As I Say

Do As I Say

I finally got the last of the blankets sorted, separated and bundled into piles last week.  I think I have outdone myself as far as setting the bar low. Very low. After putting this job off for far too long I told myself that I was going to get these dirty blankets sorted and sent off for cleaning and repair before the end of July . That is pretty pathetic but I am so happy to finally have this job done that I don’t care. Better late than never is my current motto.   Jason is as unenthusiastic as...

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Sunday Stills

Faune and Asterik Gibson and Silver Apollo grazing while Thomas has a perfect roll and shake Cocomo and Romeo Donovan and Kennedy were in a hurry to get somewhere Lucky and Noble Duesy and Merlin Traveller and Silky Cuffie and Norman...

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Getting Buzzed

Our interesting distraction of the day today was the crop duster that buzzed our farm repeatedly. He flew so low over our farm a few times I felt like I could reach up and touch the plane with my hand as it went by. I come from a family of pilots and grew up flying in planes of all sizes, from two seater single props to jets.  I love to fly. I love take-offs, I love landings, I like going fast, banking hard, doing stalls and rolls, hitting turbulence – there is nothing about the experience of being in...

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In Memory of Buster

It felt like the end of an era on Saturday as Jason and I said goodbye to Buster.  Buster was the most “famous” of my dad’s little herd of pet cows. Many cows came and went over the years but Buster always stayed.    Buster Buster’s mother was Beulah who was the matriarch of my dad’s cow herd. My dad purchased Beulah very late in the year in 1994. He was told she was open when he bought her, however she gave birth to Buster a few very short months later in 1995. Beulah either had the shortest gestational period...

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Wasps, Wrenches and Dirt

Jason and I have both been  procrastinating finding other important things to do while we have both done our best to avoid jobs we don’t wish to tackle. I hate, loathe, detest – pick your adjective – dealing with dirty horse blankets. It would be putting it mildly to say that Jason is not fond of hooking up our Bushhog and then sitting on the tractor hour after hour for several days to mow the pastures. We were both dismayed to come to the conclusion a few days ago that we could no longer procrastinate find other important things...

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The Search Ends

As Jason wrote about last week he has spent an inordinate amount of time in search of a new lawnmower.  You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to find and purchase a lawnmower however we do have a knack for doing things the hard way. After spending an entire day traipsing around north Alabama last week and coming up empty handed Jason was feeling rather disgruntled. “How hard can this be?” he kept asking.   With desperate times calling for desperate measures he was preparing to make a trip, with trailer in tow, to Indiana to look at...

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Sunday Stills

Bruno Cocomo and Silver Lofty and Gus Donneur Lily what we see early in the morning; Walon and Johnny hanging out with Kennedy and Rocky off to the side grazing Faune and George Stormy and Bergie Lucky and O’Reilly Levendi and...

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The Lawnmower Search

(post by Jason) When we bought this farm several years ago it quickly became clear that we were going to need to purchase a lawnmower to mow along our driveway and around our future barns. Obviously we didn’t live here at the time and I was reluctant to put anything that looked shiny and new in a place where I wasn’t immediately available to supervise. So instead of shiny and new I bought an ancient Kubota B7100 diesel tractor with a 60 inch commercial deck. It had 4000 hours on the clock and it was manufactured in 1978…one of...

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Celebrating with Sparklers

I have a running joke every year that I am going to celebrate surviving another 4th of July with a large number of animals still alive and in one piece by running around with a sparkler on the 5th of July. Don’t get me wrong I love the 4th, love my country and am happy to celebrate and for others to celebrate. On the same hand I dread the 4th along with the days before and after it.  I have to do my best to make sure a farm full of animals bent on self destruction do not, in...

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Burning Down the House

As Jason mentioned in this post he is one of those people that requires a significant amount of sleep each night to be functional. I say “those people” because I am not, and never have been, someone who is capable of getting a lot of sleep. I think I had an amazing night of sleep if I can get in a good 4 hours before I start waking up. Once I wake up I have a hard time going back to sleep. In addition to this I am a very light sleeper so noises tend to wake me up. ...

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Potty Training

Jason and I decided that this was the week that we were going to get serious about potty training Carter. He has showed zero interest in potty training, and in fact had us fooled into thinking that he was still fairly clueless about when he was actually peeing or pooping in his diaper. Today was our first day of Beast Mode,  or operation Potty Training, or whatever name you choose to call it.  Jason and I worked in shifts today. We got up at an ungodly hour (think 4:30am) so we could do morning chores well before Carter was...

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