Month: February 2015

Let It . . . Melt

As Mother Nature continues to puke her guts out on us today was at least less craptastic than last week. It snowed last night. We were already ahead of the game when we actually got the snow that was predicted instead of ice.  As Charlie Sheen would say, winning!   Even better was that the snow melted fairly promptly. By about 10:30 this morning it was largely gone. There was still some snow in the woods and shaded areas, but otherwise it received the memo that this is still the south and it is supposed to melt. Things are...

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Winning the War

Last week was definitely one for the history books. In my lifetime I do not ever remember a week in late February that was anything like last week. As I mentioned last week I was an involuntary participant in the record setting weather we were having.  It is all starting to blur in my memory, or maybe I am simply trying to not remember, but the week went something like this. Sunday night and Monday we had an ice storm that we were told was going to be a snow storm. On Wednesday we had 30mph (48kph) winds, that...

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Sunday Stills

Pictures from our snow day on Friday; Johnny and Lighty Silky and MyLight Sebastian  Alex Asterik and Flyer Gus and George Lightning and Fabrizzio a little snow on top of ice; at least it was pretty a shed in use during a logical time was worthy of a picture; Cuffie, Traveller, Silky and MyLight Kennedy and River; grooming is hard with blankets on Apollo and Thomas Levendi, Moe and Homer Johnny, B-Rad, Dutch, Renny and Murphy the pet cows with Griselle, Timbit and Sparky behind...

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Let It . . . Sleet, Snow, Rain?

In my last post we had a completely unpredicted ice storm instead of the predicted snow storm. I spent time sliding around on my butt instead of walking, couldn’t get to my can of ice melter because it was in the truck which was iced shut, and couldn’t open any of the snaps on the gates.  So what has changed in the last 48 hours?  Well, the snaps on the gate are functioning normally again so no more mouth to mouth resuscitation required. It snowed a little bit, still not enough for Carter to build his snowman but we...

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Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation

The best way to describe the last two days would be to call them an exercise in frustration. We started hearing about the snow storm we were going to get over the weekend. As each hour passed the chatter amongst the weather forecasters reached a feverish pitch. They kept changing the amount of snow we were going to ultimately get, but they said over and over and over that IT WAS GOING TO SNOW. There was going to be decent snowfall accumulation, we should get several inches.  Carter was absolutely beside himself with excitement. He was finally going to...

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Sunday Stills

Walon and Johnny playing . . .  . . . followed with the usual “we weren’t doing anything” look Mick and Johnny playing . .   . . . also followed by the usual “we weren’t doing anything” look Donneur and Cocomo Renny, Dutch and Murphy Bruno and Hesse Rip and...

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Adventures with Oscar

As I mentioned in my last post I was quite shocked when we actually managed to trap our stray cat Oscar. I never thought he would go in the trap for food but he did. Oscar proceeded to go berserk for awhile in the trap, frantic to find a way out. We covered the trap with towels and that calmed him down a lot.  The next morning I asked Jason to call the small animal clinic we work with to make an appointment for Oscar while I was holding a couple of horses for the horse vet. When he...

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Oscar is Trapped

We have been feeding our stray cat Oscar for almost two years now. Oscar has some serious demands for a stray cat. No dry food, canned food and table scraps only please. Oh, and be sure you don’t get within fifty feet of him while he is eating, or any other time for that matter.  We have complied with Oscar’s rules all this time. Recently we noticed he was holding up one of his front legs on occasion but walking normally most of the time. Last night he was walking on three legs when he came to bang on...

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Sunday Stills

Calimba, Dolly and Cuffie Lily Cinnamon Norman, Silky and MyLight Maisie and Traveller  Lighty and Mick Grand, Leo and Elfin Elfin and Trigger pretty sunrise Jo, Mina and Miss Lyle hanging out I think it is safe to say that Miss Lyle is ready to start shedding Rubrico and Largo Africa Rubrico and...

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Cow (mis)Adventures Continued

For anyone who missed part one of our Cow (mis)Adventures you can find the post here. I ended the first post with three cows laying around by the pond. Three cows that normally can  hear a grain bucket rattling from a mile away laid there staring at me as I shook a grain bucket about six inches from them. I continued to stand there and shake the grain bucket with more and more enthusiasm desperation.  I was the very definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over while hoping for a different result. Jason came driving up...

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Cow (mis)Adventures

Yes, it was painful to even type out that title. For any of you who don’t remember the origins of the (mis)Adventures I present to you: Donkey (mis)Adventures part 1 and Donkey (mis)Adventures part 2 Jason and I were so scarred by the experience of moving Sparky it took us almost 18 months to convince ourselves to move the last of my Dad’s remaining animals to our farm.  For 18 months I have been telling Jason that we needed to get the “pet cows” moved. The pet cows were my dad’s little group of cows that he chose to...

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