Monday, December 5, 2011

Animals, animals, animals

What does Grace, donkeys and the Gator have in common?

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! Two of my donks jumped the fence day the other day, got out into the road and stopped traffic. Thankfully some of the drivers got out and helped me get the donks back onto the property. Put the donks in the front pasture ( which isn't all fenced). Ran back to the house, grabbed Grace who was in the stroller this whole time, ran into the house, put Grace in her car seat, ran back outside, strapped Grace into front seat of the Gator with lead rope, drove up to the barn, loaded up hay, drove to back pasture, grabbed lunge whip to get the other donkeys and horses away from the gate, drove through gate, spread hay into back pasture, drove back to front pasture leaving back pasture gate open, with lunge whip in left hand and driving with left hand while holding onto Grace's car seat with right hand herded the two escaped donkeys into back pasture. Then it was fence fixing time with baling twine ( which is all I had on the Gator). Yup, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

I had to rehome the Guineas. For some reason they kept going out onto the road and yes, they too would stop traffic.  I did not want them getting hurt or worse killed nor did I want to get sued for causing an accident, rehoming was the best option. They also had become vicious towards my chickens. The have been gone a few days and although I am glad they are gone, I do miss those stupid birds.

A few weeks ago as I was locking up my chickens for the night I heard rustling in the leaves behind the coop ( which is right by the house). As I was securing the door to the coop I hollered out to the outside cats that I was going to feed them as soon as I was done ( thinking it was one of the cats wanting dinner). As I walked out of the coop I looked up to see what I thought was a stray cat. Upon further looking it wasn't a 'stray' cat, but a Bobcat! He looked at me. I looked at him. He bounded up towards the barn, stopped and looked at me again, then was gone. I was so excited to see him. My adrenalin was pumping and I ran into the house to tell everyone what I had just seen. The next day I realized that having a Bobcat that close to the house was not a good thing.

Now that hunting season is over the Buck and his does are coming down off the hills and grazing in the front pasture. In fact one of the does was grazing right in the front yard!

Last night as I was having the last cigarette of the day I heard crunching sounds in the yard by the walnut trees. Hmmmm, what the heck! After getting a flashlight I found out what was making the crunching sounds. It was a huge squirrel eating the walnuts that had fallen on the ground.

I seriously love and enjoy all the wildlife.

Oh, one more thing. The pic of Grace, well, to me she looks like Curly from the Three Stooges in this pic.

Until next time..............


  1. You are a wonder woman! Talk about multi-tasking. Grace has such beautiful blue eyes and a really pretty smile, lucky girl to be growing up with so many animals around.

    It may not be good news to have a Bobcat around, but ah, the magic of that eye to eye contact and momentary contact!

    I seriously love your blog. I am so glad that I chanced upon it.

  2. Sounds to me like Curly(Grace) is fitting in quite nicely on the farm. In a few years, she'll be driving Grandma around on that Gator.

    It also sounds like you are feeling better. You are really blessed to live in such a wonderful place and able to help so many animals.

  3. Yes, I think Wonder Woman is a good title - I can just see you wielding the lunge whip, tossing hay, yelling at the dons! It sounds like it was almost as good as a ticket to the circus!
    Don't you hate how quickly animals can destroy a fence? I have some repairs to do on mine, as well. Grrrrrr!
    Although bobcats are really pretty.... I think I'd prefer that they stay far away from my house and my chicken coop!!

  4. One of our neighbors had a horse dump a carriage and run down to our place, she had to walk the horse home. The gator? She used it to pull the carriage back to the barn! So I guess this isn't an unusual thing for we livestock folk? ;) I hope Mr. Bob is just visiting, and isn't looking for Chicken dinners, the way the last one at our house was... Eeep.


  5. Whew! Now that was excitement on a high level! I just hope that Grace is learning what a great, kind and compassionate grandmother she has!

  6. SuperWoman...that's what we should call you!

  7. I couldn't help but smile when I saw Grace's picture, she looks a bundle of joy !
    So many balls in the air, and you stick with it and do a great job, yes, I agree with Sophie you are a Superwoman my friend ;)

  8. Talk about multitasking, wow! Glad no donkeys were injured while wandering in traffic.

    We, too, enjoy living so close to nature and the wildlife. Just the other day, Neal saw a mountain lion protecting his dead deer kill, right on the edge of our property! As long as he stays away from our cats, dogs and chickens, we have no problem with him.

  9. Bobcat... cool!! I think Grace looks just like her mom:)

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your readers, I'm just stopping by new blogs that i think are interesting. And then ill put some of those on my favorites list to visit again. Happy holidays folks and wishing everyone a healthy new years as well. Richard from a Amish community in Pennsylvania.

  11. We at the brighter side hope you are having a wonderful holiday.


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