Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This pic was taken this morning. My goodness she has grown into a little Diva! When one of us walks by her and we tell her how pretty she is, she always meows to let us know that yes, she is pretty. Squirrel is pretty much allowed to do what she wants. Only because she really is a good girl. Her right eye still gets kind of icky now and then, but with a few days of medicine she is all better.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
For once the weather forecast was right on! There were special weather statements throughout the valley concerning a nasty thunderstorm coming in. And that thunderstorm came in like a lion!
Wind picked up. Thunder way off and moving in quickly. Then the lightning started. Finally the rain came. Then it started hailing. At first it wasn't much. But holy smokes did it pick up!
The lights flickered several times. Internet on and off.
Outside animals a bit nervous at first. As I stood outside trying to capture lightning strikes I soon noticed the animals started to perk up. Then I noticed the horses seemed full of energy. Something I hadn't seen in quite awhile due to the excessive high temps that have just lingered and stalled here.
There they were running and bucking and rearing and snorting. You could just tell they felt good. Renewed. Refreshed. Cooled down!
Now of course the donkeys do not like to get wet. So every longear was either in the stall breezeway or under trees. But when it was all said and done, it was obvious they were feeling pretty good themselves.
This morning the air is so clean and fresh. All the animals just look refreshed. You can see it in their eyes. Even the chickens feel much better.
And with the cooler temps today I can finally tackle some much needed outside work. Even I feel more energetic than I have in a long time. Amazing what continued heat, day after day can do to ya'!
Oh, for those of you who are unable to see the video, it shows the rain coming down so fast and hard that the gutters on the house cannot keep up with it.
Until next time............
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So, ran into the house, grabbed the camera, back out to the playroom and would you believe that beetle was still there! Sorry for the picture quality. I just aimed and clicked.
After taking the first pic the beetle took off at high speed across the room again. It stopped for a fraction of a moment by Maggie's paw. Maggie is a Boxer and weighs about 70 pounds. You can see how big the beetle is compared to her paw.
Well, if you haven't already guessed, the beetle was caught in a container and taken outside where he belongs.
So, who the heck needs coffee to get the adrenilin pumping when a huge beetle is there to do it for you! :)
Until next time......................
Monday, August 16, 2010
Last week I was busy raking both back and front pastures. Which means pulling the arena rake with the Gator over both pastures spreading the piles of poo. And while I was doing that there was fencing to check and repair if necessary, picking up anything that doesn't belong in the pasture, begining to winterize, etc...
Also it was still tackling the totes and boxes in the barn. Geez where does all that stuff come from? I swear it multiplies.
Wednesday my dear 'old' friend called and said she was coming up here to Oregon on Friday. It was her first trip up here and talk about happy and excited to see her. This is the funny part. Rachael and I have never met in person, but through emails and phone calls, we have become fast, forever friends. So actually meeting her was really the cats meow!
Here is Rachael ( left) and myself ( right). Rachael is very photogenic whereas I am not ( really I already know I'm not. It's not a secret).
Rachael and I have been putting our heads together for about two years now on starting an Education and Sanctuary Facility. While she was here we went and looked at a piece of fabulous property. Now all we have to do is come up with the dollars to purchase the property. It's in the cards that our endeavour/dream will come to fruitation.
Please take a look at her blog at http://web.mac.com/rkomulainen/Site/Welcome.html
While Rachael was here Mr. Smith started sneezing very bad. Bad enough where droplets of blood were coming up. Thank goodness my oldest daughter is a vet tech and she came over to take a look at him. Mr. Smith is older and needless to say I was very worried about him. After a few minutes of examining him, my daughter found out what the problem was. My first thought was a foxtail. Nope. It turned out he had somehow sucked up his nose an almost three inch blade of grass!! After pulling it out, Mr. Smith is back to his old self of being ornery and demanding.
While Rachael was here she received a phone call from a mutual friend Jan that another very dear mutual friend of ours had to put her sweet Princess to sleep. Many of my followers here know Inger over at Desert Canyon Living http://www.desertcanyonliving.blogspot.com/
Inger, our hearts and thoughts are with you at this time to help relieve the pain you are going through of losing your beloved Princess. Sleep well Princess and we will see you on the other side.
There has been so much more going on but I promise not to bore you all with it!
I now must catch up on all your blogs to see what has been going on with you. I have really missed you all!
Until next time..........................
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thought you might get a kick out of watching the donkeys come running as soon as I start rattling the bread wrappers. Donkeys adore bread.
Second video is after they have eaten all the bread. It was hard to video and throw bread at the same time.
Betsy goat is still here! Haven't even seen the neighbor other than when I see his truck when he gets home from work. Well, I guess he isn't too worried about taking Betsy home. Oh well, that's okay with me.
I have no idea what kind of bird the one in yesterday's blog is. My guess is some kind of Swallow. Going to have to find out now!
As I'm sure you have already noticed I changed the pic of the header. That pic was taken out in the back pasture last winter.
Until next time.....................
Sunday, August 8, 2010
What do you suppose is in the box?
So, put bird into box into bathroom. Several hours go by, time to check on the bird only to have it fly out of the box! Okee dokee, bird is fine. Bird flies all over the bathroom. Lands a few times, take some pics. Attempt to grab bird without over stressing it.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
that the haze is coming from.....are you ready? It is coming from the over 500 wildfires burning in....Russia!! Seriously. Who would have thought smoke from Russia would ever make it down this way. To the right of the pic you can kind of see the haze, but to the upper left it is normal.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
And much to my surprise the Praying Mantis is still hanging around. I had thought he had moved on, but nope, here is in on the screen door. And look, he is starting to turn green now!
The reason I stopped off at the bread store was to get a bunch of close to out dated bread for the chickens, goats and donkeys. For $7.00 I got a packed full, grocery cart of bread. Everything from regular white bread to wheat bagels to blueberry English muffins and a bunch of other varieties as well. The picture doesn't make it look like that much bread, but it really is. To get a deal like this you have to sign a form stating that the bread is for livestock only.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
And look what I found under the eave of the house today! Great. I try not to use any insecticides because of the chickens. I don't want them eating the insects that have been sprayed. However, this time around I may have to use 'the spray'. Maybe a hard spray with the hose might do the trick. Of course that would be done either at night or really early in the morning. Sometimes cohabiting with Mother Nature is a bit tricky.
Until next time................
Sunday, August 1, 2010
A Squirrel in the box.
Doug wanting in the box.
Squirrel trying to get Doug out of the box.
"Fine. Have the stupid box!"
What is it with a cardboard box? Cats love 'em. Give a child one and they'll play with it for hours.
Until next time.........................