Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Evening On The Farm

I wish this picture was focused a little better, but I guess a phone cam is limited as to quality. I just really liked this little vignette, with dog, straw hat on a post, tractor, and the light on in the barn. Daisy is waiting by the gate, now she knows which way the people come in to the yard.

Now that it is getting dark about 5:30, we often do chores in the dark. It's very peaceful -- once the goats have their chow.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Tim's House









As some of you know, Tim has moved to be closer to his job. After commuting for a couple of months, he'd had enough of the drive, and started looking for a place. He searched until he found the neatest little two bedroom bungalow. From the front view, you can see it's a cute little place, red front door and black shutters on the windows. The owners had recently rehabbed it. It has all laminate floors and a whole new bathroom. He even has a two car attached carport! From the back you can see he has a great little back deck for his new grill. There is also a good sized little screened in porch. He's outfitted the living room with a sage green microfiber lova & loveseat. The place looks great and we like to go over to visit. Andy also has been a frequent visitor when he gets time off from work.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

We started out today with a clear sunny sky. John was up and out early, mucking out the barn. Today the girls got a treat, their side of the barn was pressure washed. This past week John and I finished a remodel of the barn, and it's working out nicely. There is a spot to use as a maternity pen, and a milking stall separate from the rest of the barn.

I got cooking early in the morning, making pies from scratch. We have pumpkin, dutch apple, and Tim brought an extra treat, a cookie pie. After the pies came out of the oven, I put the turkey in and started peeling potatoes, sweet and white. The gravy came out fabulous. We also had stuffing with raisins, and oyster dressing, and chunky cranberry sauce. Since I did all the cooking, John and Tim were on cleanup detail. Tim took advantage of this opportunity to pack himself some leftovers to take home.

We had our Turkey dinner around 3:00. and afterward went out to sit in the yard with Daisy. As soon as we got settled, it started to rain. A cold front has been forcasted, and I moved to the front porch, but did not stay long due to a cold breeze.

Other farm doings of note: Daisy is adjusting nicely to life on the farm. Even though she was a goat only dog, it turns out she is a goat AND people dog. She is particularly attached to John, and spends the day following him around. The vet says she is 67 pounds and could stand to gain about 5 more. She got a rabies shot and clean bill of health. The day before yesterday we took her in to be spayed. She came home yesterday moving really slow, and slept a lot of the day. Today she seems to be feeling better, but the vet said limited activity for 7-10 days. We think Daisy is very happy here and we are so happy to have her.

It's now 5:00 and we are contemplating desert, since Tim wants to start for home soon. He has to work tomorrow at 8:00.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Very Sad Day

Thursday, November 15th, we said goodbye to a dear member of the family. Our little puppy-girl Mitzy let us know it was time to go. She had been diabetic for many years, blind and deaf, but still in the last six months spent time occasionally tracking Sasha the cat. I'm sure she was thinking, "a cat really does not belong here!" Still, more and more time she spent curled up in her favorite cushy velour bed, until Mom & Dad decided it was time for her to be set free. On that blustery, dark day we got lost on the way to see our vet. All of a sudden, the sun broke through the clouds, and Mitzy was bathed in a pool of sunshine, her favorite spot! We got to the vet's office and all I could think of was a poem I'd read recently:

The Rainbow Bridge
Author - an unknown pet owner

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing - they each miss someone very special to them, someone who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

So I told Mitzy to wait for us by the rainbow....

Monday, November 12, 2007

Caution -- Livestock Guardian Dog On Patrol

This is Daisy, our LGD(Livestock Guardian Dog) She is a Great Pyrenees, and bred for guarding and protecting herd animals. She is aproximately 1 year old and already on the job. After being on the farm for one day, she has already been working on herding the goats from the open yard, back into their pen. We had to put the free range chickens into lock-down however, because she tried to herd them as well, and a few feathers were shed in the process. They'll stay in lockdown until the novelty has worn off. Daisy spends time scanning the yard. She lets us know if something is not right with a deep throaty bark.

We will have a challenge refining her training, because her previous owners just put her in the field and let her follow her instincts. We will put the time in to training to make she is a well behaved dog - sit, lie down, stay, etc., which are things she will need to be a properly socialized dog.

Her previous owners called her Candy, but after a couple of days we realized that she did not truly know her name. I have been saving the name Daisy for a big farm dog, and it suits her. She's just a country girl, our Daisy Mae.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Chickens


Nine chickens keep us in enough eggs for ourselves and to share. When Tim comes to visit from North Wilkesboro, he usually takes home a dozen. The picture is a little blurry, but you can see the pretty brown eggs and the last of the pick of the garden. We've had a frost, and tonight it is supposed to go down to 28 degrees. Since John is still in Ohio with Tim, that means that Andy and I will be going out with a flashlight to unhook the automatic waterers that are in each pasture.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Got Milk?

Not at the moment, but stick around, because we will soon! You can't see it in this shot, but both of these girls now have udders. You can also tell that they have difficulty standing side by side due to how ROUND they are. The other goats stand side by side with heads in the feeder, these two are blimp by blimp.

Can We All Just Get Along?

If there is a heating pad involved, and the temperature is hovering aroung 50 degrees we can. I caught the two cats, Sasha and Sonya, and the pup Toby all cozy and relaxed.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Cats!

We have two house cats. Sasha is an all gray cat with green eyes. We adopted her from a local vet. She has decided that she belongs to me. We adopted a second very young kitty from our favorite dairy farmer. Her name is Sonya, and Sasha has decided that this kitty belongs to her. We've had a lot of fun watching them play.